The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 7, 2014

Toward a more employable you | JARI, foundation offer workforce initiative

JOHNSTOWN — Trying to find a job without having the proper skill sets, or education, can be a very daunting task.

So Johnstown Area Regional Industries, with financial backing from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, has launched an “Are You Ready To Work” campaign.

The program stresses literacy and advanced education and work readiness skills, know-how that is vitally important to become a contributing member of today’s workforce.

“Work readiness skills are a critical factor in hiring and retaining workers,” Linda Thomson, JARI president, told reporter Kelly Urban. “Workers need to be able to perform specific job functions as well as meeting expectations of coming to work on time, passing background and drug tests and working with others.”

Competition for job openings is so intense that any advantage a prospective employee can get is to his or her advantage.

And we assume that human resource managers would not even give a second glance at an employment application that contains misspelled words or poor grammar of those in which the applicant possesses none of the skills that the job entails.

The programs, which will be offered in mid-March, will focus on work readiness and communications and computer skills.

“These programs can directly impact an individual’s employability and earning potential,” Thomson said.

The goal of the campaign is to extend outreach to 500 individuals; provide workshops and seminars to 300; and to offer placement and advanced training to 150 people.

There is no age limit for participation in the program. So we strongly urge young and old alike from Cambria and Somerset counties who are looking for employment to sign up.

After all, what do you have to lose? The information you absorb and are able to relate to a prospective employer just might be enough to sway him or her to offer you a job.

Information

To enroll in the workforce initiative, call 262-8366.

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