September 2021 ‖ Published bi-monthly


Jobs and Job Training Newsletter

One Hall works with local partners to to create and share
community resources so that Hall County residents can access
pathways out of poverty. We encourage you to share this email with
those who are looking for jobs and/or job training in
the Gainesville/Hall County community.

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER
Goodwill Hiring Event -- September 8th!
Become a WEGO Bus Driver for the
City of Gainesville!
Operates public transit vehicles to provide safe and timely transportation to the general public and special populations on the fixed route and demand response transit services. Uses electronic tablets programmed with Route Match software to collect and record passenger fares, boarding, alighting vehicle status and other data.
Gainesville-Hall County Job Lists and Resources

Employ Georgia is a secure, web-based system used to connect job seekers with job openings.

Within Employ Georgia, Job Seekers can:
  • view job postings based on specific search criteria, including ones recommended for you based on your skills and experience
  • save job searches and schedule daily or weekly email notices of new jobs matching your search criteria
  • control the information an employer can see about you and how you want to be contacted
  • research careers
  • research information about employers and training opportunities

Additionally, Employ Georgia may match you to jobs you have the skills for, but for which you may not have considered applying. Employ Georgia Focus/Career Explorer uses artificial intelligence to match your skills to jobs and rank them with 1 to 5 stars, showing how well you qualify for a position.

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing resources to match employer job openings with stellar employees. We understand the importance of attracting and retaining qualified employees, and offer member businesses several unique partnerships and opportunities to help find and keep the best employees. 




WorkSource:
Mobile Training Units and Career Coaches
The “Career Coaches” bring our services to all corners of the WorkSource Georgia Mountains region. The services provided by the Mobile Training Units at the local level benefit both our program participants and all residents of the communities we serve.
Services Offered To Job Seekers
  • Individualized Job Searches
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • Workforce Skills and Typing Training
  • Computer Skills Training
  • Microsoft Office Training
  • OJT / GED / Career Skills Assessments
  • Career Interest Assessments
  • Information about GMWD Programs
Please see the WD Event Calendar to find out where the Mobile Training Units will be next!

(770) 538-2727
1856 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, 30501
Hours: Monday—Friday: 8:00AM–6:00PM

Click here for job lists:

Career Connector allows you to register online and access Georgia’s job search resources from anywhere. Explore careerconnector.org on your own or set up a time for a Career Connector overview at our career centers. We also invite you to check back soon for new features. Our team will continuously add new jobs and will roll out new features including the ability to chat with a career coach, obtain new training to support your job search and enjoy other customized resources.
Older Adults: Legacy Link
Legacy Link's Senior Community Service Employment Program, known as the SCSEP, has a dual purpose: to provide useful part-time community service assignments for persons with low incomes who are 55 years old or older, while promoting transition to unsubsidized employment.
What are the eligibility criteria?

Eligibility criteria are based on age, income and place of residence. The applicant must be 55 years of age or older. The family income must be at 125% of poverty or below. A disabled person may be treated as a “family of one” for income eligibility purposes. The older person, upon initial enrollment, must reside in the state of Georgia.

Adults with Barriers:
Georgia Vocational
Rehabilitation Agency
The Vocational Rehabilitation wing of GVRA helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment. As every individual person is different, so too are the services we offer. Some people may just need hearing aid while others may need help going to college while others may assistive technology like screen readers or text magnifiers while others still might need additional training.
So if you have a disability and want to work or need our services to keep the job that you have, please contact our Customer Care unit, and they'll be able to redirect to the appropriate office and answer any questions that you have. Or, if you want to contact an office specifically or find the office closest to you, you can click here

Gainesville office: 770-535-5468

Job Training Resources
WorkSource: One Stop Shop
WorkSource Georgia Mountains is designed to assist youth, adult, and displaced workers as they seek employment and training in Georgia. WorkSource Georgia Mountains administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program and is funded by the federal government. They have funding to assist with: training expenses (books, fees, tuition, tools, uniforms, shoes, certification, licensing, testing fees) It may also be able to hep with transportation and childcare costs.


Walk-ins welcome, M-F, 8am-6pm
1856 Thompson Bridge Road,
Gainesville 30501

WorkSource Training Updates:
Bootcamps, currently recruiting for the following :
  • Welding Bootcamp Hall (at our office) – to begin Oct 4th
  • 6-week training sessions
  • Welding Bootcamp Franklin, Hart, Stephens (location TBD) – October 18th
  • 6-week training sessions

Note: All Bootcamp candidates must meet Eligibility Requirements.
Please call for more information, 770-538-2732


NDWG Grant Opportunities (For Employers & Employees)
  • On-the-Job Training opportunities available – Temporary Work Experience
  • Contact Niki McPherson nmcpherson@gmrc.ga.gov or 770-538-2734

Ongoing Programs
  • Resume or Job Search Workshop (open to all) – Click below for more information.
First and Third Thursday of the month at 10:00am.

  • Application AssistanceEvery Tuesday from 10:30-12:30 at our office
1856 Thompson Bridge Rd. Gainesville, GA 30501

Check out this success highlight - Click here!
Short-Term CNA program with Lanier Tech -- See more info below!
  • Begins October 18th, runs 8 weeks – Hall County Location
  • Cal lWorkSource, Tues - Fri, 770-538-2732 for information and registration.
Goodwill Training Programs
Explore the Goodwill Training Programs by clicking on the links below to find what’s right for you. All bullet points below are links that will take you to program descriptions and access information.

Targeted Programs

Certification Programs
Participants in our Job & Career Training Programs will receive assistance with job placement and retention.

Goodwill Training Schedule:
General information...
10 Tips for Completing a Job Application
to Get an Interview
Applying for a job is an important step in the hiring process. Your application shows your interest in the job and informs the employer of your relevant skills and experience. Knowing how to complete a job application well can have a significant impact on your chances of receiving an invitation to interview. In this article, we explore some steps and suggestions for how to successfully complete and submit a job application.

How to complete a job application
Submitting a job application is often the first contact you have with a potential employer, so you better make a good impression. Knowing what to write and what the hiring manager is looking for will help you to submit an application that gets you an interview. There are several important steps that you should follow when completing your job application. You should:

1. Read over the job application
Reading the job application may seem like an obvious step but people frequently skip it. Even if you scanned the job description before you decided to apply, it is still a good idea to go back and read it a couple of more times to make sure you did not miss any details. Employers typically receive hundreds of applications for a position. One of the most common methods they will use to narrow the applicant pool is to eliminate anyone who they think did not read the job description or requirements.

Many employers also use something known as an applicant tracking system (ATS). This is an automated system that can be fine-tuned to reject applications that are missing information or do not have the right keywords. Even though you may not be able to completely predict what the ATS is looking for, you can still advance your application in the system by making sure to include the correct information.

2. Use a professional name and email address
A professional job application calls for a professional email address. Some employers might disqualify an applicant for having an unprofessional email, even if the rest of their resume shows they are perfect for the job.

If you need to create a professional email address, you may want to use a free email service to create an email account that you will use specifically for your professional life. Use your first and last name or a variant and use it for all your job applications. It is never a bad idea to separate work communication from personal communication. During your job search might be the perfect time to do so.

3. Follow the instructions
Sometimes a field calls for a full paragraph, a couple of sentences or just a “yes” or “no.” There are also fields that require you to spend some time answering in-depth questions. Regardless of what the specific questions require, make sure you are answering them correctly. Read the question a couple of times to make sure you understand and take some time to formulate a thorough answer.

There are employers who ask a variety of types of questions, including character, behavioral and hypothetical. If you want to increase your chances of success, you need to respond to these questions effectively and accurately. Not all applications will include long answer questions, but it never hurts to adhere closely to the instructions. Taking care while filling out the information demonstrates to an employer that you are a worthy candidate and invested in the hiring process.

4. Tailor your cover letter to the job
Environments like job fairs require you to repeatedly give the same documents to multiple companies. However, if you are applying for a specific job in person or online, you will want to tailor your cover letter and resume to suit the application. Before writing or editing your cover letter, look through the job description and pay attention to the kind of employee they are looking for. The job description has information that includes the required educational background, what type of personality fits the position, and the skill set they would prefer a candidate to possess.

Draw on the information in the job description and write a cover letter that frames you as the perfect candidate. Keep your sentences concise but impactful. Include as much relevant information as you can efficiently fit into a page’s worth of paragraphs. If the employer likes what they read, they will use the interview process to learn more about the goals or skills you mentioned in your cover letter.

5. Include keywords in your resume
Review the description and find words that look like they relate to traits, skills or experiences that the company is looking for. Use them tactfully throughout your resume and cover letter. There is no need to be heavy-handed with them; a few subtle references are sufficient.

Make sure to include keywords that portray you as capable of fulfilling the job requirements. For example, if the job has any technical specifications, highlight your practical skills, relevant degrees or academic courses. If the job requires you to interact regularly with customers or coworkers, mention your interpersonal and communication skills.

6. Check your responses for errors
Misspellings and grammar errors show an employer you did not care enough to take the time to proofread or that you are not proficient with written communication. Most jobs require basic communication skills, so not putting in the effort to submit a resume that is free from spelling errors, uses the correct pronouns and follows other grammar rules can hinder your chances of being hired.

Take your time when filling out the application. If you are not sure of how well you have done in terms of error correction, ask someone to look at the application for you and make corrections if they find anything wrong. An error-free application is far more likely to at least be looked at than an application that is full of easily-avoidable mistakes.

7. Track your applications when applying for multiple jobs
Remember to keep careful track of all your online job profiles, so you know where you have applied and the roles you have applied to. Keep a spreadsheet or a list of the company names and roles you have applied to, to create a quick reference.

Occasionally, you might find that you qualify for multiple roles in one company, and you may decide to apply for several. What you don’t want to do is to make a profile for every job you apply for. If the application system has a “shopping cart” for job listings you qualify for, put them into the cart for one account. Then, it will be easier to track what you have applied for in the event you get calls about multiple roles by different people. It is always a good idea to know exactly what someone is talking about when they call concerning an interview.

8. Tidy your social media profiles
In the modern era, it is common for employers to look at your social media profiles. They want to know something about the person they are hiring and they feel that Facebook and other social media sites are good sources. Go over your profiles and consider removing anything objectionable. That means deleting posts or comments that might not reflect well on you or that do not represent your current maturity level. It is always a good idea to be aware of and control the image of yourself online.

It is still advisable to create a social media profile in your name and to share some personal information, even if you do not use it often. Familiarity and proficiency with social media is an important skill in the job market today and employers may check your personal accounts to judge your competency.

9. Upload your resume
It may seem counterintuitive to submit the resume after you have entered all the information it contains into fields on the application. However, the applicant tracking system typically does not collect the information you have provided into a printable document and the employer may want to have a paper copy of your resume for reference. Resumes are also easy for the hiring manager to keep on file in case they decide to contact you about a job opening at a later date.

Make sure to name your resume file concisely and efficiently. Include your first and last name and the keyword “resume” for easy searching.

10. Review before submitting
Even though you have may have already reviewed the application for errors and checked that you followed the instructions, you need a final review of your entries before hitting that submit button. Remember: once you have submitted, you cannot make any changes. Once you are satisfied that you have done your best, click the submit button and leave the rest to the hiring team.

If you want to land a position that reflects your experience, education and skillset, you need to apply widely and often. This said, it is common for all the applications to start to look the same. If you can, ask someone else to proofread your resume and cover letter for each application. A second set of eyes can make a big difference. You always increase your chances of finding employment when you focus on portraying yourself as detail-oriented and capable.

Following these tips can help you complete job applications more effectively. If you present your skills positively and accurately, relate your relevant experience well and proofread all your information, you will show yourself to be a more eligible candidate for any position. Use these tips and other Indeed resources to increase your chances of getting the job you want.

By: Indeed Editorial Team
United Way of Hall County

One Hall United Against Poverty 
The purpose of the One Hall initiative is to break the cycle of poverty in Hall County by seeking to understand poverty from the perspective of our most vulnerable citizens. We know this will take a long-term commitment and we must work side-by-side with local churches and public, private and non-profit sectors to tackle the root causes of poverty in a holistic and sustainable manner. We seek to create a community-level goal that is measurable and attainable. We will study existing statistics and work directly with those experiencing poverty to develop strategies that must be understood and addressed at a high level by the community-at-large.

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