Career Planning and Job Seeking Skills Workshops are available to you at NCWorks Career Center Asheville at no charge. The following page gives you a description of each workshop.
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7 Strategies for 50+ Job Seekers
Though the economy has been booming and there are worker shortages in some industries, it still takes job seekers age 50+ longer to obtain employment than their younger counterparts. With so much to contribute, why are 50+ job seekers often overlooked in the selection process? In this workshop you will learn about strategies for being more competitive in today’s job market, as well as Career Center and community resources to assist in your successful job search.
This technique is used by many employers to learn about your past behavior in specific work situations. Why? Because past performance can predict future success. All interviews at the V.A. and Mission Hospital are behavioral or performance based. This workshop is for all job seekers, regardless of where you are applying. Learn the steps for responding most effectively to these questions and practice these steps with an assigned behavioral question.
Finding the Fit With the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
Choosing a job or changing careers is a major decision – one that requires careful thought, research and planning. The better you know yourself, the better your decisions. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore your personality preferences and how they can help you identify the best fit in a job or career. You will complete the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory prior to this workshop.
Identifying Career Interests
Learn about tools that help in identifying your job/career interests. Take a tour of websites where you can research a variety of jobs, their projected growth and pay rates, and other labor market information.
Interviewing and Salary Negotiation
A resume may get you the interview, but the interview gets you the job. Learn how to clearly communicate your strengths, skills and experiences so employers easily see you’re the best candidate for the job. Topics include the importance of first impressions, verbal and non-verbal communication, and responses to: 1 - the most commonly asked interview questions; 2 - “problem” questions; and 3 - behavioral based interview questions. Salary negotiation strategies will also be discussed. (By attending this workshop, you may be able to schedule a mock interview with a local employer at a future date.)
LinkedIn – Networking in the Virtual World
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and growing rapidly, connecting you with other professionals to make you more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do. We’ll provide needed information for building your profile so you can begin using LinkedIn as part of your job search. Increase your visibility so employers can find you.
Networking – The Most Effective Way to Find a Job
Meeting with people face to face is more important now than ever. Today, employers deal with a sea of online applications. Being able to connect your face with one of those applications could be just the thing that makes you stand out above the rest. In this workshop, learn the basics of “in-person” networking for identifying job leads and openings, and write a self-sell statement for introducing yourself to the new contacts you’ll be making.
Write a Winning Resume
Your resume is the most important marketing tool for your job search. In this workshop, learn how to write the most effective resume for getting an interview and the job. The focus will be on presenting your strengths, skills, experiences, accomplishments and credentials so employers can easily see you’re a great fit for the job.
It has been a long time since I've had to look for work. I was very nervous because I wasn't sure what questions I could expect for an upcoming interview. I took the Interviewing Skills workshop at NCWorks and did a mock interview with an HR representative afterward. I feel more than prepared for whatever questions come my way.
A lot of my friends and co-workers have invited me to be a connection with them on LinkedIn, but I don't have an account and I don't know the first thing about social media. The LinkedIn workshop was very informative and they helped me create my profile.