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While most every other job search strategy you come across is stressing dynamic-looking resumes, cover letters, and “getting out to network” (which may mean something different to you than the next person), one innovation job search program is landing careers for people almost weekly at Fox Valley Technical College.

Cover letters, resumes, and general “networking” all play a role in a job search process, but they’re not innately strategic, measurable, nor even effective in this new economy. Hiring managers today aren’t solely relying on the posting of job ads that were once the norm in connecting jobseekers to employers.

Smart hiring today is all about mobilizing talent to solve the unique needs of employers in an economy that demands skill. Enter FVTC’s JobSeekers Network (JSN), a free offering for career starters, career changers, or those who want to advance in their current career. The sessions focus on teaching job search as a skill through a strategic and sequential-based form of networking that measures outcomes along the way toward landing a career.

Any job you ask? No.

Another unique element of the program is that participants actually “design” the main aspects of their next career throughout the JSN process. In most cases if participants do the work as part of the process, the ultimate result connects them with a career they want to work in, and at the same time, meets the needs of an employer.

That is really happening around here? Please read further.

JSN recently reached its 1,000th participant in less than four years of the college providing the free service. Anchored by one of the state’s largest LinkedIn networks related to a service, hundreds of successful JSN participants have found careers without even sending or posting resumes and cover letters as part of the process.

The Student Employment Services department at Fox Valley Technical College announced its spring 2014 semester lineup of JSN sessions for the region, which include a new evening offering, as follows:

Mondays, FVTC’s Appleton campus, room G139 inside entrance 5 from 11:30 – 1:00, weekly.

Thursdays, FVTC’s Oshkosh Riverside campus, room 115 from 9:30 – 10:30, weekly.

Thursday evenings, FVTC’s Appleton campus, room A160 inside entrance 15 from 6:30 – 8:00, weekly.

All sessions at both campuses include an optional LinkedIn tutorial following the JSN program each week.  No registration is required to attend; however, weekly attendance is expected as part of the JSN process.

The sessions also include an optional textbook, The Human Search Engine, which is available at FVTC’s Appleton and Oshkosh campus bookstores. The five-star rated book recently became a required reading literary work for college students in the areas of employability essentials and life skill development.

The facilitator of the Appleton sessions is the creator of the JSN process and career search expert Chris Czarnik, and Ann Schueller, military veteran and job search specialist, leads the program in Oshkosh.

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