Imagine if Picasso applied to be a police sketch artist, Pinocchio applied to be a professional poker player and the Wicked Witch of the West signed up to be a lifeguard. Those would all be bad career choices. If you’ve made a bad career choice or are currently in a no-career mode, this is for you. I once read that a pat on the back is only a few vertebrae away from a kick in the pants, but it’s miles ahead in terms of results. I hope these words are an encouraging pat on the back, especially for those of you in need of a job. For the rest of us, bend over and get ready for the kick we need. Many experts say that networking is the key to finding a new job. Just as it is important what you know, so it is also important “who” you know. The more you get out among people, the better your chances are of finding a job. As 2009 plugs on, many people are still looking for a job or career. I wrote a column on June 24 about an eight-week career coaching class at Green Valley Community Church. Those classes also continue at Bayside in Roseville on Sunday nights. Another opportunity exists in our area. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Rolling Hills Christian Church, 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills, will begin their new outreach program called Career Connections. The meetings are open to everyone who is seeking employment, or looking to change careers. Career Connections is a free service to job seekers. It will create opportunities for the unemployed in the greater Sacramento area to connect, grow, and serve as they learn job search techniques and access networking opportunities. Job leads come through a non-fee referral program. Relationships will be established directly with hiring managers at local companies. Each meeting will consist of three main components: 1) Education through guest speakers, resume building, interview techniques, skill assessment, 2) Networking with other fellow job seekers, and 3) Accountability teams which would provide emotional support and peer coaching. The first speaker on Tuesday will be Susan Silva, a trainer and coach for Lee Hecht Harrison Career Management, and she will discuss how to write an effective resume and cover letter. See RHCCCareer Connections.com, e-mail RHCCCareerConnections @yahoo.com or call the church office at (916) 939-3527 for more information. If you are currently employed, remember — the best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without it. Tom Rupp is a Bible Teacher at Capital Bible College. He can be reached at truppfolsom@ yahoo.com or through his blog at thomaswrupp.blogspot.com.