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Four new offices planned for job seekers

Area job seekers will soon have four new places to go for help.

Four new NC SHARE Network Access Points will open on June 24 at 11 a.m. to offer people help with the JobLink system. Trained volunteers will also offer people help with things like obtaining references, resume preparation and online job hunting.

The four access points are a partnership between Capital Area Workforce Development Board, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Division of Employment and Training, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and North Carolina Division of Workforce Development. They will be located at:

  • Family Life Center, Inc., 909 East Lee St., Smithfield
  • First Reformed Church of Cary, 555 SW Maynard St., Cary
  • Literacy Council of Wake County, 916 West Morgan St., Raleigh
  • The Life Enrichment Center, Inc., 3805 Tarheel Club Road, Raleigh

Winston-Salem Urban League plans expansion into Raleigh

The Winston-Salem Urban League wants to bring its community outreach programs to Raleigh.

The group is looking at a couple of different sites downtown for its office and is holding a three-day training conference and job fair here next week as a way of introducing itself to the community.

The Claim Your Career Conference and Career Fair takes place Wednesday-Friday in the Raleigh Convention Center.

RTP job fair on June 7

Print multiple copies of your resume, shine your shoes, dress professionally and put on your best job fair smile.

RaleighHires is holding a job fair in Research Triangle Park on Monday, June 7 at Radisson Hotel Research Triangle Park, 150 Park Drive.  The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Among the companies sending hiring managers are Aaron's, American Shingle and Express Professionals Staffing. RaleighHires will have a local career expert on hand to provide a free professional resume review.

For more information on the job fair,  call National Career Fairs at (702) 614-9537 or visit their website here

Don't forget your alumni office when job hunting

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Diane Stafford who writes a column for the Kansas City Star recently made these job search suggestions for new grads. They're also pretty solid suggestions for folks who have been out of school for a few years and still don't have a lot of work experience.

—Instead of applying to the same big-name companies that everyone knows and covets, learn about the smaller up-and-comers. Read national business magazines and trade journals, search the Internet, and read your local newspaper and business publications for ideas.

—Be flexible and prepared to relocate.

—Talk to people. Don't just search online. Talk to family, friends' parents, neighbors, former educators, Scout leaders, coaches — anyone who knows you and, presumably, thinks well of you. Someone may have a job lead or be looking to hire someone just like you.

—Don't forget your college career office. They get leads year-round. Use your alumni network, too.

—If your heart is set on a certain employer, try for part-time, temporary or entry-level openings below your skill level or goals. It's a foot in the door.

—If you have no idea what to do, sign up with staffing companies and check out different jobs through your (hoped-for) placements.

—Spell your job hunt with volunteering at social service organizations. Job paths may open, and you'll feel better.

Progress Energy needs subcontractors

Have experience in building, particularly power plants?

Progress Energy and TIC, the principal contractor on a power plant the utility is building in Goldsboro, will hold a vendor fair on June 7. It's for subcontractors interested in bidding on the construction project.

At the height of construction the project will employ as many as 500 people. Find out more here.

Raleigh offers free training in green building

Keeping your skills updated is often key to for keeping a job or getting a new one.

The City of Raleigh has a new program that could help you with that goal if you're in the construction industry: green building training and certification.

The program is free and is funded by the federal government's stimulus program.

The idea is that companies who have workers trained to build green will be able to market themselves in the burgeoning green economy.

For the city, the program is an effort to make sure that the area has a skilled workforce trained in cutting edge technologies.

To be eligible, participants must have a valid business license with the City of Raleigh. For a calendar of courses and to register go here.

RTP job fair scheduled for June

Job fairs are one way to see who's hiring and what other career options might be available to you. So take advantage of them when you can.

The next one coming up is being held by RaleighHires on Monday, June 7 at the Radisson Hotel Research Triangle Park, 150 Park Drive. It will run from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

You'll need to register on the RaleighHires website here to see a list of companies participating. Registration is free. There also will be people available to give your resume a review.

As with any job fair, bring multiple copies of your resume and dress professionally. 

Older workers getting the job done

The number of age discrimination claims neared a record high last year and unemployment for those 55 and older has never been higher, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The company released its analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data at the end of last month.

However, the same analysis showed that age has its benefits, namely needed experience. According to the data, workers 55 and older represent the only segment of the population to experience net employment gains over the past year.

'The latest employment figures suggest that it is both a blessing and a curse to be
an older job seeker in America,' said CEO John A. Challenger in a prepared statement.

10 to-dos to get the job

A recent National Association of Colleges and Employers report  found that 5.3 percent more new graduates will be hired this year than in 2009. While that news is encouraging those students will be competing with thousands of people who have much more work experience.

Ford Myers, career coach and author of 'Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring,' (John Wiley and Sons, 2009) recently offered up a list of 10 items every new college graduate should have in their 'job seekers' tool kit.'

1. Accomplishment stories. Write five or six compelling stories about school or work-related tasks that made you proud.

2. Positioning statement. Prepare and practice a 15-second commercial about who you are, what you've done academically and professionally that's applicable, and the particular strengths you can contribute to an employer.

3. Professional biography. Write a one-page narrative of your career.

4. Target list. Make a wish list of adjectives that would describe your ideal employer, such as size, location, industry, culture, environment, etc. Then research specific organizations that meet those criteria, and put them on a list of 35 to 50 target
companies.

5. Contact list. Compile a list of all the people you know personally and professionally.

6. Professional/academic references. List colleagues or professors who would sing your praises if asked about you. Contact each and get approval to use their names on your list of references.

7. Letters of recommendation. Request letters from four or five respected business colleagues or professors printed on their professional letterhead.

8. Networking agenda. Write out a full networking discussion or script so you will know exactly how to manage the networking discussion.

9. Tracking system. Keep a detailed record of your job search activities, including phone calls, meeting notes and correspondence.

10. Resume. It has to be great. Be sure it is carefully edited and succinct (no more than two pages) with a layout that is easy for the eye to follow.

Free seminar offers career help

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Need a little inspiration for your job search?

Andy Thomas says he can give you some.

Thomas, a former syndicated talk show host turned career counselor, is bringing his "The Job I need, Needs Me" tour to the Triangle May 25 and 26.

Thomas leads a seminar in which he teaches participants personal marketing strategies to find employment. The seminar, developed for Goodwill Industries, is free and nothing  is sold at it. Find out more about Thomas here.

The Raleigh and Durham seminars are:

Tuesday, May 25 at 10 a.m.,
East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane, Durham

Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m.,
Main Library, 300 North Roxboro St., Durham

Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m.,
Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh 

Wednesday, May 26 at 3 p.m., Richard B. Harrison Library,  1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh,