College Offers Workshops For Job Seekers

CRANFORD – While summer vacations are soon upon us, don’t mistake a casual pace for a slackened time frame. Rather, take advantage of this window of employment opportunity when the competition may be enjoying sun and fun while you land the job of your choice.

To prepare for this challenge, Union County College will offer two, non-credit workshops in Resume Writing and Job Interview Techniques during June at its Cranford Campus.


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. Participants may select to take one or both courses, depending upon interest and need.

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, electronic résumés, using appropriate key words, and more. Please note that this course is designed for people with general as well as technical backgrounds. The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 7.

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, June 14.

For more information or to register, call the College’s Department of Economic Development and Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600.

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