Workshops – open to all
No two job searches are exactly the same. Your job search is your own, and, yet, in today’s complicated job market, there are common strategies that are proven to work. Our workshops teach you those strategies. We have over a dozen subjects that might be of interest you.
Our workshops are broken into three areas: Orientation, Anchor Strategies, and Added Learning. Feel free to take any or all, and to repeat them as necessary. (See our home page for a link to the latest workshop calendar.)
This workshop is your introduction to the Career Center. While you are welcome to take our workshops in any order, we advise you to join our Orientation first. It will help you understand what we can offer you as a job seeker; to affirming the emotions you may be feeling; and explaining our federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program as well as the potential training options we offer.
We believe there are a number of basic strategies that should anchor your job search. Without these skills or knowledge, success will be harder to find. Though there is more to a job search than these five subjects, the skills you learn in these workshops will be the foundation of your efforts. Each of these workshops is required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training dollars.
We offer these workshops multiple times throughout each month, so you should be able to find a date and time that works within your schedule.
Job search should not be done alone. Successful job seekers join job or networking clubs. Facilitated by our Job Developer, our Job Club offers attendees the opportunity to receive support, swap leads, offer feedback, and benefit from guest speakers. Members empower themselves and collectively develop smart, savvy solutions to overcome obstacles in a job hunt. Job Club meets once a week, on Thursday mornings.
Dynamic Resumes & Cover Letters
Your resume is the foundation of a job search. It is also your ticket to an interview. But it is not a stagnant document. It is ever-changing as you apply to different positions. This workshop teaches you how to target your resume to set yourself apart from other job seekers. We touch on different types of resumes, different sections of the resume, and how to write powerful accomplishment statements to be noticed. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
Ace the Interview
No one likes to be under the microscope, which is what interviewing can feel like. And yet, it is a necessary part of the job search process. In this workshop, we teach you some key secrets to acing your next interview. We’ll talk about different kinds of interviews such as phone, panel and behavioral. Among other things, we spend time on how to prepare for an interview, how to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and what to do to make an impression afterward. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
Career Exploration and Assessments
Anytime you change employers, there is an opportunity to assess your situation and your future. Making a major career decision involves asking yourself a number of self-reflecting questions that determine what motivates you, where your skills and potential lie, and what you want out of life. This process is called career- or self-assessment. This workshop touches on different types of assessments, their pros & cons, where to find free options and what to do with your results. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
Networking and the Hidden Job Market
Even though the job search seems impersonal, more jobs are actually found through networking than any other means. This means job seekers need to get out to meet people. This workshop helps take the fear out of this important job search strategy and teaches skills to make networking easier and less anxiety-ridden. We also teach tips on setting up informational interviews, which can be a great source of learning about occupations, expanding networks and finding the hidden job market. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
Often times, our job seekers find they need a bit more training to be competitive in the job market. A specific certification or more training can provide needed skills and knowledge the employers are seeking. There are many training options for any field, interest or occupation. This workshop covers access to free online trainings, apprenticeships, local adult schools, and our WIOA-funded training. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
As said, today’s job search is more complicated than ever. To be successful, job seekers need to take advantage of every strategy available. Our Added Learning workshops teach skills and pass on knowledge about subjects that help our local job seekers be more competitive in the marketplace.
Targeted Job Search
Looking for work is a complicated process. Most jobs are secured off-line, yet public jobs are often posted online. The hidden job market is altogether another thing. It is easy to spend time on job boards, clicking from one job to the next. The workshop will teach you how to be smart about your job exploration. It will show you some of the larger job boards and offer tips to narrow your search to be more relevant to your goals. You will become more productive in your search.
Developing Your Soft Skills
We have said that hard, or technical, skills can help get you a job. But soft skills, or people skills, will help you keep the job. These days, employers are looking for soft skills in their applicants. This workshop focuses on the interpersonal skills, as well as character and attitude factors that help prospective employees get and stay hired.
Tips for the “Older” Workers
Our job seekers are a wonderful mix of generations. Those over 40 face a different set of issues than younger job seekers. As much as we don’t want to think about it, age-ism can still happen. This workshop speaks directly to the issues that job seekers are facing and teaches skills and tricks to overcome those issues, including tips to use on your resume, in interviews, and beyond.
Building Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is now an essential networking and job search tool. Three quarters of recruiters now use LinkedIn to find applicants. This workshop covers tips to create a strong profile so that you can be recognized for your skills. We touch on each area of the profile and talk about how to optimize it.
Beating the ATS
Every Career Advisor worth their weight will tell you to network to your next job–to get up from in front of your computer and meet people. And yet, the online application is still a large component of the job search process. The problem is that traditional resumes don’t often work with the recruiting software used by employers. This workshop teaches tricks to format your resume to work with the Applicant Tracking Software so that you can beat the filtering systems and be seen.