Holiday Jobs Event to Put Minnesota Back to Work and Benefit The Salvation Army
By Kevin Donlin | December 9th, 2009
On the heels of President Obama’s Jobs Summit, one Twin Cities business is teaming with The Salvation Army to put Minnesota back to work this holiday season.
“The average job search now lasts 28.5 weeks — the longest in more than 10 years — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s dire news for anyone looking for work,” says Kevin Donlin, Co-Director of Guerrilla Job Search International, with offices in Edina.
Donlin, along with the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel, is sponsoring a job-search seminar on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 6:30 pm, called: “Guerrilla Job Search Secrets Revealed,” with 100% of ticket sales to benefit The Salvation Army. A donation of $5 or more is requested at www.PutMinnesotaBackToWork.com.
“The Salvation Army applauds professionals using their skills to help our cause,” said Annette Bauer, Salvation Army PR Director. ‘Not only does this event encourage donations, but it associates our name with one of our focus areas, getting people back to work in rewarding and productive jobs. Our founder William Booth expressed these goals back in 1865 when he said, ‘People must have food to eat, a place to sleep and something to do.’”
Why guerrilla job search tactics? “The best way to stand out in this economy is to zig when everyone else is zagging. Because, if you do what everyone else is doing to find a job, you’ll get results like everyone else is getting. And almost every job seeker you talk to is getting poor results,” says Donlin.
Donlin offers these unconventional job search tips, each of which has led to a new job within the past 90 days:
- Create a resume with logos and graphics. Graphics can be logos from past employers, schools, or organizations. Quotes should come from people familiar with your work.
- Mail your resume in a box to employers, with your cover letter and a paper Starbucks cup. Ask the employer to meet for coffee, then call to follow up.
- Mail your resume and cover letter to employers inside a small, thank-you note. Because only good news comes in small envelopes. Begin your cover letter with the words, “Thank you for reading this letter.” It got one Detroit woman hired for a job in only 7 weeks — in the city with America’s worst unemployment.
- Prove your skills in the job interview. Example: Let others sing your praises by bringing along printed testimonials to support your three most valuable skills.
“The holiday season can be incredibly stressful for anyone out of work. That’s why I’m grateful for the opportunity to share these job-search tips with others while helping benefit the local Salvation Army,” says Donlin.
Registration details and more information are found at: www.PutMinnesotaBackToWork.com
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