Job Seekers of Montclair


First Quarter 2020   (Download the schedule)   (Download the poster)

January 8

Coping with Change
• Understanding your feelings
• Coping with stress
• Gain control
• Opportunities of growth

January 15

Handling your finances
• Preparing a budget
• Dealing with banks and creditors
• Credit Cards
• Unemployment benefits and subsidies

January 22

Recognizing your accomplishments
• Knowing and understanding yourself
• Personal assessment inventory
• Am I who I think I am?
• Assets and liabilities

January 29

Research for targeting your job search
• Identifying industries and companies
• Considering company culture and size
• Developing a plan of action
• Finding the right fit with an organization

February 5

Job search techniques
• Using the Internet
• Informational interviewing
• Directory of Organizations
• Work Search Teams

  • Recruiters

February 12

Developing your resume
• The message: What do I want to communicate
• Styles: functional, chronological, etc.
• Summarizing PAR's

February 19

Cover Letters, Thank-You Letters and References
• Designing effective cover letters
• Telephone etiquette and effective use
• Thank you letters and their place

February 26


March 4

Ash Wednesday (No Meeting)


Understanding Networking
• What is it? How does it work?
• Techniques to manage an effective network
• Overcoming networking fears

  • Media and Social Networking

  • Internet Networking

March 11

Making Networks Work
• Using LinkedIn
• A practical workshop

March 18

Managing Your Interviews

  • Types of Interviews

  • Preparation

  • Answering: “Why Should I Hire You?”

March 25

Interviewing Workshop

  • Practice answering and asking questions
• Bring your resume and a job description

April 1

Dealing with Road Blocks & Setting Goals
• Recognizing Common Blocks
• How to move beyond the blocks or avoid them

  • Where to find motivation and support

  • Long & short term goal setting