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WELCOME TO. ValleyWorks Career Center Re-Employment Services Review. ValleyWorks – Lawrence ValleyWorks - Haverhill 439 South Union St. Bldg #2 192 Merrimack Street Lawrence, MA 01843 Haverhill, MA 01830

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WELCOME TO

ValleyWorks Career Center

Re-Employment Services Review

ValleyWorks – Lawrence ValleyWorks - Haverhill

439 South Union St. Bldg #2 192 Merrimack Street

Lawrence, MA 01843 Haverhill, MA 01830

(978) 722-7000

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Why am I here today?

  • You recently attended a Career Center Seminar (CCS) and are an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimant.
  • The US Department of Labor (USDOL) and the MA Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has mandated Career Centers to provide follow-up services to UI Claimants

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Why am I here today?

  • This RES Review will:
  • Help you conduct an effective job search
  • Agenda:
    • Individual Needs Assessment (INA)
    • Hot Jobs / Job Quest
    • Work Search logs
    • The role of Employment Specialists in assisting you
    • Services and workshops available to you
    • Obtaining Labor Market Information (LMI)
    • And more!

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Acronyms

  • You will hear some of these terms discussed:
  • UI = Unemployment Insurance
  • DUA = Department of Unemployment Assistance
  • DCS = Department of Career Services
  • CC = Career Center
  • CCS = Career Center Seminar
  • VWCC = ValleyWorks Career Center
  • RES = Re-employment Services
  • ES / JS = Employment / Job Specialist
  • INA = Individual Needs Assessment
  • NEG = National Emergency Grant

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Individual Needs Assessment

During the CCS, you were provided a form called an Individual Needs Assessment (INA)

This form was designed to assist you in determining what services or assistance you may need and help you make decisions about your job search.

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Individual Needs Assessment

  • Did everyone complete their INA?
  • Community Resources
    • Please advise us if you need any contact information after this meeting
    • Note: we cannot determine your eligibility for these services
  • Specialized Services – Veterans, Youth (18-21), TRADE, NEG
    • We have staff available to assist you with these services
    • Eligibility requirements apply for most specialized services

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Individual Needs Assessment

  • Did everyone complete their INA?
  • Job Search
    • Workshops are an important component of your job search!
    • A workshop calendar was included in your CCS folder
  • Workshop topics:
    • Resume Writing (critical to your job search!!)
    • Computer based (self-paced or facilitator led)
    • Job Enhancement (Interviewing, Salary Negotiations)
    • Special Events (Social Media, Networking)
    • Note: To sign up for a workshop check the appropriate item and we will schedule it at the end of this meeting

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Individual Needs Assessment

  • Did everyone complete their INA?
  • Upgrading Skills
    • If you lack marketable skills / certifications, attend “Overview to Training” to see if you are eligible for training
    • Please note: training must be needed to make you marketable
    • After attending “Overview to Training”, if you feel this is the right choice for you, your first step will be to meet with an Employment Specialist
    • If you believe you are TRADE or NEG Eligible, let us know after this meeting.

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Individual Needs Assessment

  • Did everyone complete their INA?
  • Upgrading Skills (Section 30)
    • You must obtain approval from DUA to attend full-time training
    • Signed by you and the training vendor / college / university and faxed or mailed to Boston
    • Waives your work search requirements (if approved)
    • Part-time training (less than 20 class hours or 12 semester credits) – Section 30 not required (work search not waived) – but please inform UI if you are enrolled
    • DOES NOT pay for training
    • Section 30 form will be discussed in detail during Overview to Training
    • More information: www.mass.gov/dua “Section 30” on left menu

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Work Search Logs

  • Work Search Logs are required by DUA
  • While collecting UI benefits, you are required
  • to:
    • Be Able and Available to work
    • Be Actively searching
    • Conduct a minimum of three job search activities per week
  • Work Search Logs can be audited by DUA

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Work Search Logs

  • What constitutes Work Search Activity?
  • Contact with employers (i.e. sending a resume, online application, in
  • person or phone contact)
  • Using online job postings
  • Reviewing professional journals / want ads / newspaper listings
  • Contacting Staffing / Placement Agencies
  • Employment counseling (this Review is a Work Search Activity!)
  • Networking
  • Meeting with an Employment Specialist in our Resource Room
  • Workshop participation
  • Union workers: contacting your Union Hall / Business Agent (IF this is
  • the only method of work search allowed for your occupation)

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Work Search Logs

  • Auditing
  • You may be contacted at any time by DUA to present your Work
  • Search Activity Logs
  • Work Search Activity may be verified
  • Failure to meet work search requirements could result in an
  • “ineligible” determination and/or loss of benefits
  • Must report gross wages earned during the week that you
  • worked
  • UI Claim Questions:www.mass.gov/dua or 877-626-6800

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HOT JOBS List

and

Job Quest

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HOT JOBS List & Job Quest

Every Career Center has connections with employers in their local area.

These employers post job openings on our

Job Quest website

We provide weekly updates of the Hot Jobs available in the Greater Merrimack Valley area

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HOT JOBS List & Job Quest

The HOT JOBS List is available online at: www.valleyworks.cc

1. Click on the “JOB SEARCH” link on the top menu bar:

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HOT JOBS List& Job Quest

2. Click on “download job list” to open the HOT JOBS list

Job Search Links

Hot Jobs List - created on 07/05/11download job list

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HOT JOBS List & Job Quest

Visit Valley Works at www.ValleyWorks.cc

or Mass JobQuest at www.detma.org

Job Listings for Greater Lawrence as of: 07-05-11

JOB_TITLE MINIMUM_PAY JOB LOCATION FULL-PART TIME EDUCATION MONTHS JOB #

EXPERIENCE

2D SHIFT WELDER/MECHANIC / Tyngsboro Full-Time Not Available 1069896

3RD SHIFT MACHINE OPERATOR $10/Hour Chelmsford Full-Time Not Available 1079036

ACCESS CLINICIAN / Methuen Full-Time Master Degree 36 1073200

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE CLERK $15/Hour Billerica Part-Time Not Available 1064644

ACTIVITIES AIDE / Tewksbury Full-Time Not Available 997384

ADJUNCT FACULTY POSITIONS, MCC $40/Hour Bedford Part-Time Not Available 1064558

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT $25,000/Year Haverhill Part-Time Not Available 1080624

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISOR / Methuen Part-Time Not Available 1073193

ADMINISTRATIVE/CLERICAL WORKER $10/Hour Lowell Part-Time Not Available 1073231

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HOT JOBS List & Job Quest

  • There are two ways to use Job Quest for job search
  • Register on the site
    • Benefits: Post Resumes, individual match
  • Use the “Find Jobs” tool for single job lookup

Job Quest: https://web.detma.org/JobQuest/Default.aspx

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Recruitments

and

Job Fairs

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Recruitments and Job Fairs

VWCC hosts 5-6 Job Fairs and 10-15 individual employer recruitments per year.

VWCC events are posted on our job seeker board in the Resource Room and are located on our website:

www.valleyworks.cc

Statewide events are located on Job Quest

https://web.detma.org/JobQuest/Default.aspx

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Recruitments and Job Fairs

  • How to prepare for a Job Fair / Recruitment
  • Dress for Success!!
    • First Impressions = Lasting Impressions
  • Find out what employers will be attending
  • Research employers before attending
  • Talk to every employer if possible
  • Practice your “60 Second Commercial”
  • Attend our “How to Work a Job Fair” and/or
  • “The WOW Factor” workshops for more info!

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Employment Specialists

  • We have Employment Specialists (ES) onsite who can assist you with your job search in some of the following functions:
  • Resume Feedback
  • Job Matching / Job Development
  • Find gaps in your work search
  • Help identify barriers to your job search
  • Recommend job enhancement workshops

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Employment Specialists

  • To meet with an Employment Specialist:
  • Show your membership card at the front desk
  • Swipe your card at the Resource Room desk
  • Sign in the red book in the Resource Room
  • Wait for the next available ES
  • Note: Please have a resume or resume shell when you meet with an ES (job matching cannot be done without a resume)

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Labor Market Information(LMI)

  • Labor Market Information is a critical component of your job search!
  • It helps answer some important questions:
  • Are there jobs available in my field?
  • What are the current hiring trends?
  • What are the anticipated pay rates for my job?
  • Is my field in growth or decline?
  • Do I need training before I get my next job?

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Labor Market Information(LMI)

  • There are numerous sources for LMI
  • Websites:
  • Mass Career Information System: http://masscis.intocareers.org/
  • O*Net: www.onetonline.org/
  • America’s Career Information Network: www.acinet.org/occ_intro.asp
  • US Bureau of Labor & Statistics: www.bls.gov/
  • My Skills My Future:www.myskillsmyfuture.org/
  • My Next Move:www.mynextmove.org

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Labor Market Information(LMI)

  • There are numerous sources for LMI

Other sources:

  • Newspapers
  • Job Ads
  • Trade Magazines / Publications
  • Informational Interviews
  • Career Exploration workshops
  • Networking

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Non-Mass residents must use a

Mass Zip Code (i.e. Lawrence 01843)

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I Found A Job!

We provided an “I Found A Job!” form in your CCS Folder

You can also find the form on our website:

http://www.valleyworks.cc/jobsearchlinks.htm

(Same location as the Hot Jobs List)

This form is important to you and us…..

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I Found A Job!

  • You can:
    • E-mail it to an Employment Specialist
    • Call to give the information
    • Mail it to our Career Center
    • Hand carry it to us
    • Fax it to us

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I Found A Job!

Where does the information go?

The information you provide is entered in your personal record in our system (closed system)

Only position title, wage, and benefit information is shared with USDOL

(No personal data is shared)

Employment Specialists will not call your employer.

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I Found A Job!

Why is this information important?

The information you provide is used for Labor Market Information updates

Your information affects other job seekers

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I Found A Job!

As an incentive, when you send your

“I Found A Job” form to us

We will enter you in our monthly

$50 gift card drawing!!

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Summary

Today we discussed many topics that will help you in your job search.

Please visit us any time – we are here for YOU

Remember: if you wanted community service info or to sign up for a workshop, please stay in the room

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