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Connecting Older Workers, Long-Term Unemployed With Jobs
by Ben Seigel

cross-posted from (Work in Progress), the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Did you know that the age group most impacted by long-term unemployment - that is, 27 weeks or longer - is workers 55 and older? And while the ranks of the long-term unemployed have been steadily declining over the past year, there are still 4.7 million people in this category according to the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Local job clubs, career ministries and job search support groups across the country are uniquely positioned to help unemployed older workers, including those in the long-term category. Take Roddy, a 52-year-old product manager who lost his job when his company relocated.

Click here to read the rest of the blog.

Please join me on Friday, June 7 at 4:00PM ET for a webinar on how the public workforce system can effectively partner with community-based job clubs and career ministries to better engage workers and employers. This webinar is open to the public and is especially geared to job club/ministry leaders and workforce development practitioners in the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Region 6, including the following states and jursidictions: Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, American Samoa, Saipan-CNMI, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Island, and Territory of Guam.

As our Job Clubs Initiative here at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships enters its third year of existence we are excited to pursue new and expanded strategies for linking community job clubs and career ministries with the public workforce system. This webinar is one effort on that front. The webinar will feature expert panelists from job clubs in California and Arizona and leaders from the those states' workforce systems developing strong partnerships with job clubs.

To add this webinar to your calendar and login, visit this link: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001312951692660853/info

 

Guest Blog: Are you a LION?

by Absolutely Abby

 

Editor's note: Abby Kohut (a.k.a. Absolutely Abby) will be a featured presenter on this Friday's Partnerships CoP conference call, February 8 at 3pm EST. Please visit the Calendar link above for information.

The truth is that like many of you, I decided to join LinkedIn because of peer pressure. In 2005, I received so many invitations from friends that one day, I finally decide to take the plunge. Unbeknownst to me, this was the best decision I could have made as a recruiter, and it is the best decision a job seeker can make as well.

Despite the fact that there are 200 million LinkedIn users (and growing), there are not 200 million people who actually know what to do once they become a user, and more importantly a job seeker. Similar to a resume, your LinkedIn profile is where you tell the world all about yourself, but as usual, you have choices to make. Here are five questions to consider as you are setting up your profile:

Are you Honest Abe?

These days, almost every recruiter uses LinkedIn to do background research. That means that your dates of employment, dates of graduation, and job titles listed on your profile MUST match your resume exactly. If they do not match, you may have difficulty passing the background check once you receive an offer because a core value of many of the companies that you are applying for is integrity.

Many job search experts are encouraging job seekers to have different versions of their resumes. If you opt for that strategy, as long as your titles and dates are in sync on all of your resumes and on your LinkedIn profile, your integrity will not come into question. If you have a title that doesn’t match the standard titles in your industry or what you were actually doing, you can always add an explanation in parentheses.

Are you keyed in?

 

Keywords barely mattered when I started recruiting. Today, they are practically the only thing that does matter. Why? Because computers are making the first pass for recruiters rather than eyes, and as smart as computers are, they can’t read your mind (yet). Having a brief LinkedIn profile so you can lure the recruiter into giving you a call is simply a bad strategy if the recruiter can’t find you in the first place.

 

For the longest time, you have probably been told not to repeat skills on your resume. While this made sense in 1997, today it is antiquated information. The more keywords you have that match what I type in, the higher on the page you appear. It’s really that simple. I’m not telling you to say the exact same phrase over and over. I am telling you to tactfully repeat the keyword.

 

You can find the appropriate keywords from job descriptions that you apply for. How many times do you need to list them on your resume? Just one more time than your competition does.

 

Are you interesting?

 

The answer to this is that you're as interesting as your profile is. If you do any volunteer work or participate in extra-curricular activities, consider adding them to your profile (and to your resume). You never know who might read your profile and want to learn more about you. I won the Long Island Women’s Table Tennis Tournament in 1993 and it was that interesting fact on my resume that earned me an interview and then an offer at a software company.

 

Are you reachable?

 

Whether or not to list your e-mail address or phone number on your profile is a decision you should not take lightly. When you are conducting a job search, it is important that people who want to contact you can do so with ease, whether they find you on LinkedIn or on a job board. There are many reasons why people choose to keep their e-mail addresses on LinkedIn confidential. However, if you don't list your e-mail on your profile, a recruiter has to rely on someone that is connected to you to make the introduction. If your e-mail is listed on your profile, you remove the middleman.

 

Are you a LION?

 

Frequently you will see the term LION on a profile, which stands for LinkedIn Open Networker. A LION is someone who agrees to accept LinkedIn invitations from anyone who sends them, regardless of whether they know them personally. The people who designate themselves as LIONS are typically business owners, headhunters, and people who love to connect other people together. While you are a jobseeker, you may wish to become an open networker, simply to increase the number of connections you have to people that can help you. As a LION myself, I invite you to connect to me as well.

 

According to Jobvite, social recruiting has become an essential HR practice, with 92% of U.S. companies using social networks and media to find talent in 2012. More importantly, 93% of those surveyed use LinkedIn to recruit. With those percentages, job seekers simply have to learn to take advantage of the tools LinkedIn has given them. Encourage them to think of themselves as recruiters. How would they find themselves on LinkedIn? How would they contact themselves and how long would they wait for a response? When used strategically, LinkedIn can become the light at the end of the tunnel that they have been waiting for!

 

Abby Kohut, who is known on the web as Absolutely Abby, has held positions from recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting. Her website www.AbsolutelyAbby.com, her speeches, and her books teach candidates secrets about the job search process that other recruiters won't tell you. Since 2010, Abby has been on a mission to educate one million job seekers, and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal, which you can learn more about at www.AbbyAcrossAmerica.com. Abby would be thrilled to speak at your job search group while she’s in town.

See below list of upcoming dates and locations for Abby's Job Search Success Tour. If you would like her to speak at your job club, contact her at akohut@absolutelyabby.com.

Melbourne FL: 02/12/13 to 02/12/13

Cocoa FL: 02/12/13 to 02/13/13

Tampa FL: 02/13/13 to 02/13/13

Palm Bay FL: 02/13/13 to 02/15/13

Titusville FL: 02/15/13 to 02/16/13

Jacksonville FL: 02/16/13 to 02/19/13

Atlanta GA: 02/19/13 to 03/10/13

Tallahassee FL: 03/10/13 to 03/15/13

Pensacola FL: 03/15/13 to 03/20/13

Mobile AL: 03/20/13 to 03/22/13

New Orleans LA: 03/22/13 to 04/01/13

Springfield NJ: 04/01/13 to 04/17/13

Baton Rouge LA: 04/17/13 to 04/19/13

Houston TX: 04/19/13 to 04/28/13

Austin TX: 04/28/13 to 05/05/13

San Antonio TX: 05/05/13 to 05/10/13

Dallas TX: 05/10/13 to 05/31/13

Oklahoma City OK: 05/31/13 to 06/03/13

Tulsa OK: 06/03/13 to 06/13/13

Springfield MO: 06/13/13 to 06/16/13

St. Louis MO: 06/16/13 to 06/25/13

Chicago IL: 06/25/13 to 07/15/13

Des Moines IA: 07/15/13 to 08/01/13

Omaha NE: 08/01/13 to 08/15/13

Denver CO: 08/15/13 to 08/31/13

Salt Lake City UT: 08/31/13 to 09/10/13

Boise ID: 09/10/13 to 09/15/13

Seattle WA: 09/15/13 to 10/02/13

Portland OR: 10/02/13 to 10/10/13

Sacramento CA: 10/10/13 to 10/17/13

San Francisco CA: 10/17/13 to 10/23/13

San Jose CA: 10/23/13 to 10/31/13

Los Angeles CA: 10/31/13 to 11/10/13

San Diego CA: 11/10/13 to 11/25/13

Las Vegas NV: 11/25/13 to 12/05/13

Phoenix AZ: 12/05/13 to 12/20/13

Walnut Creek CA: 12/20/13 to 01/15/14

 

Earlier this week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released a new report titled, "Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment." The report uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey to confirm what job club participants know first-hand: volunteering is associated with an increased likelihood of finding employment.

CNCS analyzed a nationally representative sample of more than 70,000 individuals 16 years or older who were looking for work. The report examines their volunteer and employment status over two years to determine whether there was a relationship between volunteering and securing a job.  

The report’s finding of a 27 percent increase in odds of employment was statistically significant.   The association between volunteering and employment remained consistent across each year of the study period and varying unemployment rates, suggesting that volunteering may provide an advantage regardless of economic conditions. Importantly, the relationship was strongest among individuals without a high school diploma (51 percent increase in odds) and individuals who live in rural areas (55 percent increase in odds).  

Prior research has shown that volunteering can increase a person’s social connections and professional contacts (social capital) and skills and experiences (human capital), two factors that are positively related to employment outcomes. In addition, some workers may see volunteering as a possible entry route into a new field or organization where they would like to work.

Volunteerism is a key hallmark of many successful job clubs through building the skills and networks of volunteer job club leaders and connecting job club participants to volunteer activities in the community.

Promoting volunteer service as a pathway for employment and opportunity has been a priority of CNCS.  The agency provides vital leadership and support to America’s voluntary sector through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Volunteer Generation Fund, and other programs.  Last year, the agency engaged more than five million Americans in service to meet local needs and built the capacity of thousands of nonprofits to more effectively recruit and manage volunteers. 

At the Partnerships CoP, our Job Clubs Initiative has been working closely with CNCS over the past few years to help connect job clubs across the country to these CNCS programs. In Florida, Kentucky, and Washington, DC, AmeriCorps members are playing a vital role in organizing and facilitating community job clubs. 

Please contact us if you are interested in linking up your job club with a local CNCS program in your community. 

For more information on the CNCS report and to download the full document visit here: http://cncs.gov/impact-our-nation/research-and-reports/volunteering-pathway-employment-report

Listening to Workers
Posted on August 19, 2013 by Ben Seigel
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Insights from the Long-Term Unemployed

Earlier this year, I wrote about the innovative work of community-based job clubs across the country that work specifically with mid- to senior-level baby boomer professionals who have been unemployed for six months, a year - sometimes even longer. These support groups provide networking opportunities, job search tips and fellowship to individuals, most of whom have never before been out of work for an extended period of time.

To better understand and address the needs of these job seekers, Eric Seleznow, the new acting assistant secretary of labor for employment and training, myself and other leaders from across the Labor Department recently sat down with about 20 long-term unemployed professionals who attend similar job clubs in the Washington metro area. Our aim was to learn more about their experiences, including how they meet their financial obligations, how their job searches progress and how they upgrade their skills. We also wanted their insights into what types of services and supports would help them the most in returning to work.

To read the rest of this blog please visit the DOL blog (Work in Progress) at: http://social.dol.gov.

And, if you are on Facebook, feel free to "Like" it to express your support of helping the long-term unemployed.  

Job Search Tips for the Modern Day Mature Worker

In today’s world of work even mid-thirties can be considered old, especially in in high-tech industries. Unfortunately for mature job seekers, the older you are, the longer it can take to land your next position.

What can you do to address age discrimination and promote your skills and qualifications for employment? There are strategies mature workers can implement to help expedite a job search and to find, win and keep the job you want.

Start with the Resume

One way to overcome the perception of being an older worker, is to age proof and edit your resume. Limiting what you include on your resume, can help mature job seekers avoid the stigma of being considered "too old" by a prospective employer. The resume is your invitation to an interview and if you are not invited to the interview, you will not get the job.  The interview will get land the job, not the resume itself.

Limit Related Experience

Limit the related experience to the job you are applying for on your resume to 15 years, leaving older jobs off your resume entirely or include, without dates, in another section.

Eliminate Other Experience

Leave your other experience off your resume or list it without dates in an Other Experience or More Experience category.

Don't Include Dates

Don't include high school and college graduation dates or dates for any other courses, or professional development classes that are older than 10 years.  If you have a college degree or even if you have taken college level courses, don't list high school on your resume.

Be Careful About Years All Together

Don't list the length of experience you have in your resume objective, if you use one. I suggest using a professional summary instead of an objective. For example, it's not advantageous to say you have 20 or 30 years of experience. It will raise a red flag that you are an older worker.

Use a Targeted Resume Approach

Take the time to write a targeted resume that is tailored to highlight the experience you have that is precisely relevant to the job you are applying for.

Consider a Combination Resume or possibly a Functional Style

Consider using a functional resume that lists your accomplishments at the top of your resume, or a combination resume, rather than a chronological resume, which lists your experience in order of dates.

Focus on Your Skills

Promote the fact that you're up-to-date with current technology, by including the latest programs you're familiar with and leaving off out-of-date technology.

Display You're Connected

Include a link to your LinkedIn profile on your resume. If you are not on LinkedIn, you need to be.  Sign up for free at, www.linkedin.com.

 It will show hiring managers you're involved in current means of communicating and networking.  

Pump- Up Your Resume Appearance

Presentation matters. Make sure your resume is refined and well presented. You don't want your resume to "look" old-fashioned and out- of shape.  

Be Prepared to Email Your Resume

Keep in mind that most resumes are emailed or uploaded to a company web site or job site to apply for jobs. Email a copy of your resume to yourself, to be sure your formatting doesn't get lost during the transmission.  Consider sending your resume out in plain text unless the job description specifies that you can use another particular file type. You cannot assume that everyone in the world has Word or PDF programs installed on their computers, and making your digital resume overly fancy may cause you to miss some opportunities.

Highlight Your Relevant Experience

When writing your resume and your cover letters, there's no need to mention every job you've ever had. Include only the most recent positions and, if you attended college, don't list your graduation dates.

Style Tips for Mature Job Seekers

You can cleverly write your resume and cover letter, but you can't change the basic facts - your real age and your employment history are carved in stone. However, there are ways you can work on your appearance when you are job searching.  Appearance can make a huge difference when you're interviewing. Here's how to modernize your job search image.

For Men

  • Wear a suit (preferably dark colors)
  • Wear a long-sleeve dress shirt (preferably white)
  • Wear a stylish, conservative tie
  • Wear dark dress shoes in good condition
  • Wear socks that match and cover your calf when seated
  • Wear a belt that matches your shoes
  • Have well-groomed hair and nails
  • Don’t wear too much cologne
  • Make sure whatever you wear fits and it is not outdated!

For Women

  • Dress conservatively (preferably dark colors)
  • Wear a tailored pantsuit, jacket and skirt, or dress
  • Wear dark dress shoes with 1-3 inch heel in good condition
  • Wear hosiery that matches your outfit (natural or dark colors preferably)
  • Carry a small purse that matches your shoes and/or belt
  • Have well-groomed hair and nails
  • Don’t wear bright colors or bold prints
  • Don’t wear too much makeup or perfume
  • Don’t wear excessive, distracting jewelry
  • Make sure whatever you wear fits and it is not outdated!

Use Your Network

Networking is still one of the best ways to land your next position. Regardless of when you graduated, if your alma mater has a career network use it to contact alumni in your field of interest. Use online and offline networking resources to make connections to help with your job search.

Get Job Search Help

If you're struggling with your job search, consider seeking assistance. There are no-cost programs provided by OneStop Career Centers, non-profit groups, churches and local libraries, for example, that can assist.

Keep Your Skills Up-to-date

Everyone applying for employment, regardless of age, needs to be computer savvy. If you can't send an email, or don't know what Instant Message is, take a computer class. There are classes offered, free or low-cost, by continuing education centers, churches, libraries, and schools. The more current your skills, the better your prospects for finding and keeping employment in today’s world of work.

Don't Give Up

Job searching usually isn't easy, regardless of how old you are. So, don't give up. It might take a while to find a job, but, there are employers who understand the value of an older mature worker with life experience, and skills.

Thanks for reading,

Diana Miller, Founder

Community Job Club

www.communityjobclub.com


A story from one of our members...

My name is Vera Hurst and I am a mature worker.  My career has been varied and for the most part enjoyable.  I moved to Northeast Ohio four years ago to begin a new life.  In the past, I never had a problem finding a job, so I didn’t really spend a lot of time thinking about the employment market.  I “assumed” that it would be easy.  Little did I know that in 2007 Northeast Ohio was in the middle of an employment crisis.

I spent the first seven months in Ohio trying all the traditional ways mature workers have used over the years to find a job.  Writing a traditional resume, searching job boards on the internet, reading the newspaper produced only one interview.  Networking was a new word to me and besides I didn’t know anyone.  Finally, not having any success in finding employment, I attended a Community Job Club meeting.  Here, I learned how to make my resume more modern by using a style which highlighted my varied skills and placed them prominently on the first page.  I took advantage of the resume tips included in this article by taking off dates, moving older and unrelated jobs to the back page or removing them altogether and making sure that the first page popped.  By using action verbs, key words and statistics targeted to show employers how I would be a solution to their problems, it was much easier for my resume to be on top of the pile.  After using these tips, my resume produced at least a phone interview each time I sent it out and finally resulted in a job offer in my profession.

I would encourage mature workers to seek out their local job club and become involved.  Not only will good tips come your way designed to assist you in your transition but the friendships made are supportive and long term.  Volunteering at my local job club has helped me keep my mind off my own problems and keeps me moving forward, too.  

Spotlight on Job Clubs

By: Ashley Gerwitz

 

Job clubs are one of the unsung heroes of our economic recovery. They offer practical and technical tools for a successful job search, including networking, social media training, and direct access to employers seeking qualified employees. But they also offer much more: fellowship, spiritual and emotional support, and confidence.

 

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships’ (CFBNP) Community of Practice (CoP) on Workforce3One provides an online place for job club leaders across the country to find and communicate with each other, share tools and promising practices, and connect with Department of Labor programs. In May 2011, when the CFBNP launched the CoP, the Employment and Training Administration issued Training and Employment Notice 42-10 to the workforce field to provide information about job clubs and encourage partnerships between job clubs and the workforce system.

 

Over the past 18 months, the CFBNP has connected with more than 1,500 job clubs across the country. They have facilitated and recorded a number of inspiring success stories, including the following:

 

  •          Victoria Gaulrapp from Boulder, CO felt that she had reached a dead end after nearly four years in her job with a home furnishings manufacturer. So, she decided to visit the Christian Career Circle at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in search of inspiration and contacts. At her first meeting, Victoria quickly realized that she was not alone, in both her job search and challenges in the labor market. She found comfort in the fellowship and faith at the Wednesday night meetings. She took advantage of the materials and job search and preparation resources assembled by the group’s leader Bob Raikes. And she tapped into new hiring networks; it seemed that if a member was looking to work in a particular field or company, someone else in the group always knew someone who could be of help. Through the help of the job club, Victoria landed a new position as a corporate trainer for a large transportation construction company.

 

  •          Paula Brand is a career advisor for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation at the Arnold Station Career Center near Annapolis, MD. A couple years ago, Paula started visiting some of the church-based job clubs in the community. She developed an especially strong partnership with the Employment Network Forum at Severna Park United Methodist Church, which she regularly attends to share information about resources available to job seekers at the Arnold Station center. Inspired by the Employment Network Forum, Paula decided to start-up the Arnold Job Club at her center. The job club has proven to be very successful in both bringing new customers into the career center and offering a new set of services to existing customers around networking and peer support. Paula even provides opportunities for customers to serve as volunteer leaders of the group. These volunteers help plan and organize the meetings, while also developing valuable skills, contacts, and experience for their resumes. At a recent Thursday afternoon meeting of the Arnold Job Club about 20 job seekers came together to share contacts, leads, and job search tips. About half-way through the meeting they were joined by two recruiters from a local insurance company looking for talented sales people.       

 

Job club leaders like Paula Brand and her volunteers can access a range of resources and tools on the CoP for running their groups. For example, a number of groups have uploaded their workbooks and toolkits. Two of the most popular are the Career Network Ministry Handbook used at McLean Bible Church in Virginia and the Crossroads Career Network Workbook used by more than 80 church-based job clubs.

 

There are a number of informative guest blogs on the CoP authored by job clubs leaders from across the country. Ken Soper, founder of EaRN Employment and Resource Network in Grand Rapids, MI, wrote a blog on what it takes to run a successful job club. In Sacramento, CA, Dan Lott puts on an innovative event he calls “Networking Night” at his Bayside Church job club. Read his blog to learn more.   

 

The CFBNP also regularly hosts conference calls and webinars in order to communicate directly with job club leaders and shares resources and information. Earlier this year, the CFBNP teamed up with the Business Services group in ETA to host a webinar on job fairs. Job club leaders from California, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio shared their experiences and tips for running job fairs. Listen to the webinar.  

 

In order to more clearly document the work of job clubs, the Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office is launching a job clubs evaluation this fall. The evaluation will take a close look at the growing movement of job clubs across the country, especially those groups based in the community and religious organizations and run by volunteers. The CFBNP plans to use the evaluation to better understand how job clubs can partner with the public workforce system.

 

For more information about the CFBNP and job clubs contact Ben Seigel at Seigel.Benjamin@dol.gov

Typical job postings on Monster or Career Builder will net hundreds and sometimes thousands of online applicants.  Of course, not all will come close to being qualified.  However, with your submission mixed in with the throngs, how can you prove to the screening software that HR utilizes, that you are worthy of a look?

 

First, be sure to use keywords specific to the position on your resume.  Never send an automated resume response even though it may be faster and easier.  It will shoot you in the foot if you find out later that your words are not consistent with the requirements in the posting.  You have to emphasize what makes you superior for the position than all the other applicants.  Your keywords have to be carefully chosen for each application you submit.

 

How are you on the follow-up? Following up is crucial to a successful job search.  It projects your image as a professional who is interested and committed to the available position.  Your follow up should be done by telephone, unless the posting specifically states no calls.  Be sure to note the closing date on the posting. You should not follow up until the employer has actually stopped accepting applications.  If there is no closing date posted, then it is acceptable to follow up after a week if you have not heard anything.

When you do make the call, gauge the response of the hiring manager on the other end of the line.  If they are short or seemed rushed, it is most likely not a convenient time.  So then, you should ask when you might be able to get a moment of their time for a few questions that you have regarding the opening.  If they suggest you email, then send an email with a few questions, for example:

?       What is the anticipated timeframe for the hiring process?

?       How much experience would your ideal candidate have?

?       Has a decision been made yet?

?       May I follow up in another week if I haven’t heard from you?

 

You could also send a link to your website or to examples of your work online if you have that information.  Or even send a link to a relevant article about their industry or something that pertains to the position. 

 

Many postings are anonymous which most people think are impossible to follow up on.  However, if you look for a distinctive phrase in the job description, then Google that phrase in quotes, you will get a hit if the position has been posted on the company website and most times, it is.  When following up on this type of posting, it is best to follow up via email and request a time to call.

 

Practice restraint and do not cross the line between diligent follow-up to becoming annoying. Companies can be slow to hire at times, and with holidays and vacations the process can potentially take months.

 

Proper follow-up will make a great impression and get your resume to the top of the pile.  It will distinguish you from the hundreds of competitors still waiting to be reviewed and prove you understand the importance of appropriate follow through, and enables you to be the stand-out candidate!

 

 

 

Diana Miller runs the Community Job Club in Stow, OH. 

A special thanks to our guest speaker Lisa Carr from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lisa shared with us valuable information on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community. Below are a list of resources you can share with your job club and ministry members, volunteers, program participants and congregations.

1.      To find out more about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) go to: https://pcip.gov/

2.      To find a federally qualified health center go to: http://www.hrsa.gov/index.html

3.      To find a Free & Charitable Clinic please visit: http://nafcclinics.org/

4.      For information on implementation of the Affordable Care Act including a graphic timeline go to: http://www.healthcare.gov/

5.   For information on the HHS Partnerships Center webinars on the Affordable Care Act and to sign up for their newsletter go to: http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships

 

Guest Blog: September 20 Webinar with Crossroads Career Network

CCN leaders to share resources for job clubs on webinar

by Brian Ray, Founder, Crossroads Career Network

NOTE: This webinar has already taken place. To view the presentaiton from the webinar, click here.

At the White House Forum on Job Clubs last fall, Tim Krauss and I announced our agreement to integrate his Job Connection online with our Crossroads Career Network locations.  The purpose was to “combine the best of high-tech and high-touch ministry” for a faith-based network of job clubs, and to offer career ministry resources to any interested group connected to the Department of Labor’s Job Clubs Initiative.  

 

Exactly one year to the day after the White House forum, the Department of Labor Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting Tim and I for a webinar on Friday, September 20 at 1pm eastern time about our career ministry resources.

 

Why Faith-Based Job Clubs?

Let me share an email I got last night from one of our career ministry leaders:

 

“LAUGH WITH THOSE WHO LAUGH. It was a great night at iWork.  It began with a cake.  This is Wilma Ortiz. She got the job she's wanted last Friday.  She brought a great cake and a better testimony.  She spoke of keeping the Lord first in her life through this process.

 

Newly hired Wilma Ortiz and her celebration cake!

 

We also had two iWork alumni return and bring unemployed guests.  It is always good to see our thriving and working alumni come back.  And then there is Glenn Anderson. He came for a year in 2012. He came back tonight, thrilled with the fact that he now has a job and he is no longer homeless. He said he is going to continue to come even though he has a job because he "loves this place."  We had a very big praise tonight that Layla went to church with Ed and Margaret on Sunday.  We had a great devotion from Rick about the life of Joseph. And we had a full house.” 

- Jim Carow, Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz FL

 

I celebrated in the quiet of my office for Wilma, Jim, and other faith-based job clubs, especially when 60% of those who are unemployed or underemployed say that they have no hope of finding a job, according to Gallup CEO Jim Clifton in his recent book, The Coming Jobs War.  I am at times overwhelmed at the enormity of the need and opportunity.  Check these stats:

 

-        Over 150 million people in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

-        Over 20 million unemployed or underemployed (such as working part-time while desiring full-time work), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

-         Just 47% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs, according to The Conference Board’s Job Satisfaction Survey.

-         Over 70% of workers are unengaged in their work, according to Clifton’s The Coming Jobs War.

 

Career ministries are an important part of the workforce community. They help people find jobs, careers and God’s calling.  It’s not only about providing career and job search counsel and contacts, but also encouragement and caring accountability.  It’s about career transition and life transformation.  It’s important because God is alive and well in America.  Check these stats:

 

-         91% of Americans say they believe in God, according to Frank Newport’s book, God is Alive and Well.

-        About 6 in 10 Americans say religion can answer life’s problems, also according to Newport.

 

What role can the church play?

 

February 2009 Lifeway Research survey of 1,000 Protestant churches nationwide found that 31% were considering creating or expanding ministries for the unemployed.  Sixty-two percent had been approached for help by persons from their community, while 31% had been approached by their own church members.

 

The Society of Human Resources and The Wall street Journal Search Tactics poll from 2001 showed that “places of worship” was cited by 48% of jobseekers, and 24% of HR professionals as a source of finding jobs and candidates.

 

If a faith-based approach to job and career search looks like a good idea to you, please join us on Friday, September 20. Please visit here for login and dial-in instructions for the webinar or click on the Calendar link above. 

 

Brian led development and launch of the Crossroads Career Network from 2000-2002 and served as Volunteer CEO from 2008–2012. He is now Volunteer Chairman of the board of directors. Brian is also the founder of Primus Consulting, a retained executive search consulting firm focused on organizations having the right leaders in the right roles. Formerly, Brian was Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, where he was responsible for Human Resources, Operator Ventures and Administration. He is the author of marketplace ministry resources: Maximizing Your Career, Real Success at Work, New Job Jump Start and The Mastery of Leadership.

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