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Labor Department Schedules May Workshops at Hamden CTWorks Center

For immediate release
April 20, 2010

WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut Department of Labor employees in the agency’s Hamden CTWorks Center will offer a variety of training and employment workshops to assist area residents with their career needs during May. The no-cost workshops will be held in the office, located at 37 Marne Street.

Due to space limitations, individuals interested in attending any of the workshops are asked to call the Hamden CTWorks Center in advance at (203) 859-3200 to register. They may also stop by the office and do so in person. Additional information can be obtained by calling the office. May’s workshops will include:

May 3
Interviewing Skills: This 9 a.m. to noon workshop details the various types of interviews, preparing for an interview, and how to handle those "tough questions" that a potential employer might ask. Participants will also have the chance to role play in the form of a mock interview.

May 4
Résumé Basics: If this is the first time you are putting together a résumé – this 9 a.m. to noon workshop is the one to attend.

May 5
Computers for Beginners: Reservations are recommended for this 9 to 11 a.m. beginner’s course designed to familiarize participants with computers. Topics include hardware, software, and the operation process, which includes how to start up and shut down the computer.

May 7
Job Search Strategies: This 9 a.m. to noon workshop gives attendees an overview of job search strategies, as well pointers concerning telephone skills, networking, the hidden job market and interviewing.

May 10
Job Club: Members of this group, which meets from 9 to 11 a.m., will learn how to use networking as part of their job search. They’ll also pick up other worthwhile tips and techniques.

May 11
Salary Negotiations: In this 10 a.m. to noon workshop, participants will discuss how to determine what kind of salary they should be aiming for prior to an interview, and how to talk about the subject with a potential employer.

May 12
Internet Job Search: This workshop, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., gives participants an overview of job search strategies using the Internet, and also provides information about the most helpful Web sites to visit.

May 13
40 + and Looking for Work: Designed to address the specific needs and challenges of job seekers over 40, this 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. workshop will provide attendees with strategies to overcome age bias and successful techniques to land and keep their next job.

May 25
Social Networking: This workshop, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., explains the use of and safety in utilizing social networking sites for job seeking purposes. Participants will learn to use Facebook and LinkedIn, and will assist in developing appropriate pages and profiles.

May 26
Computers for Beginners: Reservations are recommended for this 9 to 11 a.m. beginner’s course designed to familiarize participants with computers. Topics include hardware, software, and the operation process, which includes how to start up and shut down the computer.

May 27
Advanced Interviewing: This 9 a.m. to noon seminar covers telephone screening and strategies for in-person interviews. Questions to ask employers, as well as answers to tough questions are also explored. Participants will be able to develop a script that has proven to be very successful. The workshop will also look at the best way to close, and how to follow up on an interview.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535


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