UPDATE: Job Clubs Newest Approach to Hiring Unemployed

By: Bill Murray, Steve Eschleman Email
By: Bill Murray, Steve Eschleman Email

UPDATE 11/2/11 @ 10:50 p.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- If you're having a tough time finding work, joining a job club could be your solution.

It’s a trend that continues to explode in popularity in eastern Kentucky.
More locations are popping up each week.

Here’s a current list:

  • Lawrence County Job Club ( Louisa)
    Meets from 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday
    Lawrence County Community Center

  • Carter County Job Club ( Grayson)
    Meets from 1 to 2 p.m. each Wednesday at Northeast Community Action Agency Career Center, Grayson, Ky.

  • Johnson County Job Club ( Paintsville)
    Meets from 11 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at the Paintsville Public Library

You can check out the fan page on Facebook by doing a search for "Jobs Clubs of Eastern Kentucky" or simply going to the Featured Links here at WSAZ.com.

For more information, call the Job Club Hotline at 877-512-WORK.

LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- "We've had success in Perry County", says Jennifer Bergman with the East Kenucky Concentrated Employment Program. "We've had 20 hires in a a 12-week period."

The East Ky-CEP is staring Job Clubs in 23 eastern Kentucky Counties. Perry, Pike, Johnson, and Lawrence are the first. Like many employment programs, the concentration is on people skills, resume writing and interviewing. But Job Club members are expected to recruit new members, more eyes looking, and recruit businesses ,where the jobs are.

Club member Mary Lawson, who's been out of work for 13 months, loves the concept. She's looking for an office job.

"I think everybody here has been real energetic," said Mary. "And I think with all the extra ears and eyes that between all of us we can help one another. And it's better as a group than a single person."

The Job Club is a 12-week program with an open format. That means if you missed the first meeting just come to the next one. You'll receive a half hour orientation. And you'll become another pair of eyes looking for work for yourself and other club members.

Traci Nolen oversees this club and says the range of the unemployed is deep and wide.

"People are coming in at all various stages," said Traci. "We have young people with little job experience. And in some of our job clubs we have people who have Masters and PH.D.'s in this job market."

"It's a support group with a facilitator and career advisors," said Jennifer Bergman. "And we have a business services coordinator that has great contacts with employers and knows the demand in the market."

The Lawrence County Job Club meets Wednesday's a 11 a.m. at the community building across from Lawrence County High School and serves all Kentuckians.

If you missed the first meeting you can catch up with a quick orientation at the next meeting, or the one after that, at 10:30 am. Call 877-512-WORK to get signed up.

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