ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell Inc (formerly Roswell Business Alliance) Executive Director Steve Stroud wants to bring jobs to Roswell and North Fulton. That means not only attracting new businesses but having the trained business force for those companies. That is why Stroud wants his organization to be a co-sponsor of the Roswell United Methodist Church’s jobs outreach ministry – RUMC Job Networking.
For more than 25 years, RUMC Job Networking has been helping employers find qualified and motivated employees in the North Fulton area.
“Jobs are what we are all about,” said Stroud “Our primary goal is to facilitate and promote successful business in Roswell. What could be better than connecting our partners, our local businesses, with qualified, local job seekers? It’s a perfect match.”
So Stroud was at the Monday, Jan. 13, networking session as Roswell Inc made its official announcement that it was partnering with RUMC Job Networking.
Roswell Inc joins the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Roswell in RUMC’s efforts to get people who want to work matched up with jobs.
“This strategic partnership with Roswell Inc will facilitate even more success for Job Networking, and for Roswell,” RUMC Job Networking Co-Leader Jay Litton said. “Despite having supported job seekers for over 25 years, many people still don’t know we exist.
“Our grassroots branding, along with the help of Roswell Inc, will help us promote our meetings and our resources to both employers and job seekers alike.”
RUMC Job Networking began in 1988 and has been so successful, that it is often sought out by other communities to mentor churches and other organizations to jumpstart similar organizations in their communities.
Participants are coached on every aspect of job networking from preparing resumes and the do’s and don’ts at the interview to using more sophisticated job-search techniques on the Internet and Linkedin.com.
“We see people all the time who are talented in their fields, but may not have had to go through the interview process in 15 or 20 years,” said longtime RUMC Networking volunteer Katherine Simons. “Whether your needs are just brushing up or something more detailed, we can help.”
On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, RUMC Job Networking sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. with workshops led by business people who know what employers are looking for. The last one ends at 5 p.m., followed by a free dinner supplied by the Rotary Club. At 7 p.m. are more classes, which are followed at 8 p.m. by a keynote speaker.
One of the popular offerings is “Attire to Hire.” For those who want to spruce up or update their interview with a new wardrobe, Attire to Hire is a boutique run by the church. Free interview clothes that have been donated and dry-cleaned are available.
Every two to four weeks, RUMC has a job fair at 8 p.m. instead of a speaker. At the last meeting, there were representatives from companies with more than 700 jobs to fill.
“Think speed dating. You have company reps who pitch their positions while you pitch yourself, so you don’t waste time,” Simons said. “Some companies may be very large, or you may be talking to the owner who has just one opening.
“But if you can fill that one, that’s all you need.”
At the Jan. 9 meeting, there was one speaker everyone wanted to hear from, and that was Perri Wagner. She has been coming to the job fairs, and just came back to tell everyone that this was her first day at her new job with Ryder.
“You’re not in competition with the people next to you. Just don’t let your tank get empty,” she said. Her parents Roger and Gail Davis were there also, beaming. But they are there every second and fourth Monday. The Davises have been volunteers at RUMC Job Networking for years.