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Effective Practical Local Ministry-- Host a Job Fair 

In 2012, Gerhard Kramer was serving on his church’s board, brainstorming ways to reach people for Christ in his community. 

1. What is a practical need that our church can fill?

2. How are we going to stand out from the crowd? 
3. How can we reach people who live a few blocks away?

The answer would grow far beyond anything he imagined.

 

Here he shares the story and the impact of reaching over 16,000 people throughout California and beyond.

 

 In the beginning, Church Job Fairs consisted of a handful of events held at Cucamonga Christian Fellowship. While hosting these job fairs, he was approached by several pastors who wanted him to arrange events at their own churches. Though Gerhard was initially resistant to the idea, God had a different plan — a different calling — in mind.

A good friend and pastor advised him to pray about the possibility and, a few months later, Church Job Fairs was born.

“I took a leap of faith. I quit my job,” Gerhard said. “It didn’t happen immediately, but I quit my job and stepped out and said, ‘Okay, God. You and me, here we go. I am called to be an evangelist and to preach the gospel in a practical way.”

 

Now, expanding across the nation, with more than 70 events, Church Job Fairs and FlourishNow partner to offer the dignity of employment by connecting job seekers and employers in safe local community locations.

 

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As a 501c3, donor-funded ministry. We provide our entire ministry event at no cost to the local church.

 

Each job fair presents hundreds of job seekers with the unique opportunity to find employment, while also being introduced to Jesus and a local community that cares. 

 

“Not only are we offering them the tangible resource of a job or prospective job,” Matt Doan, a pastor who offered a job fair at his church, said, “but we’re getting to share personally, with each person on our campus, the hope and encouragement we find in Jesus Christ.”

 

Each job fair is staffed by coaches and volunteers from our organization and members of the hosting church. Pastors also offer a welcoming presentation. Best of all, as job seekers exit the job fair a prayer team is available to voluntarily meet with and pray for any attendee who is willing, -- most are willing!

 

Charlotte Hubbard, a prayer team member from one of the events, said they pray for specific needs in attendees’ lives, for success with the job hunt, for the skills needed for open positions, and for salvation.

“My privilege today was to be at the prayer table to pray for people, for their jobs, for salvation, for hope, for endurance, for strength, to trust God,” she said. “Some would be hesitant, but then they would let us pray with them. Others came and asked for prayer. We were able to pray for them and encourage them to get connected with a church group and mature in the Lord.”

 

As our ministry grows and has developed during the past six years, we have seen lives changed physically, financially, and spiritually. Pastor Fraser Venter, has hosted four event and said he has watched people receive the help they need through Church Job Fairs, then turn around and give back to the ministry.

 

“We have seen people who have found jobs, have come in through our doors, become a part of our church. We’ve seen people contribute,” he said. “We’ve also seen now, people who have gone through the job fairs who are now a part of the Church Job Fairs organization. It’s just been an amazing thing.”

 

Our work isn’t done and as we expand nationally to spread the gospel in a practical way, we hope that we can make a tangible difference in the physical and spiritual needs of the people we meet.

 

“Shouldn’t the church be known for what it’s for, not what it’s against?” Pastor Venter said. “We’re for giving people hope, so let’s combat this unemployment issue and believe for 0% unemployment supernaturally.”

Will you partner with us to battle unemployment and spread a message of hope?

 

If you want to host your own event or volunteer, visit our website

 

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Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. Part of FlourishNow, a nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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HOW MAY WE HELP YOU?


 

 

HOW MIGHT WE HELP YOU?

This might sound a little strange, but every day, you are exposed to thousands of advertising messages, but how many of these ads do you remember? In fact, can you even recall the last ad you saw?

 

Although repeated exposure can sometimes help solidify a memory, too much exposure can also desensitize your mind to the ideas, products, and, unfortunately, causes you see. 

 

As we have spread the word about our job fairs, we’ve found that the same concept applies. The more we offer the same message about Church Job Fairs, the less people hear what we are trying to say.

 

Connecting with pastors is vital to our ministry, so we want to say something different to catch their attention and increase their awareness of ministry opportunities. To do this, we want to partner with YOU to showcase a variety of ministries and worldwide opportunities. Using our newsletter, which we send to our database of ministries and pastors, and blog postings, we want to highlight your ministry and the work you do to the pastors we connect with across the U.S.

 

But to do that, we need your help. If you want us to help you spread the word about your work, we ask that you send us your information using the questions included below:

  • What is your ministry’s purpose?
  • How do you accomplish this purpose?
  • How did you get involved with this work?
  • When and why did you start your ministry?
  • Where do you minister?
  • Who is the focus of your ministry? Why?
  • What are the greatest challenges you face?
  • How do you hope to expand your ministry?
  • What part of your ministry is your favorite/least favorite? Why?
  • What is something you wish you knew before starting your ministry?
  • Do you work with other organizations/churches/volunteers? If so, how do they help?
  • If someone wanted to partner with you through funding or volunteering, how could they get in contact with you?
  • Do you have any prayer requests?
  • Can you send us a link to a specific page within your website that explains what your ministry is all about?
  • Can you allow us to download and use your logo?
  • Can you provide contact information, including email and phone numbers, for pastors to make a connection?

We want to help your ministry succeed and, in turn, we hope that you will help spread the word about Church Job Fairs by sending our information to other ministries you connect with. By sharing this information, we hope that we both can reach new and old audiences to open their awareness to the differences being made around the world.  READY TO JOIN US?

COPY THE QUESTIONS ABOVE, AND EMAIL THE ANSWERS TO US HERE

 

 

 

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Path to Employment: The First Minute Meeting


 

 

If you have been tuning in to our Path to Employment series, you have learned several secrets to improving your job fair game. At this point, you’ve hopefully created your resume, cover letter, job fair outfit, elevator pitch, and game plan for working the room. If not, take some time to work through those steps before moving to this next stage.

We’ve given you tips for creating your elevator pitch and networking, but you also need to prepare for your first minute meeting with a potential employer. These 60 seconds can lead to a second, longer interview or prevent you from getting the job. To make sure you nail this meeting, use the tips we’ve included below.

 

1. Be prepared

Though we covered this previously, we want to reiterate the importance of being prepared. Have copies of your resume and cover letter, know which job you are pursuing, and have your elevator pitch written and practiced. Be ready to show that you are capable of handling pressure, responsibilities, and professional conversation.

 

2. Anticipate recruiter questions

Every employer is going to have questions for you during this first minute meeting. While you can’t know every question you’ll face, you can get a general idea from a quick Google search. For example, you may face questions such as:

  • “Why do you want this position?”
  • “What can you bring to this role and to our company?”
  • “What do you know about our company?”
  • “Are you currently employed?”
    • “If yes, what do you do?”
    • “If no, why not?”

Prepare answers to common job recruiter questions like these and you’ll be in a good position for your interview. Above all, be honest. Even if you are uncomfortable with or aren’t proud of the answer, the truth is always the best option.

 

3. Have your own questions

Good answers can increase your chances of getting an interview, but good questions are even more impressive. Before the job fair, research the companies you are most interested in. Create your own questions to ask during your first minute meeting, questions that will get you noticed while getting more information about the employer and position. Some examples include:

  • “What do I need to know for the application and interview process?”
  • “What responsibilities will this position include?”
  • “Who can I contact if I have additional questions?”

This is a short meeting, so don’t take up too much time asking your questions. Just address the most important points and include the rest in your formal interview.

4. Be courteous

Time is important, especially at a career fair. Be respectful of each job recruiter’s time and the time of the job seekers in line behind you. Don’t rush through your meetings, but use only a few minutes at most. This will help you leave a positive impression and show respect for everyone involved.

 

 

 

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Path to Employment: The Elevator Pitch


 Michelle takes a deep breath. Now’s her time.

She steps toward the job recruiter and extends her hand with a smile.

“Hi, I’m Michelle,” she says. “I’m interested in your open position.”

“Hi, Michelle,” the job recruiter replies. “Why would you be a good fit for our company?”

Another deep breath. Here goes nothing.

“I would be a good fit because…”

Michelle freezes. Why would she be a good fit? She stammers her way through an answer, unprepared and unsure. 

The job recruiter thanks her and moves on to the next person. Michelle walks away disappointed and embarrassed.  She doesn’t get the job.

Most of us have experienced a moment where we were unprepared for the questions we faced, but you don’t want this moment to happen during an interview. 

We’ve created these tips for a winning “elevator pitch,” the short speech you present to employers and recruiters at career fairs, to help you present your best when it matters most. Use the suggestions below to create an elevator pitch that will help you avoid Michelle’s experience.

 

1. Write it down

Physically creating your twenty-to-sixty-second elevator pitch will help you remember it, but it also allows you to make sure you have everything you need. Your pitch should communicate who you are, what you do, and what you are looking for in your employment. Answer these questions in the first 10-15 seconds and then use the rest to share relevant skills, your unique contributions, and how you can help the employer.

 

2. Focus it

The best elevator pitches have a clear goal. Be able to describe the position you’re pursuing and your field, so others can help you find your ideal job. Also, remember that companies want to know why hiring you would be a benefit to them. Your pitch should show how your experience and skills will be useful to your employer.

 

3. Practice!

Start by reading your pitch out loud. Your written pitch may sound overly formal, so use this technique to catch and change any awkward phrases. Don’t try to memorize your pitch, as this can make you sound like a robot, but practice until it doesn’t sound rehearsed. Time it to make sure you won’t take much longer than a minute. Try reading it before a group of friends to get used to presenting it to people and ask for constructive feedback.

 

4. Prepare multiple variations

You never know what situation you’ll find yourself in, so create several variations of your elevator pitch. Have a short option and a longer, more in-depth version. Know which points are the most important to include and stay adaptable.

 

5.Believe in yourself

Confidence is key. Remind yourself of your capabilities and accomplishments. When you show employers that you believe in your potential, they are more likely to agree with you. You don’t want to come across as arrogant, but quiet confidence can be an effective self-marketing tool.

 

 

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Referrals, All for One and One for All


Have you ever heard of the oxpecker? This African bird is small, brown, and fairly unremarkable. In fact, the only reason you may have heard of it has to do with the special relationship it has with two of Africa’s more popular residents: zebras and rhinos.

 

Rather than finding sustenance from seeds or worms, oxpeckers like to eat bugs and parasites on the hides of rhinos and zebras!  This relationship is an example of symbiotic mutualism, a partnership that offers equal give and take for both sides. The mammals get rid of the nasty, disease-ridden pests and the oxpecker gets a safe place to munch.

 

At Church Job Fairs, we strive to build mutually beneficial relationships with everyone we work with, including our employers. Our events wouldn’t be possible without our recruiter's support, so we want to create a relationship of symbiotic mutualism with all of our employers to create the best events for everyone involved.

To develop this relationship, we have created several questions that will help us find the best job seekers for your company and help you find the best employers for our events. 

 

For instance, for our employers, we provide cards for easy referrals. Or you can provide the referral right here. 

At your next non-Church Job Fairs event, you can find the ideal candidates for our events by using the following information:

1. How would I spot your ideal employer candidate? 

They are likely at a job fair, standing in their booth next to you, also recruiting face-to-face.
2. How do I describe your unique benefits, approach, product, service or value proposition? 

Church Job Fairs is in NEW locations, meeting NEW job seekers. We’re not in the same hotels, meeting the same job seekers over and over again. Our cards are full of information about our organization and events, so just hand one over and make sure your referral information is legible on the back. (OR.. Ask for their card, and enter them in our system, that will really amaze them!)

3. What does a prospect say to trigger me to know they need to be referred to you? 

If you hear any form of the question “Do you go to any other job fairs?" then you have found an ideal candidate.
4. What is your marketing process once you've receive a referral? 

Church Job Fairs has a "$50. Thank you gift" we will present to you and to the person you referred. 

 

 

But that’s not where this process ends. We also want to help you.

We see hundreds of job seekers at every event, but we also meet them between career fairs, at networking events, and at churches. These individuals provide us with resumes and ask for help looking for quality work, but we often don’t know how to connect them with ideal employers.

We want to change this, so we’re asking for your help. Leave us a comment below with your answers to these questions and we will do our best to direct your ideal candidates to you.

 

1. How would I spot your ideal employee candidate?
2. How do I describe your unique benefits, approach, product, service or value proposition?
3. What does a prospect say to trigger me to know they need to be referred to you?
4. What is your process once you've receive a referral, how will you contact them?

 

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Path to Employment: The Cover Letter


Now that we’ve discussed the best tips for writing a killer resume, it’s time to talk about cover letters. If you have applied for many jobs, you know by now that cover letters are not always required for a job application. You may need one for the next job you apply to or you may never need to create one, but it’s important to know how, just in case.

 

While resumes are usually a summary of your experience, skills, and background, cover letters are a more personal, thorough introduction to your potential employer.  With a good cover letter, you can expand on your resume and share the reasons you think you’re best for the position.

To make sure you’re writing the best cover letter you can, follow the tips we’ve included below.

 

1. Contact Info

Like your resume, you want to include your contact information at the top of your cover letter. If you’ve already written your resume, you can just copy and paste this info so both documents match. Next, address your cover letter to the proper people. Include the date, the hiring manager’s name and email address, and the company’s name, address, and phone number.

2. Introduction

The more personal your cover letter is, the better chance you have of making a connection with the hiring manager. Instead of starting with “Dear Sir or Madam” or a similarly detached greeting, search for the hiring manager’s name on LinkedIn or through the company’s website. Then, in the first paragraph, explain which position you’re applying for and how you heard about it. Include your degree, career goals, and your specific area of expertise or study, showing how they are compatible with the company’s goals and mission.

3. Self-marketing

In the second paragraph, you want to show why you are the best person for the position. Include direct phrases from the job description. Show that your skills, experience, and training meet the job requirements and company’s needs. With a little research, you can create a third paragraph that describes how you can be an asset at this particular time in the company’s development and the current state of the industry.

4. Invitation

For the last paragraph, you want to encourage the hiring manager to get in touch with you. Let them know that you are willing and eager to come in for an interview. Thank them for taking the time to read your application and tell them that you will contact them in a week if you don’t hear back from them.

Before submitting your cover letter, carefully check for any spelling or grammatical errors. Ask knowledgeable family or friends to read it and offer suggestions. Once you’re happy with your work, send it off and hope for the best. Just don’t forget to reach out to the hiring manager if you don’t hear back from them!

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Path to Employment: The Dress Code


Path to Employment: The Dress Code

 

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

This age-old adage has been repeated thousands of times through the years, but it doesn’t change this simple truth: first impressions form the foundation of our actions and often stick.

 

Though you can often fix a bad first impression with hard work and time, you don’t get that opportunity when meeting an employer at a job fair. During your three minutes of face-time, each job recruiter will make a judgment that will affect your ability to land the job.

 

Unfair, maybe, but ultimately true.

The good news is there are several ways to make sure your first impression is positive. For this segment of “The Path to Employment,” we’re going to focus on the clothes you choose to wear to a career fair. For tips on choosing the best attire for these events, read about the job fair dress code below.

1. Clothing

While comfy pants and a t-shirt may be the most comfortable outfit for your job fair attire, it will negatively affect your chances of finding work. Instead, aim for an outfit that is “business casual” or “interview” attire. Suits are appropriate for both men and women. If you don’t have one, wear dress pants or khakis with a dress shirt and tie, for men, or a blouse with a modest neckline for women. Skirts can also be worn, as long as the hem is only two inches or less above the knee. When choosing your outfit, go with neutral colors, such as black, navy, or gray.

2. Shoes

Most importantly, you want your shoes to be in good shape. Polish or mend them, as needed, before the big day. Men should wear dark socks with either loafers or wing tips. Heels are acceptable for women, but they should only be of low or medium height. You can also wear flats.

3. Hair

You know what looks best for your hair, but make sure it complements your professional attire. Try to keep it off your face and refrain from playing with it during your interviews. Men, keep your facial hair trimmed and clean. Overall, you want your hair to look nice, but you don’t want your hairstyle to draw any attention from your presentation.

4. Accessories

As with your hair, you want your accessories to complete your professional appearance. Choose simple jewelry, earrings, and watches. If you bring a bag, choose a good-quality portfolio or briefcase. You are going to be talking closely with several people, so keep your cologne or perfume to a minimum and use a breath mint or gum to freshen your breath.(our churches will provide you with a mint!)  Most importantly, SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONE. You don’t need it and you can check it when you leave.

Whether you can tell or not, job recruiters do notice these things, so do your best to leave a good first impression and let your appearance speak for you.

 

 

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The Eden Project: Reducing Poverty, One Tree at a Time


 

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28

The Creation Mandate. For some, this God-given charge means cultivating the social world and nurturing the natural world through caring for animals, recycling, and building community.

For Steve Fitch, obeying this mandate led him to the dirt of Third World countries, planting millions of trees alongside local villagers.

 

“The Eden Project’s mission is to reduce extreme poverty in impoverished nations by hiring villagers as tree planters,” Steve said. “The reason we exist is to alleviate extreme poverty and to restore destroyed ecosystems.”

Steve’s work began when Haile Mariam, president of the Southern People’s Region of Ethiopia, invited him to take over a defunct reforestation project. Though this project failed, Steve used it to launch his organization, The Eden Project.

Since its beginning in 2005, The Eden Project has worked with thousands of villagers to plant trees throughout Ethiopia, Madagascar, Haiti, and Nepal. As they work to bring the dignity of employment to the impoverished people of these countries, Steve said he enjoys watching the results of their hard work.

“My favorite part of our work is seeing whole villages lifted out of economic deprivation, and seeing huge forests emerge,” he said.

 

Steve said the organization plans to expand into Indonesia by the end of 2017, a step that will be accomplished through unity, hard work, and the Lord’s guidance.

“Unity is a core value. There is so much division over the environmental issues. Unity means we do not see anyone wanting to help to be a ‘bad guy,’” he said. “Unity is also essential because the issues at hand are urgent. The destruction of the planet and the impact of environmental collapse on the poor is heading towards a global crisis.”

As The Eden Project continues their work, Steve said they still face challenges to their project and in their fundraising.

“Rampant corruption within impoverished nations is the number one challenge,” he said. “My least favorite part of our work is raising funds and trying to justify our work with argumentative people and third world corruption.”

 

The Eden Project welcomes any funding and volunteer help as they tackle the great amount of work they have before them. Even if you can’t help physically or financially, you can offer assistance through your daily prayers.

“I’d ask for prayer for the opening of Indonesia and the strength to lead Eden into a global transformation organization,” Steve said. “As of January 2017 we have already planted 140,000,000, but we need to plant a minimum of 250,000,000 trees each year through the employment of tens of thousands of villagers.”

 

Learn more about The Eden Project’s work and how to get involved by visiting EdenProjects.org.

 

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Best Job Fair By Far, hear it for yourself!


The Best Job Fair By Far

 

 

Mike Bostock, Director for the California Technical Academy, is thoroughly impressed with Church Job Fairs. “Lots of people out front, lots of people inside, lots of employers,” declared Bostock. When asked if he would attend the next ten events hosted by Church Job Fairs, Bostock smiled and replied, “We’ll be at every one of them.” This has remained true for now over 4 years.  Bostock went on to say, " the thing that surprised me the most was the quality of the people coming through the fair as well as the age variation." He described the crowd as “young to old, people that are unemployed, people that are employed.” Bostock also thought the blend of people he saw at the fair was a nice balance of many different types of job seekers, such as veterans, professionals, and people who are trying to get training to get into the workforce.

One other thing that surprised Mike Bostock was the number of companies represented at the job fair who were actively seeking out new employees.

Church Job Fairs are different from regular job fairs in that they are hosted by churches actively seeking ways to affect their communities in a positive, safe, and practical manner. Unlike job fairs hosted on college campuses that attract only college-age job seekers, Church Job Fairs reach out to an entire community, consequently attracting a diverse group of job candidates. It is a quality event aimed at bringing hope and encouragement to job seekers that need those things the most. For Mike Bostock, the quality of the event and the diversity of the attendees make it the best job fair by far.

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Radio Promotions just one way to draw candidates


 

 

 

 

 Radio Promotions just one way to draw candidates


 

Churches often have limited reach when trying to promote events that can benefit all members of their community, not just churchgoers. Church Job Fairs is a nonprofit firm dedicated to helping churches serve their communities by organizing job fairs with local and national companies that have employment opportunities available. The outlets in which they advertise their job fairs include:

Church Job Fairs also assists the hosting church in preparing flyers to distribute to their parish or congregation. More information about the services they provide for the church, the employers, and the job seekers can be found on their website in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

With successful and diverse advertising, churches have the ability to attract potential job seekers who otherwise would not have attended. At the job fair set up at Lambs Fellowship in Lake Elsinore, one man commented, "My experience was awesome. I just heard about it driving to Orange County and it was on KSGN Radio. And I don't have a resume. I didn't have anything but I pulled in and I've connected really well with two potential employers." While it's best for community members to be well-prepared for meeting with potential employers, this man still had opportunities presented to him because he was able to attend the event as a result of extensive advertising. He said, "I thank the staff here at Lambs Fellowship for organizing this. It's just an awesome experience."

 

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Churches offer useful tips Before Entering Job Fair


Churches offer useful tips Before Entering Job Fair


 

Job seekers are often on their own when it comes to attending job fairs and meeting with the recruiters. In many instances, it has been a long time since their last job search or maybe they never learned about interview etiquette to begin with. At the Inland Empire Job Fair, one gentleman was impressed with the church's offering of advice to job seekers. "The church stopped, prepared us before we came in. Told us what to do. Some people need a lot of the basics... Keep your tie straight, smile, firm handshake, mints for your breath. All of those are small things that a lot of people need."

Church Job Fairs offers a few other standard tips to ensure that job seekers get the most out of every job fair they attend.

Another positive preparation service Church Job Fairs offers to their job seekers is a prayer before meeting with employers. "There is even a prayer booth for people who need spiritual guidance and a lot of the people who came representing the companies are very encouraging so I am really pleased about all of that," said the man from the Inland Empire Job Fair. Going into a job fair with the right state of mind and with hope for the future can be just as advantageous as having a resume handy.

 

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Automotive Group says Job Fair Magazine WORKS!


 

 

 

 Oremor Automotive loves Magazine Provided by Church Job Fairs


 

At a recent Church Job Fair, Human Resources from Oremor Automotive Group, Lorraine Sanchez, said that one of the things they really liked about the job fair was the full-size, color magazine given to job seekers in attendance as they waited to enter the event. When asked why she thought it was a good thing to have, Lorraine replied, “It’s been awesome. It’s been a really good tool, I think, for everybody, because it made everybody come to our booth.”

 

Another benefit of the magazine is if a job seeker misses speaking with one of the recruiters, he has the magazine with him as he leaves and may contact companies he did not speak with during the job fair.

 

 

So what is the magazine all about? According to Lorraine (Here's the Video) , "it has the different vendors." Alecia added that there is "a listing of everyone that's inside so you can generalize it." This helps the attendees know before they enter the fair exactly how many companies and what types of companies are present at the event. Lorraine went on to say that because the magazine featured their company on the front page, people sought out their booth first in order to find out their company's location.

 

Does the magazine help job seekers know something about the companies present before they walk in the door?  "Absolutely," replied Alecia, who added, "this gives them something to read before they come in, so they'll know which companies they actually want to go to first.” Then, as the attendees browse around the job fair, they can use the magazine to help them decide what other companies to visit. 

 

Church Job Fairs attract local, regional, and national companies, and this quality magazine describes these companies with a full page advertisement. This way, job seekers have a better understanding of the companies that are hiring and what types of positions they have available.

 

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Some Advice on Ways to Help a Friend Find Employment


 

 Over the past decade, nearly every American has felt the effects of our economy’s Great Recession. For some, this meant downsizing, more debt, extra shifts, and increased stress. For others, the Great Recession caused layoffs and business closures — often without warning. These people soon faced home foreclosures, overdue bills, and the daunting reality of unemployment.

 

In December 2016, the national unemployment rate was 4.7, the lowest it’s been since 2007. This is great news, but it doesn’t mean that unemployment has ceased to be an issue that needs to be addressed.

Unemployment, especially long-term unemployment, can be financially, emotionally, and spiritually devastating for job seekers, families, and friends. If you know someone who is unemployed, the good news is there are ways you can help.

 

Read through our list of four ways you can help your friend find employment below.

 

1. Encouragement

When dealing with unemployment, it’s easy to focus too much on the negatives. As a friend, the best way to combat this depression, doubt, and discouragement is to offer encouragement and positivity. Have a coffee date or dinner and offer a safe space to talk about their struggles, feeling, and worries. These topics are often withheld for fear of causing stress on loved ones, so be sure to let your friend know that you want to know how life is really going.Research has found that the longer someone is unemployed, the harder it is to find a job. Most employers will question the gaps between jobs, which can damage confidence and the motivation to find new work. To battle these feelings, encourage action, including updating resumes, submitting applications and attending job fairs. Remind your friend of their talents, skills, and accomplishments to raise self-esteem and provide compelling resume material. 

Most importantly, if your friend is battling depression, help them find professional help. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking directly about it, enlist the help of a close loved one.

2. Connections

Many people find jobs through personal or second-hand connections. Be on the lookout for potential opportunities within your network and ask around for job openings. If you know someone who has worked in the same field or works with career coaching, refer them to your friend. You never know what could help.

3. Accountability

The best way to find work is to be proactive. Help your friend set weekly goals and keep them accountable. When each goal is met, celebrate the victory before setting a new goal. Help them create healthy, helpful habits and encourage action without nagging or becoming overbearing.

4. Prayer

There is never a situation that can’t be helped with prayer. Whether you are meeting with your friend to pray over them directly or including them in your daily prayers, you can make a difference by placing the situation in God’s hands. Encourage your friend to pair prayer with action and see what amazing things can happen!

 

 

 

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Mother & Son Experience Job Fair Together


Valerie
 and her son, Nathaniel, are just a couple of the hundreds of people who have attended job fairs ...


 

 

 

Valerie and her son, Nathaniel, are just a couple of the hundreds of people who have attended a recent job fair put on by Church Job Fairs. They enjoy going to job fairs together in general, however, their reaction to the job fair they attended at Calvary Chapel Phelan in the High Desert was more enthusiastic and uplifting.

Valerie commented, "You're not just getting your physical, monetary needs but you're also getting your spiritual need being met as well." She expressed that the organizers were loving and kind as well. At the end of the visit, the members of Calvary Chapel prayed for them in their search for employment. She said it was good because, "During this time, there's not a lot of jobs out there and you have someone here who actually loves you, wants to show the love of God to you." Her son agreed that praying for them and showing them God's love for them was not done at other job fairs and it was especially appreciated.

Nathaniel also commented that smiles were commonplace during the fair. "Everybody is actually smiling, happy. You don't get that at other job fairs" he said. Looking for a job is a stressful and sometimes disheartening undertaking. Nathaniel noted, "You can actually greet people. You actually meet more people." Overall, their assessment of the job fair held at the church was a wonderful experience. Not many people can say that. Attending job fairs in hotel banquet rooms, where you hand employers your resume and barely get a chance to talk to them can leave you feeling abandoned and without faith.

Church Job Fairs works with churches to promote job fairs attracting local, regional, and national employers. Their focus is assisting local churches in helping their communities find employment. Job seekers often attend these job fairs with less anxiety and leave these fairs with more confidence.

 

 

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Choosing What Colors to Wear to a Job Fair

Preparing for a job fair can be broken down into two parts, mental and physical....


Choosing What Colors to Wear to a Job Fair

 

 

Preparing for a job fair can be broken down into two parts, mental and physical. On the physical end, the importance of your first impression can't be overstated. There is honestly little-to-no chance that you will ever get a job because of your appearance, but you can definitely lose one.

Tried and True Colors

Don't let that frighten you, there are some pretty standard principles that have been established through the years of interviews conducted. In addition to wearing appropriate dress attire, be mindful of your color selections. Although men should be aware of this with particular regard to shirt and tie colors, women have a more precarious task when choosing what colors to wear to a job fair.

The rule of thumb for color selection is to keep the look professional, muted and avoid loud colors or unusually cut garments. All of the autumn and base colors: black, grey, brown, navy blue for example, are effective and appropriate choices. The idea is not for your attire to be the center of attention, but your professional and prepared character. That preparation leads us to the mental aspect of the equation.

Wisdom in Mental Preparation

Being mentally prepared isn't optional if the goal is to present your best self. From employer study to interview rehearsal, the largest amount of time before a job fair should be dedicated to mental preparation. There are excellent sources to guide and help you understand the preparation process.

Wisdom is precious, and we are told to seek it. Following proven and time-tested practices and preparing mentally for that job fair is not merely a good idea, it is wisdom.

 

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Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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Fighting Unemployment with Career Transition Workshops


 

 Fighting Unemployment with Career Transition Workshops

 

When Ron Feher was laid off from his job at Gateway Computer in 2001, he had no way of knowing that this new-found time would soon allow him to help others beat unemployment.

 

Ron spent the next 18 months without work. While he searched, he used this time to help others find work. He co-founded the Career Coaching & Counseling Ministry at his local church, volunteering to sit on the Board and develop and teach the curriculum.

Then, after over a decade of work with this ministry, Ron wanted to make the career assistance available for a broader audience.

“After 11 years with the Career Coaching and Counseling Ministry, I wanted to provide the same curriculum to other churches and non-profit organizations, so I started my Career Transition Workshop which I have taught at a number of churches and schools,” he said. “The ministry works with any church that has a need. I have taught the workshop at Christian churches and Catholic churches and would teach it at any other denomination who believes in God.”

Career Transition Workshop uses eight - 1 hour workshops to “provide people in transition with the tools necessary to obtain their next position.” These workshops cover topics such as interviewing, resume/cover letter writing, salary negotiation, networking & LinkedIn, creating a career plan, and marketing tools.

The ministry focuses mainly on people in transition and students in high school and college, Ron said, as these are the people in the greatest need.

“Many people in their fifties to sixties do not know the new challenges associated with finding a job in the current environment,” he said. “Most high schools and college students do not have the skills and experience necessary to start their careers and or land their first jobs.”
Career Transition Workshop currently works with any church, non-profit, or organization that has a need for their work, but they are planning to add a paid workshop geared toward college freshmen and high school juniors and seniors. This one-day workshop, called STRIVE (Student Targeted Resources for Insight, Value, and Enrichment), would help students identify career paths and give them the tools to pursue these careers.

 

As they develop this workshop, Ron said they are in need of prayer for several reasons.

“It is something that is necessary. Schools, churches are not providing this information and companies expect that job applicants already have this information,” he said. “The prayer would be for success in getting the word out and in convincing not only the students of the value of the workshop, but the parents as well.”

 

If you are interested in partnering with Ron through funding or volunteering, you can find him on LINKEDIN or contact him at  HIS EMAIL ADDRESS.

 

 

 

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4 Reasons to Consider Attending a Job Fair

As the internet has grown, many companies have found new ways to recruit job seekers for open positions. Recruiting websites, online job boards, and social media recruiting seem to have nearly eclipsed traditional methods, including career fairs.

Web recruiting can often seem like a more convenient choice, but...


As the internet has grown, many companies have found new ways to recruit job seekers for open positions. Recruiting websites, online job boards, and social media recruiting seem to have nearly eclipsed traditional methods, including career fairs.

 

Web recruiting can often seem like a more convenient choice, but there are many benefits to attending a job fair for your recruiting needs. For some of the top reasons to attend a job fair, read through our list below:

 

Meet Potential Candidates Face-to-Face

 

A five-minute conversation can often tell you more about a person than any resume or job history. Career fairs give employers the opportunity to speak with job seekers before meeting them in a more formal interview setting. Get valuable first impressions, put faces to names, and avoid wasting time with fruitless interviews.

 

 

 

 

Stand Out From Your Competitors

When attending a job fair, especially a local or regional event, you may end up competing with other attending competitors. In this setting, with hundreds of potential candidates moving among employer booths, you have the opportunity to set your company apart. Make sure your booth setup is professional, well-organized, and memorable. Send your best recruiters and distribute branded swag to help job seekers remember your company over others.

 

Connect with a Large Pool of Qualified Candidates

Career fairs attract potential candidates from a wide range of jobs and experience. Over the course of the event, you’ll meet with dozens of qualified candidates, each eager to speak with you about your job openings. Job fairs are also an ideal place to meet non-traditional candidates, whose varied experience prepares them for a wide range of responsibilities and positions. Even if you don’t find the right candidate for the position you had in mind, you may meet job seekers who can fill another role.

 

Network with Other Professionals and Companies

Job fairs are a great place to meet potential candidates, but they are also filled with other professionals who may be in the same field. Instead of sticking to your booth and only speaking to job seekers, take the opportunity to network. You can make connections and build relationships with other business attendees, which may allow you to create mutually beneficial partnerships.

 

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Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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Our Job Fairs are Hard to Miss...Thanks to These Guys

A lot of work goes into the planning and execution of a successful job fair, and a lot of different parties have a stake in our events. 


A lot of work goes into the planning and execution of a successful job fair, and a lot of different parties have a stake in our events. Partnering with local pastors and their congregations, dialoging with prospective area employers, training volunteers to interact with job seekers--none of that stuff matters unless people actually show up on the big day.

Since many of the churches that host our job fairs are located near busy intersections, we decided to turn to AArrow's world-famous sign spinners to get motorists' attention as they drive by. Sure, we do plenty of advance advertising, but we also know that we live in a world full of noise and distractions. People forget, and some just slip through the cracks and never get the message. But not even the most distracted driver could miss this head-turning display on her morning commute. And even the most rejection-weary job seeker would have to smile at this lighthearted invitation. More importantly, talent-seeking employers are going to want to be a part of something where people are having this much fun.

The folks at AArrow invented the sport of sign-spinning back in 2002, and they've canonized some 500 official tricks for their spinners to learn for their street-side improvisations across the country. Their employees work together as a team on a weekly basis to refine these techniques, and each year they participate in a two-day Championship to push themselves toward greater excellence. That makes for some pretty incredible skills with a sign, but it also makes for better-rounded job candidates in a highly competitive workforce. Part of why we enjoy working with AArrow so much is because their values align with our own. They believe in hiring and investing in quality talent, and they have a passion for helping young people acquire the entrepreneurial skills that will build the next generation of community business leaders. Like us, they're committed to eliminating the scourge of unemployment by inspiring the best in others, and they're out to show that making a living means putting yourself out there--and having a great time doing it.

We're out to make a difference in our communities, too, and we're not afraid to show it. Our signs may be simple, but we believe the message is profound: "This way, folks! People are looking for hard workers just like you!" That's something worth getting excited about. So don't be surprised if you see one of our sign spinners putting on a show at a street corner near you. And when you do, be sure to stop in and find out why we're having so much fun.

 

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Top Tips for Job Fair Success


For some, job fairs nearby can be the beginning of a long, satisfying career. For others, they are just another disappointment in a...


Top Tips for Job Fair Success

 

For some, job fairs nearby can be the beginning of a long, satisfying career. For others, they are just another disappointment in a seemingly endless search for a new job. 

Though you may feel like your inability to land a job is caused by your lack of experience or a diploma, there may be other reasons for your unsuccessful career fair attendance. Maybe you arrived at the wrong time. Maybe the attending employers weren’t a good fit for your skills.

Maybe it was your first career fair and you didn’t know what to do.

 

If you want to get the most you can from the job fairs you attend, use the following tips to improve your career fair game.

1. Prepare

Most of your success depends on what you do before you even talk to the first recruiter. Do research beforehand and decide which employers are your top priority. The dress code for any recruiting event is professional, so choose an outfit that would be fitting for a job interview. Bring plenty of resumes in a nice binder or folder and, if possible, upload your resume to the career fair’s website. Arrive early to avoid the rush and stick to the plan you’ve made.

2. Practice

You are one of hundreds of job seekers, which means you’ll only have a few minutes to make an impression on employers. Your “elevator pitch” is a short summary of your experience, skills, and reasons you’d be an asset to each company. Practice this pitch at home and then on low-priority job recruiters before approaching your top employment picks. Also, remember that you are having a conversation, not just spewing pre-rehearsed words. Be a person, not a robot.

3. Act professionally

Shake hands, make eye contact, and smile. Ask questions that pertain to the position and can’t be answered on the company’s website. Do your best to make a positive, lasting impression on each recruiter. Take business cards for follow-ups and respect other job seekers by not taking up too much time.

4. Take every opportunity

When attending a job fair, stay open to unexpected interactions. Meet with your desired employers, but don’t ignore other companies and job seekers. Instead of waiting in long lines, take that time to speak with job recruiters who aren’t engaged. Network with other job seekers in lines and throughout the event. You never know who could connect you with a job and you don’t want to miss an opportunity.

 

Do you have a job fair success tip? Share it in the comments below!

 

 

Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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The Affects of Under Employed MEN 25-54 Years Old on Today's Society

The unemployment numbers being touted by the media don't tell the entire story.  Recently, a new look at unemployment in the United States reveals a serious issue...


The unemployment numbers being touted by the media don't tell the entire story.  Recently, a new look at unemployment in the United States reveals a serious issue: there are around 7 million men in this country, ages 25 to 54, that aren't working and aren't even considered unemployed. Why aren't they considered unemployed? Because they aren't looking for jobs any more. They've just given up. What exactly are these men doing? Some of them are going to school to attempt to better their circumstances. However, most of them are sitting at home, watching television, playing video games, involved in social media. 

Some of them are living with girlfriends, some are living at home with mom and dad. Some of them are receiving government assistance. All of them are not working enough to support themselves. According to Michael Cook of mercatornet.com, these 7 million American men only spend about 43 hours a year working, which equates to about 7 minutes per day. 

This has a strong effect on society. These disengaged men live without hope or purpose in their lives. Michael Cook quotes Princeton economist Alan Kreuger as saying these men "derive relatively little meaning from their daily activities (Cook, 2016)." Consequently, they "experience low levels of emotional well-being (Cook, 2016)." Gary Halbert of valuewalk.com quotes the author of Men Without Work, Nicholas Eberstadt, as saying this has "exacerbated family breakdown, promoted welfare dependence and recast ‘disability’ into a viable alternative lifestyle." This lack of interest in work and this reliance on government assistance is observed by younger men and young boys, which means this attitude could be passed on to the next generation. Mr. Eberstadt goes on to say that this lack of participation in the work force is leading to a slower economy, budget pressures, and ultimately a higher national debt and an increase in poverty across the United States.

This is a line of dominoes that is slowly, quietly building, and we need to tear it down. America would be so different today if these non-working men were active and held paying jobs. They would be engaged in their communities, and would feel a sense of pride in their contributions. There wouldn't be as much need for government assistance, which would ease the burden on the national budget. These men would feel a sense of purpose for their lives, and most importantly, they would be passing on a solid work ethic to the next generation.

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New Recruiting Tactics in the New Year

The new year is approaching and with it comes a determination to make 2017 a better year than the last.


The new year is swiftly approaching and with it comes a determination to make 2017 a better year than the last. Personal New Year’s Resolutions may not appeal to you, but you can use this time to make changes to improve your company’s performance and reach.

As you evaluate your company’s yearly performance, take a look at your recruiting tactics. How difficult has it been to find qualified candidates? Do you attend job fairs or do you only recruit online? We have put together the following tips to help you give your recruiting a new start in 2017.

 

 

New Audiences

As you evaluate your recruiting tactics, track the success of each recruiting channel. Compare the responses you receive, the candidate quality, and overall cost. If you aren’t finding the right job seekers through one recruiting method, try recruiting in a new audience. Attend a job fair at a nearby college or new location. Advertise in a local magazine that targets a different group of people than one you have used before.

Now, we’re not saying to advertise in a cooking magazine if you run an accounting firm. Instead, reach out to new, relevant audiences. Job advertising that only reaches the same audiences year after year will likely not recruit enough potential candidates to be worth the cost.

New Locations

Many job fairs and recruiting events are held at the same locations, year after year. These events often see the same employers, attending regularly and hoping to meet new candidates. Unfortunately, this recruiting tactic is rarely successful. Just as the same companies attend every year, many of the same job seekers visit as well. 

With our church job fairs, we hold events in multiple churches through Southern California. Each event attracts a new crowd, allowing employers to meet potential candidates from many experiences and places.

Rather than wasting time and money at the same places, register for other recruiting events. Visit new job fairs in your area or niche events throughout the country. Expand your candidate pool and see how many new recruits you can find. 

New People

When you attend career fairs or other recruiting events, it is common practice to send job recruiters. These people are usually trained specifically to deal with job candidates, but they may not be the best representatives for every event. 

If your company is attending a career fair for salespeople or a seminar for engineers, you should send one of your top salespeople or engineers to speak with recruits. These representatives can answer specific questions about job responsibilities and inner department workings, giving job seekers an accurate picture of employment with your company.

Choose the team members in each department who will best represent your company and hold a recruitment training session. Boost your recruiting team with other employees to best reach potential candidates and show that you care about their time and specific needs.

 

 

 

Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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Prayer & Mental Preparation - Keys to Job Fair Success

You sit in your car, running through your checklist one more time.

Resumes - check.

Business attire - check.

Rehearsed introduction - check....


You sit in your car, running through your checklist one more time.

Resumes - check.

Business attire - check.

Rehearsed introduction - check.

Mentally and physically prepared to sell yourself to top employers so they’ll remember you among hundreds of other hopefuls - maybe not.

 

Job fairs are one of the best ways to share your resume and make connections, but they can also be hectic, stressful, and uncomfortable.

 

No matter how much time you put into your preparation, a bad day or missed connection can ruin your hard work — even if you are the most qualified person for the position.

 

Sometimes, even the smallest bit of mental preparation can help, which is why we offer to voluntarily pray with job seekers who visit our church job fairs. We have found that this short time of focus and encouragement can steady your nervous mind and boost your confidence.

 

Adrian Barrocas, a job seeker at the Calvary Faith Center church job fair in Rancho Cucamonga, had attended career fairs before, but the offer for prayer was something that surprised him.

“I’ve been to a couple job fairs, (though) no Christian job fairs, so it was kinda nice to have prayer before to prepare you mentally,” he said.

With this extra bit of mental preparation and positive thinking, Adrian said he was able to have a better experience at the event. As he said, “Having a good outlook on it (made it) better than most.”

Our goal is to make our church job fairs a positive, helpful experience for all of our attendees. To do that, we pray with you, help you rehearse your introduction, and give you the tools to succeed.

To learn more about our Church Job Fairs, visit our website or contact us online. If you are interested in attending a local job fair, search for an event near you on the US Job Fair Directory.

 

Have your own checklist you go through? Share it with us.

 

For Adrian’s full interview, view the video on our YouTube account.

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5 Tips to Attract Top Job Candidates

As an employer, job recruiting can be one of the hardest, most stressful parts of running a business. Some companies only get a few responses to their ads, while others are quickly overwhelmed by the large volume of responses....


As an employer, job recruiting can be one of the hardest, most stressful parts of running a business. Some companies only get a few responses to their ads, while others are quickly overwhelmed by the large volume of responses.

Even after you have a manageable list of potential candidates, you still have to carefully review their resumes and cover letters. And nothing is more frustrating than interviewing a roomful of candidates and finding that none of them are suitable for your position.

Rather than throwing an ad in your local newspaper or job website and hoping for the best, why not use methods that will help you get top job candidates, perfectly suited for your position?

 

We have put together these five tips to help you fill your open positions with the best candidates you can find.  

Have your own ideas  or did we miss a favorite of yours? Share it with us below.

 

1. Be detailed in your advertising

You may think that copying and pasting generic job descriptions and position requirements will make the process quicker, but this method will cost you more time in total. Generic descriptions often attract the wrong candidates and push away the good ones. Instead, give easy-to-understand details about the position and what it requires, so you’ll attract the right people.

2. Carefully choose your recruiting events

Career fairs can give you incredible leads, but only if you choose the right events. Make sure you’ll be able to speak to each job seeker without feeling pressed for time. Visit events in multiple areas every year to avoid limiting your candidate pool and choose recruiters who will best represent your business.  Hear from Donovan from Dewey Pest Control, how he recruits at job fairs.

3. Maintain contact with interested candidates

Even if you have narrowed your applicants to a select few, be sure to keep an open relationship with other quality candidates. If none of the job seekers on your short list work or you have another open position down the line, you will be able to reconnect with these candidates. This can save you a lot of time and stress in the recruitment process.

4.Utilize social media recruiting

 

In the past, you had to wait for candidates to come to you, but today you have the ability to go after the candidates you want for your team. You can contact passive job candidates through social media, share your open position, and explain why you think they would be a good fit. You can also attract job seekers who are already engaging with your company by posting job openings on LinkedIn or your business blog. 

5. Respect your candidates’ time

You are looking at multiple candidates and your candidates are likely considering multiple jobs. To attract top job candidates, show that your company is worth their time and effort. Ask interview questions that pertain to your position and avoid asking silly, irrelevant questions. Keep to your appointment times and quickly respond to any communication. Be authentic about the hiring process. Make your company their best option.

Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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We're Hiring Sales Positions!

We are in the business of connecting people with jobs — even within our own organization!

 


We are in the business of connecting people with jobs — even within our own organization!

Beginning our fifth year, we have grown from one church job fair at our founder’s own church to over 60 events throughout Southern California.  As our reach has grown, so have our needs.

We are looking for a new member to add to our team, someone who can help us reach out to pastors and church leaders for future church job fairs. Although the position’s official title is “Sales Professional,” this job is more about making connections than making sales.

 

In this position, you will contact churches within an assigned area and tell them about the life-changing mission behind church job fairs. We have seen church outreach be transformed through our events and we want to help more churches effectively reach their communities.

So, what are we looking for in a candidate?

Most importantly, we are looking for someone who can speak passionately with pastors and share the vision and opportunity his church will have to introduce the gospel message with job seekers who have never been on his campus. This position’s responsibilities also include sales, marketing, and account management. If you have previously worked as a pastor or in sales, especially if you have sold to the church market, this may be the perfect position for you.

If you have connections with Christian churches and their leaders, as well as previous sales and account management experience, pray about applying. This may be the position God is leading you toward.

For more information about this position, visit our Careers page to read through our requirements and benefits. For further questions, chat with a staff member on our website or send an email to admin@churchjobfairs.org

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Meeting Community Needs Through Church Job Fairs

The secret to connecting with people in your community often boils down to a single theme: Practicality. Usefulness. Need...


The secret to connecting with people in your community often boils down to a single theme: Practicality.

Usefulness.

Need.

You can offer all the free pens, Bible studies, and Christmas programs in the world, but these events and gifts are usually only helpful to the members of your own church.

But when you hold an event that can help your community feed and clothe their children or make enough to cover the rent, you offer something that is attractive and useful to everyone, not just church-goers.

 

When Matt Ford, pastor of Fountain of Life Fellowship Church, held a church job fair for the Fountain Valley community in Orange County California, he was encouraged by the results.

“When you offer both spiritual care, but also something that’s super practical,” he said, referencing the attending job seekers’ need for employment, “that combined just led to great conversations. You just felt a good connection between your church and the community around.”

If you are a pastor who is interested in building relationships with people in your area, church career fairs are a great place to start. You will meet LOCAL people of all ages, from all walks of life, and help them connect with employers who need them.

Sometimes, to meet the people who need community most, you have to meet a more immediate need first. As you get the chance to talk with job seekers, you may be surprised by the conversations you have and the reactions you see. 

During the Fountain of Life Fellowship Church job fair, Pastor Ford said the response he saw from career seekers who attended was both heartening and unexpected.

“Something I really appreciated was the warmth of the people who came, and the sense of openness,” he said, referring to the connections he made during the event. “(T)he warmth was really encouraging.”    Do you have a unique way your church reaches your community? We'd like to hear it and what your experiences have been like.

For more information about hosting a job fair at your church, visit the Church Job Fair website or contact us online.

 

A full video interview with Pastor Ford is available for viewing on our YouTube page

Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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Hidden Secrets of Reference Checking

Matt’s excited. He’s just applied for his dream job and he knows he’s got it in the bag. His internships, degree, and credentials make him the perfect candidate, so he’s not worried.

But maybe he should be...


Matt’s excited.

He’s just applied for his dream job and he knows he’s got it in the bag. His internships, degree, and credentials make him the perfect candidate, so he’s not worried.

But maybe he should be.

See, Matt got into some trouble at a past job. Abusing company time and destroying company property for a prank seemed like fun. Until he was fired for it. Ouch.

But that’s in the past. Matt didn’t include anyone from that internship in his references and the only proof is hidden in his Facebook videos. It will never touch this new job, right?

Twenty-five, fifteen, or even ten years ago, that may have been true. Now, however, employers can have access to references from all of your jobs and they can — and will — look at your social media accounts.

You can’t control it, but there are a few tips you can use protect your reputation and avoid poor references for future jobs. See the list below for these career-saving practices:

1. Choose the best references

When giving references, choose people who have worked with you professionally or seen you perform in a leadership position. Specifically, choose supervisors, professors, or coworkers who have worked with you in a position similar to the job you are applying for. They will be able to discuss character traits and skills that will be best for the new position and help you secure the job.

Also, be sure to carefully read through reference requirements. If the employer wants a reference from a past internship and you give your Taco Bell manager’s information, you will miss a prime career opportunity.

2. Develop a positive social media presence

If a potential employer visits your Twitter profile and sees several tweets bashing your former supervisor, they aren’t likely to form a high opinion of you. Instead, only post positive content. Carefully review your followers and friends, as well. If your future employer decides to contact one of your social media connections, make sure they can only access people you trust.

3. Always act professionally

Whether you have a positive or negative experience with a job, you always want to end on a positive note. Avoid burning relationships and take care to leave a positive reference in every position you hold. This will help you build a positive professional reputation and keep you from creating sticky situations. 

4. Prepare your references

Whenever you use someone as a reference, let them know beforehand. Tell them about the position, why you are applying, and give them a copy of your resume. This will give them the best tools for an honest, positive review.

Carefully creating a positive reputation takes work, but it will save you time and help you as a job seeker now and in the future.

5. Did we miss one? Maybe it should be part of our list here  too?

If you are looking for a job, be sure to check our website for upcoming church job fairs in your area.

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How Do Employers Get Good Lead Generation at Church Job Fairs?

As an employer at a career fair, your goal is to meet job seekers who can be valuable members of your company’s team.

But if you have ever attended a career fair, you know how crowded, loud, and chaotic these events can be.

 


As an employer at a career fair, your goal is to meet job seekers who can be valuable members of your company’s team.

But if you have ever attended a career fair, you know how crowded, loud, and chaotic these events can be.

Hundreds of job seekers fill the rows of employers, each trying to market themselves to the available job recruiters.

As career hopefuls crowd each employer’s table, the chances of making a real connection or having a meaningful conversation quickly dwindle. The resumes stack up, your hand cramps from shaking too many hands, and you wonder if job fairs are even worth the time, energy, and money required.

Instead, what if job seekers entered the fair in groups of 20-25? Would this small change make a difference?

For an employer at a church job fair held at The Lamb’s Fellowship Church, the use of this format made all the difference.

“Every time we come to one of the church job fairs, they’re really good,” she said. “The crowd is really different than any other career fair I’ve ever been to. They’re very positive. They come in in nice groups, which is really nice as well. I really enjoy that.”

With these small-sized groups, employers and job recruiters can have in-depth conversations with every job seeker and get to ask the questions that matter. Instead of spending hours looking through resumes and trying to match names to faces, you can get to know your candidates in person. According to Westcliff University's recruiter, she never leaves a church job fair without potential applicants.   View the video on our YouTube account.

“I always get really good lead generation and qualified candidates that come,” she said. “So we really enjoy it.”

To learn more about our Church Job Fairs, visit our website or contact us online. If you are interested in attending a local job fair, search for an event near you on the US Job Fair Directory.

Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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