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By Courtney Brown, Department of Economic & Workforce Development

The world of job search and networking is not the same as it was five years ago, or even two years ago. While job boards and traditional networking still exist, today many candidates are using social media to find their next position. Two-thirds of 18-34 year olds found their last job through a social network, according to the Aberdeen Group.

Being social, virtually speaking, is the new way in the field of job searching, networking and workforce recruitment. Job seekers that know and wisely use the top social media platforms in their industries are cultivating professional brands that reach the vast, global, job market.

Ninety-four percent of HR recruiters are active on LinkedIn, but only 36 percent of candidates are on LinkedIn, according to Jobvite.

Job seekers should create a professional presence on social media to stand out, and consistently update their profiles to expand their network of online professional contacts and broadcast their job search goals. LinkedIn, in particular, has a setting that will alert recruiters that you are actively looking for a job, so it is even more important to keep your information and network up to date. Organizations also rely on their social network followers to share their job postings, creating an even larger network of potential candidates.

Job seekers who want to learn how to utilize the power of social media for their job search can enroll in a free Social Media Strategies Career Development workshop offered monthly at all three Baltimore County Career Center locations. Participants learn about the importance of social media and specific strategies on how to use various platforms to attract and research employers.

Get social, and get closer to the job you want.

Click here for more information about how Baltimore County helps job seekers.


Job readiness training available this summer in County libraries

Job Connector is bringing job readiness training into Baltimore County communities. Beginning this summer, the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development will offer new job readiness workshops at County libraries. The workshops, designed with employer input, address essential workplace skills such as effective communication skills, maximizing time in the workplace, displaying the image of your workplace, and managing your mindset.

Each of the new Workplace Excellence sessions will meet twice a week for three weeks and be facilitated by a certified trainer from the County’s Workforce Development American Job Centers.

“This program is about customer service, bringing new Baltimore County job programs directly to people in their communities. We’re ‘going local’ to help job seekers sharpen their skills and get hired faster,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.

The free, three week sessions are geared for adult job seekers. The summer 2018 sessions will take place at the Lansdowne and Essex libraries in July and Loch Raven and Sollers Point libraries in August. Enrollment is limited. Interested County residents must apply via e-mail to jobconnector@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-8096.

“This program is an excellent example of government working smarter by bringing agencies together to help people looking for a job. Library staff and career consultants bring different skills sets, helping us provide the best service to job seekers throughout the year,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

“With 19 locations, each open 69 hours a week, our branches are gathering spaces that are accessible and trusted within the communities we serve. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff, along with public computers, loanable laptops and other essential resources, provide key tools job seekers need,” said Paula Miller, Director of the Baltimore County Public Library.

Job Connector

The Job Connector in Communities initiative is part of an innovative $2.5 million workforce program designed to assure employers have a workforce ready to fill high-demand jobs in high-demand fields. With over $5 billion in new economic development projects in the County, companies are hiring, but chronic shortages of qualified workers remain in many fields.


Job Connector starts by looking at the specific jobs and skills that are needed in the Baltimore region. This results in a better match between employer and job seeker, and more certain career paths for employees who want to know that their hard work and skills can lead to promotions and higher wage jobs.

“With low unemployment and a tight job market, companies are ready to hire today. Job Connector is helping to reduce the gap between the skills job seekers have and the skills employers need,” said Mohler.

High Demand Jobs

Research prepared for the Baltimore County Workforce Development Board identified nine key industries that will drive 75% of the job growth in Baltimore County over the next decade: Healthcare, Corporate Operations/Customer Service, Construction, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Federal Agencies, Port/Logistics/Distribution, Education, and Information Technology.

Baltimore County’s American Job Centers at Liberty Center, Hunt Valley and Eastpoint have deployed customized tool kits to help career consultants guide job seekers to training and job openings in these high-demand fields.

For more information go to baltimorecountymd.gov/jobconnector.


By Don Mohler, Baltimore County Executive

Construction is underway for Towson Row, the $350 million centerpiece of downtown Towson’s transformation. At a construction kick-off ceremony, I looked at the heavy equipment digging infrastructure for the luxury apartments, student housing, hotels, shops and restaurants that will generate 5,500 jobs and change Towson’s skyline.

I was thinking about County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Towson Row symbolized his vision of what downtown Towson could be. He wanted the Baltimore County seat to be a place that didn’t roll up the streets at five o’clock. He saw the potential of building stronger ties between Towson University and downtown Towson. He often walked around to see what new shop or restaurant had opened, and marvel at all the construction cranes.

With Towson Row rising, downtown Towson’s transformation takes a major step forward. This is quality development with undeniable economic impact, bringing jobs, business activity and tax revenue for the entire County.

Towson Row will generate 5,500 construction and permanent jobs, $220 million in annual business activity and $92 million in annual employee compensation. Annual tax revenues topping $3.2 million will start three years from now, and increase as the project is completed.

During the construction phase alone, Baltimore County will see $490 million in business sales and $185 million in labor income.

There is quality at the helm of Towson Row, a joint venture of Baltimore County developers Greenberg Gibbons and Caves Valley Partners.

It’s exciting to see what’s come to downtown Towson in the past few years. With more than $1 billion in new private investment, more people are living here, more people are visiting here, and more students are learning here.

There’s the Towson Square entertainment center, with Cinemark movies and restaurants. The cranes are up next door at Circle East, with new apartments, shops and restaurants. [Who remembers this as the Hutzler’s building?]

Towson Commons is coming alive. CVS Pharmacy, Boho Nation, Chipotle, Hair Cuttery, Brown Rice Korean Grill, Insomnia Cookies, First National Bank, Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar and Den Da Coffee are open, with C&R Pub coming soon.

There are too many new locally-owned shops and restaurants to keep up with, so I’ll just mention the lines to get into Nacho Mama’s, the happy hour crowd at The Point in Towson, the second location for a Fells Point favorite, and Cunningham’s, which regularly makes the Baltimore’s Best Restaurants lists.

Perhaps the most important change in downtown Towson is more than 3,400 new apartments and townhomes within easy walking distance of entertainment, shopping, parks, universities and workplaces. 

When I leave my office in the Historic Courthouse, I see residents jogging, walking their dogs, or grabbing a coffee and relaxing in the courthouse gardens. I see people meeting friends for dinner at an outdoor café, visiting the farmers market, or joining the hundreds of people at the free Feet on the Street Friday night concerts sponsored by the Towson Chamber.

Towson is one of the many reasons to love Baltimore County. Spread the word. #ILoveBaltimoreCounty.

                                                                          

 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017