Mayor Luke Ravenstahl issued a call to action today calling on job seekers and employers to utilize CareerLink of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County to find and post jobs. The Mayor encouraged those needing jobs to reach out and take advantage of all the services that CareerLink has to offer and challenged employers to list their job openings with CareerLink.
"Pittsburgh has been luckier than most cities during these difficult economic times with an unemployment rate below the national average," said Mayor Ravenstahl, "but to the unemployed worker, that's no consolation. We're here today to talk about how, through CareerLink, the City is connecting people to jobs and jobs to people. But we need the job seekers and employers to call, stop by or email now."
"And there's more good news; almost $3 million in stimulus money will help us serve and train even more residents in need of jobs and job training," added Ravenstahl. Although the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has not yet determined the exact rules for allocating the stimulus money, the Pittsburgh region will see approximately $3 million in stimulus funding for workforce investment. It appears right now that most of the money will be used for additional training programs and for an expanded summer youth program. The stimulus dollars will allow CareerLink to expand the capacity of individuals served.
CareerLink has been helping residents find employment for many years. The mission of PA CareerLink, as the foundation for the workforce development system, is to support local and regional economic development activities. The performance based system provides both employers and job seekers with market driven services, workshops, and information in an integrated seamless, universally accessible setting that supports all customers in making informed hiring decisions and career choices. CareerLink offers three categories of job seeker services - core services, intensive services and individual training accounts - and an employer resource center to help meet the needs of employers. All services for job seekers and employers are free.
"CareerLink is a fantastic workforce development program that allows job seekers of every age, educational background and income level to connect them to jobs in the area," said Judy Hill Finegan, assistant director/manager personnel/Pittsburgh Partnership. "We have jobs that range from psychologist to cashier and everything in between available - we just need motivated job seekers to get in touch with us so we can help them."
One of the many great success stories of CareerLink is Judith Meyers, who had been laid off from her previous job. Through CareerLink, Ms. Meyers attended numerous workshops, regularly met with her career counselor, and was enrolled in a job search/placement contract with the Jewish Family Career Development center. In January of 2009 she was offered a position with the Commonwealth as an Unemployment Compensation Intermittent Interviewer at a higher wage than she was previously making. "CareerLink helped with everything from resume writing and job search strategies to encouragement and support," said Meyers, who additionally is something of a trailblazer as she is one of the few sight-impaired persons to obtain this position.
CareerLink is a great tool for employers as well. Employers of all sizes can post jobs with CareerLink and it is a free service. Kevin Whalen, general manager of Q-DOT Inc., a small business, said "CareerLink made it very simple to hire. They were great to work with, the service was easy to use, and the quality of candidates I interviewed was exceptional. The person I hired has been with me 15 months now and doing a great job." Mary Curet, program director, Community Partnerships, Center for Inclusion in Health Care of UPMC said, "One of our strongest community partners is the PACareerLink system. We have many UPMC employees who have come to us through the PA CareerLink system including respiratory therapists, administrative specialist, C.N.A.s and others."
"Now more than ever it's crucial that job seekers realize how valuable CareerLink can be in finding employment, and that employers take advantage of what CareerLink can do for them," said the Mayor. "With the variety of ways for employers and job seekers to access the CareerLink services, don't wait — get in touch with CareerLink today."
Job Seekers can access CareerLink in a variety of ways: they can visit the full service center located in the Regional Enterprise Tower at 425 Sixth Avenue, downtown, or at one of the six neighborhood locations; call them at 866-317-JOBS, or just log onto the CareerLink website at www.CareerLinkpittsburgh.com. All CareerLink services can be accessed online for free right from the comfort of your own home.
Employers are urged to contact CareerLink online at www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us or by phone at 866-317-JOBS. It's easy and it's free — there is no fee for posting, unlike other services. And CareerLink can help you with the hiring process as well.
The following are the six neighborhood locations of CareerLink:
Career Workforce Development Center East (CWDCE)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 4400 Forbes Ave.
Eastside Neighborhood Employment Ctr. 5100 Penn Ave.., 2nd Fl.
West Pittsburgh Partnership (WESTNET) 37 Wabash Ave.
Brashear Association, Inc. 730 Warrington Ave.
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