Fifth Third announced earlier this week that job seekers can utilize the Job Seekers Toolkit on its two Financial Empowerment Mobiles known as eBuses—40-foot retrofitted buses with internet designed to help individuals in low- to moderate-income areas find jobs.
The eBuses feature one-on-one credit counseling and financial education, as well as free access to NextJob’s proprietary job search and training software. Fifth Third and NextJob previously partnered to offer the homeowner reemployment program to troubled mortgage borrowers.
“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,” Camino Smith, the vice president and director of community and economic development at Fifth Third, said. “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.”
Fifth Third’s eBuses tour all year throughout the bank’s areas, often in partnership with community development and government organizations, as well as non-profit groups, that help the bank coordinate events.
The Job Seeker’s Toolkit, NextJob’s proprietary online job search software, teaches individuals how to craft an effective resume and cover letter, network and find the hidden job market, train and prepare for interviews, develop a personal brand and learn techniques to use social media effectively.