This is the fifth in an occasional series on East Bay job support organizations.
At a recent meeting at Job Connections in Danville, one woman shared her experience in landing a job based on the techniques she learned at Job Connections.
“That happens pretty often here, though it’s not happening enough in the economy,” according to Job Connections Executive Director Dean Tracy.
Started in 2002 on the heels of a ravaged employment market following the tech crash and 9/11, Job Connections, an outreach of Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) in Danville, California, has helped thousands of people in transition over the years.
While Job Connections is sponsored by CPC, it is open to anyone looking for work or looking to change careers.
“We have an active Yahoo Group of over 3200 people who have come through Job Connections and thousands more who have attended, landed jobs and have moved on. We’ve been told that we are the largest, most reputable and respected job resource organization in Northern California,” says Tracy.
On any given Saturday, between 100 to 150 people come to learn networking tips, meet others in their industry, hear a weekly guest speaker on topics related to the job search,
and get the emotional support needed to start their search for a job, a new career, or their own new venture. The meetings are free and include Peet’s coffee, continental breakfast and helpful, friendly volunteers who are also in transition.
In addition to the normal resources for job seekers such as resume writing, interview skills and networking, Job Connections encourages members to join Success Teams and join the Yahoo Group. A success team is made up of 4 to 8 members, either based on industry, location, age or any other criteria common to the members and they meet weekly. The purpose is, like a workout buddy, to have others who will support them, share network contacts and leads, provide a sounding board, and hold each other accountable.
“The people who are getting hired are mainly a result of the success teams – they tend to be more focused and motivated and have the positive attitude employers are looking for,” says Tracy.
Job Connection’s Yahoo Group is the main communications vehicle for offering jobs, asking the group for contacts, referrals and introductions to hiring managers, announcements, especially if a member has landed a job, and messages of interest to the entire group.
“Our reputation has grown by word of mouth, news stories, companies, recruiters and outplacement companies who refer people to Job Connections. We also put on an outstanding annual event, the Career and Leadership Summit, which this year features 3 outstanding keynote speakers on June 5th, and we’re expecting between 1500 and 2000 attendees. And as always, this event is free if you register,”added Tracy.
For more information about Job Connections, go to www.jobconnections.org,
If you go, meetings are held each Saturday from 9 to 11:30 AM
Community Presbyterian Church
222 West El Pintado Rd.
Danville, CA 94526
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