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Job Training

Question:

I recently heard that Workforce Services may be able to pay for training for me to get a new job. How can I take advantage of this opportunity?

Answer:

Workforce Services does pay for training for new jobs, for folks who are eligible for our training scholarships. We provide a lot of other individualized services too, including:

• Working with a career coach to decide on the right career for you
• Planning your strategy to get that perfect job
• Paid or unpaid work experience, such as internships
• Advanced notice of job openings and recruitments
• Review of your LinkedIn profile
• Job Club, a group of job seekers who meet weekly to compare notes on the job search
• Professional resume review and practice interview sessions
• And of course, training scholarships, including fees, books and materials, to qualify you for that new job

So how do you find out if you are eligible for all these services?

Workforce Services receives grant funds from various sources. The people who give us money want to be sure that we’ve spent it the way they intended, on the people they intended to spend it on. Determining eligibility is too complicated a process to explain here, but here are two questions to start with:

• Are you a Frederick County resident?
• Have you been laid off from a job located in Frederick County?

If the answer to either question is “yes,” then it’s worth taking the next step. You can begin by attending a short class called Navigating Success. Check the calendar at FrederickWORKS.com to find out when this class is offered next. If you seem like a good match for the grant, we’ll set up an appointment to make the final determination. Assuming the news is good, you’ll be assigned a personal career coach, whom you'll meet with possibly the same day.

Check it out. It may make all the difference in your world.

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.