Reader Question: How Do You to Find Catholic Jobs?

Catholic Jobs

A blog reader recently left the comment below.

“Dean,

Any thoughts on how a Catholic male in his fifties might seek employment with Catholic organizations if he has minimal technical skills and has been unemployed for quite some time?”

First off, I will be praying for you and your unemployment situation.  I am sorry that you are in this situation and I pray that God provides a position for you soon.

Now, to answer the question – it depends.  It depends mainly on the details of your situation.  Are you married?  Do you have kids that you need to feed? Do you have big expenses that you need to pay off?

If you are married and have kids I would suggest a little bit of a mind shift.  We devout Catholics like to run away from the world. The problem is that our Lord never asked us to flee the world but to be the “salt” and “light” of the earth.  That being said, if you have kids or a wife to support your first and primary responsibility is to either find a job (any job) or a way (any way – without moral compromise) to make money.

  • Go to www.indeed.com and start applying for jobs.
  • Get a part-time gig.
  • Do something you are good at and try to make money at it.
  • etc…

Yeah, I know that’s probably not what you want to hear but it’s the truth.  You are a man, and if you have a family to support your first and primary vocation is to support them.  Catholic jobs, aside from the perks of being able to work for the Church, don’t usually pay well so you need to keep that in mind too.

On the other hand, if you are all good financially and you don’t have responsibilities, then by all means go for the Catholic jobs.  Here’s what I would do…  volunteer.

Why would you want to volunteer?!?!

Well, you volunteer so that you can develop relationships with a parish or Catholic organization.  The more people that you know the more likely it is that when a position opens up you’ll be able to slide right in.  Of course, you want to make sure that the organization actually does have paid positions in a field that you enjoy, but getting to know folks through volunteering will set you up for success when a position opens up.

If you do end up going the volunteer route, make sure that you strategize though.  Know how long you want to volunteer before you make it known that you are also looking for paid jobs.  Be real with the organization leaders after a month or so and ask them for a road map toward paid Catholic jobs that you would be a good fit for.  Who knows, they may suggest you as a candidate for a completely separate organization.

Anyway, good luck!

Do you have advice for the reader on how to find Catholic jobs that aren’t very technical?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and help a brotha’ out!

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