GUIDE TO CAREERSOLUTION WORKSHOPS

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1.0 | Not sure where to start? Our free 1.0 workshops are perfect for those unfamiliar with the processes of job searching, resume writing, networking, interviewing, etc. These workshops are also ideal for those recently unemployed to learn modern techniques of the employment process, and to refresh their knowledge of how to get a job. We strongly recommend our clients start here before moving on to higher level workshops. The information given in these workshops forms the foundation of 2.0 and above!

2.0 | For further skill building, our 2.0 workshops provide free, interactive sessions. Strengthen your abilities, and learn advanced skills to gain the confidence you need to find a job.

3.0 | Our 3.0 workshops are held in small, interactive groups that take a hands-on approach. Building off of 1.0 and 2.0 workshops, these are advanced level sessions that have a set fee and give clients a more personalized and in-depth look at various topics.

4.0 | These one-on-one services are personally tailored to each individual’s needs. Sit down with an expert and take the time to focus on your situation, and find a solution that’s best for you. Fee applies, some requirements necessary.

 

DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOP CATEGORIES

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Job Search –A great overview of how to look for employment, this category has general workshops that focus broadly on finding you the right career.

Resume – Resume workshops focus specifically on formatting your work history and skills in a way that best suits your desired area of employment

Networking – Learn more about making business connections with others, and how to use these relationships to help find a job

Interview – These workshops will help give you the confidence you need to have a successful interview by allowing you to practice with experts and to rehearse common interview questions

Career Exploration – If you’re looking to change your career and find something new, these workshops help you to discover the types of jobs that you may be suited for

Computer – Computer workshops give you the basic skills you need to use this vital tool in the modern workforce

Social Media – Learn about different social media sites and how they can open up employment opportunities

Financial Health – Financial Health workshops will help you gain confidence in your finances and understand how this effects your employment situation

 

JOB SEARCH

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 1.0 | JOB SEARCH: WELCOME SESSION
Welcome to CareerSolution! CareerSolution offers a wide variety of workshops, resources, and expertise to help you prepare and engage in the job search process. Join us for a quick overview of all the services that you can access to get your job search preparations and search underway.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)Navigate the CareerSolution calendar to find services that suit your needs
2) Register for workshops and services (both those that are free and those that are fee-based)
3) Use the Resource Room computers to research career options, search for jobs, and work on your resume and job search correspondence
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1 HOUR

 

1.0 | JOB SEARCH: PREPARING FOR AN EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH

A job search is an endeavor that requires mental preparation, research, and organization. This three-part workshop is designed to help you prepare and conquer all three. You’ll learn strategies for taking a positive outlook on your current job status and eliminating distractions that block your progress. Second, you will explore your work preferences, research jobs that appeal to you, and review labor market information that reveals the skills required and future demand for such roles. And thirdly, you’ll learn what tools you need to “sharpen” as you network and prepare to apply for jobs.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)    Embark on your job search with a positive attitude and respect for the effort it will take
2)    Take steps to identify the type of work you can and want to pursue
3)    Create a strategy for preparing the tools you need (resume, cover letter, elevator speech, etc.) to launch an effective job search
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

1.0 | JOB SEARCH: COVER LETTER WRITING 1.0
In the digital age, have you ever wondered what purpose cover letters serve and why they are important? This workshop will explore basic structure, composition and content of successful cover letters. You will review several types of successful cover letters which you can use as a template to compose your own.
After completing the workshop you will be able to:
1)  Differentiate the different types of cover letters used in the job search and the purposes of each
2)  Name the three important elements of an effective job search letter
3) Identify which key words from the job description you should incorporate into your cover letter
4)  Write your own cover letter that will convince the employer to review your resume
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST         DURATION: 1.5 HOURS


1.0 | JOB SEARCH: ONLINE APPLICATIONS MADE EXPLAINED
Are you feeling confused and frustrated by the online application process? This workshop will offer techniques and insight into the process, providing you with the knowledge you need to successfully complete online applications. You will learn what information is needed, become familiar with different application formats and explore the best practices for responding to behavioral-based questions. We will discuss how to better ensure your application gets you to the next step in the hiring process. A sample application will be reviewed and discussed in-depth.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Identify what information you need to have before you begin an online application
2) Recognize various formats that are typically utilized in an online application
3) Formulate the best approach in responding to behavioral based questions
4) Incorporate strategies to increase chances that your application will pass to the next step in the hiring process
CAPACITY: 20         FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

1.0 | ONLINE APPLICATION LAB 

Are online applications keeping you from ending your job search and getting hired? Let our team help and guide you through the steps to completing a successful online application! Bring to this workshop: a digital Word or PDF version of your resume (and cover letter too, if needed) on a flash drive (or accessible from Google docs or your email account), your employment and education history, the names and contact info of 3-5 references, and a list of where you’ve lived for the past 10 years. This online lab will help you navigate the process from start to finish.

CAPACITY: 12       FEE: NO COST      DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

 1.0 | JOB SEARCH: JOB FAIR TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES

Though it may seem that the job search process is dominated by technology, nothing replaces a face-to-face interaction in making a good impression. This workshop will touch upon all of the key ingredients to making the best first impression possible: Research, Preparation, Dress, and Strategy. In addition, we will discuss how employers use these events to collect resumes, screen candidates and market their company.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Research and prepare so that you can make an excellent first impression at your next job fair
2) Use the job fair to your advantage, despite the increasing role of technology in the hiring process
3) Understand how employers use job fairs to screen potential candidates and market themselves
4) Implement a number of strategies that will make a lasting, positive impression on employers
CAPACITY: 20         FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | JOB SEARCH: JOB SEARCH WITH BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

Did you know that most jobs in this type of economy are “hidden?” That means networking and using social media are some of the best techniques to uncover opportunities. Join the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) and discuss unique tips, strategies and techniques to invigorate your job search, using the information provided within the weekly journal. We will discuss how to “think outside the box” and how being original will help you stand out above other candidates. Each attendee will receive a current issue of the BBJ and the opportunity to win a current copy of BBJ’s “Book of Lists.”
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Conduct an energized and confident job search
2) Use social media and news articles to raise your profile and impress hiring managers
3) Identify which companies are expanding and hiring by reading the newspaper and the BBJ
4) Use news articles to craft dynamic questions to ask during interviews that indicate your unlimited curiosity and capacity for the job you are applying for

CAPACITY: 20        FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | JOB SEARCH: MANAGING STRESS AND NEGATIVITY IN THE JOB SEARCH

Does your job search have you stressed out? Is negativity creeping in and affecting your motivation and productivity? Would you like to learn coping strategies? Identify self-sabotaging thought patterns and apply simple techniques to manage the psychological and physiological effects of stress and negativity created by the job search in order to maintain motivation and energy.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Identify sources of stress in your job search
2) Practice stress reduction and negativity management techniques

CAPACITY: 20         FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | JOB SEARCH: ASK THE CAREER COACH

Meet one-on-one with a career coach on a first-come, first served basis to discuss any employment issues that you may have. Perhaps you're looking for some clarity on your career direction or need some help to re-energize your job search. Or maybe you have a question about an interview coming up or would like some advice on how to take your resume to the next level. You define how to use your time with a CareerSolution team member.Sessions are 20-30 minutes. 
CAPACITY: 1:1          FEE: NO COST         DURATION: UP TO 30 MINUTES

 

2.0 | JOB SEARCH: ASK THE CAREER COACH ABOUT YOUR CORI BACKGROUND

Meet one-on-one with a career coach on a first-come, first served basis to discuss how your criminal background may affect your job search. Services include understanding your CORI record, obtaining a copy of your CORI record, advice on sealing your CORI record and referrals to CareerSolution workshops.
CAPACITY: 1:1          FEE: NO COST         DURATION: UP TO 45 MINUTES

 

2.0 | JOB SEARCH: USING AGE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
This workshop focuses on the age-related issues that can arise when you’re looking for a job and provides practical suggestions for dealing with them. Through interactive exercises, you will identify the many ways that being your age can actually benefit an employer. You will learn strategies for “getting in the door” for an interview as well as strategies for handling age-related questions you may encounter once you go for the interview.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand what’s behind the objections that seem to be about age.
2) Recognize the specific benefits you bring to an employer precisely because of your age.
3) Overcome age-related objections that some employers may have.
CAPACITY: 20   FEE: NO COST   DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | JOB SEARCH: 21ST CENTURY JOB SEARCH
If you haven’t looked for a job in a while, you’ll find that the job search process isn’t what it used to be. In fact, it’s so much more! This workshop will cover what has changed, what steps you need to take to find a job, and what resources can help you along the way.
After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
1) Understand the role technology is playing in the job search process
2) Target your experience and skills to employers more effectively
3) Follow job search steps that will lead you to a career, not just a job
4) Allow time to nourish and care for yourself during this important process
CAPACITY: 20   FEE: NO COST   DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

3.0 | JOB SEARCH: JOB SEARCH STRATEGY GROUP

Did you know? Joining with others to achieve a goal can be more successful than going it alone. Group members often have better ideas (and more courage) for each other than they do for themselves. Join a Job Search Strategy Group at CareerSolution.  Work with our experienced facilitator and be supported by seven fellow members in a six–week (12-hour) group offered in Boston and Newton.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Set goals
2) Report on your progress and challenges
3) Receive and give support
4) Share resources and leads
CAPACITY: 8    FEE: $165.00    DURATION: 2 HOURS/WEEK FOR SIX WEEKS

4.0 | JOB SEARCH: JOB SEARCH COACHING
Job hunting has often been described as one of the toughest jobs to be had. The job market is always competitive, especially in Boston. That’s why it’s wise to enlist all the support you can and be current on job search strategies and techniques. Job search coaches can help find you a better job faster, regardless of your industry, level, or work history.
Meet with our job coach for customized support.  You may need a sounding board, a reality check, or advice on best practices for job hunting, networking, and interviewing. We provide phone and email support for six months for clients who purchase two or more sessions.
CAPACITY: 1:1        FEE: VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!        DURATION: 1 HOUR EACH

 

RESUME

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 1.0 | RESUME: WHY & HOW TO CREATE A RESUME

If you’re new to resume writing, or haven’t had to update your resume in a while, this introductory workshop is the place to start. Learn about the purpose of a resume, how it’s used, and start to organize your work history into a basic resume format. Sample resumes will be distributed, too!
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Name the categories of information to include in a resume
2)  Identify what information is not appropriate to include on a resume
3)  Compare and contrast three different resume formats: chronological, functional and combination
4)  Preview several online resume-building tutorials
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | RESUME: CREATING A TARGETED RESUME
If your basic resume contains all the facts about your employment history, but isn’t yet capturing employers’ attention, attend this workshop to learn how to target your resume to a specific position. Learn how to read the job description for “must have skills,” effectively describe your relevant experience, and use your “resume real estate” well.
After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
1) Adapt your resume for today’s resume readers
2) Read a job description for required skills/experience
3) Target your resume to a specific job title/goal
4) Show employers what you can do for them!
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST    DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | RESUME: WRITING RESUMES THAT WILL IMPRESS HIRING MANAGERS

This workshop focuses on resume content, beginning with your summary statement, and gives you strategies to highlight your strengths, skills and results that employers are seeking. You will receive written guidelines for resume length, consistency, and formatting. You will practice reading job descriptions for key words that should be highlighted in the resume. Online resources to construct your resume will also be explored.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Translate experience and duties into values and outcomes
2)  Construct a draft summary statement
3)  Learn how to deal with employment gaps and over-qualification
4)  Create a resume that serves as your greatest marketing tool
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | RESUME: ASK THE CAREER COACH

Meet one-on-one with a career coach for up to 45 minutes on a first-come, first served basis to discuss any employment or career issues that you may have. Perhaps you're looking for some clarity on your career direction or need some help to re-energize your job search. Or maybe you have a question about an interview coming up or would like some advice on how to take your resume to the next level. You define how to use the 20-30 minutes with a career coach from the Career Solutions team.
CAPACITY: 1:1          FEE: NO COST         DURATION: UP TO 45 MINUTES

2.0 | GET YOUR RESUME INTO HUMAN HANDS
This workshop provides information on the computerized applicant tracking systems that screen your resume to determine if the hiring manager will see it. You will learn why these systems exist, how widespread they are, and how to optimize your resume so that it will get past the computer and into human hands. You will practice identifying key words in job descriptions, and you will learn the common formatting features and content issues that may cause you to get screened out.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Identify keywords that you need to include in your resume
2) Recognize the formatting features that will “confuse” applicant tracking systems
3) Modify both the content and the formatting of your resume to improve your chances of having your resume looked at by a human being
CAPACITY: 20       FEE: NO COST          DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

3.0 | RESUME: RESUME CLINIC

Can your resume pass a recruiter’s 30-second scan and make it to the YES pile?  If you’re not sure, come to this clinic.  Your resume will be critiqued by other participants and facilitator. Limited to 8 participants, and pre-registration required. Please bring 9 copies of your resume.
After completing this clinic you will be able to:
1)  Communicate quantifiable outcomes and results
2)  Craft your resume to reflect an employer's needs
CAPACITY: 8    FEE: $25.00    DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

3.0 | NAVIGATING THE ATS: CLINIC
This clinic provides a basic overview of the content and formatting requirements to get your resume past the computerized applicant tracking systems (ATS) that screen your resume before the hiring manager gets to see it. Bring your resume and a job posting for a position that interests you. You’ll get input on the important keywords that you should include in your resume and then get feedback on specific formatting features of your resume that might cause problems for the ATS.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Identify keywords to include in your resume based on a job posting that you provide
2) Recognize the formatting features in your own resume that will “confuse” applicant tracking systems
3) Revise your resume to improve your chances of having your resume looked at by a human being
CAPACITY: 8 FEE: $25.00 DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

4.0 | RESUME: RESUME CRITIQUE

Meet with our certified specialist for a one-on-one review of your resume.  Ask questions, take notes and get suggestions on changes that will make your resume shine. Bring your resume and job descriptions for which you want to apply.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Craft your resume to communicate quantifiable outcomes and results
2) Gain advice to get your resume to the YES pile
3) Revise your resume based on expert input
CAPACITY: 1:1    FEE: VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!    DURATION: 1 HOUR

 

4.0 | RESUME: RESUME PRODUCTION

Meet with our certified resume specialist who will meet with you and ask you questions about your skills, experience, education, accomplishments, and professional goals. You will then work together with the material you have discussed and produce a new resume.
After this service you will have a professionally designed resume that is targeted to a particular job description.
CAPACITY: 1:1    FEE:  VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!    DURATION: VARIES

 

 

NETWORKING

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1.0 | NETWORKING: JOB SEEKERS’ NETWORKING GROUP

Out of work? Meet others in the same boat for a weekly meeting that will help to keep your job search on track. You and the other participants drive the agenda – you raise topics that you’d like to discuss related to job search strategies, ask if others can help arrange informational interviews with individuals in your target industry, and explore best practices for getting “unstuck” in your job search and noticed by employers. This group does not have an industry focus, so all job seekers are welcome. Because this is a “drop-in” group, the group dynamics and agenda will change every week.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Return to your job search with new strategies for networking
2) Resume the job search with information, new contacts, ideas, and strategies for getting the job you seek
3) Network with other job seekers and help each other to make useful connections in your target industry
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | NETWORKING: HEALTHCARE NETWORKING GROUP

Join this networking group devoted to job seekers looking for employment in healthcare. Come with questions, experiences, and concerns specific to your job search in healthcare. The group will help you brainstorm ideas to break through any obstacles you may be facing while providing support and constructive feedback. When possible, participants and the moderator will share employer insights, preferences, hiring practices, and experiences. Bring five copies of your resume in case others would like to engage in a peer-to-peer resume review.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Return to your job search with renewed energy and confidence
2) Develop strategies to overcome challenges that you have been facing while looking for a job in healthcare
 CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

3.0 | NETWORKING: CRAFTING YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!! Craft your personalized "elevator pitch" to use as an introduction in your job search and as a tool to engage the listener about what you have to offer.  Come ready to practice and share your 30 second pitch with the group.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Know the essential components of an effective elevator pitch
2) Develop a short and powerful presentation of your background that highlights your skills and experience and be easily remembered
3) Initiate a conversation that will attract attention, invite questions and further conversation
CAPACITY: 8    FEE: $25.00    DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

INTERVIEW

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 1.0 | INTERVIEW: INTERVIEW ETIQUETTE, ANSWERING BASIC QUESTIONS, AND ENDING THE MEETING

Learn what goes on in an interview, including the preparation required before an interview, the various types of interviews, and why these types are used. Topics include interview etiquette, proper responses to basic interview questions, and strategies for "end of interview" will also be discussed. Using interactive interview exercises, you will practice responses to a variety of scenarios.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Assess and employ basic interviewing etiquette: dressing appropriately for an interview, being punctual, successfully answering standard interview questions
2)  Define the different types of interviews: behavioral, group, phone, stress, etc.
3)  Convey interest by asking appropriate questions of the interviewer
4)  Develop end of interview strategies to close the deal
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | INTERVIEW: PRACTICE INTERVIEW WITH THE CAREER COACH

Meet one-on-one with a career coach for a practice interview lasting up to 45 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring a resume, a job description for job that you have applied for or are considering applying for, and questions that you would want to ask the employer. After asking a few clarifying questions, the career coach will play the role of the employer and begin the interview. Time at the end of the session is reserved for feedback and suggestions to improve your interviewing style. For practice, come dressed in appropriate interview clothes.
After completing this practice interview, you will be able to:
1) Gain valuable insight into your current interview style and ways to improve it in the future
2) Practice answering questions incorporating coach’s feedback and suggestions
3) Answer employers’ questions in ways that highlight your skills and experience
4) Develop skills to create a rapport and build chemistry with interviewers
CAPACITY: 1:1    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: UP TO 45 MINUTES

 

 3.0 | INTERVIEW: LIVE INTERVIEW CRITIQUES

Have a chance to practice your interviewing skills, and get feedback! This interactive workshop will allow each participant to do a three-question mock interview, then discuss strengths and room for improvement.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Analyze employers’ questions and develop concise, thoughtful and complete answers in the moment
2)  Construct a compelling narrative using examples from your experience to illustrate points made and to highlight your skills and abilities
3)  Formulate concise and thoughtful questions to pose to prospective employers
4)  Demonstrate confidence and poise during an interview through practice and refinement of interviewing techniques
CAPACITY: 8           FEE: $25.00    DURATION: 2.0 HOURS

 

3.0 | HANDLING AGE-RELATED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: CLINIC
This clinic gives you an opportunity to brainstorm answers to the most challenging age-related questions that might be asked – or might be in the minds of the interviewer but left un-asked – in an interview.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Identify the most common age-related objections that employers have concerning hiring older workers.
2) Overcome age-related objections that some employers may have.
CAPACITY: 8      FEE: $25.00            DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

 4.0 | INTERVIEWING: ONE-ON-ONE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH CRITIQUE

Do you really know how you come across in an interview?  Do you want to practice answering challenging     questions?  Do you spend time both talking and listening?  Are you prepared and focused?  Here is your chance to practice interviewing with an experienced (and supportive) career coach.  We will role play an actual interview on tape; after about 20 minutes, we will play back the interview and critique it.  Prior to your appointment you will need to send a job posting, your resume and cover letter.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)    Enter your next interview being better prepared and more confident
2)    Know what to expect from the interview experience
CAPACITY: 1:1    FEE: VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!    DURATION: 1 HOUR

 

 

CAREER EXPLORATION

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1.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: SKILLS TRAINING INFORMATION SESSION

Sometimes additional training can be the barrier that stands between you and your next job. Attend this session to learn if you are eligible for training assistance to develop useful skills for the workplace or to make the skills you already have more marketable. Dislocated workers from Boston based companies and income eligible adults from the city of Boston are especially welcome. This session will provide an overview of the Workforce Investment Act, a federally funded skills training program that pays for job skills training to eligible individuals who meet specific criteria.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Learn if you qualify for training funding
2) Complete a customer portfolio summary and TABE test to assess your English writing and math skills
3) Understand the process for applying for training funding

 

1.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTHCARE

The healthcare industry, one of the biggest employers in the Boston area, is expected to change and grow in the future as a result of population shifts and the Affordable Care Act. Attend this workshop to explore career options beyond the typical physician and nursing roles and the hospital setting. Training, average salaries, barriers to employment, competencies and skills required for a variety of roles will be addressed. Handouts will be distributed.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand the impact of national policy and demographic changes on the current healthcare industry
2) Identify roles in healthcare that play to your strengths and interests
3) Research what skills and training are required for various healthcare career pathways
4) Locate online resources and job postings and create an employment plan
CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST    DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

2.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: SKILL SCAN ASSESSMENT I

For those changing careers, the biggest question is, “What occupations value my skill set?” During this session, you will have the opportunity to use a skills card sort assessment to determine your proficiency and interest in various skill sets, including your capacity to learn new skills. You will learn about the fields and industries in which your skills are most commonly used.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Identify the skills you would most like to use in your next career
2)  Identify the occupations in which your skills are most commonly used
3)  Explore ways to use this information with other traditional inventories to develop a complete view of occupations that might be a good fit for you
CAPACITY: 8    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 2.0 HOURS

 

2.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: ASK THE CAREER COACH

Meet one-on-one with a career coach for up to 30 minutes on a first-come, first served basis to discuss any employment/career issues that you may have. Perhaps you're looking for some clarity on your career direction or need some help to re-energize your job search. Or maybe you have a question about an interview coming up or would like some advice on how to take your resume to the next level. You define how to use the 20-30 minutes with a career coach from the CareerSolution team.
CAPACITY: 1:1          FEE: NO COST         DURATION: UP TO 30 MINUTES

 

3.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR (MBTI)
Learn about the MBTI, the personality based self-assessment inventory, to understand how our personality type can help us make better career choices and conduct a more successful job search.  We will discuss the theory behind the assessment, and will learn how the 16 MBTI personality types fit into various career paths.
Pre-requisite: Participants must complete the MBTI at least four business days before the workshop. Contact the workshop facilitator for log-in and registration information.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Learn about the personality preferences embedded in the MBTI
2)  Confirm or modify preferences identified as your personality type
3)  See how those preferences can inform your career exploration activity
CAPACITY: 8         FEE: $25.00           DURATION: 1.5 HOURS


3.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: MONEY MATTERS - HOW DOES MONEY AFFECT THE CAREER CHOICES YOU MAKE?  (TWO PARTS)
Part I.  Our attitudes towards money can exert a strong influence on our decisions. Understanding this dynamic can help us succeed in careers, relationships, and personal finance. By playing the Money Habitudes ™ card game, you will uncover your underlying feelings and assumptions about money. You will then work on follow-up exercises at home. 
Part II.  We will discuss what we’ve learned from the follow-up exercises, delving more deeply into the topics discussed in Part I. You will develop an action plan to help you succeed in both careers and other areas.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Learn how your habits and attitudes about money support or sabotage your career, financial, and other goals
2) Develop an action plan to further deepen your understanding of your money habits and attitudes, and start taking steps that will lead to a more satisfying life
3) Become more comfortable discussing money issues
CAPACITY: 8    FEE: $50.00 (Part I & II combined)      DURATION: 3 HOURS (total)

 

3.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: STRENGTH-BASED SELF ASSESSMENT

You will learn to use Appreciative Inquiry (A.I.) - a self-assessment tool that helps us uncover the seeds of excellence and satisfaction we can use to experience satisfaction in our careers.  We’ll use the A.I. model to tell each other our stories and learn to focus on experiences that represent our strengths when we’re operating at our very best.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Articulate your workplace strengths and values and understand their role in making career decisions
2)  Explore career options based on this new self-awareness.
CAPACITY: 8         FEE: $25.00           DURATION: 1.5 HOURS


4.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: SKILL SCAN ASSESSMENT II—(ONE-ON-ONE FOLLOW- UP ON SKILL SCAN I)  
We will review your results from Skill Scan I and then we will develop a plan for you to gain a deeper understanding of the career options you generated in that workshop. You will begin to explore and evaluate those options and develop more clarity and focus about them.   (Rev.JS.4/6/15) Requirement: Bring your Skills Profile and homework from Skill Scan I.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Explore and evaluate appropriate career fields based on your preferred skill sets
2) Move closer to making a satisfying career decision
CAPACITY: 1:1      FEE: VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!               DURATION: 1 HOUR OR MORE



4.0 | CAREER EXPLORATION: MANAGING YOUR CAREER TRANSITION
Are you trying to figure out what you actually want from a job or career? Would you benefit from talking to an objective and qualified professional?   You will be guided by our expert staff and services will be customized to meet your needs:
Self-Assessment:
•    Identify your skills and interests to determine the types of career opportunities you’d like to explore.
•    Clarify your values and workplace preferences to learn what you need to be happy in a job, company, or    industry, and how you want your work to fit in with your life
Career Exploration:
•    Explore and evaluate potential  career options to identify opportunities that utilize your favorite skills, and which fit with your values
•    Make your career decision and take steps to market yourself to potential or current employers or clients.
After completing these meeting(s) you will be able to:
1.    Identify your skill sets, interests and values
2.    Clarify whether you’re seeking a change in your position, function, or industry.
3.    Explore and evaluate your career options
4.    Make your career decision
5.    Begin an effective job search or alternative action plan
 CAPACITY: 1:1      FEE: VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!               DURATION: 1 HOUR OR MORE 

 

COMPUTER

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 1.0 | COMPUTER: COMPUTER BASICS - WHAT IS A MOUSE?

Basic computer skills have become a necessity in the modern workforce. If you’ve never used a computer or don’t know how they work, this workshop is for you! Learn the skills you need to be confident when using this important tool.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Maneuver and effectively use a mouse
2) Recognize and understand computer terminology
3) Open and close computer programs
CAPACITY:  16         FEE: NO COST         DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

1.0 | COMPUTER: EMAIL BASICS

Emailing is a fast, free, and fundamental modern tool that many jobs require. Learn the basics of how to use your email account, and be able to apply these skills to your job search!
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1)  Send and receive emails and documents with confidence
2)  Create folders to organize your email efficiently
3)  Move emails between folders
4)  Delete and recover emails
CAPACITY: 16          FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

1.0 | COMPUTER: INTERNET BASICS

Are you new to the internet? In this workshop you will learn how to use the internet effectively for your job search. We will explore techniques for solving some common problems you may encounter and conduct a sample job search.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Enter a specific web address to research and retrieve information
2) Search the internet to find new websites that display topics of interest
3) Recognize and identify the various buttons and tools to help you navigate the internet
4) Apply techniques to remedy problems you may encounter when using the internet
5) Conduct a job search
CAPACITY: 16        FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 
1.0 | COMPUTER: INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD
Like a digital pen and paper, Microsoft Word is one of the most frequently used computer applications. This essential tool allows you to type up letters, resumes, and other job search documents. Learn the basics of how to navigate Word and gain the skills you need to create digital documents!
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Create and format a Word document
2) Customize the style of a document using various fonts, bullets and numbering
3) Center and align text
4) Save and print documents
CAPACITY: 16          FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1.5 HOURS


SOCIAL MEDIA

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 1.0 | SOCIAL MEDIA: LINKEDIN – MASTERING THE BASICS

LinkedIn is a great job search tool for networking and increasing your visibility to employers. And the best part is that you manage the content! This workshop helps new users or those who don’t know how to use LinkedIn to get started and make the most of this online networking resource.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Create a basic profile
2) Navigate LinkedIn and manage important settings
3) Begin building your network
4) Create a custom LinkedIn URL to feature on your resume
CAPACITY: 12           FEE: NO COST    DURATION: 2 HOURS

 

 2.0 | SOCIAL MEDIA:  LINKEDIN - CREATING A TARGETED PROFILE

Have a LinkedIn profile, but aren’t sure if it’s helping or hurting your job search? Come to this session to make strategic decisions about the content of your profile, learn about networking etiquette, and how to search for jobs effectively using LinkedIn. This workshop is for LinkedIn users who want to target a specific industry or job and who want to stand out.
(If you are new to LinkedIn, please take the LinkedIn 1.0.)
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Tailor your profile to support a strategic job search or career change
2) Take advantage of features within the LinkedIn program that can help with your job search
3) Learn best practices and incorporate them into your profile and job search techniques
CAPACITY: 12           FEE: NO COST    DURATION: 2 HOURS

 

3.0 | SOCIAL MEDIA: LINKEDIN CLINIC
Have you gotten started on your LinkedIn profile, but need some help? Come spend some time with a LinkedIn expert to polish up your profile and improve your networking skills to support your job search. Limited to 8 participants.
CAPACITY: 8           FEE: $25.00    DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

3.0 | SOCIAL MEDIA:  LinkedIn 3.0:  ADVANCED STRATEGIES FOR ONLINE NETWORKING
Learn the tips and tricks of networking online (specifically LinkedIn) to support your strategic job search goals. In a small group setting we will focus our discussion on networking strategy and etiquette. You will leave this workshop with answers to your most pressing questions regarding online networking etiquette, as well as how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Implement specific advanced strategies that will support your strategic job search
2) Network effectively to expand your LinkedIn network
3) Increase your LinkedIn visibility
CAPACITY: 10           FEE: $25.00    DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 

4.0 | SOCIAL MEDIA: Individual Session (LinkedIn and other social media)
Learn how to integrate social media (including LinkedIn & Twitter) into your job search! One-on-One coaching is a great option for those new to LinkedIn (or Twitter) and the more seasoned user! This session is driven entirely by the needs of the customer and will be tailored to include a variety of profile writing and networking strategies designed to boost visibility, support a strategic job search, or other objectives as outlined by the customer.
CAPACITY: 1:1        FEE: VARIES BY SERVICE, LET’S TALK!       DURATION: 1 HOUR OR MORE

 

FINANCIAL HEALTH

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1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: FINANCIAL HEALTH SERVICES ORIENTATION
Are you one of the nearly 3/4 (72%) of Americans feeling stressed about money?  Our financial health is important to leading satisfying and stress free lives.  Begin to discover what road you want to take financially.  Join us to learn more about financial coaching and education opportunities at JVS. 
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand the difference between financial coaching and counseling
2) Gain an understanding of how you can benefit from financial coaching
3) Determine if financial coaching is right for you
CAPACITY: 20                FEE: NO COST         DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

 
1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: YOUR CREDIT REPORT CAN IMPACT YOUR JOB SEARCH
Did you know that many employers request access to your credit report as part of their standard job application and hiring process? As this practice becomes more common, it’s critical that you become credit aware.  Friends and family often have advice on how to improve your credit score, but some suggestions may actually make things worse. Let the experts from American Consumer Credit Counseling give you the guidance you need to impress employers with your credit score.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand how to access a free on-line credit report
2) Understand how to read your credit report
3) Understand how to dispute information that is incorrect or outdated on the report
4) Develop a strategy for addressing issues negatively impacting your credit score
CAPACITY: 20                 FEE: NO COST       DURATION: 1.5 HOURS 

1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: MONEY HABITS
Are your financial values, goals and spending habits working together or are you in a financial “family feud”? Let’s talk about how you can create financial harmony in your life.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Set financial goals that are achievable
2) Learn healthy spending habits to keep your finances in check
CAPACITY: 20                 FEE: NO COST          DURATION: 1.5 HOURS 

1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: NAVIGATING THE INSURANCE MAZE
Insurance — we all have it and we all need it. But are you choosing the products that you really need. Learn about basic insurance products and their value to you.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Learn about the different types of insurance products
2) Understand how insurance protects against risk
3) Gain the knowledge to discover which insurance you need to protect yourself.

CAPACITY: 20                 FEE: NO COST          DURATION: 1.5 HOURS 

1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: UNDERSTANDING YOUR TAXES | IT MATTERS!
Have you felt confused about taxes, especially when it comes to employment earnings? Join us to learn how complete your W-4, how to read your paystub, major tax deductions and credits, and JVS tax site offerings.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand how to complete your W-4 and read a pay stub.
2) Learn about major tax deductions and credits.
3) Learn about the free tax preparation services at JVS
CAPACITY: 20                 FEE: NO COST          DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: TAILORING A SPENDING PLAN FOR IMPROVED FINANCIAL WELL BEING:
Let’s face it – sometimes major life transition creates an opportunity to re-think financial habits. Join us to get inspiration to create or adjust your current spending plan.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand how to create a financial plan that suits you
2) Learn healthy spending habit
CAPACITY: 20                 FEE: NO COST        DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: HOW TO GROW YOUR SAVINGS - REALLY!
Perhaps you think that you don’t have a savings “green thumb”? We believe everyone does—including you and we’ll help you discover it.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Learn about different financial products you can use to save
2) Learn how to grow your savings to match your future goals
CAPACITY: 20                FEE: NO COST        DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

1.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: SAVING FOR RETIREMENT. IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK!
No one is born knowing how to save or to invest. Learn more about your options to save for retirement.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Learn more about different retirement accounts
2) Learn more about investment options
3) Understand how to maximize matching contributions from your employer
CAPACITY: 20                FEE: NO COST        DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

2.0 | FINANCIAL HEALTH: FINANCIAL COACHING SERVICES
Meet one-on-one with a financial coach to create a full financial picture for yourself. This is your chance to create a financial plan and put it into action. This is a long term relationship which will last from 18 months to 2 years. Attending the Financial Health Services Orientation is required.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Understand and track your personal finances
2) Have a deep understanding of your financial vision and a long term plan
3) Take action to improve and obtain financial health
CAPACITY: 1:1               FEE: NO COST        DURATION: 18 MONTHS-2 YEARS