Criminal History? How to Search for Work

This presentation provides some basic tips and resources provided by NCWorks Career Center – Guilford County, on how to search for work if you are a resident of Guilford County, and have a criminal history.

Be sure to join our team of representatives at the Expungement Clinic, on July 5, 2017, from 2:30-4:30. The Expungement Clinic will be held at:
2301 W Meadowview Road, Greensboro, NC 27407
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Published on June 20, 2017. (Video Credits: Music by:Yshwa_-_13_-_where_the_sunshine_goes_instrumental Created by: Joan Tucker, CWDP)

Job Fair vs Career Fair vs Resource Fair – What’s the Difference?

Since I have attended Job Fairs, Career Fairs and Resource Fairs for over 15 years, think I’ll take a shot at this question. Here’s my short answer, not much! Here’s another short answer, you are what makes each event different! If you are one who believes that sometimes your open door happens by being in the right place at the right time, you’ll want to frequent each of them whenever you can.

My long answer to what is the real difference between a Job Fair, a Career Fair or a Resource Fair? Consider these opportunities that are usually featured: Non-degree opportunities, degree opportunities, educational opportunities, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Not always featured at each event? Resources. Resources are normally only featured at Resource Fairs and are for people of all ages. There may be a clothing give-a-way, health screening, empowerment workshops, baby sitting services, etc. Event planners are getting creative when planning these events. There are probably more activities that I haven’t mentioned.

Back to my short answer – it’s you! Take time to prepare yourself for your door of opportunity. It is my belief that this “door” we always speak about happens because we’ve visualized it to happen; and coupled with hopes, dreams and admiration, this open door is sure to be revealed! The point is, whichever event you attend, be prepared. Go there to show that you are the best and dress to impress! However, don’t be disappointed if things don’t go your way at the next event you attend. Before gaining employment, community resources could be the very thing that you need to remove your barriers to employment. Notice the definition of the word, opportunity – “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” A set of circumstances that make it possible to do something. Wow! A combination of things could be happening right now! You may be at the beginning of this set of circumstances, in the middle or right at the end where things begin to happen! Don’t give up. Persistence doesn’t have a set number. You just keep pushing until it happens – it usually does! If you need resources to remove barriers to employment and to realize your door of opportunity, those resources could also be major difference!

NCWorks Career Centers in Guilford County, serve thousands of customers per month. Many of them were referred to Job, Career or Resource Fairs, and have been found by recruiters. If you would like to attend our upcoming Community Resource Fair, in the Guilford County Area, it will be located at the National Guard Armory in Greensboro, NC, on April 26, 2017, from 3-8 pm. Follow this link for more information about this event:

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NCWorks Career Centers in Guilford County, provides the unemployed, under-employed, and displaced homemakers with a variety of no-cost resources including workshops, career development, career fairs, hiring events, and more! Motivational workshops are available to encourage individuals seeking employment to remove barriers to employment!


How to Get Rid of Classroom Crickets!

Sometimes when facilitating workshops, after the icebreaker was over, I’ve heard crickets! I started my presentation. It appeared that every one was engaged because they were quiet. Then, I did the unthinkable – I asked the class a question! Suddenly, I found out the number one rule when faced with a quiet classroom. DON’T ASK THEM ANY QUESTIONS! Any experienced meeting facilitator or public speaker knows that! But you are bold, so you ask – with excitement in your voice, “how is everyone doing today?” You hear a slight, “fine,” mingled with some other murmuring.  Knowing that is your responsibility to excite the crowd, you say something like, “that wasn’t good enough! Are we alive this morning? How is everyone doing!!!” Now, you hear a thunder of responses, but afterwards, crickets! Your whole presentation could potentially go downhill after that if you don’t have some good stuff planned. No facilitator likes a class room that is so quiet that you can hear the crickets outside. Below are my tips for “reviving” your classroom.

  • Be sure to provide name tags for everyone so that you can call participants by name.
  • Have an awesome get up and move icebreaker
  • Know your audience – start off talking about a trending event that is interesting
  • Incorporate the participants’ personalities into your presentation. If you see “rebellion (people who are determined not to participate),” don’t push buttons! Allow the participant’s body language to guide you. When ready, he or she will participate voluntarily.
  • Be knowledgeable about a specific topic (do your research) to provide uncommon insight`1
  • Create a skit (see below)
    • If a participant seems quiet and reserved, wait until others are engaged before you engage him/her
    • Don’t ask for help, give assignments, (“Jim, I want you to represent an employer today.”)
  • Have options, like starting off with a funny, but short video
  • Have fun! Be creative! Using cookie-cutter rules to facilitating can grow stale fast.

The point is, you have to get your classroom engaged in a variety of ways.  If you are going to ask a question, ask a particular person, one who looks enthusiastic. If you can’t find such a person, skip the question or answer it yourself!

More facilitating tips and tricks are coming soon!

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Attention Job Seekers: Participants Wanted for Free Workshops!

We have all of the tools you need to find gainful employment in Guilford County! Team members at the NCWorks Career Center can help you build your skills and become more marketable to employers. Free workshops are available at no cost to you if you are laid off from employment, working part-time and not able to make ends meet, or you are displaced homemaker because your spouse lost employment. Continue reading “Attention Job Seekers: Participants Wanted for Free Workshops!”

Networking is NOT Just for Job Seekers

When motivating job seekers, I’m an advocate of advising you to, “get it together, prepare for the worst, get back up, and try again.” Yet, even a golf ball hangs low after being hit so many times! Many social media sites have users who share motivation and encouragement; yet, “Motivation Monday” may not be enough to get you up moving again. Only YOU know your limits. When it’s time to re-charge, re-vamp, or renew, do it! Get on the computer, find a support group near you, and get out of the house! Continue reading “Networking is NOT Just for Job Seekers”