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NEW: RI DLT Providing Computers for Job-Seekers

Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

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Looking for work but don’t have access to a computer? The RI Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) has you covered.

In an attempt to provide members of the public access to the state’s online Unemployment Insurance claims-filing system and the state’s EmployRI.org career center, the RIDOT has issues specially-formatted computers to Pawtucket-area organizations.

The computers are available for free to any Rhode Island job seekers during the regular operating hours of the cooperating agencies.

The department says it targeted Pawtucket for the project based upon the advice of Governor Lincoln Chafee, who “
urged DLT to seek alternative service-delivery strategies for the area after the Pawtucket-based netWORKri closed last fall.”

The RIDLT is also working with the Pawtucket Public Library to offer workshops on things like interviewing, resume writing and networking, vital tools for any job search.

"At a time of shrinking federal dollars and high unemployment,” Chafee said. “It is critical that we find innovative ways to deliver job-matching services and supports to Rhode Island communities."

The computers are available at the following community-based organizations:

Anchor Recovery, 249 Main St., Pawtucket

Pawtucket Housing Authority, 560 Prospect St., Pawtucket

Progreso Latino, 626 Broad St., Central Falls

SER Jobs for Progress, 100 East Ave., Pawtucket.

Each organization has two computers, which can be used to access the RIDLT website at www.dlt.ri.gov to file an unemployment insurance claim or to certify for weekly benefit eligibility or to access employri.org, a one-stop job search site for Rhode Islanders.

“Through EmployRI, job seekers can search by preferred employers, geography, job type and required skills,” the RIDLT said in a statement. “It contains self-service résumé and skill assessment applications, as well as labor market information on Rhode Island's high-growth industries.”

 

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