Thanks to Miriam Green for providing material from a past meeting of Southern Chapter Olim in Beer Sheva.
Here are some resources and out-of-the-box ideas to assist olim in starting new businesses and in networking to find employment.
AACI Employment Resource Centers
The Employment Resource Centers at AACI’s national office in Jerusalem and the Central Branch office in Tel Aviv enable job seekers to consult AACI’s library of resource information; use a computer, fax, phone and printer for the job search; and/or schedule a personal appointment with a vocational counselor for resume and job hunting advice. The center also maintains bulletin boards listing courses, job opportunities, announcements, etc.
AACI Employment Counselors
AACI Counselors utilize their resources to assist, network, and provide ongoing support during the job search process. Call our Tel Aviv office at 03-696-0389 for an appointment with Counselor Helen Har Tal; she has hours in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Vocational and guidance counseling regarding employment includes:
- Developing and identifying appropriate contacts for networking and employment purposes
- Confirming licensing requirements, exam dates, training courses, etc.
- Offering individualized resume guidance
- Researching and updating information sheets
AACI Business Mentoring Project
AACI is pleased to invite established professionals and business people to participate in a project of the Council of Olim Associations to mentor potential olim in their fields of business. For more info, click here.
AACI and the Koret Foundation (KIEDF) — $70,000 Small Business Loan Program
AACI is pleased to be in partnership with the Koret Foundation’s Israel Economic Development Fund (KIEDF) and to have established a small business loan program for AACI’s members.
INTERNET SITES FOR JOB-HUNTING
The Israel Small and Medium Enterprises Authority (ISMEA) is engaged in establishing and supporting the operation of Small Business Development Centers (MATI Centers, from the Hebrew acronym) in several Israeli cities. MATI Centers act as a one-stop-shop for the business owner or entrepreneur, by providing them a package of services for their own benefit and successful business performance. For more information, click here. Another site is www.asakim.org.il/.
FREE BUSINESS CARDS
Learning Hebrew is a necessity for all jobs that olim pursue. While we “sell” our English skills, we must also learn rudimentary Hebrew. To better our speaking skills, AACI has created an Information Sheet on websites and books that may offer additional assistance to olim in ulpan or those wishing to continue studying on their own. While the AACI Southern Branch does not run any ulpanim, we do have information on private Hebrew teachers and on other ulpan programs running in the city.
AACI Jerusalem (02)566-1181 has an on-site ulpan, Ulpan La-Inyan. (editor’s note: Ulpan La-Inyan also has classes in Tel-Aviv, Raanana, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Tzfat, and Efrat. click here to go to the website.
Whereas most new olim do not have families in Israel, there are other resources that can be used to make connections and find “protektzia.” For more than 60 years, AACI has been fostering connections with olim across the country. Let AACI become your “family!” Many of our more established members are eager to assist newcomers in similar fields of expertise.
- Use your contacts in your country of origin to connect with other olim and Israelis in Israel;
- Parlay your skills into other, perhaps parallel, employment options;
- Network! Tell everyone you meet — Anglo, Sabra or other — that you are looking for a job and what your skills are. Hand out a card that lists your skills. The most unlikely person might be the one who makes a connection for you;
- Work U.S. hours in Israel (8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Israel time) or work U.S. night hours;
- Commute to Tel Aviv and other central points (fast trains are on their way between Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva);
- Volunteer using your employable skills to assist you in learning Hebrew, filling your time with charity and mitzvot, and creating contacts among the city’s Israeli population;
- Keep your spirits up by imagining your days as tiyulim (outings) to new places and opportunities;
- Keep your spirits up by giving thanks on a daily basis for being in this wonderful, quirky, warm homeland of ours.
COMMENTS FROM OUR OLIM
We are limited only by our imaginations. Olim have successfully found jobs throughout the country. There are olim in city government, in private businesses, non-profits, organizations supporting the development of the Negev or self-employed. There are professors and librarians, chemists and scientists, nurses, doctors, dentists, social workers, engineers, lawyers, teachers, translators, writers and even accountants.
In our conversations, we must foster and listen to the advice of other olim, both chadashim (new) and vatikim (veteran). We never know who may offer a suggestion that will be the key to our parnassah (livelihood) in Israel.