Workshops are our heart and soul: join us in November!

October 19, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

While all the buzz for the last few months has centered on NCWorks Online, the one-stop online resource for job-seekers and employers in North Carolina, we wanted to remind you that the heart and soul of Charlotte Works lies in human interaction: empowerment through the sharing of information, encouragement from your peers, engagement with experts […]

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It’s all about the connections

Charlotte Works Staff

“I’m a connector,” says Charlotte Works volunteer Miranda Hairston. “Making a connection is a high point – once I connect, something great has started.” She not only connects with clients during her near-15 hours of weekly volunteering in the Employer Engagement Center, but also with employers and other job-seekers as she moves around the community, […]

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Making sectors cool: check out our updated career paths

Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte’s economy is quickly recovering as employers add jobs or move operations to our area. Up until now, Charlotte has enjoyed this rapid job growth due, in part, to our ample supply of qualified workers and the amazing quality of life that we all enjoy. However, our job engine is in danger of slowing if […]

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SNAP partnership aims to lead young refugees to self-sufficiency

Charlotte Works Staff

It started with a story in this newsletter. Omar Parkes, intake specialist with ResCare’s Inspire Youth program, read an article in the May issue about the opening of five new SNAP (Share Network Access Points) sites, Charlotte Works’ community-access locations scattered throughout Mecklenburg County. He reached out to staff at each one of them to share […]

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Networking: Will you be in the 80 percent?

Charlotte Works Staff

The role of networking plays a huge part in a person’s job search. Only two percent of today’s jobs are landed by utilizing online applications, while as much as 80 percent of today’s jobs are landed through networking. Being an accomplished and sincere networker can cut through the piles of job listings, decreasing your time […]

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MFG DAY: not your grandfather’s factory job

Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works joined forces with the Manufacturing Institute and other co-producers to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) on Friday, October 4. Although Charlotte Works didn’t sponsor an event, the organization does support the MFG DAY mission: “MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, […]

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Broken leg fixes skills enhancement

September 13, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Janet Kirkpatrick doesn’t yet know what her next professional opportunity will be, but she knows she’ll be closer to being computer-ready for it whenever it presents itself. Her 33-year career as a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy ended when she broke her leg in November 2011. “It was […]

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Attention Mecklenburg County employers

Charlotte Works Staff

Increase your bottom line by improving your employees’ skills with an Incumbent Workforce Development grant (IWDG)! Awards of up to $25,000 are available to boost your employees’ value to your company and help your business compete both regionally and globally. The IWDG program offers competitive retention-solution grants that qualifying businesses can use to address their […]

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It’s springtime in the world of WIA!

Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works administers training funds through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for individuals who meet eligibility guidelines and who are in need of a skills upgrade to enhance their marketability. If you’re exploring post-secondary education at local institutions such as Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte and you’re interested in pursuing funding through WIA, […]

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Using the job description to tweak your resume

Charlotte Works Staff

Whenever I am giving a resume writing seminar, I make it a point to mention these two facts: one, resume writing is an art, not a science; and two, a one-size resume does not fit all. What I mean by the latter is that it is very important to revise your resume to fit the […]

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