Mission-Staff-History

Unemployment hits at the core of a person’s confidence, emotions and faith, leading many to despair and wonder if God is for them. Since 2009, Job Seekers Network (501(c)(3) nonprofit) has been there to provide comprehensive job search help and emotional and spiritual encouragement to get job seekers back to work faster.

Mission Statement

Job Seekers Network is dedicated to providing comprehensive job search programs and services and emotional and spiritual support to unemployed and underemployed adults in Greater Austin to support, equip, and enable them to find a better fitting job faster.

Every Monday Morning JSN helps job seekers:

  • Manage emotional and spiritual ups and downs.
  • Gain clarity on career direction and personal calling.
  • Find work that best fits their unique passions, interests, skills, and gifting.
  • Best present themselves and connect with potential employers.
  • Actively network and seek accountability.
  • Take the next step spiritually, including introduction to Jesus Christ.

Monday Morning Programs & Services 9:00 – 11:30 AM:

  • Keynote addresses by some of Austin’s best motivational and job search strategy speakers.
  • Encouraging life change stories and spiritual encouragement.
  • Training on résumés, interviewing, elevator pitch, LinkedIn and more taught by excellent subject matter coaches.
  • Recruiters and hiring organizations.

Job Seekers Fast Facts:

  • Served almost 1,000 job seekers last year, 75-90 each week
  • 50% unclear on next career step
  • 75% back to work success rate

TOGETHER WE CAN PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK FASTER!

  • Make a tax deductible donation to the nonprofit
  • Hiring? Hire one of the 90 job seekers who come each week
  • Letting go? Let us provide job search expertise to help employees transition

Craig Foster is the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board.  He has 21 years of work experience, with the last 11 years in executive management with Dell. His experience was primarily in management roles over Financial Planning and Analysis and Program Management areas.  Craig has helped and taught job seekers on and off for the last 20 years.  He was the volunteer Executive Director of the Interfaith Job Search Council of Dallas in the early 1990’s and volunteer Director of the Career Transition Workshop in Austin in 2001-2003, both during hard economic times.  When the economy hit hard times again in late 2008 he started up the Job Seekers Network leveraging his past experience.

Craig is also part of the leadership team of Central Texas Job Club affiliation – a loose-knit group of non-governmental free job assistance organizations.  He was instrumental in bringing the Central Texas job club leaders together for best practices sharing and collaboration. He has also served as board member for Austin Bridge Builders Alliance (ABBA), Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), and Hill Country Bible Church Austin.  Craig has his BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Becky Terry is Director of Training and Communication.  Becky has provided guidance in career direction, job search strategies and career management in a variety of settings for the past 25 years. She currently provides career coaching and training through Job Seekers Network as the Director of Training & Communication, One Day Academy as the College & Career Transition Advisor, and her own private coaching practice, Career Path Advising. Her past experience includes career counseling at a top 5 MBA program and several undergraduate universities, human resources and staffing with a Fortune 50 company, teaching career related courses, and providing individual assessments and job search advice. Becky’s passion is helping people find occupations and activities that best match their personalities and interests; she likes to say that her “calling is to help people discover or rediscover their calling.” She is certified and actively uses several career and interpersonal instruments. A very popular workshop series which she developed and teaches, Design & Focus, is offered through Job Seekers Network and serves over 125+ participants each year. She has an M.S. in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in Psychology and B. A. in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. She resides in Round Rock, Texas.

Debbie Foster is a volunteer coach and administrator.  Debbie, Craig’s wife, has a BBA from the University of Texas.  She had a career with Nortel (formerly Northern Telecom) and as a stay at home mom.  She has been a Board member of The Enclave Homeowners Association and has held a variety of ministry and nonprofit positions.  She has been a volunteer administrator for Job Seekers Network for last 9+ years.

Job Seekers Network History

Job Seekers Network has functioned as a ministry of Hill Country Bible Church Northwest from 2009 through March 2012.  Craig Foster has been the volunteer director and has grown the ministry from 713 participants attending in 2009 to 941 in 2011 to over 1100 in 2018.   JSN enjoys a very positive reputation in the Austin community with many participants travelling more than 45 minutes to attend.  It has gained the reputation as providing some of the best job search training and networking in Austin even when compared to government or fee-based services.  Job Seekers Network is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with Craig continuing to lead the program.  In addition to continuing to offer the excellent programs and services it currently provides, JSN seeks to expand its offerings with enhanced programs and additional locations.

Statement of Beliefs

1. Absolute moral truth exists.

2. The Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches and is the highest authority for what I believe.

3. A person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works.

4. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.

5. Jesus died on the cross as a substitute for sinful humanity, was buried, rose bodily from the tomb, ascended into Heaven where He ministers on the behalf of those who have trusted in Him, and someday will come again for His own.

6. The Holy Spirit actively ministers to the world. This ministry includes restraining evil, convicting the unsaved of sin and bestowing God’s goodness on mankind. We also believe He ministers to every believer in Jesus Christ in numerous ways: regenerating, sealing, indwelling, baptizing into the Body of Christ, and the giving of spiritual gifts. Other ministries to believers include filling, assuring, teaching, guiding and comforting.

7. God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

8. I have a responsibility to share my faith in Christ and the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

9. Jesus is the only way for eternal life and salvation.

10. Although there is only one God, He exists eternally in three persons as the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

11. Satan is considered to be a real being, not merely symbolic.

12. The local church has the twofold purpose of the edification of believers and the evangelization of the unsaved.

13. Sin is anything contrary to the character of God and biblical teaching.

14. The Bible is God’s written revelation to humanity and is inspired by God, authoritative in all areas of life, without error in the original manuscripts, and is preserved reliably today and throughout history.

15. I believe in the complete deity of Jesus Christ, his complete humanity, his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on a cross to provide our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and his return to earth in power and glory.

16. The deity of the Holy Spirit performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life that would otherwise be impossible if attempted in our human efforts.

17. God created marriage to be between one man and one woman and God designed sexual intimacy for a marriage relationship and does not endorse or condone it in any other context.

You don’t have to believe any of the above to attend our meetings but we wanted to let you know what we believe. If you don’t want to talk about it let us know and we’ll respect that. Everyone is welcome to our meetings and we do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age, church or religious background.  The job seeker will primarily find practical job search help at our meetings. This group is useful for the unemployed, the underemployed, the misemployed, and the unhappily employed.