April 17, 2018

A day-long Job-Search Boot Camp providing tools and strategies to help folks kick their job searches into high gear will be offered on Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg.

The boot camp event is being held in partnership with Congregation B’nai Israel, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and TampaBay- Job-Links (TBJL). Topics will include: Master Change and Transition; Conduct Self-Assessments; Develop Your Brand; Enhance Your Interview Skills; Manage Networking; Strengthen Your Resume; Boost Your LinkedIn Profile and Optimize Your References. The camp will be facilitated by Job-Links’ professional career coaches.

“Finding a job is one of the toughest jobs out there. Having relevant job-search skills is essential in landing a job in today’s market,” said Sheila Solomon Rudd, Job-Links co-executive director and director of client services. “This interactive workshop is designed for people at any stage of their career, whether they are a recent college graduate, returning to the workforce, or considering a career change. We are so pleased to collaborate with the Jewish community in south Pinellas to provide a full-day community-based workshop. The day will be packed with practical information and geared for people who are looking for work in a professional environment.”

The cost to attend is $25, and a kosher lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call TampaBay-Job-Links at (813) 344-0200 or email by April 18.

Gulf Coast hosted the first full-day Job-Links community program in Pinellas County is 2014 and over the past four years the two agencies “have been great referral partners,” according to Cindy Minetti, senior director, Jewish Family & Counseling Services at Gulf Coast. “Several [Job-Links] candidates who have needed short-term mental health counseling have been served by our therapists. TBJL has been a valuable resource for our clients seeking affordable guidance to help them navigate their career transitions effectively,” said Minetti.

TampaBay-Job-Links (TBJL) is a nonprofit, community organization whose mission is to empower individuals to attain financial stability through personalized career and job-search coaching, educational programs, and community engagement. TBJL’s career strategists work closely with a diverse population of job seekers as they navigate through their career transition. TBJL provides individualized job-search tools and strategies and opens doors to networking and employment opportunities. TBJL also assists employers with finding qualified candidates and offers outplacement solutions. TBJL is a member of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA).

“Congregation B’nai Israel is proud to be hosting the April 25th TBJL Job-Search Boot Camp to help our community,” said Elizabeth Sembler, community engagement director at the temple. “The synagogue is a communal institution that functions as a place of prayer and learning. Also, it is a place of gathering, a Beit Knesset, a home for Jews to convene and to find comfort, fellowship, and a helping hand. Our collaboration with TBJL enables us to offer that helping hand and we are delighted to partner with the Jewish Federation and Gulf Coast as well.”

Published in the March 23, 2018 edition of The Jewish Press in Pinellas County

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