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PA CareerLink® Newsletter
January 2015
Welcome to the January 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.
Many seasonal jobs created in 2014 will be ending in January, but after the holiday confetti settles, some companies (bolstered by final quarter earnings) may be seeking to expend their workforce. Other businesses, which may have slowed operations down for the holidays, may be actively recruiting for the new year. In any case, it's generally a good idea to continue looking for work in January, as hiring often increases through February and March (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
Don't forget that PA CareerLink® offers a wide variety of workshops for jobseekers, 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. We wish you and your family a Happy New Year!  
Regional Career Fairs
Job Fair Philadelphia
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
10AM to 2PM
Click here for more information.

Hospitality Career Fair
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Harrahs Philadephia Casino
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Chester, PA 19013
1PM to 3PM

See more information here.
A Different Kind of Interview 
No doubt you've been on a job interview in the past where you found yourself fielding questions without a problem. What you might have noticed is that open-ended questions, such as "What can you bring to our organization?" or "What are your weaknesses?" are much easier to handle than something like "Has a client ever asked for something you couldn't provide, and, if so, how did you deal with the request?"
The last question above is an example of what is called abehavioral interview question, which are becoming increasingly popular with today's hiring managers and HR reps (read about behavioral interviews on The former, open-ended questions, are examples of traditional interview questions. Though traditional interviews are still quite common, the growth of alternate styles of interviewing has created additional challenges to jobseekers.
Aside from behavioral interviews, you might also encounter group interviews, "attitude" interviews (such as the infamous Southwest Airlines "brown shorts test"...really, seethis) or even the "Microsoft interview" (see some example questions in this Wikipedia article.)
Prepare yourself for any kind of interview by attending one of our Interviewing Workshops. View times and dates on our events calendar. For a schedule of events at our Medialocation, click here. See our Chester City calendar here.       
Come Visit Us!
 PA CareerLink® at Chester City
Open Mon. through Fri. 8AM - 4PM
701 Crosby Street, Suite B
Chester, PA 19013

 PA CareerLink® at Media
Workforce Entry Center at Delaware County Community College
Open Mon. through Fri. 8:30AM - 4:30PM
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063
Youth Services
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, including plumbing and electrical.
Click here for details on eligibility and contact information.
MCFS Job Readiness Program
Become a Customer Service Representative, a Home Care Aide, or earn your GED.
Multicultural Community Family Services is looking for motivated older youth (ages 18 to 21) to enroll in their job readiness program. 

 We provide weekly SEPTA transpasses and cash incentives to successful candidates!

For more information call: 484-461-8660
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 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 or bachelor degree programs.
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.


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Veterans Information
Warriors for Wireless is training and hiring Tower Technicians. Click on the following links to learn more:

TAOnline is a great resource for Veterans who are recently returning to the civilian workforce.

For a list of Vet-friendly employers,
Click here.

Or just go straight to their homepage to see featured employers
and current
 job postings.

Returning Vets may also find the new MOS Translator on
 useful. Click here to try it out.
HeroesPath is a supervisory skills training program sponsored byPathwaysPA.

HeroesPath is an excellent opportunity for Vets to leverage their Military Occupational Skills and learn how to market these skills in the civilian workforce. See more informationhere
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Senior Services
Pathways PA is offering employment training for eligible seniors through its
Second Act program.
Find more informationhere.
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 Kathy Raymond at610-543-5022 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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