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All-day seminar will offer tips for diving in the job-search pool

TampaBay-Job-Links will present a full-day program to provide tools and strategies to help individuals in career transition kick their job search into high gear.

The Job-Search Boot Camp will take place at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

The congregation, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties are partnering with Job- Links to offer the program

Topics will include: Master Change and Transition; Conduct Self-Assessments; Develop Your Professional Brand; Enhance Your Interview Skills; Manage Networking; Strengthen Your Résumé; Boost Your LinkedIn Profile; and Optimize Your References; and more.

The Job-Search Boot Camp will be led by Job- Links professional career coaches.

“Losing a job can mean the loss of identity, dignity, and self-esteem. People often feel stigmatized even when their job loss is no fault of their own. Without direction and relevant job-search skills, individuals can face an isolating and demoralizing job search,” said Sheila Solomon Rudd, TampaBay-Job-Links executive director.

“So, whether you’re a recent college graduate, returning to the workforce, or considering a career change, the day-long Boot Camp will be packed with practical information to help accelerate your job search.”

Gulf Coast JFCS hosted the first Job-Links full-day Boot Camp program in 2014. Since then the two organizations have worked together as referral partners. “Several Job-Links candidates who have needed short-term mental health counseling have been served by our therapists. Job-Links has been a valuable resource for our clients seeking affordable guidance to help them navigate their career transitions effectively,” said Cindy Minetti, Senior Director, Jewish Family & Counseling Services at Gulf Coast.

Explaining its support for the Boot Camp, Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, said, “The work of Job-Links is founded on partnerships – between the individual, their potential future employer, the Job- Links professional staff, and the community. Our Federation creates similar bonds which is why this effort is so meaningful for us to support.”

Liz Sembler, community engagement director at Congregation B’nai Israel, added that the three-way partnership, “allows us to work together to help people on their path to employment, as well as offer them comfort and fellowship inside the synagogue’s doors.”

Last April’s Boot Camp at Congregation B’nai Israel was well attended, and the participant feedback was positive. One person wrote, “I learned so much. I had no idea what I didn’t know.” and another sent a follow-up note sharing the news that after learning networking and research skills at the seminar, she quickly landed a job, Solomon Rudd said.

The cost to attend the workshop is $30. A kosher lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call TampaBay-Job-Links at (813) 344-0200 or email

TampaBay-Job-Links is a non-profit organization based in Tampa. It is a member of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.

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