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Free Job Training for Adults

Free Job Training? Yes! There's a company in the Bronx with branches in Florida that gives computer job training free of charge to individuals who are 18 to 55 years of age. This is my third day of training. Today, I learned how to partition and format the hard drive and how to install windows 98. This is so much fun. People say nothing is free well, people can be wrong sometimes. To take the A+ exams , I would have to shell out $316. With this organization I get the text book free, free job interview training, computer tool kit, a voucher for A+ exams, paid internship, along with job placement.


All I have to do is be on time, adhere to rules and regulations study and prepare to pass the exams so I can get certified. This company has been in operation since 1995 and I accidentally stumbled onto it while looking for a job on Craigslist.

Job Readiness

Job Readiness in crucial times when the job market is effected by the economy is one of the many answers for landing a career. As a displaced homemaker I know first hand how difficult it is to land that first job even though I have the credentials. In January, I graduated with a BS degree in Computer Information Systems. Although the jobs are out there the outlook for me was discouraging.

I went to job fairs, career seminars, did internships, volunteer work and still getting hired was tough. Lacking experience in the field is a major hindrance to landing a job.
Recently, I discovered a non profit organization that prepares serious participants from the age of 18 to 67 years old for employment in the Computer Industry. I signed up and started the course on June 9th.

The first day of class was Orientation. On the second day however, the hands on training began. We all were given a computer took kit and was asked to dissemble a computer and reassemble it. At the end of training s…

Job Interview unsuccessful? New Job Search

An unsuccessful job interview can be a disheartening experience and an unpleasant memory. The demoralizing effect is even stronger when you have to deal with several such situations, or with repeated failure to be short-listed for an interview. Still, since you do need a job, you clearly can’t afford to stay discouraged forever. It's easy to give up job hunting; but that should push you to keep trying. I've been on Job interviews, where the interviewer says at the end that they have other candidates to be interviewed and that they'll call when they make their decision. Well, do I sit and wait for that call? No, I keep looking. I tell myself there is a better job out there for me. Sometimes, companies never call and if one is too sit and wait; without spreading his or her wings and fly then consider being unemployed forever. You cannot depend on that one interview. This is what I do after the interview is unsuccessful. Instead of feeling discouraged, I keep my j…

Job Hunting-Employment Search Early

Employment happens easily for job seekers who have experience in their career of choice. Some job advertisements even specify that experience is required, or at least that it can be an asset. Could this mean that fresh graduates have no chance to find employment? Of course not, that would be absurd. You can only gain experience by actually working somewhere, so there must be some job opportunities open for you. When I entered the job market, I took an entry level position to gain some experience. The pay was not what I expected but this entry level position prepared me for a better paying position at a different company. I say this because sometimes people will not take employment where the pay is not up to par. That's why I had to learn the hard way; that part time school and work makes a good combination instead of full time school and no work.
In fact, there are good chances that you might find employment even before you graduate. Many companies are willing to hire studen…

Job Search-find hidden jobs,hot jobs, make a career change

Employment Search means exploring all possible places that are likely to contain information about job offers. Newspaper ads and job fairs are for most people, the primary option. The choice is understandable if we take into account the quantity of information available through these channels. Still, more is not always better. While these sources are not to be neglected, your search should not be restricted to them. Some companies will only advertise job openings internally, which means you’ll have to contact them directly if you are interested in working there.
First, make a list of companies that you are interested in, based on your preferences and the likelihood that they might need someone with your qualifications and experience. There are two possible ways to get in touch with them: by phone and by e-mail. Many people hesitate to use either of them, because they find the phone approach too direct and the e-mail too impersonal. At a closer look, however, these hesitati…

Job Interviews: Past and Future

Job Interview - At the beginning of our career, most of us probably dreamed about the perfect job interview in which we would make such a positive impression on the interviewer that they wouldn’t want to wait another day before hiring us. As we grew up, however, it became more and more obvious that not every interview is a perfect one. Ask anyone how many jobs they have had and how many interviews they have been to: chances are the latter will outnumber the former.

To prevent any feelings of misery and depression that might arise from this simple observation, let’s agree, from the start, that an unsuccessful job interview should not be seen as a tragedy, but rather as an example of a mistake we should avoid in the future. Such phrases as “the chance of a lifetime” and “unique opportunity” may sound nice, but few things in life are unique. There will always be new opportunities and new chances for us to improve our interview skills.

Thus, instead of letting regret overcome …

Job search online, newspapers, company websites, local ads

Finding a job is not an easy task at all. Finding a job is a job in itself. On the one hand, it can take a while to find a job that matches your qualifications and expectations. Also, there is no guarantee that your resumé and cover letter will get you selected for an interview, or that the job interview will have the result you desire. Obviously, the more job openings you can find, the higher the chances that you’ll be hired soon. Let’s have a look at how you can look for job opportunities.

The passive approach is, of course, not the way. You need to be proactive. You can’t wait until a job advertisement reaches you. You need to search for it yourself, using all the sources available. These include the local newspapers, employment websites and job fairs. Don’t hesitate to let friends and acquaintances know that you’re looking for a job; they might find something and let you know. Employment support groups can also be very helpful in your job search.

Newspapers and emp…

Job Interview: Importance of Research

Job interviewers expect potential candidates to be prepared with information regarding the company and the position; job seekers are applying for. However, that does not mean that you should know every thing but some at least what the company does and the responsibilities involved in the particular context of the company where you want to work. These responsibilities and the extent to which you are likely to handle them well will probably be among the main focus points of the job interview;consequently, you should try to do as much research on the company as you can.
You can go over the information you can find on the company’s website or in their advertising material, but you can also call the company’s PR department to see if there are any useful resources they would recommend. That might not only speed up your search, but also filter the available information, so that you can focus on the most relevant parts; if you don’t have so much time left before the interview, you’ll wan…

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