Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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PA CareerLink® Newsletter
November 2014
Welcome to the October edition of the PA CareerLink® Connection. Once again, the staff at PA CareerLink® is happy to keep you informed of the wealth of events and services at our locations in Delaware County. We wish you the best in your job search, and we are happy to share news and resources to assist you as you strive to achieve your employment goals. We hope you find this information helpful while you continue, and ultimately succeed, in your job search.

PA CareerLink® offers a wide variety of services for jobseekers, such as: one-on-one resume assistance, interview coaching, and workshops, all at no cost to you. Call us or come visit to learn more. 

If you have any specific barriers to reemployment, please let us know. As always, we are here to help!
Securitas Is Hiring!
Interested candidates should apply on JobGateway® for Job Posting 7515450Security Officer.
Qualified candidates will be interviewed on November 13th at the Chester City PA CareerLink®.
For more information, see flyer here.
Don't miss out on this opportunity. Act now!  
Resume Tips 
When it comes to uploading or emailing a resume, jobseekers are often confused about which file format (PDF, Word document, plain text) to use. The fact that most online "career experts" often don't agree doesn't make matters any easier...

The important thing to keep in mind is that, regardless of personal preference, changes in workplace technology often make these kinds of decisions for us. For example, anyone who remembers having to save their resume as a plain text file (.txt, .rtf) had to do so because HR software applications were in their infancy and resume scanning was less sophisticated. But with the advent and adoption of theApplicant Tracking System (used by an estimated 70% of medium to large businesses) it has become unnecessary to use plain text (which is as boring as it sounds) for resumes.

So that leaves PDFs and Word documents. Although the PDF format has some nice qualities that make it a good choice for use as an online profile or as a master for hard copy, it is unfortunately these same features that make it a poor fit for an Applicant Tracking System. Since the ATS is an application designed to parse sections of text into a searchable database--an unprotected Word document (.doc, .docx) is generally your best choice.

Want to learn more about how workplace technologies are changing the resume rules and how you can stay ahead of the game? Call our Chester office to register for our biweeklyResume Writing workshop at 610-447-3350.

If you live closer to the Delaware County Community College, you may want to participate in our Media office's workshops, including Resume I-The Basics, and Resume II-Self-Marketing. Call 610-723-1223 to reserve a seat.

Don't forget that all of our workshops are offered at no cost to you. 
To see what else we have planned for November, access ourChester City calendar here. See what's scheduled for this month in Media here.
Seasonal Labor
Local employer is looking for several qualified workers with the ability to assemble mechanical apparatus in a warehouse setting. Some welding, drilling, and grinding will be needed. Heavy lifting required at certain times.

40+ hours per week with mandatory overtime if needed. First Shift. $12/hour.

For details and application instructions, see flyer here. 
Regional Career Fairs
 Job Fair Philadelphia
Thursday November 13, 2014
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
10AM to 2PM
More information here.
Job Training for Long-term Unemployed
On behalf of the Delaware County Office of Workforce
Development in conjunction with PA CareerLink® Delaware
County, we are reaching out to long term unemployed
individuals that have exhausted their Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. There may be opportunities for you for short-term skilled training or On the Job Training(OJT) with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing, healthcare and/or energy. To find out more about short-term skilled or OJT training opportunities, please contact Trish atmcfarlandp@co.delaware.pa.us or 610-447-0209. To view potential short-term skilled training opportunities click here.

Fill out the required fields on the webpage as follows:

Search for: Approved Services/Courses
Program Type: Adult Training
County: Delaware

Please note: this training opportunity is for short-term skilled training and does not include Associate's or Bachelor's degree programs.
Building Trades Training
Are you looking for employment in the Construction/Building industry but lacking necessary skills?
The Building Trades Training Program sponsored by theCommunity Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) is perfect for Delaware County residents between the ages of 17 and 21 who are looking to jump start a new career. Participants will gain recognized credentials in OSHA Construction, LEAD Safety, and Forklift Operation, and receive free training in all aspects of building maintenance and construction, incuding plumbing and electrical.
Click here for details on eligibility and contact information.   
We would love to hear about your job search success. Please respond to this e-mail to share with us helpful tips that you have learned through your job search.


The PA CareerLink® Delaware County Staff

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Useful Links

Senior Services
Pathways PA is offering employment training for eligible serniors through it's
Second Act program.
Find more informationhere.
Youth Services
Multicultural Community Family Services is looking for motivated older youth (ages 18 to 21) to enroll in their job readiness program.

Become a Customer Service Representative, aHome Care Aide, or earn your GED.

We provide Weekly Transpasses and cash incentives to successful candidates!

For more information call: 484-461-8660
Adult Education Classes  
Pathways PAprovides Adult Basic Education and GEDclasses are offered year-round at various sites throughout Delaware County
To learn more, please call Rebecca Kaufmann at 610-543-5022 x259.
Monarch Staffing
Have you ever considered working with a staffing agency? Temporary jobs can help you keep your skills updated, close a resume gap, and sometimes even lead to full-time work. Check out some of the available jobs here.

Depending on your wages and hours of work, you may be able to continue receiving Unemployment Compensation, so make sure you contact the UC Service Center and remember to always report any wages you receive.

Visit the Monarch Staffing websitehere.

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