Those looking for work have tweaked their resumes and reached out to friends for leads. But in another side to the job search, many people seem to be looking for help from above.
Through the ages, in celebration and sadness, people have turned to the church. And now they come searching for work.
The In Between Job Support Group has been meeting at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Tampa. Known as the Tweeners, members get help with their resumes, practice job interviews, and one thing more for the spirit.
"They're used to rejection and hostility and no responses," said group leader Jim Kissane, "so to reach out to them in a human and compassionate way is sometimes the most important part of their week."
Gerard Robles has been on the job hunt for nearly two years. An attorney, he was laid off when his firm downsized.
"I had two days left," Robles said. "[I had to] do some legal research, clean up my office, and leave."
As a member of the Tweeners, Robles gets job leads, search tips, and a network of faith.
"We send each other prayer messages and notes, trying to encourage each other," Robles said.
The eighth chapter of the Romans says "All things work together for good to those who love God." In this recession, the faithful believe working together can get them a job.
"We oftentimes find our faith can be shaken," Kissane told the group. A retired executive, he says helping find people work is the Lord's work.
"We have a responsibility to all parts of the human experience, and so when any part of the human family is hurt or wounded, we have the responsibility to step forward and give them comfort," explained Kissane.
"These are tough times," Robles added, "but God is still there no matter what, and he has a job for you somewhere. We just don't know it yet."
The Tweeners support group meets Thursday mornings at 8:30 at the St. Paul Catholic Church on North Dale Mabry.
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