Jobs Assistance Ministry
- Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.
- Parish Hall
*You may come as early as 11:40 a.m. to network.
(Please meet in the Commons area near the Parish Hall if the Parish Hall is unavailable before noon.)
JAM At Five Years:
Helping 500 Job Seekers Find Employment
Dear Fellow Michaelonians,
The Jobs Assistance Ministry (JAM) celebrates its fifth anniversary this fall by reaching a major milestone. JAM has assisted over 500 job seekers in finding employment. This would not have been possible without the unflagging support of Father Dan, Deacon David Nemetz, Lani Vasquez, and many of you.
From the beginning, our vision for JAM was to offer all of the services a job seeker would receive at a career transition/outplacement center. We have been able to achieve that goal thanks to many talented volunteers, who include HR leaders, career counselors, business owners, and so many others. In addition to weekly workshops, we provide a Job Seeker’s Guide (Over 800 distributed: 220 pages, 15 sections), JAM Linkedin group (1,275 members), resume reviews, one-on-one mentoring, mock interviews, career counseling, special workshops, and pastoral care/counseling.
JAM welcomes everyone in the community, with our doors open to all who request our services. We work collaboratively with a number of churches, ministries, and organizations.
While we have been able to offer professional services thanks to expert volunteers, JAM is first and foremost a ministry, and job seekers recognize and appreciate this. Here are a few examples:
Great news! I’ve landed! Keep up God’s work at St. Michael. The spiritual support I received and the friends I made helped and sustained me during this challenging time. I will pass forward that support.
Many blessings and thanks to those of you supporting, helping, coaching, and praying for work to come my way. I have landed a job! I know I am very blessed during these times and thankful to God!
I know God used JAM in my journey – and I thank you for being available to His calling. I really needed this group as I watched employment opportunities disappear. I so appreciate the innovative ideas I heard in the meetings and workshops that helped me feel more confident in this job market. I will confirm—I do believe that God’s plan unfolds in His timing. It has been tough trusting God for our needs over the past months.
As we celebrate this milestone, we are re-committing and re-dedicating our efforts to assist all job seekers who ask for our help. Despite improvements in the local economy, the need is still great. For example, we typically welcome six to eight new job seekers weekly.
How can you help? One important way is by notifying us about available jobs at your employers. In addition, since most job seekers find employment by networking, you can provide valuable support by offering to meet with them and help them expand their networks. For example, you are most welcome to join us for lunch on Wednesdays in the Parish Hall. If interested in supporting job seekers, please contact me, and I will give you more information about JAM.
Responding to Jesus' exhortation to feed His sheep, the Jobs Assistance Ministry (JAM) at St. Michael provides a variety of resources and services to support job searchers in identifying and obtaining employment that meet their skills and needs. JAM collaborates with neighboring parishes and other ministries to share resources.
Catholic Church Parish Hall
JAM services are available to all job searchers. You may join by attending a weekly meeting and registering in person. Once you are registered, you will be given instructions on how to sign up for services. JAM provides the following services:
- Support Group (weekly networking meetings - every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.)
- JAM Luncheons & Networking Events
- Job Search Skills Workshops
- Career Coaching
- Resume Reviews (critique and feedback)
- Available Jobs Coordination
- Mock Interviews (coaching & feedback)
- Prayer Support
We are thrilled to share with you the first Career Prospectors and JAM Newsletter. Please help us by sharing it with your fellow job seekers, family, friends, and partners. We thank everyone for all your support. We extend a special thanks to all the job seekers whose lives we have touched in some manner. We admire your courage and talents. We are proud of you!
Needles Eye Career Transition Group - The group offers spiritual encouragement, networking, prayer, and Bible study for those who are unemployed. Visit the Needles Eye Web site.
Career Prospectors - Career Prospectors is an organization that focuses on helping people find job opportunities. It serves those in the greater Richmond area. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesdays at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church (9315 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23229). Networking and coffee starts at 7:30 a.m., and meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. Visit the Career Prospectors Web site.
Community and Social Resources (Agencies)List of Area and National Agencies (with contact information)
Monster.comCareerBuilder.com - Jobs and Job Search Advice, Employment and CareerJobsOnline.net - every job. everywhere.
- Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find your Calling.
Job.com - Your source for local jobs, career advice, and services to manage your job search, and, more importantly, your career. Job-net.com
- Jobs in Raleigh, NC. Jobs in Charlotte, NC. Jobs in Durham, NC.