‘Jobs NOW’ aims to help unemployed

Can’t find the right job? Don’t even know where to start?
A free week-long employment action program called “Jobs NOW,” which starts here Monday, might be able to help you.
“It’s really the beginning of a series of workshops that will held throughout Northwestern Ontario,” said Carol Leduc, manager of community programming with the Academy of Technical Learning and Vocational Training in Kenora, which is holding “Jobs NOW” in conjunction with Human Resources and Development Canada.
“We’re trying to enable people to successfully search for jobs,” she noted.
“We can tell you how to fix up your résumé, learn how to write a proper cover letter, improve interview skills—which are very important—and highlight their skills,” she added.
Leduc said “Jobs NOW” is a little different than many other job-search programs. “It’s community specific,” she explained. “We try to get guest speakers from the community.
“And we use info gathered from businesses to find out what they’re looking for in job skills.”
Leduc noted the week is “jam-packed,” with everything from lectures to hands-on work, where participants actually will use fax machines and other means to apply for jobs.
And if one isn’t sure what they’re suited best for, one-on-one job counselling also will be part of the program.
The workshops, being co-ordinated here by Sharon Hagarty, will be held all week long from 9-3:30 p.m. at the Super 8. Call 1-807-547-2131 to register, or contact your local HRDC office.
Those interested also can show up at the Super 8 on Monday morning and register in person.
Five more sessions will be slated from January through June as the academy sets up a temporary office here.