Help for Jobseekers: Trinity Church

For a quarter century Princeton’s Trinity Episcopal Church on Mercer Street has offered networking, advice, and speakers hoping to ease the search for work among the under-employed and unemployed.

Richard Ober, a parishioner and lawyer who has served as general counsel for Summit Bancorp and TerraCycle, is one of Jobseekers’ group of facilitators. In the past few months Ober has seen the number of attendees at Jobseekers’ meetings grow steadily. “A year ago,” says Ober, “there were probably about five people there. There will probably be about 35 there next meeting.” These numbers are among the highest since 2000, when the dot-com bubble popped. Back then, Ober says, Jobseekers was seeing as many as 80 people a week.

Meeting every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Jobseekers is always free. For more information, visit, or call 609-924-2277.

St. Gregory the Great

The Roman Catholic church in Hamilton Square has launched the St. Gregory the Great Networking Group, meeting twice a month.

Beginning on Saturday, April 18, St. Gregory will meet every first Wednesday from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. and every third Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The topic of the April 18 meeting is “Effective Resume Writing,” followed by a resume writing workshop on Wednesday, May 6

SGGNG welcomes people of all faith traditions in the greater Princeton and Trenton areas and surrounding regions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The group is primarily geared toward professionals but is open to all interested in job search networking. Visit, E-mail, or call 609-588-5623.

JFCS Program

East Brunswick-based career counselor Ilana Levitt is presenting a four-session program in May at Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction.

Sponsored by Jewish Family and Children Services, 707 Alexander Road, “Project Reemployment: At a Crossroads” is a Friday program beginning on May 1 and continuing on May 8, 15, and 22 from 9 a.m. until noon. The $50 fee covers the four sessions and two personal assessments by Levitt. Registration is required by Friday, April 17.

The course is a how-to program for anyone re-entering the work force after a long or short break. The course teaches ways to design a resume, how to set-up and benefit from informational interviews, and effective job search techniques. The final session teaches how to manage finances and the stress of unemployment and job hunting.

JFCS says that no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Contact Debra H. Levenstein at or call 877-408-JFCS for a scholarship.

Mercer College

Mercer Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies has expanded its slate of spring and summer course offerings. The school is offering a two-session workshop called “Job Hunting 101” on Thursday, May 14 and 21, and a four-session workshop in “Achieving Success” on Wednesdays from June 3 to 24. “Achieving Success” meets again on Wednesdays from July 22 to August 12. The focus is on learning temperaments and the careers most suitable for each individual.

A new program prepares participants to become a New Jersey certified animal control officer, meeting for seven Saturdays beginning on May 9.

The Certified Nursing Assistant program offers 90 hours of training for high school graduates or GED holders who wish to begin a new career in this growing field. Classes meet Saturdays for 16 weeks beginning on June 13. For experienced human resource professionals, Mercer offers a six-session program called “Leading in a Changing World” which meets Tuesday evenings beginning on June 2.

Also new is a program called ServSafe for those who wish to enter, and those already employed in the food service field. The eight-hour food safety management course provides training in foodborne illnesses. Beginning in 2010 it will be mandatory in New Jersey for at least one person in certain food establishments to have this credential. The class meets on Monday, June 1 and 8, with the exam to be administered at the end of the second class. For information, call 609-570-3311 or E-mail

Meetings and Events

Friday, April 17

10:30 a.m.: Professional Services Group, career workshop or guest speaker,” free. One Stop Career Center, Yard Avenue, Trenton. Meets every Friday. 609-292-7535.

Saturday, April 18

8 a.m.: Raritan Valley College, “Surviving the Economic Storm: A Free Resource Fair for Job Seekers.” Call ext. 8939. North Branch campus. 908-526-1200.

The fair features workshops including “The Job Market and You,” “Transferable Skills,” Resume Writing,” and others ranging from job skills to starting your own business. The centerpiece of the fair will be a panel discussion, “Where the Jobs Are,” featuring NY Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, and Ana Montero, assistant director of the Department of Labor.

Monday, April 20

10 a.m.: Professional Services Group, new member orientation, free. One Stop Career Center, Yard Avenue, Trenton. Meets every Monday. 609-292-7535.

Tuesday, April 21

10 a.m.: Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, “Jobseekers Fellowship Group,” 10-week program (in progress) for unemployed and under-employed, free. Jacobs Library Route 518, Rocky Hill. 908-874-4634.

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