How You Can Help Others Help You Find Employment

Often those who are family and friends of those looking for work don’t really know how best to help.  Many would like to offer a job, but don’t have one, nor do they know where one is.  But finding a job for the person looking for work is not what they need–yes, that doesn’t seem logical.  What they do need, you the job seeker, is support, encouragement and connection to others to find the information that will lead to finding a new work assignment.

This document is a half-sheet of instructions you can give to family and friends to help them be better prepared to know how they can help and support during a period of transition.  Photocopy it, with a summary of the job seeker’s information and contact needs specified on the reverse, and then cut it in half, giving out the half sheet to folks for their wallet, purse, bulletin board, or refrigerator as a reminder to “keep the job seeker in mind”.

This could also be used as a flyer with congregations listing those looking for work on the reverse side, and even placed as an insert in a bulletin handed out for worship services reflecting the intent of the words in Paul’s epistle to the Romans 12:1: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”