Find Me a Job: Where to look and get help landing a job

By: Ryan Calhoun Email
By: Ryan Calhoun Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, February 9, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The calls and emails continue to come into the call for action center at News 12, as people call in trying to get help finding them a job.

Though the job experts aren't there to answer your questions, with motivation the right tools and using the right resources you can find a job on your own.

Shiloh Everhart and his girlfriend Larren Garrett, came to the Georgia Department of Labor to try and find a job, but were having trouble.

"There's not too much hiring right now," Everhart said. "There is such a demand for jobs, the supply is overrunning the demand."

The hunt doesn't make their young toddler, Shawn any easier, since Everhart is the only one working.

"The hardest thing is money," he said. "I mean that's the biggest thing right now and if we could increase that in anyway possible or could get a better job or she could get a job it would make life a lot easier."

The Georgia Department of Labor and South Carolina Employment Commission are here to make life easier, even though they're not answering your phone calls.

"The key is putting yourself in a position," Tre Tailor of the S.C. employment commission said. "Some people don't know how to play up their strengths and play down their weaknesses. That could be the key to getting the job or not getting the job."

Finding the job is the tough part for many, but going to SCJobLink.com and dol.state.ga.us, you can search for the job that's right for you.

SCJobLink.com and DOL.state.ga.us also have "spider" links, which allow you to branch out and find jobs in your area on bigger job search engines too.

"You need to be looking everyday, because the job market changes everyday," Tailor said.

The Workforce Investment Act allows you to go to school for free if you qualify and get help where you need it, she said.

"WIA classes can help you in a field, get a skill in some positions that are hiring," Tailor said.

But it all depends on you, because whether you need work on your resume, more computer skills or a refresher on learning what to do in an interview, you have to ask those out there to help you.

"If you're not doing anything to try," Everhart said. "You really have no excuse if a job passes you by."

Many people looking for a job haven't been out there in a while, a lot of them at one place for many years and are now laid off, which means their interview skills might be rusty or could be lacking some valuable training.

It's that reason if you're looking for a job you must use all of the resources the government is providing you to get back to work.


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