College Offers Resume, Interview Workshops

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CRANFORD – Employers traditionally use the post-Labor Day time frame as an opportunity to hire new staff after the summer vacations are over. In light of a 9.8 percent state unemployment rate, companies are still promising a hiring increase this fall. To prepare for these challenges, Union County College is offering two, single-session seminars in resume writing and employment interview techniques during September and October at its Cranford campus.

These sessions are recommended for those who are seeking a career change or promotion within an existing field, as well as recent graduates and the unemployed. The classes are presented in an interactive, participatory manner with ample opportunity to address individual concerns.

“Make Your Resume Work for You” will cover the rationale behind effective resume writing, getting into the dos and don’ts of the entire process. Various resume styles will be discussed as students review in-class sample resumes while having an assortment of other samples as take-home reference guides. Participants will gain insight into preparing electronic resumes to be scanned into corporate databases, and also learn how to prepare a convincing cover letter to accompany the resume. This course will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24.

“Developing Confidence for the Job Interview” will provide attendees with solid information on how to prepare for an employment interview, thus gaining confidence in their ability to “ace” the interview and land a position. Participants will be presented with various types of trick questions that are often asked at interviews, questions that the applicant also should ask, negotiating for the salary, multiple interviews, internal interviews, body language, and closing the interview to their advantage. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and refine their responses to such questions through role playing in responding to potential interview questions. This course will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1.

For registration and further information, call the college’s Office of Continuing Education at 1-908- 709-7600.

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