dd’s DISCOUNTS 3-Day Hiring Event!

High Point, NC – May 30, 2017. The NCWorks Career Center will host a 3-day Hiring Event at 607 Idol Street. 50 Retail Sales Associates and a loss prevention (keyholder) associate are needed at dd’s DISCOUNTS Store.

Recruiting efforts will begin from 9 am – 3:30 pm, May 30th thru June 1st. Come dressed to impress and bring your resume!

dd’s DISCOUNTS Stores, are apart of the Ross Stores Family. For more information, visit their “About” Page at: https://www.ddsdiscounts.com/about-us/

NCWorks Online (Job Seeker) Registration is required before attending all events at NCWorks Career Centers. To register, go to: www.ncworks.gov

For more information about the dd’s DISCOUNTS 3-Day Hiring Event, contact Christina Blanton-Twitty, at 336-882-4141, Ext. 8562

Manufacturing and Logistics Jobs are Still in Demand in Guilford County

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High Point, NC – On Wednesday, June 14th, from 2:30 – 6:30 pm, the NCWorks Career Center in High Point, proves that manufacturing and logistics jobs are still in demand by hosting a Mega Hiring Event at 607 Idol Street.

Organizers of the event are working with registered participants to get them prepared for an interview.

“We know that there are jobs out there; we’ve talked with employers who have them. What we want to do is to provide employers with qualified candidates – the cream of the crop. We will be working with all of our partners who have qualified candidates in their pipeline, so that these available positions can be filled,” says Joseph Alston, Operations Manager of the Career Center in High Point.

NCWorks Online (Job Seeker) Registration is required before attending all events at NCWorks Career Centers. To register, go to: www.ncworks.gov

For more information about the Mega Hiring Event or Pre-Employment Screening, contact Alicia Hinesley, at 336-882-4141, Ext. 8556.

How to Mentally Prepare for an Interview When THIS Happens!

(The links on this page have been updated)

Below you will see three dilemmas that commonly occur BEFORE interviews that make people so nervous that they sometimes don’t even try! Next, you will see the negative thought or thoughts associated with the dilemma. Finally, we will show you how to prepare mentally when the dilemma happens, so that you can ace your next interview!

Before we begin, here’s what you need to do to apply for employment:

  • Get a professional to help you develop a resume and cover letter. If possible, attend other employment preparation classes to help you.

Free classes here:

  1. Go to: https://www.ncworks.gov/
  2. To the left click the “Career information” link
  3. To the left, hover over “Appointment Center”
  4. Click, “Events Calendar”
  • Complete a sample job application. Once you are ready to apply for a real job, simply transfer your answers or customize them to fit the position.

Sample Employment application

  • Develop a “Thank You” letter template, so all you have to do is customize it to the position for which you are applying. It’s always right to say, “Thank You.”

thank you letter template

Now you are all set! Keep reading…

Delimma 1: The employer does not provide much time for applicants to apply

Negative Thought: My deadline is today at 11 pm. I’m going to look lazy for applying at the last minute!

Mental Prep:

  1. Stay calm. You are applying for a job that you are qualified for. They need YOU.
  2. Use your job preparation templates.
  3. If there is an option to email it, take advantage of it.
    • Use an email program that has a “return receipt” feature so that you will know if the message was received.
  4. If called for an interview, always take a hard copy of your completed application packet with you, so that you can refer to it whenever necessary.

Delimma 2: You need to make a certain amount of money, but the employer has NOT disclosed how much the position pays.

Negative Thought: I’m going to have to turn down the position because it doesn’t pay enough. I’m going to lose everything!

Mental Prep: 

(This answer will vary for each person)

  1. Before applying for any job, you should do labor market research so that you will know the average pay of a comparable position in your local area.
  2. Once you know how much the job typically pays, talk to a Consumer Credit Counselor or Money Manager as soon as possible. You need to know if you do take the position, if you can stay at your current cost of living, or if you will have to downgrade to small house, apartment, get a roommate, etc.
    • (Follow this link: http://thedebtdoc.com/)
  3. Get in touch with your support system for help if necessary.
    • (Friends, family, church, support group, etc.)
  4. Know your options. If you have no support system because you are new to the area and haven’t gotten to know many people, develop a support system before you need it.
    • Contact the community resources hotline to find support:
    • (United Way 211: http://www.211.org)
  5. If you have been searching for work for quite awhile, you may have run out of options.  In some cases, we’ve provided information on community shelters and housing programs. We’ve also provided assistance to customers who have been sleeping in their cars, on couches, porches, etc. These situations are normally temporary. If you must enter a shelter, it is only temporary. Most shelter rules require work search. It won’t be long and you will be back on your feet!

Delimma 3: The employer has requested you to record an interview video

Negative Thought: Ugggh! I hate to talk in front of people! I will look like a fool in front of a camera!

Mental Prep:

  1. Before getting in front of the video camera, practice in front of the mirror.
  2. Also, practice with your family or friends.You could also attend a free mock interview session if you have time. Mock interviewers normally take a video of each interview so participants can be critiqued and remove any mistakes that were made, and also to show them how they look on camera.
  3. If you don’t have time to attend a mock interview, create your own! Get your camera phone, gather common interview questions, get in the mirror, and then ask yourself questions (answer them too) based on what you’ve learned about the position. This should make you laugh, so have fun!
  4. Be sure to get enough sleep before you record your interview video. You don’t want to appear tired and uninterested. The camera is not your enemy. It is your friend! It will tell you the truth!
  5. Finally, if you didn’t have time to prepare, do the best you can and don’t worry about it. You can’t hide who you are, just be the best at being yourself! Think positive. Either you will get this position or another one!

(Go here for sample interview questions/answers: )

Remember to keep in mind that unemployment is temporary.  The more you believe it is temporary, the more it will be temporary. We will always have problems in life. No one can prepare you for life’s problems if you are not willing to face them.

We are here to help! If you have a dilemma that you need help with, reply to this blog to let us know! You may also visit our online partnership network to find community resources in Guilford County, NC

  1. http://bit.do/NCWorksGC-Partners-Network
  2. http://www.facebook.com/NCWorksGuilford

NCWorks Career Center – Guilford County, NC

Science & Engineering Careers

Article posted by the US Department of Labor:

Doctors and medical professionals aren’t the only people with the ability to make a difference in health care. While not directly involved in providing patient care, the work of scientists and engineers makes a tremendous difference in our health and well-being. Take, for example:

  • Artificial body parts, like dental implants or joint replacements, and the materials used in their construction.
  • Diagnostic imaging machines and the software needed to run them.
  • Information on the causes of and risks for diseases, like cancer or Alzheimer’s.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs and medications.
  • Medical tests used to detect diseases or genetic abnormalities.

What’s the primary difference between these two groups? Scientists and engineers frequently work together, but scientists typically conduct research to discover new areas of knowledge while engineers use that research to solve problems.

Here are some of the science and engineering occupations impacting health care. All pay median wages above the median wage for all occupations ($36,200) and are projected to have job openings through 2024. All of these jobs need at least a bachelor’s degree for entry…

For more details about how science and engineering impacts the medical field, follow the link below:

Science & Engineering Link

NCWorks Career Centers in Guilford County offer information on training opportunities in  the areas of science and engineering in Guilford County, NC. Visit us in one of two locations to get started. See our “What We Do” link, for location and contact information.

 

IGNORANCE HAS NO NAME

“Stop trying to figure me out! You don’t need to know my name or know my origin. Shortly, you’ll find me. I’ll be there again and again. I have no name, but I’m always around, whether you like it or not. I can’t be stopped. I am meant to be. I can do what I want. The ancients tell me who I’m going to meet. I’ll meet them today, but will they stay? Will time tell? He studies the past because he is certain that history will repeat. Just as well, I’ll wait and see. I don’t really care if you’ve been this way before – once again, you’ll meet me. If you knew me, you would know my next step; but you don’t. So, just be there when I get there. Otherwise, no judgment is necessary. Resisting me? I’ll just try again another day. If you were me, you would know more about me. You would see. But you don’t and you won’t. You will know soon. Until then, nothing is what you need to say. Who am I? Where am I from? What is my age? You can’t tell. It doesn’t matter. Undetected, I’m sure to succeed, I do it well. Will they remember? Some will, some won’t. Time will tell. It’s just the same, because I’ll just use your name, and history shall prevail!”

Unfortunately, some people act as though they have things all figured out, ignoring the signs of failure. The “Ignorance,” in the poem above, is boasting about striking over and over again, going undetected. It doesn’t need a name really, because its purpose is to use yours. Even if noticed, ignorance just waits for another person to strike or another opportunity to strike the same person again, until its label is attached. (Ever seen an ignorant person?) What has already been done will be done again, just in a different form. Thus, the signs pointing to the right direction are ignored.

Ignorance meets all of us, but it’s up to us how long it stays around. We don’t know that we are ignorant about something until we know what we are being ignorant about! That’s weird, but experience is sometimes our only teacher. As long as we are alive, there are things we just don’t know, and that’s OK. We don’t need to know everything. However, our desire to know something in particular seems to be automatic and we gravitate towards it – whatever it is. The right way will always show up, and it usually shows up early. It comes as prosperity, unless we ignore it.

We sometimes inadvertently find the wrong knowledge – because of our family, friends, etc., or because of reasoning. Ignorance can attach itself to anyone, at any time. No matter. We must keep seeking until we find wisdom and knowledge that gives us peace and takes us from the pathways of failure to the pathways of success.

Remember this, ignorance is not the same as the lack of knowledge. Ignorance is revealed when we don’t take heed to the right way, whether it’s in the form of correction, instructions, wisdom, or knowledge previously provided.

Don’t ignore this: The programs and services at NCWorks Career Center – Guilford County, have helped thousands of career seekers get on the right path. Yet, some still resist the help, thinking that they have to do it on their own. They don’t. We are here to help! You are smart. I know you’ll contact us today!

Greensboro – 336-297-9444, High Point – 336-882-4141

#Ignorancehasnoname #NCWorksGuilford #careers #counseling

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What to Wear to An Interview

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This picture has been used over and over again on the Internet. I like it because it is basic. There are so many examples of what NOT TO WEAR, so I decided to use this.  Some people who are searching for work don’t have money to buy new clothes.  Use community resources to assist you.  For assistance, check out our Partner List by visiting the link below:

http://bit.do/NCWorks-GC-Partners

NCWorks Career Center- Guilford County

“Why Should We Hire You?”

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If you don’t know the answer to the interview question, “why should we hire you?” you need to read this…

Hiring managers ask this question to find a good fit for the position. It’s a given that the employer wants the best person for the job. What’s not clear is, how would they know if you are a good fit or not? What can you say or do, besides showing confidence, to convince the interviewer (who has already spoken to about five people before you) that you ARE the best fit for this position? After seeing posts about this one question online (around 50) over the years, I’ve decided to try to provide a clear explanation – so here you go!

Below are the top five answers to how “they” all say you should respond to the question:

 

Continue reading ““Why Should We Hire You?””

How to Research a Company Before Applying

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Before applying for an employment position, do your research!

How to Research a Company Before Applying

Step 1.

Make a list of what you want to know. For example, you may want to know the following:

  • Company Values
  • Financial Status
  • Culture
  • Locations
  • Reviews/Complaints

Continue reading “How to Research a Company Before Applying”

Resource Fair (For Individuals with a Criminal History)!

Seats are still available for the Former Offender Symposium and Resource Fair. The symposium is provided only for individuals with a criminal history!

NCWorks Career Center-Guilford County

Resource Fair (For individuals with a criminal history)

In North Carolina, there is help for individuals who have a criminal history! If you have a criminal history, take advantage of this Resource Fair (For Individuals With a Criminal History), that will be held on November 5, 2015, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Re-entry resources, including workshops will be available so that you can get information on:

  • How to find housing
  • How to prepare for a job
  • How to deal with your criminal record in an interview
  • Who is eligible to get their record expunged
  • What to do to start your own business

To register for this free event:

  • Go to: http://www.triadjoblink.com/wiaapp
  • Complete the registration form
  • Click to see your next steps
  • Click, “Resource Fair (For Individuals With a Criminal History)”
  • Choose the session, then click, “submit.”
  • Be sure to print the page for confirmation

(A box lunch will provided)

Date: 11/5/2015

Time: 8:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Destiny…

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Interview Anxiety. Know the Truth and “RIPP” It Out of Your Next Interview!

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Panel interviews can cause interview anxiety. No matter who’s asking the questions, be ready to give an answer!

Interview anxiety is tough! We’ve checked out a lot of tips online that claim to help with interview anxiety. Some of them are really good, while some of them only appear to provide a solution. We recently read a post that said interview pressure is intentional from some employers. Nevertheless, you should know the truth about interview anxiety. Before your interview, “RIPP” it out! This post will show you how to Research, Improve, show Passion, and stay Positive.

Below, we have provided some true statements and tips that have proven to help job seekers with interview anxiety. But first, here are a few errors we found in other interviewing tips that were a bit incomplete.

Interview Tip Error 1: Conduct company research. 

Truth: Know what to RESEARCH! Don’t mention company downfalls like lay-offs, loss of profit and turnovers! To know if you are a good fit for the company, and the company is a good fit for you, research things like: company culture, training practices, vision, mission and goals, company growth, organizational charts, social media presence, etc.

Interview Tip Error 2: Show forth a strong appearance. Give firm handshakes!

Truth: You cannot change who you are in a couple of weeks. If you don’t like shaking hands now, you won’t at the interview. Likewise, handshakes that are too firm could also be a turnoff. Embrace who you are while taking steps to IMPROVE. If you don’t like shaking hands, start practicing now! You won’t be the best hand shaker, but at least you won’t cringe or give that fish handshake! Take steps to improve on other employer pet peeves that could cost you the position, like: Showing up late, being too aggressive, staring, talking too much, and not being prepared for the interview, etc.

Interview Tip Error 3: Think positively. Believe in yourself!

Truth: You can definitely shake a surge of anxiety with positive thinking. Thinking positively has always had positive results and can increase your chance of being hired! However, even if you are positive, you can’t shake not being passionate about the position for which you are applying. You may believe that you can do something, but do you have the PASSION to do it? If not, it shows! Here is a true story:

Three candidates were being considered for the same position. Each met educational requirements and experience. However, when trying to find out how creative the applicant was, only one of them was left standing! The other two candidates appeared uncomfortable. While they had the experience, they did not do a good job showing forth their passion for creativity, which was a huge part of the position.

Passion is what employers are looking for in candidates. An employer doesn’t want to hire someone who comes to work just to get a pay check! If this is your motive, it will soon show up. Applicants that appear too needy have trouble showing how they will solve problems for the company.

Career passion will rise above interview anxiety. No matter how nervous you are, you’ll shake it as soon you start talking about how you can solve the company’s problems. Your passion for solving problems in a specific way will show! The anxiety that may have appeared in the beginning of the interview will disappear; what will remain is a presentation of passion for the type of work you do.

Interview Tip Error 4: Boast about your leadership skills or other accomplishments

Truth: If in the last job you worked you were not challenged, you may not have developed any leadership skills. You may feel like you have nothing to boast about. You may have had to take the job you really didn’t want in order to make ends meet. It happens, but you still must stay POSITIVE.

Next, you will find two attributes from low-skilled positions that stand out just as much as in high-skilled positions: Personality and honesty.   Below are interview answers to questions from a typical low-skilled position that shows personality and honesty.

“Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with another employee.”

I worked with several employees who were not happy to be there, which became a conflict daily. I kept a positive attitude, realizing that although this was a low-skilled, low-paying position, I could be unemployed. I helped others whenever I could, and tried my best to encourage others whenever they were feeling down.

“Have you ever dealt with an irate customer? If so, what happened?”

I had a customer to yell at me because of defective merchandise. After putting myself in her shoes, I realized that I would be pretty upset too. I don’t live close by, and no store is going to reimburse for travel expenses. I told her that I would be pretty upset if this happened to me. By doing this, I was able to pause, and ignore that fact that she yelled at me. I kept my composure and proceeded to assist her. This took the spotlight off of me. I had to keep in mind that I did not make the merchandise, so I wasn’t offended that it was defective.

“Tell me about a time when you had to work on a team. What was your role?”

Teamwork can be really fun! Once my employer had everyone break into teams for team-building exercises. In one of them, the team I was on had to stand on a board and balance it. I didn’t think that we could do it in under 2 minutes, others did. My role was to provide my strategy for getting it done, listen to the other strategies, and follow instructions for the one that sounded the most strategic. We not only completed the task in under 2 minutes, we broke a record for completing the task the quickest! I don’t like leading a team as much as I like helping the team succeed. I’m really good at following.

The answers to the questions above were positive, not deep, and didn’t sound like cliche’s. They were honest answers that revealed the candidate’s personality.

Here are some tips that will also help you annihilate interview anxiety: (1) Know typical interview questions and come prepared to answer them. (2) Bring a portfolio or binder with examples of your work and accomplishments. (3) When you showcase your skills, include your knowledge of the latest technology. (4) Fear zaps your confidence. Remember to improve upon any skills you may lack. Seek a career counselor to get additional help.

In summary, in order to take the anxiety out of your next interview, RIPP it out! You must Research, Improve, show Passion, and stay Positive!

-Joan Tucker, CDWP

For more on interviewing skills, attend our free Pathways to Employment Workshop, provided by the NCWorks Career Centers in Guilford County. See our “About” Page for location information. Or, Greensboro, NC residents call: 336-297-9444; High Point residents, call: 336-882-4141.