With record numbers of Americans resigning from their jobs this year and over 10 million jobs available throughout the country, now more than ever is the time for people who are looking for better opportunities to advance their careers, switch fields, or re-enter the workforce.
Job searching can be stressful and many feel overwhelmed by the process. Having connections to employers can help people navigate the interview process, network within their field, and have better chances of getting the jobs they want.
JFCS Career Development Center helps its clients make those employer connections through its Employer Information Event, a two-day virtual info session where job seekers can hear directly from major area employers about what jobs are available and how to get those jobs.
This fall, the Employer Information Session featured presentations from Dollar Bank, Allegheny Health Network, St. Clair Health, ConnectiveRx, Omni William Penn Hotel, United Way, FNB, Duquesne Light, CVS, Macy’s, JFCS, and Giant Eagle.
Each day of the event had over 20 participants interested in a variety of positions ranging from entry level to mid-level to senior level. Many participants were interested in changing career industries and were able to get advice about how to present themselves and highlight transferable skills to make the career change.
Through this event, job seekers were able to connect directly with employers to ask questions about what they look for in candidates, workplace culture, employment process, opportunities for advancement, and more. Every recruiter also provided their contact information so that clients who attended the event could follow up about specific job questions or applications they submit.
Beyond events like this, JFCS Career Development Center also offers multiple programs to help job seekers succeed, including their one-on-one career counseling. JFCS career counselors work with job seekers to prepare them for interviews, revamp their resume, grow their network, and connect to training and resources they need to get better opportunities. Career counselors work with each client to ensure their unique and individual needs are being met throughout the job search process.
“Each of our career counselors has a unique expertise to help individuals at every stage of the job search process. Whether someone is looking to change careers, reenter the workforce after taking time off, or overcome barriers or mental health challenges, the Career Development Center team will support and guide them in their journey to find a new job,” said Becky Johnson, Director of the JFCS Career Development Center.
With programs like a support group, help with GED, resume building, networking, and even getting clothes for interviews, the JFCS Career Development Center aims to help clients succeed. Anyone looking to get support and help through the job search process can learn more and contact the Center at jfcspgh.org/cdc.
-Allie Reefer, JFCS Public Relations Specialist