30 episodes

Careers and Coffee is a short weekly chat about all things careers! Dan and Liz respond to job seeker questions and work to get answers to common questions and explore career paths, right here in Eastern Iowa. #careersandcoffee

Careers & Coffee The Gazette

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Careers and Coffee is a short weekly chat about all things careers! Dan and Liz respond to job seeker questions and work to get answers to common questions and explore career paths, right here in Eastern Iowa. #careersandcoffee

    Let's get the basic stuff down: Job Application basics

    Let's get the basic stuff down: Job Application basics

    What's a good way to organize your materials to have a smooth job application process, over and over? We chat about some ways to keep sane while applying for multiple jobs.
    Key moments:
    00:00 Job Fair Announcement
    02:20 The Basics: what to have at the ready for the job application process
    05:16 Work History vs. Resume: crafting a relevant resume
    06:00 Highlight accomplishments
    07:24 Contact info of previous supervisors/employers
    09:26 What are your favorite skills?
    11:47 No computer? No problem: local resources Cedar Rapids Public Library Opportunity Center
    Resources:
    https://www.corridorcareers.com/events/79-fall-career-fair (Corridor Career Fair Sept. 8)
    https://www.crlibrary.org/opportunity-center/ (Cedar Rapids Opportunity Center) (Ladd Library)
    https://hbr.org/2014/08/why-women-dont-apply-for-jobs-unless-theyre-100-qualified (Why women don't apply for jobs unless they are 100% qualified)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Join us at our Career Fair
    We're connecting job seekers with local employers at the Fall Career Fair! Our Fall Career Fair 2022 includes an exciting community partnership with the Cedar Rapids Public Library, offering attendees resources in preparing for the process of selecting and seeking out new opportunities. Join us September 8, from 3-6pm.

    • 13 min
    Summer Jobs: more than seasonal work?

    Summer Jobs: more than seasonal work?

    In this Careers and Coffee, Dan and Liz return with some ideas for summer jobs that are currently available in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.
    Recreation jobs
    Retail jobs
    Service tech jobs
    And a new feature announcement!

    https://www.corridorcareers.com/search?andengagement_type%5B%5D=Part+Timeandengagement_type%5B%5D=Contractorandremote_type=Onsiteandcat_id= (Part-Time Jobs available)

    • 13 min
    Community Resources for Job Seekers

    Community Resources for Job Seekers

    In this episode, Liz and Dan highlight the community resources that will be available at our upcoming career fair April 28th, 2022 from 3-6pm and what services they offer job seekers or anyone interested in career information.
    Highlights:
    https://www.crlibrary.org/opportunity-center/ (Opportunity Center), https://www.crlibrary.org/skills/ (CRPL Workforce Development Assistance)
    https://urbandreams.org/ (Urban Dreams)
    https://www.kirkwood.edu/explore/services/learning-services/trio (TRIO at Kirkwood)
    https://www.cedarrapids.org/business-resources/programs-and-networking/impactcr (Impact CR)
    https://www.facebook.com/IowaWorksCedarRapids/ (IowaWorks)
    https://www.deltavcodeschool.com/ (DeltaV Code School)

    • 10 min
    What exactly is an 'Entry level' job in the Corridor?

    What exactly is an 'Entry level' job in the Corridor?

    It's been a long time since entry level jobs were limited to retail or food service. Now there are opportunities that are technically 'entry-level' that you may not have considered. From janitorial, to sales, to service technicians, there are many opportunities to train on-the-job for a satisfying career that offers upward mobility.
    Resources:
    https://www.corridorcareers.com/categories/general-help-jobs (General help roles)

    • 11 min
    Just curious about what jobs are out there? Tips for passive job seekers

    Just curious about what jobs are out there? Tips for passive job seekers

    Just curious about a job change? Learn what you might be missing out on career-wise.
    This week’s Careers and Coffee Pod talks about how not everyone is actively looking for a job, but many are open to new opportunities. Setting yourself up for the right opportunity if it comes along doesn’t have to be accidental.
    Learn some steps to determine what roles you might consider, and how to evaluate what companies might be a good fit. Simple first steps can include updating or reviewing your LinkedIn profile or reaching out to friends who recently changed jobs.
    When you're not actively looking for a job, you can still be 'job curious.' Thinking over a change in your career? Dan and Liz talk thru the different steps you can take to explore a job change.
    Steps discussed:
    1. Define what's wrong with your current job
    2. Turn these into opportunities to become more satisfied.
    3. Talk to friends who have changed careers recently.
    4. Network to find any opportunities that might fit your skills.
    5. Be open to consider opportunities that you discover.
    More resources:
    https://www.thebalancecareers.com/before-accepting-job-offer-2062206 (10 things to consider before accepting a job)
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2018/01/11/never-ever-take-a-job-unless-it-passes-this-test/ (Checklist for considering if a job is right for you)

    • 10 min
    Are Coverletters Useful or Useless? How to make them work for you.

    Are Coverletters Useful or Useless? How to make them work for you.

    Cover letters used to be a big deal when people were mailing resumes to employers. But are they still useful in digital form? Short answer: yes.
    Cover letters help candidates stand out with HR professionals or managers. They can also be remixed into a LinkedIn profile or used as an introduction in an online application if there is an opportunity to add comments to the form.
    Tips:
    Avoid over-used openers, add some creativity or a personal touch to your cover letter.
    Think of one of your proudest moments or memorable achievements.
    Identify what you learned from that proud moment.
    Try to apply that to a potential role you are interested or how it would serve an employer to have you as an employee.

    Resource: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-start-a-cover-letter-opening-lines-examples (Cover Letter Opening Line Examples)
    View the latest jobs, get job alerts or build a resume on https://www.corridorcareers.com (Corridor Careers)

    • 13 min

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