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What is Ready To Work?    Ask yourself, Why should I hire you?

We have designed the Ready-To-Work process to organize all the tools you, as a job seeker will need in order to connect to work. The main idea is to help articulate your knowledge, skills, talents and abilities so that when talking with employers, you can tell them what you can do. 

The process includes workshops; which are highly interactive including hands-on work, group activities, and role-play. A practice interview follows soon after the conclusion of these workshops.  We have seen this bring about a huge confidence boost and change in the way you think about your marketability when looking for work.

In addition, we want you to find the right match to your interests in your career.  We have found that if you are interested in the work, you will be more likely to continue to learn and grow the work into a career.

At the completion of this process, you may be eligible to receive a certificate from the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Division.  This certification will represent your completion of this process and show employers that you have the skills and initiative they are looking for.   

All workshops are free and open to the public, but necessitate an RSVP to save a seat.

Ready To Work Process

Application:  A jobseeker must first go to the Career Center and meet with a WIA agent.  Once you have completed the registration in the Maryland Workforce Exchange, the WIA agent will take some notes about your work history and talk to you about what you want to do.  They will submit your information as a request to be invited to the workshops.

Assessments:  O*Net career interest survey will help you locate a good match with your career choice.  In addition, students/jobseekers can use these occupational profiles to explore careers, identify occupations for which they are qualified, and pinpoint the skills they need to improve in order to compete for the job they want. For those of you who are interested in occupational training vouchers, you will need to complete the academic placement test.  This will help us understand what you will need to be successful in your training. 

Workshops:  These include Dependable Strengths, Job Application (both on-line and face-to-face), Resume Writing, Writing a Cover Letter, Job Interview Skills, and Setting Goals. 

Practice Interview: The practice interview is a way to demonstrate that you are able to talk about your skills in the context of what you can do for an employer.  It is usually the hardest part of the job hunt!  Many people are unclear how to answer questions or why interviewers are asking certain questions.  During the practice interview, you will receive feedback on your specific concerns and �coaching� on how to answer questions.

Career Research:  You will be asked to collect job task information from at least five businesses who regularly hire or utilize the occupation you are interested in.  You will want to speak to anyone at the company who can guide you to answer some questions about a typical day, job tasks, qualifiers and general salary information. 

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.   All free with a library card from any public library.  Click here to learn more!

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