Job search workshop offered in Frankford


Modern technology has changed the way people search for jobs. But people can have their job hunting questions answered Monday, June 10, at Indian River School District’s Parent Center, when the Goodwill Job Resource Center will host a free walk-in workshop on the online job application process at the Parent Center in Frankford.

Résumé writing will be the focus from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Word. From there, they will learn how create an organized and detailed résumé.

From 1 to 4 p.m., participants can learn how to navigate the online job search process, understanding the “do’s and don’ts” of online applications and learning to successfully upload a résumé online for an online application. They should write down past employment experience to help create a complete application.

“This is a great opportunity to get expert advice and to learn from an organization that has many connections throughout the community,” said Michele Murphy, parent center coordinator. “[It’s] someone who has a reputable name, and they have a history of serving our families.”

Although they have partnered with the Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County before, this is the Parent Center’s first job workshop.

“Part of my mission is to help people support their children’s needs,” said Murphy. “But when their primary need is finding an income — it’s hard to function as a family if you don’t have an income.”

Having recently opened a Job Resource Center next to their retail shop in Bridgeville, Goodwill now offers many financial and employment workshops. But some people can’t get to Bridgeville, so Murphy and the Parent Center are bringing the Job Resource Center to IRSD.

“My job is to help people understand the resources available. We’re not a staffing agency,” emphasized John Rodriguez, Job Resource Center coordinator. “We’ve just been able to understand what kind of work is out there, how do you search what is out there.”

Rodriguez is also bilingual and therefore able to assist the Spanish-speaking community.

There will also be information about Beyond Jobs, a new initiative to help women find employment.

Anyone may attend the free clinic, and they are invited to share the information with others who need help navigating the job application process.

The IRSD Parent Center is located in the G.W Carver Educational Center on Frankford School Road (the former Frankford Elementary building).

Individual sessions will not last three full hours. Seating is limited. People may drop in, but reservations are encouraged. To reserve a seat, contact Michele Murphy (Parent Center coordinator) at (302) 732-1522 or michele.murphy@irsd.k12.de.us or contact John Rodriguez (Job Resource Center coordinator) at (302) 337-7284, ext. 155, or jrodriguez@goodwillde.org.