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Job Seekers Search for Scarce Jobs

Valley’s Job Club offers opportunities to the unemployed.

By Ray Blumhorst | Staff Writer
On September 28, 2009

Job seekers read over scores of posted job leads, minutes before Friday's opening of the Job Club meeting in the faculty lounge at Valley College. The stress of job hunting was clear on each face. The pressure was evident, but there's hope; the Job Club exists to help people survive and find jobs.

Nikolay Zyatkov is a Valley student, who'd like to transfer to the University of California, or California State University system, but was looking for part-time work to help him reach his long term goal. Zyatkov said he had work experience through L.A. City's Clean & Green Work Program.

"I've planted trees and helped clean up the streets, but I'm willing to do anything," he said.

By the start of Friday's meeting, more than 30 community residents had gathered to listen to job hunting tips from Senior Field Representative Tony Jaramillo, Case Manager Michael Tompkins (both of the Job Training Center) and featured speaker Don Hudson, commercial real estate manager for Grubb and Ellis.

"Have a strategy when you go out there," said Hudson. "Start with the end in mind. Decide where you're going, because if you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

The Job Club offers a number of services that help Valley students and local area residents adapt to change and find jobs. The club helps with resume writing and teaches techniques used in job interviews.

"Employers today are looking for employees who are resilient and flexible," said Jaramillo. "They want employees who can adapt to change."

The Job Club is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and works through the Job Training Office at Valley College. The office began 15 years ago through the Job Training Partnership Act with the City of Los Angeles.

"Over 18,000 people have been put to work over the past 15 years," said Job Training Director Lennie Ciufo

The next scheduled meeting of the Job Club is Friday, October 9, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in the faculty lounge of the Cafeteria building.

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