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LIGHTEN YOUR BURDEN
July 2011 NEWSLETTER
“You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is. You cannot
light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul.”
President Harold B. Lee
The company Steve worked for downsized because of the economy, which left him without a job for seven months.
During this period he and his family had to make significant sacrifices:
•They were very frugal by using their food storage and buying a few things from the grocery store
•Cable television and other non-essential things were discontinued
•Eating out, and movies were no longer part of their life enjoyments
•They struggled to provide the necessities
Without employment, Steve began to weaken in his confidence and self-esteem. He began to doubt his ability to support
his family in the way they had been accustomed to.
Steve set up a detailed daily routine that he followed judiciously:
•Woke up at 6:00 a.m.
•Started each day as if he was going to work
•Dressed wearing a white shirt, tie, and dress pants
•Spent 10 to 12 hours every day in his job search
•Looked for new employment websites
•Kept all business cards that he received from networking in a folder
•Sent e-mails to person on card asking for references
•Sent a thank you note with a copy of his resume and asked “do you know of any employment opportunities?”
•Steve believes the old adage “when you are out of a job, your job is getting a job”
Steve did a lot of volunteering at the LDS Employment Resource Services Office. He helped to register job seekers on
ldsjobs.org as well as phoning or e-mailing them to see how their job search was going. Later he was offered a part-time
position as an Account Representative at the LDS Employment Resource Services Office.
He had two mentors in the office, Brother Bret Ellsworth and Brother Forest Addington who both counseled with him.
Steve said “I got to pick their brains every week.” He was able to get a number of leads from them. One of those leads
led him to a brother - who referred him to the company that eventually hired him. (That was networking in action!)
Through this networking process, Steve got an interview. After his first interview he received a call to come in for a
second interview. From the first interview, Steve determined the company needed direction for expansion and growth.
He took the initiative to develop a series of questions and answers to present at the second interview. From this
interview the company created a new position and hired Steve. He continues to work at his current position.
Jeremy JensenMRC, CRC
Last month I shared with you a little about our
We have had some fantastic success stories.
•A brother in the Fresno East Stake is
getting the training he needs so he can
be a refractionist in an optometrist
•A brother who is finishing up his
insurance license and has two jobs
waiting for him.
•We helped an engineer market other
skills that didn’t appear on her resume,
and got a job with a company after they
told her she wasn’t qualified.
•We have a sister who is enrolled in a bus
We can help your members as well. We have
training opportunities and business partnerships
which are very similar to paid internships. If you
are a ward employment specialist, a bishop, or
someone who is concerned about their brother
or sister, please give me a call at 559‐255‐1515.
Account Rep – Dan Larkin
There are many resources related to the Internet to
help in our job search. Many of these are new forms
of communication that require us to be trained in their
proper usage. In an article entitled‐“Eight Tips for
Better E‐mail Cover Letters,”by Larry Buhl, for Yahoo!
Hot Jobs, it outlines how we can use technology in our
job search. Let me highlight the points from this
Don’t Waste Your Subject Line - What you write in the
subject line can determine whether your letter gets read.
Use Standard Cover Letter Protocol - Write your letter
as the body of the email and include a salutation (use
the receiver’s actual name if you know it).
Keep It Short and Dynamic - They want to get the gist
of your pitch in 150 words or fewer.
Keep it Simple-…strip away all formatting and save the
file as plain text.
Be Specific-Apply for only jobs that you are
Keywords are Key-…skill-oriented keywords will
boost your chance at being discovered…
Play by Their Rules-Take the time to learn the company
Check It Again- Thoroughly spell-check and proofread
your email letter.
Just like all areas of the job search, you need to tailor
the communication medium to the audience or the
hiring team. What time you put out now while crafting
the message will pay huge returns.
Our Career Workshop empowers participants to find their ideal job. The workshop touches on ways to
help the job‐seeker stand out from other job seekers.
•The “Me in 30 seconds” statement
•The Power Statements
•How to succeed on the job
The diversity of the attendees makes the workshop very interesting. Participants are from all over the
United States and from countries like Thailand, Laos, The Congo, Liberia, Canada, Mexico and other
Central and South American countries. Come learn how to “standout” in getting a job. Call and Register
for career workshop class on the 1st,2nd, or 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.. Also
be sure to register onwww.ldsjobs.org with your membership number and complete profile to 100%.
SELF – EMPLOYMENT CLASS
There are many success stories to report
from the class:
•One that turned hobbies into
money making businesses
•A café that is being considered for
•Some who are in business and
making more money already
•Others are sitting on the edge of
the nest getting ready to fly
One exciting success story is a student
who opened an antique consignment
store in Sanger, and that has hired
another of the students as a part‐time
bookkeeper to help him get started.
•August classes are on Thursday
nights 7:00‐9:00 p.m.
•Call Sister Fulford at 559‐255‐
1515 toregister or for
“A MAN OUT OF WORK”
A man out of work is of special moment
to the Church because, deprived of his
inheritance, he is on trial as Job was on
trial – for his integrity…. The Church
cannot hope to save a man on Sunday if
during the week it is a complacent
witness to the crucifixion of his soul.”
Quoted in“Pure Religion: the story of the
Church Welfare Since 1930”by Glen L.
Rudd, 1995, p. 310
By Brother Booth
Priests, Laurels, and Leaders of Clovis
7th and Fresno 7th recently held a
•How to network with family
•How to construct a resume
•Dressing for success
In addition, participants were given
copies of the “Code of Hustle” –
dealing with how employees should
work for success for themselves, as
well as employers.
When a person is looking for
employment, andonly puts his/her
name, phone number and/or email
addresson ldsjobs.org it simply sits.
We at LDS Employment Resource
Services want so much to help each
person that is registered on
ldsjobs.org. Many times we get
calls from various employers
looking for people with specific
skills and talents. But we can’t help
until profiles are complete.
Employers can only contact and
recruit when profiles are at 90% or
Our mission at LDS Employment Resource Services is to “lighten your load!” We appreciate the kind and
loving service you are giving to each member of the wards and stakes. THANK YOU.
We hope we have given you a “bird’s eye view” of how the LDS Employment
Resource Services can help you to help others become self-reliant.
“The dignity and self esteem that honest work produces are essential to HAPPINESS.”
President Spencer W. Kimball