Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

Tuesdays Together: Looking for Jobs

Posted by Bob on June 17, 2010

In the mutual support circle last week 6 people said that they were looking for a job.

A lot of people are unemployed and looking for jobs – 12,183  people – according to a Montgomery County Planning Department report released this month. And yet, Montgomery County’s unemployment rate is still half the national rate.

People are struggling – but neighbors are also coming together to support each other in finding employment and dealing with un- or under-employment. Here are some of the ways neighbors have come up with in the mutual support circle to help each other find jobs:

  • Building technology skills: many job applications are online and websites like Craigslist can be very useful to find a job. Network members and staff are starting a Technology Learning Circle in July to create a space in which people can improve their computer skills and share the skills that they have with others.
  • Writing resumes: having a piece of paper with all of your contact info makes it a lot easier for employers to reach you. Having a resume also enables your name and information to be passed around the network. In the community, Montgomery Works and the Wheaton Neighborhood Service Center both offer help with resume writing. The process of writing a resume is also a way to identify your own talents.
  • Sharing opportunities and connections through mutual support. By building relationships and sharing information about who is hiring and how to apply.

That’s the point of the campaign: to weave a network that supports its members and that its members support – not just in terms of employment, but all kinds of things that are a part of a healthy, diverse community.

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