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Unique and effective employment resources.

These help sustain careers & find talent!

We're going LIVE!

02-22-2011

Here we are with our first blog entry, announcing that the NEW EaRN website is up and running!  Thanks to the many people who made this possible--not the least of which are the 100's of people who have been Work Search Roundtablers, our generous donors and supporters of gifts-in-kind, the EaRN Board, the EaRN Management Team, and of course our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, Jesus Christ, who's been guiding us.

Please look around the website.  You will find some of the material available to you just for visiting, and other resource materials available only to those who are volunteering at EaRN Affiliate Organizations (EAOs) or who are finding help and encouragement through these EAOs.  We urge you to consider joining or starting an EaRN ministry...helping people in your community find work and stay employable.

Here's a list of the current EAOs:
- BEVERLY REFORMED CHURCH, Wyoming, Michigan*
http://www.beverlyreformedchurch.org

- BLYTHEFIELD HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH, Rockford, Michigan*
http://www.bhbconline.org/

- CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, Holland, Michigan
http://calvaryb.org/

- CALVARY MEMORIAL CHURCH, Oak Park, Illinois
http://www.calvarymemorial.com/

- CALVARY (nondenominational) CHURCH, Grand Rapids, Michigan
http://www.calvary-church.net/m_familylife.htm

- CROSSROADS BIBLE CHURCH, Grand Rapids, Michigan
http://crossroads-bible.org

- FIRST COVENANT CHURCH, Grand Rapids, Michigan
http://www.firstcovgr.org/

- HIGH POINTE COMMUNITY CHURCH, Byron Center, Michigan
http://www.high-pointe.org/

- ST ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER PARISH, Ada, Michigan**
http://www.strobertchurch.org/


* = has weekly work search support group; ** = has every-other-week work search support group

 

EaRN links up with recruiter-developed "Hearts and Smarts"

02-18-2011

A new partnership between EaRN and Simplicity Tactics LLC gives EaRN ministries and job seekers another rich resource for finding work and staying employable.

 

HeartsandSmarts.org is a website developed by Simplicity Tactics LLC.  This consulting firm, co-owned by Tom Stanfield who had previously recruited for more than a decade and coordinated internships with a Midwest-based steel processing firm, found that having a behavioral profile from job seekers as part of the individual’s qualifications posting on a job/resume website significantly improved recruiting and new hire fit and performance.  “By having a profile for a position from the manager and a profile from seekers, we found a much improved match for both the company and the new employee.  It created win-win for both parties,” said Stanfield.

 

The EaRN founders also recognized the match of the behavioral preferences EaRN coaches job seekers in learning with the Hearts and Smarts approach immediately after meeting Stanfield.  “We could see the advantages to the EaRN ministry and to the people volunteering and seeking work,” said EaRN co-founders Ken Soper, Bruce Hakim and Frank Bettig.

 

All EaRN volunteers and job seekers have access to Hearts and Smarts through the EaRN website’s Resources section on each user’s dashboard.

EaRN website structured to deliver resources and operations effectiveness

02-01-2011

EaRN’s new website is organized in such a fashion that EaRN volunteers, job seekers and ministry coordinators will have an easy time finding their way to the resources they need.  All resource materials as well as the EaRN training and operations manual are available to be read online and can be downloaded in pdf format for the volunteers and job seeker’s personal use.

 

  • Job seekers and the volunteer “Teammates” who work with seekers will find the assessments, guides, charts and tips easy to use and access with navigation bars and categories of information easy to understand.  These resources and tools have been developed by a professional career counselor with over 30 years’ experience.

 

  • EaRN Teammates and ministry Coordinators will find a complete set of training materials as well as all the instructions and forms to efficiently manage an employment and vocational guidance ministry for adults as well as high school and college ministry.

 

  • Effective and easily used materials for developing rapport and effective relationships with those seeking work and/or career changes for EaRN volunteers built on principles of interpersonal communication tested over ten years in church ministry.