Orange County Catholic Church to host free career search conference

With the economy stagnant, churches are doing more than just Sunday services. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is hosting a free career search conference Thursday.

The idea of “Hope, Works!” is to help the unemployed – or underemployed – get back on their feet, whether they’re Catholic or not.

The day-long conference at the diocese’s Marywood Center in Orange will focus on things like how to use the Internet to find a job and how to improve your communications skills to do better on-the-job and at job interviews.

The church is bringing in some major companies and staffing experts, including Monster.com, to help run the sessions.

The “Hope, Works!” organizers also invited nonprofit groups to help those looking for work with free legal aid and credit counseling.

The latest California unemployment figures show Orange County holding steady with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate – about the same as the national rate.

That’s a lot better than the statewide unemployment rate of 12.4 percent in September. But it still means lots of people are looking for jobs.

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