Rochester NY Stake Employment Center

January 10, 2012

How to Get a Retail Job

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 10:30 am

This step-by-step guide ( on how to get a retail job includes information on finding and applying for retail job listings, writing resumes and cover letters, taking tests that many retailers require as part of the application process, what to wear to a retail interview, sample interview questions, plus tips for acing a retail interview.


Free Job Search Webinars

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 10:03 am

There are free job search webinars at

Topics include:

Wed. Feb. 22nd 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
The 40+ Career Search: Debunking the Myths

Wed. Mar. 7th 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
The 40+ Career Search: Debunking the Myths

Monday Jan. 9th 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
The 5 Major Mistakes Smart Job-Seekers Make & How to Avoid Them

Monday Jan. 16th 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
Taking Your Talents to Work: Is Freelancing For You?

Monday Jan. 23rd 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
Does Your Job Search Need a Tune-Up?

Wed. Feb. 8th 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
How to Be Successful When You’re the New “Kid” on the Job, But You’re Not a Kid

*TO BE SCHEDULED* 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EDT
Laid Off Without a Golden Parachute: Seven Steps for Landing on Your Feet

November 30, 2011

Why Attend the Job Network – What We Learn and How We Learn It

Filed under: Job Search Resources, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 4:59 pm

– posted by Todd Sloane on LinkedIn

“Someone asked me the other day what the job network motto, "Putting Great Ideas to Work" meant exactly. So here is an answer and an invitation to check us out.

The Job Network is hands-on and interactive. This means taking proven job-finding ideas, strategies that are most effective in today’s job market, and putting them in to practice. Thus, "Putting Great Ideas to Work"

Who should attend…

Although it is opened to all RochesterWorks! members, it is particularly helpful for anyone who has attended a Job Search Workshops at RochesterWorks! or the Career Navigator training.

Why attend?

If you would like to ‘dive deeper’ into the core concepts you have learned about elsewhere,
If you have questions about how-to implement a strategy you’ve learned about,
If you have areas you find challenging and would like to practice,
If you want to have a less risky "safer" practice arena,
If you enjoy learning relevant info, learning hands-on and having fun while doing it…
…then come check us out!

Register for any opened "Job Network" session on our calendar at:
…and feel free to like, comment or share this post with those you care about!

All the best for your success,
The Job Search Team at RochesterWorks!”

November 17, 2011

RTS Wants to Help Job Seekers

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 2:37 pm

These days RTS knows how challenging it can be to find a job, so they’d like to offer a helping hand.  With the RTS “JOBS FIRST” program, they offer a free round trip bus ride to anyone in the community who is unemployed and needs transportation to an interview.  Those in need of a ride should call RTS customer service at (585)288-1700 to find out about eligibility.  Just give us your interview details and they’ll send out passes for a free round trip on any RTS bus…it’s that simple!

For more information call 1-888-288-3777 or email

October 24, 2011

Job Search Toolkit

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 1:55 pm

Searching for a job can seem like a daunting task in a good economy, let alone during a recession. But there are jobs all around, and with a focused job search plan, you can put yourself in the best possible position to land one of them.

And you don’t have to figure it all out on your own either. Many resources exist both online and locally to help in your job search.

For example, there is a lot you can do right now. Go to or any other job site for resources that can help guide you through the entire job search process, from identifying opportunities and polishing your resume to acing the interview, negotiating the offer and more:

Build your resume                                      Get resume advice

Sharpen your interviewing skills                Learn to negotiate your salary

Explore your career options                       Manage your unemployment

Most Common Fields of Employment (number indicates job postings in the area on 8/8/11) –

Accounting/Auditing (17)     

Healthcare: RNs & Nurse Management (3)     

Administrative/Clerical (18)     

Healthcare: Support Services (3)     

Advertising (8)     

Hospitality/Tourism (5)     

Agriculture/Green Industries (1)     

HR/Recruiting (6)     

Architecture/Design (4)     

Insurance (40)     

Arts/Entertainment (5)     

Internet/New Media (3)     

Automotive/Mechanical (11)     

IT/Computers (40)     

Aviation/Aerospace/Defense (7)     

Law Enforcement/Security (9)     

Beauty/Fashion (2)     

Legal (3)     

Broadcast/Publ/Media (4)     

Maintenance/Janitorial (3)     

Child Care/Caregiver (1)     

Maintenance/Repair (12)     

Collections/ Debt Collections (3)     

Management (35)     

College (5)     

Manufacturing/Production (43)     

Computer Programming (60)     

Marketing/PR (7)     

Construction: Carpenters (9)     

Military (36)     

Construction: Electricians (3)     

NonProfit (2)     

Construction: Heavy Equipment Operators (4)     

Other (44)     

Construction: HVAC/Plumbing (3)     

Printing/Graphics (5)     

Construction: Laborers (6)     

Purchasing/Inventory (14)     

Construction: Supervisory (1)     

Real Estate (3)     

Consulting/Professional (3)     

Retail (32)     

Customer Service/Support (25)     

Sales/Sales Management (38)     

Data Processing (3)     

Salon/Spa (1)     

Driver/CDL (16)     

Science/ Research & Development (1)     

Education/Training/Library (6)     

Sports/Fitness (6)     

Energy Oil & Gas : Drivers (4)     

Tech Contract (1)     

Engineering (20)     

Technical (6)     

Entry Level (21)     

Telecommunications (15)     

Finance/Banking (20)     

Telemarketing (5)     

Food Services/Restaurant (5)     

Temp Jobs (3)     

Government (3)     

Trades/Labor (22)     

Healthcare: Business Office & Finance (4)     

Transportation/Logistics (27)     

Healthcare: Human Services/Direct Care (1)     

Utilities/Oil/Gas/Mining (6)     

Healthcare: Medical/ Dental/ Optical (1)     

Veterinary/Animal Care (2)     

Healthcare: Other (33)     

Warehouse/Dockwork (20)     

Healthcare: Paramedic/EMT (2)     

Work from Home/ Business Opportunity (6) 

– MONROE COUNTY DHS Weekly Employment Bulletin – August 8, 2011

‘Our Experience Counts’ Free Membership

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 1:40 pm

Below is a link to an informational flyer announcing BYU Management Society’s relationship with Our Experience They are the world’s leading online information and resource center for the more mature (50+) professional seeking employment or facing career transition. This site is dedicated to helping those in their late 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond who face the special challenges of looking for work in a world where 40 is the new 50.

They have negotiated an arrangement for us to receive a one year free gold membership with their site (a $179.00 value). The flyer in the link below will provide all the details and instructions for registration and your free membership, along with directions on signing up for webinars.

We appreciate their willingness to assist our members who will benefit from their specialized services. And for those of you who are fortunate enough to be employed, membership should be strongly considered. You never know when you can be laid off or reorganized out of a job. These resources are unique and free for the next year.  Downloading and filing this information for a rainy unemployment day might not be a bad idea on your part.

This is just one more benefit of membership in the BYU Management Society.  Feel free to pass this offer onto any of your appropriate friends or associates.  Anyone associated with LDS Employment should also feel free to take advantage of this special offer and pass it on to those they serve.

– The Management Society International Steering Committee

Rock The World

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 9:54 am

Some great free things to help with your job search are on These include:

Rock the World with your Online Presence LinkedIn Profile Worksheet

Networking For Nerds eBook – A free “getting started guide” for LinkedIn and Social Media designed for the college crowd

LinkedIn Profiles Guide eBook –helps you craft language for each of the areas of a LinkedIn profile.

Plus webinars and videos.

Finding employment before 2012

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 9:23 am

Job searching as the year winds down

Just because the year is winding down doesn’t mean your job search should be. The weeks leading up to the calendar turning are full of both challenges and opportunities. Here, experts offer thoughts on making the most of 2011’s closing months.

"September is typically a great time for job searching as many people are returning from vacation and turning their attention once again towards business," says Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Human Resource Solutions in Northampton, Mass., and author of "Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around."
Duncan Mathison, a career consultant and co-author of "Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times are Tough," agrees. "This is a time when many people are back in the office and before holidays begin. It is a great time to kick up the networking to hiring managers and even your direct approach — letters, emails and calls to people who manage people with your skills."

As fall progresses, companies often start solidifying their plans. "Fourth quarter is budgeting time," Mathison says. "This is when employers are looking at budgets for next year and jobs are being created. Yes, these positions might not start until after the first of the year, but get ahead of the line." He recommends making sure managers know you and your skills, which could lead to a job description written to fit your profile or at least a spot in the candidate pool that gets called before an ad gets posted.

Holiday season
Traditional thought is that the holiday season is a bad time to find a job. Some companies do not hire during the last months of the year because they are focused on bringing in revenue and keeping expenses down to achieve their annual financial targets. Companies planning to downsize often do so before or just after Thanksgiving, further reducing the available positions during this time period. At companies with vacancies, managers often are using up vacation time, making it harder to schedule interviews.

Some job seekers view these obstacles as reasons to stop their search during November and December, but openings can arise that have nothing to do with the calendar. If fellow candidates are taking time off, it can be to your advantage. As Matuson notes, "While hiring may be slow during these months, job seekers may find less competition during this period."

Also, some employers are eager to have their staff in place and ready to go when the new year starts. In addition to new spots created by the new budget cycle, internal promotions frequently happen after end-of-the-year performance reviews. Likewise, December is a popular month for retirements. All of these things mean possible opportunities for job seekers, so be ready to present your best.

"This is a good time to update your résumé," says Lisa Quast, author of "Your Career, Your Way!" and president of Career Woman Inc. in Seattle. "Ensure it clearly lists what you accomplished in each position, preferably quantified. Prepare your list of references, obtain letters of recommendation, research job requirements, analyze the job requirements against your own skills and abilities, research companies and industries, even find and obtain help from ‘sponsors’ and ‘internal coaches’ at the companies at which you’d like to apply."

Another plus during the last months of the year: temporary hiring. "The holiday time can actually be helpful to some job seekers because it is when many employers — especially retail businesses — hire seasonal, part-time workers," Quast says. "If a full-time position in this area interests you, consider applying for a part-time position during the holidays. Then, show management what an incredibly hard worker you are, your reliability and your positive attitude. It will go a long way in helping you transition from working there part time to full time because most companies find it easier to hire someone they know and like."

And don’t forget as you’re celebrating the season that holiday gatherings offer chances to meet people who might be of help. "Holidays are a great time to revitalize a lagging search and stale network," Mathison says. "Social networks — friends, community groups, parents of your children’s friends — can restart the search. Many people fail to take advantage of this because most only network with their old professional connections. In tough markets, it is essential that people network with all connections about their search."

October 22, 2011

Job Search Websites

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 12:29 pm

The following is a list of the most useful job search websites as listed on the RochesterWorks! Virtual Career Center:

Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 40 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searches per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 24 languages, covering 94% of global GDP.

Monster is one of the largest employment websites in the world, owned and operated by Monster Worldwide, Inc. Monster is one of the 20 most visited websites out of 100 million worldwide, according to comScore Media Metrics

As the U.S.’s largest online job site, puts over 1 million jobs in front of poised job seekers wherever they are – at home or at work – in print and on the Internet. More than 23 million unique visitors come to the site every month to check out the opportunities in every industry, field and job type.

Biz 2 Edu
Welcome to “biz2edu”, a resource sponsored by the 20 colleges and universities located in the greater Rochester region. This site is designed to provide economic development professionals, site selectors, corporations, and individuals with an easily accessible and useful gateway to contacts and information about the resources and programs available at the Rochester colleges and universities

Career Overview
Making informed career decisions can be a daunting and difficult task. For nearly 5 years has been helping aspiring career professionals, job seekers and students make better, more informed career choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information. With many thousands of daily visitors is now one of the premier career websites on the Internet.

Career Onstop
CareerOneStop is…
Your source for employment information and inspiration 
The place to manage your career 
Your pathway to career success 
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals 
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

Contract Job Hunter
ContractJobHunter specializes in job openings for serious Contractors and Consultants in engineering, IT/IS, and technical disciplines.

GadBall is a website designed to help you develop and enhance your career. Once you create a Profile on GadBall, you have access to other Users. From Accountants to Zoologists – and everything in between, here you can interact with others who do the same job as you, or who share similar interests. Interact with and learn from others and share your knowledge.

Job Bank USA
Headquartered in Fernandina Beach, Florida, has grown to be one of the Internet’s largest and best-known online recruiting sites. Since 1995 has provided services to over 5 million job seekers, hiring managers, recruiters and human resource professionals.

The purpose of the Job-Hunt.Org Web site is to provide the most comprehensive listing of employer recruiting page links, the best Internet-accessible job-search resources and services on the Web, and the best and most up-to-date advice from genuine job search and career experts.
At, we make it easy for you to find jobs around town or around the world. Search for jobs by location, keywords, job title, or browse jobs to find more opportunities. gives you access to millions of jobs plus career tools and advice.

JobWeb offers career and job-search advice for new college graduates. A service of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Our career search services and networking tools enable job seekers and employers to create targeted connections across thousands of online communities. We deliver a one-of-a-kind recruitment solution that provides the targeted exposure of a specialized job board, reinforced by the breadth and volume of a larger career network.

College Grad
At, we are the best at what we do. However, we are NOT trying to be everything to everyone. We provide one service and one service only: 
The #1 Internet job search service for college students and recent grads. 
This is why is the #1 entry level job site: 
We target college students and recent grads exclusively. 
We are linked to by more colleges and universities than any other career site (we have more than 6,000 active links). 
We provide more entry level job search content to job seekers than any other site on the Internet. 
We provide more job views, more qualified candidates and more applications per job posting than any other major job board. 
We have won more awards (over 80) than any other career site in the world.

The Wall Street Journal

Flip Dog
FlipDog is a great place to find jobs and advance your career. Whether you’re looking for a new job or researching employment opportunities, FlipDog allows you to quickly search and find the information you need most. And since FlipDdog is powered by Monster you’ll have access to the largest database of jobs and the most helpful career development tools.

Nation Job
That is our goal. We are the number one community based job network in the U.S., and have 20 years experience connecting job seekers, employers, communities and industries. We work closely with local, regional and national employers, community leaders and chambers of commerce, vertical industry associations, local business associations & organizations, small business employers, executive and management recruiters, career-based advertisers, and career resources and service providers to offer the greatest value to all parties, focused on results through cost-effective collaboration, networking, and marketing. Explore our successful community job sites and industry job sites listing thousands of jobs across the nation, and sign up for PJ Scout to start testing your job search results.

Net-Temps is the leading job board for temporary, temp-to-perm and full time employment through the staffing industry. Membership to Net-Temps is exclusive to staffing companies and therefore, candidates featured on our site are accessible only to our subscribers, not direct employers. This puts our customers in a non-compete position with their own clients for the best candidates.

Science Careers
Founded in 1880 on $10,000 of seed money from the American inventor Thomas Edison, Science has grown to become the world’s leading outlet for scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research, with the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general-science journal. Through its print and online incarnations, Science reaches an estimated worldwide readership of more than one million. In content, too, the journal is truly international in scope; some 35 to 40 percent of the corresponding authors on its papers are based outside the United States. Its articles consistently rank among world’s most cited research.

Summer Jobs
Founded in 1996, has been working for well over a decade to provide employers easy access to a wide, targeted audience of summer job seekers. As a niche on-line job board our mission here at is simple – to provide an easy to use, simple forum where summer employers and job seekers can connect with one another

Overseas Jobs has been working for well over a decade to provide employers easy access to a wide, targeted audience of job seekers. As a niche on-line job board our mission here at is simple – to provide an easy to use, simple forum where employers and job seekers can connect with one another.

Employment Guide
Whether you’re just starting out, changing your career path, or looking for a better-paying job, The Employment Guide® and® can point you in the right direction. With over 75 free weekly employment magazines nationwide, you can find us on city streets, in grocery stores, and even online at®.

USA Jobs
USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

WNY Jobs
WNYJOBS – your guide to employment in Western New York ( Buffalo – Niagara – Rochester – Chautauqua NY ). Find local Career Training & Help-wanted ads Plus local jobs in Healthcare, Engineering, Manufacturing, Administrative, Customer Service and More!

Association of Executive Search Consultants
The Association of Executive Search Consultants is the professional body representing retained executive search consulting firms around the world.

Staffing Agency List

Job Trades

If you have skills and talent and are seeking independent work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. To help make delivering great results easier for you, Elance offers a suite of tools to help make your work life as efficient as possible.

A Quick Tour of the Virtual Career Center

Filed under: Job Search Resources — Larry @ 11:06 am

To get to the RochesterWorks Virtual Career Center, you can:

– go to and click on the Rochester Works Virtual Career Center link under the Community Job Search Resources, or

– go to

The Home page gets right down to business with a sidebar that directs you to resources that apply to where you are in your job search:

Finding A Job

Dealing with Job Loss

Job Search Websites



Marketing Plan





Career Exploration

Career Assessment

Labor Market Information

Career Advice

Additional Resources

Career RSS Feeds

Free Online Classes

RochesterWorks Resources

On the top toolbar, you can choose to go to:

Video Library for videos on resumes, interviewing, etc.

Podcasts on resume responses, work gaps, interview questions you should ask

Workshops for calendar of workshops at RochesterWorks! or in the community

Resource Room for newsletters, resume templates, local training resources, job search articles, and community resources

Entrepreneurs for extensive help on starting and maintaining your own business, including Financial, Markets, Management, and Technology

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