Harry Lockwood, Alaska Job Center vocational counselor points to a print out of their home page listings.
The Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development proclaims that "Jobs are Alaska's future," and helping to bring the future here today is Harry Lockwood's job. Lockwood, who recently addressed the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, is a vocational counselor at the Peninsula Job Center. "Our primary mission is putting Alaskans to work and we're doing that through a wide range of programs designed to help Alaskan workers and employers," said Lockwood. Among those programs is the Alaska Job Center Network which can match the right people with the right jobs and offer employers a free resource to advertise jobs, find job ready workers, screened and ready to interview. "On our instate database you can actually go on line and search out jobs by town, village, or city name. You can search by job type or cluster so if someone is focused on a specific career they search by job type, or if they want to live on the Kenai Peninsula they can search by area, there are many ways to do the search and all on the computer so you don't have to waste time and gas money. We make the connections between employers and workers, finding the right people for the right jobs," explained Lockwood.
If someone does not have or is unfamiliar with computers, the Job Center has computers and training available for job seekers or employers who need to recruit employees. "They can come into our office anytime between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday and use our computers. If you're not comfortable keyboarding or computers we have staff that work in the resource lab and their job is to assist clients with working on the computer," added Lockwood. The Job Center also offers workshops on computer basics, resume writing, completing job applications, and getting ready for an interview. It is estimated that the average American worker male or female will have five career changes in their lifetime, "Some will have more changes and some less, but most of us will have held between 20 and 30 jobs in our lifetime and that may be simply because of the rapidly changing labor market or interests and that's what interest assessments are all about. It helps a person figure out what type of work is related to their interests in addition to what they may have done in the past," said Lockwood. For more information about the Department of Labor & Workforce Development Job Center Network, call 283-2904, or go to www.jobs.state.ak.us
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