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

In less than an hour, the Welcome Session will give you an overview of all the services that can help you launch a career, find a job, build your skills and advance to a better job. Please bring your resume, if you have one.
During this workshop you will:

1) Become a member of JVS CareerSolution
2) Sign-up for a one-on-one meeting the same day with a Career Navigator to develop your personal career action plan
3) Learn to navigate the Career Center calendar and register for workshops and services
4)  Discover the on-site resources available to help you research career options, search for jobs and work on your resume and job search correspondence

Welcome Sessions are walk-in events; no pre-registration required.

CAPACITY: 20    FEE: NO COST     DURATION: 1 HOUR

  

1.0 | JOB SEARCH: COVER LETTER AND COMMUNICATION
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 EASY
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: 20-30 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: 20-30 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: ASK THE CAREER COACH

Meet one-on-one with a career coach for 20-30 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 20-30 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 | CREATE A RESUME THAT POPS! (2-PART SEMINAR) 

Our resume expert, Wendy Gelberg, will help you learn and apply strategies for writing resume content that POPS!  We will focus on tackling the most difficult parts of the resume (Summary and Work History) and each participant will leave with an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) friendly formatted resume to use with online applications.
Limited to 10 participants. Fee for this 2-part seminar is $60. 

CAPACITY 10       FEE: FOR THIS 2-PART SEMINAR IS $60.   DURATION: SESSION 1 | 2 HOURS, SESSION 2 | 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: IS YOUR NETWORKING WORKING?

Experts report that 85% of jobs are filled through networking contacts. Effective networking is a vital component of both effective job searching and ongoing career management. We will discuss networking strategies that will help you become--and stay--well connected.

 

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 BASICS 

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: 2.0  HOURS

 

INTERVIEW 2.0: MASTERING BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONS

More and more, employers are asking candidates behavioral interview questions. They use these questions to learn about how you have responded to circumstances in the past, so they can anticipate how you might respond in the future (when you are employed at their company). Don't be caught off guard! Learn how to prepare for these questions and demonstrate your fit for the job. 

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
1) Prepare for a range of behavioral questions
2) Demonstrate your best attributes while succinctly telling your story
3) Practice answering a few questions. CAPACITY: 20 FEE: NO COST 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: TRAINING AND RE-EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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: SKILLSCAN ASSESSMENT 

For those changing careers, many are left wondering: What do I want to be when I grow up? Thankfully, the SkillScan assessment can help identify your transferable skills, the essential building blocks for career planning, career change, professional growth and self-marketing. During this session, you will have the opportunity to use an intuitive card-sort process to determine your proficiency and interest in various skill sets, including your capacity to learn new skills. The facilitator will provide helpful resources for the industries and occupations that align with your results.

After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Identify the skills that will hold priority, in your next career
2) Identify opportunities and resources for skill development.
3) Identify the occupations and industries where you can capitalize your skills
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 20-30 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: 20-30 MINUTES

 

YOUR NEW CAREER: (A 3 Session Career Exploration)

2.0 | SESSION I: YOUR NEW CAREER: FIND NEW OPTIONS 

Thinking of changing jobs/careers? Want to find more options? In this workshop, we will use assessment exercises and access resources to help you better understand your own unique combination of skills and interests and help identify job options that fit you and your needs.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
1) Understand how your different interests and skills fit together
2) Use the results of 2 career assessments and your sharpened understanding to continue identifying additional job/career options that might work for you
3) Gather essential information on the practicality of each major option

This two-hour session is free.

CAPACITY: 20       FEE: NO COST            DURATION: 2.0 HOURS

3.0 | SESSION 2: YOUR NEW CAREER: EVALUATE THE OPTIONS 3.0

Now that you have identified job/career options that may fit you, we analyze and discuss the pros and cons of each. You will then identify additional information needed to complete your overall analysis. Lastly, we will explore how to test the market before making final choices of job targets to pursue.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
1) Continue your analysis of the options that may work for you
2 Identify the most promising job option(s) for initial exploration
3) Test the market
4) Determine whether additional option(s) should be explored

Requirement: Have completed Session 1 plus the related assignment.
PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND SESSIONS 2&3

CAPACITY: 20       FEE: FOR SESSIONS 2 AND 3 IS $45 TOTAL            DURATION: 2.0 HOURS

3.0 | SESSION 3: IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRANSITION 

Now that you have identified and honed in on a number of career options, we will focus on exercises and discussion to help you make sure you are aiming in the right direction before proceeding full-steam ahead. Finally, we will work on some especially helpful preparation to get a leg up on your job search.

After completing this workshop, you will be prepared to:
1) Reach a firm conclusion as to the best 1 or 2 new career/job choices to target in an active job search.
2) Summarize the unique benefits you can offer employers, and communicate those benefits through resumes, interviews, networking and other communications.
3) Complete helpful, sometimes under-emphasized, initial preparations for a successful search.

Requirement: Have completed Sessions I and II plus the related assignments OR have already thoroughly researched 2 or 3 job/career options that are promising targets for a concerted job search.
PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND SESSIONS 2&3

CAPACITY: 20       FEE: FOR SESSIONS 2 AND 3 IS $45 TOTAL            DURATION: 2.0 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: 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


1.0 | COMPUTER: INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL

Like a digital pen and paper, Microsoft Excel is one of the most frequently used computer applications. Learn how to create spreadsheets with tables of values arranged in rows and columns that can be manipulated mathematically using basic arithmetic operations and functions. This essential tool allows you to type up a table, to keep your job search log. Learn the basics of how to navigate Excel and gain the skills you need to create digital spreadsheet!

After completing this workshop you will be able to:
1) Create and format a Excel document
2) Customize the style of a document using various fonts,and colors
3) Create, delete, move, and add worksheets
4) Learn how to use the Find and Replace tool
5) 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: 20          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: 20           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: 2 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

► AUGUST Calendar with Clickable Links

 

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 12-18 months. Being motivated to work on improving your financial situation is a requirement. 
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

 

Support for Veterans

Veterans Employment and Training Specialist

Veterans’ Specialists are former members of the United States Armed Forces committed to providing unemployed and underemployed veterans with the highest quality of services.

The country counted on you in time of need. It is now our responsibility to support you in your employment endeavors.

Veterans’ Representatives will:
  • Help you organize your job search and direction
  • Work with you to design your own personal employment plan, a comprehensive and flexible way to help you manage your job search
  • Assist you with tailoring your cover letter and resume to your career path
  • Help you to develop your job leads and review training options
Get Started:
  • Become a CareerSolution member (by completing a brief orientation)
  • Provide a copy of your DD214 (if you no longer have one in your possession, we can assist you with obtaining one)

 

Advance My Career

At JVS CareerSolution we want you to be completely satisfied with your career, and we are dedicated to making sure that you have the tools, resources and expertise required to achieve your career goals. Our motivated professional staff will help give your career the boost you are looking for.

We do this by providing:

•    Workshops to develop the skills and knowledge you need
•    1:1 Coaching
•    Information on recruiting, job fairs and networking events
•    Help addressing potential barriers to employment
•    Help claiming and retaining unemployment benefits
•    Information on skills training and education programs
•    Access to our Career Resource Center
•    Customized Services