WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College is offering a program to help the unemployed and the underemployed.
While experts say it's not a replacement for the proper training, it could help put your resume near the top of the pile.
Lisa Stone is just one of many who is out of work for the first time since graduating high school. Now she's forced to start again from scratch.
"It's stressful all finance companies have had tough times, but we've been told since day 1 everything was okay," said Stone. "You never think the worst, but here it is."
Jobseekers say that in these tough economic times finding a job isn't as easy as it used to be.
"It's like with every job that's out there for me there's at least 10 people looking at that job," Stone.
Stone spends most of her days searching different jobs online and mailing out as many resumes as she can.
Friday, she started a new program at the Cape Fear Community College to give her resume and job search a boost.
"We can help folks, people bound and determined to find a new job and they've been looking and don't know what more they can do," said Jack Kolcun, who coordinates the program. "This is something more they can do."
Kolcun says it's the extra qualification that could help many people find a new job.
"You've got to get out and keep your mind positive to find something good," said Stone.
By the end of the CRC course, stone says she hopes her initiative shines through.
The training is free for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Applicants just have to pay to take the exam at the end of the course.
For more information on how to enroll in a Career Readiness Certificate program, visit www.crcnc.org.