Jobs on Wheels

Tennessee will roll out three vehicles to rural areas, bringing job-search assistance to those who need it most.
by | April 18, 2011 AT 2:45 PM

Searching for a job is not what it used to be. Instead of handing applications to employers, most jobseekers today are one of dozens (or even hundreds) to send their applications to generic email accounts, hoping to fill just a few spots. But 28 percent of Americans don't use the Internet and many rural residents lack a fast connection (or any connection at all), reports the New York Times. So how do they compete with other jobseekers? In Tennessee, residents of rural communities can now take advantage of travelling career centers. Gov. Bill Haslam and the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently rolled out three vehicles to rural areas to bring job matching and training to the unemployed, according to a press release. Each "Career Coach" is fully equipped with satellite Internet, computers, printers, fax machines, and flat screen TVs. Each vehicle will also be staffed with up to five employees tasked with helping residents file unemployment claims, earn their GED, craft resumes, look for jobs and nail interviews.  If one rural area experiences massive layoffs, the mobile career centers could save a town from spiraling into an economic slowdown. The vehicles are made possible by a $4.6 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant and can double as mobile command centers if disasters strike within the state.