Dialoogle has the pleasure of contributing to an encouraging success story in the complicated field of job seeking.
Githa Rasmussen is the manager of a local section of the open network PowerJobSeekers. The network operates as a business and all job-seeking members are assigned to one of three departments: HR/IT/Finance, Sales/Marketing or Events/Sponsors. In these departments, it is the members’ responsibility to “run the business” which at moment consists of 35 “employees” who “go to work” one day a week. The products they sell are the jobseekers themselves and their skills.
“Every time we meet, we start with a quick round where people talk about what has happened for them since last time. The other day I had prepared a surprise instead – we were going to use Dialoogle,” Githa says.
“I had placed a Pocket Set on a table in the middle of the room, and once the coffee had been poured, I asked everyone to choose a card at their own pace that described a skill they possessed, but did not use in their latest job.”
The dialogue around the table gained new energy, and new perspectives on each individual’s job opportunities had emerged.
“In small groups of four-five people, they took turns describing their cards and a skill that they had not previously told us about. Now we suddenly heard about all these talents that were not necessarily job related – from sport clubs to voluntary work. That was fun, and the stories made everyone listen, ask questions and contribute. Each story was quite naturally followed by a brainstorm of how the individual could exploit their extra skills in the job-seeking process,” Githa says. She was herself made aware of her networking talent that she had used to establish this job-seeking network and that she had actually used in her previous job without being aware of it.
“The exercise lasted for about one hour, and the participants were very positive. The dialogue around the table gained new energy, and new perspectives on each individual’s job opportunities had emerged,” Githa reports.
The job seekers have also dialoogled how to get more motivation and energy to be seeking jobs actively. “We ended up sharing a lot of knowledge and good ideas, and while realising that we get motivated in many different ways, the common denominator is that getting together with other people keeps up the spirit,” Githa says.
Since the network started a year ago, 38 local PowerJobSeekers have got a job.