WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A state-run organization that helps job seekers and employers, says the demand to help the community has grown exponentially.

The PA CareerLink of Lycoming County is just one of several locations across the state and since the reopenings, more people have been coming in to find jobs and even more employers are looking for new hires.

Located in downtown Williamsport, CareerLink of Lycoming County offers many resources for anyone looking to find a new job.

“We have our Central Connections Program, which focuses on adults ages 18 and older who are looking for job search assistance and resume assistance. We offer training opportunities, the potential for maybe some funding for certain training opportunities,” explained Rachael Ulmer, PA CareerLink Site Administrator.

And for youth ages 16 to 24 who aren’t enrolled in high school or college there is the Yes to the Future Program, which also helps with the job search.

Careerlink also works the other side to help employers.

“What we call our On-the-Job Training, or OJT’s, is where we work closely with the employer to help fund a position so that job seekers can go in and be trained specifically for that employer,” said Ulmer.

Their offices were closed for a year during the pandemic, but since reopening in June, Ulmer says a lot more people are seeking their services.

“We’re starting to see more and more folks come in looking for job search assistance and they’re really able to pick and choose. It’s a job-seekers market right now,” Ulmer said.

All of their resources are free and their staff works with you every step of the way.

“That’s what it’s all about here, is making our job seekers and customers ready to go in an interview situation and be ready for their job,” Ulmer said.

Ulmer says they even have days where employers are on-site and ready to interview new applicants.