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story.lead_photo.caption Greg Newsom, branch manager of United Credit Union in Fulton, speaks during the July "$avvy! Money-Wise Workshop" at the John C. Harris Community Center. Newsom has been at the Fulton United Credit Union since 2007. Photo by Quinn Wilson / Fulton Sun.

The "Hired! Job Workshop" aims to teach skills to participants to earn a better job and be a better employee.

The free workshop is at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the John C. Harris Community Center. Event presenter Greg Newsom, branch manager at United Credit Union in Fulton, explained the inspiration for this workshop came when he was organizing July's "$avvy Money-Wise Workshop."

"In order to be interested in the money workshop, you've got to have money," Newsom said.

Newsom said the workshop will cover three areas: How to fill out a job application, how to conduct yourself during an interview and how to be a good employee. He said the class would even go over simple things such as how to give a proper handshake.

"I feel like someone needs to give this information to the general public," Newsom said. "Some of us grew up learning how to do that stuff, and some of us didn't."

Even people who have learned the basics of applying for jobs might not have the soft skills: The emotional intelligence to stay out of drama with coworkers or bosses, knowing why it's important to be punctual and so on.

"The goal is to educate people on how to not just get that job but be that good hirable employee and excel," Newsom explained. "It's a win-win for the businesses and employees."

Newsom explained many business owners he speaks to in Callaway County express they have a hard time finding "good, hirable employees."

"They have people that either don't want to show up to work or realize why you should show up to work on time," he said.

The event is sponsored by the United Credit Union, Our House and the Fulton Housing Authority. This is the second job workshop to be hosted at the community center.

"The workshop has proven to be a valuable tool for helping people learn how to gain, maintain and excel in employment," Our House Executive Director Misty Dothage said. "We also appreciate Fulton Housing Authority for providing us with a space for the workshops and for sharing the information with their tenants so we can provide these amazing workshops to a broader audience."

There is no sign-up or RSVP required for the workshop. Newsom said a question and answer period will follow the presentation.

"It's open to the public and it's open to anyone who wants to have success at the workplace, and hearing it from a hiring manager at a successful workplace will be a big boost," Newsom said.