Bridgeport Job Center offers free employment training workshops

Connecticut Department of Labor employees in the agency’s Bridgeport American Job Center, located at 2 Lafayette Square, will offer a variety of free training and employment workshops in May to assist area residents.

Advance registration is encouraged due to limited space. To register, call 203-455-2700 or visit ctdol.state.ct.us/ContactInfo/CTWorks/BPT_Info.htm.

LinkedIn Part 1: Get Connected: May 6, 9-noon. This hands-on class will help you learn how to set up a professional networking profile on LinkedIn that will enable you to build your network and connect/share information about job opportunities. Valid email address required for this workshop.

Resume Critique: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9-11 a.m., by appointment only. Schedule an appointment to meet with a Certified Professional resume writer to review your current resume.  Bring an updated, typed resume for review.

Advanced Resume:  May 14 and 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn the impact of technology and social media on today’s resume. Explore the new trends and how this affects what to include or omit.

Internet Job Search: May 1, 9-noon. Use the Internet as an effective job search tool to find jobs and post resumes. Participation requires a valid email address and resume on a flash drive.

Interviewing Techniques: May 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. This interactive session will focus on preparation, methods and follow-up to provide jobseekers with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively compete with other candidates. The session includes simulated interview questions and the responses of participants will be critiqued to improve performance.

LinkedIn Part 2: Networking Strategies, May 20, 9-noon. Learn how to build relationships with contacts, approach new contacts and generate job leads through proactive networking. Highly recommended participant completion of LinkedIn Part 1, Complete Profile, at least 20 connections.

Resume Basics: May 7 and 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Intended for those who do not have a resume or a current one, this session will be a lecture and discussion on the basics of resume creation. Two styles of resumes will be presented, along with what should and should not be included. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the eight parts of a resume and the purpose of writing one. A manual will be included for participants to keep.

LinkedIn Lab: May 13 and 27, 9-noon. Hands on computer lab to enhance your profile, learn new tips, build connections, work on endorsements /recommendations and have all your questions answered.

Job Search Strategies: May 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Maximize your job search strategies by assessing your preparation and build your confidence as you search for your next opportunity.  Learn to implement successful job search methods and discuss the importance of incorporating social media.

Over 40 and Looking for Work: May 28, 9-noon. Participants will discuss current trends and generational differences in the workplace, challenges and employer expectations for older workers, and strategies to mitigate possible stereotyping that may occur during the hiring process.

New Beginnings: Job Search Strategies for Ex-Offenders: May 29, 9-11 a.m. Learn techniques and strategies for your job search and how to present your past and focus on your strengths as you look forward to your next job.

Pardon Project: May 29, 11-12:30. A Representative from Statewide Legal Services of CT will answer questions related to Criminal Pardons in Connecticut.

Online Applications/Resume: May 11, 9-noon. Hands- on conversion of your resume to text format for email and employers websites. Participation requires a valid email address and resume in Word format on a flash drive.

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