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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 Diana Creasy, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The networking was face-to-face, not face-to-Facebook. Business professionals and youth met in a packed room at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The idea? Help young people learn the art of old-school networking.

“This event benefits both parties—employers and students,” said Dontè Brown, a Community College of Baltimore County Learn, Earn, Achieve, Progress (CCBC LEAP) program student.” It’s beneficial to people like me who are nervous and trying to come out of our shell and it gets the employers familiar with their future employees.”

Emergent – Youth Networking brought together members of the Baltimore County Workforce Board and other business professionals to network and mentor youth from the CCBC LEAP program. Each young adult was able to meet with five different mentors throughout the evening to help build confidence, gain social engagement skills, receive constructive feedback, and develop real world relationships with industry professionals.

“With technology driving communication, it’s harder for young people to learn personal networking skills,” said Jim Russell, Baltimore County Workforce Board Member and CFO/COO of North American Millwright. “Classroom training can only teach so much.”

CCBC’s LEAP program provides 150 young adults ages 18-24 with comprehensive education and employment services to prepare them for success in the workplace. The program offers young adults an opportunity to obtain a secondary diploma, engage in career exploration, gain industry recognized credentials, and acquire employment and work-based learning experiences.

“It’s great they are getting started with networking early in their careers,” said Crystal Hickey, Baltimore County Workforce Board Member and Senior VP of Human Resources for Stella Maris.

CCBC LEAP student Courey Veney summed up the experience. “I walked in with butterflies, but after talking to a few people, I felt great. This event helped me improve my social skills and really taught me how to network.”

Emergent – Youth Networking was organized by the Youth Services team of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development as part of Job Connector, a new program established by County Executive Kamenetz that connects employers with a pipeline of talent whose skills match business needs. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017