Back to Work: The Tools You Need to Jumpstart Your Job Hunt
February 18, 2011 by Allyson Robinson, Deputy Director for Employee Programs, Workplace Project
The following comes from Allyson Robinson, HRC's Associate Director of Diversity:
HRC’s Back to Work program is designed to give transgender job seekers who have experienced discrimination a competitive edge as they reenter the job market. I asked Sharon Skipper, lead trainer for our free Back to Work seminar coming up in Boston on February 26-27, how participating in the workshop can make a crucial difference for trans job seekers.
Here’s some of her advice: TIME & EDGE: Rarely do jobseekers have the luxury of remaining unemployed for months – but the average job search time is one month for every $10,000 of desired income in a normal economy. But efficient planning, preparation and training will give you a competitive edge. At Back to Work, you’ll learn how to bolster your cover letter, play to your strengths and nail your interviews.
MORALE: Looking for a job takes a great deal of time and energy – and at times, it can be a draining experience. Isolation and frustration can beat you down – we trans people know a lot about that. But in Back to Work, you’ll learn tips on how to stay positive and optimistic, and how to stay forward-focused.
EXPERIENCE: You always can strengthen your network – and Back to Work offers you a chance to build connections with other trans job seekers and gain insight from career experts. Think of your job search as a major project. If you were the project manager, wouldn’t you want the most educated, experienced, successful people on your team? There are still a few spots available for the Back to Work seminar in Boston on February 26-27. Register today!