New York, NY (PRWEB) January 20, 2009
With unemployment rates at its highest in 35 years, competition in the job market will be virtually unbearable for those with socio-economic, skill and educational barriers to employment. These are the types of clients serviced by some on New York's most economically impacted non-profits. One such organization, Dress for Success (DFS), a non-profit whose mission is to promote economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development tools, is feeling the squeeze. They are shifting some of their initiatives because many their partner employers are not hiring.
Branch Manager at Dress for Success in Richmond Hill, Queens, Ky Shabazz cites with some dismay, that at DFS "we normally have a career fair in March with 1,200 women participating…this year we've had to move the career fair into September." DFS will be focusing more intensely on improving interview skills and helping their clients prepare for jobs of the future, namely those generated by the green industry.
Crystal Cotton, of Crystal Clear Connextions, has worked in Human Resources, Career Development and Recruitment in the non-profit sector for over 20 years and has seen her share of lay-offs, downsizing and organizational challenges to fulfill service missions. "I want to lift some of the burden off of organizations like Dress for Success whose mission is hard enough without having to send their clients out to compete in a job market that is stacked against them." As Ms. Shabazz of DFS noted, "They (our clients) have it rough to start with and that's why they walk through our doors."
Non-profits interested in sending clients or staff to the workshop should contact the Crystal Cotton. There is no charge for attendees referred through a qualifying non-profit organization. For more information, contact Crystal Clear Connextions, at 646-919-5348. You may also send a message through their website at http://www.crystalconnext.com.
What: How to Find Hot Jobs in a Cold Market Workshop
Who: Crystal Clear Connextions, with guest speaker from MertoNYJobs.com
When: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: 305 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (at Support Center for Non-Profit Management)
Why: To help people develop the communication and job search skills need to find the hot jobs in today's market.