Workforce Centers to Offer Series of Job Readiness Workshops

For immediate release
Date: November 22, 2015
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070

In the weeks ahead, the workforce center across Southeastern and South Central Colorado will hold a series of training events for job seekers.  Job Readiness Workshops are designed to help job seekers – particularly those who are new to the job market -- with the basic skills needed to conduct an effective job search, find sustained employment and effectively market themselves to employers. The workshops provide participants with essential job search techniques such as career planning, résumé development, interview preparation, job search and placement assistance and job retention services.
In addition, the workshops can sharpen the “people skills” that are needed to succeed in the workplace, says Workforce Center Director Betty Velasquez.  “Employers have some unspoken expectations about job candidates,” she says. “There are skills that can’t be easily measured in a test but are nonetheless very critical to being successful. Our curriculum addresses the traits called soft skills that help people work well together. They are crucial finding sustained employment at wages that will ensure financial security.”
Staff at Workforce Centers in La Junta (719-383-3191), Lamar (719-336-2256), Alamosa (719-589-5118), Monte Vista (719-852-5171), Trinidad (719-846-9221) and Walsenburg (719-738-2372) will be facilitating these free training events. They have a strong relationship with companies and recruiters in the area and know firsthand what employers are looking for.  These workforce development professionals are experts in preparing job seekers to enter the job market.

Here is the schedule of Job Readiness Workshops to be held across South Central Colorado:

Alamosa County
Trinidad State Junior College
1011 Main Street, Room 203
Alamosa, CO
Date: 2nd Friday of each month
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Conejos County
Department of Human Services
12989 County Road G-6, Conference Room
Conejos CO
Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Costilla County
Costilla County Clerk and Recorder's Office
400 Gaspar Street
San Luis, CO
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 1:00 pm.- 2:30 pm
Blanca/Ft. Garland
Blanca/Ft. Garland Community Center Library
17591 E Highway 160 Blanca, CO
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Job search and job readiness workshops will be held with staff providing assistance on applications, résumé preparation, interviewing, and skills needed for jobs in today's workforce.  Learn the ins and outs of an effective job search and ways to reach your job and career goals.
In show business, it’s a common practice to hire an agent, a professional who negotiates your next job (and takes 10% of your pay). For most of us, however, the person responsible for marketing our strengths and accomplishments to prospective employers is… ourselves.
A job seeker must learn to be his or her own professional advocate. Those who don’t have a plan in place to find job opportunities or the ability to effectively market themselves can see their employment goals stalled out, even in a thriving economy.  The Job Readiness Workshops now being offered across South Central Colorado will prepare individuals with the essential job search skills needed to succeed. They are highly recommended for anyone who is entering the job market.