INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Membership in a support group for unemployed professionals onthe north side more than doubled in the last three months. It'spart of an effort for some victims of the recession to help eachother to cope.
Everyone in the room at Business and Professional Exchange has astory about unemployment and employment. They held jobs in middleor upper management until the recession hit. Now they belong to thesupport group for job seekers.
"Eighty percent of the jobs are found through networking today.So, it's really to facilitate getting people to know people," saidBruce Flanagan.
The support group has found friendship too. They got togetherThursday for a holiday luncheon.
"Here are a bunch of other people in the same boat and it givesa human face to the situation," Alan Stillerman.
Every Monday morning, 75-80 unemployed professionals gather at anorth side church and when one of them finds a job, they expect himor her to come back with doughnuts.
"It’s good for me. You know, you get dressed up everyMonday morning like you're going to work and you just start yourweek off dedicated to finding a job," Wendy Stamm.
And there are jobs to be found. Rod Sopczynski showed upThursday looking for someone to hire.
"I've been employed a year in November and came through thissame group. I had been, like them, out nine months," RodSopczynski.
The Business and Professional Exchange has five chapters inCentral Indiana. When they meet, members each get 30 seconds todescribe his or her job skills. Their favorite meeting quote is: "Ibrought the doughnuts."
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