WIN hosts holiday open house

The Houston WIN Job Center celebrated Christmas Open House last week and invited the community to come in to tour the building and see the variety of services it offers job seekers, businesses and industry. Shown are administrator Tish Kelley, from left, receptionist Pam Wilburn and GED instructor Julia Puckett. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com.)

The Houston WIN Job Center celebrated Christmas Open House last week and invited the community to come in to tour the building and see the variety of services it offers job seekers, businesses and industry. Shown are administrator Tish Kelley, from left, receptionist Pam Wilburn and GED instructor Julia Puckett. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com.)

HOUSTON — There are lot of needs this Christmas and most of them can be filled when a person has a job.
The WIN Job Center hosted a Christmas Open House recently to show local leaders and the public what it can offer 12 months out of the year to help someone find the right job and to help local employers find the right worker.
“Most local factories and businesses require you go through our job center to submit an application,” said Tish Kelley, administrator of the Houston WIN Job Center. “We work to streamline the process for both the employee and the employer.”
Kelley said area employers come to them seeking qualified employees who know what will be expected of them when they apply for a job.
”We help employees with their resume and job application,” said Kelley. “We also groom them on what skills this job will require and try to find the right fit.”
And the WIN Center usually has a hot list of job openings ready for anyone who walks in the door to look over.
The WIN Job Center is staffed by employment experts who assist with job placement, job and skill training, priority services for veterans, career counseling and referral to many other valuable services.
Last week’s open house also showed the technology and facilities of the WIN Job Center.
“Most job applications are done on-line now days,” said Kelley. “We offer assistance with preparing that job application. In some circumstances we can offer training or classes that give people an edge when applying for a job.”
And Kelley said WIN also works with business and industry to get them in touch with the right worker.
“Businesses and industry are busy and like the fact that we send qualified applicants to them,” said Kelley. “No one wants to hire an employee that doesn’t work out. Our work with the company and the job seeker helps reduce that chance of that happening.”
Kelley said she was pleased with last week’s turnout of business and industry leaders. She also pointed to several men and women looking for work, or enrolled in training and attending the open house.
Chickasaw County has double-digit unemployment and factories and businesses that are looking for new employees every day.
“Getting people trained and prepared to land a job and helping business and industry find the right worker is what we do year round,” said Kelley. “We urge people on both sides of the equation to give us a call. There is not a doubt in my mind we can help.”

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