A conference for people looking for work will be presented Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St.
It will include employers who are hiring, seminars on a variety of topics related to employment and representatives of social service agencies.
The organizers, which include Catholic Charities, call it the “Job Seekers Conference for a Full-employment Louisville” and they hope it becomes an annual event.
“It’s meant to really bring hope,” said Deacon Lucio Caruso, Catholic Charities’ director of case management and family support services. “We’re really trying to bring about a full-employment Louisville.”
“People who are unemployed and underemployed have many kinds of needs,” he added. “We were looking for a wholistic way to respond to that. Where people could — at a one-stop shop event — find the different kinds of things they need.”
That includes educational options — all of the area colleges will be represented. Hiring opportunities will be offered, too — about two dozen employers who are looking for help plan to attend, though they won’t conduct interviews or hire anyone during the event. A variety of social service agencies — such as Catholic Charities and the Center for Women and Families — also plan to be on hand to share resources with people in need.
Caruso will present a seminar called “Finding Work without Losing Heart — What’s God got to do with it?” He aims to help people look at tough times through the lens of faith, because “faith is such a vital part of people finding hope and moving forward.”
Other seminars and presenters are: “Cracking the New-economy Job Market” by Brayton Bowen of The Howland Group; “Growing Your Career” by Debra Denton of Business First; and “Relating Your
Skills to the Job You Want” by Andrea Riggs Heavrin of Career Potential. The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration.