A local church is trying to lessen the unemployment rate among Spanish speakers by offering a job-hunting course at 2 p.m. today.

Nydia Tanco, part of the Islesia Christiana Nueva Vida leadership, is offering a free course for Spanish speakers to improve their resume, application and interviewing skills at the church, 3709 Zephyr Road.

“There is a high unemployment rate around the country, and we know our Hispanic population is growing,” Tanco said. “We thought it would have a good impact on the community.”

Tanco has worked in human resources for nine years and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

She will teach attendees how to fill out and read

an application written in English, help translate resumes and highlight online resources that can help locate job opportunities.

“Sometimes (Spanish speakers) are afraid of applying for jobs, because of the language barrier, so they don’t even try for some opportunities,” Tanco said.

This workshop will hopefully allow some to overcome that fear and get more people to work, Tanco said.

Earlier this month, the Texas Workforce Commission reported that 6,600 people were unemployed in January in the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. TWC doesn’t release unemployment rates by ethnicity. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide unemployment for Hispanics was 8.1 percent in February, higher than the overall unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. There is opportunity out there for Spanish speakers, Tanco said.

“Surprisingly enough, there are companies that are willing to hire people who just speak Spanish,” Tanco said. “Some companies have Spanish applications, and a lot of people don’t know that and that holds them back.”

This is the church’s first Spanish-speaking job-hunting workshop, but Tanco said she hopes there will be more.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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