If you have found yourself out of work recently, are looking to improve your skills, or are returning to the work force after raising a family, a website offered through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be able to help.
The new site, www.ldsjobs.org, is designed to help people find resources to improve their situation, said Brenda Smith, manager of the website.
The site offers hundreds of tips, articles and information about how to approach a job search, how to choose a field of study and how to improve your job performance.
"The resources on the website are available to members and nonmembers alike," Smith said. "It takes time to go through the process, but once they complete 90 percent of their profile, it's visible to employers."
Smith said when employers post job openings on the site, they can immediately see who may be qualified and can set up an interview.
"It's really to one's advantage to take the time and go through the process," Smith said. "The site also helps you learn how to develop your profile and what kinds of things to communicate to an employer. Right now we have 17,000 employers who use the site, and many job seekers have been hired because the employer has seen their profile."
Smith said even with the hard economic times the country is facing right now, there is help and hope. She said ldsjobs.org is a great resource and tool.
"Since we launched in April we've seen a steady increase in the traffic coming to the website," she said. "Both in job seekers and employers. We want to help people get out there and find jobs and even help direct them to other resources available out there."
Richard Vunder oversees the employment centers for LDS Employment Resources in Ogden, Layton and Centerville. He said the website is a major tool for him.
"When people register on the website we contact them and explain in more details the services we provide to help them out," Vunder said. "We offer one-on-one mentoring, career workshops, we help them set goals and identify resources. The website helps us to keep track of these individuals and helps to send them messages of the additional resources we can provide."
Vunder said since the website launched, more than 8,000 people in Ogden, Layton and Centerville have registered.
"Once they find a job, they can deactivate their account," he said. "We really encourage people to register and learn and read the different articles and go to the different links provided. We're here to help in any way we can."