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!

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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.

Bridges to Success

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The Ann Arbor Public School Adult Education is offering a free class to assist in job searching and career development called Bridges to Success. In the class, you will create a resume, explore goals and career possibilities, plan for your future success, get comfortable with computers, and learn how to apply online for jobs, college, and financial aid. You'll also hear from guest speakers who will share with you how they got their GEDs and used them to change their lives. Classes begin Tuesday, March 2nd and will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm at Stone School. You can register at Stone School in room 406 on Thursdays between 6 and 8 pm. If you have questions, call 997-1250 or 216-0365.

Unspoken Rules of Work

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living continues their career development workshop series with Unspoken Rules of Work. Land the job & survive the first 90 days! A lot goes on in the workplace. Workplace culture and dynamics are tricky to navigate, and the “unspoken rules of work” can make or break you. In this workshop, learn what it takes to get ahead and stay ahead, so that you can be your most successful self! This is a 2-Part workshop on Monday, Februrary 8 & Wednesday, Februrary 10 at 10 am to 12 pm each day. To register, email Julia Plaggemeyer at jplaggemeyer@aacil.org or call 734-971-0277, ext. 21.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding a two-part Resume and Cover Letter Career Development Workshop on Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13 from 10am to 12pm each day. In these workshops, you'll learn how to effectively tell an employer you can do the job, understand what employers look for, and make your resume look professional and polished. To register, contact julia@aacil.org or call (734) 971-0277 ext. 21.

Job Hunters: New Techniques for a New Year

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How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Other Social Networks by Brad and Debra Schepp is just the ticket to help you learn about the ins and outs of the modern job hunt. The secret: it's all about networking. All the information that used to be so difficult to find like contact names at companies, what skills a particular company is looking for and what their company culture is like is all in front of you. Learn to make this valuable resource work for you with this book and check out this blog: 10 Uncommon Job Hunt Tactics That Work which is filled with great job hunting ideas.

Keep Michigan Working

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Are you job searching? Try using the website Keep Michigan Working. You can check out the high demand occupations in our area, get information on unemployment insurance benefits, and access the Michigan Talent Bank and more! Also, be sure to check out the AADL's current materials that will help you get the most out of your search. Good luck!

U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring

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The U.S. Census Bureau is opening a new office in the area and will soon begin operations for conducting the 2010 Census. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your job skills, further your career and improve your community! They're offering paid training and flexible hours. For more information on how to apply, call toll free at 1-866-861-2010 or visit their website here.

Looking for a Job?

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When you are looking for a job, the Michigan Talent Bank is the place to be. As a job seeker, you can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. You can also search for internships or look into local employment fairs. Good luck on finding a great career!

Job Fair at St. Francis of Assisi

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This Thursday, October 22, St. Francis of Assisi in Ann Arbor will be holding a job fair from 4 to 8 pm. The fair is open to all job seekers and will include retraining and educational opportunities, resume review, job search tips, and hiring employers from around our region. For more information, contact Scott Wright at the St. Francis Social Ministry office (734-821-2121). St. Francis is located at 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

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