St. Marys Journal Argus
The Education and Employment Resource Centre in St. Marys is offering a “social media for the job search” training opportunity, with sessions beginning Tuesday, March 24.
“We think that these social media and Internet tools can be extremely useful in today’s job search, and demonstrate to employers that you are current with your skills in using technology,” explained Resource Centre coordinator Yvonne Thomson.
Thomson says the office offered several of these sessions last year, and not only were they were well-received, they actually turned out to be a lot of fun for both participants and the people putting on the seminars.
The target age group is 19-35 years.
“This group may already have a working knowledge of social media, but don’t always know how to use it to their full advantage when searching for work,” Thomson offered.
The instructor for the upcoming sessions will be Ainsley O’Keefe.
“Last year, I facilitated a longer course called ‘Computer Skills for the Job Search,’ and the social media aspect was a smaller focus,” O’Keefe told the Journal Argus. “This year, Yvonne asked me to restructure ‘Social Media for the Job Search’ in order to allow participants more time to get comfortable with the programs and have more time to practice using them.”
She’ll adapt the upcoming workshops based on who signs up, with the possibilities ranging from covering the basics, to examining the “do’s and don’t’s” of social media in a professional context, to more in-depth discussions about some of the social media platforms with which participants might already be familiar.
“Due to the nature and size of the workshops, the delivery is quite flexible. I spend time on social media tools based on participant knowledge and interest,” O’Keefe said. “Additionally, I survey the group members during the first session to see if there are other social media tools they wish to have included. That way, I can easily incorporate them in one of the later sessions.
Sessions runs for two weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m.
For information and to register, you can call the Resource Centre at 519-284-4408, send a text to 519-272-5174, message them on Facebook at the “Adult Learning Programs of Perth” page, or drop into the Resource Centre across from the Post Office.