The crumbling coal industry has made the word "unemployment" a far too familiar term here in Eastern Kentucky.
That's why hundreds of folks looking for work attended Thursday's benefit fair in Hazard, where organizers offered job-search advice of all kinds.
Thursday's benefit fair helped connect people with opportunities.
Officials with government and community agencies gave adivce on writing resumes, enrolling in college, obtaining financial aid, among many other topics.
Organizers of the event say the majority of people who attended Thursday's fair were laid off coal miners.
Many miners have started exploring other avenues apart from the coal industry.
The benefit fair put people back on their feet again and, most importantly, gave them hope for an uncertain future.
Thursday's event was the first of three benefit fairs.
The next one will take place on August 15th at the Harlan Extension Depot.
The last one will be on August 28th at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.