Are you looking for a job and need some support? The Tacoma Job Club is one of the longest continually operating job clubs within Washington State. They have been providing free job assistance, guidance, and networking since 2007. The Tacoma Job Club has been an independently operated community group, open to anyone seeking to network and find solutions with other prospective job seekers.
The Tacoma Job Club is open to the public, and meets every Wednesday, 10 – 11:30 am, at the Tacoma News Tribune Baker Conference Room. Richard McGrue III, Tacoma Job Club facilitator, expressed, “The Tacoma News Tribune has been a gracious sponsor of this club for the past year, providing free meeting space within their facility.” It is asked that all Job Club members and guests meet in the TNT Lobby at 9:45, prior to entering into the conference room at 10:00. It’s a great time for socializing and networking.
“[The Tacoma Job Club] is a no-cost community networking group. Many people, especially those newly unemployed, may be completely unfamiliar with how to start looking for employment as job-seeking processes have changed considerably during this recent recession.” Some of the things that we do are share Hiring Events, Job Fairs and other resources among members, invite other professional speakers, hiring managers, and agencies and conduct skill workshops. We have also partnered with the Lakewood and Tacoma Work Source and usually have a representative presence to provide additional information.
Richard became the Tacoma Job Facilitator in 2012. Unintentionally, the TJC has become a regional resource, focused on the specific demographic of the 55+ Mature Workers. “When I was asked to become the facilitator in 2012, I quickly realized the number of members over 55+ were the majority. Understanding this change in the age demographic, we partnered with Work Source and helped them to develop other workshops that focused on the many specific needs of this population. This recession is the first time in modern history that such a huge number of citizens over 55+ years of age are experiencing the adverse effects: Unemployment; Foreclosures; Loss of Retirement/401(k); Forced Downsizing; House sharing; Moving in with their children; Lower wages, etc.”
Richard shared the important goals of the club, “We focus on positive ways to capitalize and appropriately convey our decades of work history/experience; becoming proficient with social media platforms, how to relate to younger workers/employers, etc.
The Tacoma Job Club meets every Wednesday, 10 – 11:30 am, in the Tacoma News Tribune Baker Conference Room, located at 1950 So. State St., Tacoma, WA.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com