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 JAM Celebrates a Major Milestone

 JAM is celebrating over 700 successful job seekers who have found employment.  Please join current and former JAM job seekers at a reception on Tuesday evening, September 15, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.  Your support and encouragement is appreciated.  Despite an improving economy, an average of 60 to 70 job seekers attend weekly meetings.  They need your support.  Please RSVP to Ed Landry, JAM Coordinator.


  • 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 Six Years:

      Helping Over 600 Job Seekers Find Employment


Dear Fellow Michaelonians,

The Jobs Assistance Ministry (JAM) celebrates its sixth anniversary this fall by reaching a major milestone. JAM has assisted over 600 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, recruiters, business owners, and so many others. In addition to weekly workshops, we provide a Job Seeker’s Guide, JAM Linkedin group (1,500 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 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?  Here are a couple of ways:

  • Notify 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.
If interested in supporting job seekers, please contact me, and I will give you more information about JAM. 


Ed Landry

JAM Coordinator

'For I know the plans I  have for you', says the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' 
Jeremiah 29:11 


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.

Weekly Networking Meetings

Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.

St. Michael 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

Notifications of Available Jobs:
Email JAM to provide information about job openings

Access to Services/Suggestions:
Help with JAM
R.S.V.P. for Workshops and Scheduled Events
General Questions or Advice
Resume Reviews with Feedback
Mock Interviews with Coaching
Suggestion Box

Job Search Resources:

You're Hired: A Guide to Getting There (New Job Seekers Orientation)

LinkedIn JAM Group - How to join JAM LinkedIn Group 

Resume Guidelines

Preparation Packet for Job Searchers 

Job Seeker Mistakes

Job Search Actions Checklist 

Personal Marketing Plan 

Effective Networking

Behavioral Interviewing: Preparation Tools

JAM Marketing Plan Tracking (Excel Spreadsheet) - Copies available from Ed Landry
JAM Richmond Recruiting Agencies (Excel Spreadsheet)

Positions with Contacts


Upcoming Events 

**Poynter's Jobs Club with Career Counselor Doug Poynter** 
Saturday, August 29
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Room 205


Spring & Summer 2014 Edition 

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!

Marketing Me (Anne Gilson)
Why Me? (Dr. Michelle Mudge-Riley)
LTU CP Presentation (Katrina McMillan) 

Other Groups

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)

Helpful Links

Monster.com -  Find Jobs.  Build a Better Career.  Find your Calling.
CareerBuilder.com - Jobs and Job Search Advice, Employment and Career
Dice.com -  The career hub for tech. 
JobsOnline.net - every job.  everywhere.
Job.com - Your source for local jobs, career advice, and services to manage your job search, and, more importantly, your career.
VEC.Virginia.gov - Virginia Employment Commission 
VirginiaResources.org - Virginia Resource Authority
Jobs.Virginia.gov - The Commonwealth of Virginia's Employment and Resource Center
Job-net.com - Jobs in Raleigh, NC.  Jobs in Charlotte, NC.  Jobs in Durham, NC.



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