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3/22/2013 8:07:00 AM
DES job service offers jobless, job search services
By M. Dave Beach
Arizona Dept. of Economic Security

Signs of economic recovery are beginning to show and the job market has started to improve. Unfortunately many of the positions available before the downturn of our economy have not returned.

This leaves many job seekers still trying to find work and even though there is a slight upturn in the economy, we still have some businesses reducing their costs through layoffs and downsizing.

Losing a job, no matter the reason, is one of life’s major stressors. The DES Employment Service office is a valuable resource to assist you if have suddenly become unemployed.

The Employment Service Department will provide you with the information for filing an unemployment claim, assistance in seeking further employment, classes on: resume writing, job seeking techniques, job readiness and interview skills. They can also give you referrals to other services available.

We can provide you with referrals for jobs currently listed, referrals for training and information on other service providers within DES and the local community. Our community has numerous non-profit service providers to assist with housing needs, utility assistance, gas vouchers, food baskets, meals, child care, etc.

DES also has the food stamp program, cash assistance, AHCCS (medical insurance), child protective services, vocational rehabilitation, developmental disability services, adult protective services and veteran services (employment and benefits). Partners within the DES building include the Adult Literacy program for obtaining a GED or learning how to read, Yavapai College financial assistance and NACOG.

These services are all available through DES at 1500 E Cherry St, Cottonwood. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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