What to Expect When Visiting an Employment or Self-Reliance Center

Whether you want help finding a job, gaining additional skills and education, or starting a business, those who work in the employment and self-reliance centers will be able to help you.

Employment and self-reliance centers are located in meetinghouses, Church-owned facilities, or office buildings and are overseen by professionals who are experts in the field of career management. Full-time senior missionaries and part-time Church-service missionaries are called as employment or self-reliance advisers to serve in the centers. Employment and self-reliance advisers are trained to assist people with their employment, education, or small-business management needs. Regardless of where the center is located, you can expect to have a similar experience. Even if an employment or self-reliance center isn’t close enough for you to go in person, the staff is willing to assist you over the phone or through e-mail.

Warm Welcome

When you first arrive at an employment or self-reliance center, you will be greeted by a friendly missionary who is there to help you find your way through the initial registration process. Whether you want help finding a job, gaining additional skills, or starting a business, those who work in the employment or self-reliance center will be able to help you. Regardless of whether you are just starting out in your career or are a seasoned professional, the staff can direct you to information and resources to meet your needs.

Develop a Plan

You will be invited to meet one-on-one with an employment or self-reliance adviser, who will ask about your skills, abilities, and needs. Be sure to share with the adviser any particular interests or challenges you may have regarding your employment. Your adviser will assist you in creating a simple plan to help you reach your immediate career goals. He or she will also provide you with information and resources that may address many of your needs, including job leads, effective job search techniques, résumé or curriculum vitae writing, networking opportunities, school programs, financial aid, or information about small-business management. There may be times when the needs of your career require a more in-depth plan. In that case an employment or self-reliance adviser will work with you to develop your plan and identify how your priesthood and Relief Society leaders can help you achieve your long-term career goals.

Workshops and Other Events

The missionaries who serve as employment or self-reliance advisers will invite you to participate in workshops and meetings that are hosted by the center. These include the Career Workshop, the Self-Employment Workshop, the Professional Placement Program (offered only in the United States), the Planning for Success workshop (available only internationally) networking meetings, and other scheduled events such as career fairs. Participating in these workshops and events will help you to be successful in achieving your career goals. Those who take advantage of these resources and apply what they learn are able to shorten the time they spend looking for a job or increase the likelihood they will be successful with their new business.

Development Counseling Services

Development Counseling Services is available for individuals with barriers to employment. It provides the opportunity to work with a licensed counselor and receive an employment assessment and vocational counseling. Those receiving development counseling often participate in skills training and business partnerships. Counselors work together with ecclesiastical leaders to help facilitate self-reliance.

Additional Resources

In addition to receiving help from an employment or self-reliance adviser, you may want to take advantage of the computers, Internet access, fax and copy machines, and telephones that are available for you to use as you pursue your career, self-employment, or education goals.

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