SEVCA and VAL Offer a Free "Ready For Work" Workshop Series

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is partnering with Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) to provide a free Ready for Work workshop series.

These 4 workshops provide training, support, and resources to help participants entering or re-entering the workforce by investigating career interests, along with growing job search and workplace skills.

Ready for Work Workshop Series - October 2021

· Workshop 1: What Career is Right for You? 10/06/21 9am-11:30am

· Workshop 2: Resume Writing Workshop 10/13/21 9am-11:30am

· Workshop 3: Job Search, Cover Letter & Interview Skills 10/20/21 9am-11:30am

· Workshop 4: Succeeding in the Workplace 10/27/21 9am-11:30am

Workshops are free and are open to all Vermont residents. SEVCA will provide a $50 gift card incentive to Vermont residents for those who attend all 4 Workshops.

Workshops will be offered in person at Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) located at 999 Putney Road, 2nd Floor, Brattleboro, Vermont. During the morning workshop break, VAL will provide snacks along with coffee, water and tea.

Class size is limited to 6. To register, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Workshop 1: What Career is Right for You? 10/6/21 9am-11:30am

Are you going from job to job and but would like to create a career plan? Are you just starting out in the working world and are interested in learning about options? This workshop can be a fun and interesting way to help you learn more about yourself, your interests, skills, needs and values. We’ll do individualized career interest and values assessments along with exploring career options. Participants will be self-guided yet supported while investigating available matching employment along with researching the skills, training, and experience needed. We’ll also review the SMART tool used to plan and achieve career goals.

Workshop 2: Resume Writing Workshop 10/13/21 9am-11:30am

One of the most important steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume that gets the positive attention you want. This workshop demonstrates what a resume should look like and what it should say. Participants will use Microsoft Word to create their own resume with support by learning how to present their interests, experiences, skills, and abilities using action keywords, and interpersonal skills words in a clear and readable layout.

Workshop 3: Job Search, Cover Letters & Interview Skills 10/20/21 9am-11:30am

This workshop will be accessing several job search websites with participants learning how to browse for jobs and how to read, interpret and apply to an employer’s job posting. Participants will learn how to create and customize a cover letter to present skills and interests based on a specific job posting. Participants will also learn how to prepare for and be successful in job interviews.

Workshop 4: Succeeding in the Workplace 10/27/219am-11:30am

Interpersonal skills are the behaviors a person uses to interact with others effectively. In many businesses, employees with strong interpersonal skills are highly valued and successful due to positive, solution-oriented attitude and teamwork. Many Human Resource managers said they would hire a candidate with strong interpersonal skills even if their technical abilities were lacking. This workshop focuses on strengthening interpersonal skills employers are looking for: reliability, teamwork, communication (verbal, non-verbal and written), conflict resolution, initiative, adaptability, and professionalism.

“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world. ”

Jane Addams (U.S. social worker, 1860-1935)