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Success Stories

  • Abrahão's Story: The Eternal Volunteer

    In the Sorocaba Brazil Employment Resource Center, Abrahão is a familiar face. He volunteers at the center whenever he can and has been affectionately called the “eternal volunteer” by his friends.

  • Ari's Story: Networking Stepping-Stones

    Ari described his networking experiences as crossing a river by way of stepping-stones. When you start out on a path, you go from one stepping-stone to another.

  • Bob's Story: Using Networking to Your Advantage

    When Bob lost his job he didn't know where to start with finding a new job. He visited the employment center and was able to learn the skills he needed to re-enter the work force.

  • Darren's Story: Learning to Live a Balanced Life

    Darren decided to leave his job because it didn’t quite align with his personal goals. He went to his bishop for direction and his bishop advised him to visit an LDS employment center. Through following his bishop's counsel, Darren was able to find a new job that allows him to live a happier and more balanced life.

  • Dirk's Story: Answering Prayers

    Dirk’s employment history is a testament to his flexibility. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Dirk began his career working in the hotel industry in Utah. Later he and his family relocated to Virginia after he received a job with a staffing company.

  • Greg's Story: Getting His Foot in the Door

    Job searching in a deflated market can be difficult for even the most qualified candidates. Even before finishing his graduate degree, Greg was eagerly pursuing job openings. He wanted to work in his area of expertise—real estate development—but knew he should be broad in his job search.   

  • Hugh’s Story: A Good Friend and a New Certification

    After being laid off, Hugh struggled to find work in his field for years. Thanks to the help of a friend, and a new certification, Hugh was able to find a job that utilized his work experience and skills. 

  • Karie’s Story: Her Hobby Helped Her Succeed

    As Karie and her husband began planning for retirement, they realized she would need to work for them to reach their goals. Karie utilized social media and her social network developed through scrapbooking to find an opening that fit what she was looking for. 

  • Mark’s Story: Gaining the Tools to Succeed

    When Mark started looking for a job after being unexpectedly laid off, he was frustrated by his lack of success. By working with the Employment Resource Center he was able to gain the tools he needed to communicate his job experience and return to the workforce. 

  • Scott's Story: Finding Success with the Accelerated Job Search

    After Scott was laid off from his company he knew he needed to get down to business and begin looking for a job quickly. He was motivated to work hard to secure a job so he could continue to support his family. He was amazed at the vast amount of resources available to him through the Accelerated Job Search program.

  • Sterling's Story: Go Back and Tell Him

    When Sterling told his company that he was going to start looking for a new job, he and his wife, Michelle, had not anticipated that he would be unemployed for 15 months.

  • Terry's Story: Gaining Confidence with the Accelerated Job Search

    With decades of industry experience and expertise, Terry was having a difficult time as he began his job search. He quickly realized that he needed help to develop his network and hone his job search skills.

Effectively Communicating Your Value and Skills

Articles

Resumes and CVs

Articles

  • Impressive Written Communication

    Aside from résumés or CVs, your job search will likely require you to write cover letters, complete applications, and send follow-up thank-you letters.

  • Job Search Planning

    Record your daily activities, and compare your job search to the suggested model.

  • Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

    While a résumé may summarize your credentials, a cover letter demonstrates how you can apply those credentials and experiences to the position you are applying for. Here are some tips to help your cover letter become an effective marketing tool.

  • Writing a Professional Email

    As you communicate with employers and network with other professionals, email will be your primary communication. Check out these tips for putting together an impressive email.

  • Writing a Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

    Creating a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that communicates your strengths will help you stand out. 

Success Stories

  • Arlene’s Story: Reentering the Workforce with the Lord’s Help

    After being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years, reentering the workforce was a difficult job for Arlene. But with some resume and interview coaching and a lot of hard work, she was able to find a job and even obtain new certifications. 

  • Brent's Story: How His Firefighting Career Took Off

    Brent first knew he wanted to be a firefighter in 10th grade when his father took him on a firefighter helicopter trip over the Hawaiian Islands, USA.

  • Diane’s Story: What I Finally Learned

    After being a stay-at-home mom for nearly 30 years and living overseas with her husband and children, Diane found herself returning to the U.S. alone and in need of a way to support herself. Through the resources offered by the LDS Employment Resource Center, she gained confidence in her talents and found a job that was right for her.

  • Joaquin's Story: Reaping the Rewards of Diligence

    Joaquin always worked hard to provide for his family. His wife dedicated her time to raising their two daughters, and the small family depended solely on the income from Joaquin’s job. He was doing contract work with a private lending company, but when the project he had been working on at his job was finished, he found himself unemployed and without means to provide for his family.

  • Richard's Story: From Stake Welfare Specialist to Job Seeker

    When Richard was called to be the stake welfare specialist, he knew he would be helping members of his stake build better futures, but he never imagined the experience would also be such a benefit to his own future. Some time after being called, Richard's employment was terminated, but he was successful in finding a new job through applying the principles he had learned as an employment specialist.

  • Trent and Iuliana's Story: Moving from Moldova

    Trent and Iuliana met in Chicago, U.S., while she was studying abroad as a student from Moldova, an Eastern European country. She had come to the United States on a scholarship that required her to return to her native country for at least two years once she finished her classes.

Interviewing

Articles

  • "Me in 30 Seconds" Statements

    A “Me in 30 Seconds” statement is a simple way to present to someone else a balanced understanding of who you are.

  • Communicating Your Value

    When faced with downsizing, an employer will be looking to keep those employees who create value for the company.

  • Dressing for Success

    Many things can factor into a first impression, such as someone’s posture, facial expressions, voice intonations, handshake, eye contact, grooming, and dress.

  • Effective Negotiation Skills

    Effective negotiation is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned.

  • Following Up After an Interview

    Many companies measure an applicant’s interest in the position by what he or she does to follow up after the interview.

  • How Informational Interviewing Can Help Your Job Search

    Informational interviewing happens more frequently than you may realize.

  • How To Succeed in a Phone Interview

    Phone interviews are becoming a common part of job searches. But don’t assume that scoring a phone interview is a sure sign of success; instead, look at it as a stepping-stone to get in front of key decision makers. Here are some guidelines to help you make the short list of candidates who get a face-to-face interview.

  • Making an Impression: Nonverbal Communication during a Job Interview

    Interviewing isn’t just about what you say; it’s also important to master how you say it. Learn how to impress in your next job interview.

  • Presenting Your Skills

    To be effective you need to be able to communicate your strengths and accomplishments to employers and those in your network.

  • Researching a Company

    All right, you’ve got a job interview; now what steps do you take to prepare for it?

  • Successful Interview Techniques

    Being well prepared for an interview will help you be confident and impress the interviewer(s).

  • Working a Job Fair

    Job fairs give you opportunities to meet with representatives from many employers. The purpose of going to a job fair is not to ask for a job but to develop relationships that might lead to a job.

Success Stories

Job Search Techniques

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  • 5 Secrets to Making a Positive First Impression

    The workplace holds many opportunities for first impressions, and these crucial interactions can either make or break your professional relationships. Make a positive first impression by following these tips.

  • 5 Things to Know When Entering the Job Market as a College Grad

    Graduating college and entering the job market is an exciting time in a person’s life. Here are five principles to assist you in making the transition from a student to a full-time working professional.

  • 5 Things You Can Do on Social Media Today to Find a Job

    Are you looking for a job? Here are 5 things you can do on social media today to give your job search a boost. 

  • 5 Tips for Job Search Success

    It’s always hard to know what to do and what not to do during a job search. There are a lot of things you can do to make a good impression, here are 5 things you can feel confident about doing when you’re looking for a new job.

  • 9 Ways to Help Your Family during Unemployment

    If you are a parent who is struggling with unemployment, you're probably wondering how you can include your family in your job search and still help them feel secure. Here are a few ideas to help. 

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

    If social media is intimidating to you, this guide is a great place to learn the basics and see how it can help you network professionally. 

  • A Glitch-Free Job Search

    Struggling to find a job? Recognizing common stumbling blocks may help you better identify how to spend your time when searching for a job.

  • Build a Better Future

    Whether you are unemployed, unhappily employed, insecure in your current job or just want to explore other opportunities, ldsjobs.org will help you achieve your career goals.

  • Career Steps for the Returned Missionary

    As a returned missionary, you have many new decisions to make as you begin the next chapter of your life. Here are some tips to help start you on the path of education and a successful career.

  • Choosing a Job Coach

    In job searching, a job coach is a valuable member of your team.

  • Considering a Career Change?

    As you consider making a change, there are some things you need to think about and prepare for so that you will be successful and enjoy the next stage of your career.

  • Coping with Job Loss

    Losing your job can be one of the most painful and traumatic events that you will ever have to endure.

  • Earning Your Daily Bread

    Heavenly Father has blessed all of His children with the talents and gifts they will need to best provide for themselves and their families. 

  • Help for Singles Dealing with Unemployment

    Unemployment is hard enough, but it can be especially difficult if you are single. You might feel all alone in your job search or fear that you won't be able to continue to provide for yourself. Here are some simple ways to help you get back on your feet and working again. 

  • How Do I Find a Job?

    Finding a job can be tricky, especially if it is your first job or you are changing careers. There are tremendous resources that can help you succeed. 

  • How Do I Get Started in a Job Search?

    Looking for a job, but you don't know where to start? This article will give you four basic things you can do today to get started. 

  • How to Network through Social Media

    Wondering how to use social media in your professional networking? Here are 5 steps to becoming a powerful online presence. 

  • How to Support Your Husband during His Job Search

    Supporting a husband during unemployment can be stressful. So, how can you alleviate your fears, find answers to your questions, and offer the support your husband needs? Here are a few tips.

  • How to Support Your Wife during Her Job Search

    As her husband, you are your wife’s first line of support during her time of unemployment. Here are some practical ways to help you support her in her job search.

  • Job Postings—This Can't Be All There Is

    In your job search you should take into consideration the process an employer goes through to hire new employees.

  • Job Search Planning

    Record your daily activities, and compare your job search to the suggested model.

  • Making It through the Holidays When You’re Unemployed

    The holidays are already stressful, but they can be especially difficult if you are looking for work. Here are a few suggestions of how you can make it through the holidays during unemployment.

  • Returning to the Workforce?

    Things have probably changed since the last time you looked for work, and you may be wondering if you have anything to offer.

  • Standing Out in the Crowd

    When it comes to applying for jobs online, it is important to stand out from the other applicants.

  • Suddenly Without a Job?

    Losing a job can be scary. There are resources to help you through this difficult time.

  • Surviving Unemployment

    As companies continue to downsize or close, even ideal employees may find themselves needing to find new employment. 

  • Surviving Unemployment as a Single Mom

    Unemployment as a single mom can be scary and overwhelming. Here are several steps when facing unemployment to alleviate concerns and help you find a job.

  • The Most Effective Job Search

    Learn how to use the 15-10-2 approach—the most effective way to land a great job.

  • Tips for Women Re-Entering the Workforce

    Many women may find themselves re-entering the workforce after an extended absence for many different reasons, which may include divorce, disability, loss of a spouse, or increasing demands on a family budget. Here is a list of resources women can use to make their transition from home to the workforce easier.

  • Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

    While a résumé may summarize your credentials, a cover letter demonstrates how you can apply those credentials and experiences to the position you are applying for. Here are some tips to help your cover letter become an effective marketing tool.

  • Unemployment Can Happen to Anyone

    Preparing for job loss can significantly shorten the period of time you will be unemployed.

  • Why You Should Step Up Your Job Search during the Holidays

    Are you thinking about putting your job search on pause during the holidays? Here are six reasons you should reconsider.

  • Youth Looking for a Way to Make Money

    You may not have a lot of work experience, perhaps not any.

Success Stories

  • Arlene’s Story: Reentering the Workforce with the Lord’s Help

    After being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years, reentering the workforce was a difficult job for Arlene. But with some resume and interview coaching and a lot of hard work, she was able to find a job and even obtain new certifications. 

  • Darren's Story: Learning to Live a Balanced Life

    Darren decided to leave his job because it didn’t quite align with his personal goals. He went to his bishop for direction and his bishop advised him to visit an LDS employment center. Through following his bishop's counsel, Darren was able to find a new job that allows him to live a happier and more balanced life.

  • Diane’s Story: What I Finally Learned

    After being a stay-at-home mom for nearly 30 years and living overseas with her husband and children, Diane found herself returning to the U.S. alone and in need of a way to support herself. Through the resources offered by the LDS Employment Resource Center, she gained confidence in her talents and found a job that was right for her.

  • Edgar's Story: They Taught Me through Love and Expertise

    Edgar’s company announced that they would be moving his position to another state, but he and his family loved their neighborhood so much that they didn't want to leave. Although Edgar had extensive education and experience in manufacturing engineering, he knew it wouldn't be easy to find a new job in a highly specialized industry with limited opportunities.

  • Hugh’s Story: A Good Friend and a New Certification

    After being laid off, Hugh struggled to find work in his field for years. Thanks to the help of a friend, and a new certification, Hugh was able to find a job that utilized his work experience and skills. 

  • Job Hunting According to Nephi

    Throughout my career, I have had several close calls with unemployment, but all my jobs since student employment in college had found me, so I never had to search. I guess I was expecting the same thing to happen again, but it didn’t.

  • Julianne’s Story: Transitioning from the Classroom to the Workforce

    As Julianne prepared to graduate, she wasn't sure where she wanted her career to go. Then she attended the Career Workshop and gained the direction and skills she needed to succeed. 

  • Mark’s Story: Gaining the Tools to Succeed

    When Mark started looking for a job after being unexpectedly laid off, he was frustrated by his lack of success. By working with the Employment Resource Center he was able to gain the tools he needed to communicate his job experience and return to the workforce. 

  • Richard's Story: From Stake Welfare Specialist to Job Seeker

    When Richard was called to be the stake welfare specialist, he knew he would be helping members of his stake build better futures, but he never imagined the experience would also be such a benefit to his own future. Some time after being called, Richard's employment was terminated, but he was successful in finding a new job through applying the principles he had learned as an employment specialist.

  • Scott's Story: Finding Success with the Accelerated Job Search

    After Scott was laid off from his company he knew he needed to get down to business and begin looking for a job quickly. He was motivated to work hard to secure a job so he could continue to support his family. He was amazed at the vast amount of resources available to him through the Accelerated Job Search program.

  • Scott’s Story: Refining Your Job Search

    Despite 12 years in the engineering field, Scott struggled to find a new job. But after attending the Career Workshop and Accelerated Job Search Program he was able to narrow his search, make a good impression during interviews, and eventually get a great job doing what he loves. 

  • Sheila's Story: Lessons Learned from the Career Workshop

    Sheila decided to return to the workforce after her husband’s employment was affected by the recession, but her job search was harder than she expected. By attending the Career Workshop, she gained the job search skills she needed to find a job.

  • Terry's Story: Gaining Confidence with the Accelerated Job Search

    With decades of industry experience and expertise, Terry was having a difficult time as he began his job search. He quickly realized that he needed help to develop his network and hone his job search skills.

  • Yazmin's Story: Learning How to Enter a Changing Job Market

    Yazmin took a three year break after graduating from law school to stay home with her newborn. When she began looking for work again, she realized that the market had already changed, and needed to brush up on her job search skills to find meaningful employment. 

Achieving Your Career Goals

Articles

Success Stories

  • Frank's Story: Searching for More Time

    Jose Francisco “Frank” Reyes just wanted a little more time to be with his family. With a bachelor’s degree in marketing, he figured he would have a stable job with stable hours and be able to support his family well, but he did not have a fixed work schedule.

  • Heather's Story: Following Heavenly Father's Plan

    When Heather graduated from college in the spring of 2008, she was optimistic about the future. With a degree in professional and technical writing and experience working as a peer editor and an intern for the university’s book publisher, Heather was eager to find a career where she could put her education to good use. 

Services at an Employment Resource Center

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  • 9 Ways to Help Your Family during Unemployment

    If you are a parent who is struggling with unemployment, you're probably wondering how you can include your family in your job search and still help them feel secure. Here are a few ideas to help. 

  • Accelerated Job Search Program

    With the Accelerated Job Search program you can find the job you want and need in 1 month!

  • Career Steps for the Returned Missionary

    As a returned missionary, you have many new decisions to make as you begin the next chapter of your life. Here are some tips to help start you on the path of education and a successful career.

  • Get Personal Help With Your Job Search

    Employment Resource Services offers a variety of services and resources to assist you and your ward and stake. The services that ERS provides are free of charge. 

  • The Career Workshop

    The goal of the Career Workshop is to help you develop the skills you need to be effective in finding employment.  

  • The Role of Employment Missionaries

    Employment missionaries are a key part of LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS). Whether you are currently serving or are considering an employment mission, here are some of the primary roles you can expect to fill.

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

    Whether you want help finding a job, gaining additional skills, or starting a business, those who work in the employment center will be able to help you.

Success Stories

  • “The Lord’s Employment Service”

    Recently I was unemployed for 11 months. During this time, I diligently tried to network and pursue the most promising job leads. Initially, several people I knew who had been to LDS Employment Resource Services shared with me the résumé suggestions and techniques they had learned.

  • Ben's Story: Resolving in the Lord’s Way

    The day after Thanksgiving 2008, Ben lost his job.“I found out on Monday of that week that Friday would be my last day,” Ben said. “I had a family of six kids and it was just before Christmas.”

  • Bob's Story: Using Networking to Your Advantage

    When Bob lost his job he didn't know where to start with finding a new job. He visited the employment center and was able to learn the skills he needed to re-enter the work force.

  • Bundy's Story: Unexpected Success

    While working as a Church service missionary for the Employment Resource Center in Ogden, Utah, Doug Bundy was encouraged to create his own profile on the ldsjobs.org website so that he could better assist others in their job search. He never expected to find a job for himself.

  • Darren's Story: Learning to Live a Balanced Life

    Darren decided to leave his job because it didn’t quite align with his personal goals. He went to his bishop for direction and his bishop advised him to visit an LDS employment center. Through following his bishop's counsel, Darren was able to find a new job that allows him to live a happier and more balanced life.

  • Diane’s Story: What I Finally Learned

    After being a stay-at-home mom for nearly 30 years and living overseas with her husband and children, Diane found herself returning to the U.S. alone and in need of a way to support herself. Through the resources offered by the LDS Employment Resource Center, she gained confidence in her talents and found a job that was right for her.

  • Francisco's Story: Honesty Gave Him More Opportunities

    Francisco takes the career workshop once a year. He doesn’t take it because he’s unemployed, but rather because he wants to stay employed. By taking the workshop, he learns how to be a better employee and what skills employers are currently looking for.

  • Ivon's Story: Relying on the Resources of the Church

    Ivon Brenes wasn’t out of work long before she found a new job. But it was mainly due to her ability to quickly assess her needs and use the right resources.

  • Karl's Story: Angels of Employment

    Elder Roth met Karl at the Centerville Utah Employment Resource Center not long after Karl’s contractor superintendent construction job ended. Karl had worked in construction throughout his whole career and had an impressive amount of work experience.

  • Kay's Story: The Confidence to Find a Job

    In 2008 Kay’s husband passed away, leaving her with four children: two married daughters, a college-age son, and an adult daughter with special needs.

  • Richard's Story: From Stake Welfare Specialist to Job Seeker

    When Richard was called to be the stake welfare specialist, he knew he would be helping members of his stake build better futures, but he never imagined the experience would also be such a benefit to his own future. Some time after being called, Richard's employment was terminated, but he was successful in finding a new job through applying the principles he had learned as an employment specialist.

  • Terry's Story: Gaining Confidence with the Accelerated Job Search

    With decades of industry experience and expertise, Terry was having a difficult time as he began his job search. He quickly realized that he needed help to develop his network and hone his job search skills.

  • Thomas' Story: Two Days of Training, Two Interviews

    In 2009, I completed my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. As I began my job search, I was invited to several interviews across the country. However, within a week or so of each interview, I received an e-mail or phone call thanking me for my time and telling me my qualifications were impressive, but that ultimately the company was choosing to continue with other applicants.

  • We Have Work to Do Here

    The first time I experienced unemployment, I left my job because I wanted to move to a new city in search of a new life. While preparing to move, I volunteered in the employment resource center and taught the Career Workshop.

Furthering Your Education

Paying for School

Articles

  • Continuing Education

    Members of the Church have been counseled to obtain as much education as possible. This process of lifelong learning brings personal fulfillment and enriches life.

  • Emphasizing Strengths in Scholarship Essays

    By accentuating your strengths through your writing, you will be able to effectively communicate that you are a deserving candidate for their award.

  • Finding Financial Aid on LDSJobs.org

    By using the proper tools and searching smart on the Internet, you will be able to find valuable resources that will aid in your pursuit of scholarships. A great place to start your scholarship search is ldsjobs.org.

  • How to Strengthen a Scholarship Essay

    One of the best ways to stand out to a scholarship committee is to write clear, compelling essays that effectively communicate your strengths and greatest qualities.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Obtaining strong letters of recommendation may be the most persuasive component of your scholarship application to convince a committee of your skills.

  • Paying for School

    Financial aid is monetary support that enables students to overcome the economic barriers of higher education.

  • Perpetual Education Fund

    The Perpetual Education Fund assists young Church members in paying for school so they can improve their employment and bless their families, the Church, and their communities.

  • Scholarship Master Application

    A master application is a “blueprint application” that will be your guide to filling out scholarship applications in the future. It will provide all the information you need for any application so that you need not be delayed when applying.

  • Scholarship Sources

    You will need to seek diligently to find the best scholarships to apply for. There are many valuable resources that will aid in your search.

  • Topics for Scholarship Essays

    A well-written essay can be the most persuasive part of a scholarship application, which is why much time and care should be put into its preparation.

Choosing a School or Program

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  • Choosing a Profession

    The career you choose will be one of the most important decisions you will make.

  • Choosing the Right Career

    When you are deciding on a career, there are many things to consider.

  • Exploring Career Options

    With so many options, the choice of a career can seem daunting. There are some simple things you can do to learn more about your options.

  • Finding the Best School

    Determine what type of educational experience will best help you to achieve your goals, whether at a university, college, or vocational school.

  • Furthering Your Education

    With each skill and talent you develop, you will become more able to perform in a variety of jobs and interact better with people.    

  • Want to go to School?

    Going to school can be a big step. Perhaps you are feeling excited, overwhelmed, or scared. You may be wondering how to start the process, where to attend, what to study, how to pay for it, or whether you have it in you to succeed.

  • What Now? A Survival Guide for Life after High School

    Wondering how to survive life after high school? Here are some simple tips that go a long way in helping you succeed.

Success Stories

  • Dave's Story: Applying the Principles

    After working for years in trade-type jobs, Dave felt motivated to pursue a professional career in pharmacy.

  • Finding the Right Opportunities

    Francisco was raised in a very poor family. His parents were divorced when he was very young and as his mother tried to raise her children alone, the family passed through difficult times.

  • Marcos' Story: A Move in the Right Direction

    Marcos had a vision for his future. He had always worked in furniture stores, but he wanted to get an education and have a more fulfilling career. Although he enjoyed his work environment, he wanted to be able to support his family better.

  • Tracy’s Story: Internships Were a Key to My Success

    Tracy wasn't sure what path she wanted to pursue professionally. By taking several internships, she was able to narrow her job search and gain valuable skills that resulted in a job. 

  • Trevor’s Story: Practice Makes Perfect

    When Trevor was applying for graduate school, his interview practice helped him get accepted. 

Building Your Own Business

Starting a Business

Articles

  • Are You Ready to Start a Business?

    It involves a serious commitment of your time and resources, and the smallest details need to be thought out.

  • Basics of Microcredit

    Microcredit provides access to financial capital for people who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

  • Considering Starting a Business?

    Owning your own business can be very rewarding, but there are a few questions you should answer first. 

  • Developing a Business Plan

    All planning strategies mentioned in this article are from the Self-Employment Workshop taught at LDS employment resource centers. To locate a center near you go to www.ldsjobs.org

  • Funding a Business

    One of the major hurdles in starting a business is often financing. A business can have a sharp business plan and good products, but none of it will matter without proper funding to maintain the business.

  • Is Self-Employment Right for You?

    Many people dream of being their own boss someday. For some, self-employment is the quickest way to turn that dream into reality.

  • Microenterprise Basics

    A microenterprise, or microbusiness, is a very small business that generates income for an individual or a family.

  • Starting Small

    Running a successful business requires watching your resources carefully from the beginning and taking the proper initiatives.

  • Succeeding in Home-Based Employment

    As businesses adapt to a changing global environment, opportunities for nontraditional employment abound.

Success Stories

  • Anabelle's Story: Finding a Career Fit

    Working for ten years in cleaning was not exactly the dream Anabelle Flores Garcia had in mind. She was a contracted custodian for the chapels in her area, and although she liked her job and appreciated the opportunity to work for the Church, she was looking for something different.

  • Antonio's Story: A Blessing Without Measure

    After 10 years of working for the same company, Antonio decided it was time to start his own business.

Improving Your Business

Articles

  • Improving Your Small or Home-Based Business

    You cannot simply maintain a business. Today’s competitive age requires that you continually improve your business.

  • Is Your Business Struggling?

    Managing a small business can be challenging. Resources are available to help.

  • Managing Business Finances and Personal Finances

    Personal finances can be complex but manageable with the right organization and practices. The finances of a business need even more attention to show exact profits and losses.

  • Self-Employment Success

    Whether you are thinking about starting a business or have been self-employed for quite awhile, there are some things you should consider in order to make your company successful.

  • The Self-Employment Workshop Can Help

    The Self-Employment Workshop can help you formalize your idea and turn it into a successful business or enhance an existing business through the development of a business plan.

Success Stories

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Employers

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School and Educational Institutions

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  • Connecting Students with the Right School

    ERS assists individuals to find schools or programs like yours that offer degrees, certificates, vocational training or financial aid. ERS can help you broaden your reach in the community. 

  • How Does ERS and SRS Help People Obtain Education?

    The key to successful employment is proper education and training, and LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS) helps people achieve success by helping them access educational opportunities.

  • School FAQs

    Perhaps you have never heard of LDS Employment Resource Services or perhaps you didn't realize that we assist people with gaining education and skills.  

  • Types of Schools We Work With

    Employment Resource Services (ERS) connects with educational institutions all over the world to help people qualify for jobs.

Resources for Small Businesses

Articles

  • Helping Small Businesses Succeed

    LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS) connects with resources that can help people be successful in starting a business or improving an existing small business.

  • Small Business Organizations FAQs

    Perhaps you have never heard of LDS Employment Resource Services or perhaps you didn't realize that we assist people with being successful business owners.  

  • Who is ERS?

    ERS will help small businesses use community resources wisely, get you involved in promotions and trainings and try and partner you with organizations that will aid in the overall wellbeing of your business.

Success Stories

Assisting Members with Employment Needs

Coaching

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  • Being a Mentor

    One of the greatest challenges a job seeker faces is the internal battle of lowered self-esteem, accompanied by despair and a loss of hope. A mentor can be a tremendous help.

  • Choosing a Job Coach

    In job searching, a job coach is a valuable member of your team.

  • Coaching Techniques

    Quorum leaders, auxiliary leaders, advisers, visiting or home teachers, and welfare specialists coach people in need. Sometimes leaders call members with specific skills and experiences to help others.

  • Employment Mentors: A Guide for Bishops

    Bishops and branch presidents can help individuals achieve career self-reliance by referring them to Church welfare operations such as Employment Centers (ERC) and Deseret Industries (DI).

  • How to Be an Employment Mentor

    Learn about how to be a successful employment mentor. 

  • Working Effectively with a Mentor

    Congratulations on your steps toward becoming career self-reliant! A key to your success is effectively utilizing your mentor. Learn how to work with your mentor to reach your goals. 

Resources for Your Calling

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  • 9 Ways to Help Your Family during Unemployment

    If you are a parent who is struggling with unemployment, you're probably wondering how you can include your family in your job search and still help them feel secure. Here are a few ideas to help. 

  • Bishops: How Can I Meet Employment Needs?

    The bishop has a divine mandate to seek out and care for the poor and to help members of his ward become self-reliant. Learn how you can mobilize the ward council to meet employment needs in your ward. 

  • Deseret Industries May Be an Option

    The training program at Deseret Industries is designed to help people create an individual career plan and develop ways to reach the goal of long-term employment.

  • Getting Started as an Employment Specialist

    The employment specialist plays a major role in the welfare and self-reliance of members in a ward or branch. Here is a list of online resources and training to help you get started in your calling as an employment specialist.

  • Helping Members Develop a Career Plan

    A career plan will help members address temporary and long-term self-reliance.

  • Ideas for the Relief Society

    In considering the needs of sisters and families, who may have employment needs, here are a few ideas to consider for Relief Society meetings held during the week.

  • Identifying Members Who Have Employment Needs

    Bishoprics, high priests group leaders, elders quorum presidencies, and Relief Society presidencies have the responsibility of seeking out and caring for the poor and needy.

  • Job Search Tip Sheets

    The job search tip sheets cover the basics of a successful job search. Job seekers, employment specialists and priesthood and Relief Society leaders will benefit by becoming familiar with the information contained in this series of handouts. 

  • Quorum and Relief Society Leaders: What Should I Do to Help?

    As a quorum or Relief Society leader, you are responsible to assist ward members with their employment needs. Read about some ideas for coordinating these efforts in your ward.

  • The Lord's Storehouse

    "The Lord's storehouse includes the time, talents, skills, compassion, consecrated material, and financial means of faithful Church members. These resources are available to the bishop in assisting those in need."

  • The Role of the Employment Specialist

    There are many different employment needs that you could have in your ward. Learn how you can coordinate with ward leaders to help job seekers become self-reliant. 

  • Ward Councils: Responding to Employment Needs

    Through the ward council, ward leaders can coordinate efforts to meet employment needs. Learn what your ward council can do. 

Success Stories

  • Alba's Story: Motivation to Reach Higher

    Alba Luz kept wondering what she was doing wrong. She had administrative training skills and good work experience. However, when she took her résumé to organizations with job openings, no one called her back. 

  • Andrew's Story: Knowing They Were Praying for Me

    For some time, Andrew had felt promptings that he would lose his job. The promptings of future unemployment worried him, but he felt that somehow another job would come that would be better for him.

  • Cassandra's Story: Making Weak Things Strong

    For many people, physical disabilities are an unbreakable barrier standing between them and professional success. For Cassandra, however, being deaf gave her the motivation to succeed in not only a career, but in life. 

  • Chauntil's Story: The Search for a Shorter Commute

    Every day, Chauntil commuted about 100 miles round trip to work. Not only was the long commute tiring, but she felt that she was not able to spend enough time with her husband and son because of it.

  • Eddy's Story: He Followed His Bishop’s Counsel

    Eddy was sitting in an elders quorum class when the teacher announced that if anyone was out of work or looking for a new job, they should meet with the bishop. Eddy had been unemployed after his company shut down due to the poor economy in the Dominican Republic.

  • Elder and Sister Brown's Story: Helping Others as Employment Missionaries

    Elder and Sister Brown served as employment missionaries in the Detroit Michigan Employment Resource Center. Read about their experiences in helping people from all walks of life find employment and improve their lives.

  • Erna's Story: She Proved She Was Not Too Old

    When others thought Erna was too old to start a career, her bishop, Deseret Industries, and LDS Employment Resource Services thought differently.

  • Marcos' Story: A Move in the Right Direction

    Marcos had a vision for his future. He had always worked in furniture stores, but he wanted to get an education and have a more fulfilling career. Although he enjoyed his work environment, he wanted to be able to support his family better.

  • Miguelina's Story: The Joy of Helping Others Find Jobs

    When Miguelina meets with people looking for jobs, she tells them that the most important thing they can do is pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him for help in getting the job they need.

  • Richard's Story: From Stake Welfare Specialist to Job Seeker

    When Richard was called to be the stake welfare specialist, he knew he would be helping members of his stake build better futures, but he never imagined the experience would also be such a benefit to his own future. Some time after being called, Richard's employment was terminated, but he was successful in finding a new job through applying the principles he had learned as an employment specialist.

  • The Tender Mercy of Employment

    I had been unemployed since April 15th. Looking for a job in the accounting field during the off season was not panning out. My family had just made a major move from Georgia to Utah and our finances were running dangerously low.

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