Savvy Job Hunters Workshops Offer Help and Hope

Savvy Job Hunters Ministry leader Pam Ottesen held her first workshop at Christ Church in June of 2013,  and has presented an “almost monthly” schedule of workshops ever since.

“I know how stressful and frustrating a job search can be, so my goals are to give job seekers hope and the tools to succeed in their job search” says Pam.  “I am providing a ministry where job seekers can share a universal challenge–preparing for employment–and learn from different subject matter experts, such as guest presenters, featured employers and community resource partners.”

Currently the workshops are held on Zoom, with the technical aspect facilitated by a Christ Church staff member so that Pam and guest presenters can focus on providing ministry to people who are unemployed, under employed, or less than happily employed. Attendees come from the Jacksonville metro area, occasionally from other parts of Florida, and other states.

The well attended workshops are upbeat, friendly, and compassionate. Participants share their job search experiences and take advantage of networking opportunities. They often find common ground and form lasting friendships, sharing encouragement and celebrating accomplishments.

“This is a fabulous forum, with amazing information and great networking opportunities” Dr. Priscilla Berry told attendees of last month’s workshop. A frequent presenter, UNF instructor, private business consultant and Christ Church parishioner, Dr. Berry urges job seekers to “find a support network, in church, in civic organizations, you need it now more than ever.” Attendees appreciate the gifts of time, presence, and encouragement that Dr. Berry and the other presenters offer on a pro-bono basis in the two-hour workshops, and in one-on-one consultations as well.

“Savvy Job Hunters is another ‘tool’ in the Christ Church Pastoral Care ‘toolbox’ – one of the many wonderful programs and services offered by the church to help people” Pam adds, noting that the workshops are open to all.

The next workshop is Friday, September 24, when certified life coach J Dianne Tribble will present “Taking the Plunge: Faith to Override Fear. All are welcome, with advance registration.

This program, and all of the ministries offered at Christ Church are made possible by your ongoing and generous support to the work of the church.  Thank you!