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Meriden American Job Center Open House, June 14, 2016

Meriden American Job Center

On-Going Offerings:

Self-Service Career Center for resume preparation, job search, internet access, online job applications, and support service information. Fax and copy machines available free of charge for job-search related needs. No appointment necessary, open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Jobs First Employment Services employment specialists and job developers provide one-on-one counseling to help South Central CT residents be active in the workforce.

Business Services staff are here to help with screening and recruitment. In addition, Growth Sector programs including the Ready to Work, 21st Century Manufacturing training initiative, and the Health Careers Advancement Project hold Information Sessions here. See below.

Available by Appointment:

Youth Services: Youth and Young Adults ages 16-24 have programs tailored to them through a network of providers and services that lead to training, employment and higher education. Contact Aurora Grant at (203) 624-1493 x 246 or agrant@workforcealliance.biz.

Next Steps Re-Entry Program, a robust program that helps ex-offenders become job seekers. Contact Glenn Young at (203) 624-1493 x 212 or gyoung@workforcealliance.biz.

Walk-Ins Welcome or Call Ahead to Reserve Space

The following take place at 87 West Main Street, Meriden.

One Stop Services Orientation

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fridays, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

For those new to the American Job Center and seeking to access one-on-one employment and training services. Covers program options and eligibility. Attend if you are unemployed, working less than full time or earning less than a livable wage. Veterans and veteran spouses receive priority service.

Health Career Information Session

Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Provides an overview of occupations in the healthcare field and related career ladders for advancement. Learn which healthcare occupations are in demand, get average wage information, and find out what type of education or training is needed for each occupation. Open to the public. Attendees may follow this session with One Stop Services Orientation to access full employment and training services (see above).

Leveraging Your Technical Skills In: IT, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

4th Friday of Each Month

Fri., May 26, 9:30-10:30 AM

Fri., June 23, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

Provides information about employment trends in Information Technology (IT), Advanced Manufacturing, and Engineering sectors. Also discusses the paid, on-the-job-training (OJT) programs available through Workforce Alliance. Please bring your resume. Contact Paul Gagne at (203) 867-4030 x 219 or pgagne@workforcealliance.biz or click Leveraging Your Technical Skills to register now.

21st Century Manufacturing Career Exploration

Tues., May 9, 16 & 23, 10:00-11:00 AM

Tues., June 13, 20 & 27, 10:00-11:00 AM

The Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative has expanded and improved training facilities throughout Connecticut’s community colleges. This workshop focuses on how to get into the Manufacturing Machine Technology Program at Middlesex Community College for those entering the workforce or looking to move up in it. Contact Recruitment Specialist Juliana Castillo at (203) 238-3688 x 302 orjcastillo@workforcealliance.biz

Health Careers Advancement Project

Select Thursdays, 1:30 PM

Learn about free short term job-related training for low-income participants for employment in high-demand healthcare occupations: patient care and nursing, emergency medicine, community health and patient navigation, health information management and more. Participants selected by lottery. Applicants must have a high school diploma, verify family income, and are subject to drug screen and criminal background check. Contact Meriden Career Navigator TaMesha Greene at (203) 238-3688 x 307 or tgreene@workforcealliance.biz or click Health Careers Advancement Project to view dates & register now.


21st Century Resume

Tues.., May 2 & 30, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Fri., May 19, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Tues., June 27, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Fri., June 16, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Salary Negotiation

Thurs., May 4, 1:30-3:30 PM

Fri., May 12, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Thurs., June 1, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Friday, June 9, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Learn how to research your job industry, demographics and current salary trends using Labor Market Information.

Interview Practice

Tues., May 9 & 25, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Tues., JUne 6 & 22, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Mock Interviewing

Fri., June 23, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Marketing with My Cover Letter

Fri., May 5, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Tues., May 16, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Fri., June 2, 9:30-11:30 AM

Tues., June 13, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Re-branding for the Over 50 Crowd

Tues., May 23, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Tues., June 20, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

LinkedIn Strategies

Thurs., May 25, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Thurs., June 22, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn how to set up a LinkedIn page, increasing your visibility to employers, discover professional opportunities and communicate with employment connections.

Identifying Job Leads On-Line & Application Session

Thurs., May 11, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Thurs., June 8, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Increasingly, recruiters are tweeting or posting job postings to find candidates. Create a networking profile by using the Internet to search for and identify job opportunities. Find and follow companies you'd like to work for with a Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn presence.

My Next Move

Wed., May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Wed., June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Basic Keyboarding Practice

Thurs., May 11, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Thurs., June 8, 1:30 - 3:30 PM