Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 14:56:24 -0400 From: Teri Walker Subject: Job Fairs in the church - A new Approach in finding jobapplicants
See attached Public Service Annoucement
By Teri Brown Walker Human Resources Professional
Everyone has heard of the many sponsoring Job Fair organizations such as: The Lendman Group, NAACP, Urban League, Professional Exchange, Career Expo, AFCEA and the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Lanham. Wait a minute, Mt. Calvary, Mt. Calvary who? Oh I forgot Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Lanham Job Fair's are FREE! Big companies like Booze Allen, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Raytheon, CSC, Bell Atlantic, GTE and more pay thousands of dollars to participate in these job fairs every year hoping to find that perfect candidate, "The One", the one that is technically a fit and salary expectations are reasonable. Well now there is another popular alternative on the scene - the church.
Today, churches are not just focusing on meeting the spiritual needs of their congregation and to the community, but in also using themselves as another resource in helping people locate jobs. Many churches are getting involved in hosting job fairs and conducting interviewing and resume writing workshops! Although this sounds like a great idea, you still have those companies who would rather spend thousands of dollars participating in a Professional Exchange job fair, competing for the same candidate, rather than going into a church job fair for free. One major healthcare organization in Maryland, said "it wouldn't be worth participating in a church job fair because it would attract less than 500 applicants, who are blue-collar workers". How narrow minded to think that a church job fair would not attract mid to senior level professionals. There are many churches today with memberships of 5,000 or more with many different professions. Can you imagine those 5,000 people telling their friends about a church job fair, and they tell their friends and so on and so on.
The Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Lanham has sponsored 5 job fairs in the last two years helping hundreds of people find jobs. On September 23, 1998 they will be sponsoring their 3rd Annual Fall Job Fair. Much to my surprise companies like Booze Allen and Hamilton, SAIC, Raytheon, the NASDAQ Stock Market, Lockheed Martin and many more have already made a commitment to participate in this fall job fair. Could it be that these companies have finally caught on?
To find out more about the Employment Ministry of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Lanham call Teri Brown Walker or Pastor Bucas Sterling at 301/577-4882.