The path to a brighter future may sometimes involve some guidance and support along the way. It is with this in mind that job seekers in Knox County are seeking the help and support of their peers and Career Advisors through KCEOC Community Action Partnership’s Job Club initiative. The first Job Club of the year is wrapping up, and already several participants have successfully found employment or are on track to explore new training opportunities! Another Job Club is set to begin on August 20th, and KCEOC is looking for new members to join!
Job Club is a small support group of job seekers who meet regularly to assist each other’s job searches thru peer support and encouragement. Job Club helps to rebuild self- confidence to those who may have lost a job due to layoffs, closures, etc. The program introduces members to the workforce development system and other community resources. Each week, topics will be discussed to better prepare members for the job market such as resume tips, interview skills, crafting an effective “elevator speech”, learning the difference between active and passive job searches, and tapping into the hidden job market. Job Clubs focus on networking and connecting with people in a way that will help lead members to the job that they are best suited for. The theory behind Job Club is that people lead people to jobs; it is no longer feasible to think simply answering an ad in the newspaper will lead to finding a job. Employers are looking for people with particular skills to fill a gap. It is up to the job seeker to show the employer how they can fill that gap thru an effective resume and successful interview. Job Clubs are beneficial in that they help participants find their hidden talents and skills and gain the confidence needed to use utilize them.
Anyone interested in attending Job Club should contact Dana Brown at KCEOC KY Career Center Jobsight office by calling 546-2639.