Each Wednesday morning in a quiet corner of Mequon, a group of executive job seekers meets at Lumen Christi Catholic Church. The sole purpose of this group is to assist unemployed executives/job seekers in finding their way back into the workplace.
No fees, only caring, non-judgmental support from their peers served with hot coffee and a donut. Since 2002, the Lumen Christi Employment Network has assisted more than 700 attendees in finding their way back into the workplace. Some of the attendees have used these resources more than once and belong to multiple support and networking groups. These alumni have become a valuable resource to future group members and nodes on LCEN’s ever-expanding network.
Members attend the weekly meetings and openly share their successes, setbacks and lessons learned. The group then provides feedback and suggestions on how to improve and focus their search.
Some of the lessons shared are as follows:
Being a member of a job search support group is a productive way to use your time and energy during your search. The larger your network, the better your probability of finding a job. In addition, you reduce the possibility of getting easily frustrated when you are a member of a support group. By sharing, you actually can reduce your level of anxiety, while learning from the experiences of others.
If you want to join the Lumen Christi Employment Network, contact Pat Cronin or Peter Wick. Pat’s email address is email@example.com and Peter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.