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Searching for Employment

Successful Networking

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Effectively Communicating Your Value and Skills

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Resumes and CVs

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  • Impressive Written Communication

    Aside from résumés or CVs, your job search will likely require you to write cover letters, complete applications, and send follow-up thank-you letters.

  • Job Search Planning

    Record your daily activities, and compare your job search to the suggested model.

  • Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

    While a résumé may summarize your credentials, a cover letter demonstrates how you can apply those credentials and experiences to the position you are applying for. Here are some tips to help your cover letter become an effective marketing tool.

  • Writing a Professional Email

    As you communicate with employers and network with other professionals, email will be your primary communication. Check out these tips for putting together an impressive email.

  • Writing a Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

    Creating a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that communicates your strengths will help you stand out. 

Interviewing

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  • "Me in 30 Seconds" Statements

    A “Me in 30 Seconds” statement is a simple way to present to someone else a balanced understanding of who you are.

  • Communicating Your Value

    When faced with downsizing, an employer will be looking to keep those employees who create value for the company.

  • Dressing for Success

    Many things can factor into a first impression, such as someone’s posture, facial expressions, voice intonations, handshake, eye contact, grooming, and dress.

  • Effective Negotiation Skills

    Effective negotiation is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned.

  • Following Up After an Interview

    Many companies measure an applicant’s interest in the position by what he or she does to follow up after the interview.

  • How Informational Interviewing Can Help Your Job Search

    Informational interviewing happens more frequently than you may realize.

  • How To Succeed in a Phone Interview

    Phone interviews are becoming a common part of job searches. But don’t assume that scoring a phone interview is a sure sign of success; instead, look at it as a stepping-stone to get in front of key decision makers. Here are some guidelines to help you make the short list of candidates who get a face-to-face interview.

  • Making an Impression: Nonverbal Communication during a Job Interview

    Interviewing isn’t just about what you say; it’s also important to master how you say it. Learn how to impress in your next job interview.

  • Presenting Your Skills

    To be effective you need to be able to communicate your strengths and accomplishments to employers and those in your network.

  • Researching a Company

    All right, you’ve got a job interview; now what steps do you take to prepare for it?

  • Successful Interview Techniques

    Being well prepared for an interview will help you be confident and impress the interviewer(s).

  • Working a Job Fair

    Job fairs give you opportunities to meet with representatives from many employers. The purpose of going to a job fair is not to ask for a job but to develop relationships that might lead to a job.

Job Search Techniques

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  • 5 Secrets to Making a Positive First Impression

    The workplace holds many opportunities for first impressions, and these crucial interactions can either make or break your professional relationships. Make a positive first impression by following these tips.

  • 5 Things to Know When Entering the Job Market as a College Grad

    Graduating college and entering the job market is an exciting time in a person’s life. Here are five principles to assist you in making the transition from a student to a full-time working professional.

  • 5 Things You Can Do on Social Media Today to Find a Job

    Are you looking for a job? Here are 5 things you can do on social media today to give your job search a boost. 

  • 5 Tips for Job Search Success

    It’s always hard to know what to do and what not to do during a job search. There are a lot of things you can do to make a good impression, here are 5 things you can feel confident about doing when you’re looking for a new job.

  • 9 Ways to Help Your Family during Unemployment

    If you are a parent who is struggling with unemployment, you're probably wondering how you can include your family in your job search and still help them feel secure. Here are a few ideas to help. 

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

    If social media is intimidating to you, this guide is a great place to learn the basics and see how it can help you network professionally. 

  • A Glitch-Free Job Search

    Struggling to find a job? Recognizing common stumbling blocks may help you better identify how to spend your time when searching for a job.

  • Build a Better Future

    Whether you are unemployed, unhappily employed, insecure in your current job or just want to explore other opportunities, ldsjobs.org will help you achieve your career goals.

  • Career Steps for the Returned Missionary

    As a returned missionary, you have many new decisions to make as you begin the next chapter of your life. Here are some tips to help start you on the path of education and a successful career.

  • Choosing a Job Coach

    In job searching, a job coach is a valuable member of your team.

  • Considering a Career Change?

    As you consider making a change, there are some things you need to think about and prepare for so that you will be successful and enjoy the next stage of your career.

  • Coping with Job Loss

    Losing your job can be one of the most painful and traumatic events that you will ever have to endure.

  • Earning Your Daily Bread

    Heavenly Father has blessed all of His children with the talents and gifts they will need to best provide for themselves and their families. 

  • Help for Singles Dealing with Unemployment

    Unemployment is hard enough, but it can be especially difficult if you are single. You might feel all alone in your job search or fear that you won't be able to continue to provide for yourself. Here are some simple ways to help you get back on your feet and working again. 

  • How Do I Find a Job?

    Finding a job can be tricky, especially if it is your first job or you are changing careers. There are tremendous resources that can help you succeed. 

  • How Do I Get Started in a Job Search?

    Looking for a job, but you don't know where to start? This article will give you four basic things you can do today to get started. 

  • How to Network through Social Media

    Wondering how to use social media in your professional networking? Here are 5 steps to becoming a powerful online presence. 

  • How to Support Your Husband during His Job Search

    Supporting a husband during unemployment can be stressful. So, how can you alleviate your fears, find answers to your questions, and offer the support your husband needs? Here are a few tips.

  • How to Support Your Wife during Her Job Search

    As her husband, you are your wife’s first line of support during her time of unemployment. Here are some practical ways to help you support her in her job search.

  • Job Postings—This Can't Be All There Is

    In your job search you should take into consideration the process an employer goes through to hire new employees.

  • Job Search Planning

    Record your daily activities, and compare your job search to the suggested model.

  • Making It through the Holidays When You’re Unemployed

    The holidays are already stressful, but they can be especially difficult if you are looking for work. Here are a few suggestions of how you can make it through the holidays during unemployment.

  • Returning to the Workforce?

    Things have probably changed since the last time you looked for work, and you may be wondering if you have anything to offer.

  • Standing Out in the Crowd

    When it comes to applying for jobs online, it is important to stand out from the other applicants.

  • Suddenly Without a Job?

    Losing a job can be scary. There are resources to help you through this difficult time.

  • Surviving Unemployment

    As companies continue to downsize or close, even ideal employees may find themselves needing to find new employment. 

  • Surviving Unemployment as a Single Mom

    Unemployment as a single mom can be scary and overwhelming. Here are several steps when facing unemployment to alleviate concerns and help you find a job.

  • The Most Effective Job Search

    Learn how to use the 15-10-2 approach—the most effective way to land a great job.

  • Tips for Women Re-Entering the Workforce

    Many women may find themselves re-entering the workforce after an extended absence for many different reasons, which may include divorce, disability, loss of a spouse, or increasing demands on a family budget. Here is a list of resources women can use to make their transition from home to the workforce easier.

  • Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

    While a résumé may summarize your credentials, a cover letter demonstrates how you can apply those credentials and experiences to the position you are applying for. Here are some tips to help your cover letter become an effective marketing tool.

  • Unemployment Can Happen to Anyone

    Preparing for job loss can significantly shorten the period of time you will be unemployed.

  • Why You Should Step Up Your Job Search during the Holidays

    Are you thinking about putting your job search on pause during the holidays? Here are six reasons you should reconsider.

  • Youth Looking for a Way to Make Money

    You may not have a lot of work experience, perhaps not any.

Achieving Your Career Goals

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Services at an Employment Resource Center

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  • 9 Ways to Help Your Family during Unemployment

    If you are a parent who is struggling with unemployment, you're probably wondering how you can include your family in your job search and still help them feel secure. Here are a few ideas to help. 

  • Career Steps for the Returned Missionary

    As a returned missionary, you have many new decisions to make as you begin the next chapter of your life. Here are some tips to help start you on the path of education and a successful career.

  • Get Personal Help With Your Job Search

    Employment Resource Services offers a variety of services and resources to assist you and your ward and stake. The services that ERS provides are free of charge. 

  • The Career Workshop

    The goal of the Career Workshop is to help you develop the skills you need to be effective in finding employment.  

  • The Role of Employment Missionaries

    Employment missionaries are a key part of LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS). Whether you are currently serving or are considering an employment mission, here are some of the primary roles you can expect to fill.

  • What to Expect When Visiting an Employment or Self-Reliance Center

    Whether you want help finding a job, gaining additional skills, or starting a business, those who work in the employment center will be able to help you.

Furthering Your Education

Paying for School

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  • Continuing Education

    Members of the Church have been counseled to obtain as much education as possible. This process of lifelong learning brings personal fulfillment and enriches life.

  • Emphasizing Strengths in Scholarship Essays

    By accentuating your strengths through your writing, you will be able to effectively communicate that you are a deserving candidate for their award.

  • Finding Financial Aid on LDSJobs.org

    By using the proper tools and searching smart on the Internet, you will be able to find valuable resources that will aid in your pursuit of scholarships. A great place to start your scholarship search is ldsjobs.org.

  • How to Strengthen a Scholarship Essay

    One of the best ways to stand out to a scholarship committee is to write clear, compelling essays that effectively communicate your strengths and greatest qualities.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Obtaining strong letters of recommendation may be the most persuasive component of your scholarship application to convince a committee of your skills.

  • Paying for School

    Financial aid is monetary support that enables students to overcome the economic barriers of higher education.

  • Scholarship Master Application

    A master application is a “blueprint application” that will be your guide to filling out scholarship applications in the future. It will provide all the information you need for any application so that you need not be delayed when applying.

  • Scholarship Sources

    You will need to seek diligently to find the best scholarships to apply for. There are many valuable resources that will aid in your search.

  • Topics for Scholarship Essays

    A well-written essay can be the most persuasive part of a scholarship application, which is why much time and care should be put into its preparation.

Choosing a School or Program

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  • Choosing a Profession

    The career you choose will be one of the most important decisions you will make.

  • Choosing the Right Career

    When you are deciding on a career, there are many things to consider.

  • Exploring Career Options

    With so many options, the choice of a career can seem daunting. There are some simple things you can do to learn more about your options.

  • Finding the Best School

    Determine what type of educational experience will best help you to achieve your goals, whether at a university, college, or vocational school.

  • Furthering Your Education

    With each skill and talent you develop, you will become more able to perform in a variety of jobs and interact better with people.    

  • Want to go to School?

    Going to school can be a big step. Perhaps you are feeling excited, overwhelmed, or scared. You may be wondering how to start the process, where to attend, what to study, how to pay for it, or whether you have it in you to succeed.

  • What Now? A Survival Guide for Life after High School

    Wondering how to survive life after high school? Here are some simple tips that go a long way in helping you succeed.

Building Your Own Business

Starting a Business

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  • Are You Ready to Start a Business?

    It involves a serious commitment of your time and resources, and the smallest details need to be thought out.

  • Basics of Microcredit

    Microcredit provides access to financial capital for people who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

  • Developing a Business Plan

    All planning strategies mentioned in this article are from the Self-Employment Workshop taught at LDS employment resource centers. To locate a center near you go to www.ldsjobs.org

  • Funding a Business

    One of the major hurdles in starting a business is often financing. A business can have a sharp business plan and good products, but none of it will matter without proper funding to maintain the business.

  • Is Self-Employment Right for You?

    Many people dream of being their own boss someday. For some, self-employment is the quickest way to turn that dream into reality.

  • Microenterprise Basics

    A microenterprise, or microbusiness, is a very small business that generates income for an individual or a family.

  • Starting Small

    Running a successful business requires watching your resources carefully from the beginning and taking the proper initiatives.

  • Succeeding in Home-Based Employment

    As businesses adapt to a changing global environment, opportunities for nontraditional employment abound.

Improving Your Business

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  • Improving Your Small or Home-Based Business

    You cannot simply maintain a business. Today’s competitive age requires that you continually improve your business.

  • Is Your Business Struggling?

    Managing a small business can be challenging. Resources are available to help.

  • Managing Business Finances and Personal Finances

    Personal finances can be complex but manageable with the right organization and practices. The finances of a business need even more attention to show exact profits and losses.

  • Self-Employment Success

    Whether you are thinking about starting a business or have been self-employed for quite awhile, there are some things you should consider in order to make your company successful.

  • The Self-Employment Workshop Can Help

    The Self-Employment Workshop can help you formalize your idea and turn it into a successful business or enhance an existing business through the development of a business plan.

Using LDSJobs to Share Information About Your Organization

Employers

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School and Educational Institutions

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  • Connecting Students with the Right School

    ERS assists individuals to find schools or programs like yours that offer degrees, certificates, vocational training or financial aid. ERS can help you broaden your reach in the community. 

  • How Does ERS and SRS Help People Obtain Education?

    The key to successful employment is proper education and training, and LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS) helps people achieve success by helping them access educational opportunities.

  • School FAQs

    Perhaps you have never heard of LDS Employment Resource Services or perhaps you didn't realize that we assist people with gaining education and skills.  

  • Types of Schools We Work With

    Employment Resource Services (ERS) connects with educational institutions all over the world to help people qualify for jobs.

Resources for Small Businesses

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  • Helping Small Businesses Succeed

    LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS) connects with resources that can help people be successful in starting a business or improving an existing small business.

  • Small Business Organizations FAQs

    Perhaps you have never heard of LDS Employment Resource Services or perhaps you didn't realize that we assist people with being successful business owners.  

  • Who is ERS?

    ERS will help small businesses use community resources wisely, get you involved in promotions and trainings and try and partner you with organizations that will aid in the overall wellbeing of your business.

Assisting Members with Employment Needs

Coaching

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  • Being a Mentor

    One of the greatest challenges a job seeker faces is the internal battle of lowered self-esteem, accompanied by despair and a loss of hope. A mentor can be a tremendous help.

  • Choosing a Job Coach

    In job searching, a job coach is a valuable member of your team.

  • Coaching Techniques

    Quorum leaders, auxiliary leaders, advisers, visiting or home teachers, and welfare specialists coach people in need. Sometimes leaders call members with specific skills and experiences to help others.

  • Employment Mentors: A Guide for Bishops

    Bishops and branch presidents can help individuals achieve career self-reliance by referring them to Church welfare operations such as Development Counseling Services (DCS) and Deseret Industries (DI).

  • How to Be an Employment Mentor

    Learn about how to be a successful employment mentor. 

  • Working Effectively with a Mentor

    Congratulations on your steps toward becoming career self-reliant! A key to your success is effectively utilizing your mentor. Learn how to work with your mentor to reach your goals. 

Resources for Your Calling

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  • 9 Ways to Help Your Family during Unemployment

    If you are a parent who is struggling with unemployment, you're probably wondering how you can include your family in your job search and still help them feel secure. Here are a few ideas to help. 

  • Bishops: How Can I Meet Employment Needs?

    The bishop has a divine mandate to seek out and care for the poor and to help members of his ward become self-reliant. Learn how you can mobilize the ward council to meet employment needs in your ward. 

  • Deseret Industries May Be an Option

    The training program at Deseret Industries is designed to help people create an individual career plan and develop ways to reach the goal of long-term employment.

  • Getting Started as an Employment Specialist

    The employment specialist plays a major role in the welfare and self-reliance of members in a ward or branch. Here is a list of online resources and training to help you get started in your calling as an employment specialist.

  • Helping Members Develop a Career Plan

    A career plan will help members address temporary and long-term self-reliance.

  • Ideas for the Relief Society

    In considering the needs of sisters and families, who may have employment needs, here are a few ideas to consider for Relief Society meetings held during the week.

  • Identifying Members Who Have Employment Needs

    Bishoprics, high priests group leaders, elders quorum presidencies, and Relief Society presidencies have the responsibility of seeking out and caring for the poor and needy.

  • Job Search Tip Sheets

    The job search tip sheets cover the basics of a successful job search. Job seekers, employment specialists and priesthood and Relief Society leaders will benefit by becoming familiar with the information contained in this series of handouts. 

  • Quorum and Relief Society Leaders: What Should I Do to Help?

    As a quorum or Relief Society leader, you are responsible to assist ward members with their employment needs. Read about some ideas for coordinating these efforts in your ward.

  • The Lord's Storehouse

    "The Lord's storehouse includes the time, talents, skills, compassion, consecrated material, and financial means of faithful Church members. These resources are available to the bishop in assisting those in need."

  • The Role of the Employment Specialist

    There are many different employment needs that you could have in your ward. Learn how you can coordinate with ward leaders to help job seekers become self-reliant. 

Mentoring

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