Hancock High students get tips on finding jobs

By Al Showers - bio | email

Hancock County, MS (WLOX) - "Now you've made it all the way through Hancock County saw all the jobs that were posted," said DeAunna Ruzicka, the Hancock High Transition Specialist.

11th and 12th grade students at Hancock High School got a rare opportunity to prepare themselves for the job market. Experts from the WIN Job Center in Waveland showed them the ropes.

Ruzicka said, "A lot of our students don't have transportation to get down to the WIN Job Center, so they brought the job center to us. "

Ruzicka's job is to help students find work.

"Basically I try to ease the stress for our students to find jobs," Ruzicka said.

Stress is something most of these students say they are already feeling. With many companies laying off employees, they fear there won't be enough jobs to go around over the holidays and this summer.

Logan Rader an 11th grade student said, "That is a big worry."

12th grader TeCarol Johnson said, "I'm terrified there won't be any jobs when I graduate."

Principal of Hancock High School Rhett Ladner said, "It's always a concern, especially in our economy today. And hopefully we can give our students a jump on the rest of the competition."

Rader plans to go to college after graduation to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Her plan is to get a job to begin saving for her future. She only hopes she can find summer employment.

Rader said, "I just want to be able to have a very stable job and be able to support myself."

WIN leaders say right now Rader shouldn't be to concerned.

WIN Job Center manger Angelia Fontenot said, "We have 220 open job orders in our office alone, and that's just Hancock County. That's not the whole Coast."

Many of the students say they plan to take advantage of a free job interviewing skills seminar offered once a week at the WIN Job Center Office on Highway 90 in Waveland.