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Crisis to Recovery

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Disclaimer: Though this isn’t career related, I feel it is important to be posting this here since we’ve discussed sustaining our careers though simple budgeting.

“Crisis to Recovery” was a community resource fair that was held earlier this week on Saturday in San Francisco to support community members with any financial trouble; specifically any mortgage or debt related ones. Amongst the speakers presenting, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (District 12 Representative), City Supervisor Carmen Chu (District 4), Patrick Murcia on the government’s Making Home Affordable and Jeanne Lu on the SF Mortgage Credit Certificate Program.

Financial counseling was then provided by banks such as Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America to over 200 attendees to go over their questions and concerns. So many resources and even translation for our Cantonese speaking community members was provided throughout the event. Throughout the day, I was very impressed and simply grateful for our community members.

Below are links to some of the videos from the presenters as well as links to some of the resources. If you are not from San Francisco, check with your local city supervisor or congress representative to see if such an event is being planned in your area. Should you need help, please feel free to contact me.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Crisis to Recovery opening remarks

Supervisor Carmen Chu
List of local resources for SF

Patrick Murcia’s presentation of Making Home Affordable
www.makinghomeaffordable.gov
888-995-HOPE (4673)

Jeanne Lu’s presentation of SF Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

SF Consumer Credit Counseling
www.cccsf.org
800-777-7526

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Written by Ms. Hala

29 July 2009 at 7:00 pm

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To Craigslist or Not to Craigslist

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I have been researching some of these job search engines out there today but focused on the local ones. One in particular always stands out to me, Craigslist. I’ve always used and respected the work Craigslist has done in regards to finding local work, gigs and community events. Something I noticed with Craigslist which I wanted to share with my job seekers.

Disclaimer: I’m not promoting or advertising for Craigslist, just giving pointers on how to use them.

I put my resume on Craigslist where my email address was viewable. In one hour, I had received a good 30 emails, none of them were real jobs. Just a bunch of scam companies promoting working from home wiring money. The same happened when I then posted my resume with the option to make my email address anonymous. When I posted my resume without my email address and just my phone number, then I got about two calls with serious job offers.

Obviously, something is up when using Craigslist.

The companies that continued to email me rarely had any postings up on Craigslist. That could be explained by two things, 1. it does cost $75 per job posting and 2. Craigslist let’s its users flag postings that are seen as spam. It would make sense that companies really looking to hire would invest the time and money to find the right candidate.

What can job seekers do to better utilize Criagslist? I suggest that must you post your resume, take your email out of the equation. You’ll get fewer responses but at least they are serious calls. I would prefer that you DON’T post resumes on Craigslist. Instead, designate time to search jobs posted. You can even have search results from keywords emailed to you on a daily basis so that you don’t miss out. That works more efficiently then getting 30 spam emails.

There are plenty local job search Web sites right here in the Bay Area that you can utilize including Bay Area Help Wanted and Bay Area Jobs. Share your favorite local job search Web sites by posting a comment below, on our Facebook group or message me on Twitter.

Written by Ms. Hala

14 July 2009 at 4:00 am

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