Free assistance for Westside job seekers offered

Cleveland’s Westside region, like so many other communities in the Greater Cleveland area, has been hard hit by job loss and the difficulties that arise during extended unemployment. Some job seekers who are new to the current job market are facing challenges as they try to navigate the high-tech process of job searching.

Whether they are recent college graduates, a mom trying to go back into the workforce, or a senior with many years of experience, tracking down and successfully applying for jobs is more complex than in years past. Sadly, many types of jobs in our area have been lost forever and trying to transition to a new career is adding to the stress of job searching. 

The Lakewood Family Collaborative is partnering with the Cuyahoga Community College Career and Transition Services for a series of free workshops and personal career coaching sessions designed to help job seekers learn job seeking skills or to help them transition into new careers.

Being unemployed for an extended amount of time can be isolating, stressful, and costly for job seekers. The career services being offered through these workshops will offer support, guidance and build job searching skills for job seekers that would normally cost hundreds of dollars using a private coach or taking classes. 

The "Job Seekers’ Workshops" will take place every Tuesday in February beginning Feb. 1 in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch, 15425 Detroit Ave., from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Personal Career Coaching will be offered on Fridays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments are required for coaching sessions.

For more information, or to make a coaching appointment, please contact the Lakewood Family Collaborative at, or call 216-529-6868.

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