By ELIZABETH MELVILLE
A program at the Newnan Carnegie Library Tuesday was meant to encourage those who are suffering in the present job market and urge them to take advantage of the services offered at the Georgia Department of Labor's Newnan Career Center.
Allen Hurd, workforce solutions supervisor at the Newnan Career Center, stepped in to speak for Director Peter Ludlow, who had a family emergency. Hurd talked about the "re-employment process."
"We're not just the unemployment office," said Hurd. "We're called the career center for a reason."
The career center customizes its assistance to each individual.
"We give them what it takes to find a job," said Hurd.
With the local unemployment rate continuing to hover near 10 percent, Hurd is bothered that so many people are "throwing their jobs away." A recent survey found that 43 percent of local unemployment claims were for individuals who quit or were discharged.
The career center's re-employment services are numerous, but clients can take advantage of resume and cover letter assistance, interview coaching, placement assistance, job search workshops, retraining resources and networking opportunities -- to name a few.
Employment counselors are also available to help these men and women cope with the emotions that can come along with unemployment, according to Hurd.
Now, employers can post job opportunities directly on the Department of Labor's website, dol.state.ga.us. Clients can also visit the website to learn more about the career center offerings.
"We know what works," said Hurd. "It's critical for us to offer the service and assistance we do in an extremely difficult job market. We have the numbers to prove that it works. Give us a fair try -- take full advantage.
"We're still working," he continued. "We're still finding employment for those who really want it."
For more information, call the Department of Labor at 770-254-7220, or visit their office located at 30 Bledsoe Road off Amlajack Blvd. in the Shenandoah Industrial complex Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.