There are many plausible employment finding services within every community, some private and some government sponsored. Yet, the National Employment Council program is uniquely structured in several ways:
This program is unique as it accompanies Job Matching.
The National Employment Council has established relationships with employers in territories it services. Employers have agreed to interview graduates of project Get Back to Work Now after candidates have completed the six week Get Back to Work Now program. Job matching is an important distinguishing factor, offering graduates of this program a direct advantage.
This program is unique as it builds personal morale prior to applying for a job:
Job seekers with the desire to organize, execute and mange a successful employment campaign share three qualities: vision, hope and motivation. Although most join the unemployed community possessing all three qualities, extended unemployment gradually diminishes these traits and replaces them with doubt and lowered self esteem. The excitement to secure employment is eventually replaced with skepticism, loss of interest, and even for some, depression. Continuous rejection and lack of forward momentum can impact individuals with the potential to become viable members of the workforce. Project Get Back to Work Now is distinguished by focusing on revitalizing the belief and motivation for each candidate giving them the foundation and the forward momentum they need to succeed. More emphasize is placed on this step prior to applying for a job, than it is on building a resume or preparing for an interview.
This program is unique at it builds communication skills before applying for a job:
With more than three millions open positions nationally, unemployment exists for many, not due to lack of jobs, but lack of communication. Perfectly qualified candidates overstate or under describe their abilities and are eliminated from the process when talent management software are unable to accurately match their skills to open positions. Furthermore, lacking the knowledge to convey their transferrable skills, some limit themselves when narrowing their options. An IT project manager may possess transferrable skills that may benefit a wide variety of organizations looking for project managers, but this candidate may not know how to communicate those skills to a new employer.
The ability to communicate across various platforms increases the marketability of each candidate in an employment market where employers are having difficulty filling their open positions. Communicating one's skills correctly is important as it prevents the wrong perception from forming by employers who may regard a perfectly qualified candidate as not compatible. Being considered as overqualified, under-qualified, or not qualified, all result from a resume containing too much, not enough, or the wrong information. To be regarded as perfectly qualified, one must communicate their skills clearly. The NEC program prepares applicants to communicate their skills so clearly, employers looking for those skills can quickly find them. This makes the NEC program unique.
This program is unique as it accompanies career coach support:
Factors such as a skills gap, globalization and advancements in technology have created a volatile employment landscape that is constantly changing. Job seekers entering the job market for the first time find this new job market shockingly different than the one they were accustomed to in the 80's and 90's. Consequently, using outdated strategies; hundreds of unproductive hours are spent applying to online postings to which little responses are received. As a result, an otherwise productive workforce is preoccupied with activities seemingly relevant, yet fruitless in nature. When candidates spend hours online, completing profiles, taking application tests and assessments, for jobs that are seemingly legitimate, yet their existence suspect, a new generation of unemployed is created who are squandering time with activities that yield little or no plausible results; time they could otherwise use to advance their careers. Unproductive weeks turn into months, eventually perfectly qualified candidates lose the ambition to keep moving forward. This program affords each Get Back to Work Now graduate with a career coach, until employment is realized. This access ensures that participants have the guidance needed to remain productive and generate momentum while searching for employment. Momentum creates hope, hope reignites motivation, and motivation generates the ambition needed to continue moving forward until employment is realized.
This program is unique as it focuses on what works, not what is popular:
Unaware that finding employment today is no longer a two-step process, candidates continue submitting resumes to which they receive no responses to. Today creating a resume (step one), and applying online for jobs using that resume (step two) is most commonly used, yet no longer lead to employment. These steps are outdated and only blend the average applicant with thousands of others following the same two steps. For most, losing a job occurs so unexpectedly, new to the employment market, these steps are the only ones they know. An accountant knows accounting as a salesperson knows how to sell. Yet, the average job seeker is not an expert when it comes to looking for employment. Consequently, steps are taken not because they work, but because they are popular. Here are some examples of outdated steps that are popularly used:
- Submitting a resume prior to establishing a definite career path
- Applying for jobs online
- Applying for jobs using a functional resume
- Pursuing a career before finding a job
- Squandering time searching for employers in the wrong places
- Including too much or the wrong information on a social media profile
- Sharing outdated information during an interview and consequently being eliminated from the process
- Wasting time on networking that generates leads VS networking to gain referrals
Accepted strategies, no longer relevant used by a generation more than 35 years ago, only prolong unemployment today. Just as the automobile replacing the horse carriage transformed the transportation industry, the internet replacing the classified ads transformed the employment industry as well. Small adjustments in how employers are pursued today, makes a significant difference in connecting with those employers. This program helps candidates remain focused by doing what works as opposed to what is popular.