What is JobSeekers?
JobSeekers was formed by churches in our convocation in March, 2009 to provide those unemployed or underemployed with resources for landing a job and emotional and spiritual support while they’re looking. Volunteers assist participants with reviewing resumes; assessing skills and strengths; preparing for interviews, correspondence, and networking tips. Several members of the clergy provide spiritual resources and pastoral care. What JobSeekers appreciate is not only receiving information about the mechanics of job searching but Christian and compassionate support. The size of the group allows real fellowship and camaraderie.
Who are JobSeekers?
JobSeekers are members of your congregation and community. They are fathers, mothers, recent graduates, retirees. How they lost their job varies. Some were given little or no notice. Some spent the last several months hoping it wouldn’t happen to them. Some have lost their health insurance, have fallen behind on their mortgage and car loans. Most are trying to reassure their spouses and children and trying to keep life running as normally as possible, while the panic grows. They are trying to figure out how to get past on-line application processes to meet with a real human being.
When does JobSeekers meet?
Jobseekers meet weekly on Monday mornings at 10am to kick start their week of job search. The meeting is held in Pinder Hall at Episcopal Church of Redeemer in Midlothian. Currently the team of top notch committed HR professionals providing assistance include:
Bruce Weinert spent 30 years in Corporate Outplacement as a Career Transition Consultant. He has counseled hourly personnel, managers and executives in the greater Richmond metropolitan area and many cities throughout Virginia, in numerous states, and in London, England. William L. Van Arnam “Bill” who is a retired Human Resources Executive from Philip Morris USA (Altria) with 30 years of experience in HR and a member of St. Mathias Church. During his career, Bill had responsibility for recruiting, hiring, supervisory training and executive development in addition to other HR functions. Roy McLeod, who is a parishioner at Manakin Church, has extensive HR experience in the Richmond area has over 25 years experience as a career transition consultant in the corporate outplacement field. He has worked with hourly, management and executive employees with major companies in this area.
What can YOU do? for
First, encourage those who are job searching to come to the Monday morning meeting once. They will return again due to the help and support available here. They quickly learn they are not alone in their search and will pick up search clues and tips from their attendance.
If you know of someone who may want to attend; if you are able to speak on a relevant topic at a meeting; help with communications, administrative or computer work; or provide refreshments, please let us know. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Meck: firstname.lastname@example.org or Teddy Cogbill at email@example.com or by phone: 804-379-8899
O Lord, deliver us from
the fear of the unknown future;
the fear of failure;
the fear of poverty;
the fear of loneliness.
Help us, O Father, by your grace to love and fear you only,
fill our hearts with cheerful courage and loving trust in you;
through our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Amen
– Akanu Ibaim