Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Opportunity Center

September 13, 2012 - 10:25am
1 year 31 weeks ago

There's a chance for the unemployed in our area to get a new look in order to get a new job.

The Opportunity Center is once again partnering with the Mid-East Cosmetology Department to provide make-overs to those out of work. It's part of their annual "Y-City Style at Work" event.

"It seems like when people get laid off one of the first things to go when money is tight is getting your hair cut and things like that," said Job Developer Julie Metzger. "We...

June 11, 2012 - 11:03am
1 year 44 weeks ago

There's an opportunity this summer for kids to pick up a paycheck and learn life skills along the way.

The Muskingum County Opportunity Center received a $280,000 grant from the State of Ohio to employee those between the ages of 14-24. Those eligible will be paid minimum wage and work 25 hours a week. There are requirements to be eligible including meeting a set household income. The Appalachian Center for Collaborative and engaged learning is helping to pair those eligible with local...

May 29, 2012 - 4:32pm
1 year 46 weeks ago

If you're in the job market, you might want to check the settings on your social media profiles.

As the law stands now, employers in Ohio have the legal right to require applicants to turn over passwords to Facebook, Twitter and other websites.  Democratic Senator Charleta Tavares of Columbus has introduced legislation that would ban employers from requesting that information.  Bob Mercer of the Muskingum County Opportunity Center said it's a quick and easy way for employers...

January 5, 2012 - 6:03pm
2 years 14 weeks ago

The unstable economy is creating new trends in the workforce, and some of those changes can be seen in southeastern Ohio.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men are claiming more than two-thirds of the private-sector jobs in a nation that nearly had a majority-female workforce.  Economists say more men are finding themselves in retail, an industry once dominated by women.  Muskingum County Opportunity Center Supervisor Bob Mercer said he sees a shift in the attitude...

December 8, 2011 - 3:56pm
2 years 18 weeks ago

Employers are seeing a spike in the number of people lying on their resumes.

Job Developer at the Muskingum County Opportunity Center Julie Metzger said it's most likely due to the poor economy and high competition as more people are searching for jobs.

"People are feeling desperate, so they are fabricating things on their resume," explained Metzger. "Maybe listing different skills sets and things, maybe they're a little bit familiar but don't have a whole lot...

October 11, 2011 - 11:11am
2 years 27 weeks ago

People looking for a new style left the Opportunity Center's 7th Annual Makeover Day with a bit more pep in their step.

Fifty people came in to Mid-East's Cosmetology studio Tuesday to get their hair styled and their nails and make-up done. It's all in an effort to help them make a great first impression when heading out to job interviews.

"Some of the problems of the economy is people have to cut haircuts," said Coordinator Justy Cordray. "It's really important to...

October 5, 2011 - 6:26pm
2 years 28 weeks ago

If you're searching for a job, a fresh look might be the key to your success.

The Muskingum County Opportunity Center is partnering with the Mid-East Cosmotology Lab to offer free makeovers for job seekers.  Project coordinator Justy Cordray said licensed stylists will cut and style hair, and cosmotology students will apply makeup and provide manicures.

"It can be any job seeker, and that includes college students who are just out looking, people who are laid off,...

August 18, 2011 - 5:00pm
2 years 34 weeks ago

Weed control has become a big issue in the City of Zanesville and now...City officials need your help.

Mayor Butch Zwelling said grants through the Muskingum County Opportunity Center to help the city mow and control the number of weeds have dried up. And now the city is struggling to keep up with the growth along sidewalks, alley ways and streets.

"Well you don't have to look very hard," said Zwelling. "As you drive to work you can see weeds growing along the curb...

May 25, 2011 - 2:35pm
2 years 47 weeks ago

The jobless numbers seem encouraging here in Muskingum County. Unemployment rates are down from March to April, but so is funding for a summer youth program through the Muskingum Opportunity Center .


Executive Director, Bob Mercer said it's designed to give hish-risk kids the motivation to graduate and prepare them for future careers. The program typically hires 200 kids, but due to less funding, only about 90 kids will be given the opportunity this year.

"Our...

March 3, 2011 - 6:21pm
3 years 6 weeks ago

The number of people requesting unemployment benefits has plunged to a nearly three year low. Experts believe companies will increase the pace of hiring this year.

That's proving to be true right here in Muskingum County. The Opportunity Center has recently collected nearly 750 applications for several positions available at Kelloggs.

"We serve two kinds of customers, job seekers and employers, so if an employer wants to use our facility for us to take applications, we're...

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