17 Jul News and notes
It’s been a star-spangled month at your three NCWorks Career Centers! Check out our latest events and news:
Hundreds attend NCWorks job fair
Thirteen employers representing the Charlotte Hornets, Frito-Lay, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless and others spoke to job-seekers about a variety of positions.
Career Center staff shared information about the services available to individuals as the job-seekers waited to speak with employers.
The first hour of the job fair was reserved exclusively for veterans, an idea welcomed by veteran participants. Melody Mganga served six years in the U.S. Navy but has been out of work for about a year. As a disabled veteran, she heard about the job fair from the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
“It’s a total feeling of anxiety because I didn’t know what to expect,” she says. “I haven’t had to compose a resume in years. I don’t know how to incorporate my administrative background into an objective for a job search these days. But I’m glad to have this chance to get in front of someone and speak with them.”
Charlotte Works welcomes new team member
Paul Bill has joined our team as a veteran employment and education specialist. He’ll be based at partner agency Charlotte Bridge Home.
Bill will provide employment-readiness, coaching and support to veteran job-seekers (or their spouses), including monitoring progress towards each client’s educational or employment goals; and work with potential employers, educational institutions and others.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., and a master of business administration degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Bill previously served in business development positions for consulting firm MBDi and global defense contractor BAE Systems. He spent 30 years in the Navy, including 13 years on active duty and 17 years in the Reserves, where he was mobilized three times to Kuwait and Egypt.
Interactive workshops offer convenience for job-seekers
Job-seekers Adrian (L) and Nigel Curtis learn about interview strategies as the first participants in a pilot interactive webinar offered by Charlotte Works and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Starting late summer, the webinars will be offered up to three times a month at library locations designated as Share Network Access Point (SNAP) sites, where job-seekers will have the opportunity to participate a variety of workshops led by trained Charlotte Works volunteers.
“I like the fact that we were able to get information from different types of sources,” Nigel Curtis said of the session on interview skills. “We were reading and getting information verbally. It helps to get the point across.”