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Doing what you can with what you have: Finding a summer job or permanent placement

With so many uncertainties in today’s workplace, the Career Development Center at JF&CS can help.

The CDC offers individual career transition services as well as numerous workshops – from networking and job search strategies to crafting the perfect resume – for jobseekers of any age or skill level. The CDC also provides career transition/outplacement services and recruiting services to employers.

With the national unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent, the CDC has seen a large increase in clients coming for help. WPXI’s Jennifer Abney was interested in statistics showing that unemployment amongst teenagers and young adults in Pennsylvania is much higher, and came to the agency to see if we might have some tips for young job seekers.

In this segment that aired July 7, Patrick Ferraro, employee relations coordinator at the CDC, talked with WPXI’s Jennifer Abney about how young adults having trouble finding a permanent job (or college students looking for summer jobs) should consider doing an internship to strengthen their resume, but he reminded her that these opportunities also require work.

“You have to work hard to get those opportunities, they’re not going to just fall in your lap,” Ferraro said. “There’s going to be a lot of competition for everything out there right now at every level. So how you’re prepared and how you approach this is really going to be the differentiators.”

Just ask Elise Gryziec, JF&CS’s marketing intern, who was one of dozens of students to apply to the position.

“I have always been a believer in getting as much on my resume as possible,” Gryziec said. “Anything I can do to put myself out there and show them that I’m marketable is always a benefit.”

Whether someone is just beginning their career or transitioning from one job to another, the CDC can help individuals of all walks of life find meaningful employment. If you are, or someone you know is, looking for employment, give us a call at 412.422.5627 or visit the CDC’s website at www.careerdevelopmentcenter.org.