Saturday, March 26, 2011

West Warwick Job Club @ the Library

Where job-seekers can find support. (Providence Journal, 3/22/2011)

Excerpt: Once a week at night in a public library, a group of unemployed Rhode Islanders come together to trade tips about finding work.

It is called the West Warwick Job Club, or simply the Job Club. There is no application, no membership fee. The only requirement is to be out of work or otherwise looking for a job.

Amid Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate, the club’s members seek guidance on job-hunting skills — and take solace that they are not alone.

“Some of these folks have not worked in two or three years because of the economy,” said Steve Colella, the club’s founder and coordinator. “When you look for weeks [for a job], it can be very excruciating and depressing,” he said. “For an hour and a half every Monday night, those folks come through that door ... and they all can feel connected,” he said.

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