Developing a Business Network Helps Community

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Next month, businesses around Maryland will gather together for Strictly Business, a Jewish Community Services’ inaugural program that celebrates workforce development. This networking and awards breakfast, featuring keynote speakers Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and R. Michael Gill, Maryland’s secretary  of commerce, will honor  employers who have worked hard to strengthen and build the state’s economy.

The April 5 event, which also honors three local businesses, grew out of a need for JCS, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to offer more to its constituents. It was one of the many ways the organization adapted to the changing economy, recognizing the importance of developing a strong business network that could provide good jobs to our local community.


Did you know that a bad hire costs employers an average of one-third a new hire’s annual salary to replace him or her,  according to the Department of Labor? And a study by the Society for Human Resources Management puts the cost up to five times a bad hire’s annual salary.

It was with that in mind that JCS developed its employment model, merging job resources, job listings and personalized attention. Last year, more than 1,100 job seekers of varying ages, abilities and industries benefited from the JCS Career Center.


Here’s how it works. JCS, with its varied talent pool from entry level to executive, offers employers a wealth of qualified candidates. By creating its own job listing site, JCS enables local employers to list their job openings. And unlike many other employment services, this one is free.

In addition, JCS has a competitive advantage over many of the existing employment programs. Having professionals who know the job-seekers from their career services work, they can prescreen the candidates and provide businesses with resumes that best meet their needs. What a benefit to employers who don’t have to spend unnamed man-hours culling through resumes.

The response continues to be overwhelming. Just last year, 650 employers, ranging from large corporations to small businesses, actively engaged in listing their jobs with JCS.  Last year, individuals in our community who were matched  for employment through JCS received a total of $5.2 million in salary.

JCS is always looking to partner with more employers to help them hire the best.

For more information, visit jcsbaltimore.org/employers or call 410-466-9200.

Joel Fink is vice president for the JCS board of directors and chair of the Strictly Business 2016 Committee.

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