Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), provides workshops on job search skills and basic computer skills, including:
- Orientation to Services: The Workforce Academy – Learn more about in depth services offered through the Career Centers and eligibility requirements for those seeking Career Advisor assistance or training. Learn some quick tips on kick starting your job search, effective web tools, and pointers on networking, interviewing, and how to communicate your value to employers through the Orientation and a series of workshops. Register for an orientation to our Career Centers at 410-424-3276.
Job Search Skills
- Job Search Plan: A seminar that focuses on creating a structured job search plan to help one successfully navigate through today's confusing and competitive job market. This is a systematic approach for developing a step by step concrete plan of action for your job search.
- Job Search Strategies: This fast pace workshop helps job seekers feel effective and comfortable while job seeking. Various practical strategies are presented and then practiced so that participants know how to execute and use them immediately and with confidence.
- Interviewing Skills – A single session workshop where you learn how to prepare for different kinds of interviews, different stages and how to answer common and difficult interview questions.
- Mastering the Job Interview: Become knowledgeable of current interviewing processes and practices in this workshop which focuses on the preparation and know-how to answer the most common and important interview questions thru interactive, hands-on exercises which will escalate your confidence to interview and land the job.
- Résumé Writing – A single session workshop where you learn to target your résumé for specific jobs and how to distinguish yourself from the crowd.
- Résumé 101: This single session workshop enables you to turn your resume into a part of an effective "Branding Portfolio," creating a Résumé that gets results and covers the issue of the importance of a Cover Letter to quickly introduce yourself effectively.
- Boolean Logic: Exclude job listings of no interest! Learn how to efficiently use your time by creating a customized/tailored JOB Search agent using Boolean Logic.
- LinkedIn for Beginners: – Using the Professional Networking Site to Increase Your Job Search Networking – In this class, learn why LinkedIn is important in your job search, how to get started, what makes a good profile, how to build your network and to find jobs and research companies. Review an effective Bio/Profile for LinkedIn and discover the secrets to effective on-line networking.
- LinkedIn Advanced: This course covers critical aspects of LinkedIn and shares more advanced features to use. This is limited to experienced LinkedIn users and/or those who have attended Beginners' LinkedIn.Feel free to bring your battery operated, wifi-laptop to enhance your experience to either the Beginner or Advanced Linkedin workshop.
- Computer Basics (Part 1 & 2) - Boost your job search by learning the basics. Discover standard computer operations, gain an introduction to Windows, and develop a basic document in a supportive environment that welcomes your questions.
- Intro to Basic Word 2007 (Part 1 & 2) - Strengthen your Mircrosoft word processing skills. Become familiar with the application so necessary to creating a Résumé or a Cover Letter.
- Intro to Excel 2007 (Part 1 & 2) - Learn the "lingo" of Microsoft's Excel and basics of this commonly-used spreadsheet application, as well as the many uses of Excel documents.
Workplace Excellence Series
There is a growing concern across industries about employee workplace skills. AAWDC worked with employers and organizations to understand what businesses want in an employee today, then developed the Workplace Excellence series in conjunction with WorkNet Solutions. This series helps workers and job seekers develop the soft skills that result in workplace excellence so they can consistently deliver what employers really want today, and create success for the company and in their careers. Each module teaches "the bottom-line" on the topic so participants see how the lesson impacts company profit and success.
- Succeeding in a changing environment, improving personal adaptability, managing stress
- Verbal & non-verbal communication in the workplace, active listening, greetings/introductions
- Maximizing your time in the workplace, doing the (employer's) priorities, being on time, staying focused, avoiding procrastination
- Displaying the company image, first impressions, improving presentability, building a wardrobe
- Managing your mindset, adjusting your own outlook, maintaining a positive attitude
- Understanding, learning and adopting the company culture
- Smoothly transitioning to a new workplace; identifying motivation, needs and resources; preparing to transition; the first 90 days on the job; maintaining work/life balance
- Realities and expectations in today's workplace, understanding the bottom line, increasing profit, earning your keep and raises, responding to realities, exceeding expectations
- Written communication in today's workplace, writing effective emails, effectively crafting and delivering messages, social media crash course, texting in the workplace, replying to messages
These workshops are scheduled less frequently throughout the year.
- Demystifying the Federal Employment Process – Learn how the federal hiring process works, how to use the variety of hiring systems to find jobs, how to make sense of "Federal Speak," and how to read and understand Federal announcements.
- Is Being an Entrepreneur for You? – Define Entrepreneurship, go over traits of a successful entrepreneur, as well as basic methods for going into business.
- Security Clearance 101 – Learn the process, the requirements and the reality of obtaining security clearances.
Most workshops are scheduled at least monthly at our full-service Career Centers. Go to the WORKSHOP CALENDAR for dates and locations of specific workshops. All workshops are free, but you MUST REGISTER in advance at 410-424-3275 for those scheduled at the Glen Burnie career center or 410.973-5635 for those at the Arnold Station career center and be enrolled on www.mwejobs.maryland.gov