HAZARD — The rising rate of unemployment in Southeastern Kentucky is an issue on the tongues of government officials, nonprofit entities, and citizens of the area as a whole. With the number of jobless workers reaching into the thousands, and more layoffs looming, the future of our region hangs in the balance like never before. Everyone from the New York Times to the Hazard Herald agrees, we need jobs. Thankfully, there are organizations in Perry County that are devoted to the cause. Three powerhouse groups, EKCEP, LKLP and the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employment and Training, have joined together in an effort to, not only find jobs for those in search, but also find jobs that are tailored to the talents of each individual.
The Perry County Job Club is one facet of this coalition’s plan to build a brighter tomorrow. The Job Club will provide practical lessons and expert-led activities that are structured to help get unemployed people back to work. One goal of the Job Club is to deliver hands-on assistance that can help in important job-search matters, such as writing a professional résumé, learning how to succeed in job interviews, connecting with employers, workforce professionals, and other job seekers, as well as creating a winning game plan for landing a job that each applicant considers a career opportunity.
The Perry County Job Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Perry County Public Library. All new members are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior for new member orientation. The focus of this club is to build the credentials that will lead to more than just a job. The experts on hand will focus on building job leads, receiving job search advice, accessing networks that channel preferred career paths of the unemployed and constructing a professional resume that reflects the skills and objectives of the applicant.
Unemployed citizens are encouraged to utilize the services of Hazard’s Kentucky Career Center branch. The Kentucky Career Center is located at 412 Roy Campbell Drive, with working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, or to speak with a Career Advisor about the Perry County Job Club, call (606) 436-3161 ext. 5013 or the toll free number 1-877-512-WORK.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.