From Inside the PA CareerLink
Lancaster: Are you interested in pursuing job training or furthering your education? Do you get nervous and forget what to say during job interviews? Would you like to brush up on your computer skills or update your resume? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions than you should consider coming to the PA CareerLink Lancaster County to attend one of several free workshops.
Core workshops give individuals the opportunity to find out what programs the CareerLink has to offer and help jobseekers get useful information that can lead to finding employment. These workshops are conducted by a staff of dedicated experts who will help you get from "here to there."
Career Planning Seminar is the first step toward finding employment. During this workshop, participants will get access to labor market information to help them identify what jobs in Lancaster County are currently in demand. In addition, you will find out about various employment services and how to take advantage of them. At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees can schedule an appointment with a Re-Employment Career Coach who will help determine your next step.
Yesenia Cortes is a CareerLink Specialist who often presents the Career Planning Seminar. Yesenia called this workshop an "eye opener" that will help guide customers where they want to go. "Those who are newly unemployed and have not been to the CareerLink before or people who haven't been here in many years should come in to see our updates," she said.
Maybe you have completed tons of job applications but employers are not contacting you for an interview. Find ways to get results with your application in a workshop called: Mastering Employment Applications/So You Have an Interview! Now, What? Along with applications, this 2-part workshop provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a job interview.
Having a good resume is an essential tool when conducting a job search. In the Resume Workshop, you can learn methods that will help your resume stand out from the competition and impress employers. Also included in this workshop are useful tips on creating cover letters and references. After you have attended the Resume Workshop and revised your resume, consider attending a Quick Resume Review. During this small class, an expert will give you individualized feedback on how to create a resume that will land you an interview.
Other great workshops at the PA CareerLink Lancaster County include: Landing a Job with a Criminal Background, The Power of Positive Language – Managing Your Job Loss, and Computer Skills for Jobseekers.
Bryan Weathers, a Re-Employment Career Coach and workshop presenter, had this to say about why jobseekers should attend the workshops. "Finding a job is like fishing. If you're not catching fish, you change your tactics. The same principle is true with job searching," Bryan said. "Learn different methods and re-assess your tools."
Jamal Jones is a Re-Employment Career Coach at the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County. Daily, he meets with individuals interested in exploring how the CareerLink services can help them find employment. If you attend the Career Planning Seminar you just might be assigned to meet with Jamal to determine your next step in the quest for employment. Be ready to tell him about the workshops you have attended!
Summer 2012 Ready2Work Graduation
Lancaster: On Wednesday, June 13, the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County sponsored a graduation for individuals completing Ready2Work, a workforce readiness program that assures employers that jobseekers have appropriate levels of foundational work skills.
Graduates included (Some pictured above): Joey Abney, Michelle Aguilera, Joseph Alletag, Digna Almodovar, Mayerit Alvarado, Damisela Amador-Jimenez, Jessica Ayala, Angie Baez, Anthony Bair, Vicki Bair, Donaldson Bauvior, Cheyanne Beam, James Blank, Israel Bonne, Catherine Bryant, Michael Bryant, Ryan Bunting, Cynthia Burgos, Miriam Burgos, Angel Candelario, Carlos Carmona, Patricia Cespedes, Donna Churchill, Luis Cintron, Raymond Corbin, Rosa Cordero, James Costello, Ralph Craig, Richard Davenport, Linda Day, Arlene De Aza-Aponte, Yessenia Delgado, Nicholas Distasi,Thao Do, Britney Engle, Luis Estrada, EricFair, Jurji Feder, Joshua Finegan, ShatalaFlora-Johnson, Dionte Floyd, David Fretz, Miguel Garcia, Mike Garner, Brian Garry, Frances Giamarino, Joshua Gomez, Kelsey Haberstroh, Kim Hart, Patrick Hartge, Vincent Hayes, Denise Heaps, Denis Heiserman, Robert Hershiser, David Hertzog Jr., Derek Inman, Eleesia Iquina, Ana Jimenez-Colom, Katrina Kennedy, Brandi Kilhefner, Veronica Killmeyer, Tiana La Rue, Shea Lamphear, Anthony Lane, Adam Lefever, Gloria Leyva-Moreno, Carmen Lopez, Ivelisse Lopez, Joyce Marchioni, Larry Martin, Brian Martin, Kimberly Mateo, Michael Matisak, Christian Maynor, Gary McCardle, Elizabeth McCaulley, Katherine Meekins, OrlandoMelendez, Emilia Mendez, Ishikeiah Miller, Kenneth Miller, Kim Millhouse, Samantha Mohabir, Zuleika Montanez, Tiffany Morrissey, Sharon Moyer, Paul Myers, Joyce Myers, Erika Oettel, Blanca Orozco, Oxzane Osner, Juan Peidra, MaureenPeterman, James Pringle, Yanet Pupo-Ricardo, Jessica Puryear, Donna Ramer, Brian Reed, Patricia Rendler, Eddie Richardson, Genevieve Richeturenne, Madeline Rivera, Theresa Rivera, Katrina Rohlf, Lynda Roque, Steven Rose, Lori Roseberry, Marvin Rote, Vincent Ruys, Genesis Sabino, Gianna Santana, Lori Schlegel, Nyra Shelton, Dwayne Sherman, Christine Showalter, John Shreiner, Barry Shultz, Amin Sills, Jermaine Smith, Mariah Sommerville, Bethany Storer,Ronald Swope, Manuel Taylor, Tia Thomas, Aprill Thompson, Anton Timoshkin, Mayrine Trinidad-Soto, Anya Troncale, ZoeyTrout, Eziukwa Umachi, Felix Valedon, Irma Vega, Amauri Verdecia-Cabrale, Darryl Walton, Akeem Washington, Nathan Weiler, Lance Wentworth, Lynn Wilhelm, Alexsander Williams, Andrew Williams, Whitney Williams, Donald Wilson, Elizabeth Wingate, Michael Yoder, Lamont Young, Vanessa Zimmerman, Johnna Zipp.
Participants completed a program that usually takes from one-six weeks which includes career counseling; assessement 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.
Some of the graduates have gone on to other skill training programs in construction, welding, machine operation, printing, and food safety. Counselors with the PA CareerLink help graduates make connections with employers.
Future classes run continuously. Contact the PA CareerLink at 717-509-5613 ext. 221 or 717-391-3570 (TTY) for enrollment information.
Reinventing Your Career
Lancaster: For a majority of individuals coming to the PA CareerLink, losing their job was never something they expected to have happen to them. Job loss has reached into more households during the past few years, causing many to evaluate their skills in relation to the available job openings. Many with 10, 15, or 20 years with one company are finding it particularly difficult to transition in this current economy.
Ronda Rice's story is not unlike the many stories we have heard from those with unexpected job loss. Ronda described the routine of emotion she experienced as grief, depression, and bewilderment, which clouded her mind following the lay-off from her company after 14 years of service. Unsure of how she was going to translate her years as a technical writer into the current job market, Ronda felt as if she was surrounded by a dark tunnel trying to feel her way out.
The game had changed in the years since she had conducted her last job search. Writing a résumé after 14 years, was daunting enough, but now there was new technology involved in applying for jobs... the computer. "Everything is done online," she exclaimed to me as we discussed the job hunting world she found herself in. Résumé buzzwords were now a concern as computers scanned résumés for job matches. Cover letters had to rise to the top of the pile with specific links to the job description; otherwise, it could remain buried forever in the myriad of applicants. Ronda found herself in new territory.
The first ray of hope for Ronda came when she qualified for Federal Trade Act funding for training. She was connected with Nancy Korbin, at the PA CareerLink, and together they explored how Ronda could utilize her current skills, with added training, and be employable in the current job market. Ronda was connected with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in June of 2010 and enrolled as a 40-year-old freshman in the Graphics Communication and Printing Technology program.
Going back to school over a decade after her first degree was not easy. On several occasions she was mistaken for a parent or instructor, but Ronda embraced the new setting and found she gained far more than expected. Sitting next to first year students fresh out of high school became an opportunity for shared learning. Ronda shared her years of typography knowledge, as the younger students educated her on computer design program shortcuts.
Graduation came in May of 2012, along with the accolades of receiving a diploma; she received commendations from Governor Corbett in his graduation address. Armed with a diploma and Best in Show honors for her website displaying her work, Ronda proactively sought employment with her new graphic design skills. Ronda found employment before she even graduated from Thaddeus Stevens (working part time until graduation) at Apex Advertising, Inc. as a Graphic Designer. Ronda began this journey of job loss in November of 2008 and finally stepped out of the unemployed ranks in April of 2012. Ronda explained that while the journey took a while, she finally "found my light at the end of the tunnel." Her advice to others is to explore your options and don't allow your age to keep you from trying something new or going back to school.
New Pre-Employment Course: Workplace Writing
Have trouble going from writing this, "C U @ the mall 2 buy shoes" to writing a formal cover letter?
CareerLink's new Workplace Writing Pre-Employment Course will help you confidently write cover letter, resumes, and thank you letters. Participants will explore components of effective workplace writing including grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary. From learning the difference between conversational and academic language to mastering commonly confused and misspelled words, participants will develop their writing skills through web and print-based resources.
Workplace Writing will be held at CareerLink from 9am-noon on the following dates: June 18, 20, 21, 22 and June 25-28.
All Pre-Employment Courses require a Career Readiness Certificate from Ready2Work (contact receptionist at the PA CareerLink, 509-5613, x 221 to begin the process). Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligibility must be determined prior to beginning Ready2Work.