Job club ready to help people find, get jobs

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By Geoff Hamill

Looking for a job? Join the club. The job club, that is.

Thanks to the Cabinet for Workforce Development and Office of Employment and Training,  the job club is now offering assistance in job skills as well as finding and getting a job in today’s tough job market.

“Some people have never done a resume, and now they are job searching,” said Julita Nance, a federally funded time-limited employment specialist with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. “This is a handicap, and many people have never needed a resume until now. Many are first-time job searchers, and they arent’ aware of the many services that the Office of Employment and Training offer.”

What Nance’s office actually provides is the opportunity to find jobs that may be available, as well as the training to land those jobs.

“A lot of people think of searching for jobs as just looking in the newspaper, but it’s more than that,” Nance added. “They now need to seek help outside the basic options, and we provide a skills assessment, then help them find the best job opportunities for them. Many have never had to prepare a resume, so we help people draft a first time resume.”

Nance, along with Connie Rakes, a federally funded time-limited facilitator, serves Washington, Nelson, Marion, and LaRue counties. The job club, which is a new program being offered to job seekers, will provide four classes in Washington County, with one on each Friday in March. The classes will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Adult Education Center located at the central office of Washington County schools. Rakes said she plans to have guest speakers at the classes, including professionals from colleges, industries, manufacturing jobs and other fields who talk to the class participants about what they look for in potential employees.

Rakes said she works with potential employees, as well as employers who are looking for workers. She said the idea for the job club came because the staff at the employment service offices have been overwhelmed helping people file claims, which left little time to train them with job-seeking skills.

“It’s important to show up for the first class, as it is an overview of the entire program,” Rakes added.

Additional classes will be added in surrounding counties, including Nelson and LaRue counties, following the local sessions. Rakes plans classes in the entire Lincoln Trail area, which includes Grayson, Breckinridge, Hardin and Meade counties. Robert Shorter and Tamara Taylor help people on a daily basis with job skills and job searches. They are FFTL specialists who hold classes in Hardin, Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade counties.

Hal Goode, director of Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Alliance, said the job club is an excellent program that will assist job seekers.

“With the recent commitment from the City and the County to have the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training Career Center locate in the historic courthouse and the focus on job skills that Julita and Connie provide, many job seekers will be provided the competitive techniques of interviewing and the importance of preparing a resume,” Goode said.

Call (502) 348-2709 for more information, or to participate in the club.