College Offers Resume, Interview Workshops

ELIZABETH – Traditionally, a New Year marks the beginning of a hiring surge that takes place among employers seeking the best-of-the-best to join their ranks.  With 2010 expected to see an ease in the slackened economy, it is important to be prepared for opportunities for promotion, lateral moves, and re-entry into the employment marketplace.

Union County College will respond to this need by presenting two, non-credit workshops during November that are designed to enhance one’s competitive edge in the employment marketplace. Participants may take one or both of these courses, depending upon need and interest.


Both courses will be conducted at the college’s new Elizabeth Campus located at 40 West Jersey Street, one block away from the Midtown business district.

The resume and interview workshops are designed for people who wish to upgrade their status in a chosen field, people who recently experienced a layoff, those who believe they may face a job loss, or those who want to change direction and start an entirely new career path. Recent graduates will also benefit from the workshops.

The seminars are practically oriented and provide participants with significant opportunity to address their own personal concerns. Considerable dialogue is encouraged to enable participants to learn from their peers as well as from the instructor.

Make Your Résumé Work for You will enable participants to discover the rationale behind effective résumé and cover letter writing.  The class will review the mechanics of writing a résumé and cover letter that are clear, concise, and highlight one’s individuality.

Participants will learn to balance marketability with accuracy and will become familiar with the dos and don’ts of good editing practices, layout, professional printing strategies, and electronic résumés. Please note that this course is designed for people with general as well as technical backgrounds. This workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 at the Elizabeth Campus.

Developing Confidence for the Job Interview will enable participants to develop the ability to “sell” themselves effectively on an employment interview. They will learn techniques to prepare for the job interview, thus helping to ease the stress of the experience and allowing for optimal performance.

Participants will learn to conduct preliminary research, the importance of networking, handling “trick” questions, types of questions the interviewee needs to ask, negotiating for the salary, and how to close the interview to one’s advantage. Role playing will be included as time permits.

This workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 at the Elizabeth Campus.

For more information or to register, call the college’s Department of Economic Development and Continuing Education at 1-908-709-7600 or 1-908-965-6024.

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