Looking for a job as a recent college graduate always is a nerve-wracking and confusing experience, and it’s particularly true now in this time of pandemic and increased unemployment. Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey has a program to help new graduates through this difficult time.
Sandra Leshaw, the director of JFCS’s Re-Launch Career Services, has a background both in corporate recruiting — she’s worked at Kraft, Unilever, and Dannon — and in career counseling. In the last few months at JFCS, she has been working on job search strategy and resumes with recent grads and people who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic. Re-Launch regularly receives calls from all over Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties, asking for job search advice.
On September 15, at 7 p.m., JFCS will host a Zoom webinar, “I Graduated to This? The Grad’s Guide to Job-Hunting in a Pandemic.” The program will include guest speakers Scott Leibowitz, president of Your Next Move, LLC, and Amy Hirsch, a human resources professional and industrial/organization psychologist. The presenters will address the need for a proactive approach to job searches in this market.
The webinar will cover the latest resume and cover letter trends, the covid-19 recession and how it has influenced unemployment, and give advice on how to make the best of this challenging situation by networking, and working remotely.
“We are experiencing an unconventional job market in an unusual time,” Ms. Leshaw said. “Six months into the pandemic, many employers have found their new normal, adjusting to remote working, sanitizing schedules, and social distancing protocols. Many have resumed hiring, and many never stopped. There is no reason to wait for the job market to change. It’s up to you to become competitive. Update your job search materials and your process. Make yourself an outstanding candidate. We can help.”
To register, go to jfcsnnj.org/relaunch. For questions, email Ms. Leshaw at SandraL@jfcsnnj.org.