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Larry Robbin Training Topics

Larry trains on more than 300 topics. This list features some of the most requested workshops. Click here for the list of training topics. If you do not see what you need, please contact Larry to see if he trains on that subject. Larry trains onsite, by telephone or by webinar.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT CAREER MISTAKES TO AVOID IN 2016?

 
Both you and your job seekers are putting your future in the labor market at-risk if you fall prey to any of these mistakes.  Use this as a checklist for you and the people you serve to make sure you can make as much progress in the labor market as possible. Click here to see the list.

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 WORK WITH BUSINESSES?

GET THE FREE BUSINESS SERVICES
 RESOURCE LIST!
 
If you want to be more successful with employers, send for my Business Services Resource List.  You will get links to free reports, read employer feedback information about their perspectives on workforce programs, find information on employer engagement and much much more.  This list can help you get much better outcomes with employers.  This offer is limited to the first fifty people that go to the contact section of my website, fill out the information and put Business Services Resource List in the message space.  This newsletter goes to over 7000 people so send me your information now!

WHAT RESOURCE CAN HELP PEOPLE WITH CANCER
DEAL WITH EMPLOYMENT ISSUES?
 
This idea packed one hour webinar will give you and survivors of cancer a lot of ideas about people's rights and strategies to help them get and stay employed.  Cancer is such a powerful barrier to employment that every workforce development professional should have this information.  Click here to access the webinar.

DO YOU KNOW THE 25 REASONS 
WHY YOUR JOB SEEKER DID NOT GET AN INTERVIEW?
 
Nothing is more frustrating for you and your job seekers than to see people apply for jobs that seemed like an ideal match and not get an interview.  We rack our brains trying to understand what happened.  This comprehensive list can help you and the people you work with get a better understanding of why their resume did not lead to an interview.  Click here for the article.

WHAT DO EMPLOYERS THINK ABOUT TATTOOS?
 
Tattoos are becoming more fashionable all the time.  Even high level white collar professionals have them.  But, this does not mean that every employer likes seeing them.  This unique comprehensive report will give you an in-depth look into the reactions of various types of employers to tattoos.  This is a very revealing article! Click here for the article.

MANAGEMENT CORNER
HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT MBWA?
 
In the flurry of information about new strategies and technology that will make you a better manager, some of the tried and true old best practices have been lost.  This interesting article will tell you about a powerful classic, but simple way to improve your effectiveness as a manager.  Click here for the article.

DO YOUR JOB SEEKERS UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF STORY TELLING?
 
Job seekers need to understand both the story of the employer and their own story.  Interviews are actually story telling opportunities.  The employer will want to see how well the candidate knows the story of their organization and how they tell their own story.  We often give job seekers all types of tips about how to interview, but we rarely talk about putting that together into a compelling hiring offer driven story that matches the needs in the employer's story.  Check out this article so you can learn how to make your job seekers story savvy.  Click here.

WHAT TYPES OF JOBS ARE GROWING AND SHRINKING?
 
In order to help job seekers be the most successful with career planning, you need to know what the long term trends are in the labor market.  The information in this resource talks about changes in the labor market up to 2024!  It also includes links to 9 valuable labor market information resources.  To access the information click here.

ON THE CUTTING EDGE - BEST PRACTICES FROM MY CLIENTS
 
Opportunity Junction is a long standing client of mine.  Not only do they use my management consulting and staff training services, but they also bring me periodically to do a motivational and job search skill building workshop for people who are having trouble finding jobs and the long term unemployed.  They also invite their partners to send people.  I feel that shows their really commitment to helping job seekers in general and not just their own clients. 
 
Opportunity Junction is led by Executive Director Alissa Friedman.  She combines a high level of dedication to serving people with barriers to employment with another even more unique trait in our field.  Alissa has the entrepreneurial ready-to-experiment, risk taking and change things mind set that I do not always find in workforce organizations.  I am very impressed with the way they are constantly evaluating every aspect of their work.  They do not operate from the perspective if it is not broke do not fix it.  They operate from the perspective that it is always broke and there is always a better way to do it!  This perpetual program improvement mode has led them to very high placement and retention rates.  It has also led them to do many innovative things such as having their job seekers do internships with their staff in the agency where they get real on the job experience coupled with coaching that helps them become more employable.  They also run a for profit staffing service.  Opportunity Junction is also one of the few workforce organizations that pays attention to the tremendous resource of their program alumni.  Most workforce organizations have little contact with their alumni except to do follow up.  But, as you will read in this article, alumni can do all kinds of things to improve your organization.  Click here to find out more about the innovative alumni work being done at Opportunity Junction.

WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES FOR SERVING OUT OF SCHOOL YOUTH?
 
If you are looking for ideas about what works to serve out-of-school youth in a workforce development program, make sure you take a look at this report.  It contains many important facts about this population and links to programs that are serving them successfully.  To access the report click here.

WHAT HAS LARRY BEEN UP TO LATELY?

In my role as the city of Oakland WIOA technical assistance consultant, I provide a wide range of consulting and training services to their local workforce providers. The Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board, John Bailey is also using my consulting and coaching services to help build the capacity of his staff.  I am doing a series of highly individualized sessions with the staff to build their skills, help them with the challenges they face and give them insights into the state-of-the-art WIOA practices in the workforce development field. 
 
In addition to these sessions, I recently presented my most popular business services training, Are You Talking Like Businesses Think?  How to get the Private Sector to Use Your Workforce Development Services? for the grantees of the WIB.  The attendees represented a wide variety of service providers including agencies that served youth, older workers, dislocated workers, immigrants and refugees and other populations.  This training is based on the ten most common reasons employers give for not working with workforce development organizations.  I have gathered that information over the years from talking with many business people.  By the end of the session, people have an entirely new understanding about how to sell their services to business people.  For a description of the training click here.
 
The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families  funds 175 organizations that provide over 300 programs offering a wide variety of services to children, youth and families.  They have a very robust capacity building program for their grantees.  Executive Director Maria Su believes in doing whatever they can to improve the performance of their contractors.  DCYF has a rare type of relationship to the organizations they fund.  DCYF is one of the few funding organizations that has their grantees evaluate how well they are serving them and they post the results publicly!  This is pretty unheard of in government and other funding circles, but it represents the type of philosophy that makes this organization unique.  In addition, DCYF brings together all the people that are providing technical assistance and coaching to their grantees on a periodic basis in order to share best practices and improve their capacity building efforts.  This systemic approach to capacity building that involves the trainers, consultants and coaches is not something I have experienced very often in my career.  DCYF is a special type of organization in many ways!    
 
For DCYF I presented my training, How to Get Performance Plus From Your Staff!  New Ways to Recruit, Hire, Onboard, Engage and Retain Your Employees! for DCYF grantees.  This workshop is packed with state-of-the-art ideas about what organizations can do to get the top talent, keep them working at the highest levels and improve their job retention.  This training is for all types of organizations not just workforce development programs.  It is interesting to me, that while workforce development organizations are all about hiring, their own hiring practices are typically very out of date!  If you would like to find out how your organization can use state-of-the-art strategies to recruit, hire, onboard, engage and retain the top talent, contact me at larryrobbin@aol.com.  There is nothing more important to your organization's performance than the quality and engagement of your staff!
 
Oakland Unite creates a safe Oakland by dramatically reducing violence among youth and adults. This is a comprehensive and multifaceted effort weaving together social services, nonprofits, police, employment, schools, criminal justice, faith-based agencies and community members at the neighborhood level.  It addresses the complex and multiple risk factors associated with violence: poverty, unemployment, discrimination, substance abuse, educational failure, fragmented families and domestic abuse.  I worked on the employment component of the initiative providing management consultation, staff training and input into developing the RFP for employment services and the Business Liaison position.
 
The Unity Council is a 50 year old multi-program organization that provides a wide range of services for people in poverty in Oakland California.  I have been working with them for many years providing training and consulting services.  One of my specialties is helping organizations recruit and hire the top talent.  The Unity Council had an opening for a Director of Workforce Development.  I worked closely on the hiring process with Erin Patch, Executive Vice-President, and Marsha Murrington, Senior Program Officer of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. I provided input on the job description, contributed to the recruitment effort, developed interview questions and participated in the interviews and in making the hiring decision.  It took a long time to find the right person, but we hired Armando Hernandez.  Look for great things to come from the workforce program at the Unity Council!  



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