First of its kind job resource center opens its doors in Phoenix

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- In a new move to help job seekers, Goodwill of Central Arizona and The Salvation Army are teaming up to open a one of a kind job resource center, the first of its kind in the country.

The new center at 2702 E. Washington St. features 11 computer workstations with access to Goodwill’s database of jobs, as well as a staff member to help job seekers with services, including resume development and interview strategy.

"Job seekers really need to understand the mind of a recruiter, understand what employers are looking for and make sure their skills mirror the positions they’re looking for,” said Kimberly Hall, Director of Career Services for Goodwill of Central Arizona.

Hall says she’s noticed more positions opening up in sectors including information technology, hospitality and tourism.

“Things are still looking up,” said Hall. “They’re trending upward slowly; the trajectory is slow, but there’s definite improvement.”

Last week, Goodwill hosted a large-scale hiring fest. Hall says 900 job seekers attended; 250 potential job offers were extended.

“I think it’s easy to get a job that’s more of a minimum wage job right now,” said Lukas Galvez who has a background in manufacturing. “Looking for something like a machinist, it’s a pretty tough market. There are a lot of highly qualified guys, I think, looking for the same job I am.”

Galvez is currently relying on the Salvation Army for resources while he looks for work and gets back on his feet.

“It’s frustrating because obviously there’s no money coming in,” said Galvez who is also a father of two.

“It’s really important for me to take care of myself, not end up on disability, but become a productive member where it feels like I’m making a difference,” he told 3TV.

The Salvation Army says calls for help are not going away, from shelter services to rental and utilities assistance.

“Partnering with Goodwill, we’re able to help others find that first or maybe even a second job because the cost of living is still high,” said Captain Anthony Barnes of Salvation Army. “We want people to stand up and be self-sufficient as well.”

“Let us help you,” said Kimberly Hall of Goodwill. “Let’s make sure you’re filling out your application appropriately and that you’re following up as well.”

As for her number one piece of advice for job seekers who might be discouraged?

“Being positive is the key!” said Hall.

The Goodwill, Salvation Army Job Resource Center will have its grand opening Tuesday morning at 10am.

Normal hours of operation will be 8:30am to 12:30pm.