Folks in the Cumberland area who are looking for work will have an outlet to help them accomplish that goal, with the Job Club kicking off on Monday.
“There’s been a lot of interest in the Job Club in the Cumberland area,” said Career Advisor Chris Thompson. “With gas prices and other transportation issues, we decided we would do one in Cumberland for the folks up there.”
According to Thompson, the program is open to all.
“It’s for anybody,” Thompson said. “But, a lot of people from Cumberland will be able to come to it now.”
The Job Club has met in Harlan for several years.
“We just wanted to try a new avenue to generate more interest,” said Thompson.
Thompson said there is a possibility for Job Club programs in both Harlan and Cumberland.
“It’s kind of like a support group, for people that are unemployed and looking for jobs,” said Thompson. “They can come there and not feel like they’re the Lone Ranger. They can interact with people that are also looking for jobs. Also, with the job club, we create a game plan for their job search. We tell them what employers are looking for, we connect them with employers and we teach interviewing skills.”
Thompson said one of the main goals of Job Club is to help participants learn how to market themselves to employers.
“A lot of people come in, especially newly laid-off people such as coal miners, who are not used to selling themselves, so we help them learn those skills,” Thompson said.
Thompson pointed out employers are occasionally invited to speak to the group, giving members a chance to network and find out about jobs open in the area.
The job club will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Rebecca Caudill Library on Main Street in Cumberland. New members should arrive at 10 a.m. for orientation.
The Harlan County Job Club is brought to you by a partnership between Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Inc., Harlan County Community Action Agency and the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employment and Training.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.