Helping Members Develop a Career Plan
Under the direction of the bishop, priesthood and Relief Society leaders should help each member in need develop a plan for temporary and long-term self-reliance.
Discuss the member’s employment options and plan with the ward council in an effort to help resolve his or her specific needs. The council should first look to resources that exist within the ward to address the need.
Employment needs may reveal themselves in many different ways. A member who feels he or she is not making enough money may need help in developing a spending plan rather than help in finding new employment. Or, perhaps the member has financially overextended him or herself. By selling unnecessary assets, reducing expenses, or canceling unnecessary services, a member might be better able to live within his or her means.
Likewise, members who are truly looking for new employment opportunities may also need assistance in discovering additional training, writing a résumé, preparing for an interview, or in identifying potential job leads and networking contacts.
Steps to Develop a Career Plan for Long-Term Self-Reliance
Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the necessities of life for self and family.
When developing a plan for long-term self-reliance, an official form is not required; however, the Needs and Resources Analysis form (item no. 32290) may be used. Several meetings will generally be required to fully complete a plan.
When visiting the member in need, establish a comfortable rapport with him or her. Among other areas of self-reliance, be sure to discuss the following four career elements:
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