Cleveland job hotline begins in April for job looking for residents

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Residents can call 216-399-3550 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 1

CLEVELAND operators are ready for job seekers as a new partnership of community organizations has developed a new career hotline in the neighborhood. The aim is to connect people looking for work with employers looking for a job – and employers want to hear from you regardless of your experience or education.

Ronnie Cannon works with On the way to employment, a nonprofit that helps underserved people find work. Together with community groups MidTown Cleveland, Burten Bell Carr and Metro Westdid you create one Neighborhood career hotline: a kind of one-stop-shop to give residents from eight up-and-coming districts the tools to get living wage jobs.

“There are a lot of different ways to get assistance, to pay tuition, to pay for things like childcare and transportation assistance. All of those resources are out there,” Cannon said. “But it can be overwhelming and difficult to find your way around.”

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The hotline will match job seekers aged 18 and over, including those who have passed through the prison system, with a counselor to explore career opportunities and help them find a job. Consultants want to help fill jobs, particularly in the technology, healthcare and manufacturing sectors, which have such a need for workers that many employers pay for training. But residents can also learn the soft skills required to place them in front of any employer.

Cannon said the hotline and its advisors offer a number of different resources, including “helping individuals update their résumés; we practice a lot of interviewing or something as simple as being able to fill out an application correctly”.

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The project is funded by the Fund for our economic future, a public-private partnership focused on promoting economic growth in Northeast Ohio. In this case, the focus is on black and Latin American residents from economically disadvantaged areas, so there is also an option for Spanish-speaking residents. It is also important to note that no job seekers from any neighborhood will be turned away.

Job seekers can call the hotline on Thursday April 1st at 216-399-3550. The operators answer calls between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A virtual kick-off event will also take place on the same day at 6 p.m. You can register for the event Here.

“We all have a role to play in getting Cleveland up and running again because the pandemic has really hit our livelihoods,” Cannon said. “And our way of giving back is to help the residents.”