Trailing Spouses - Job Hunting
Staffing Services
Whether you’re interested in full- or part-time work, staffing services are one way to find a job. Many staffing services focus on hiring individuals with a specific skill set, whether it’s secretarial, financial or trade-based, for part-time or temporary positions. Several staffing services have nationwide locations while some are specific to the California or Los Angeles region.

Some Los Angeles staffing services include Exact Staff, Helpmates Staffing Companies, Matura Farrington Staffing Services, Minute Man Los Angeles, Olympic Staffing Services, Pride Staff, Stivers Staffing Services, TeamOne and Ultimate Staffing Services. Some national staffing companies include Adecco, Kelly Services, Manpower, Spherion Corporation and KForce. Visit their websites to start your job search.

NETWORKING—VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON
In this digital age, face-to-face networking seems to have fallen by the wayside, but studies indicate that more jobs are found through referrals than through online job searches. To network, jobseekers should contact everyone they know in their professional life. Jobseekers should be prepared to explain quickly about their skills and recent experience. Commonly referred to as the “15-second elevator speech,” being prepared with this overview can make a big difference. To learn more, visit www.15secondpitch.com, where you can discover ways to focus your thinking on what is most important.

Another useful online tool now essential for networkers and jobseekers is to join LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. By staying “linked in” with your professional network, you’re always connected to people who may know of open positions or know of a contact at a company you might be interested in approaching. It’s about being more effective in your daily work and opening doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have.

Furthermore, there are many networking groups based in Los Angeles. Many cater specifically to professionals of a certain industry, age or gender:
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network: This group caters to young professionals looking to advance their careers and engage in nonprofit leadership. Founded in San Francisco in 1997, this network has more than 30,000 members in 29 chapters around the United States, including one in Los Angeles. Visit http://ynpnla.wordpress.com for more information.
  • The LA Business Networking Group (LABNG): LABNG is a free networking group that has grown to more than 1,750 members and has earned a stellar reputation as one of the premier business networking groups in LA. Each month, LABNG hosts business networking events to introduce members to the most dynamic business professionals and executives, business owners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.meetup.com/TheLABusinessNetworkingGroup/ for more information.
  • Women of Los Angeles Networking Group (WOLA!): WOLA! is a professional women networking group that comes together through monthly meetings to share strengths, experiences and knowledge and exchange business referrals, leads and recommendations whilst achieving the goal of business growth and building community relations. Visit www.wolanet.com for more information.
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: This organization sponsors networking and social events for professionals in the GLBT community in Los Angeles. Visit www.laglcc.org for more information.
  • LA Society of Young Professionals: This organization, found at www.layoungpro.com, is for young professionals looking to network with other professionals their age and have fun. Members of the LA Society of Young Professionals don’t have to worry about moving and losing membership either.

Once you find a job or join an industry, there are many other networking opportunities available. Other networking groups include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Los Angeles Chapter Payroll Association, International Facility Management Association and many, many others. Social networking groups affiliated with universities and private organizations are also popular.

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
As a trailing spouse, you may find that your partner’s employer can offer you relocation assistance, including job-finding services. Before you move, contact your partner’s HR department to see if these services are available. Often, it is most advantageous to contact the HR department in Los Angeles because the local personnel may know more about the local job market.

   
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