Finding a job can be tough, but locals got some help this week.
On Tuesday, WorkSource Georgia Mountains Career Coach Keith Krauth and the group’s mobile training unit were on hand at the Cumming Library to help locals look for jobs.
Krauth said the group worked in 13 counties in northeast Georgia. The mobile unit comes to Forsyth County regularly.
“Every day we set up someplace different and we will predominately help people search and apply for jobs [and] write resumes and cover letters,” Krauth said. “There are some other training opportunities that people can take advantage of.”
Marilyn McGinley, who stopped by the mobile unit, said there were some useful resources offered for those looking for work.
“It does help because I got to take the typing test to see how fast I could type,” she said. “He’s looking at my stuff and will hopefully give me the right feedback. It’s just nice to know that there is somebody out there who cares and is willing to give their time to help guide me and have the resources.”
She said she has been looking for the right job for about four years but typically does not get feedback from potential employers.
“I don’t know what I’m doing wrong,” she said. “I don’t know if they don’t like my resume wording. I don’t know if they went to my LinkedIn page … I don’t know because I never get the feedback. When I use temporary agencies, I don’t get any feedback other than ‘not the right candidate’ or ‘we went in a different direction.’”
Krauth said WorkSource Georgia Mountains was local administrator for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant, which helps locals looking for work.
“It’s a federal training grant that allows people to go back to school and either brush up their skills or learn a new trade,” Krauth said. “There are about 80 different occupations that we can help train for, and that would pay for tuitions, books, fees, supplies [and] up to two years of either college, technical school or vocational school.”
For those looking for jobs, Krauth recommended spending a little more time in preparation to make a good impression with potential employers.
“When you’re applying for jobs, first impressions are everything,” he said. “So, take a little bit of time to make sure that your resume and cover letter are up to par. Make sure they’re neat and everything is spelled correctly, your punctuation, capitalization, things like that are all in order.”
The career coach will next be at The Place of Forsyth between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 2550 The Place Circle.