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Honoring Trades Employers Dedicated to JEVS’ Orleans Tech

While 2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons, building and construction trades employers’ commitment toward JEVS Human Services’ career training school, Orleans Technical College, did not waver. Companies, large and small, from across the Greater Philadelphia region support the mission of Orleans Tech in a number of ways, including hiring graduates for job openings, advancing graduates into higher positions, visiting classrooms to talk about their industries, and serving on advisory committees to inform changes in training curricula. 

JEVS and Orleans Tech honors Employers of the Month as a thank you and recognition of their contributions to the school. 

Swartley Bros. Engineers, Inc.

Swartley Bros. Engineers, Inc. is a four division Electrical Company that offers Fiber Optics, Data Com, Commercial and Industrial services across PA, NJ, DE and MD. They have been hiring at Orleans Tech for a few years in counting, and works hard with connecting each student’s skills with good positions. 

 

The BDFS Group, Inc.

The BDFS Group, Inc. offers construction services towards building commercial and residential properties. Their projects range from small scale renovations to large commercial. They are recognized for ‘Building the Best’ through the Greater Philadelphia area since 2008. Orleans Tech provides them with graduates that are ready to maintain their

 

Post Brothers Apartments

                

Post Brothers Apartments is a Real Estate developer, nationally known to operate, develop and sustain first-class apartments in Philadelphia. They have hired 9  Orleans Tech graduates due to needing local tradespeople and were willing to start right away with them. This company was able to work throughout the pandemic, giving the graduates a great start on their first job.

 

Allan Myers Inc.

Allan Myers Inc. serves as the largest self-performing heavy civil contractor and material supplier in the Mid Atlantic area. They have hired over a dozen of our students from our trades classes and offered careers opportunities over the last 5 years of the partnership. They were honored at Orleans Tech’s parent organization, JEVS Human Services’, ‘Strictly Business’ Awards event in 2014. Learn more about the partnership in this video:

 

Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers is a real estate developer, nationally known for their luxury home building on residential and commercial construction properties with the help of their quality engineered integrated systems. (TIS). Their partnership with us has been ongoing for years and our students have options to start a career journey with them. “One of the reasons we like working with Orleans is that we know their students have a passion for what they’re doing and they come to us with a higher level of skill.” – Toll Brothers. 

 

Horizon Services

Horizon Services specializes in AC, Plumbing, and Heating operation services. They were honored at Orleans Tech’s parent organization, JEVS Human Services’, 22nd annual ‘Strictly Business’ Awards in 2020 because of the extraordinary track record of 60 Orleans Tech graduates that were employed by them over the last 5 years of our partnership. Learn more about the partnership in this video:

 

February is National Career & Technical Education Month; 7 Benefits of Enrolling in CTE

February is Career & Technical Education Month. JEVS Human Services’ flagship program, Orleans Technical College, is considered a Career & Technical school because it is focused on teaching real-world job skills that prepare adults for employment opportunities in growing careers.

People come to Orleans Tech for a number of reasons. For one, Orleans delivers results. Another is that JEVS has been operating the school—serving the Greater Philadelphia region—for over 45 years. Hundreds of students will walk through our doors this year pursuing post-secondary education so that they can get ahead, support their families, and earn a credential that will make them very marketable in the building and construction trades workforce.

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Here are seven reasons to consider career and technical education at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College:

1. Job placement

Orleans Tech has a great track record of assisting students to begin their careers. In fact, this is a main component of each training program. Employment specialists work one-on-one with each student to ascertain his/her strengths, put together a résumé that highlights training and skills, then match the student with a local employer offering job openings. Each month, company presidents and HR managers contact Orleans looking for qualified students to come join their teams. This provides an excellent advantage to our students.

2. Learn by doing

Aristotle said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Students are taught practical, hands-on skills that are essential for the jobs they want. They get right in there–and get dirty!–experiencing first-hand how to accomplish a task or technique. Instructors teach students the tricks of the trade and how to use their tools and equipment properly. This gives Orleans students a head start in the workforce, because they’ll know WHY and HOW to get a job done. They leave the classroom with the confidence and readiness to jump straight into the workforce.

3. Industry-experienced instructors

Trade school teachers are teaching theory and going through content in the textbook. True. But, their experiences working in the field become invaluable to students’ classroom lessons. (Safely set up at this point per COVID guidelines). Orleans Tech’s instructors bring knowledge and skills from learning on the job. They share their successes and talk to students about how things get done in the real world. Nothing beats an instructor who is passionate about his or her craft (and enjoys sharing it with others).

4. Job demand

Orleans Tech is a vocational school that provides training in areas that are in high demand in the regional workforce. Orleans currently teaches five different courses in the building trades industry where job openings are due to increase by 4-8%  over the next decade. Wondering which of these trades might be best for you? Take our quick, fun quiz to see. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2020 Edition)

5. Cost

For the 2020-21 academic year, the average cost for one year of a college degree education (including tuition and fees) was estimated to be $11,171 at public institutions. This is comparable to the cost to complete a career training program at Orleans Tech. What a return on investment! With the concerns these days of keeping student loan debt low, a trades education may be a wise, and more affordable, choice for many. (Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

6. Time

An associate degree can take 2 years, a bachelor’s 4. Orleans offers 6-month programs of intense training. This quick turnaround is very doable for those whose current jobs or family obligations may prevent them from going to school for years on end. Plus, our CTE school offers training during the day or evening to accommodate life’s busy schedules!

7. Rolling admissions

Unlike traditional academic calendars with classes starting in September and January, every month Orleans Tech is starting a new class. This means that applications are accepted and reviewed all year long. Admissions and financial services representatives work with each student individually to help them navigate the enrollment and financial aid processes so that they can focus on starting their training sooner rather than later.

Learn more about Orleans Tech’s career and technical education in this video:

Introducing JEVS EduConnect with Expanded Options for College Degrees

It was just two years ago when JEVS Human Services began a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) to blaze trails in post-secondary education in the Philadelphia region. The key? Offering a low- to no-tuition degree with the help of grants, as well as a personal coach to assist adults juggling college while also working. Over this time, students in the pilot program have been able to complete their degrees nearly debt-free—in shorter periods of time than the traditional 2-year associate or 4-year bachelor’s—but perhaps more importantly, advance in their jobs or companies because of attained skills and credentials.

This month, JEVS is expanding this program with the launch of JEVS EduConnect and a new partner school: Brandman University. The partnership with SNHU and Brandman entails program support and coaching powered by JEVS and the specialized online curricula/degrees offered through these non-profit universities. The network of two schools now increases the number of majors and degree options we can offer to individuals who need flexible, high-quality and affordable education alternatives, especially those trying to recover from the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19.  Topping the list of opportunities that JEVS EduConnect now offers is a master’s degree program, more extensive offerings in IT, organizational leadership, education/teaching, psychology and counseling.

JEVS EduConnect is more than an avenue to higher learning. It represents an integrated, holistic approach to helping working or unemployed individuals in the community—many who have families to support and other socioeconomic obstacles to continuing and completing an education. With the support services of a dedicated, one-on-one coach, enrolled students get the “hand-holding” guidance they need throughout their journey and to stay the course.

“We are thrilled with the extent to which Brandman University has helped JEVS to expand our ability to serve the Greater Philadelphia community, as well as with their team’s incredible enthusiasm for our program’s mission,” said Nandi Jones-Clement, vice president of business development at JEVS Human Services. “We looked for a partner that didn’t just have stellar online capabilities and diverse learning options, but one who shares our drive to empower adults to move forward in their education, careers and personal fulfillment. Brandman has an undeniable dedication to remaining involved with us and are committed to the success of every student we enroll.”

Adding Brandman (which recently announced an alliance with University of Massachusetts) and its master’s degree to the JEVS EduConnect’s offerings is a definite game-changer because many of the adults seeking post-secondary education support from JEVS are in the 30-40-year-old age range and looking for meaningful career changes that will be supported by them having an advanced degree. In addition, given that JEVS focuses on educational support for adults trying to balance work, school and family responsibilities, Brandman’s virtual learning expertise and the fact that approximately 90% of their students work while completing a program and approximately 56% of graduates do so while caring for children, were significant selling points.

“When you look at the profile of adults coming to JEVS in order to connect to a college degree, they want expediency, as well as quality, affordability and convenience” said Clement.

JEVS has worked in the job development and educational space for eight decades and knows how vital it is to have support systems in place to help people overcome the gamut of challenges that start even before an adult decides to pursue a college degree. JEVS’s post-secondary coaches are with a student from the start and remain with them throughout their entire time earning a degree. Coach activities include: assisting with enrollment and financial aid processes; onboarding participants into the program; helping students to create a workplan that enables them to fit their online coursework into their daily lives; problem-solving challenges ranging from finding a quiet place to work at home to understanding what a project is asking them to do; organizing student study groups; and working to accommodate working students with evening phone or video chat sessions.

“With the pandemic driving so much uncertainty in our world, this program and the opportunities we now offer in partnership with Brandman University couldn’t be better timed,” said Clement. “More than just offering a path to a college degree, we’re giving people an exhilarating way to see and worked toward a promising future.”

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JEVS EduConnect will be holding virtual info sessions for those who want to learn more about pursuing an affordable, accredited and accelerated degree online.

How Do I Reinvent Myself? Ask Ms. Burnett!

Ms. Yolanda Burnett is the program coordinator for JEVS Career Solutions for 55+, where she provides mature Philadelphia workers with professional job readiness workshops, one-on-one job coaching and advocacy.

For more information on how Ms. Burnett and the 55+ Program can help you, register for our next free Orientation/Information Session Workshop. Sessions are held every Friday at 11:00 AM. via Zoom. See the JEVS Events page to RSVP for an upcoming session.

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Hello mature job seekers! During these trying times many people are finding themselves at home and unable to return to their jobs of 20+ years. Many are frustrated from either being laid off, furloughed or simply unemployed. As a career advisor, it’s my job to advise job seekers of ways in which they can utilize their time wisely. First, dust off your resume and make sure to update your skills and your qualifications. If you need help with updating your resume contact JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ at 267-449-0192.

Once you’ve updated your resume you can clearly see how much you’ve accomplished, learned and grown over past years. Now, it’s time to ask yourself, “Do I want to change careers?” If your answer is yes, you must be willing to interrupt your routine! Familiarity will often hinder people from change. As a result, they become paralyze and continue to do what’s comfortable and stay miserable. Although, change can feel a little uncomfortable in the end it’s worth it! See information on ways to reinvent after 50: https://medium.com/career-relaunch/5-ways-to-reinvent-a-career-after-50-you-havent-thought-about-6acfeb0ea6e8

In order to reinvent yourself, you must be willing to make different career choices and be able to think outside of the box. When thinking about a career change you must consider your skills that are transferable. For example: What skills does a Customer Service Representative have in common with a Case Worker?

The skill-set commonalities are:

1. Customer service/Public relations 2. Data entry 3. Case Management 4. Telephone Outreach.

Below you will find tips on how to prepare for self-reinvention:

1. Focus on the Good: You must keep a positive attitude when is comes to change. Doubt will always try to stick its ugly head up but as soon as you begin to feel fear think of something positive. Think of how amazing it will be to start a new job and to do something different.
See tips on the benefits of thinking positive: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-think-positive

 

2. Change Your Diet: Being in the house more than usually can be a tempting environment to eat the wrong foods. Having a poor diet and eating junk foods will not help with your motivation and energy level. Not only does eating a poor-quality diet decrease energy it is linked to a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death. That said, eating healthier will help you in all aspects of your life.
See 7 healthy eating tips: https://info.totalwellnesshealth.com/blog/7-healthy-eating-habits-that-will-change-the-way-you-eat

 

3. Clear Out Physical Clutter: Clearing out clutter will free up necessary space mentally and in your life. Throw away all that old junk and fill your space with thing that makes you happy, such as placing some fresh flowers or add a nice fruit bowl to your coffee table. On a sunny open your curtains and allow the sun to shine through.
See 9 ways your life will improve when you declutter: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22687/9-ways-your-life-will-improve-when-you-declutter.html

 

4. Clear Our Emotional Clutter: Dismiss anyone from your life that’s not uplifting or supportive your efforts towards self-reinvent. All nay-sayers must go! This is your life and you have the right to decide who stays and who goes! You do not need anyone’s permission to change!
See how to manage stress: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm

 

5. Work toward your goals: Everyday work towards your goal of obtaining employment. You are now the CEO of your life! You are in control of your life and destiny. That said, the efforts you put into obtaining your goal will show. Apply for a job every day!
See information from Indeed on finding a job during a pandemic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcNJX8zGGvk

 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ program understands that finding a job can be frustrating. However, we’re pleased to report that employers are hiring! Therefore, we encourage you to be patient, pace yourself and seek professional support. Also, continue to connect with positive people who are on the same journey as yourself. For free career counseling, please feel free to contact Yolanda Burnett, 55+ Program Coordinator at 267-449-0192 or email yolandaburnett@jevs.org.

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I hope that you’ve found these tips to be enlightening and informative.  If you have any questions, need support with your resume, possible job leads and professional career coaching, please feel free to contact me:

Yolanda Burnett
Program Coordinator for JEVS Career Solutions for 55+
267-647-7137
Email yolanda.burnett@jevs.org

You can also connect with me to register to attend the next JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ information session and workshop.

 

Making Hope Happen for Ciera

As a single parent of two, Ciera found herself in need of a job where she could balance being a supportive mother and making sure she had a job that supplied her financial needs. She previously had a job as a CPR, First Aid and AED trainer only for a few months at a time, so she was seeking something that provided her longer commitment and sustainability.

Ciera was referred to PA CareerLink® Suburban Station, operated by JEVS Human Services, through welfare benefits and other JEVS instructors. This program allowed her to become more resourceful as she tackled perfecting her resume, design an extensive cover letter and participate in mock interviewing. Ciera met with her workforce advisor and designed a successful plan that highlighted her strengths and weaknesses as a potential candidate. She utilized the job club and applied to jobs while tracking each one on a job search log. She met with her advisor in a one-on-one setting to also make sure her more valued applications were completed thoroughly. She utilized our career wardrobe to also obtain an interviewing outfit. Ciera also participated in the various workshops offered and other services that allowed her to get ahead in the job market.

With CareerLink, she felt the care from her instructors and case managers. She could see that this program had a goal for her and wanted to find her a job that gave her everything she wanted and needed for her and her family, even after she landed a job.

“They made sure that I found a job, but also made sure my financial needs were being met and they continued with check ins and made sure I was on the right track,” she said.

Ciera knew that she needed a job that worked well with her family’s schedules. When she was offered to be a special education teacher’s aide, for the Philadelphia School District, she was more than happy to take it. This allowed for her to go to work, while her kids were in school and allowed for them all to come home around the same time. She was hired in October 2019 and has been there ever since.

Ciera’s children are her truest inspiration. Her daughter, who has suffered with eczema since she was 2 years old, sparked Ciera an interest in figuring out a way to make all-natural soaps that would alleviate this skin disease.

“My daughter has been inspiring me, and she is exhausted and still having many challenges, but figuring out what works for her and moving into natural solutions has helped a lot,” she said.

Making these natural soaps for her daughter is what sparked an idea for Ciera to start selling these natural soaps to other people with the same struggles and challenges. So far, she has sold these products to close family and friends but is hoping to expand this business in the future, as she plans to get a degree in Business through JEVS SNHU Program.

“I am hoping that this can benefit my whole family,” she said.

Ciera plans to study business and hopes that this will lead to bigger opportunities to flourish her small business.

The individuals and resources that referred Ciera to CareerLink, also shared information about JEVS’s college degree program to her. They aided in her application process and scheduling an interview, but her truest help in seeking a degree was the search for a solution to her daughter’s needs.

By utilizing these programs and services that JEVS provides she is able to move forward with her career and education feeling confident and prepared.

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by Madison Baer, JEVS intern & senior communications major at La Salle University

New Year, New You 2021

How can JEVS help you to look ahead toward positive possibilities? Here are 5 opportunities to make 2021 far better than your 2020! 

2020 was a year like no other, and hopefully it will not be an experience we will have to endure again. While the flip of the calendar doesn’t make the pandemic, recession, and other social challenges go away, JEVS Human Services does have many exciting educational opportunities and employment services to help you look forward to a light at the end of the tunnel.

Be sure to click on the link within each paragraph to get more info and access application or RSVP forms. 

  1. Career Training for Young Adults — We are enrolling for two different, no-cost programs starting in January 2021 that help those ages 18 to 24 build career pathways into in-demand fields. Our IT Pre-Apprenticeship program assists individuals in gaining job training in information technology. Students can earn industry certifications, benefit from a paid internship, and have direct access to apprenticeship opportunities. Our Project WOW program is for Philadelphia residents who did not complete high school and offers high school equivalency test preparation, hands-on skills in property maintenance and repair, industry certifications, and job placement.
  2. Accelerated College Degree for Working Adults — Whether you want to launch a new career or advance in your current job, you can pursue a college degree through JEVS and our network of accredited universities (Southern New Hampshire University and Brandman University). This opportunity features online project-based learning, multiple degree paths, and in-demand courses of study, all under $7,000 per year (possibly less with grants!). The main feature of this unique program is the built-in support system…a success coach!…who mentors and guides students through every step of their journey. With rolling admissions, you can get started on enrolling for the next 2021 semester starting soon.
  3. Job Search Assistance for the UnemployedPA CareerLink® Suburban Station, operated by JEVS Human Services, provides comprehensive services to those seeking work. Career counselors assist individuals to create a customized career plan, and can guide you through the process of accessing any supports or benefits you may be eligible for, as well as connect you with job openings that would be a good fit for you. CareerLink also assists individuals to navigate available resources specifically for veterans, persons with disabilities, 55+, youth and young adults, immigrants, returning citizens (reentry), and more.
  4. Mentoring Support for Job Seekers — Through JEVS’ 3 Cups of Coffee® program, you can be paired with a compatible mentor who will provide you with supports to help you through that last step in the process of finding the perfect job. Almost 80 percent of jobs today are filled through connections before the job is even posted. Whether you are unemployed or underemployed, mentors can connect you with those in your field of choice to grow your professional network in 2021, and find that inside edge.
  5. Free Job Search Webinars for Career ChangersJEVS Career Strategies program has a great lineup of free virtual workshops this January 2021 to help those looking to change jobs or careers, or who want a fresh start in the new year. With topics like writing a winning resume and improving your virtual interviewing, individuals will learn how to effectively focus on achievements and tell impressive success stories that really stand out. One webinar, “Rediscovering Your Motivation for the Job Search During These Uncertain Times,” will help people learn how to manage anxiety and foster self-compassion.

Honoring Horizon Services as an Exemplary Employer Partner

Hiring nearly 60 Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating graduates from JEVS’ Orleans Technical College over the last five years, Horizon Services has been an exemplary employer partner.

When the world was shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Horizon was making a commitment not only to its current employees, but to keeping the economy moving and hiring even more. With a headquarters office in Audubon, Pa., Horizon is one of the largest and most referred home services companies in the United States, specializing in heating, air conditioning, plumbing, drain cleaning, and electrical repair.

Horizon Services looks to Orleans Tech as a preferred source of qualified and motivated employees, even offering to come in for presentations to classes of students and on-the-spot interviews. They even report that some of the Orleans Tech grads who began working 5 years ago at the age of 25-27 are now making $100K plus!

The job retention of Orleans grads sits above 85%, and several have already been promoted to senior positions. Horizon is truly bettering the communities in which they serve.

> Read more in the NortheastTimes.com

Watch how and why they turn to Orleans Tech for qualified and motivated job seekers to fill their open positions.

 

Essential Connections

Orleans Technical College honored Horizon Services, Inc., an HVAC and plumbing company that’s hired more than 60 graduates in the past five years, at its annual Strictly Business event.

By Northeast Times

When Makai Chetram graduated the HVAC program at Orleans Technical College in 2018, he achieved two goals. One, he got hired at a job for something he went to school for. Two, he was hired at that job before he even graduated.

Chetram is just one of more than 60 Orleans graduates in the last five years to be scooped up by Horizon Services Inc., a company that provides residential plumbing and HVAC services throughout the east coast. He was hired as a service technician, and three weeks ago was promoted to unit installer.

“We’ve put a lot of hours in the past five years building relationships with the school and program, so being recognized is an honor,” he said.

The annual award ceremony (virtual this year, of course) honors businesses and individuals that serve as an inspiration in their fields. Nominating the company that has provided jobs to so many graduates was a no-brainer for Tamika Gray, employment specialist at Orleans.

“They honestly deserve it just because of our relationship,” she said in the announcement video.

The hiring process works smoothly for both sides. Near the end of the program, students will send Crawford video introductions as well as their resumes. Crawford makes frequent trips to the school to meet the students in person and determine what position in the company would best suit them based on their skillset and personality.

“Orleans is willing to work with me to get to the root of each individual candidate so we know who they are as a person and where they’ll best fit in the company,” Crawford said.

Take Chetram, for example. Born in St. Thomas, he moved to Northeast Philadelphia when he was 13 and graduated from Northeast High School. A couple of years into college at Penn State, he met someone who recommended getting into the trades, and found himself at Orleans soon after.

Now 26, Chetram owns his own house while he said some of his friends are in debt. He said during the pandemic, he sees many young people turning to trades as a viable career option.

“You can take these skills anywhere,” he said.

Only 2.5 percent of Americans are qualified to work in HVAC and plumbing.

Even during the pandemic, Horizon has still hired about 10 Orleans graduates since April alone. A few of the students hired in March had to wait a couple of months to start until regular employee orientations began again, but once the business was deemed essential, Crawford was able to get them on board and working.

“The jobs don’t go away – services still need to take place,” Crawford said.

> Read the story on NortheastTimes.com

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Career Advice Corner: Four Job Search Techniques that Haven’t Changed Since the COVID-19 Outbreak

Have you been putting off your job search because you heard that employers have frozen hiring? Do you feel like the pandemic has fundamentally changed the world, the workforce, and every aspect of the job search? JEVS Career Strategies’ senior career counselor Jackie Savoy shares her expert opinion about strategizing during COVID-19.  Jackie shared with us the following:

  1. Tailor your resume to the job

Job opportunities open to the public are primarily advertised online, and big job search engines like Indeed or Glassdoor use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter resumes. The reality is your resume won’t get through the ATS and in front of a recruiter if you don’t include keywords that relate to the specific position. O*NET OnLine is a great tool with detailed job descriptions and industry information that can help you create a tailored resume.  Additionally, JobScan allows you to compare your resume to the desired job description to see if you are a match.

  1. Market yourself

An ATS-compatible resume is the foundation of your job search. Once that’s out of the way, what’s the next step? Google yourself. This is likely the first thing the hiring manager will do when your resume lands on their desk, and how you behave in virtual spaces plays a role in how you are perceived generally.

Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to have control of your online image. Flesh out your Linkedin profile with a high-quality professional photograph, comprehensive work history, and relevant industry connections. Remaining active on Linkedin will help you expand your network and increases the likelihood that you’ll be found by recruiters. A career counselor at JEVS Career Strategies can help you represent yourself, your unique work experiences, and strategize how to communicate if COVID-19 impacted your career.

  1. It is not what you know, it is who knows you

No one can hire you if they don’t know you exist. A strong professional online presence is vital to finding a job, but it isn’t enough if that is your only strategy to get noticed.

Yes, you still need to network for inside information and advice so you are the most competitive version of yourself. This may seem counterintuitive given the restrictions on social interaction. Start by making a list of companies you would like to work for, recruiters you want to contact, and professionals in your desired field who might be able to give you guidance.

Social media is the perfect way to expand your network from a safe distance. Consider asking a professional contact for a virtual coffee break on Zoom to maintain the relationship and ensure you’re the first person they think of when they hear of a new opportunity.

  1. Virtual Interviewing is just as important as in-person

“Normal” everyday life has widely adapted to the social restrictions; interviewing has not ceased, it has simply moved to virtual meeting platforms like Zoom or GoToMeeting. It’s crucial to become comfortable with video conferencing as these platforms are the gold standard for remote collaboration.

Fortunately, the best practices for acing a remote interview are largely the same in a video conference setting. Prepare thoroughly for your virtual interview as you would an in-person interview by researching the company, its mission, and how you would help them reach their goals. Practicing the best answers to common interview questions will set you up for success.

 

If you’ve read these tips and are still looking for guidance, schedule an appointment with a Career Strategies Career Counselor to design a personal job search action plan. Our counselors are here for you to help make a difficult situation productive and meaningful.

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If you are interested in learning how JEVS Career Strategies can help individuals get to the next stage in their careers or job search…

> Learn more.

> Submit an inquiry form, anytime of day!

> See/attend our upcoming free workshops.

> Read our career advice blogs.

> Contact us at 215-832-0878 or cs@jevs.org

 

Going to College: Helping the JEVS Family Succeed, One Class at a Time

As any JEVS Human Services employee knows, there are a plethora of programs that we provide for individuals from all walks of life. What many employees do not realize, however, is that some of our programs are open to them too! As more classes begin to rev up during these unprecedented times, we wanted to showcase some of the inspiring JEVS employees who have taken advantage of our JEVS+SNHU program, a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University that features flexible, affordable and accredited online associate and bachelor’s degree programs.

Annette Silva

Annette recently leafed through the pages of her high school yearbook and came across a section that listed her dreams, which included working in the health industry. Now, working as a quality assurance supervisor at JEVS Work Ready, Annette loves her job but still wants to explore that part of herself that she has dreamt about for so long.

“I had this passion for a long time, and it was always in my heart that I wanted to go back to school, finish my degree…but then life happened,” Annette said. “You buy a house, have a kid, get a job, and it feels like going back to school gets further and further from your reach.”

Nevertheless, after discovering JEVS+SNHU, Annette overcame the barriers of being a first-generation student, single mother and full-time employee and decided to enroll for an associate degree in health care management. She is now one-third of the way through the program and is proud for not only accomplishing this goal for herself, but also for her son.

“My son and I have a saying– slow motion is better than no motion. So, although it might not always be on the time frame that I want, I am still chipping away at my goal, making progress and being an example for him.”

Valerie Marrow-Jackson

Valerie is used to being the teacher. She works as a placement counselor with JEVS Work Ready and has both children and grandchildren. However, despite her natural role as an educator, Valerie yearned to be a student again.

“Another employee shared her experience through the JEVS+SNHU program with me and that definitely piqued my interest,” Valerie said. “I wanted to improve on and enhance how I present to my students and I wanted to understand the culture and behaviors that form individual perspectives.”

Valerie enrolled in the JEVS+SNHU program for an associate degree in general studies and is halfway finished. She emphasized that the flexibility of the coursework is what gave her the opportunity to go back to school and succeed.

“For anyone who is considering, I would say go for it. You gain so much regarding different perspectives, collaboration and support from coaches and I almost guarantee that you can make the time.”

Jemmekia Moses

Jemmekia is the perfect example of how beneficial it can be for a JEVS employee to partake in a JEVS program. She works as an administrative assistant with JEVS Work Ready and took her passion for her job further by enrolling and successfully completing a bachelor’s degree in communications through JEVS+SNHU.

“I went to community college for five or six years and it dragged on and was test-based,” Jemmekia said. “When I looked at the JEVS + SNHU program and curriculum, I was like, wow you could do it at your own pace and do as many as you want within 6 months.”

Jemmekia enrolled in the program early on, before the JEVS coaching option was fully formed. She said that she knows with added aspect of coaching, the program must be even more successful than it was before. These coaches help keep students on track and check-in with them periodically to assist them in any way they can. Nonetheless, Jemmekia has only positive things to say about her experience.

“My work ethic has improved, and it opened me up to different opportunities that now I can say I have certain skills I didn’t have before that I can apply to my job at JEVS,” Jemmekia said.

The best part of her story is that Jemmekia now urges others at Work Ready to enroll in the program.

“I encourage everyone that’s involved in Work Ready to try the program. I could not recommend it enough.”

To learn more, visit the JEVS+SNHU page.

 

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