Here are two other programs that offer more personalized help for job seekers:
Be a national sales rep for yourself
Mike Komives calls himself a job search adviser more than a coach or a counselor. The retired marketing director keeps the schedule of two full-time workers in their prime. He organizes the Jobs Network group at his church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill.
The group meets at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Each meeting features a special topic and/or a workshop that includes tips on interviewing, elevator speeches, networking, cover letters, résumés and identifying your successes.
Komives established the Jobs Network in January 2009 because he was aware of several church groups in the Raleigh and Cary area extending their facilities and resources to job seekers but not so much in the Durham and Chapel Hill area. Job seekers come from Pittsboro, Holly Springs, Hillsborough, Burlington and Mebane to participate in his group.
The last Monday of the month, Komives holds a productivity report session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome. He helps people measure and track their job search progress.
Komives also teaches several human resource development classes through Durham Technical Community College at its campuses in Durham and Hillsborough.
He also is available for walk-ins on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Orange County Job Skills Center, 503 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, and leads a Job Seeking Skills Workshop on the second Friday of each month.
He wants to make participants national sales representatives for themselves. Komives loves hearing the words, Thanks for your help. Ive landed a job.
To register for his classes, visit www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/noncredit/workforce.htm.
Create a personal road map
Linda Lutz has a real following among unemployed men and women who have taken the two classes Beyond the Résumé and Strategies for Career Success she designed for Wake Tech Community College. Her first encounter with most job seekers is normally at the Cary office of the Division of Employment Security, formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, where some of her classes are held. Her mission is to help people maximize their potential.
Lutz likes helping people. The former software trainer pastors New Bethel Church in Cary along with her husband. Before coming to WakeTech, she established and ran a nonprofit from 2000 to 2006, the Computer Training Partnership, where she taught underprivileged men and women computer skills, résumé writing and job-seeking skills at the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
Lutz has been fine-tuning her approach to assisting the unemployed for several years. While volunteering at a womens shelter in Clayton and pastoring her church, she observed some of the residents and members werent making as much progress as they should.
Something was missing, she says. They couldnt get from where they were to where they wanted to be. I see their potential but they cant get there. I know its frustrating for them. They need a road map.
Beyond the Résumé has become the first leg of the journey. Participants are given assessments to help them identify who they are and their natural strengths. They also are guided through writing an impact statement explaining to employers how they can help their bottom line.
The second phase is Strategies for Career Success, which meets 10 times over a 13-week period. This gives participants the chance to actually go out and execute their plan. If it doesnt work, they have time to come back and change or adjust their plan.
Harnett County resident Butch Ewing, a laid-off human-resources executive for a global agricultural chemical company, says hes found Lutzs classes more beneficial than the cookie-cutter outplacement services offered by his former employer. To register for Lutzs upcoming classes, visit http://hrd.waketech.edu/ or her website, www.mylifemechanic.com.