Better Jobs: Solving The Root Of The Problem
When the Better Together team realized 76% of our families came to us because of an economic hardship tied to unemployment, we knew we had to address the root of the problem and created Better Jobs to help. Thanks to a network of church partners across the United States, Better Jobs has helped more than 39,000 job seekers find employment. Before you think it is “just a job fair,” read on. Participants get everything they need to succeed – whatever it takes.
A Better Job Fair
To say Better Jobs is more than your typical job fair is an understatement! It’s nothing short of a miracle for those who are struggling to find their path to dignity and employment.
Here’s how it works… Before meeting with prospective employers, job seekers may consult with Better Jobs volunteers for interviewing tips, resume help and coaching on how they can best articulate their skills. Church-based organizers recruit other assistants, such as volunteer hairstylists, and collect business attire to help attendees look and feel their best.
Participating employers are coached in advance, too, and encouraged to replace anonymous online applications with live interviews, ask questions that go beyond standard work histories and fill open positions on the spot. There’s even an “Opportunity Bell” that candidates and hiring managers ring when they’ve made a match.
The impact is remarkable, with more than 39,000 job seekers finding employment through our church-based, volunteer-powered model.
Harnessing Better Jobs As a Ministry
Better Jobs thrives on its church partnerships. We provide the model and tons of experienced support, but church volunteers are the boots on the ground and the heart of the ministry.
Why should your church host a Better Jobs ministry? The fact is, 80% of churches offer emergency food, utility or other financial assistance. However, less than 2% provide a job ministry.
Better Jobs helps faith leaders live the parable of teaching men and women “to fish,” putting them on the road to upward mobility. Additionally, job seekers, many of whom don’t have a church home, often bond with these church communities.
Better Jobs can be the perfect avenue to someone finding faith and establishing friendships that continue to propel them forward.
Who Do We Serve
• Have a household income of less than $25,000
• 65% are unemployed
• 25% are on food stamps
• 77% are millennials
• 71% don’t have a college education
• 60% are unchurched