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07/29/2009

Fort Worth Career Search Network continues to expand

The Fort Worth Career Search Network continues to add affiliates to its stable of jobs networking groups in the area.

 

Csn2 The network started earlier this year, meeting Mondays at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church, and now regularly sees more than 80 jobhunters weekly at that get-together, said Foster Williams, one of the group’s organizers and managing principal with his wife Cindi of search4uinc.com, a jobs site that feeds free job listings into the Career Search Network’s Yahoo message board.

 

The Network also folded in a year-old human resources professionals group that Williams started a year ago. In the last two months, the Network added groups in Colleyville and Mansfield and two in Arlington, and a once-a-month job-search skills workshop.

In the last two weeks, the Network formed groups in Waxahachie and North Richland Hills. The Network is about to add a third Arlington group, scheduled to have its first weekly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the New World United Methodist Church in North Arlington. It’s also considering moving its South Arlington-Mansfield group, which has been meeting at different locations, to the Arlington Public Library branch at Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard and Kelly Perkins Road.

Finally, the Network’s organizers, through friends in Colorado, also are helping form a career search group in Denver.

 

Csn1 The goal (for the Tarrant County area), Williams said, is to develop a large number of small networking groups that draw 15-20 people at their weekly meetings, in contrast to the 300 that have sometimes packed the meetings of the popular Southlake Focus Group in recent months, or even the 100-plus that the flagship North Fort Worth Baptist group has drawn.

 

A smaller gathering is “more intimate,” says Williams, a former Verizon national hiring manager who also is a member of the Southlake Focus Group leadership team. “You have more time to talk, you have more time to strategize, because you have fewer people.”

 

Network1 And even the large networking groups break out into small table discussions at their meetings, he notes.

 

In some cases, FWCSN also expects some of the smaller networking groups to take on contrasting demographic makeup. "We're starting to see it already," Williams said. "Mansfield and Waxahachie are more blue collar."

 

More info on the groups:

 

North Fort Worth Baptist Church, 5801 North I-35 W. Meets 8:30 a.m. Mondays.

HR Focus Group, Cornerstone Bible Church, 585 Nolen Drive, Southlake. 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

 

Covenant Church Colleyville, 3508 Glade Road, Colleyville. 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

 

Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1201 Texas 360 and Broad Street, Mansfield. 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Cowboy Church of Ellis County, 2374 W. U.S. 287 Bypass, Waxahachie.5:30 p.m. Mondays.

South Arlington-Mansfield. 10 a.m. Meets second and fourth Fridays, different locations.

 

First Baptist Church-Arlington, 300 S. Center St. 9 a.m. Mondays.

 

New World United Methodist Church, 2201 N. Davis Drive, Arlington. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 6955 Boulevard 26. 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

Enhanced Job Search Solutions Workshop, Trinity Vineyard Fellowship, 1401 W. 5th St., Fort Worth. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., last Saturday monthly.

Information: http://www.fwcsn.org/

 

– Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

 

(Photos: Spring meeting at North Fort Worth Baptist Church, upper left. Organizers Paul Vercher, Foster Williams, Doug Williamson, bottom right.)

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I have posted a ton of videos on Youtube that can help ex-offenders and felons get jobs: http://www.youtube.com/user/adogzheart

I started attending the FWCSN the beginning of June. I have found this group to be friendly, helpful, and concerned about the welfare of every job seeker.

I like the smaller size as it makes it a bit more difficult to hide in the crowd and they give you the opportunity to help out where you feel comfortable.

I also want to thank Scott Nishimura for writing about the CSN groups in the area. Without your public support Scott, many of us would not know what is available.

Best Regards,

Kevin Love, MBA
Training and Development Professional
Dallas / Fort Worth Area
Google Voice: 817-778-8540
Email: kevindlove@hotmail.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinlove

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