By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Tamika Reed was looking for a job, but found herself at a disadvantage in not having a computer. “A lot of jobs want me to submit my application online,” said Reed, a Mt. Airy resident. “It’s very hard to apply for jobs without being able to access a computer.”
That’s the real barrier in a world where an estimated 90 percent of large employers hire via online applications. But Reed overcame this barrier at a recent digital job fair conducted by KEYSPOT, a citywide Philadelphia initiative.
KEYSPOT provides free Internet access, computer classes and 1-on-1 training at more than 70 sites. It’s a partnership funded by federal stimulus grants, and led by the City Urban Affairs Coalition and Drexel University.
Find out where to learn basic computer skills, create a resume, and get help in getting a job online at KEYSPOTS throughout the city, at PhillyKEYSPOTS.org or in the city, call 311.