Classes offer help with job search
Times are tough, and more than ever people looking for employment need as much help as they can get. The Dakota Workforce Center has recognized that and is trying to reach out to people where they live.
The center will sponsor four classes at the Robert Trail Library to help residents get one up on the competition. The classes focus on topics important for anyone looking for work, said Jill Pittelkow, program director for the Dakota County Workforce Center.
"We're trying to reach out to people and get them use to our resources," Pittelkow said.
In July, Dakota County reported a 6.7 percent unemployment rate. Pittelkow said those affected by job loss can benefit from the classes.
The sessions will start Sept. 15 with Resume Rescue. The session will focus on creating an effective resume. Pittelkow said residents can learn how to use a resume to show a potential employer their value. Topics covered will include formatting, styles, common mistakes and more.
The second session will be held Sept. 30 and will focus on the value of a good cover letter. Cover letters are an important piece of the job search puzzle. Topics will include the differences between a mailed and an e-mailed letter or note and what information needs to be included to get the employer's attention.
The third session, scheduled to take place Nov. 3, will cover interviewing skills. Through this class students will learn how to be more confident along with strategies to make them stand out from the crowd. Topics covered will include types of interviews, common interview questions and major blunders to avoid.
The final class will focus on online job searching. Pittelkow said most jobs ads these days are online, and learning how to effectively use the technology is important. During the last session students will learn the strategies they need to complete an electronic job search. Topics covered will include online employment sites, electronic resumes, labor market and career information, social networking and more.
"The online job searching seems to be the greatest need for people who have worked at one job for a long time," said Pittelkow.
The four classes are open to anyone 16 years old or older. All of the classes will be held in the library's computer lab.
Residents can attend one or all four sessions. The classes are free. Each class lasts 90 minutes and begins at 2 p.m.
Librarian Evan Kelley said in the past the sessions have been well attended, so registration is required. Registration for each class opens two weeks before the date of the class. For more information or to register call 651-480-1200.