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Interested individuals sought for Remote Work Ready Pilot Program

A billboard located in Erwin on North Main Avenue shows an ad for Flex Jobs, which is available to county citizens. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)

By Richard Rourk

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Unicoi County (JECDB) and Erwin Fiber are actively recruiting participants for the Remote Work Ready Pilot Program.

The program, developed in partnership with TVA Economic Development and FlexJobs, is designed to connect Unicoi County residents with remote work job opportunities.

Those interested in the program should visit unicoicounty.works to submit an application and obtain more information on resume writing, remote job opportunities, and in-demand skills for remote jobs.

Since the program launched in mid-August, approximately 10 Unicoi County residents have successfully applied and begun utilizing FlexJobs’s array of tools to seek remote work opportunities.

Through the initiative, selected applicants will receive a free, one-year FlexJobs membership. Benefits of a FlexJobs membership include:

• A search feature to explore “vetted” jobs of potential interest in 50+ career fields;

• More than 170 jobs skills tests that can be taken limitless times to showcase/improve career abilities;

• Webinars with career experts and hiring managers to help in job searches;

• Special notification for early registration to members-only access FlexJobs Virtual Job Fairs, hiring events, and special employer spotlight webinars;

• Alert emails that match remote and flexible jobs related to a member’s profile; and

• A personal dashboard to help stay organized, motivated, and educated.

Selected applicants will also receive three months free access to the SquareOne co-working facility located on Elm Avenue in Downtown Erwin.

“In these changing times, it has become clear that companies of all types and sizes are embracing remote work opportunities,” JECDB Chairman Lee Brown said. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to Unicoi Countians and believe it has the potential to revolutionize our local workforce.”

According to JECDB Executive Director Tyler Engle, FlexJobs is a great opportunity for job seekers in Unicoi County.

“TVA’s Remote Ready Communities program allows Unicoi County residents to access FlexJobs, the world’s largest and most-trusted online jobs resource,” Engle said. “The Joint Economic and Community Development Board stands ready to assist job-seeking county residents and looks forward to seeing a broad range of employment opportunities offered.”

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FlexJobs is a premium online job service for professionals seeking flexible work, specializing in full-time and part-time remote jobs, employee and freelance jobs, and on-site jobs with flexible, part-time, and alternative schedules. Since its start in 2007, FlexJobs has helped more than 4 million people in their job searches and has created the largest vetted database of legitimate flexible job opportunities in over 50 career categories. In addition, FlexJobs provides robust career support, including curated expert resources and career coaching services, to partner with job seekers in all phases of their journey.

The Joint Economic Development Board of Unicoi County was established in 1987 to advance the prosperity of the people of Unicoi County. The Joint Economic Development Board of Unicoi County is a founding member of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership and aligns its economic goals with broader regional efforts to promote sustainable economic development in Upper East Tennessee.

For more information on workforce programs and other opportunities in Unicoi County, please write or telephone Tyler Engle at [email protected] or 743-9555 or visit unicoicountyecd.com.