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CAPITOLA — At Profile of Santa Cruz, a volunteer-run, state-supported job networking office for professionals, members have landed jobs in record numbers during several months this year.
“Members have been getting jobs and they’ve been getting good jobs,” said Milt Gold, a volunteer executive director and director of training development. “We believe it’s because of the way they’re conducting their job search.”
The 18-year-old Santa Cruz County-based office, which is subsidized by the California Employment Development Department, reported record successful job search efforts for the months of February, March, April and May.
Membership numbers have remained steady for more than a year at just more than 100.
Job search tactics are more aggressive and more comprehensive, according to Gold.
“If a job comes up, it has to be attacked quickly. There is no time to waste,” Gold said.
Looking back over the recent success stories, Gold said people have been hired at desirable positions.
“In the past we’ve had people get jobs at fast food places to pay the bills, but that hasn’t been the case,” he said.
The jobs, he said, are going to the people who are most prepared.
“The success that any one individual has in finding employment depends on who they are,” said Doug Owen, a Santa Cruz-based former executive recruiter who has worked as a life and career coach for the last eight years. Most of Owen’s clients are working. They are tackling personal issues and learning skills to help them move to the next level in their career.
“It’s very predictable. Somebody that shows up with energy, drive, interest and the ability to get up in the morning, the ability to dress well — all of this plays into their ability to get into a new position,” he said. “Notwithstanding the economy, those people have the same good fortune in finding a job as ever.”
Rick Healey, who has been out of work about a year, volunteers a few times a week at Profile of Santa Cruz. He is seeking work in the transportation or construction industries.
The future seems to be brightening. After a year of unemployment, he avoids the news regarding the financial system these days.
“It looks like there’s starting to be a shift,” he said. “It looks like there’s something starting to happen.”
This article was first published here.