1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 2:00 to 3:30 starting October 2015.
This is only an ORIENTATION class.
It is designed to teach people how to navigate the on-line self-paced class, called Digital Literacy.
Customers attend one orientation and then are on their own to work online, and at their own pace to complete their packet.
A timed test is offered at the end where a customer may obtain a Digital Literacy Certificate with their printed name on it, if they score 80% or higher.
5 Ways to Make a Great Impression at the Job Fair
Tomorrow is the Job Fair!
The task of making a lasting impression can seem impossible at a job fair when there are so many other jobseekers also looking for work, but following some basic tips will really set you apart from the crowd for all the right reasons.
1. Dress for Success
The importance of a professional appearance cannot be stressed enough. Like it or not, the representatives from companies can make assumptions about the type of worker you are based on the clothes you wear. You may be very qualified, but if you're in dirty clothes or lounge wear, chances are your resume will end up at the bottom of the stack and you won't be taken seriously. Recruiters will sometimes do on the spot interviews at job fairs, so being dressed professionally is crucial.
Image taken from tarleton.edu
For men it means wearing a suit, or dress pants and a nice button down shirt. Make sure to iron out the wrinkles, which will make you look very polished. Shoes can be lace-up or slip on, and should be polished and a neutral color. If possible, try to get a fresh haircut if necessary and shave, or trim your beard.
The best options include a dressy blouse and blazer with a knee-length skirt or dress slacks in a conservative color. Shoes should be closed toe and in a muted color like black, grey, or brown. This is no place for a plunging neckline or short skirt. If you have any questions about whether or not your outfit is professional, feel free to stop at CareerLink and ask if it is appropriate.
Keep makeup, hair, and accessories to a minimum. Remember, you should be the focus; bright colors, big hair, and loud makeup only distract employers from what you're saying.
2. Have a Plan
I always try to go to the grocery store Don't show up to the job fair without knowing which companies you're interested in. The list of employers is here to get you prepared. Make a note of what companies you really want to see.
Now it's time to do some research. Each of the companies has a website with a mission statement, so try to familiarize yourself with what they do and any other facts you read. Being able to talk about each company that interests you shows that you are organized, knowledgeable, and attentive. It makes an impression and can help move your resume up to the top of the pile of potential candidates.
3. Work on Your Introduction
Be ready to introduce yourself with confidence. Think of some things you would like to convey about your work history, skills, and what you're looking for in your next position.
Also, have a couple questions prepared for them as a way to facilitate conversation and be memorable. Think of questions that would not be easily found on their website. Questions like "what does your company do?" or "what positions are available?" are bland questions that don't show you did much research before coming.
4. Ask questions
After you introduce yourself it's a good idea to have some questions to keep the conversation going with the employers at the job fair. Know what questions to ask; questions about how much money you would make, if they drug test, and how many vacation days you would get might turn the employer away. You want to ask more positive questions that don't ask how the company is going to make your life better, but how you could possibly contribute to the company if given an opportunity. According to an article on HowStuffWorks.com, these are some of the questions recruiters like to hear at a job fair.
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What types of training programs do you offer?
What are the skills and attributes you value most in employees?
How would someone like me contribute to the company?
To read that article and read more great questions you can ask, visit http://money.howstuffworks.com/business/getting-a-job/10-questions-to-ask-at-job-fair.htm
5. Know about these dos and don'ts
DON'T: Chew gum.
DON'T: Wear too much perfume.
DON'T: Be impolite. If the recruiter is talking to someone else, wait patiently for their conversation to be over.
DON'T: Speak negatively about a previous employer.
Do: Get a good night's sleep.
Do: Practice a firm handshake.
Do: Have plenty of resumes.
Do: Be confident.
The Pennsylvania CareerLink® of Lancaster County Job Fair will be held September 16, from 10:00 to 2:00. Going to a job fair can be a daunting task, but if you follow these tips you're sure to stand out and impress the employers.
Good luck at the Job Fair!
Employee Spotlight: Tara Loew
For those of you who don’t know, Tara has only been with us for the short time of 6 months, but as already made a huge impact in our Re-Entry department. As some of you have probably seen, Tara is here MANY days past 5:00 simply to make sure everything and everyone is being taken care of. Not only has she dedicated her personal time, but she has also made an impact with the customers and has motivated many of them to want to better their quality of life by truly utilizing CareerLink services to the fullest.
Tara has made many improvements to both the flow of Re-Entry services and the process of recording/filing customer information. Additionally, she has worked diligently to implement the Day-Report Center and has used innovative thinking in order to make it a success! She is never without a smile or a helping hand, and on behalf of CareerLink, we say thank you for all you do and congratulations!!!!!
This is the list of employers who will be at the job fair next Wednesday, September 16!