I remember I was on a radio interview with Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen when they asked me if I’d approached Job Ministries, to let them know about JibberJobber. I had no idea what that was, but they were very enthusiastic about it (come to think of it, they are always enthusiastic about a lot of things :p).
My experience with church job search support was limited to what I had experienced in Utah, with the LDS “Professional Workshop,” which was a free, two-day event that was quite eye-opening. I had also gone to a number of job search networking groups sponsored by the LDS professional employment folks, which was immensely helpful during my search.
The workshop and the networking groups were very focused on helping professionals get back into the workforce, and welcomed anyone (there was no question of your religious beliefs).
Since then I’ve experienced two other amazing “job ministry” network groups – one in Houston (Between Jobs Ministry) and one in Minneapolis. In Houston I understand they draw about 200 people a week, mostly professionals and executives. In Minneapolis there were about 75 people when I went to speak. I’m always amazed at the calliber of people at the network groups, and the helpfulness that each person brings to the meeting.
If a job seekers asks me for advice in their job search, I’ll frequently ask them if they have found a local job ministry network group to attend. In fact, you SHOULD find as many job ministry network groups as you can and go to ALL of them.
Why wouldn’t you go to a job ministy group? Are you an Atheist? A non-believer? A sinner? It’s not the right religion?
None of that matters. This isn’t a place to talk about religious beliefs or differences, although you may hear that here and there. This is a place to help get individuals back into the workforce.
I wrote a post last November titled Religion’s Role in a Job Search. Go read that, and then search on Google for job ministries near you (or check out the Work Ministry site). Don’t let your religious beliefs preclude you from the amazing networking opportunities out there!