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Reception celebrates library AJCC accomplishments

Reception celebrates library AJCC accomplishments

February 12, 2015

Community leaders and elected officials gathered on Feb. 11 for a special event celebrating the many accomplishments of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center, located in the heart of downtown at the San Diego Central Library. The Career Center—the newest addition to San Diego County’s network of America’s Job Center of California locations—has had more than 9,000 visits since it opened in late 2013, and more than 900 individuals have attended comprehensive workshops on subjects including regional labor market information, online job search strategies, personal branding and more.

County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Dave Roberts, Councilmembers Myrtle Cole and Scott Sherman and community leaders celebrated the success of the new center and learned more about the services provided for job seekers and employers throughout San Diego County.

Ron Roberts and Myrtle Cole shared their appreciation and optimism for serving more job seekers in the years to come. As the past and incoming Chair, respectively, of SDWP’s Policy Board, Roberts and Cole help to guide decision-making for funding workforce programs throughout our region.

A theme of thanks resonated throughout the entire evening—for the Career Center staff, for government and community support, and especially for Bank of America. Many noted that the Bank of America’s financial contribution, which was the largest the company had made in the region, is what made the center possible.

Rick Bregman, Bank of America San Diego Market President, expressed his appreciation for the broad support of the center. He mentioned how proud Bank of America employees feel to work for a company grounded in a culture of giving to help make communities better. He explained that this cause was important to Bank of America because the company recognizes the foundational role a job plays in family and quality of life.

Maxine Suka, Program Manager for San Diego Metro Career Centers, pointed out that the career center was purposefully designed to serve those drawn to the hub of the city, including the increased number of people with white and blue collar jobs looking to advance their career. She highlighted the center’s open floor plan, computer workstations and extended evening and weekend hours, all of which create a comfortable and effective environment to meet people from all walks of life “where they are” and connect San Diegans to meaningful careers.

SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom elaborated on the uniqueness that makes the Career Center so effective. “This center is one of a kind in many ways,” he says. “It seamlessly integrates with other library services and is easily accessible via the trolley. It is a shining example of a public-private partnership that truly works.”

Mel Katz, past chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation, credited the Career Center as a cornerstone for getting the many donors who helped to fund the creation of the Central Library, which now welcomes an average of 3,000 people a day. In addition to the career center, the library houses other services, such as the I CAN! Center for people with disabilities as well as the READ Adult Literacy program, which creates a “one-stop shop” for patrons in need of multiple services.

For more information about the AJCC network or to locate a center near you, visit workforce.org/ajcc.

#MyFirstJobSD Video Campaign Highlights San Diego’s Need for Summer Jobs

#MyFirstJobSD Video Campaign Highlights San Diego’s Need for Summer Jobs

March 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO – CONNECT2Careers (C2C), a youth summer employment initiative administered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), has launched the #MyFirstJobSD video campaign to raise awareness of the need to increase youth employment in San Diego.

#MyFirstJobSD asked a number of prominent San Diegans to reminisce about their first job—what it was, what it taught them and what advice they would give their younger selves. The result is a series of short, inspiring videos that will be released weekly through June 2015 at youtube.com/SDatWork.

“The #MyFirstJobSD campaign is meant to remind us what our first job meant to us and encourage the opening of doors to our future workforce,” says Peter Callstrom, CEO of SDWP. “We are still recovering from a challenging economic downturn that has left our younger workers with an uphill road in terms of employment prospects. There are thousands of young adults who need to be exposed to the career opportunities San Diego has to offer. Summer employment through C2C is a great way to gain experience and for employers to invest in the up-and-coming talent pool.”

The campaign unveiled its first video today, which featured City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Others who will be featured include:

  • Geena the Latina, DJ, Channel 93.3
  • Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
  • Tony Young, CEO, Civic Link Strategies
  • Toni Atkins, Speaker, California State Assembly
  • Peter Callstrom, CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Jerry Sanders, CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

“One of my top priorities as mayor is to create good-quality jobs and fill those jobs with San Diego talent,” says Mayor Faulconer. “That’s why I was proud to support and include CONNECT2Careers as a part of my ‘One San Diego’ budget. I sincerely hope that this first job campaign and my first job story inspires more young workers to apply to CONNECT2Careers today so we can fill more job opportunities with San Diegans tomorrow.”

“I invite all San Diegans to make their own video or tweet about their first job experience and use the hashtag #MyFirstJobSD,” Callstrom adds. “This is an important conversation that we’d like as many people as possible to be a part of.”

Applications for the 2015 C2C program opened March 2 and will be accepted throughout the summer. The C2C program staff connects participants with local employers, who conduct interviews and hire the candidates directly. Last year C2C assisted 334 young adults in finding summer jobs with 176 employers throughout San Diego County. To apply to C2C or commit to hiring through the program, call 619-228-2927 or visit c2csd.org.


An initiative of SDWP, C2C prepares our region’s future workforce by providing youth with the education, skills and support necessary to obtain and maintain a job and by connecting them to meaningful paid work experiences. For additional information on how to support, partner or hire a C2C job candidate this summer, please visit c2csd.org.

San Diego Workforce Partnership

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is the leader for innovative workforce solutions in San Diego County. It funds job training programs that enable adults and youth to develop the skills and knowledge needed for careers that are in demand. SDWP also provides current and projected labor market research on the region’s workforce trends and key industries. Its vision is to ensure that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment. For more information, visit workforce.org.


Heather Milne Barger



source: http://workforce.org/news/press-release-myfirstjobsd-video-campaign-highlights-san-diegos-need-summer-jobs?utm_source=%23MyFirstJobSD+Announcement&utm_campaign=Veterans+Day+2014&utm_medium=email

Thank you cards mean alot

Far and few between do we share with you all the wonderful and thoughtful Thank You Letters we receive. We should do this more often because it means a lot to us that we are able to help our community in many ways.thank you

Where can I find the salary for a position?

Ever wonder “Where’s the Salary?” on a position you have been looking at on a job description?

One member asked that very question below:

The job search has not been as successful as I had envisioned. It seems they aren’t as eager as I am to fill the positions.  My strongest opportunity so far has been from a former employer, however after the phone interview I am still waiting for them to make it through other applicants. There anticipated time line for filling the job is March.

Most of the jobs I apply for have no salary listed. Virtually all of them ask what I would expect to be paid. Is there a way to look up the salary paid to the last person in that job? I feel like maybe I am too far from what they have budgeted for the position (too high or too low) I have been using Glassdoor but the ranges are wide and sometimes not listed.

Thanks for you help,

We asked our trusted Career Agents and Workshop Facilitators for advice and this si what they have to offer:

Dear B,

Have you tried going to www.edd.ca.gov and checking under Labor Market Info? Select Occupations, type in the job title, and the city… it will give you a range of reported incomes for the area for the quarter. When asked the question in an interview give them the range. This is where you have to determine if you think you qualify for the top 5th of highest paid. It will show them that you know what you are talking about and that you are negotiable.


3 Areas Job Seekers Make The Biggest Mistakes

3 Areas Job Seekers

Make The Biggest Mistakes

Don Goodman, February 12, 2015

In a job market where there are plenty of applicants, it only takes one mistake to ruin your chances.

As a job seeker, you need to know what the common mistakes are and work to avoid them so you lead a successful job search, impress managers with your resume, and make a positive mark at the job interview.


  1. Rely solely on job boards for opportunities – it has the least effectiveness rate when compared with
  2. using recruiters and networking through contacts.
  3. No online presence – employers and recruiters scour for talent on LinkedIn, so if you’re not there and not optimized for the right keywords, you’re missing out.
  4. Ineffective networking – most people think that networking is telling your contacts that you are looking for a job and giving them your resume. This is not effective as you’ve just lost control of your job search because you’re waiting on others to respond rather than being proactive in your pursuit.


  1. Lack of a good profile summary – it needs to speak to “Here’s what I can do for you.”
  2. Irrelevant information – if it doesn’t apply to the job or the employer, it brings no value to your resume.
  3. Not applying relevant keywords – hiring managers and the Applicant Tracking System look for keywords that indicate a match with what they are looking for before taking more time to review the resume.
  4. List of responsibilities instead of accomplishments and success achieved – employers want to know how well you performed on the job.


  1. Late arrival – if you know you’ll be running late at least call to apologize and offer an update on your expected arrival time.
  2. Lack of rapport – people hire people they like and feel comfortable around.
  3. Not asking questions – demonstrate that you are truly interested in the opportunity.
  4. Negative talk about your current or previous employer – this is not considered professional and employers do not want people who have had conflicts in their past jobs.
  5. Unprepared and unfamiliar with the company – do your research and understand the employer’s business.
  6. Poor body language – it can speak louder than your words

All these mistakes are avoidable, so carefully review and properly plan and prepare your job search, resume, and interview techniques for the best results!

Article taken from: http://www.careerealism.com/job-seekers-biggest-mistakes-areas/


Short Road to Success for the Long Haul

 Short Road to Success for the Long HaulBrian and United Truck driving

Written by Jordon Finkelstein
KRA Career Agent

Meet Brian Smith

SAN DIEGO, CA. –  Brian came to San Diego’s South Metro Career Center in November, 2014 to reach his career objective of being an interstate long haul truck driver. He had relocated to San Diego from Montana about a year earlier, and at age 21, realized that “dead end jobs” in construction, recycling and seasonal work wasn’t working for him even though he was working.

As a client at SMCC, Brian was assigned to a KRA Career Agent. “Your truck is your home,” Brian said, and his eligibility allowed him to participate in WIA sponsored truck driving training. Brian’s father and brother are both truckers, mostly cattle haulers in the Lower 48, based out of Montana.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 220 pound guy with All-American poster boy looks knew that the law requires that drivers be 21 years of age or older in order to drive interstate, and Brian wanted to be in it for the long haul.


“I would go out on the road with my dad as a kid,” Brian said, “so I know what it is like and what it takes to be a long haul trucker. He helped me develop a real passion for it.”

In approximately 60 days, Brian had turned his life and his career in the right direction. Even before completing the 30 day program at United and acing the DMV test for a Class A Permit that will allow him to drive 68 foot long trailers loaded with up to 80,000 pounds of cargo, Brian was already on the road to being on the road.He was so passionate and energetic during training that he was nicknamed “Montana” by his trainers and peers. He was hired by Werner Enterprise out of Fontana, CA., thanks to a pre-hire recruitment event and his own networking strategies. “I loved everything about it, the training, the people, the school – it was amazing and perfect,” Brian said.

“Brian is the perfect example of what a student should be,” said United’s director Bonnie Trown. “He came in through the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the WIA program and was very motivated.”

So personable, motivated and successful, in fact, that a major national news organization has interviewed and videotaped Brian about his All-American career success, and he will potentially be part of a $4 million advertising/feature spot that is slated to run during the 2014 Super Bowl about American workers.

Now that’s what you call a short road to success for the long haul.

We’re mad for merchandise in March!

You got to #ShowUsSomeLove throughout February!

Now it’s time for #MarchMadness #Merch. Throughout the month of March we are offering a YELP Check-In offer at the San Diego Metro Region Career Center.

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“We deserve a little more respect than being labeled lazy and looking for a handout.” [An Unemployment Story]

“We deserve a little more respect than being labeled lazy and looking for a handout.” [An Unemployment Story]

The following email was sent to me about a week ago and every word resonated. It speaks to the nature of job searching right now and what is available and how unbalanced the solutions are. This was written by John Fusto who gave me permission to use his story and mention his name. The rest of this post is written by him and unchanged by me.

There is something uniquely insidious to the soul of the white-collar professional from the loss of a job in this day. Don’t get me wrong, an out-of-work plumber or construction worker has a family to care for, bills to pay, and lies awake at night fending off the same grotesque nightmares I do. In broad strokes, we are the same, and live the same unemployment nightmare. But our life, and our fall differ in kind:

The professional’s dreams begin way back in high school, starting with our college acceptance letters, then graduation with so much promise and unlimited opportunity, our family’s pride beaming at us in cap and gown, armed with advanced and expensive degrees to make it all happen. Then come our marriages, our first job in our profession, our student loans paid, our circle of friends formed from our professions, our homes purchased, our children raised, as we progress into our careers. Some ambitions are realized, we accomplish goals, personally and professionally. We take pride in our lives, where we’ve been, where we’re going. Our life was not an entitlement, but it was earned. And the unraveling of this life is ghoulish, our expectations from the life we planned and worked years for, our professions, and worst of all, our identities have vanished.
I’m 54. I was a lawyer for 27 years, at one time an Assistant Attorney General. My last position was as a Vice-President and Senior Trial Counsel for a Fortune 500 company. I was jettisoned, without severance, last February. I knew intuitively from that day that life would unravel at shocking velocity.

Why? Because we’re not stupid. We’ve worked for corporations, we know how they think. We know they “create” profit by cutting expenses (us), we know the world is getting younger and cheaper, we know that, at our age, we are the most expendable. We’ve seen it happen to others, we’ve read the stories. We live in fear of writing one ourselves. Like now.

My profession is not unique in this sense: At a certain age, you are no longer wanted. You put forth every logical reason to convince otherwise–No, I will certainly work for less than my previous salary, I have a world of experience that can both help you and help the younger, less experienced, my gratitude for having this job will make me as dedicated an employee as you could hope for. No one’s listening.

Piece by piece, like a Jenga game, my life came apart from that day. First on the chopping block, the apartment. No money, no rent. An old high school friend graciously allowed me to stay in his son’s bedroom. Next, the dog, since having to crash with various friends and family is not conducive to also housing a dog that, though I loved him to pieces, was a bit of a handful. Then telling my daughter she could no longer attend the college she had been happily ensconced in for the past two years. Follow-up with dodging phone calls with strange area codes (collection agencies are adept at this), then the collapse of a credit rating built over a lifetime.

On to networking, calling friends, blah, blah, blah. After a few weeks of sympathetic sentiments, most simply moved on, either because of their getting on with their lives, or, I suspect, I became an unpleasant reminder, a symbol, of just what could happen to them, even in their most smug sense of their own security.

Next up, job websites, with their trite and banal tips from “experts” as to why I am not getting offers. “You must expand your networking circles!” they exclaim with utter fatuousness, all the while mocking me with links to “How to increase your salary negotiating leverage.” Wow, I’ll file that away for when I want to squeeze that extra 50k on my next offer.

So yesterday, for the third time, extending unemployment failed to, shall we say, hold the interest of that august body of Supremely Rich and Arrogant White Men We Have Come To Call The US Senate. My days of lying on the couch and eating bon bons (why they use that as a description is beyond me, and none too funny either) came to an end. On $328 per week, bon bons.

For the record, $328 put some food on my table, enabled me to contribute to the households of friends and family who put me up, put some gas in the car, paid my monthly phone bill and car insurance, and not a fucking thing else. Lying on the couch eating bon bons? I spend my day looking at job websites, wondering how to convince someone that “my skills from my previous position are easily transferable” to the job requirements that in no way conform to my experience.

Lately I peruse web-based news fixated on stories about unemployment benefits, and read readers’ comments on what a lazy slob I am. Or how, as per Donald Trump, I should move to North Dakota because, apparently that’s where the jobs are. Or how I should change careers, which for most of us, is like making a hard right with a battleship. Or my new favorite, take a job, ANY job. Like what? The twenty-two year old manager at Wendys will think having a 54 year old lawyer manning the drive-thru window is just the perfect fit. The rest of the day, and certainly night, is fending off despair and hopelessness. Is it really possible I may never actually have f/k/a a job again?

Look, I have been, and continue to be, blessed. I’ve had a good run, have a few friends and family who really love me, and a beautiful daughter I adore. But I know the run has ended. There will be no soft retirement, nothing resembling the life I once had. I am reduced to praying that $328 per week in benefits will be restored. If not, at which point I ponder the musical question with grim seriousness: How did my middle-class youth cum middle-class, middle-aged adult teeter on the brink of homelessness? With a fucking law degree?

And one other thing for the record: I worked since I was 13, paid more in tips than some of the knuckleheads who blather that I am on “welfare” and want a handout have in taxes. I did good work, much of it in public service, raised a family, and built a good life, on my own. I think we deserve a little more respect than being labeled lazy and looking for a handout.

7 reasons why you should join the Job Club W.O.R.K Group.

The Job Club is a networking and support group that provides a valuable service for job seekers and workforce professionals to improve employment success rates while building key skills such as networking, interviewing, résumé writing, organizing the job search, social media and so much more.job club ad

WHERE: South Metro Career Center 4389 Imperial Avenue San Diego, CA 92113

 Join Us! All are Welcome!!!

Job Club Advantages: Networking is one of the best ways to find jobs. Participating in a job club can provide the opportunity to expand network contacts and also serve as a support group.

The exchange of job leads, business cards, résumés, ideas, and information that occurs in a job club can energize participants.

Job Club activities are great for learning valuable career strategies and techniques. What can I expect from a job-club meeting? Job Club meetings are, in part, a support group, and a “think tank”. The idea is to share each others’ job-hunting and career experiences and encourage each other in that quest: Find out what works, what doesn’t, who’s hiring and who’s not?

 Members bring and critique each others’ résumés, and exchange and distribute them.

Members conduct mock interviews with each other and can also brainstorm ideas for questions to ask the interviewer.

Members critique and help each other pick out interview attire.

Part of the meeting is spent conducting employer research.

Members identify favorite career websites to share with the group.

Guest speakers are invited, such as employers, career coaches, résumé writers, authors of career books, college professors, and other experts.

Topics include career assessments, résumés, cover letters, interviewing, job-search follow-up, salary negotiation, Internet job-hunting, social media and company research.

Join us on our Job Club W.O.R.K Group LinkedIn page to get the most updated info, topics and resources!Join our Job Clu

Please plan to arrive early!

Dating and Job Hunting: More similar than you think

Source: http://lonniekingdesigns.com/project/dating-vs-job-hunting-infographic-elearners-com/



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