Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vocation Station Promo

Vocation Station is a ½ hour Career Information and Exploration program created to inform, educate and empower Prince George’s County residents about employment and career related happenings in our county and throughout the metropolitan region. The show will air monthly on Prince George's County's local cable channel 70 (Verizon Fios 41) and 76 (Verizon Fios 42) and will feature a variety of new and exciting topics, so stay tuned and stay connected. To learn more about who we are visit our website at www.pgworkforce.org


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Show Times:
Channel 70 (Verizon Fios 41)
Monday 11:00 am & 6:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am & 6:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am
Thursday 9:30 pm
Friday 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Channel 76 (Verizon Fios 42)
Tuesday 7:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am

Friday, April 9, 2010

Today’s Tops Tips

TIP 1: Visit Your Local One Stop
If you would like to get additional information on what you learned today visit us at 1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 100, in Largo, Maryland. Or visit our virtual One Stop at www.mwejobs.com.

TIP 2: Take Advantage of Available Services and Resources
As you learned today there is a wealth or resources available to jobseekers through the One Stop Career Center system and through programs like POAC. For more information Check out their websites at…
www.pgworkforce.org
POAC@DLLR.State.MD.US

TIP 3: Labor Market Trends
Know what Employers are looking for.
Know what skills and credentials are important to your industry.
Know what industry’s are hot and which one’s are not in your region.

TIP 4: Social Networking
Networking has always been the best way to find and land a job…Social Networking has taken job acquisition to a new level. So do you research and get linked-in.

And Tip 5: Skill Up
Experience may not be enough in today’s competitive marketplace. Check out which credentials are most sought after and connect with your local One Stop to see how you can acquire that competitive edge.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Social Media Job Search

Web 2.0/social media sites offer unique opportunities to enhance your job search by placing your credentials on the World Wide Web. Some employers use these tools to identify potential candidates. Take the time to create a professional profile on these sites.

The vendors were recommended by the public and the descriptions were provided by the tool vendors. The services are not formally endorsed by, and do not reflect the opinions of the Workforce Services Division of Prince George’s County, the U.S. Department of Labor or any of its grantees or contractors.

JobHunt.org Twitter
In keeping with the purpose of Job-Hunt.org, the JobHuntOrg Twitter stream is focused on helping job seekers find the latest information and best resources for their job search, with a perfect 100 “Twitter Grade” score from Twitter.Grader.com. Read More

Jobs-Assistant
Jobs Assistant is a comprehensive job search engine and job board that allows job seekers to search through millions of job listings and allows employers to post jobs and recruit qualified candidates to fill their employment needs. Jobs Assistant is a one of kind web mashup that incorporates Google Maps to see the location of employer, LinkedIn to see which of your contacts/friends works at the job location to help you network for a job, and Payscale to see current salary analysis by location and job category. Read More

LinkedIn Jobs Group
LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals. Read More

Susan P. Joyce’s LinkedIn Group
As a resume professional since 1989, Susan Ireland has worked with thousands of job seekers from a wide range of professions and levels of employment. She is the author of four job search books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume (now in its 5th edition) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Cover Letter. Read More

TweetMyJobs.com
TweetMyJOBS is the largest Twitter Job Board in the WORLD, connecting job seekers and employers INSTANTLY via text messaging or Twitter feeds. Tweeting 20,000 to 40,000 job tweets a day from thousands of companies, the service has the ability to get jobs in the hands of job seekers faster than any other medium. Job seekers can also tweet their resume directly to recruiters and hiring managers. Read More

For additional strategies, visit Career One StopJob Seeker Tools.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Career Planning Tools

Career Planning Tools help those who are changing careers, upgrading skills or entering the workforce. You will find resume writing and career exploration tools, career guides and more. The vendors were recommended by the public and the descriptions were provided by the tool vendors. The services are not formally endorsed by, and do not reflect the opinions of the Workforce Services Division of Prince George’s County, the U.S. Department of Labor or any of its grantees or contractors.

CareerOneStop Resume Tutorial
This online guide will help you build a resume employers will want to see. Go step by step or skip to the section that interests you.

CareerScribe
Careerscribe is a free, ongoing virtual career management system for candidates. Our solution offers individuals the ability to upload any and all document, providing evidence of their professional life. Read More

GadBall.com
GadBall is a unique career portal for Job Seekers and One Stop Centers developed and supported by Data Frenzy, its clients, and job board partners. GadBall is entirely free for Job Seekers and One Stop Centers. Read More

JibberJobber.com
JibberJobber.com was designed to replace the simple job search spreadsheet and provide powerful web and database functionality to the job seeker. After a job is found, continue to use JibberJobber to organize your career information, including networking efforts, elevator pitches, etc. Read More

Susan Ireland's Resume Site
Susan Ireland's Resume Site has been offering free help and advice to job seekers of all occupations and levels of employment since 2001. Large, key sections are also available in Spanish. Read More

The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide is one of the oldest directories of career and employment resources available online. Provided for free to all users, it guides users through all aspects of a job search -- not just where the jobs are listed online but also where to look for employers, how to avoid scams, and what other options exist for you when your current job or career field is on the decline. Read More

For additional strategies, visit Career One StopJob Seeker Tools.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Career Exploration Tools

These Web sites focus on career exploration including but not limited to occupational exploration, occupational assessment tests, career coaching, industry exploration and counseling services. The vendors were recommended by the public and the descriptions were provided by the tool vendors. The services are not formally endorsed by, and do not reflect the opinions of the Workforce Services Division of Prince George’s County, the U.S. Department of Labor or any of its grantees or contractors.

Career Coach
Career Coach is a free online career development tool that helps adults explore career options, define career goals, identify education and training resources, and make a step-by-step plan to reach their goals. Read More

CareerOneStop
CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success, featuring the broadest and deepest collection of information about careers on the Web. We have information and tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Read More

FastWeb
The leading scholarship search provider for students. As a scholarship matching service, FastWeb matches users to scholarships based on their qualifications. The site also provides information and guidance as students find their college or first job from current news on financial aid, scholarships, college, jobs and internships, and student life. Read More

JobTitled
JobTitled is focused on helping everyone make better career decisions through the use of analytics. It's a place to learn more about your career path and what else is out there. We believe career analytics is a powerful tool that opens up new ways of thinking about your career and the working world. Read More

Monster Career Advice
A wealth of information from thought leaders and industry experts on Job Hunting Strategies, Resumes & Letters, Interviewing, Salary and Benefits, In the Workplace, Career Development and Advice Forum. Read More

For additional strategies, visit Career One StopJob Seeker Tools

Monday, January 25, 2010

What's In A Name

You may ask why Vocation Station...

Definition - Vocation
Pronunciation [voh-key-shuhn]
–noun 1. a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling.
2. a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career.

The name Vocation Station underscores the mission of the County's Workforce Services Division...to Bring Employers and Jobseekers together.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Vocation Station Team



From left to right: Tina Sinclair - Tanya Anderson - Hasan Majied