MFG DAY/WEEK at PA CareerLink
Washington, DC: On Friday, October 4, 2013, the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers will be sponsoring MFG DAY, a national effort to get the word out to the public that manufacturing is thriving and hiring.
MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn't. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Click here to go to the MFG DAY website.
In Lancaster, the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County is sponsoring an Open House from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm from September 30 through October 4 where visitors can pick up more information on careers in manufacturing as well as find information on manufacturers in Lancaster County that are hiring. Click here to find out more about the Lancaster County event.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
Job Fair and Ready2Work Graduation
Lancaster: On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, close to 1,400 jobseekers attended the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County Job Fair.
Employment opportunities were represented in force by nearly 70 employers, including Adecco, Alliance Home Help, Bass Mechanical, Buck Company, CarMax, Dentsply, Excentia, Franklin and Marshall College, Friendship Community, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Hollywood Casino, ImageFIRST, Kegel's Produce, Lancaster Laboratories (Eurofin), Lancaster Marriott, School District of Lancaster, Smoker and Company, Turkey Hill Minit Markets, and Weichert Realtors/Engle and Hambright among many others.
Early entrance into the Job Fair was granted to the 44 Lancaster County residents that completed Ready2Work. A brief graduation was held at 8:30 am, acknowledging the accomplishment of the individuals listed below. Ready2Work provides an assessment of foundational skills; remediation in reading, mathematics, and using charts and graphs; and a review of work skills around attendance, managing conflict, working with others, being prepared for transportation and child care emergencies, managing time and money, and other important issues. Participants receive a Career Readiness Credential from the Workforce Investment Board and the Lancaster Chamber upon completion of the WorkKeys standardized test of workforce skills.
Enrollment in Ready2Work is open throughout the year by visiting the Lancaster County PA CareerLink. Contact the PA CareerLink at 717-509-5613 or 717-391-3570 (TTY) for more information about starting Ready2Work.
Welcome to the Job Fair!
Lancaster: The PA CareerLink of Lancaster County is hosting a job fair in a few days, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to be exact. The doors open at 10am for job seekers to begin meeting with employers. We anticipate a room buzzing with conversations until the doors close at 2pm. As you make plans to attend the Job Fair, keep these few tips in mind.
- Have your résumé updated and bring several copies with you.
- Choose appropriate clothing for the job fair that fits the job with which you are applying.
- Plan your attack. With lots of job seekers joining you at the job fair you may need to wait in line to speak with employers. Be sure to visit your preferred list of employers first, and then fill in with the other employers as time allows.
- Have your introduction and questions for the employers prepared in advance.
- Collect business cards (use these to follow-up with thank you notes).
- Do what the employer asks you to do to apply for the job. If they want you to apply through their company website, do it! We often hear from employers that job seekers don't follow through after job fairs.
Hope to see you on Wednesday! Put a comment on our facebook page to let us know if the job fair helped you connect with employers.
Preparing for the Job Fair
Lancaster: This past week we began releasing the names of companies participating in our Fall Job Fair on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Knowing which employers are attending the Job Fair on September 18 will help you research job openings. Play the role of a detective and uncover some important details before the Job Fair.
1. What job openings does the employer have available?
Perhaps an obvious piece of information to know, but getting this information before the Job Fair will help you navigate the event. Check the company website or search the Internet using the company name and the word "career." Many companies post their jobs on a variety of websites, so you may need to be creative with your Internet searches to find the job postings.
2. Learn as much as you can about the employer.
Pour through the company website to learn about their mission statement and values. Do a general Internet search for additional information, news articles, etc. Use ladders.com and linkedin.com to gain further insight into the company. Compile the knowledge you discover about the employer to develop questions for the company representatives at the Job Fair. Not only will your knowledge base impress the company representatives, but it will also help you decide if this is a good fit for your career goals.
3. Find a connection.
Networking is a great way to get your foot in the door at any company. Talk to those in your network to see if anyone has a connection to the employer. Linkedin.com is also a great tool for discovering if anyone in your circle has a connection to the employer.
With over 50 employers expected at the Job Fair, you will have plenty to research over the next week. We look forward to seeing you on September 18!