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Foundations of Jobseeker Preparation() A good job exists for everyone, regardless of background or experience. Finding a job that pays well and offers opportunities for advancement in a competitive labor market, however, relies on a combination of factors: a well-written resume, strong interviewing skills, an understanding of how to find open positions, and a large network to provide referrals. Most of all, it requires belief in one's own value. Without workforce development programs, too many find themselves stuck in positions they don't like, earning too little for true self-sufficiency, or getting shut out of the labor market altogether. In this course, you will learn about the Employment Readiness Continuum, taking an Asset-Based Approach to jobseeker coaching, and the fundamental resources and skills every jobseeker needs to land a job that will put them on the path to financial and personal success. 150.00 07/04/2023 10/05/2023 5
Foundations of Employer Engagement() Getting an employer's attention is hard. In an age when companies have no shortage of ways to fill open positions -- job boards, social media, staffing agencies, government-funded career centers, educational institutions, for-profit trade schools, nonprofit workforce development programs, even their own websites, and more -- competition for the eyes and ears of hiring managers can be overwhelming. Nonprofit job developers, in particular, face numerous roadblocks to employer engagement. All too often, we're working with limited marketing budgets, outdated technology, and little to no formal sales training. These challenges are compounded by the divide between nonprofit and for-profit cultures, with employers cautious about hiring from community-based organizations. In this course, you will learn about the Dual Customer Approach, Developing an Effective Prospecting Plan to find employers likely to hire, and the fundamental of Connecting With Employers and Making a Pitch that Lands. 150.00 02/05/2023 10/05/2023 5
Foundations of Using a Trauma Lens in Workforce Development() Using a "trauma lens" means understanding that trauma continues to impact our brains and bodies long after the actual events or circumstances have passed. Trauma affects workforce development program participants and staff alike. Left unaddressed, it can lead to negative behaviors, exhaustion, and ultimately undermine our ability to create successful pathways to employment. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1) Define trauma, vicarious trauma, and resilience 2) Apply a trauma lens to unique challenges and opportunities in workforce development programs 3) Utilize promising practices in trauma-informed programming for participants and staff 4) Create an action plan for self-care Nearly half of all children in the U.S. have experienced trauma, including abuse, neglect, separation from loved ones, poverty, and community violence (Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health). There is incredible potential for staff in workforce development programs to create healing spaces and relationships -- but easier said than done when working on accountability, responsibility, and limit-setting with program participants. 150.00 02/05/2023 09/05/2023 5