Monthly Archives: September 2009

PLACE Ministries Announces Fall Workshops for Church Recruiters

I have been helping a friend’s client market PLACE Ministries and their christian volunteer recruiting seminars. I find it interesting that they help churches as well as individuals find the right roles for all of their talents. Non-profits can even learn how to best match volunteers to the roles that best suit them. In this economy, the better matched people are with their roles, the happier they are and the longer they will stay resulting in more effective ministries.

Like businesses, churches are faced with the challenging of motivating and equipping their volunteers and the staff that assist them. To help address this issue, PLACE Ministries is presenting two “train the trainer” workshops for equipping church leaders in the area of volunteer ministry placement.

The workshops are broken out into a one-day and two-day conference, with the two-day conference expanding upon the key principles and incorporating additional educational sessions. Church pastors and ministry leaders from all Christian denominations in the Atlanta metro and surrounding states are welcome.

One-day workshop: Thursday, October 22, 2009 in Dacula, GA from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Hebron Church. Hebron Church is located at 202 Hebron Church Road, Dacula, GA 30019.
Two-day workshop: Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2009 in Lilburn, GA from 8:00am – 4:30pm on day one and 8:30am – 3:30pm on day two. The workshop will be held at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 4700 Church Street NW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
Workshop attendees will learn the basics on how to implement an intentional strategy for connecting God’s people to meaningful ministry – from personality discovery, learning spiritual gifts and ability awareness to connecting passion to ministry and experiences of life. The different workshop formats offer busy church leaders an introduction of the PLACEment process in a convenient and affordable manner, as well as providing more in-depth teaching and application.

Each workshop participant receives $50 worth of PLACE resources. The registration costs are as follows:

One-day workshop: $49/person: early bird registration (at least two weeks prior), $69/person: regular registration
Two-day workshop: Starting at $99/person for 60-day early bird registration
For more detailed information about the workshops, including group discounts of two or more people, call 1.877.463.2863 or sign up online –

About PLACE Ministries
PLACE Ministries focuses on assisting church ministries in helping its members understand who they are in Christ and how they can use their spiritual gifts to benefit others. As a Bible-based, self-discovery process PLACE helps pastors, church members, lay leaders and others realize their ideal PLACE of ministry in life and in the local church. PLACE was created 12 years ago out of a desire to help pastors design and maximize church ministries and to help Christians discover their purpose-driven ministry through PLACE’s assessment tools, spiritual gifts inventory, DISC assessment, leadership training workshops and more.

To learn more about PLACE Ministries, visit

Expert Available: The founder of PLACE Ministries, Jay McSwain, is also available to interview regarding building volunteer programs for ministries and helping individual listeners find fulfillment in their roles. Jay’s business and ministry experiences, combined with his dynamic leadership and motivational style, offer a unique perspective in assessing the health of a church ministry. As an author, speaker and guest on both radio and television, Jay’s passion for people is quickly caught and not easily forgotten.

Georgia Department of Labor Gets a Facelift

With Georgia’s unemployment rate currently at 10.7% and rising, the GA Department of Labor is a very busy office indeed.

I learned that they have rebranded the state unemployment offices and now call them Career Centers. (I also picked up a few interesting job search tips from employment seminars that they are hosting.)

In the past, state unemployment offices were usually run down buildings where people would go to collect unemployment in a negative atmosphere. Since 1998, State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond had a vision to change the perception of these centers and improve communication how the DOL can help the unemployed reenter the workforce.

Georgia’s centers have been revamped and rebranded as Career Centers. The buildings are bright new facilities with a computer lab, meeting rooms and many resources for job seekers and employers. There is a more positive atmosphere than in the past and the employees are helpful and positive. The DOL is offering job fairs and seminars in places like the Forsyth County library. As a result, Georgia has been ranked one of the top states for reentering its unemployed into the workforce.

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) operates 53 electronically connected local Career Centers offering a wide range of services to both job seekers and employers. The Centers provide individuals seeking employment all the latest tools to find and keep that special job. Employers will find assistance in recruiting new employees including a national job listing network, applicant screening, and space in the centers to conduct testing and employment interviews.

In addition to offering tips, I have received a job search handbook that is very thorough and helpful called RePLACE Yourself. Here are the job search and resume writing tips from the GADOL Reemployment Seminars I have been attending:

How people are finding their jobs:

Internet search – 3% jobs found here
Company web sites – 8% (and rising)
Newspapers – 5%
Staffing agencies, recruiters, libraries, churches, etc. – 15%
GDOL – 1%
Networking – 80% of jobs filled are NEVER advertised. (Wow.)

So where should you spend most of your time on a job search?

Resume Writing

Write for the HR Manager
– 9 out of 10 resumes don’t pass the first screener
– Put specific job at the top of the resume – customize each one
– Include keywords (industry, skills, qualifications, attitude)

Recommended books:

  1. 101 Best Resumes to Sell Yourself
  2. 2500 Keywords to Get you Hired
  3. e-Resumes – The Best Way to Work the Internet

Survey – HR Managers look for

  • Job skills – 15%
  • Teamwork – 20%
  • Attitude – 65%

Resume Tips

  • Don’t use improper email address for contact information (hotmama at
  • Bold number and email address
  • Customize title of resume to job you are applying for at top center of page just under contact information
  • Just list jobs in the last 10-15 years unless it’s relevant to the job you apply for
  • Don’t put your year of graduation

Job search and other tips: – aggregate job search engine (use different keywords for job titles)
11 Alive job search
Order 250 free business cards from VistaPrint and just pay shipping.
Network with everyone you are in contact with.
Write thank you cards – get a pack at the Dollar Store.
Get a memory stick and keep resume and work samples on it.

Other sites I have found while searching: – list resume free, show full profile, get text messages when company looks at your listing – list resume and portfolio, share through social media
Twitter search
See my original job search post here – Laid off? Job looking shaky? Now what do you do? 5 Tips to Build Your Network Right Now.