Workshops and Seminars

Whether you’d like to broaden your knowledge around budgeting, improve your computer skills, or learn tips that may help with your job search, there is a workshop for you. Our workshops, led by PA CareerLink® instructors, are designed to bring you the best experience possible, include opportunities to ask questions and have discussions with other job seekers, and are always available at no cost to you. If you’re not sure about what workshop to attend, our staff can help guide you to what would be the best fit for you. Your “workshop schedule” will be tailored towards your individual needs, helping to enhance your skills and knowledge while making you more career ready.
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Workshops

Some workshops will be led by outside experts that we invite to lead discussions and training on special topics. These experts are often in charge of hiring with local companies, so participation in the workshops can be a great opportunity for you to make a lasting first impression and expand your network. Unable to attend in person? Workshops offered virtually give you a unique opportunity to practice navigation of virtual software that employers may require as part of their interview process, such as Zoom.

We welcome you to attend as many workshops as you’d like! Workshops are open to the public with a simple enrollment process that our staff would be happy to assist you with as needed.

If you are also registered in one of our PA CareerLink® programs offering individualized services, staff are available to follow-up with you after workshops to help you build on what you’ve learned and apply new skills and insights to your goal planning and action steps!

Upcoming Business Seminars

Shared-Work Program – May 5, 2021 – 10am-11am

Shared-Work allows a business to retain its workforce during a temporary slowdown and then quickly ramp up operations without the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. Shared-Work also helps to protect your employees from the financial hardship of a full layoff.

Employer benefits of Shared-Work:

  • Maintains full staff for future business growth
  • Reduces future hiring and retraining costs
  • Maintains worker productivity
  • Retains experienced employees
  • Reduces financial strain on employees
  • Keeps worker moral high

Register today!

Manage Your Job Search

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Ace the Interview

Learn the best way to present yourself on paper and in person. What are employers looking for? How do you fit that role?
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Application Tips and Online Applications

A major portion of your job hunting will be applying for jobs online. Learn what to expect, how to streamline the process and what to look out for.

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Cover Letters that Get Results

Learn how and why to use a cover letter and the basics of creating an effective one.
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Developing a Resume

Learn the basics of creating a great resume, what to add on, what to leave off, formatting it for the digital age, and what hiring managers really want to see.

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Dos and Don’ts for Successful Virtual and Phone Interviews

Tips and tricks for more successful virtual and phone interviews, including the best use of lighting and backgrounds, mastering the technology, and things you need to do to prepare.

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Foundations Framework: Skills to Get a Job

Learn how to promote your foundation skills to gain employment.
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How to Thrive During a Job Loss

Productive ways to survive a job loss, such as financial and emotional changes.
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Interview with Confidence

This Workshop will discuss what to expect at an interview. It will cover the best practices for in-person and virtual interviews, exhibiting confidence, and leaving a great impression.
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Navigating the PA CareerLink® Website

Learn about the many features on the PA CareerLink® website including creating and uploading resumes, searching and applying for jobs, interview skills, and more.

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PA CareerLink® Online: Career Resources Overview

Learn about the many resources available through the Commonwealth’s PA CareerLink<sup>&reg;</sup> Website

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Resume Writing

Receive valuable tips to write a resume that will get noticed!

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Smart Start to Launch Your Job Search

Helpful and practical tips to get your job search off to a good start.
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Three Steps to Finding Your Career

Discover what to do to set and complete your goal of landing the job that you have always wanted.
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Use Transferable Skills to Get Your Next Job

Discover the skills and abilities you already have that can carry over from one job to another, and one career to another.
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Using Social Media to Find a Job

Learn how LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter can help in your job search.
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What Employers Want

At this workshop you will learn about what employers really value in their employees, including social skills, personality traits, attitudes, and career attributes.

Increase Your Computer Skills

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Google Pt. 1: More than a Web Browser

Google is much more than a Web Browser. In part 1 of this 3-part Workshop, you will learn about the other Google online applications. NOTE: Although all 3 parts of this series build off each other, they are also designed to be taken individually as well.

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Google Pt. 2: Using Apps for Job Search

Google is much more than a Web Browser. In part 2 of this 3-part Workshop, you will learn how you can integrate Google apps to provide a complete online office for managing your job search. NOTE: Although all 3 parts of this series build off each other, they are also designed to be taken individually as well.

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Google Pt. 3: Using Google Classroom

Part 3 will demonstrate Google Classroom. Many grade schools, high schools, and colleges use it to manage classroom material, for both in-school and remote instruction. See how it is used and what you can do with it.

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Google Pt. 4: Understanding Google Classroom

Many grade schools, high schools and colleges use Google Classroom to manage classroom material, for both in-school and remote instruction. See how it is used and what you can do with it.

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Internet Basics: Tech & Terms Pt. 1

You use the internet, but do you understand it? In Part 1 of a 3-part workshop, we will discuss the basics of what the internet is all about. We will answer questions such as: how it actually works, how do you connect to it, and how you can improve it in your home. Basic terminology will be reviewed.

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Internet Basics: Tech & Terms Pt. 2

You use the internet, but do you understand it? In Part 2 of a 3-part workshop, we will answer questions such as: What is the Cloud, the issues around Net Neutrality, and what is a VPN?

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Internet Basics: Tech & Terms Pt. 3

You use the internet, but do you understand it? In Part 3 of a 3-part workshop, we will answer questions such as: What is Cloud storage, and What is Net Neutrality all about?

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Intro to Microsoft 365 Pt. 1: What is It?

Learn about Microsoft 365, a free online version of Microsoft Office Apps such as Word and Excel, what it offers and how to access it.
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Intro to Microsoft 365: Excel

See Microsoft Excel, one of the Microsoft Office Apps demonstrated and learn basic ways you can use it at work and at home. NOTE: It is recommended you take part 1 of this series to understand what Microsoft 365 is.
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Intro to Microsoft 365: PowerPoint

Demonstrates one of the Office Apps, Microsoft PowerPoint. You will see basic ways this application can make dynamic presentations and slide shows.
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Intro to Microsoft 365: Word

A summary of the most commonly used features in Word to create documents such as a resume or cover letter.
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Intro to Creating a PowerPoint

Join a Google Meet Session and walk through the steps of creating a PowerPoint presentation. Time will be provided for you to explore and share your screen as needed.

Boost Your Well-Being and Workplace Skills

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Budgeting, Saving and Financing

Learn about budgeting tools, savings options to meet your needs, and financing best practices.

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Create a LinkedIn Account that Stands Out from the Crowd

Step by step instructions to create a professional LinkedIn account.
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Culture and Diversity in the Workplace

Learn about equality and diversity, respect in the workplace, professionalism, and preventing workplace harassment and bullying.
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Digital Scams – Don’t be a Victim

Learn to spot fraudulent emails, websites, and how to protect yourself.
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Email Boot Camp

What signals are you sending when you post an email? Learn how to use correct digital body language and etiquette to become a more impressive communicator.
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Essential Techniques to Boost Your Communication Skills

Improve your communication skills by learning how to successfully use non-verbal communications, listening skills, and straight talk in the workplace.

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Foundation Framework: Employability Skills

Learn about the skills needed to keep a job, such as social skills, interacting effectively in the workplace and managing one’s work environment.

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Foundation Framework: Lifelong Learning Skills

What is ‘Lifelong Learning’ and how does it affect your employment opportunities? This workshop presents an overview of the skills needed to set and reach realistic learning and career goals.

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Foundation Framework: Skills to Get a Job

Learn how to promote your foundation skills to gain employment.

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Foundation Framework: Workplace Knowledge Skills

Learn what skills are needed to advance in a job including the nature of work, quality consciousness and understanding the workplace culture.

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Freelancing in a Gig Economy

Are you thinking of a side hustle or maybe going out on your own? Learn the pros and cons of freelance work and how to get started.
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How to Use Transferable Skills to Get Your Next Job

Discover the skills and abilities you already have that can carry over from one job to another, and one career to another.

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Making it Work on a Budget

Learn how to create a money map to stay on track with your budget and learn ways to make your dollars stretch when money is short.

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Providing Great Customer Service

Learn how to improve your customer interactions, making your career and work experience more successful.
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Setting Goals that Motivate You

Learn how to set SMART goals to better reach your goals.
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Based on the book by Stephen Covey, this workshop will highlight some of the main points and help you become a more successful person.
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Strategies for Handling Change

If you struggle with handling the stress of change, this workshop will help you to view change in a different way to improve how you handle changes in your life.
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Stress Management

Teaches useful techniques to live a healthier life by managing stress.
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Time Management

Receive tips and ideas for managing your time to create a more productive and successful lifestyle.
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Working from Home: Best Practices

Do you need to have a better setup for creating or maintaining a work-from-home space? What should you consider for optimum efficiency, productivity, and online connections? In this workshop you will be introduced to ideas you should consider for a lengthy stay-at-home work environment.

Special Interests

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Board of Pardons Presentation

Join us for a live webinar with Brandon Flood, the Secretary of the Board of Pardons, to ask your questions and learn about the clemency process.
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How to Apply for State and Federal Jobs

Want a job with The Commonwealth of PA or with the Federal Government? This workshop will teach you some tips and show you how to navigate the websites.
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Job Corps Information Session

Interested in completing your High School education or taking the steps towards a new and exciting career? Come learn all about what Job Corps can offer you! Job Corps is a FREE residential vocational school for individuals 16-24 that provides hands-on job training and education services to assist you towards your goals of success.

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Landing a Job with a Criminal Background

Is your criminal background keeping you from getting a job? Learn the tools you need to be successful in the job market.
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Life After Job Loss Series: Supercharge Your Job Interview

Master your interview techniques with this workshop. Learn how to provide confident answers to awkward questions and leave a great impression! Part 4 of 4 in the series.
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Life After Job Loss Series: Taking the Mystery Out of Resume Writing

When it comes to creating your resume, one size does not fit all. Learn tips for creating a resume that is easy to develop and change and gets noticed by employers. Part 2 of 4 in the series.

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Life After Job Loss Series: I Lost My Job, Now What?

Now more than ever, losing a job presents major dilemmas. Learn about the personal and financial impact, as well as solutions to overcome the obstacles in finding a new job. Part 1 of a 4-part series.
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Life After Job Loss Series: Get Smart with Online Applications

There is no avoiding having to use the internet to search and apply for jobs. Learn the tools of the internet to control your online job search and beat the odds. Part 3 of 4 in the series.
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Pennsylvania State Police Recruitment

This recruitment occurs every Tuesday in January and February from 1PM-2PM. A PA State Trooper will be available to discuss the process and expectations to becoming a PA State Trooper. To attend, please email tkohler@tiu11.org for the Zoom link to attend this event.
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Tips for Job Seekers Over 50

Ageism is alive and well. Learn effective ways to become more competitive in the job market by masking your age so potential employers only see you for your skills.
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Veterans’ Virtual Job Club

Assistance for veterans seeking employment through networking and job search.
We always welcome everyone to join our live instructor-led workshops, but we know that sometimes, schedules are tight! We make recordings of recent workshops available where possible. Please view these when it’s most convenient for you and then contact the Central PA CareerLink® team with questions about accessing additional services. Please check back regularly for new recordings.