Job Fair and Ready2Work Graduation
Lancaster: On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, close to 946 jobseekers attended the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County Job Fair.
Employment opportunities were represented in force by more than 60 employers, including Alcoa Mill Products, Buck Company, Clark Associates, Colonial Metals, Comcast Cable, Dentsply, Four Seasons Produce, Friendship Community, Fulton Bank, High Concrete, Homestead Village, Kegel's Produce, Lancaster General, Lowe's, McNeil, Metro Bank, Nissin Foods, Phillips Graphic Finishing, RR Donnelley, School District of Lancaster, SuperValue, Susquehanna Bank, Tyson Foods, Walmart, and Willow Valley Communities among many others.
Early entrance into the Job Fair was granted to the more than 30 Lancaster County residents that completed Ready2Work recently. 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.
Preparing for the Job Fair
Lancaster: A list of employers participating in the Job Fair was published on this website. Knowing which employers are attending the Job Fair on September 17 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 attending the Job Fair, you will have plenty to research over the next week. We look forward to seeing you on September 17!
Road to Employment
Your quest for employment has landed you on the doorstep of the PA CareerLink. Peering in through the windows, you may wonder what goes on inside and how will you come out of the doors with a job.
Following this recommended path below has led 84% of job seekers coming to the PA CareerLink to employment. We think that's a pretty great success rate for helping people find employment, especially considering the state of the economy over the last few years.
1. Attend a Career Planning Seminar
This will give you an overview of the services available at the PA CareerLink. Held 3 times every week, and an evening session to accommodate various schedules.
2. Meet with a Re-Employment Career Coach
Following the Career Planning Seminar you will sign up for an appointment with a Career Coach. They will help to guide you through the services at the PA CareerLink and work with you to develop a plan towards employment.
3. Training and Workshops
Your Career Coach will review your employment goals and current skills to determine if there is a training course available to enhance your employability. We have a number of short-term trainings available to help you obtain current credentials. Anyone can take advantage of the Resume Workshop, Applications & Interviewing Workshop, and several others designed to prepare you for the job search.
4. Join the Job Search Center
In the Job Search Center, 84% of customers find employment, and most do so in 3 months or less. The national average for finding employment is 9 months, that's a big difference especially considering there is 6 month earning potential loss. Through networking and uncovering the hidden job market, the Job Search Center teaches proven methods for helping individuals gain employment.
Every week people exit the PA CareerLink with employment, ranging in wages from minimum wage to $60/hour or more. Get connected with your Re-Employment Career Coach and start the process to shorten your job search. Allow us to make your employment our business!
Fourteen Lancaster County Residents Graduate from Construction 101
Lancaster: On Friday, June 27, 2012, fourteen Lancaster residents graduated from Construction 101, a pre-apprenticeship program for careers in the construction industry that is co-sponsored by the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in partnership with Lancaster County Adult Probation and Parole Services and the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County at a ceremony held at Stevens College. Click here to see more photos.
Those graduating included Chadd Chalfant, Cinty Finkbinder, Zachary Groft, Brad Kauffman, Steven Michels, Thomas Morrison, Mike Murphy, Mike Murrey, Tuan Nguyen, Angel Rivera, Annette Rosa, Ramon Santiago, Nelson Steffieri, and Jay Williams. Angel Rivera was the Most Improved Student. Steve Michels was also selected as Most Outstanding. Chadd Chalfant, Nelson Staffieri, Steve Michels, Thomas Morrison, and Angel Rivera were recognized for their Perfect Attendance.
Participants completed a six-week program of classroom instruction and on-the-job training that qualifies them to work in the construction industry and that provides a curriculum which is at the introductory core of the apprenticeship programs for carpenters, electricians, masons, plumbers, HVAC, and other construction careers. Coursework includes safety, hand and power tools, construction math, and other topics.