Local Small Businesses: How Did They Start?


Are you thinking about starting a small business but don't know where to begin? It might help to hear from some local people who know what it's like to start from the beginning and create a successful local business. Join us on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Downtown library as we host a panel discussion with local small business owners Scott Huckestein of Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Kevin Riley of New Chelsea Market, and Breanne Stuart of Home Watch Caregivers. They'll tell you their stories and give you the opportunity to ask the questions you've been wondering about starting your own small business.

Career Fair June 16th

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Looking for a job? Then you don't want to miss the Career Fair at Lawrence Technological University.

Wednesday, June 16th from 9 AM to 1:30 PM at the Ridler Field House.

Admission and parking are free. Last year's fair claims over 2,000 hires!

Register at the door or pre-register here.

Have a Stand Out Interview!


The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding a Stand Out Interviews workshop on Wednesday, May 19 from 10 am to 12 pm. Attend and learn the best ways to answer interview questions, develop your professional pitch, and present yourself as the best candidate for the job. Need more career advice? Attend a drop-in session on Tuesday, May 18 from 3 to 5 pm or May 25 from 10 am to 12 pm. Good luck in your job search!

Job Fair and Non-Profit Showcase


On Thursday, March 25 from 1 to 4 pm, Washtenaw Community College Employment Services and Student Resources and Women's Center will be hosting the 14th Annual Spring Job Fair in the Morris Lawrence Building. There will be approximately 50 companies and businesses to meet with job seekers to discuss employment opportunities within their organizations. There will also be around 20 local non-profit agencies on hand to discuss their services and resources. Remember to dress professionally, bring plenty of copies of your resume, and have an introduction speech ready. For more information call 734-677-5155 or email careers@wccnet.edu.

Resume-O-Rama 2010!


Washtenaw Community College Employment Services is sponsoring Resume-O-Rama 2010 on March 22. You can drop-in between 3 and 5pm in the Student Center 2nd floor Board Room, where local Human Resource Professionals will give you direct feedback and their opinions about your resume. You can get your resume in top condition for the upcoming spring Job Fair and Non-Profit Showcase on March 25. Let WCC know that you're planning to attend at 734-677-5155 or careers@wccnet.edu.

Filing Online for Unemployment

Need to file for unemployment? Have no idea where to start? This step by step video from the State of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency will tell you exactly how to file your claim. For more information on filing for unemployment or looking for a new job, visit AADL's Small Business & Job Search Toolkit.

New e-Program Helps Unemployed Michigan Workers Find New Careers


With Michigan's high unemployment rate, many are scrambling to find new career paths and a way to transfer skill sets from one industry to the next. Now, there is a solution! A free online program called LEARN. A collaboration of Michigan-based Maria Madeline Project, Inc., the UM Ross School of Business, AADL and 4 other library systems, and WJBK, Fox 2, Detroit; LEARN provides university-level e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with the goal of preparing more than 100,000 unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce in a new career. LEARN's initial online class, "Redefining You Through a Career in Health Care" is available now at www.50plusprime.com. LEARN career re-branding courses are free and will focus on the following industries: health care, government and non-profit, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. LEARN courses are developed by Lynn Perry Wooten, PH.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy, Management and Organizations at the UM Ross School of Business in collaboration with Maria Madeline Project, Inc.

Get a Job 101 for Teens


Looking for that first job? Get inspired by keynote speakers from Michigan Works and the AADL Human Resources Department. Then move around and pick up tips on completing applications, putting together a resume, and acing the interview. Learn about creating your own job/business from teens involved with Business Side of Youth. Work alternatives? Teens from Youth Empowerment Project will talk about volunteering opportunities and how it can improve your chances of employment. Co-sponsored by Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition.

Saturday, March 6 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room | Grades 9-12

Help for women in transition

A valuable local resource is The Center for the Continuing Education for Women. Not just for University of Michigan students and staff, the Center provides classes, counseling and panel discussions on a range of topics including balancing work and other demands, re-entering the workforce, and resume and interviewing skills. Their lecture series features women who have overcome obstacles to become successful like activist, Ai-Jen Poo who drafted a bill of rights for domestic workers. On Friday, March 5, CEW will host their annual career conference which is open to the public. There is a registration fee. For more information, call 734-764-6005.

The Library has a great selection of books for women making career decisions or just starting out after college. One that's been published recently is The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. It's full of straightforward strategies for making it on your own and has a "snappy," upbeat tone. Note: CEW serves men as well.

Ace That Interview!


The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding a workshop series titled Acing the Interview to help you land that job. Master techniques to present yourself as the right candidate for the job. Learn how to respond to what employers are really asking you these days. In this workshop, you'll learn how to set up your answers using the STAR Framework, answer tough questions, effectively research a company before an interview, and on the last day of the class, there will be panel of employers to provide tips and advice for interviews!

Schedule: 3-Part Workshop:
Monday, March 1, 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday, March 2, 12 pm – 3 pm
Wednesday, March 3, 10 am – 1 pm

Please plan to attend ALL 3 Sessions of this workshop. Registration required.

To register: jplaggemeyer@aacil.org or 734-971-0277, ext. 21.

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