Equipping local churches to host community job fairs right where they’re needed most

Financial strain is at the heart of many child neglect cases and the core of family strife. Recognizing that parents cannot achieve self-sufficiency without stable employment, Better Together launched Better Jobs, a first-of-its-kind model for connecting job seekers with employers in partnership with local churches, which organize, host, and promote the events.

 

These are not typical job fairs. 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.

 

Why work through churches? These institutions were once the nucleus of civic life, and the place where residents turned for help with family, financial, and other problems—long before the government stepped into that role. Better Jobs helps faith-based organizations fulfill that traditional civic duty in a new, arguably more meaningful way. Eighty percent of churches offer emergency food, utility, or other financial assistance. Less than two percent have a jobs ministry. Better Jobs helps faith leaders live the parable of teaching men and women “to fish,” and put them on the road to upward mobility. What’s more? Job seekers often bond with these church communities, finding faith and establishing friendships that continue to propel them forward.

In the wake of COVID-19, more than 30 million Americans are now without work. They’re suddenly at risk for these tragic outcomes, and they need your help.

Better Jobs is a program that equips local churches to run a community or second chance job fair right–offered either in person or virtually–where it’s needed most.

Our job fairs are a proven tool that equips churches to reach people, 60% of whom are unchurched, who are struggling through some of life’s most significant challenges. With our training and support, partners across the country are offering a welcoming job fair experience which offers neighbors a valuable service–access to employers who will view them as human beings–and a community of loving volunteers who will encourage and support them to rediscover their value and the dignity that comes with work.

How It Works: Your Church’s Journey

  1. Connect with a member of our team to ask questions
  2. Talk with your church leadership to present the ministry
  3. Make a decision to commit to Better Jobs, partnering with us and making this ministry a part of your church’s outreach strategy
  4. Fill out a partner agreement and pay your church’s membership fee
  5. Attend a live training to learn how to offer a hope-filled job fair
  6. Identify a team of volunteers (3+ individuals) to plan and execute on your job fair
  7. Work with our team, receiving our expert coaching as you go along
  8. Get your community and church family excited to get involved
  9. Host your job fair
  10. Do it again

We Do

  • Equip your church, through live trainings, with everything you need to know
  • Provide a comprehensive kit of resources, samples, guides, and templates
  • Offer weekly, open-forum Zoom calls to answer questions and crowd source ideas
  • Provide ongoing, timely email support
  • Check in through one-on-one phone calls, scheduled based on need
  • Host event details, registration, and interest forms on our website

You Do

  • Execute on all aspects of your job fair
  • Appoint a volunteer leadership team to bring your fair to life
  • Utilize your network of volunteers and community partners to invite employer partners
  • Recruit and train day-of volunteers to serve job seekers
  • Promote the event through grassroots and social media
  • Follow up and engage with all audiences, after your fair

Partnership Fees

Better Together is excited to offer our lessons learned, training, materials, and ongoing coaching to church partners across the country. In order to help cover our costs, and support our ministry, we ask our partners to give financially. Below are our requested fees:

  • $150.00 annual membership fee for all churches.
  • If your church decides to collect employer fees or event sponsorships, then we will collect 20% of your total revenue within two weeks after the job fair.
  • If your church does not collect these fees, then you will owe a one-time enrollment fee of $500.00.