Tuesdays with Transitioners

Posted July 21st, 2011

Tuesdays with Transitioners- Founder Jennifer Oliver OConnell

Because of her work with job seekers, Jennifer recently was asked to be a part of a Jobs Club panel in Washington, D.C., hosted by the United States Secretary of Labor’s Office of Faith-based initiatives.

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by Secretary Hilda Solis on May 26, 2011 · 1 comment

http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fsocial.dol.gov%2Fblog%2Fjob-clubs-employment-ministries-on-the-front-lines-of-getting-americans-back-to-work%2F&layout=standard&show_faces=true&width=300&height=25&action=like&font=arial&colorscheme=lightPreparing 20th century workers for the 21stcentury workforce; these words describe the mission of Tuesdays with Transitioners, a job club run by Jennifer Oliver O’Connell at the Congregational Church of Northridge in Northridge, CA.

Secretary Solis hears first-hand how job clubs are helping Americans get back to work during a roundtable event organized by the department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

This week, I had the opportunity to hear first-hand how job clubs like Jennifer’s are helping Americans get back to work during a roundtable event organized by my department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP). For example, Jennifer utilizes social media and the latest technology, including tools such as LinkedIn to train all of her job club members how to network.

The event also marked the launch of a new project by the CFBNP to reach out to the many job clubs – also known as career ministries, network groups, and work search roundtables, among other names – across the country and link them with the public workforce system, including DOL’s network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers.  

To encourage collaboration between job clubs and the workforce system, CFBNP has partnered with DOL’s Employment and Training Administration to issue a Training and Employment Notice on job club partnerships. They have also launched an interactive web site, a Community of Practice  where job club coordinators and others can connect with each other to share success stories, promising practices, as well as tools and materials.

For displaced workers, many of whom are out of work for the first time in 20 or 30 years, job clubs provide advice and guidance on employment opportunities. And more importantly, as I learned listening to our roundtable participants, they create a sense of belonging and a community of emotional support, understanding, and empowerment for individuals who have lost a job through no fault of their own.

Job clubs are truly an American institution. Many are hosted by churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions, as well as secular community organizations like local public libraries. They are often run by volunteers who answer the call of duty to help out their fellow neighbors and community members. I think Ken Soper, who has set up jobs clubs in Grand Rapids and throughout Western Michigan, summed this notion of service well when he stated that job club coordinators follow one of the most universal maxims across religions and beliefs, the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

To view the recorded webcast of the roundtable visit: http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20110524-jobsclubs/.

Tagged as: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), job development, Job Training, OneStop, Secretary Hilda Solis, Unemployment, workforce investment

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1 Jeff AllenerJune 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

This is the first time that I have heard of jobs clubs. With a weak economy and even weaker job market I believe that this will be another tool that job seekers can use to find a job!

 Jennifer Oliver O’Connell a writer, Software Consulatant, Reinvention Coach, and trainer.  After being laid-off from a high-paying job as a software trainer, she founded Tuesdays with Transitioners, a support group for others who have been laid-off, downsized, or are looking to make a career transition.  joliveroconnell@gmail.com 
Having experienced upheaval and reinvention in her own life, Jennifer seeks to help others through this process, and assist in maintaining their faith, health and sanity throughout!  She is also the c0-founder and co-chair of CareerCampLA, a conference/unconference that helps participants build the careers they deserve. 
Because of her work with job seekers, Jennifer recently was asked to pbe a part of a Jobs Club panel in Washington, D.C., hosted by the United States Secretary of Labor’s Office of Faith-based initiatives.
Jennifer Oliver O’Connell  joliveroconnell@gmail.com

 Tuesdays with Transitioners Club meets twice month Noon time on Tuesdays at Congregational Church of Northridge (818.349.2400, 9659 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA. 91325). Tuesdays with Transistioners is a small group for people experiencing job loss and transition. It is a place for encouragement, practical advice and some job leads.  Guest speakers visit every few week. First and third Tuesdays each month at noon. Lunch provided.

  Congregational Church of Northridge http://www.northridgechurch.net/#/events-activities/4537213188

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