Career coach visit to Lewisburg is appreciated

Friday, June 27, 2014

By Rachel Cook

Staff Writer

On Monday, citizens driving past the Sheriff's Department may have noticed a large black recreational vehicle parked nearby. It was one of three "Career Coaches" sent out by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development to combat joblessness in our state.

The coaches have been roaming across the counties with the highest unemployment rates since 2011. They act as mobile Career Centers for towns like ours that may not have one otherwise. Inside the air-conditioned coaches are computers, a fax machine/printer, a SmartBoard and projector, and helpful personnel. Basic services, from resume editing and printing to career advice, resume building, computer workshops, and application aid, are available and free for anyone who visits the coach. The coach also has high-speed Internet, which makes it easy for job seekers to sign up for a profile on www.jobs4tn.gov, a free website that displays all types of job vacancies across Tennessee.

According to the website, the coaches have been designed to be used for recruitment/job fairs, wew business openings, training workshops, rapid response, and job services. They can also partner with WIA programs, CoverTN, and Adult Education to provide their services when requested. The coaches can even be used as disaster-relief headquarters, if needed.

Interest in the coach varies from stop to stop, depending on the number of jobs available, and the number of unemployed people in the county. According to the staff, eight to 10 people is a good turnout at any one stop.

Lewisburg, which reportedly has 225 jobs available, was represented by at least 10 people who visited the coach on Monday. If you weren't one of those, but wish you could have been, check out https://tdlwd.tn.gov/mcc/welcome.aspx for a list of future destinations.

Other places to look for help in your job search include the Tennessee Career Center of Marshall County, housed in the Columbia State Community College building at 980 South Ellington Parkway. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with staff there to help job seekers in person on Monday and Wednesdays. Goodwill Career Solutions, at 130 The Acres, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, and frequently holds job fairs.