Goodwill computers aid nearly 12,000 job hunters on Central Coast

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In a world where employers expect job hunters to apply online, job seekers lacking a home computer can’t search the Internet for job postings, but a local nonprofit is trying to level the playing field.

Goodwill’s Neighborhood Career Center, 350 Encinal St., will host a Workforce Santa Cruz County job fair 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. More than 15 employers have 300 jobs to fill; most demand online applications.

“I see firsthand how important technology has become to the job search,” said Wil Moore, Goodwill’s director of workforce development services for Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. “A large percent of Central Coast job seekers don’t have computers or software to perform their job search, resume and application functions required to apply for jobs.”

Goodwill offers classes in office skills, medical office training and computer applications, along with situational assessment, vocational exploration and placement assistance.

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