Job Search Help Now Available on Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobiles;

40-foot eBuses now feature job search training in addition to financial education

Southfield—Fifth Third Bank today announced that job search help in the form of the Job Seeker’s Toolkit is now available on its two Financial Empowerment Mobiles, commonly known as eBuses.

Fifth Third Bank’s eBuses are 40-foot retrofitted city buses that feature Internet connectivity powered by satellite technology. Fifth Third’s eBus I and eBus II travel throughout Fifth Third’s markets to reach individuals and neighborhoods in low- and moderate-income areas that have been traditionally underserved by banks. eBuses provide community members access to professional financial advice and guidance. The eBus will be visiting the Detroit metropolitan area from August 3rd through September 2nd.

Now, in addition to one-on-one credit counseling and financial education, the eBuses offer free access to NextJob’s proprietary job search and training software to all eBus event guests. The Bank and NextJob have previously worked together to offer the homeowner reemployment program to troubled mortgage borrowers, and the Job Seeker’s Toolkit to all Fifth Third customers who bank online and who desire to find a job and or take the next step in their career path.

“The mission of our Financial Empowerment Mobiles is to take quality financial services directly to people and empower them to take control of their financial future,” said Byna Elliott, senior vice president and director of Community and Economic Development, Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan. “Certainly helping people find jobs is foundational to that. Offering the Job Seeker’s Toolkit onboard our buses is a special access pass for people in underserved neighborhoods—frankly, for those who may benefit most.” For information about the Job Seeker’s Tool Kit, visit the bus on one of the days listed below:

– Friday, August 9th 10am – 2pm at Children’s Center Academy Resource Center 19900 Evergreen, Detroit 48219

– Tuesday, August 13 – 10am – 3pm at Flint Financial Opportunity Center, Mott Community College at Michigan Works, 711 N. Saginaw Street, Flint 48503

– Wednesday, August 14 10am – 2pm at Flint Financial Opportunity Center, Mott Community College at Michigan Works, 711 N. Saginaw Street, Flint 48503

– Thursday, August 15 – 1pm – 6pm at Northwest Activities, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit 48235

– Wednesday, August 28 10am – 3pm at Samaritan Center/U SNAP BAC 5555 Conner, Detroit 48207

The Job Seeker’s Toolkit is NextJob’s exclusive and proprietary online job search software. It is a web-based, multi-media program that teaches how to:

o Create an effective resume, compelling cover letters and a detailed marketing plan

o Network and find the hidden job market

o Train and prepare for interviews

o Assess career direction and transferable skills

o Develop a personal brand

o Learn latest techniques to use social media effectively

Once accessed on the eBus, an individual can continue to use the toolkit wherever he/she has access to a computer and the Internet, including at their homes, local libraries or other free Wi-Fi retail locations.

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