Eureka’s outreach program Community Access Project for Eureka, in partnership with the Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation, has a dozen spots available for those interested in participating in its Pathway to Payday employment workshop.
The workshop guides people seeking employment through a four-day crash course in how to gain employment and concludes with real interviews with representatives from a variety of local businesses.
“It’s almost like speed dating for a job,” Eureka Community Services Supervisor Jeff Davis said. “This is a real opportunity for folks to gain employment in our community. Right now a lot of local businesses are doing regular and seasonal hiring, there are a lot of opportunities out there.”
Day one features a seminar on how to seek employment. On the second day, participants work with city staff to craft resumes and receive coaching on how to succeed during a job interview.
Day three features a round of interviews with a variety of local businesses. At next week’s workshop, local grocers and coffee shops, food service businesses, wellness and rehab businesses, and employment agencies will be on hand to interview and potentially hire workshop participants.
The final day of the workshop sees attendees awarded certificates of participation during a ceremony — and, hopefully, job offers soon after.
Davis said since its start five years ago, the workshop has seen about 95% of its 200 or so participants receive job offers or second interview requests. Over 50 businesses have participated in the workshops since Pathway to Payday began.
The workshop begins Monday and runs for four days from 1-4 p.m. daily and concludes on Thursday. Interested persons must register by Friday. Contact Katelyn Merrell at 707-268-1844 for more information.