Making the Most Your Next Visit to a Workforce1 Career Center
by John Kirkland, Center Director at the Bronx Workforce1 Career Center
So you have already registered (probably through our new, super easy on-line registration system that you accessed via our website) and now you are ready to really make the most of the Workforce1 system!
You have seen an announcement for a recruitment event at one of the Workforce1 Career Centers for the perfect job. How do you make the most of that opportunity? There will likely be many other applicants there, competing for the same job openings. Your time is valuable and you don’t want to waste it.
The Bronx Workforce1 Career Center recently screened candidates for a variety of retail positions. Like other Workforce1 recruitment events – for positions in any industry – our staff members were trying to select the best candidates to refer to employers for job interviews.
Our experience illustrated that individuals who were referred to employers shared six key traits. All jobseekers should exhibit these traits to ensure a successful visit to a Workforce1 Career Center and a referral to an employer:
- They arrived early to relax (and cool down in this hot weather!). When you have a job, being late is one of the surest ways to lose it, so get in the habit early….of being early!
- They knew the job(s) they were interested in. We are often screening for multiple jobs, so know which one, or ones, you are interested in and ignore the ones that don’t fit you.
- They were professionally dressed. For men…dress slacks and a button up shirt are a minimum…top candidates come in a suit and tie, no matter what the weather! For women, a nice dress, suit or dress pants and a discreet top are always right.
- They had a current resume with up to date contact details…phone number(s) and email address. After we make a referral, employers will usually reach out to candidates directly to schedule an in person interview. Make sure they know how to find you!
- They could express clearly why they were a good candidate for the job they were interested in based on their experience, education/training and their enthusiasm. Don’t forget that last one! Employers are naturally attracted to applicants who are upbeat and express a sincere interest and some excitement in doing the job they are being interviewed for!
- They asked questions which showed they were interested and had done their homework about the employer. You would be surprised how many people show up at interviews not knowing anything about the company they are going to interview with! Basic, right?
Follow these six tips on your next visit to a Workforce1 Career Center and the Workforce1 System will really start working for you.
John Kirkland is the Center Director of the Bronx Workforce1 Career Center. If you have a question or comment for John, drop him a note below. And, don’t forget to share this advice with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or your favorite social media site.