One stop shop for job-seekers

EADA offices in Frandsen Building a community resource

AT THE EADA offices in the Frandsen Building was Jeanette Palcher who volunteers her time to help people find jobs. Photo by Tom Coombe.

by Tom Coombe -

A local effort to help those in search of a job is expanding.
The Ely Area Development Association has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, offering many of the same job-seeker services the state agency does.
But rather than travel to the nearest DEED Workforce Center in Virginia or Hibbing, job-seekers need only to go to the Frandsen Bank building, where the EADA has offices in a basement suite also occupied by Up North Jobs.
At no charge, the EADA offers these services:
• Assisting job -seekers in the preparation of resumes, word processing, job applications and in perfecting their interviewing skills;
• Providing computers with internet and e-mail access, telephones and printers for job-seekers to contact employers, submit job applications and conduct searches for job openings posted on-line by employers;
•Aiding job-seekers in their search for jobs with interaction by and between DEED, NorthForce (Duluth, Iron Range and Superior), Minnesota’s Veterans Employment Representative and the St. Louis County Veterans Service Office;
• Establishing a line of communications in our community between employers and job seekers; and interact with the Saint Louis County Public Health & Human Services and the St. Louis County Veteran’s Service Office;
• Developing and maintaining a website promoting the availability of job-search services and current known open employment positions.
Gerald Tyler, who heads the non-profit EADA, said “relatively few Ely area job-seekers utilize DEEF facilities seeking resume preparation help” or attending workshops to enhance interviewing skills for those without a job.
Those unemployed may not have a reliable vehicle to travel, which prompted the EADA to begin to offer similar services several years ago.
Those services have now expanded, and also aims to aid area employers as they seek employees to fill job openings.
All services are free of charge.
Job seekers may access EADA’s website and search the job postings at elymneada.org.
Employers with job openings should email the job descriptions to them at eadaunj@gmail.com. Job openings will then be posted on the EADA’s website.
Job-seekers wishing to schedule an appointment may contact the EADA by telephone at (218) 365-3324.