Searcy: Programs Take Surprise Out Of Students' Job Search (Workforce Development | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 am  

Students also didn’t realize that many jobs require a drug test before hiring, Layne said.

But Layne said the students like the frank talk from business owners.

Another benefit of the program is that business owners and managers get to know the students and will continue to help them with their goals through high school.

Other seminar topics included customer service and student accountability.

“If an employer is going to take a chance on you, you need to respect them and be willing to fulfill your commitment to that employer,” Layne said.

The committee also arranged for the North Central chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management to conduct mock interviews for high school seniors in the Searcy area. Students were coached on how to dress and prepare for an interview.

Layne said that might be considered basic information to some people, “but it’s not basic, if you don’t know it.”

The committee and Bailey developed a job shadowing program for the students and local businesses. The job shadowing varies from a day to a week or so, he said. So far, 56 businesses are participating in the volunteer program.

These programs “will assist area students to succeed in the workplace by brokering work-based learning opportunities,” Layne said.

Layne said the committee will conduct periodic surveys to assess the program and make adjustments “to meet the changing needs of the workplace and to best meet the career interests of our high school students.”

So far, teacher, employer and student comments have been positive, Layne said. and several hundred students have attended the development programs.

“I think it’s prepared our workforce to actually go into the workplace,” Layne said. “The programs are necessary for every community.”



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