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Variety of Career Workshops Scheduled in Labor Department’s Hamden Office

For immediate release
June 16, 2010

WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut Department of Labor employees in the agency’s Hamden CTWorks Center will offer a variety of training and employment workshops in July to assist area residents with their career needs. 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. July’s workshops will include:

July 7:
Interviewing Skills: This 9 a.m. to noon workshop details the various types of interviews you may encounter, how to prepare 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.

July 8:
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.

July 9:
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.

July 12:
Salary Negotiations: In this 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 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.

July 13:
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, including how to start up and shut down the computer.

July 14:
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 to assist with job search.

July 15:
Internet Job Search: This workshop, scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., gives participants an overview of job search strategies using the Internet, and provides information about the most helpful sites to visit.

July 22:
40 + and Looking for Work:  Designed to address the specific needs and challenges of job seekers over 40, this 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. workshop provides attendees with strategies to overcome age bias and successful techniques to land and keep their next job.

July 23:
Social Networking: This workshop, which runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.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.

July 27:
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, including how to start up and shut down the computer.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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