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Finding A New Job

Pastor Mark Hopper Diamond Bar

Pastor Mark Hopper


I continue to hear people say that they are having a hard time finding a job. I know that government reports say that the economy is improving, but I know a number of people that can’t find a job that will support themselves and their family.

One of the groups that is especially hard hit are recent college graduates. Young men and women with college degrees are having a hard time finding a full time job. Many find themselves living at home with their parents because they cannot find a job opening in their field.

Older adults are facing similar difficulties. Some have been unemployed for an extended period of time and are trying to re-enter the job market. I know that employers are not allowed to take some one’s age into consideration for employment, but it seems that the job prospects for people over 50 years of age are not very good.

I understand that many new jobs require more skills with computers, communication and new technology. I realize that some companies have closed their facilities in Southern California and relocated to other states.

What can you do to find a new job? Where do you turn to find work to support you and your family? One of the things I tell job seekers is to be persistent. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart. Follow up on each application. Be persistent.

Years ago, when our teenage son submitted an application to a local grocery store, I suggested he go back and check with the store manager to see if they had hired anyone. I encouraged him to go back once a week so that the manager knew that my son was serious about getting hired. He got the job!

Another thing I tell people is to think outside the box. Don’t just look into areas where you have worked, but look at possibilities that are outside your previous experience. In addition, I encourage people to apply at places that always need more workers. Schools, universities, hospitals and utility companies will always need more employees. And, they have all kinds of jobs from food service to security, from maintenance to new construction.

There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Keep on asking and it will be given to you. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened,” (Matthew 7:7). Persistence and prayer can help you find a new job. It may not be easy and it may not come quickly. But, with God’s help you can do it. Don’t give up!

Walnut/Diamond Bar: Patch.com Suffers Massive Layoffs


(photo courtesy: Patch.com)

(photo courtesy: Patch.com)

Walnut/Diamond Bar – Just two weeks after an abrupt announcement in mid-January that AOL was partnering with Hale Global to run its troubled Patch.com network of hyper-local community news sites, the joint venture laid off hundreds of staff members.  With media reports saying upwards of 80 to 90 percent of the staff was let go, the move has severely impacted each of the 900 local sites.

According to news reports, staff members were notified of their termination via a conference call, wherein Patch’s Chief Operating Officer, Leigh Zarelli Lewis, relayed information on the restructuring.

“Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of the joint venture with Hale Global,” Lewis said, according to an excerpt of the call printed on Jim Romenesko’s media blog. “Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company…Thank you, again, and best of luck.”

Locally, there are Patch sites for the communities of Diamond Bar-Walnut, Baldwin Park, Monrovia, Glendora, Claremont-La Verne, and Redlands-Loma Linda.  A Jan. 30 posting on the Diamond Bar-Walnut site by Editor, Melanie Johnson, says the local staff was among those let go.

“Hi, Diamond Bar-Walnut Patchers!  I am posting to let you know that Patch was recently purchased by a company who has decided to do some restructuring. As a result, the local editor positions have been eliminated, including mine,” Johnson posted.

The website is still being updated, but not as frequently and the content appears to be more broad and regional in nature. Former staffers say the sites are being updated from afar, with a small staff now covering all Patch sites within California (which had the most sites within the Patch network, by far).  What the future holds is still unclear, but more user-generated content has been mentioned by some.

In the Jan. 15 press release announcing the partnership, AOL and Hale Global said they are “Committed to re-launching Patch as an efficient platform that allows citizens and businesses to create and share locally-themed news and content – not just with those in their own communities, but to the wider world.”

Patch began in 2007 with the help of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who eventually encouraged AOL to buy the collection of hyper-local news sites in 2009.  Armstrong expressed confidence in Hale Global’s ability to turn the sites around, despite Patch’s financial problems.

“Hale Global has a strong track record of operational excellence and platform experience, and we are looking forward to working closely with them on Patch,” Armstrong said in the press release.  AOL plans to maintain a minority stake in Patch.


City of Chino Hills Announces Job Opening

Planning Manager $94,000 Year

As a key member of the Community Development team, the Planning Manager is responsible to oversee the Development Services Division.  Please read the recruitment brochure at the right for additional information.

TO APPLY:  A completed City employment application with an original signature must be submitted to the Human Resources Office.  Faxed and emailed applications will not be accepted.  Resumes are encouraged but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application.  Applications may be downloaded to the right or may be obtained at the City of Chino Hills, 14000 City Center Drive, Chino Hills, CA  91709.  Phone:  (909) 364-2630. http://www.chinohills.org/jobs.aspx?jobID=111


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is: five years of increasingly responsible experience in the planning field including two years of supervisory and administrative experience and the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field.

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$94,265 – $114,580 annually


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