THREE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR
THE STAFF OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITH PEOPLE IN POVERTY!
StepUp Silicon Valley
is a collaborative initiative led by Catholic Charities designed to help people get out of poverty. I will be doing three trainings for them in San Jose CA. These workshops are for the staff of any kind of program (not just workforce development) that work to help people in poverty improve their lives. Here are the training topics and dates:
Seating is limited to the first 45 people that register so
TELL YOUR JOB SEEKERS -
DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR PASSION!
One of the most common things workforce development professionals tell job seekers is "follow your passion." In this very insightful video talk by Mike Rowe of the Dirty Jobs television show, he shares his perspectives about why encouraging people to follow their passion is a bad idea. You may or may not agree with him, but I think you should listen to what he has to say.
HANDOUTS FROM THE WIOA NATIONAL CONVENINGS
In the spring of 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three national convenings. These convenings were designed to support WIOA implementation, build upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system. The very helpful handouts include information about WIOA, business engagement, financial and grants management, integrated services, one-stop operations, performance accountability and other topics.
"I CAN TAKE YOUR RESUME,
BUT WE TYPICALLY FIND THAT ONLY MEN WANT THIS JOB."
Imagine being a young woman majoring in mechanical engineering and hearing this from a recruiter at a manufacturing company who, to this point, has been your top choice for employment. When I heard this story from Luisa* my instinct was to classify the individual recruiter as sexist. Perhaps he is, but rushing to this assertion ignores the larger issues that will be considered in this article To be clear, this article is written with the assumption that the recruiter's statement is evidence of a larger system.
First, we must examine the society that has created a work environment that is populated primarily by men. Secondly, we must examine both Luisa's and the recruiter's particular place within that culture. Lastly, we should consider solutions. Instead of condemning the recruiter, we will work to find ways to interrupt the cycle that led to the hurtful statement that opens this article.
For more on this topic, check out this important and excellent article by Matthew P. Cowley, Assistant Career Center Director at the University of Florida. Thanks to Matt for letting me reprint his article.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR RESUME LOOK LIKE IN 2017?
Resume trends change quickly. It is hard to tell which extras will get your application noticed, and which will get you tossed out of the running. Some things never go out style, though: When it comes to packaging your work experience, crisp writing and brevity still reign supreme. Add a clean, modern design and some descriptive storytelling, and you're well on your way to landing at least an interview -- if not a whole new gig. While the job market is expected to keep
booming in 2017, competition will be stiff. As you shop the job market, make your resume stand out by using the tips in this article.
HOW DO YOU ENGAGE EMPLOYERS IN CAREER PATHWAYS WORK?
This resource guide presents working models of successful employer engagement and lessons for securing and sustaining partnerships with employers. It was written to help education and training providers fully realize the value of strategic, long-term, and intensive partnerships with employers. While directed to community colleges and their state-level partners in Accelerating Opportunity, it is relevant to all practitioners in workforce, career, and technical education, and adult education.
WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY OUTGROW THEIR JOBS?
A job that was once a good match can easily become a bad match if it starts to be boring and less interesting. When people outgrow their jobs, their first impulse is to think about quitting, but there are other things to consider. This article has some good ideas about what to do before quitting becomes the next option.
HOW CAN JOB SEARCH CANDIDATES BE EASIER TO
FIND ON LINKEDIN?
Some job seekers on LinkedIn never hear from employers. This could be because they are not using these four strategies to make them easier to find. To increase your chances of being contacted by an employer read this article.
WHAT ARE WORKPLACE ACCOMMODATIONS
FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISABILITIES?
Mental illness can present unique challenges to employment. Unlike physical disabilities that can be seen and recognized, employers may not realize that a person with a mental health condition is experiencing an issue and needs a workplace accommodation to remain employed and productive. Not every person experiencing mental illness will have difficulty at work, but some will. "Hidden" disabilities such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual and learning disabilities (e.g., attention deficit disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) can affect a person's ability to perform his or her job. In addition, unlike a physical disability that may be permanent, shifts in mental health can trigger and recede without warning. When someone experiences a cognitive challenge, it can be difficult to focus, process, think clearly, remember details, organize thoughts and tasks, and stop and start activities. This article has some great information about accommodations for people with mental health disabilities.
HOW CAN FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS AND STRENGTHS
OF WOMEN HELP TO END HOMELESSNESS?
To truly end homelessness for everyone, we must understand and fully respond to the many experiences, needs, challenges, goals, and ambitions of all women experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. In order to effectively deliver housing and services to women, we must also respect, embody, and value the diversity among women experiencing homelessness. We need to have a collective response to the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural identities, economic and educational backgrounds, family composition, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and other experiences that women possess.
For the article about women who are homeless and how to serve them better,
INFOGRAPHIC SHOWS WHAT THE GIG ECONOMY
This infographic shows many aspects of the gig economy and its trends.
HOW CAN YOU START A REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?
provides steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program. Whether you're a business or labor organization, an industry association or another kind of workforce intermediary, a community college or the public workforce system, or a community-based or service organization, you can to use
to Explore, Partner, Build, Register and launch your Registered Apprenticeship program.
LABOR MARKET INFORMATION, CAREER PLANNING TOOLS AND MANY OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM STAFF
This helpful website from the Department of Labor is a must check out resource for people that work with youth. It features over thirty very helpful resources covering many aspects of youth employment.
HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE THAT WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
During the late sixties, Marc Gold, then a special education teacher in East Los Angeles, began to formulate a conceptual framework of instruction based on a few fundamental beliefs. His students with severe disabilities had much more potential than anyone realized. All people with disabilities should have the opportunity to live their lives much like everyone else. Everyone can learn if we can figure out how to teach them. Marc went on to help start the supported work approach to working with people with disabilities. He was a pioneer and visionary in the field of disability employment and everyone that works in supported employment is working with his legacy. While Marc has passed on, his firm continues to this day and they have some very helpful tools on their website.
To go to the Marc Gold website resources