Upgrading Work Skills – Some Amazing FREE Resources

We are in the age of credentialing! Skills development…professional development…regardless of your work or career goals, every worker and student needs to up their game!  The thought of “going back to school” can be overwhelming and discouraging.  No time…no money…no access!!  Think again!!

Check our two amazing online training resources:  Alison.com and Coursera.org.  You’ll see their list of courses has everything from technical skills,  like microsoft office, photography, carpentry, to career development, time management, customer service, safety and health….and the list goes on and on.  And these courses are FREE and include course completion documentation.  There is an optional charge for a certificate personalized with their name for about a $25.

We just learned that Maryland’s workforce system has partnered with Alison.com to received documentation on completed courses that are entered into Job Seeker profiles…how great is that!!

Lifelong learning at your fingertips!  You’ve got to love it!

Career Portfolios-Traditional or Online?

Or Both!  The true value of a career portfolio is to help your students and/or job seekers better know themselves and help them market themselves during an interview (for a job, internship, or scholarship).  Starting with a traditional portfolio is usually good practice…it’s a great place to collect all those pieces of paper that are relevant but often scattered all over the place (certificates, assessment results, awards, achievements, thank you notes, and the list goes on and on).  TIP: google “Career Portfolio” to discover examples of suggested content since it may vary with specific career goals and life stages (high school vs encore careers).

Once you have a traditional portfolio started, an e-portfolio is easier to create.  The simpliest way to think of an e-folio is as a personal website that promotes a person’s career potential.  There are so many great free resources available…again “google” it.   e-Portfolios are becoming more and more popular in the Career Development-Job Seeking environment. An HR student of ours told us that she gets links to e-Portfolio’s in emails and thank you notes from people she has interviewed all the time…just another way to raise the bar!

Two great (free) examples of options that will connect with LinkedIn are branded.me and re.vu.  They will use your profile and create your e-folio in a snap! See what you think!

Above all, encourage those you work with to recognize that what they do in their life (volunteer work, hobbies, etc.) can contribute to what they can do in their future.  Help them write their story  by starting with a career portfolio.

Informational Interview–Go Virtual!

We talk about the value of “Informational Interviews”, but how are you teaching your customers to do it?  And how do those of us that work in Business and Employer Services do them?  Do you want to learn about a particular business? Is it hard to find time to visit in person? Use YouTube!! No kidding!! You will be surprised how many businesses and industries use this tool.  We did a little research and it’s amazing how much information they post on their YouTube page.  If you want to learn about a business or employer quickly and uncover what their interests and concerns are, check out their YouTube page.  It’s like conducting an Informational Interview without every leaving your office. That’s why we call it the Virtual Informational Interview ….you can add to your toolbox today!

Hello CDF’S!

Welcome to the new “Career Development Facilitator” web site.  Over the next two weeks, we’ll be revising the web site to give you more … and better … information on CDF training, the coveted “GCDF” credential, and careers as a CDF.

If you are a CDF, bookmark this web site and come back often.  We’ll keep you advised on upcoming training, conferences, and great information to help you with your clients and customers!

Thanks for visiting.  We look forward to staying in touch with you!