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This is a list of our employer partners for you to review with your member. This is a great resource to explorer potential job opportunities, schedule informational interviews, and learn about our employer partner network.
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These are questions most frequently asked by coaches. More questions are added often so keep checking back. If you have a question, reach out to us.
How can you effectively coach a member through a career change when their career goals seem to be in a weekly state of flux?
Change is hard. At some point, we all set out to change behaviors or habits to achieve a different goal or outcome. We adjust our diets, exercise routines, free time activities, friends, attitudes, time with God, leadership styles, etc. in order to live differently or experience different results. Realizing lasting change requires a desire (goal), a plan (outlined steps), execution (taking the steps) and perseverance (despite opposition) to achieve the goal. Often we get stuck at one of these points. Maybe we can’t decide on a specific enough goal or we have so many goals, a plan seems impossible. Sometimes we have a great goal, an exceptional plan and yet taking the step to execute that plan feels too risky. Your member’s specific situation, work history, and experience with setting and achieving goals will impact how they show up in the job search process.
Here are a few ideas to try when working with members that are consistently changing their goals or having a difficult time identifying goals.
- Honestly (with grace and truth) address the issue – It seems every time we meet you have a new idea about your employment goals. I want to support you in your job search and am having a tough time knowing how best to do that. Would you be willing to choose one industry focus so that we can work together on resumes and applications? After you apply and interview, you will have more information to determine whether you want to continue on that path or explore something new.
- Seek to better understand what has worked for them in the past – To successfully move toward applying for jobs and gaining employment, we’ll need to identify a direction to start. Tell me about a time that you set a goal and were able to take the steps needed to complete that goal. What worked for you? Then build on that information…it sounds like you were very determined once a goal and plan were identified, let’s work together so you can experience that same success in your job search.
- Encourage your member to identify what is keeping them stuck – (a) Acknowledge or normalize obstacle. After staying home to take care of kids, it is understandably very challenging to re-enter the work world and think about how you will find childcare, navigate a new schedule, etc. (b) Learn what else might be going on. I’m curious if there are other things you are thinking or feeling as you consider applying for jobs in the ____________ field. (c) Learn what has worked for them in the past. How have you been able to overcome those thoughts or feelings in the past to successfully achieve your goals?
- Check out additional Career Exploration resources available from Workforce Boulder County
How does someone become a Thrive member? Who determines if someone is a good fit?
At Thrive, we want to help job seekers find employment and work towards self-sufficiency. We have a heart for working with job seekers who are marginalized or have identified barriers to employment such as criminal history, being a single parent, accessing public benefits due to unemployment or underemployment. Job seekers learn about us through the church, word of mouth, and partner agencies in the community.
Interested candidates submit a brief application, then are invited to learn more about our services through an information session or a 1:1 phone conversation. Thrive isn’t a great fit for everyone so In these meetings, staff assess for motivation, work goals, age, and interest in working with a coach. Job seekers who are aligned with our program model and goals are invited to attend the workshop which is the entry point for being paired with a coach. After a job seeker completes the workshop, they become a member for life and are paired with a coach to begin putting the workshop material into practice.
Our program is best suited for job seekers between 18 and 49 years old, and who are open to entry-level positions. That said, we take each applicant on a case-by-case basis. We do our best to ensure that we invite candidates who are motivated to find employment, open to working with a coach for 1 year and committed to attending the full workshop. Of course, circumstances can change and members may no longer be a good fit for our program after completing the workshop. When that happens, staff and coaches work together to come up with the best ‘next steps’ for that situation.
If you have questions about our application process or member selection, please contact your lead coach or Jayneanne.
How do you continue supporting and being engaged when your member is successfully employed and navigating the workplace and doesn’t really need you?
When members gain employment and stabilize at work, that is certainly reason to celebrate and your job as a coach is not over. At this point in the journey, we ask that you check out our Retention Routine. Your role becomes that of an encourager and cheerleader. Check-in every week or every few weeks with a text, call or email wishing them well, sharing a verse or words of affirmation.
Consider asking the below questions:
- What do you like best about your job?
- Are you still getting training or are you now on your own?
- Are you confident you can do the job or are there areas where you have questions?
- Tell me a little about your supervisor and co-workers? Are you making good connections?
Overall, your job is to provide encouragement and ongoing support while being a safe person for them to reach out to when questions or concerns arise. Whether you get a response or not, your consistency and presence make a difference.
Where can I learn more about our Employer Partners?
Sue Erickson, our Employer Engagement Director, has developed a wonderful network of Employers who will consider Thrive members for job openings. Job openings with employer partners are accessible for coaches and members on our job search web page at www.ThriveColorado.org/Jobs.
Members and coaches should work together to tailor their application and coaches should contact Sue Erickson at Sue_Erickson@thrivecolorado.org to follow up.
How should you handle questions around needs outside employment support (i.e. help moving, social services, etc.)
We all have a wide range of support needs and experiences navigating challenges. It is okay for members to ask, as it demonstrates strengths of advocacy and reaching out to their network. We intentionally want our members and coaches to focus the majority of their time together on an employment search and job retention. In order to do this, we ask that you encourage your member to reach out to Thrive staff for support needs outside of their employment search (i.e. housing, financial assistance, etc.) There are resources available in our community and other organizations to better serve those needs so that we can stay focused on employment.
With relational requests (i.e. help moving, social gatherings, etc.) we encourage healthy boundaries and connecting within your comfort. It is appropriate to say no. In some cases, if you are able and willing, it may be appropriate to say yes. We encourage you to review boundaries regularly in order to clarify expectations and both understand the purpose of your time together.
Can I meet with my member in-person?”
Many coaches have expressed an interest in meeting with their member in-person. While Thrive is currently offering all programming via Zoom, coaches and members can decide what their preference is in terms of meetings after the initial pairing. We do ask that you take all public health guidelines into consideration and respect the boundaries of your member. Also, because our programming has changed, coaches and members may not live as close to one another as in years past.
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