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PCC Partnership with NCWorks Helping Prepare Unemployed Clients for Next Jobs

PCC instructor Holly Sweat has been providing training to help those who are unemployed find their next careers.

GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College is partnering with the Pitt County NCWorks Career Center to help individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits prepare for finding and landing their next jobs.

Through its Continuing Education Division, PCC is offering “Overcoming Job-Seeking Barriers and Blunders” and “Secrets of Landing a Job” to help NCWorks clients conquer a job search process that can, at times, seem overwhelming, depressing and intimidating.

“Overcoming Job-Seeking Barriers and Blunders” is a four-hour class that provides participants with the tried and true secrets of what employers are looking for in potential employees. The course, which is free to the clients, offers tips on creating effective resumes, completing applications, and writing cover letters that get noticed.

"Secrets of Landing a Job" is a 12-hour class that is also free to clients who are unemployed or underemployed. The course offers attendees insight on the ‘hidden job market’ and tips for preparing a dynamic resume, acing job interviews, and making great first impressions.

Holly Sweat, a PCC Human Resource Development instructor with more than 20 years of experience, says the classes have generated “an incredible amount of positive feedback” from participants.

“Because of the feedback NCWorks is receiving from this program, they are trying to promote it to all of the people they work with who are receiving unemployment benefits,” Sweat says. “The fact that NCWorks sees such value in this service we offer is wonderful.”

Sweat, who garnered national attention for her success with a similar program in Cleveland County, has helped thousands of students and professionals promote themselves successfully in a tight job market.

Neal Anderson, manager of the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions, says Sweat’s class provides clients with the tools and strategies necessary to find jobs suited to fit their needs. He says all of the clients who have taken the class are interviewing for jobs.

“Clients we have referred to these classes have returned to tell us how effective, meaningful, helpful, enlightening and, in some cases, life-changing the classes have been,” Anderson said. “All of them say the same thing: they wish they knew about the classes as soon as they became unemployed.”

Sweat says she hopes PCC’s collaboration with NCWorks will gain regional recognition so the college can begin teaching other workforce/HRD trainers about the partnership and the information presented in the classes.

“I am hoping Pitt Community College will be seen as the leader of innovative services and collaboration for workforce development,” she said.

Both “Overcoming Job-Seeking Barriers and Blunders” and “Secrets of Landing a Job” will be taught in April. For more details, call (252) 493-7388, or e-mail Sweat at hsweat@email.pittcc.edu.