Job Search Survival Ministry

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

Job Search Survival is a Christian job skills program. It stresses the importance of being a person of faith and how that will help you through the ups and downs of the job search process. We are  Christian in our presentations, our prayers, and our focus. It will not be our intent to ever insult, embarrass, or force our faith on anyone, but we will not back away from the truth of the Bible, and the power of a mighty prayer life on the job search process.

All programs below are from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

2018 SCHEDULE

February 6 & 7
First Colony Branch Library

2121 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, Texas 77479

February 12 & 13
Cinco Ranch Branch Library

550 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land 77478

March 26 & 27
Sugar Land Branch Library
550 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479

April 2 & 3
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. Missouri City, Texas 77459-7119

May 7 & 8
University Branch Library
14010 University Blvd Sugar Land, Texas 77479

August 6 & 9
George Memorial Branch Library
1001 Golfview Drive Richmond, Tx 77469

September 11 & 12
First Colony Branch Library
2121 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, Texas 77479

September 17 & 18
Sienna Branch Library
8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. Missouri City, Texas 77459-7119

October 15 & 16
Cinco Ranch Branch Library
220 Commercial Center Blvd. Katy, Texas 77494-6407

Job Search class  

Weekly Support Group meets Wednesday mornings
9 a.m.-noon
Commons Place Room of the Family Center

We also have a Weekly Support Group that meets each Wednesday mornings which focus is identifying a job seeker’s “Accomplishments”. Most resume’s articulate “Responsibilities” which are often generic while accomplishment’s are personal and make a candidate standout from the competition. Accomplishments impact all aspects of the job search process from networking, to resumes, to interviewing and landing and contributing in the new position or opportunity. Communicating accomplishments is quite different in the resume versus networking or interviewing activities.

The Weekly Support Group is participative and while we work with a particular job seeker other participants gain insight into how to specifically improve their process and also contribute to the current conversation. This approach allows the agenda to adjust to meet the needs of the group.  Come join us, the group is a safe place.

Job Search Logo

Job Search Survival Ministry hopes to:

  • Teach people needing work to find a new job with proven and successful job search skills.
  • Encourage them by showing them total acceptance and Christian love regardless of their personal faith, status, ethnicity and gender.
  • Show them they are special to God and Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

Resources include Crossroads Career Network and LinkedIn. Email questions to jobhelp@sugarcreek.net

Usual Topics to be presented are:

Your 30-Second Commercial
Learn to write a clear and concise statement of the position you’re seeking, along with your prior job experience, accomplishments, skills and the personal qualities that make you an excellent candidate for that position. This statement will be utilized in your networking efforts, resume summary statement and in the job interview.
The “World’s Best” Resume
Why do we say that our format is “The World’s Best Resume”?  Just one reason:  It works!  We’ll cover all the essential ingredients of an effective resume aimed at surviving the culling process and winning a job interview.
Researching Prospective Employers
Research is used to identify those companies for which you might be interested in working.  Learning about the company’s culture, before you go for an interview, will likely increase your chances for success.  We’ll help you identify the best sources for gleaning the information you need. 
Networking and Telemarketing
To hear about those prime, unpublished job openings, get the inside scoop on the company that most interests you, learn what they’re really looking for in an employee, and even have an insider pave the way for your interview, networking is the best way to spend your job search time and energy.  We’ll cover some of the most useful networking tips, plus the best telemarketing techniques for getting the job interview. 
Interviewing & Non-Verbal Skills
The job interview is an opportunity to present your skills, experience and accomplishments.  Those are important, but remember that companies only hire people they like!  So, most importantly, the interview is an opportunity to sell yourself.  In this class, you’ll learn how to sell both your job skills and your personal qualities. 
Planning and Commitment
We all know that we should get organized, but we often don’t.  Your search deserves the same kind of careful planning that you would put into a job, and that plan should be set down in writing.  But, even that is not enough.  The spark that ignites the engine is commitment.  You must commit yourself to actually follow your written and organized job search plan.  We’ll give you our recommendations for a weekly allocation of your time among the various job search activities. 
Reading Your Interviewer’s Favorite Communication Style
As the result of genetics and/or environmental training, every person is influenced by four basic “learning styles”.  In each individual, one of those fundamental styles is dominant; a second also has a strong influence upon the way that person prefers to communicate.  By developing the ability to quickly detect the dominant learning style of your interviewer, you are then able to adjust your interaction with that person, and the way you present information, in order to accommodate the interviewer’s preferences.  That will make him/her more comfortable with you, and more amenable to hearing what you have to say. 
Building Your Own Action Plan
Structured around “Management By Objectives (MBO)”, this class encourages each participant to build his or her own personal action plan. You’ll begin by identifying your Career Goal.  Then, you will set Objectives critical to reaching your goal; Strategies to achieve your objectives; Key Audiences who can help you and Hot Buttons to enlist their support. Finally, we will detail the “To Do” list that identifies specific actions you will take. This planning pyramid is a tool to help focus and direct your job-hunting efforts. 
Saving Your Home During Unemployment
This class gives free mortgage and credit information for anyone that may have questions. Information about how to save your home during unemployment, and how companies look at your credit during this period. 
“Crossroads Career” Website Training
Attendees get a  FREE  membership to   www.crossroadscareer.org  This website offers a huge amount of training materials, as well as one of the best and most comprehensive Jobs Databases available. Login and passwords will be given in class. 
Job Search Advanced Training
After completing the above classes, an ongoing advanced training techniques, discussion and support group will be available to you for as long as you need, giving participants the opportunity to discuss any problems they may be having, networking, sharing job leads and encouraging one another. Advanced training on topics of interest to the class will be done.