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Career Coach In-Person Sessions Return to NPL

Full Day Excel Workshops Monday, September 13  / Register

Part 1:  Beginner workshop 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Part 2:  Intermediate workshop 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to use Excel spreadsheet software in two-part (introduction and advanced) workshop. Attendance of both sessions is not required but recommended. Seating is limited, so registration for this workshop is required. 

All sessions will have a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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​Job Search Articles 

Job market in 2021
'Work From Home' Gives Silicon Valley Edge in Talent War --- Smaller-city startups are feeling the pinch as established firms poach their employees.
Wall Street Journal,  28 July 2021
Lower-Wage Workers Are Seeing Better Options.
New York Times,  26 July 2021
Companies Urge, but Few Require, Getting Covid Shot.
Wall Street Journal,  28 July 2021
Walmart offers workers free college tuition.
The Washington Post, 28 July 2021
Downtowns Recover Faster When Employees are Required to Come into the Office.
Business Wire,  28 July 2021
No hiring surge in states that ended jobless aid early.
The Washington Post,  28 July 2021
Increasing Number of US Workers Support Hiring People with Criminal Records.
HRNews, Jul 27, 2021
U.S. News: Jobless Claims Rise, Total Recipients Fall --- Uptick in applications tied to auto industry; rolls are the lowest since late March 2020.
Wall Street Journal,  23 July 2021
Low-Wage Workers Now Have Options, Which Could Mean a Raise.
New York Times,  20 July 2021
New professional licenses open a brighter future for migrants.
Noticias Financieras,  16 July 2021
Greater Hartford ranks among top third in best places to live according to U.S. News.
Hartford Courant, 14 July 2021
Job creation slowed in Connecticut last month, but some industries still saw gains. These are the sectors that did the most hiringHartford Courant, 15 July 2021
Companies like Hudson and McDonald’s are testing drive-thru AI, invisible checkout in Chicago.
Here’s what that means for jobs — and privacy.

Chicago Tribune, 12 July 2021
Many Jobs Lost in Pandemic To Be Eliminated Permanently.
Wall Street Journal, 16 July 2021
New funds to help felons find work.
The Washington Post,  15 July 2021
Many Choose to Move On From Restaurant Jobs.
Wall Street Journal,  14 July 2021
Freelance tech jobs can pay a lot, if you know where to look.
Los Angeles Times,  11 July 2021
The Mystifying Mismatch Of Workers and Jobs --- Millions of Americans say they can't find work. Millions of employers say they can't find workers. Why the disconnect? Because people left the cities or industries where businesses need them most.
Wall Street Journal, 10 July 2021
Lower-Wage Workers See Biggest Gains From Easing of Covid-19 Pandemic; Hiring and wage growth are the strongest for restaurant, hotel and retail jobs, reflecting consumers' desire to get out.
Wall Street Journal, 04 July 2021
Restaurants are starting to hire robots instead of people who are demanding higher pay.
Business Insider,  06 July 2021
Pandemic Wave Of Automation May Erase Jobs.
New York Times,  04 July 2021
Only 10% of job seekers are rushing back to the workforce, hiring giant Indeed says. Business Insider, 30 June 2021
This Summer, Jobs Come With a Hefty Signing Bonus; As companies grow more desperate to fill open roles, some dangle incentives worth $1,000 or more.

Wall Street Journal, 01 July 2021
Small Business Jobs Index
Here’s What's Going To Happen In The Job Market Over The Next Four Months
Best Workplaces 2021: 429 Companies That Make Work Worth It
Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs For 2021

Job seekers advice
How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
Purdue Global University Blog
About to Quit? Think It Over --- As many workers look for a fresh start, here's what to consider before firing off a farewell email. Wall Street Journal,  26 July 2021
10 Keys To A Successful Job Search
Noncompete Clauses Get a Closer Look --- Biden's order asks FTC to limit agreements that keep workers from changing jobs. Wall Street Journal,  22 July 2021
How to get hired at TikTok in 2021.
Business Insider,  17 July 2021
More Workers Are Starting Their Jobs In Debt Under ‘Training Repayment Agreements’
Is How You Speak Sabotaging Your Success? Seven Ways Wield The Power Your Words Hold
Landing an entertainment career can take years. Make money in the meantime.
Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021
How to earn extra cash by teaching English online.
Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021
How to Write a Stellar Elevator Pitch
How to Write a Professional Bio
Checkr Launches Expungement Solution and Sets Goal to Clear 1,000 Job Seekers’ Records for Free
How to spot a toxic culture by reading between the lines of a job ad.
Three Steps To Level And Power Up Your Network To Elevate Your Career
Seven Things To Never Ask About During A Job Interview
Worried About A Gap In Your Resume As A Result Of The Pandemic? Here’s How To Handle It
Indeed Career Guide
To Find Your Next Job More Quickly, Tell Your Community You’re Open to Work
The 8 Best Online Tools For Your Job Hunt In 2021
themuse - 7 Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021 (and How You Can Adapt)
Forbes - Lots Of Career Interests? How To Show You’re Flexible But Not Unfocused-
Vault - 4 Tips for Searching for Companies that Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Skills and jobs in demand
83% of Companies Say "Willingness to Learn" Essential for Job Applicants: An Express Employment Professionals survey, conducted by The Harris Poll, shows a need for soft skills may indicate low employee productivity during COVID-19 pandemic.
PR Newswire,  28 July 2021 Survey Shows 38% of Hiring Managers Want Job Candidates with Advanced Video-Conferencing Skills: New survey reveals employers will shift focus to technical skills and soft skills in the post-pandemic job market.
PR Newswire,  26 July 2021
New Survey: Looking For a Job? Employers Value Soft Skills More than Ever Before: Dependability and Problem-Solving Skills Sought by Employers.
NASDAQ OMX's News Release Distribution Channel, 28 July 2021
These 8 jobs that don't require a college degree could drive middle class wealth in America's heartland.
Business Insider,  23 July 2021
Business Talent Group (BTG) Research Spotlights Most In-Demand Skills Fueling the Post-Pandemic Economy
The majority of Americans lack a college degree. Why do so many employers require one?
The Washington Post,  20 July 2021
New Study Reveals 63% of Healthcare Providers Plan Time Off from Practice, While Demand Increases for Some Specialties: survey indicates continued delays in healthcare appointments, while demand skyrockets in areas of growing need, such as child and adolescent psychiatry. 19 July 2021
For Airlines, It's More Like 2019 Again.
New York Times, 23 July 2021
NYC McDonald's seeks to hire 2,848 new employees.
Bronx Times, 07 July 2021
June Job Gains Show Momentum: U.S. labor market still stymied by reluctant job seekers, constraining supply.
HRNews, Alexandria, 02 July 2021
A third of former hospitality workers won't return to the industry during the labor shortage because they want higher pay, better benefits, and a new work environment.
Business Insider,  08 July 2021
Year of virtual events highlights career opportunities for court reporters, captioners.
TCA Regional News,  07 July 2021
Who’s Hiring Now?
Uber, Lyft Sweeten Job Perks Amid Driver Shortage, Lofty Fares; Pressure builds at companies to make gig work more attractive; 'it is absolutely a reckoning'.
Wall Street Journal, 02 July 2021
Companies Struggle to Keep Their Tech Workers From Logging Off; In seller's market for IT talent, CIOs redouble efforts to retain skilled workers.
College Majors With the Highest Unemployment
College Majors With the Lowest Unemployment
Jobs in in-demand careers
The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now
SkillsBuild, a free digital platform that helps job seekers prepare for new careers in technology by developing technology and professional skills
SkillUp Career Group Coaching
For College Graduates
A tough market for class of 2021 - For college grads, the struggle is real despite labor need,
USA TODAY, 9 July 2021
Sales Can Be a Hard Sell to Young Job Seekers.
Wall Street Journal, 15 July 2021
How Did You Get That Cool Job? --- A Pixar animator, an NBA stathead, a software engineer, a nonprofit worker and an entrepreneur talk about how they moved from college to their fields, and offer advice for new grads.
Wall Street Journal, 17 July 2021
Top Master's Degrees Fail to Pay Off --- Elite schools push programs that don't yield enough income for graduates to cover loans. Wall Street Journal,  09 July 2021
Nursing home program inspires teens' careers.
The Washington Post, 13 July 2021
2021 Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired
The 10 Best Remote Career Fields For New College Grads
Career website for college students
A job-search game plan for the class of 2021

For older workers
Age Discrimination Worries? Resume Changes You Should Make
Unemployed Aged 45 and Above Face Ageism and Career Challenges Globally, Reveals Generation
 PR Newswire, 8 July 2021
Grand Forks Herald (ND), April 18, 2021
5 Remote Job Search Tips for Older Workers

Career change
Wage Growth Among U.S. Job Switchers Increased 5.8 Percent Since June 2020 as Businesses Struggle to Attract Workers: Employment growth increased to 3.5 percent, while wage growth decelerated to 2.3 percent from first quarter 2021.
PR Newswire,  28 July 2021
Changing jobs? Looking to switch industries? Our interactive tool can help you figure out your next position based on the skills you already have.
Business Insider, US edition; New York 06 July 2021

Job-Hunters, Have You Posted Your Résumé on TikTok?
New York Times (Online), New York Times Company.  19 July 2021
6 Tips for Building a Stellar Tech Resume
TikTok wants to be LinkedIn for Gen Z, launches TikTok Resumes for video job applications.
Business Insider,  07 July 2021
Five Damaging CV Issues And How To Fix Them
How to land a job by tailoring your résumé and cover letter to appeal to bots
Recruiter And ATS Expert Shares Resume Dos, Don’ts And ATS Myths
How to Optimize Your Resume for an ATS
Résumé Builder for active duty military and veterans transitioning to civilian careers
How to write a cover letter
Résumé Builder - Cover letter examples
Résumé Builder -  Résumé examples

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
Purdue Global University Blog
A Better Way to Address Career Gaps
Had to take career gaps? LinkedIn’s latest feature helps you explain
These InMails Get the Best Response Rates, LinkedIn Data Reveals
Career experts share their 24 best LinkedIn Premium networking tips, from finding contacts to writing a captivating first message. Business Insider, 20 Apr 2021
From Linkedin latest survey: The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now
99 LinkedIn Profile Tips
Should You Use LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork
The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers
Find Jobs on LinkedIn – Best Practices
LinkedIn Profile Tips for Standing Out and Making Connections

Answers To New Employer Job Interview Questions
What to wear to a job interview?
BestReviews,  22 July 2021
How to Stand Out in an Interview in 11 Unique Ways
Interview questions you must ask to spot employer red flags.
Fast Company, 11 July 2021
Landmines To Watch Out For When Interviewing For A New Job
Interview Questions & Answers
How To Fail A Job Interview
Got a Job Offer? Here’s How to Negotiate Your Salary. Practice with the WSJ’s interactive chatbot on getting the best salary after you’ve been offered a new position
The Ultimate Guide: How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
themuse - job interview tips
Avoid these 7 résumé mistakes if you want a job interview
How To Handle Salary Questions In An Interview
10 Unexpected Interview Questions to Get Unrehearsed Answers

Salary Negotiation 
Negotiating a better salary: 5 key steps to take -- and what to avoid.
Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2021
Job hunters should update their negotiating skills along with their resumes: experts.
The Canadian Press, 20 July 2021
The 8 key words to negotiate the salary in a job interview.
Noticias Financieras,  05 July 2021
Jobseekers: This is exactly what you need to know to get paid fairly
The counteroffer: here’s how to get that bump
Major Red Flags To Look For Before Accepting The Job

Hybrid/Remote work
Return to Office Faces a Hurdle: Young Resisters.
New York Times,  27 July 2021
Google, Facebook to Require Vaccinations for On-Campus Workers; Google delays planned return to offices until mid-October as U.S. companies take new precautions against Delta variant's spread.
Wall Street Journal,  28 July 2021
This chart shows the type of jobs that are still working from home
New Ways to Work Anywhere in the World; Covid-19 has changed the way digital nomads do their jobs far from home, and who decides to live their lives on the road.
Wall Street Journal,  17 July 2021
Will Remote Work Derail Your Career?
Wall Street Journal,  12 July 2021
Co-Working Spaces Are Back, and Options Abound.
New York Times, 18 July 2021
These are the best U.S. cities for remote workers.
The Washington Post, 15 July 2021
Wall Street Split on Forcing Bankers to Return to Office.
Wall Street Journal, 07 July 2021
The Best States for Remote Job Seekers

Preventing Burnout as a Working Mom.

Websites referenced articles: platform for nurse hiring  program providing upskilling and cross-skilling digital courses  3Qt 2021 hiring outlook survey

Break Through Tech program

Glassdoor Companies Hiring 
The 27 Highest-Paying Trade Jobs — No Bachelor’s Degree Required
SideHusl - provides help navigating gig economy, job listings, ideas, tips on freelancing
ConnectRN - site connecting nurses with facilities in need of part-time nursing help

As Connecticut begins to reopen businesses and the economy, there are several resources available to support job-seekers and businesses get back to work quickly and safely. Governor Lamont and the state have forged several partnerships to provide residents with job-training for in-demand skills, and custom job portals with open positions across the state.

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  • Step-Up - (Subsidized Training and Employment Program)
  • Zippia -  A site for job seekers who want to empower their career aspirations with knowledgeable data.

Local Career Centers

American Job Center - Southwest - Job search offered at no cost - open to everyone. Located in Bridgeport, Derby & Stamford.

American Job Center - How Can We Help You? - An explanation of our services and who to contact for each service.

American Job Center Career Coach - "...a One-Stop on wheels and mobile classroom which brings career services and computer training to you!"

Goodwill Career Centers: 15 Cross Street. Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-840-0361
They provide FREE job prep classes-Resume Writing, Job Searching, Interview Skills, Cover Letter writing, etc. Every day including Saturday, Except Wednesdays. There is a calendar of classes at the Main Reference Desk. They also have one-on-one job counseling (not just for Goodwill jobs). Scroll down to the Norwalk Goodwill entry for a link to their current calendar of classes.

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