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Group helps local unemployed

Alisha Wyman

In the face of cut backs and budget shortfalls due to the struggling economy, looking for a job can be a daunting task. The purpose of Truckee/Tahoe Workforce Connection is to help make finding employment a little easier.

“We’re pretty all-around,” said Ramona Mills, the employment program representative. “You know, if someone’s really serious about looking for work, we can really help them get started.”

The state run business has relocated to a new office in the Pioneer Commerce Center. They will hold an open house Aug. 14, 4-6 p.m. to explain its services to the public.

The office has several workstations at which clients without computers at home access the CalJOBS Web site, where employers post jobs. Job seekers then send their resumes and a cover letters in response.

While it is possible to search for a job without entering the office, Workforce has disability forms, resume paper, a phone line directly to the unemployment office as well as a copy and fax machine available for use. “It’s one stop shopping,” Mills said.

The department of Rehabilitation retrains people with disabilities for their former jobs, or helps train them for new jobs better fitted their abilities. Because Mills speaks Spanish, she is also able to cater to the Hispanic population.

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Through workshops, Workforce offers ways for a person to better market themselves for a job. Paul Fazzio, an employee from Golden Sierra Job Training Agency, comes every other Wednesday to hold self-help sessions on improving interviewing skills, creating a strong resume and cover letter, or how to make a good first impression. Steve Russell also comes Mondays for private appointments to determine if clients are eligible for training at Golden Sierra.

All services are free for both job seekers and the employers. About 100 people per month come in to search for a job online or seek help with their resumes and cover letters. Employers posting job opportunities often include ski areas, hotels restaurants, construction and grocery stores, Mills said. “There’s a big variety and it goes with the seasons”.

In whatever stage a client may be in looking for employment, the office has resources available to them, she said.

Truckee/Tahoe Workforce Connection is located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, Suite 102. For more information, call 582-7332.