Calvary Assembly of God
Employment Support Group Information and Online Resources ~ 2600 Shipley Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19810 ~ 302-478-1275
Calvary Assembly of God's Employment Support Group
Attention: Job Seekers
Subject: Employment Support Group
We are pleased to welcome you to join us for our "Employment Support Group" meetings held weekly on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:30 AM!
Are You Seeking Employment? Are You In Career Transition?
Our Employment Support Group can help you in your job search by:
- Providing the technical and job market knowledge, resources and connections to assist in your job search.
- Providing a supportive environment for sharing information.
- Helping strengthen and renew the hope and faith that are needed for conducting a successful job search.
Additionally, we receive job notifications and job resource information from the local area on a weekly basis, and our Employment Support Group leaders and participants are available to share networking contacts, job leads, resources and suggestions to help you with your job search!
Our weekly Employment Support Group meetings provide information, training and discussion on the following topics:
- Practice interviews and information on how to excel in different types of job interviews
- Resume reviews
- Networking skills and opportunities
- World of work discussions
- Overcoming barriers to success in your job search
- Providing job leads
- Discussing employer expectations
- Job hunting tips
- Listening skills and many additional job related skills and discussion topics
Calvary's Employment Support Group Facilitators
Marcie Diener, Len Deane, Andy Piraino, Pastor Nick Piscitelli, CaroleAnn Deane, Gene Pierce
- Join us for our "Employment Support Group" meetings held weekly on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:30 AM. We're currently discussing the best seller, "What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers."
- Every week, we receive job notifications and job resource information from the local area! We look forward to seeing you Tuesday morning!
- Dates the Employment Support Group will not be held: March 26, 2013; April 2, 2013; May 28, 2013; July 2, 2013; July 9, 2013; September 3, 2013; November 26, 2013; December 24, 2013; December 31, 2013.
Employment Support Group Online Information
- 2011 Employment Support Group Welcome Message | 2010 Welcome Packet (includes detailed info)
- Sunday, 1/23/11: Calvary's Employment Support Group featured in Community News Article
- Stuck in a Career Rut?
- Successful Job Search Info
- Point of Difference: The Key to Career Success
- The Hidden Job Market
- How to Target Hiring Managers and Crack The Hidden Job Market
- Two Ways to Convince Employers to Hire You
- Four Survival Tips for Older Job Seekers
- Skills Assessment Printout: Chart of Your Current Knowledge and Subjects Studied
- Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers
- Twenty Steps to the Perfect Job
- How To Make Your Job Search Fun
- Ten Great Part-Time Jobs With Benefits
- The Cover Letter
- Interview Mastery
- Job Transition Information (39 articles)
- Job Skills Assessment Information (16 articles)
- Career Development Information (23 articles)
- Career Choice Information (9 articles)
- Reframing Our Work
- Bringing Jesus Christ Into Career Decisions
- More employment resource articles...
- The Employment Support Group started in April 2009 with three participants and our "Mission" continues to work together to renew your hope and build the faith that is needed to continue your job search in order to meet your physical, emotional, practical and spiritual needs. Three years later: 170 participants and 102 graduates! Recognizing a positive impact on 102 families and our continued effort to assist all job seekers recognizing this milestone on Sunday, November 25 2012, 10:30 AM. All job seekers, graduates and families are invited.
- Septemper, 2012: Active Listening Skills Workshop
- 5/17/11: “What transferable skills do you most enjoy using? Your transferable skills are the most basic unit – The Atoms – of whatever career you may choose.”What Color is Your Parachute? By Richard Bolles.
- 5/10/11: Discussion topic: "What knowledge or expertise that you already have do you want to use in your life and work?"
- 3/29/11: Special Guest Speaker Sue Kaiden "Overcoming Obstacles to Employments"
- 3/1/11: Special Guest Speaker Laura Kasper, CEO of Monarch Staffing in PA. We have a special presenter on Tuesday, February 22nd. Laura Kasper CEO, Monarch Staffing. Creative leader providing a positive, commitment to quality, flexible staffing solutions. Laura will be presenting... “The Interview – How Do We Single Out Job Offers For Job Seekers?" Check out Laura on LinkedIn.
- 1/23/10: Active Listening Skills Taught from a Christian Perspective
All are welcome to attend our informative and encouraging “Employment Support Group” meetings where coffee, fresh fruit, home baked treats and other refreshments are regularly served!
Calvary Assembly of God Church is located at 2600 Shipley Road (between Naamans and Silverside Roads). For questions, please call the office at 302-478-6823 or Len Deane at DeaneL@verizon.net.
We look forward to seeing you each week!
Leonard A. Deane Jr.
Employment Support Group Coordinator
and Calvary's Employment Support Group Team
1/26/13: "Len, Just an update from me. As of Monday I am back in the workforce. I will be doing "User Support" in Philadelphia with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Thank you for all your caring and guidance. In fact that is where I used the question ESG suggested. May God bless you." Jay S.
1/23/13: Congratulations to Irma H. and Chris L. on their new positions!
11/11/12: Well, you have another "graduate" from your program. I got the temp contract gig at Vanguard starting next week. Thanks so much for accepting me into your group. Even though it was such a short time I found your lessons to be very valuable. If Vanguard doesn't hire me full time them I will probably be back in your group again in about 6 months. Please give my best regards to everyone there and God bless you. Yours truly, Mike M.
11/11/12: Sorry that I missed this last Tuesday morning. I started with Bancorp Bank on Monday, November 5. Thank you and the Church for your supportive environment and all your knowledge. I will try to attend the service on the 25th. Again, thank you. Susan H.
10/15/12: Len, I wanted to let you know that I accepted an offer this past week for a position at JP Morgan with their Pricing & Data Mgmt group. Thank you for your assistance and support during my time in transition. I will be certain to pass along the ESG info when I run into others who can take advantage of the opportunity. Best wishes and keep up the good work! Regards, Ray H.
10/15/12: Len Thanks for your support. Got a job at Christiana Hospital. Thanks to you all. Patricia B.
10/8/12: Good news, I have employment. Your class was very inspirational & I still tell people about it. It really helps to lift the spirit & keep us focused. You are truly a gifted leader. Thank you, Annamaria B.
9/26/12: Hi Len,Sorry I missed all the sessions these last weeks but happily I was busy job hunting and interviewing. I accepted a permanent position with FMC Corporation in Philadelphia as an SAP Business/Financial Analyst. I start October 1st. Thank you for sending me all the emails as I found them very helpful to read. Thank you again for thinking of me and my best to all in the group. Keep up the good work! Best Regards, Carol H.
9/26/12: Len: I just wanted to express my appreciation for your teaching sessions about "Listening". Although the classes were not always "fun", they were both challenging and helpful. I, for one, could use these materials every day. As far as I'm concerned, you could do another lesson or two, and we would all be benefited. Jonathan
9/25/12: Hi Len. I start at PECO on Oct. 1, unless something very unexpected happens. Thank you and ESG for all the ideas and help. Keep up the good work. Larry
9/22/12: I was offered a full time position as Warehouse Associate at Amazon.com - Middletown location. I will be starting there October 10th. I plan on working that job and my part time position at Goldey Beacom College. I am also currently taking a college course to enhance my skills. Thank you! Ken
7/21/11: Hi Len. That is so true... the interviews where I didn't have questions for the interviewer, they were not interested in me. The interviews where I ask preplanned thought out questions, they pursued me with 2nd interview... And now a job offer! I've accepted the position with Chase in Wilmington. I will receive the official letter (email) this afternoon along with the welcome letter and new hire packet. At this point I just have to get finger printed and get a drug test. The goal is for Friday, July 29th to be my first day. ... and benefits will start on Monday, August 1st (God is SO GOOD!!!) ESG has been encouraging to attend and to meet several new people. I will miss the Tuesday morning meetings. Let me know if there is any way that I can help with someone's job search! Thanks, Dwayne.
7/18/11: We have another graduate. Kristin has accepted a position with Widener University and will being at the end of July. We wish Kristin the very best!
7/18/11: Congratulations to Dale B. on his new position!
7/5/11: Congratulations to Grant H. on his new position!
6/25/11: We have another graduate. Congratulations to Linda R. in her new position. We wish Linda the very best!
6/11/11: Congratulations to Sandra L. on her now position!
5/16/11: We have another graduate. Debbie D. has accepted a position as Client Services Manager for Bayada Nurses. We wish Debbie and her family the very best!
4/26/11: "Hi Len, Want you and the support group to know that I have accepted a position with Aflac Insurance! You and the support group were such a blessing! I pray that ALL who come through Calvary's doors will find encouragement and jobs. Continue to let God use you and your special gifts." Gayle W.
4/25/11: Congratulations to Karthi K. on his new positions with Day Inn, Wilmington DE. We wish Karthi and his family the very best!
4/7/11: Congratulations to Suzanne R. and Steve Z. on their new positions!
3/15/11: "I wanted you to know that your emails have really encouraged me especially these past two weeks. They have spoken straight to my heart. God is so good, I will be starting a position in a call center using my insurance license's. It is a 90 day assignment with potential of being hired on a permanent basis. Sincerely, John"
3/8/11: Congratulations...we have two more graduates: Florence and Carol.
3/1/11: "Hello, Len, A grateful thank you to you for the informative employment support group session held this morning. Your comments provided useful guidance, as did those of Laura Kasper from Monarch Staffing, in pursuing employment opportunities. Many thanks for the book and introductory file with insightful how-to's. I appreciated, also, the opportunity to speak with other job seekers over refreshments. I came away energized to continue my job search. Sincere thanks, Serita"
2/19/11: At this time I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to come out to Calvary Assembly of God for the employment support group. I accepted a part time position for a collection clerk in the Brandywine One Hundred area. God Bless, Joseph
2/17/11: "Hi Len, I just had to send you this feedback. I think that anyone that is in your care, is in good care indeed. You are an inspiration!!!" Dan
2/9/11: Congratulations to Lyn N. on her new position!
1/16/11: Congratulations to Lisa C. on her new position!
12/22/10: "Respected leonard, Good Morning, Me and my family wish you and your family a very delightful Christmas and happy Holidays and to enjoy many more such joyful years in your life. Pray to god for your Health, Prosperity and Happy long life. Very best regards," Muhammad
12/22/10: "Hey Len, I just wanted you to wish you a wonderful, awesome, Christmas! I was so blessed to be a part of this group and am so grateful to God for helping me find this group. Though I wish I was closer to home I'm thankful to have a job and am loving married life. Thank you so much for starting this group. It was so encouraging to be a part of this group and know that other people were experiencing the same difficulties I was. Anyway Merry Christmas!" Eugene
12/21/10: Congratulations to Chris F. on her new job!
12/20/10: Congratulations to Dave B. on his new job!
12/9/10: Congratulations to Joy on her new job and new career path!
10/15/10: Len, your support, encouragement, and education (about seeking jobs not just by applications and resumes), I believe really made the difference in my successful job hunt. Gene, your weekly prayers supported us on our journey and helped us realize without God, Jesus and our religious beliefs we would be no where ('I can do all things thru God; who gives me strength'). Andy, your helpful tips, encouragement, and knowledge, taught me something every week. Marcy, the quiet provider of food and COFFEE for the body to strengthen us, thank you. But all of you; certainly are showing God your care for fellow man not just through word but also DEEDS!, Keep it Up!! Again THANK YOU!!!!! I will miss all faculty and my fellow students but must say I am glad to be working again. Yours, Margaret
10/13/10: Hi Len, Thanks for this, as well as all you do for people walking through transition. Your support, encouragement and kindness were great as I walked through this time of challenge. I have already recommended your group to several others as I have tried to pass on the encouragement I received during my 8 ½ month period. You were and continue to be a blessing in my life – and I praise the Lord for your ministry. Some of the other groups I attended may have been held at churches but offered no spiritual food as we walked through the wilderness. Thank you for balancing spiritual food with the support and encouragement we needed to find the right opportunities!
9/20/10: Great news! Four more participants from our weekly Employment Support Group are starting new jobs this month!
We wish Shawn, Peggy L., Abigail and Mary C. the best with their new jobs!
9/20/10: "Len, something occurred to me the other day: You, Gene, Andy and Marcy are truly doing God's work. Every week you all welcome the dispirited and weary. You nourish us with wonderful food and with encouraging words and useful information. You welcome everyone - black, white, old, young, those with heavy accents, those who were owners, those who were cleaners, those who have been out of the workforce for years, those who don't know what they want to do. You truly welcome everyone. I loved it when Gene prayed and asked that God "sustain and strengthen" each of us, because that's just what we needed to hear as we left each week. I'm sure that's why we all felt energized when we left, and ready to start looking again. Thank you to each of you for the valuable service you are providing and especially to you, Len, for sharing your experiences and wisdom. I believe you and the others helped me on my own spiritual journey, and I'm grateful for that, too." Peggy L.
9/6/10: Great news! Three more participants from our weekly Employment Support Group are starting new jobs this week!
We wish Shawn, Peggy and Abigail the best with their new jobs!
9/6/10: "I want to take a moment to thank you and to report some good news. I will be starting a new job on Tuesday! Your advice about networking really paid off. After giving testimony at my church about small groups and how they have been a blessing to me in my journey as Christian I was approached and ultimately offered a job. Praise God! I also want to let you know that if there is anything I can do for you or your group in the future, just let me know. Thanks again and good luck in your ministry. You are truly doing God's work." Sean W (Graduate)
7/6/10: Great news! Two more participants from our weekly Employment Support Group are starting new jobs this week!
We wish Chris and Patty the best with their new jobs!
6/29/10: Great news! Two more participants from our weekly Employment Support Group are starting new jobs this week!
We wish Bernie and John the best with their new jobs!
6/14/10: Great news! Two more participants from our weekly Employment Support Group are starting new jobs this week!
We wish Lois and Amy the best with their new jobs!
6/13/10: "I cannot thank you enough for developing the Employment Support Group and continuing to lead this ministry. The love and support of the group has been stunning and I always looked forward to attending on Tuesdays." Amy
5/11/10: "Thank you and the group for all the support you gave me during these last few months. I found the meetings very inspirational and motivating. I really appreciated everything everyone did for me." Carol
5/2/10: Great news! Four more participants from our weekly Employment Support Group are starting new jobs this week!
4/19/10: "I can't thank you enough for all your suggestions, hard working and encouragement. This group to me has been a God-send. I am so glad I'm attending. When I'm feeling low and very disappointed, I attend class and leave very encouraged and up-lifted. Again, thank you. God Bless." Lois
2/11/10: "I want to thank You and CaroleAnn for the career coaching and the Employment Support Group. The information you provided me with helped in my starting over, I am so grateful. Thank you, Jack"
1/26/10: “Today was another good meeting and I appreciate your friendship and your input. I usually come to the meeting depressed and leave with my hopes elevated. Thanks… for my Tuesday frame of mind.” John
Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
12/29/09: "Thank you again for providing such a worthwhile service in the Employment Support Group. Please also convey my thanks to the Calvary Church for their support and the special gift card. That was very thoughtful. God Bless, Cheryl
11/16/09: "I have been enjoying the meetings very much and look forward to attending future meetings. Thank you to you and your wife for putting in the efforts in preparing and hosting the meetings. They have been a blessing to me and I am sure for the others who attend as well." Bob
9/24/09: Len & CaroleAnn, I just wanted thank you for your time and great information on Tuesday. After an interview on Wednesday afternoon, I was offered a Sales job today. I start this Monday traveling to their Home office for a week of product information. I feel everything happens for a reason and meeting you both helped me move forward. Jim
9/15/09: Len: Good news. I have received an offer from the company that was my first choice. I am really excited, and I wanted to thank you for hosting the Employee Support Group. You and CaroleAnn provide a tremendous service to all that wish to attend. I wish you all the best. Jamie
9/15/09: Hi Len & CaroleAnn: I will so miss you guys....but I am very excited to start working again. Thanks for all your wonderful words of encouragement, email attachments and great support that both of you have been over these weeks that I have attended your support group. Blessings to you both! In Him, Joy
7/9/09: "Dear Pastor Nick and all at Calvary Assembly of God: Thank you for all the ways you are showing your care, concern and support: having two wonderful people led the Employment Support Group; having each of us prayed for; and the gift of the Wawa Cards. All of this means a lot! Blessings, Carolyn"
7/2/09: "Hi Deane, I will start a new adventure next week and as I mentioned it will be with Sears Home Improvement division...... I do appreciate meeting you and your kind wife and giving me some tools to work with. You folks are great. I also enjoyed the interaction with the entire group. I wish everyone well and success. I will stay in touch. Regards, John"
6/25/09: "Hi Len, Guess what! I found a job!!!! Jane"
6/23/09: "Hello Mr. Len, Yes, I have started my new job. I'm working with refugees right now, but I got another job as a group home manager so I'll be working with refugees till end of this month then I'll be moving again............... Thanks again checking on me. Moise"
6/23/09: "Len, I just wanted to thank you for directing the support group - you and Carole Ann are doing a tremendous job. Additionally, could you pass on to your congregation and Pastor Nick, how blessed I felt this morning - receiving the Wawa gift card and knowing that each one of us was lifted in prayer – by name; it was very encouraging and I will not forget these acts. Dave"
- 1. Welcome Packet
- 2. Job Transition
- 3. Skills Assessment
- 4. Career Development
- 4.1. Career Choices
- 5. Getting Hired
- 5.1. Networking
- 5.2. Web Site and Internet
- 5.3. Job Fairs
- 5.4. Government Jobs
- 5.5. Recent Graduates
- 6. Cover Letters
- 7. Resumes
- 8. Elevator Speech
- 9. Interviews
- 9.1. Dress
- 9.2. Telephone Interviews
and Phone Screenings
- 10. Job Offer Negotiations
- 11. Financial Management
- 12. Motivation, Poems and
- 13. Quotes and Scripture
- 14. Bringing Christ Into