Are you mentally prepared for your next opportunity?

March 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Finding your next employment opportunity can often take time. In fact, looking for a job can often be classified as a job itself. It can be a time of frustration, uncertainty and even fear. Despite the frustration, uncertainty and fear, you must not give up. Your mental approach to the job search is often an […]

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Are you using the right job-search sites?

February 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

In our coaching sessions, we talk about not using just one generic version of your resume, but customizing different resumes for your various target positions and companies. The same is true for not using just one venue or website for your job search – especially since some sites are rife with false promises and very […]

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Networking advice from Yoda, would you take?

Charlotte Works Staff

I couldn’t talk about a job search without mentioning the importance of networking. If the trick to the success of a restaurant is location, location, location, then the rallying cry for job-seekers ought to be network, network, network! People often say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. That tells me that I […]

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Employer Extra: Welcome to the talent wars: recruiting in a tight labor market

January 16, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Times have changed and we now face two converging realities. One is the tight labor market resulting from the low unemployment rate. The other is the set of factors that comprise the changing nature of work: the organizations and jobs into which people are being recruited are moving targets, the workforce is increasingly under-skilled for […]

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Kellogg Co. is sweet on dislocated workers; swaps cookie production to host job fair

December 19, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

On a recent clear December morning, the only smell of baking cookies was the warm, sweet scent lingering in Charlotte’s Kellogg plant. Usually you can smell the Famous Amos chocolate chips, Keebler Fudge Stripes and other delectables all over the neighborhood, but on this day, the plant shuttered cookie production for production of another kind: […]

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SNAP site has vision, heart for service

September 19, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“We’re there to serve – that’s our vision,” says Sheila Johnson, program director of the Southwest Community Development Corporation (SCDC) and manager of the Charlotte Works’ SNAP (Share Network Access Point) site at Nations Ford Community Church. “You have to have the heart of a servant. You have to do this with the right intention – […]

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Get motivated, refine your job-search skills at our July workshops

July 18, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Our July workshops, including two new offerings, feature something for everyone, from job-seekers who are just beginning their searches to the long-term unemployed who are “stuck.” Hooking the Screening Interviewer Tuesday, July 22 2 p.m. — 4 p.m. Your resume caught the attention of an employer. Now you must impress the screening interviewer. In this […]

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InnerVision’s SNAP site helps hardest-to-serve populations get back to work

May 16, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“So many of the people we serve don’t even think they can make it in the workplace,” says Dr. Cheryl Nicholas, CEO and director of InnerVision. “But they have the desire to work. Human beings feel better when they’re supported, so we create a safety net for individuals’ vocational aspirations.” The 11-year-old organization provides employment […]

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Get your job fair on!

February 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

If you’re in the market for a new job, the next few weeks offer multiple opportunities for you to get face-to-face with hiring managers and other company representatives to pitch yourself for open positions. Here are the details on four upcoming job fairs: The Mayor’s Job Fair: Saturday, Feb. 22 The Mayor’s Job Fair will […]

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2013 Outstanding SNAP Site of the Year: Grace-Mar Services, Inc. is taking the lead

February 15, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“I interviewed with several nonprofits and no one would give me a job,” says Kenny Smith, president and founder of Grace-Mar Services, Inc., describing the organization’s beginnings. “So I said to my wife, ‘I’ll start my own.’” A career as a top sales professional with GE Capital, American Express and Wells Fargo didn’t allow Smith […]

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