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Job seekers invited to free ReStart conference at Seacoast Church

The free ReStart Career Conference at Seacoast Church has helped hundreds of local residents learn skills related to searching for new jobs.

People who are unemployed or underemployed and seeking new jobs are invited to attend a free upcoming ReStart Career Conference at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant.

If you go

WHAT: ReStart Career Conference

WHEN: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Seacoast Church, 750 Longpoint Road, Mount Pleasant

COST: Free

MORE INFO: restartsc.org/

ReStart is a Christian not-for-profit that offers events for residents trying to get their lives and careers back on track.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the conference Saturday.

“I’ve seen people literally cry and hug each other with new confidence,” said Tom Young, one of ReStart’s organizers. “This is what we aim for: more confidence, better tools and ongoing support.”

ReStart’s past two conferences, one in March and one last October, trained more than 300 unemployed residents. It is operated by volunteer professionals from a range of backgrounds.

The upcoming conference is open to residents of Charleston County where unemployment was 6.5 percent as of July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those numbers don’t include people who have given up looking for work or are underemployed and searching for jobs more suited to their skills and education. They also don’t include people who haven’t worked for several years, such as retirees or stay-at-home parents, who due to financial pressures must return to the job force, Young said.

Most unemployed workers don’t receive job-searching help from previous employers and cannot afford to pay for it themselves.

“We felt individuals in the greater Charleston community needed help and ongoing support in their job search,” Young said about creating ReStart.

Conference participants will learn about making career continuation or change decisions, creating resumes, networking and job interviewing.

Speakers will include Chip Judd, a pastor, family counselor and life coach at Seacoast Church.

During the conference, ReStart volunteers also will help participants create local groups to provide ongoing meetings, support and workshops that delve more deeply into the subjects taught at the conference.

“This conference is just the beginning of ReStart’s efforts,” Young said.

It offers additional free workshops in four main disciplines: interviewing, resume writing, social media use and networking.

ReStart’s conference is free, but registration is required. To register or to donate, go to restartsc.org.

Reach Jennifer Hawes at 937-5563, follow her on Twitter at @JenBerryHawes or subscribe to her at facebook.com/jennifer.b.hawes.

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