What happens when you combine job seeker dedication, staff vision and ingenuity, and grit?

Presented by RochesterWorks! Guest Blogger, Barbara Wilcox

September 10, 2020

 

Unprecedented virtual workshop success during an unprecedented time.

COVID hit, and within days, RochesterWorks! management and staff launched itself into the E-Learning sphere. Many thanks to the innovators and do-ers who made this possible. (Here’s looking at you, Shawn, Rosa, Danielle, and All!)

 These developments set the stage for our 5 Steps to Rapid Employment program going virtual.

For 8 years, RochesterWorks! has hosted this blended learning 5-day, 20-hour, intensive workshop. Never, even in 80 years, could we have imagined making the experiential (in-class) learning online; after all, participants already do 2-4 hours of online work each night. Yet during a global pandemic, with much of the staff working remote, the 5 Steps Team – Rosa Smith-Montanaro, Master Instructor; Barbara Wilcox, Program Coordinator, Instructor and Coach; and 2 first-time Instructors, Ashley Mault and Sean Clancy; along with managers, Paula Roth and Viatta Tolbert-Carter – made this happen.  

Additionally, for the first time in several years, 5 Steps integrated seven Guest Coaches (the rest of our 5 Steps Coaches) into the mix. They did great! By introducing themselves, sharing expert Career Coaching insights, and being authentic, positive pillars of support, a truly close-knit and savvy online community formed.

Hear what a professional in Higher Ed Administration and graduate of the August 2020 5 Steps, aka COVID Cohort Champions, has to say, “It has been such a pleasure and an honor to meet everybody here. I have grown personally and professionally. I have a new direction on where I want to go and a better understanding of what I need to focus on for my job campaign. […] I am really excited and anticipating a lot of good things to come from this for everybody.” 

Thank you to all, including our 5 Steps Grads, who exhibited paramount resilience and leadership in an unprecedented time of uncertainty. Your future employers and colleagues are beyond fortunate to work with you. A STAR Story for all!

Interested in seeing what this Professional and Personal Development is all about? Watch our E-Learning Info Session! This makes you eligible to apply..

Barbara Wilcox Bio

RochesterWorks! Career Center's will be Closed due to the CoronaVirus

ROCHESTER, NY- March 17, 2020

"In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ALL RochesterWorks! Career Centers will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. At this time our office doors will remain closed "UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE", please check back for updates.  

During this time, staff are available to meet with customers by e-mail or telephone. Please call (585) 258-3500 & Click Here visit our COVID-19 Resources Page. For the full list of services available,  click here to view our Press Release."

We have made this decision to align with Federal, State, Regional, and Local guidance and similar closures. Our top priority is to maintain the safety of our staff & community.

Stay Connected with RochesterWorks! through Social Media. 
Check in with RochesterWorks! on Twitter @ RochesterWorks! & Facebook @ RochesterWorks! for upcoming Job Fairs, Workshops, Events and Job postings.

Make sure to join our Rochester New York Job Seekers Facebook page, where we connect employers with individuals looking for work. Click Here.

RochesterWorks! Annual Career Conference Reaches New Heights.


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Written by, Corey Nash

ROCHESTER, NY- RochesterWorks! successfully hosted more than 1,000 job seekers at the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center at Monroe Community College on Friday January 10th. Job seekers had the opportunity to meet with 74 businesses, all seeking to fill verified open positions in their company. The Career Conference and Job Fair, in its 12th year, has progressed tremendously over the years even with unemployment being the lowest it’s been since 1969. This event demonstrates that we have an active pool of wiling candidates in our area.

Peter Pecor, Executive Director of RochesterWorks, commented on  the evolution of the event over the years.

“We at RochesterWorks are pleased with the success of our 12th Annual Career Conference and Job Fair as communicated directly to us from a number of jobseeker participants and feedback from the represented employers. Over 1,000 jobseekers attended this event and the variety of employment opportunities is a direct reflection of the positive economic activity in our community across all business sectors.”

RochesterWorks! has been known over the years to host a wide range of companies hiring in a variety of fields. This event annually has become one of the prime events for recruitment and its benefits can be seen by the ever-growing responses received by our local employers.

Pecor further commented, “Our business community welcomes events like this as an important tool for identifying available talent. We had over 70 employers represented and unfortunately had a waiting list of over 30 more employers who could not be accommodated. RochesterWorks will continue to work with all of our local employers assisting them in their ongoing recruitments.”

In addition to the businesses that participate, partners in this annual event include the County of Monroe, New York State Department of Labor, ACCES-VR, and Monroe Community College.


Stay Connected with RochesterWorks! through Social Media. 
Check in with RochesterWorks! on Twitter @ RochesterWorks! & Facebook @ RochesterWorks! for upcoming Job Fairs, Workshops, Events and Job postings.

Make sure to join our Rochester New York Job Seekers Facebook page, where we connect employers with individuals looking for work. Click Here.

RochesterWorks! Offers Steps Against the CoronaVirus

Written by, Corey Nash

ROCHESTER, NY- On March 11th, Monroe County confirmed its first case of the global spread that is the Coronavirus. The virus is now in more than 100 countries and it infected some 120,000 people. Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Wednesday announcing that all SUNY & CUNY institutions will resort to online courses to help in the battle against COVID-19.

Please be aware that common symptoms of the Virus are:

-Coughing
-Fever
-Runny Nose
-Sore Throat
-Difficulty Breathing

RochesterWorks! will continue to offer our services at all three of our Career Center locations. We still encourage walk-ins & will meet with all of our customers in a timley manner.
We appreciate your cooperation.
CLICK HERE to contact us.

"RochesterWorks! promises to continue to serve individuals in our community by posting open positions, hiring events, workshops & many other additional services to assist in developing your career."

As we move forward in the coming month, we also recommend that you stay connected with the Monroe County Public Health Department. The County has dedicated a homepage where you can see more helpful tips, resources & in case of emergency you can contact them on their hotlines at (585)-753-5555 / (888)-364-3065.
CLICK HERE for the Monroe County Public Health Department homepage.

Here are some additional information to help against COVID-19:
-Worried about Coronavirus? We have some information and resources that might help (PDF)
-Accessing Coronavirus Resources (PDF)
-CDC: What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus (PDF)


Stay Connected with RochesterWorks! through Social Media. 
Check in with RochesterWorks! on Twitter @ RochesterWorks! & Facebook @ RochesterWorks! for upcoming Job Fairs, Workshops, Events and Job postings.

Make sure to join our Rochester New York Job Seekers Facebook page, where we connect employers with individuals looking for work. Click Here.

Written by, Corey Nash

ROCHESTER, NY- On Wednesday, October 16th 2019, Executive Director Peter Pecor & RochesterWorks! received the Chairperson's Award Honoree at the 2019 Technology & Manufacturing Awards.

RochesterWorks! was recognized for its many years of being one of the largest employment and training initiatives in Monroe County, specifically in the manufacturing field.

"All manufacturing has been challenged over the recent years, especially in our area, but we are resilient and strong." Peter Pecor said. "I’m very pleased with the great work that we at RochesterWorks! have done to promote, train, and identify career opportunities presently available and those in the future for our manufacturing sector."

Every year in the month of October, RochesterWorks! joins in participating in the National Manufacturing Month. This month is dedicated to hosting job fairs, promoting events & highlighting positions in the manufacturing field as we work to connect job seekers and employers in the local area. 

Along with our social media platforms, RochesterWorks! partners with MCC & also assist with The Young Adult Manufacturing Training Employment Program. These programs express the diversity RochesterWorks! is trying to offer as well as showing the support & strength we see in the manufacturing field for our community.

To see RochesterWorks! past awards & recognitions,
CLICK HERE.

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Only RochesterWorks! provides a unique set of customized services to businesses and job seekers at little-to-no cost, preparing a skilled workforce and connecting them with opportunities in our region.

 

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