Welfare to Work Workshops
The hallmark of our workshops is to teach you how to secure, maintain and advance in your career. All workshops are designed to help you identify your personal strengths and develop the skills you need to be successful in the workforce. Workshops are offered on a regular basis at all nine locations throughout the metro area and are free to program participants. Contact each site directly to get a schedule or call (612) 752-8957 for general information.
Job Seeking Skills Workshop Series
Job Search 101 – Develop effective ways to manage your job search and define your skills. Learn application tips and develop a list of references.
Networking – Discover what a network is, what it can do for you, and how to develop your own.
Cover Letters – Learn how to put together an effective cover letter that conveys your abilities for a specific job.
Resumes – The resume is a way to put your best foot forward. Using the appropriate type can increase the number of interviews you get.
Interviewing – Test your interviewing IQ. Discuss legal and illegal questions, knockout factors, and appropriate dress. Learn how to research the company before your interview.
First Impressions – Learn what your body language is saying to the interviewer and fine-tune your ability to present a competent and professional self to get that job.
Job Fair Preparation – Make your job fair experience successful by standing out from the crowd. This workshop will give you the inside edge to make your next job fair successful.
Follow Up – Organize your job search with follow-ups in mind. Put together a system and time line of “To Dos” to land that job.
Job Search with a Felony – Learn how to use the Minnesota Bonding program to increase your employability and develop honest answers to the questions employers may ask about your criminal record.
Internet 101 – Learn how to set up an email account, post your resume and basic job search engine techniques.
Company Research – Target your job search before you apply. Learn how search engines and websites can help you choose the company that is right for you.
Work the Web – Our favorite websites can help you conduct a more effective Internet job search.
Marketable Skills – Learn what marketable skills are and why they are essential in a job search, how to change a list of skills into resume bullet points and practice answering interview questions.
Financial Literacy Workshop Series
Budgeting – What is a budget and why do I need one? Learn why and how budgeting can help you set realistic financial goals.
Money for Me – What type of money manager are you? Determine whether you are a square, rectangle, triangle, circle, or squiggle and how this style impacts your finances.
Taxes: Get more $$$ – Receive larger tax refunds by filing for the right tax credits. Tax filing services are free for those who qualify.
Banking Account Information – Set up a checking or savings account and learn the best way to manage it.
Credit Repair – A three-day seminar to get you started on repairing your credit.
Goal Setting – Using the seven steps of goal setting will help you develop immediate and long-term attainable goals.
Individual Development Accounts (IDA’s) – This is an introduction to community based savings plans for education, home and transportation purchases.
Simply Good Eating – The University of Minnesota Extension Services discusses how to stretch food dollars and eat healthy foods on a limited budget.
Keep It Safe – Learn about laws that protect you from predatory financial institutions and learn about all types of insurance including health, auto, life and disability
Job Retention Workshop Series
How To Keep Your Job – Learn how to plan ahead for situations that may cause problems at work and create back up plans for these situations.
Developing Good Work Relationships – Learn how to handle a difficult supervisor, build relationships with co-workers and other strategies that can improve your chances of advancement.
Improving Work Skills – Review the skills that make successful employees.
Conflict Resolution – Find healthy solutions to problems and ways to communicate with others in the work place. We will determine your current way of working through conflict and discuss other methods that may serve the situation the best.
Office Politics – Learn the unwritten rules of your environment, how to work on a team, choose a mentor, and how to present yourself as a valuable employee.
Make Your Time Count! – Use the 168 Rule to develop skills and techniques to make the most of your time.
Life-Work Balance – Learn to assess your time management skills and how to improve them. Learn how to prioritize your time to work toward your goals.
Career Advancement Workshop Series
Movin’ On Up – Like your job, but want to move up? This workshop will show you how to do just that! Learn how to look ahead and gain qualifications you need to advance.
Assertive Communication – Learn techniques to self evaluate and calmly assess criticism from coworkers and supervisors.
100 Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree – Sometimes experience is a better teacher; learn how to make the most of yours!
What Color is Your Personality? – Discover your natural strengths and talents and learn which industries are the best fit for them.
Earning a Promotion – Learn how networking and gaining qualifications can help you move up and increase your income!
Salary Negotiation – Learn when to bring up salary, the process of salary negotiation, and then practice it! You will also receive the labor market statistics with the salary range for the position you are applying for.
Diversity Workshop Series
Diversity – This workshop begins with a self assessment and group discussions focusing on assumptions, respect, responsibility and problem solving in your personal and work environments.
New Minnesotans – Learn the struggles of the new Americans in Minnesota and share your own experiences.
Social Taboos – Discuss how verbal and non-verbal communication has different meanings in different cultures.
Diversity – Take a critical look at stereotypes, racism, and discrimination issues. Discuss real life situations and reactions and learn how to respond appropriately to each.
Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Greater Twin Cities Area of Minnesota