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May 9, 2009

What To Do When Out of Work? Go Back to School.

May 9, 2009 | By | No Comments

jack_yoest_washington_post_2008.jpgThe best time to look for a job is when you have a job.

Question: But what if you don’t have a job?

How to look?

And what to do meanwhile?

Answer: Go back to school.

Alert Reader, FaceBook and Twitter Friend, Janet, asks Your Business Blogger(R) about a common challenge:

What do I do about gaps in employment history; gaps on my resume?

If you are in this situation here’s what the job seeker can do to ‘mind the gap.’

Enroll in a course at your local community college.

Your Business Blogger(R)

The Washington Post

Continuous learning is, well, continuous.

And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are three FAB’s, the Features, Advantages and Benefits of going back to class.

If you have a job or not.

First Feature

Meet a professor

Advantage

Learn subject matter.

Learn presentation — interview — life skills.

Get referrals.

Benefit

Cheaper than a personal coach.

Get a character reference letter.

Get employed faster

Second Feature

Meet other inquisitive minds

Advantage

Expand your Friend contact database.

Challenge assumptions.

Increased network of contacts for job referrals.

Benefit

Faster learning.

Cheaper than a job placement agency.

Get employed faster

Third Feature

Regularly scheduled class times.

Advantage

Encourages the student to get out of bed, out of the house.

Provides structure to the job seekers’ week.

Forces the student to walk past career counselors’ office.

Benefit

Get more done in less time.

Spend less time in Starbucks.

Get employed faster.

The purpose of continuing education is the gaining of new knowledge, skills and abilities. But this is even more important when one is out of work. A perspective employer is going to ask you a number of questions.

The first question will be, “What are you doing now?”

The perfect answer is, “As I look for my next position, I am taking a business refresher course at my local community college.”

Remember: the best time to find a job is when you are working — going to class is your job.

You may be unemployed, but you are busy: You are using your time wisely while you look for work.

As it happens, the Northern Virginia Community College has the perfect solution to help you find your next job.

Sit in my class.

NOVA has openings in my Business 200 class, Principles of Management. We will meet every Monday & Wednesday nights at the Arlington Campus, near the Ballston Metro. Beginning July 1 for six weeks.

Alert Readers know that Your Business Blogger(R) charges outrageous fees for a two day management seminar.

The same instructor at NOVA will set you back about 100 bucks a credit hour or about 500 bucks fully loaded for a three credit-hour class.

Course topics

1. Intro to Management

2. History of Management

3. Organizational Environments and Culture

4. Ethics and Social Responsibility

5. Planning and Decision Making

6. Organizational Strategy

7. Innovation and Change

8. Global Management

9. Designing Adaptive Organizations

10. Managing Teams

11. Managing Human Resource System

12. Managing Individuals and a Diverse Workforce

13. Motivation

14. Leadership

15. Managing Communication

16. Control

17. Managing Information

18. Managing Service and Manufacturing Operations

Call now to register. Operators are standing by.

Or apply on-line.

JYoest@NVCC.edu www.Yoest.com

This summer afternoon class is the perfect capstone after hours and allows the student to job hunt early in the early in the day.

Come join my class. And get employed faster.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

For more on your job search: tattoos, lying, resume enhancement and trick questions follow links below.

Read Job Search? PASS This Test

See how “Sarah” is getting it right. To get your next job, assignment or project PASS this test! See how the mythical composite Sarah learned new behaviors to find new opportunities.

As first appeared in The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 20, 2002

To get a job, first get a plan and then get busy…

Your Business Blogger(R) is of a certain age from a certain generation with teenage children and is confused by various body art. I do not understand tattoos. (Except on my dad, who was in the Navy…) A future employer also may not understand body art. Not even Starbucks.

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Be sure to ask some questions in your job interview, Job Interview: 3 Questions for Your Prospective Boss.

Yes, High School still counts. Forever. What’s the One Best Question to Ask a Job Candidate?

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Follow me on Twitter: @JackYoest

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