Finding Jobs for 10 Years: St. Joseph the Worker Job Networking Club Continues Its Mission

MADISON — For the past 10 years, St. Joseph the Worker Job Networking Club has helped hundreds of people learn how to effectively craft a resume, dress appropriately for an interview and, most importantly, land a job!

A recent celebratory luncheon included Job Club members, past and present, local employers, and the volunteers who have helped the Job Club grow and thrive over the past decade. The club meets every Tuesday in the basement of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Hughes Road.

Madison Mayor Paul Finley congratulated the Job Club and discussed the abundance of new jobs on the horizon, the need for a skilled workforce, coupled with the exponential growth taking place in Madison City, Huntsville-Madison County, and North Alabama as a whole.

“Between 2016-18, 30,00 jobs have been created in this area,” said Finley. “The Mazda Toyota plant is bringing in 4,000 jobs. These new jobs have a 2.5 multiplier. For every job created, there are 2.5 other jobs that support it.”

Borne out of the 2008 recession, Job Club was developed to meet the employment needs of the local and neighboring communities.

As a result of founder Maureen Chemsak’s passion, enthusiasm and expertise, coupled with the support of Father Phil O’Kennedy at St. John’s, Job Club took off like a rocket.

However, without the help of a large group of loyal volunteers, Job Club would not be the success that it is.

The mission of the Job Networking Club, a nondenominational organization, is to assist people in developing their job search skills. Volunteers provide the free service.

A Google group e-mails daily local job postings ranging from service and administrative to high tech and defense.

Along with networking, the Job Club features weekly presenters, workshops, and special interest groups, such as Experience Plus, which is geared for job seekers 55 and over.

Guest speakers are always welcome. For individuals who would like to speak at future Job Club meetings, contact Katharina Loudin at katedmonds2015@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.sjwjobclub.org