President Franklin D. Roosevelt eloquently pointed out, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Every Wednesday over Zoom, The Job Forum hosts a 90-minute workshop that is sure to empower any job seekers during these challenging times. For the last 70 years, this nonprofit service has hosted a multitude of events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sign up for free on Eventbrite to team up with expert panelists volunteering from local businesses and nonprofits and fellow job hunters in this encouraging space. During April 2023, I attended two weekly Wednesday events and am excited to share my impressions!
How did you find out about The Job Forum?
In the beginning of 2022, I left my previous job of 6 years looking to make a splash in the social media and content space. As daunting as a career transition into a new field can feel, my first interaction with The Job Forum lifted those spirits. Looking to optimize my resume, LinkedIn, and “long held” fear of networking, the recurring and free/low-cost events here caught my eye. A few professionals I crossed paths with in SF informed me there was an organization that prides themselves on tailoring custom feedback for participants. It can feel like a whirlwind jumping on the computer and “aiming to get the next job pronto.” Step into a Wednesday event prepared to talk about your work journey and receive lots of constructive criticism.
Tell us something about the event that stood out?
I found the panelists to be laser-focused in their responses to each individual job hunter. For the Wednesday event, 5-7 minutes is allotted per person in their share. Outcomes vary from how to grow your side hustle to expanding location of remote job search to uncovering a relevant Slack group. The Job Forum panelists are leaders in their respective fields and have a strong sense of delivering next best steps. As a job hunter , it’s very important to come prepared with a concise question or topic for discussion. You’ll be sure to walk away with a wealth of knowledge and strategies to manage your job search.
What do you think is the valuable reason to attend an event at The Job Forum?
I believe that a huge asset is the attention one receives from both panelists and fellow attendees. During the events I’ve recently attended, each volunteer panelist provides their take on a given matter while the Zoom chat fills up with commentary from the community. I find myself collecting many pertinent insights that weren’t originally in the forefront of my mind nor included in my job search tactics. This allows me to develop a more in depth approach to job hunting and add more ideas each time I participate, as well as to aide other job hunters who are new to The Job Forum.
Do you plan to keep attending The Job Forum during your job search and why?
I plan on continuing to regularly attend The Job Forum events (of all kinds) during my job search because of the accountability I’ve taken away from the organization. I find that the job hunting tactics of mine are more fine-tuned with more exposure from the individually crafted advice. The direction of each event takes its own course and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the helpful content shared to me in the social media space. As I’ve mentioned earlier, taking on the entire scope of finding a job alone can feel very overwhelming. Make your next job search a little less complicated by collaborating with us.
by Jason Slamovich