Everyone is unique and 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. Additionally, we’ve create workshops to help job seekers respond to the Covid-19 crisis and the current employment environment we find ourselves.
The workshops listed below teach you the tried and true job search strategies-and more. They are broken into three areas:
Feel free to take any or all, and to repeat them as necessary.
This 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 learn more about:
- Our services and training opportunities;
- The Federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WOIA) program;
- Networking with employers and other job seekers.
*Orientation is also a prerequisite to receiving one-on-one career counseling.
We believe there are a number of basic strategies that should anchor your job search. Without these skills or knowledge, success can be elusive, so the skills you learn in these workshops become the foundation of your efforts. Additionally, each of these workshops are required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training dollars. Anchor Strategy workshops are offered multiple times each month at various times of the day, making it easier for job seekers to attend.
Job searches don’t have to be conducted alone and studies show that successful job seekers join job or networking clubs. Facilitated by TVCC staff, our Job Club attendees receive support, swap leads, offer feedback, and benefit from guest speakers. Members empower themselves and each other to develop smart, savvy solutions to overcome obstacles and celebrate successes in a job hunt. Job Club meets 11:00 AM every Thursday morning.
Dynamic Resumes and Cover Letters
Your resume is the foundation of a job search and your ticket to an interview. This workshop teaches you how to target you resume to set yourself apart from other applicants. We touch on different types of resumes, different sections of the resume and how to write powerful accomplishment statements. (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 and this workshop helps take the fear out of asserting yourself. You’ll learn skills to make networking easier and less anxiety-ridden, how to set up informational interviews, and how to expand your networks and find “the hidden job market.” (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 key secrets to help you ace your next interview. We cover different kinds of interviews such as phone, panel and behavioral types. Also covered are pre-interview preparation and how to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
Career Pivots and WIOA-Funded Training
Oftentimes job seekers find they need more training to be competitive in today’s job market. A specific certification can provide needed skills and knowledge that employers are seeking. There are many training options for a variety of fields, interests and occupations. This workshop covers access to free online trainings, apprenticeships, local adult schools – with special attention to the paperwork needed for our WIOA-funded training. It also covers the career planning process, as well as where to research the local labor market. (Required for job seekers to be eligible for WIOA-funding training.)
Job Seeker Wellness
Job searching is exhausting and takes a toll on your mental health. How can you present your best foot forward when you are physically and emotionally fatigued? In this workshop, we will put into practice those things that can revitalize us and help us find more Job Search/Life balance. Through activities like Mindfulness practice, virtual walks with each other, games and laughs we will learn how to establish healthier self-care routines. Sharing our difficult stories and celebrating our success, the group is a community for us to combat the isolation that comes with the job hunt. Self-Care for Job Seekers meets every Tuesday at 1:30PM.
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 have helped our local job seekers be more competitive in the market place.
Anytime you change employers, there is an opportunity to assess your situation and your future. Making a major career decision involves career- or self-assessment and 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 workshop touches on different types of assessments, their pros & cons, where to find free options and what to do with your results.
Using “Soft Skills” to Find Work
These days, employers are looking for soft skills in addition to technical skills in their applicants. This workshop focuses on the people and communication skills, as well as character and attitude factors, that help prospective employees get hired. We touch on the skills as well as how to demonstrate that you possess them in your resume and interview.
Tips for the “Older” Worker
Our job seekers are a wonderful mix of generations, with an amazing breadth of experience and wisdom. Workers over 40, however, face a different set of issues than their younger counterparts. This workshop speaks directly to the issues that older job seekers face and share skills and tricks to overcome those issues, including tips to use on your resume, in interviews and beyond.
Beating Applicant Tracking Software
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.
A service of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and a partner of EastBay Works