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What is networking?

  • Formal networking is the systematic pursuit of new contacts and information - It's organized and planned and
  • Networking is relational - mutually beneficial to both parties

Increase your comfort level networking with various types of contacts such as;

  • People you know - family, friends, neighbors and co-workers
  • People you see occasionally - acquaintances or business contacts
  • Cold calling people you don't know and to whom you haven't been referred
  • Practice selling yourself first to those who know you

More Key Networking Points;

  • Be Prepared - carry business cards and resumes
  • Be Proactive - initiate contact for the sole purpose of networking
  • Contact People You Don't Know - people to whom your friends and acquaintances have referred you. Initiate each conversation with information on how you received their name
  • Keep Conversations Focused - Use each conversation to get good information. Ask specific questions that will provide you with helpful information
  • Give Something Back - look for ways to offer assistance to your networking contacts
  • Keep Your Promises - Portray an image of reliability
  • Join Professional Organizations - Research associations consisting of professionals in your industry
  • Get a Mentor - Find someone with experience in the areas you 're pursuing; seek out advice and use them as a sounding board for ideas
  • Set goals for each meeting - meet with a purpose
  • Come to meetings prepared - Ask for information not a job; prepare questions and take notes
  • Ask for referrals - Request to use your contact's name when seeking out the person.
  • Be gracious - Express that you value their information, professional opinion, and time

Don't forget our Professional Networking Group (PNG) - meets every Monday at WorkSource!

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What is job interviewing all about?

Interview is a skill not a talent. A skill is something everybody can learn, practice and be better while talent is something one is born with.

  1. Besides showing your technical skills and experience, which is only a small part of a job interview, the interview is where you must:
    demonstrate your confidence
  2. build attraction
  3. show your loyalty

Confidence is an assurance to the hiring company/employer that you can handle the job, both in your technical skills/experience and your attitude. If you are unsure about yourself or can't even handle yourself, i.e. lack of confidence in yourself, how can they believe that you can handle your job?

Attraction is to ensure that you can fit in the team. If nobody likes you, it’s unlikely you will be hired. Usually you talk to each interviewer for about 20-30 minutes, sometimes longer. During this time, you need to build enough rapport with the interviewers so that they feel comfortable to work with you in the future.

Loyalty is the key to your success in the interview and in the corporate world.

Do you know why would someone hire you? Besides you are technically competent and somewhat pleasant to talk to? The real reason that your boss hires you, a secret nobody will tell you, is that he/she wants you to do what he/she WANTS to do so that he/she can be more successful! Regardless how great you are, if you don’t get this point, you will NOT be very successful in the corporate world.

Besides technical and soft people skills, a big part of the interview process is to figure out whether or not your supervisor can work with you (Translation: whether or not you will be loyal to your supervisor to do exactly what he/she wants to do.) If you don’t get his or her vote, you can be rest assured that you will NOT be hired.

During your interview, you need to convey this message, your loyalty, to your potential supervisor loud and clear.

You should know your values!!!

Make a list of you top 3 strength. For each one, you should write a 2-3 sentence story or description. Personally, I always list "loyalty" as my first strength.

You should know your resume
Know your resume!!! Everything on your resume, you should know by heart. For example, if you put the word “database” on your resume, you’d better know what a database is, what the key components in the database are, what the relationships in between those components are and how you have used it before. If you really don’t know, use Google and Wikipedia to find out - you don’t need to become an expert but you do need to be able to have an intelligent conversation about it. If during the interview, the interviewer finds out that you don’t even know the basics of the database, it would immediately make him/her doubt the rest of your resume.

Practice! Practice! More Practice!
Go to some interviews to practice even you have no intention of taking the jobs. Everybody needs practice so that when your dream job comes along, you can have the skills and confidence to nail it.

Interview is all about FEELING - how they feel about you; however, it is also important to know that the selection is two way, not one way. They select you and you must choose them too.

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Apprenticeship Training Programs - Purpose

A well-trained construction trade's workforce is critical to the ability of the State of Washington to construct public works. Studies of the state's workforce highlight population trends that, without a concerted effort to offset them, will lead to an inadequate supply of skilled workers in the construction industry. State government regularly constructs public works. The efficient and economical construction of public works projects will be harmed if there is not an ample supply of trained construction workers. Apprenticeship training programs are particularly effective in providing training and experience to individuals seeking to enter or advance in the workforce. By providing for apprenticeship utilization on public works projects, state government can create opportunities for training and experience that will help assure that a trained workforce will be available, including returning veterans, in sufficient numbers in the future for the construction of public works. Furthermore, the State of Washington hereby establishes its intent to assist returning veterans through programs such as the "helmets to hardhats" program, which is administered by the center for military recruitment, assessment, and veteran's employment. It is the state's intent to assist returning veterans with apprenticeship placement career opportunities, in order to expedite the transition from military service to the construction workforce.

Example of a U.S. Apprenticeship Program

Persons interested in learning to become electricians can join one of several apprenticeship programs offered jointly by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association. No background in electrical work is required. A minimum age of 18 is required. There is no maximum age. Men and women are equally invited to participate. The organization in charge of the program is called the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Apprentice electricians work 32 to 40+ hours per week at the trade under the supervision of a journeyman wireman and receive pay and benefits. They spend an additional 8 hours every other week in classroom training. At the conclusion of training (five years for inside wireman and outside lineman, less for telecommunications), apprentices reach the level of journeyman wireman. All of this is offered at no charge, except for the cost of books (which is approximately $200-600 per year (depending on grades). Persons completing this program are considered highly skilled by employers and command high pay and benefits. Other unions such as the Operating Engineers, Ironworkers, Sheet Metal Workers, Plasterers, Bricklayers and others offer similar programs.

Trade associations such as the Independent Electrical Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors also offer a variety of apprentice training programs. Registered programs also are offered by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) to fill a shortage of aerospace and advanced manufacturing workers in Washington State.

For more information on apprenticeship programs please click on the links below:

Current Apprenticeship Openings Resources