Thousands of employers looking to hire in Southwest Georgia

Thousands of employers looking to hire in Southwest Georgia
Employers are looking to hire in Albany and across Southwest Georgia. (Source: WALB)
Employers are looking to hire in Albany and across Southwest Georgia. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you are looking for a job, or how to stay employed, there is a new program to help you.

The Georgia Department of Labor updated the Georgia Best program to teach what employers are looking for.

Thousands of employers across Southwest Georgia are looking to hire.

"We've seen well over, you know, almost 1,400 jobs I believe, that were created over the last 12 months," said Mark Butler, the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Labor.

Which means many people have found themselves recently employed.

"We've seen over 2,000 individuals actually be able to gain employment that were not working the same time last year," said Butler.

But there are still many open positions employers are looking to fill.

"We're really not seeing any signs of anything slowing down," Butler said.

And the Georgia Department of Labor has updated the Georgia Best program to help prepare you for employment.

Anyone can use the program, students, employers and employees.

"The skills that we teach in that program are some of those skills that people absolutely have to have in order to get a job and keep a job," said Butler.

The number one skill Butler said you need to become employed and stay employed are soft skills.

"How important timeliness is, dressing appropriately, working well with others, different type of ethical lessons you would learn, how to be successful," Butler explained.

Butler said they spoke to over 1,100 employers in the state who all said they would be willing to teach an employee technical skills for a job if that employee simply had a good attitude, can work well with customers and has just the basic soft skills.

"The main things that employers are saying is they need people to come to work every day, on time," said Connie Smith, the director of Georgia Best.

Butler said it's also important to practice interviewing with a friend or a mentor before you go in to do the real thing.

You can find more information about the Georgia Best program and job listings here.

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