Monday, December 15, 2008
Our office in Chattanooga Valley, TN now has an interview closet for Hope participants looking for employment. We have office-friendly clothing for men and women, ranging in size and style, as well as a selection of dress shoes. Please contact us if interested in participating in one of Hope's programs or if you have a need for interview clothing. We are currently accepting donations.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Employed? You can sigh in relief. Maybe. Unemployed? You are not alone. In today's New York Times, there was an article entitled "Jobless Rates Rise to 6.7% as 533,000 Jobs Are Lost."
check it out.
As someone working in an area where the job market is more than depressed, I found this article extremely helpful, even though it had almost nothing but bad news that I already knew. With four students in our LaFayette Jobs for Life class, my eyes are always open for job advice and/or opportunity. Here are some key points I walked away with:
Make your search broad. In the current market, one cannot afford to stick with the known and experienced. Take up a challenge with confidence.
- Apply, Apply, Apply. It can never hurt!
- The service industry is on massive decline. Stay away, if possible, as a potential job may turn into merely a several month stint until there are massive cutbacks. (see article)
- Look to the Education and Healthcare fields. In the current 12 month decline, these are the only two fields on the rise.
- Don't give up. Many have quit their search. Don't be one of them. Get help!
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Mercy Committee of Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church, now the Pathway Partnership, has begun training with Hope. The Partnership began with a seminar led by Hope staff Rev. Travis Hutchinson and Heather Wilson. The committee is currently conducting an asset-based community survey as well as a church-wide evaluation, and will be meeting with Hope at the end of the month to determine next steps of action. They meet on a weekly basis at Chattanooga Valley and take part in the programs and services offered at Hope.
If you would like more information on Mercy Committee training or other Hope resources, please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 3, 2008
Hope for Northwest Georgia is currently running a 16 week Jobs for Life course at Highlands Presbyterian Church in LaFayette, Georgia. Steve Corbett, professor of Community Development at Covenant College, is the course instructor of the program. Classes meet every wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Although this class is now closed, Hope plans to offer the course again next fall at Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church in Flintstone, GA.
For more information on Jobs for Life, visit their website.