Greenpoint residents are getting better prepared to tackle the increasingly difficult-to-break-into job market.
On Monday morning, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce organized a job preparation workshop at the Greenpoint Reformed Church, aimed at youngsters stepping into the job market, those returning following several years out of the workforce or others still who are looking to join it for the first time at a later stage in their lives.
The workshop is part of the “Good Help On-The-Go,” initiative, a recently launched Chamber Program that travels to different neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn to work with local residents.
The program in large part is working to keep jobs local, which the Chamber in turn believes will boost local businesses.
The representatives from the Chamber at Monday’s event were training attendees present in interviewing skills, talking to them about job searching techniques, and the type of skills employers are looking for depending on the professional fields.
In addition attendees were provided with resume writing techniques and how to navigate job search resources.
The biggest impetus for the Chamber however is attempting to connect its local business members with local residents seeking jobs. The Chamber is utilizing its vast member and resource pool to address the variety of job needs that Greenpoint residents have.
“It’s hard to find good helpful resources like the Chamber especially when you’ve been away from work for several years,” said Tondalaya London, the Director of Workforce Development at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, who was also overseeing the workshop in Greenpoint. “We try to match the needs of employees with those of our members, and these types of workshops cover all the aspects of workforce training.”
Assemblyman Joe Lentol co-hosted the event and voiced his support of local businesses and local hiring.
“Not only do many people need help putting together their resume, but you often have older generations that are now looking for a career change or a new job and they are unaware of the internet’s job searching capabilities,” said Lentol.
Going forward, the Chamber wants to increase the frequency of such workshops in the neighborhood. In addition, London said, the Chamber is working with local High Schools to adapt the workshops into the regular school program as well.
Visit http://www.ibrooklyn.com/ for more about Good Help On-The-Go and other Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce initiatives.