Employment Training Works! June 2010

Note from the publisher: “Employment Training Works!” is a new monthly feature in the Latter-day Sentinel focusing on programs offered by the local office of LDS Employment Services. This month’s installment features information on the LDSJobs.org Web site by Jim Rundlett, a volunteer at the agency.

Me in 30-Seconds – The key to your future

The Church’s new employment Web site, LDSJobs.org, is not just another job board. Yes! It has jobs. It also has the ability to allow employers to search for qualified candidates to fill job openings.

When you create your LDSJobs.org account, you have to answer a lot of questions. Then you are faced with even more questions. “Me in 30-seconds,” power statements, skills, education, work history, even which languages you speak. These employment people are really nosey, aren’t they? Do they really need all of this information?

While your ward employment specialist and employment missionaries can better serve you if they know your strengths and interests, you are really creating a strong profile to showcase your talents for prospective employers. If you complete your profile beyond the 90-percent mark (you know, that annoying little bar graph on the right-hand side of the page) employers will be able to access your profile.

Employers that have an LDSJobs.org account for their business can perform a keyword search of our candidates. If your name comes up in the search, the first thing that an employer will see is your “Me in 30-Seconds” statement.

“Me in 30-Seconds” is indeed the key. Spelling errors, incomplete sentences or misused words will sink your ship. What you must do in your statement is convey your experience and potential. An employer is looking for someone who can bring value to their company. Were you able to cut costs or increase sales for a former employer? Say it!

Employers have a brief moment to scan your “Me in 30-Seconds” statement. If you look like a potential fit, they will then look at your complete profile. If they like what they see, you may get an e-mail request to submit a resume or come in for an interview. Creating a good profile that includes a strong “Me in 30-Seconds” statement may indeed be the key to your future.

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