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Goodwill Career Solutions Experiences Record Breaking Success

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by Emily Luxen

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A program that helps find Middle Tennesseans jobs has experienced record breaking success.

In August, Goodwill Career Solutions placed 565 people in jobs, and in July, the program placed 419 people in need.

Program officials credited a rebounding economy, and the increased number of job fairs they have hosted in the past few months.

"There are a lot of businesses out there with good jobs," said Betty Johnson, Vice President and Chief People Officer. "We are thankful we are in a position to help people connect with those jobs."

Goodwill's Career Solutions staff members provided one-on-one job training and placement services in 23 Career Solutions Centers located throughout the Middle and West Tennessee.

"I think that is where our program excels," said Johnson.  "We provide that one-on-one counseling for each client to develop a career plan specific to their interests, needs and abilities."

For the most part, the services have been free for clients, thanks to the generosity of Goodwill's donors and shoppers.  Donated items were processed by Goodwill employees, placed in our retail stores, and the proceeds from the sale of those items have allowed Goodwill to support its mission.

Client Chris Brown just started a new job stocking shelves at the Kroger in Clarksville.  After leaving the military, he found himself homeless and without a job. 

He credited Goodwill Career Solutions for getting his life back on track.

"The pretty much gave me direction," said Brown.  "They helped guide me and help me out.  This is what I did before the Army, so to come back to it is humbling."

Goodwill reported there are currently more than 1,100 employers actively hiring their clients.  In 2012, the career solutions centers helped more than 3,100 people find a job.

For more information about Goodwill Career Solutions, and upcoming job fairs visit www.goodwillcareersolutions.org.

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