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Community Resources for Job Seekers
Episode 2821st April 2022 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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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:

Opportunity Center, CRPL Workforce Development Assistance

Urban Dreams

TRIO at Kirkwood

Impact CR

IowaWorks

DeltaV Code School

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Dan Holterhaus:

All right. Good afternoon, Liz. How are you?

Liz Kennedy:

Hey, good afternoon. Welcome to Careers &

Liz Kennedy:

Coffee.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, we're doing an afternoon edition

Dan Holterhaus:

today. So I just got some water going, you know, mid afternoon.

Dan Holterhaus:

Liz is still going strong

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah. It's cold. It's stupid weather outside.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, we've been having a rough spring. And it's

Dan Holterhaus:

been a little bit since we've done Careers & Coffee. We've

Dan Holterhaus:

we've been busy. Getting ready for what's going on right behind

Dan Holterhaus:

me. So I don't know. Can you see that was

Liz Kennedy:

Looks like a career fair.

Dan Holterhaus:

A career fair?

Liz Kennedy:

Coming on up?

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, not too far away. That is next week,

Dan Holterhaus:

taking place Thursday, April 28. 3 to 6pm at the downtown Cedar

Dan Holterhaus:

Rapids Public Library. We have 37 employers registered right

Dan Holterhaus:

now as well, as well as six community resources that are

Dan Holterhaus:

going to be there. Unless if you don't mind me asking, Could you

Dan Holterhaus:

talk about what a community resources real quick,

Liz Kennedy:

I'm really excited about this career fair. This is

Liz Kennedy:

a first time that we've done this. And we've done career

Liz Kennedy:

fairs for a number of years. And it's the first time we really

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had, you know, all of these community resources come

Liz Kennedy:

together in a centralized place to offer services to job seekers

Liz Kennedy:

to really help anyone who's just maybe thinking about a career

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change, maybe doesn't quite know. So even if you're not

Liz Kennedy:

ready for a job, change 100% Be sure to stop by sometime during

Liz Kennedy:

the career fair. And check out the community resources, we're

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going to have the opportunity center at the library, which is

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all about matching job seekers to right, you know, with their

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skill sets to the right types of career paths, we'll have the

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public library workforce development assistance team as

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well. And they can give you a tour of the resources that they

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have at the library so that you could come anytime and get help

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from the librarians. Urban dreams is going to be there. And

Liz Kennedy:

they do a lot of workplace matching with like, they'll have

Liz Kennedy:

employers that they talk with and they can help match. Job

Liz Kennedy:

seekers to them and their focus is living wage. So they really

Liz Kennedy:

want to help you find a job that pays a living wage. So if you

Liz Kennedy:

struggle with that, then they're definitely someone you want to

Liz Kennedy:

talk to. And they're also located the lad library,

Liz Kennedy:

anytime. And I think they have a food pantry as well. So pretty

Liz Kennedy:

cool. TRiO at Kirkwood is not exclusive to Kirkwood students.

Liz Kennedy:

So it's open to the public. And the team, there's going to be

Liz Kennedy:

talking about the different resources that Kirkwood can

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offer. People who want to change careers, get more skills,

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upskilling, and what kind of assistance is available to them,

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because there are quite a few programs from the state level

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down to the community level that offer assistance for job seekers

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who want to upskill because we know that we have a lot of

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potential jobs, potential employees that just need a few

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more skills that could really get them into a role that's

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going to be good for them. Impact CR, which is part of the

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Economic Alliance is going to be there talking about networking

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opportunities. So that's kind of cool. And then IowaWorks is

Liz Kennedy:

going I will work then delta V Code School will be there. So

Liz Kennedy:

IowaWorks is the local Iowa Workforce development team, but

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they have so many resources. And it's really helpful to stop by

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and talk with them anywhere from just like role playing to

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understanding, you know, understanding what opportunities

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are out there locally for your particular interests. And then

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Delta V Code School is kind of cool. They're willing to teach

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anyone how to code. So if you would like to, if you'd be

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interested in learning about coding, and how that could be a

Liz Kennedy:

great career path for you, and what kind of opportunities are

Liz Kennedy:

there they'll have some free resources for you to learn about

Liz Kennedy:

what services they offer?

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, very cool. And really well said was I kind

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of put you on the spot there, and you just ran rattled off,

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you know, a six businesses, six nonprofits area nonprofits, and

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knew on the back of her hand exactly what each one does. That

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was awesome. So those community resources will be on the first

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floor of the downtown public library. So you'll be able to

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find those right as you walk in through the front of the back

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door, and we'll have people there to kind of help you

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navigate and find your way around. And then on the second

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floor, there's going to be a lot of fun happening. And that's

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where jobseekers can go potentially get hired on the

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spot or find their next gig. 37 Employers will be up there. We

Dan Holterhaus:

have a couple of different areas that are going to be blocked off

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just for job seekers meeting with employers. We're going to

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have an application station there. So if you need to get

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online and apply to a job right away, you'll be able do that. So

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I was just kind of looking down our list of employers that we

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have signed up. And I mean, I'm looking down the list and seeing

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a lot of just what sticks out in my mind is the variety and

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uniqueness of just employers from kind of completely

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different walks of like what they you know, what they might

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be looking for. So customer service jobs, manufacturing,

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production, nursing, maintenance, job drivers. So, a

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lot of variety, we have places like Freund-Vector Anamosa to

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State Penitentiary, Performance Food Service, International

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Paper, Mercy Medical Center, Johnson County, Iowa, Kirkwood

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Community College, a variety of non some nonprofits. So just a

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lot of different variety as to meet any job seeker and to what

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they might be looking for.

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah, and it's really great for people who

Liz Kennedy:

aren't quite sure what they want, because there's going to

Liz Kennedy:

be so many different paths that you could take at the career

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fair. And it doesn't hurt to talk to an employer that you're

Liz Kennedy:

not sure if they have a role that we might be right for you.

Liz Kennedy:

So let's just say you have a background in HR, I mean, you

Liz Kennedy:

could work at any of these companies, potentially, because

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those skills are universal. If you're, if you like to do office

Liz Kennedy:

management, you know, it could be office management at a supply

Liz Kennedy:

company, or it could be an office management at a

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healthcare company, there are different, there are different

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skills and roles there. And we'll detail all those out when

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you get to the career fair, and some of the emails that we send

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out ahead of ahead of it. But, yeah, anywhere from working on

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World Class microwaves or being in a warehouse to being a

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welder, or working with kids, or becoming a reporter, those are

Liz Kennedy:

all going to be jobs that are going to be detailed at the

Liz Kennedy:

events, along with countless others. So really encourage you

Liz Kennedy:

to come. Yeah, absolutely.

Dan Holterhaus:

And thinking back to last fall, we had a

Dan Holterhaus:

career fair last September at Newbo City Market. And when we

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were talking to job seekers there on the spot, many of them

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said, like, Hey, I don't know what I'm looking for. Because we

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would ask and, you know, try to help them out in any way that we

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could. And it's really, it's perfectly fine to not know what

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you're looking for. And, and I think that's, you know, some,

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some people might have a little bit of anxiety coming to a

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career fair, like, you know, I don't really know what I want.

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And so this event, really, between the community resources,

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and having so many employers available, is supposed to kind

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of put you at ease, and especially be being at the

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public library, where there's going to be a lot of people

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there anyways, you know, reading, hanging out doing

Dan Holterhaus:

research studying. So come as you are, should be a really fun event.

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah, I would say like, if you are planning to,

Liz Kennedy:

you know, try to get a get a role with a, employ a local

Liz Kennedy:

employer, go ahead and dress to impress, but dress to the level

Liz Kennedy:

of the position that you're looking for. So it might be

Liz Kennedy:

different for a truck driver than it would be for an office

Liz Kennedy:

manager. So, with that said, yeah, come as you are, I mean,

Liz Kennedy:

it's completely accessible. So you can park in the ramp and

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walk in on the second floor, you can park near the library and

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take the elevator upstairs. So it's physically accessible, but

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also hopefully mentally accessible. I would say from

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those job seekers that came to our last career fair, we got a

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lot of testimonials from job seekers that were like, wow, I

Liz Kennedy:

really didn't know these types of opportunities were available

Liz Kennedy:

right here in my community. So we hope that you would come away

Liz Kennedy:

from this career fair thinking the same thing.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, absolutely. And you can sign up

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online, obviously, totally free. But at corridorcareers.com

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you'll see links to the career fair. Also at the bottom of the

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page is a little ad, where you can go through and sign up. So

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you can just show up to that's we always we encourage that as

Dan Holterhaus:

well. So it'll be laid back fun day. Next Thursday. That's April

Dan Holterhaus:

28th. 3 to 6pm at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. All

Dan Holterhaus:

right, let's any parting words for

Liz Kennedy:

I hope you'll join us- We can't wait to talk with

Liz Kennedy:

you and hear about your experience job searching in

Liz Kennedy:

2022. It's a lot different from last year. So looking forward to

Liz Kennedy:

it.

Dan Holterhaus:

Definitely. All right. Thanks, Liz. Thanks,

Dan Holterhaus:

everybody. See you next week at Career Fair!