Career Edge, Charity United Methodist to Provide Free Pre-Employment Training

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce logo(FLINT, Mich. – Oct. 30, 2015) In an effort to extend the reach of its pre-employment training series, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is bringing Career Edge to Charity United Methodist Church on Nov. 16-19, 2015.

The free workshop series is designed to help adults – particularly the unemployed and underemployed – prepare for the job market. Participants who complete all four courses will be invited to the Chamber’s Job Fair in April 2016.

“Applying for a job can be an overwhelming experience, especially for people who have never been employed or haven’t interviewed in quite some time,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Chamber. “These workshops help participants understand how to approach each part of the job search process – from writing a resume to navigating the workplace after they’ve been hired.”

The series consists of four, three-hour sessions, including:

  • Laying the Foundation: Focuses on attitude, business etiquette and communication. Offered Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Job Search Preparation: Includes resume development and job application completion. Offered Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  •  Interview Preparation: An emphasis on types of interviews, skills assessment and role-playing. Offered Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Keeping a Job: Focuses on dependability, ethics, teamwork and sphere of influence. Offered Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

While Career Edge doesn’t guarantee job placement, it does offer participants the opportunity to learn critical skills that can put them on the path to employment.

“Earlier this fall, we heard from two participants who were so inspired by the first workshop – which highlights the importance of attitude and goal setting – that they submitted their applications to several local employers,” Hunyady said. “They both secured employment at a nearby factory within a matter of a few days.”

According to Hunyady, the goal is to make the program as widely accessible as possible throughout Flint and Genesee County. The Chamber is currently seeking to partner with additional area organizations and churches interested in hosting the training at their locations.

Agencies interested in collaborating with the Chamber on Career Edge should contact Paula Stainbrook at pstainbrook@flintandgenesee.org.

To register for the upcoming Career Edge series at Charity United Methodist Church, at 4601 Clio Road in Flint, click here or call 810-600-1413.

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