Goodwill sets job placement record; job fairs upcoming


Goodwill sets job placement record; job fairs upcoming

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Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped 15,412 people find jobs in 2015, a 61-percent increase over its efforts the prior year.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped 15,412 people find jobs in 2015, a 61-percent increase over its efforts the prior year.

The not-for-profit provides free training, education and employment opportunities across 48 Middle and West Tennessee counties. Overall, the agency assisted 36,081 people in 2015 — a 28-percent rise compared to 2014.

Goodwill Career Solutions centers near Brentwood, in Franklin and in Spring Hill assisted 2,901 people in 2015, helping 1,243 of those land jobs.

Goodwill’s territory-wide goals for last year were to assist 30,000 people and place 11,000 in jobs. Those benchmarks were met in November. The organization’s new goal focuses on 2020, by which it hopes to be placing 20,000 people into jobs annually.

A recent study by the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University forecast that by 2024 Goodwill will place more than 21,500 people into jobs each year.

Goodwill sells donated clothing and household goods in its stores to fund its mission. The agency employs more than 2,100 people, but 92 percent of Goodwill’s clients who find jobs are placed with other employers. More than 3,000 employers actively hire through Goodwill.

“We are extremely proud of the results our 29 Goodwill Career Solutions centers have achieved for the people and communities we serve,” said Betty Johnson, vice president and chief people officer of the local Goodwill. “It’s exciting to be changing so many lives through the power of work. Our generous donors and shoppers make it possible.”

More job fairs are upcoming for Williamson and Maury counties, including a 10-employer fair that includes more than 250 open positions. It will be held at the Goodwill Career Solutions at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave. in Franklin. The hiring event will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Employers will include Big M Transportation, BrightStar Care, Caregivers by Wholecare, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Home Instead Senior Care, Plant Partners Inc., the U.S. Army, Williamson Medical Center and Goodwill. Openings include truck driver, certified nursing assistant, housekeeping, merchandiser, soldier, nurse, dietitian and other positions. Rates of pay range from minimum wage to $60,000 per year.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate.

Other upcoming job fairs are as follows:

  • The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 1008 Nasdaq St., Spring Hill, will host a job fair for at least seven employers from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  • The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 6808 Nolensville Pike, Brentwood, will host a job fair for at least seven employers from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  • The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, will host a job fair for Kroger and Goodwill from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Jan. 21.

More information on all of the job fairs is available at www.events.goodwillcareersolutions.org.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped 15,412 people find jobs in 2015, a 61-percent increase over its efforts the prior year.

The not-for-profit provides free training, education and employment opportunities across 48 Middle and West Tennessee counties. Overall, the agency assisted 36,081 people in 2015 — a 28-percent rise compared to 2014.

Goodwill Career Solutions centers near Brentwood, in Franklin and in Spring Hill assisted 2,901 people in 2015, helping 1,243 of those land jobs.

Goodwill’s territory-wide goals for last year were to assist 30,000 people and place 11,000 in jobs. Those benchmarks were met in November. The organization’s new goal focuses on 2020, by which it hopes to be placing 20,000 people into jobs annually.

A recent study by the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University forecast that by 2024 Goodwill will place more than 21,500 people into jobs each year.

Goodwill sells donated clothing and household goods in its stores to fund its mission. The agency employs more than 2,100 people, but 92 percent of Goodwill’s clients who find jobs are placed with other employers. More than 3,000 employers actively hire through Goodwill.

“We are extremely proud of the results our 29 Goodwill Career Solutions centers have achieved for the people and communities we serve,” said Betty Johnson, vice president and chief people officer of the local Goodwill. “It’s exciting to be changing so many lives through the power of work. Our generous donors and shoppers make it possible.”

More job fairs are upcoming for Williamson and Maury counties, including a 10-employer fair that includes more than 250 open positions. It will be held at the Goodwill Career Solutions at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave. in Franklin. The hiring event will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Employers will include Big M Transportation, BrightStar Care, Caregivers by Wholecare, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Home Instead Senior Care, Plant Partners Inc., the U.S. Army, Williamson Medical Center and Goodwill. Openings include truck driver, certified nursing assistant, housekeeping, merchandiser, soldier, nurse, dietitian and other positions. Rates of pay range from minimum wage to $60,000 per year.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate.

Other upcoming job fairs are as follows:

  • The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 1008 Nasdaq St., Spring Hill, will host a job fair for at least seven employers from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  • The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 6808 Nolensville Pike, Brentwood, will host a job fair for at least seven employers from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  • The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, will host a job fair for Kroger and Goodwill from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Jan. 21.

More information on all of the job fairs is available at www.events.goodwillcareersolutions.org.

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