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Job Search Workshops

These workshops are scheduled monthly at Fremont Main Library, Newark Library, and Union City Library by the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center.

 COMING UP IN DECEMBER:

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

 Job Search Strategies will teach you about the hidden job market and job search techniques.

Thursday, December 6 – Fremont Main Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Friday, December 7 – Union City Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Thursday, December 13 – Newark Library, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

We are at the end of the series which consists of Winning Resumes, Successful Interviews, and Job Search Strategies. The new series will be starting in January and continue through March in the Tri-City libraries. Stay tuned! Watch our Events Calendar for this series and for other programs.

 

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 Attend workshops at the Fremont Main Library which will help you get that job!

                                                                        Link to Jobs Workshops

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Monday Evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 Link up with the Fremont Main Library for FREE job help and training!  These classes will teach you library and online resources you can use to effectively target your job search. You can attend individual classes or all of the sessions. Knowledge of the Internet will be helpful.

          April 2:        Career Strategies

        April  9:         Networking

       April 16:         Hidden Jobs vs. Advertised Jobs

       April 23:         Researching Companies and Industries

       April 30:         Salary Search/Support Groups

 To register, please e-mail: grooshan@aclibrary.org or call (510) 745-1440.

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Special Report Released

Over 300 people attended the event releasing Building on Our Assets: Economic Development & Job Creation in the East Bay.  This special report is the culmination of an extensive examination of the dynamics of the East Bay economy in order to provide a basis for identifying the region’s opportunities and challenges for future growth. The project team conducted an in-depth analysis of employment, business, workforce, infrastructure, and land use characteristics, augmented with interviews with business executives. (http://eastbayeda.org/research_facts_figures/building_on_our_assets_2011_Report.htm)

 Join a special workshop to promote cross-sector collaboration to improve the business climate, strengthen innovation clusters, enhance education and workforce training, and upgrade infrastructure and land use.  This Strategic Planning Workshop (http://eastbayeda.org/east_bay_economic_development_alliance/Events/BuildingOnOurAssets12-5-11.html) is scheduled for:

 Monday, December 5, from 8 am – 12 pm

Crowne Plaza Concord/Walnut Creek, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord

 Click here (http://eastbayeda.eventbrite.com/) for more information and to register.

 A hardcopy of this report will available soon at the Fremont Main Library. Ask at the Reference Desk.

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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Job Forum

The Job Forum sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce meets weekly at the SF Chamber offices to provide free job search coaching, advice, and counsel for San Francisco Bay Area job seekers. Topics Include: Job search planning for effective results, how to find contacts, how to develop clear job objectives, how to focus review of resumes. Arrive by 6:25 pm please. Our next sessions are: Wednesday, Nov 16 Wednesday, Nov 23 Wednesday, Nov 30 Wednesday, Dec 7.

  • Free!!

Click here for more information

When:  Thursday, November 10, 2011 – Saturday, December 10, 2011 ; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Sponsor:  The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Where: 235 Montgomery St. 12th floor, San Francisco, CA

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Business Growth Workshop  

Register Now

Join us for an interactive workshop that will teach you how to efficiently and effectively read the paper in 30 minutes.

WORKSHOP BENEFITS:

  • Ability to navigate the paper in just 30 minutes
  • Gain qualified/warm leads
  • Increase your knowledge of the local community you do business in
  • Network and get connected with your business community
  • PROFIT from every issue!

For more info, contact Karrie Langan at 415-288-4964 or klangan@bizjournals.com

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011; 7:30am-9:00am

Where: San Francisco Business Times, 275 Battery Street Ste, San Francisco, CA 94111

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Keiretsu Forum presents the Sixth Annual Angel Capital Expo

Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. The Expo is bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Angel Capital Expo is organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. Invitation is extended to accredited investors only. See definition of “accredited investor” at http://www.sec.gov/answers/accred.htm.

  • $295 General Registration; $95 Early Bird Registration

Click here for more information

Nina Quasebarth
(415) 573-0753
rsvp@keiretsuforum.com

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011; 7:30am- 3:00pm

Where: Julia Morgan Ballroom (465 California Street, San Francisco CA 94104)

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How to Grow Your Business

Register Now

Learn about extensive resources available to you through the media mix of newspaper, digital and events. We’ll cover strategies, quick tips and actionable items to help you get more out of your business news, networking and lead-generating efforts to bolster the bottom line and start seeing immediate results.

Great for sales teams, team leaders, business owners, and anyone responsible for business development, customer retention, sales and marketing.

For more info, contact Twyla Sulesky at 408-299-1871 or tsulesky@bizjournals.com

When: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 11:30am-1:00pm, 39488 Stevenson Place, Suite 100, Fremont, CA 94539

Cost: Free

Suggested Dress: Business Attire

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Work at Home Business Expo

Due to downsizing in the economy, are you searching for new opportunities? Join the “Work at Home” business movement by attending the Work at Home Business Expo. Most of the home business models have low start-up cost and are low risk. Meet more than 100 legitimate home based businesses and find the right one for you. Get to know businesses that have become success stories like Speaking Roses, Bamboopink, Akea Life, Wine Shop at Home and many more. Learn the necessary tools of successfully starting and running a home based business from experienced small business professionals.

  • $10 at door, $8 advance online. Active Military w/ ID and children under 12 free.

Click here for more information

Barbara Ramirez
6195465390
barbara@brownmarketingstrategies.com

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 – Monday, April 30, 2012; 10:00am-5:00pm

Where: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

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California Economic Indicators is a bimonthly summary of economic trends and data relating to the State of California.

Developments in California over the most recent months are reviewed in a brief text, and then summarized in current data tables which show changes over the previous year. Much of the data in the report has been seasonally adjusted by the source agency or by the Department of Finance. Reference dates for U.S. business cycles, as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research, are also shown. Finally, a list of sources is provided to assist readers in obtaining any additional information on the statistical series published.

Click on this link for the  July-August, 2011 data.

For additional data and timelines go to:

http://www.dof.ca.gov/html/fs_data/indicatr/ei_home.htm

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Tri-City One Stop (Ohlone) will offer free job workshops at the Fremont, Union City and Newark Libraries. The series will be held once a month at the three locations by Laura Dillon. The series will consist of:

  • Resume Writing
  • Effective Job Search Strategies
  • Orientation/Overview of WIA Program and Accessing Free Career Services through the One-Stop

The first in the series will be on:

EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

Free Workshops

Newark Library, Thursday, December 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Union City Library, Friday, December 2, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Fremont Library, Wednesday, December 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Learn about the hidden job market and job search techniques that will increase your chances of finding a job at Newark Library on Thursday, December 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Union City Library on Friday, December 1, 3:30 – 5 p.m. or at Fremont Library on Wednesday, December 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.  Presented by the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center, Newark, this free workshop is a must for job seekers who want to stay competitive in today’s market.

 Registration is required for the Newark Library workshop.  Sign up at the Information Desk, call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20 or e-mail btelford-ishida@aclibrary.org.  Workshops at Union City and Fremont Libraries are drop-in.

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Mark your Calendar for this seminar:

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Monday, December 5,  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Mark Jennings, an Executive Staffing Consultant with 20 years experience demystifies the job hunt process and takes a practical, hands-on approach from the eyes of a job seeker.  He explains what you must do NOW if you expect to get hired in this economic climate. In just 120 minutes you will learn:

  •  The 4 key things that must be on everyone’s resume
  • When to implement your 23 second advertisement
  • What the LF is and why it’s the key to getting hired
  • The 7 P’s to a successful job hunt
  • The One word that will separate you from your competition
  • 3  ways to ensure your resume gets in the hands of the decision maker
  • How to get a hiring manager to call and beg you to join their company
  • The 7 second introduction
  • How to discuss the 19 things that are never on a resume
  • A guaranteed phrase that will get you job referrals

 This seminar is free. No registration is required.

 

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Each quarter the East Bay Economic Development Alliance provides an economic scoreboard of the East Bay and the California economy. Here is an executive summary of the findings. Links to the full reports are provided at the end of the summary.

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 EMPLOYMENT

Contrary to proclamations in the popular press, the economic recovery in the U.S., California, and the East Bay continues to gain steam. Although nonfarm employment has posted only modest gains in the third quarter of 2011, the household survey shows that the labor force is expanding and that more residents are finding work. Unemployment rate remains high, but the East Bay is down to its lowest level in over two years. San Francisco and the South Bay continue to lead California’s labor market recovery. Given the commute patterns and reductions in local unemployment, East Bay residents have certainly been taking advantage of that. Several sectors continue to struggle to turn the corner. Most of them are not surprising, such as government and construction, while others like financial activities are less intuitive until you scratch the surface. Overall, the picture is improving. By mid-2012, Beacon Economics is forecasting that the unemployment rate is expected to fall into the single-digits, but it will take time to recover–remaining above 8% until mid-2015. By late 2013, the East Bay will move past the 1 million job mark, though it won’t get back to previous peaks until 2015/16.

 CLEAN-TECH

Solyndra’s recent bankruptcy has created much consternation in the media due to the help it received from the federal government. This has led many to raise questions about the viability of clean-tech in the United States. We find that these concerns are largely unfounded and that the performance of one particular firm is not indicative of a sector that is on its way out. In the East Bay in particular, the data shows that clean-tech is gaining steam. Even with respect to solar, the future is bright. The East Bay has attracted a disproportional share of solar investments and some of its larger companies are growing in the region.

CONSUMERS

Consumer spending in the East Bay has bounced back nicely since the end of the recession–growing by more than 13% from trough. Yet, this has not fueled the type of retail employment boost that is traditionally associated with rising consumer spending. There are two main culprits behind this phenomenon. The first is rising efficiency and worker productivity: employers have simply learned to do more with less during the downturn and we see that the amount of sales generated per worker up significantly since 2005. In addition, uncertainty about both the pace of the recovery and if/how Washington will choose to address our longer-term deficit and debt issues has caused employers to be timid in their hiring on the consumer-side.

THE PORT

The Port of Oakland continues to be the leading bright spot in the East Bay economy. Continued real depreciation of the U.S. Dollar has kept American exports in high demand. The strong growth from 2010 has continued into 2011, which has created a sizeable number of new positions in the wholesale trade and transportation/warehousing industries.

 HOUSING

Housing in the region is actually healthier now than it has been in many years. Neither the East Bay nor the state overall has yet to see much growth in terms of home prices, but affordability is at an all-time high. Additionally, defaults continue their downward trend signaling that the worst is behind us.

For the full report, please go to the EDA website at http:// www.eastbayeda.org

   Economic Outlook, October 2011 (full report)

  East Bay Economy, October 2011

  California Economy, October 2011

  United States Economy, October 2011

 

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So you have job interview coming up? How will you put your best foot forward?

Job search specialist and career counselor Eileen Williams can give you timely advice at her follow-up workshop “Ace the Interview: Critical Skills for Midlife Applicants” on October 13, 1- 2:30 p.m. at the Fremont Main Lib rary’s Fukaya A room. Interview

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • What to expect: the interviewer’s agenda and the typical interview format
  • Questions to anticipate
  • The critical nonverbal message you’ll need to send

Preparation and mock interview practice are the keys to your success — a job offer!

ProNet,39155 Liberty Street, Suite B-200, inFremont, will help you practice. Contact them at 510-794-2452.

A personal note: Not too long ago I was looking for a job; I can attest to the value of practice. Doing mock interviews helped me find the words I needed to describe my skills. 

If you want to hear Eileen again, she will also present this workshop on Saturday, October 29 at the Newark Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

PS: I got the job!

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Not so very long ago, I was a job seeker. I can certainly attest to the timely and sage advice offered by Eileen Williams about the job search process. Ms. Williams is an author, career counselor, and blogger. Her title, “Land the Job You Love: 10 surefire strategies for jobseekers over 50” is available for checkout at the library.

An enthusiastic and engaging speaker, she invited audience participation so we could all learn something from each other.

Ms. Williams will return to Fremont on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. for a follow-up workshop: “Ace the Interview: Critical Skills for Midlife Applicants.”

From her recent workshop, I extracted some helpful nuggets for the over 50 job seeker:

1.) In the 15 months fromJanuary 1, 2010–April 1, 2011, more workers in the over 50 age category were hired than workers in any other age category.  In fact, 1.3 million were hired.  Companies need the valuable skills we’ve acquired over a lifetime.

2.) Some Job Seeker Websites:

a) Best employers for workers over 50: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-benefits/best_employers/

b) http://www.seniors4hire.org/: nationwide online career center

c.) http://www.encore.org: careers with a purpose

d.) http://www.simplyhired.com: easy to use job search database

e.) http://www.indeed.com: worldwide job search database

3.) And the most successful job search activity: networking! Up to 85% of all jobs are filled through networking. So, spend most of your time networking. In the local area, join ProNet inFremont or ProMatch inSunnyvale– these are local professional networking groups.

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