Brentwood church helps unemployed find jobs

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – In the heart of Brentwood at Brentwood United Methodist Church, a support group meets and has done so for the last 21 years.

The Career Transition Support Group has everyone form recent college grads to senior citizens, who all have one thing in common, they need jobs.

“It’s been through multiple recessions, we’ve had literally thousands of people pass through the doors here and get jobs,” says Volunteer Rick Ross.

He also says, “Whether it’s resume creation, whether it’s networking, interview skills, we cover all those different aspects on a weekly basis.”

For many it’s a different world out there. They haven’t had to look for a job in years and sometimes decades.

Ross says, “Times have changed and job seeking has changed too. You know years ago we waited for the news paper and now it’s all about linked in, career builder and things like that.”

One of the keynote speakers for the group Ed Condon says, “Back then the Internet wasn’t there, Linkedin the social networking sites and so forth weren’t there. Now they are a must have part of your career search.”

The program has had great success, in fact employers come to them looking to hire and many counselors have first hand experience in dealing with job loss.

The career transition support group meets every Monday at Brentwood United Methodist Church at 6:30 in the evening. For more information you can visit their website at http://bumc.net/Career.

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