We Have Work to Do Here
The first time I experienced unemployment, I left my job because I wanted to move to a new city in search of a new life. While preparing to move, I volunteered in the employment resource center and taught the Career Workshop.
After I moved, I quickly found a job, and after working for a while, I found another. But a little more than a year after relocating, I was unemployed again. This time it wasn’t my choice; I had been let go. And because I hadn’t been working there very long, I didn't qualify for unemployment benefits.
I didn’t know what to do. In despair, I traveled back to my hometown, trying to decide how to move forward. But soon enough, I had to return and start my life over again.
I started looking for jobs, but I mostly just stayed at home searching employment and job search websites. I dropped my résumé off at a few places, but after nearly two months, I still didn’t see any results.
One day as I sat at home, I remembered the last time I had been unemployed. I thought about how I had served as a volunteer in the Belém Brazil Employment Resource Center. I had even helped as a Career Workshop instructor. I thought to myself, “Those were such good times!”
Suddenly I thought, “Then what am I doing just sitting here at home? I could go and help others!”
I left my house that Thursday and went to the São Paulo employment center to see what opportunities to serve were available. I spoke with the manager and associate manager and told them that I had previously served as a volunteer and asked if there was any way I could serve again. They received me with open arms and said, “We have a lot of work to do here, and we need a lot of help!” It was great to see them so excited with my desire to serve when I was looking for work as well.
I began volunteering at the center the following day. That same day, I started receiving phone calls to set up job interviews. I was surprised because I hadn’t received a single phone call when I’d been at home!
I set up three interviews that day for the following week. The next week, I took the Career Workshop and started going to job interviews.
What was so interesting was that the more I served, the more job interviews I had. I got so many interview offers that I had to choose which ones I actually wanted to go to.
After several days of volunteering, I got a job that was close to my home with a good salary and doing what I love to do: working with people in a leadership role.
I am grateful to the Lord for helping me have the desire to serve those who are looking for a better education and better job. I believe in the scripture in D&C 104:17: “For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare.”
I know that at the employment center we can find everything we need to gain self-confidence and to be successful. I am grateful for this resource that gives unemployed members a better vision of life. And I know that as we put in effort, the Lord opens doors. Everything depends on our desire and how much we are willing to do for others.