Woodstock Area Job Bank

Greetings Fellow Job Bankers: I am impatient. I have had enough winter and now I would like all the snow to disappear and have some spring—mud and all I am ready. Easter this year is early, April 1st. Of course, it is also April Fools’ Day. I think the joke is on us. No matter, soon enough spring will win […]

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Last week, while we were getting our third snow storm in March, my son sent a text from Mammoth Mountain in California.  Peter is a ski coach and was traveling on a western trip with his team.  They were expecting four days of snow in Mammoth with accumulations of up to 100 inches. 100 inches!  8 feet!  How is that […]

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Greetings Fellow Job Bankers, Sunday night the telephone rang. It was my daughter. “Mom, I let Kira use the toothpaste you bought for Samantha, and now Sam’s having a meltdown. Here, you talk to her.…” “What? What do you want me to do?” I heard sobbing through the phone. “Hi, Samantha. Your mom tells me you are upset because she […]

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Greeting, Fellow Job Bankers The Job Bank has been having a non-profit crisis. We needed something we couldn’t afford( not a big surprise) except this time we needed it immediately. There was no time to plan or fundraise. We have been focusing on getting new workers listed at the Job Bank to fill the community need for odd-jobs. We have […]

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Greetings Fellow Job Bankers, When I took over here at the Job Bank, I knew one of the hurdles I would have to overcome is adapting back to Microsoft Office. Office is a great program. I used to use it, but several Macs ago I stopped purchasing Office and just started using Works which came free with the computer.   […]

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  I got a call from Anne at the high school last week. She had Zack in her office. Zack needed to work off some community service hours and she was wondering if the Job Bank knew of anything that was available.   It was Thursday, just a few minutes before I was done for the day. Community service wasn’t […]

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   There is a quote I am fond of by the late Winston Churchill:  “We live in a world of ifs.”  At first glance it doesn’t seem to be one of his more profound if you consider how many great speeches he gave in his long and illustrious career and yet…. If the Job Bank is going to adapt with the times […]

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It’s a fact of life. People will, from time to time, disagree. Clashes occur and egos bruised. BUT it doesn’t have to be the end of a good work relationship. Consider some of these suggestions for tackling conflict on the job. It’s simply not worth working in a negative workspace, and there is a cure for it. US News & […]

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Are you in your “comfort zone” at work? Maybe that isn’t the ideal place to be. Learn more about how to know when it’s time to move on. 5 Ways to Know If It’s Time to Quit Your Job

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There’s a group of valuable workers out there who are being overlooked in today’s workforce. It’s the Baby Boomers, our “senior” friends out there who are now in their late 50’s or early 60’s. According to the Census Bureau there are about 76.4 million of them in the U.S. If you are a Boomer you probably don’t need us to […]

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National Public Radio recently ran a story about a common scam that you may encounter. This is worth a listen as it might happen to you! (Or maybe already did?) Beware! Here’s the link to the full story Anatomy of a Scam – NPR story

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Job interviews have changed and evolved over the years. Check out this article posted on Ploymint.com that provides interview tips for a new generation of workers. 10 Interview Preparation Tips For Millennials, By Millennials    

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Looking for ways to improve your business. Large or small, every business can benefit from this series. Check out the list of free webinars sponsored but Spectrum Consulting. My personal favorite? “Icky Sticky People Problems version 3.0” the name pretty much says it all! http://spectrum.consulting/webinars/

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I hear a fascinating story on NPR on my way to work this morning. It was about training America’s workforce to with the skills needed to work in today’s factory and manufacturing setting. Today’s require higher-skilled workers who need more training to jump into the workforce. Introducing an old concept that still works – Apprenticeships! You’ve heard about it in the […]

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THE RIGHT TRAINING FOR THE RIGHT JOB by Tanja Hinterstoisser (Champlain College) and Daniel Connolly (University of Denver) In today’s work world, three generations are working together, each of whom have vastly different experiences with technology. At our Vermont Connected Summit, Dr. Hinterstoisser and Dr. Connolly described what the most important skills are to thrive in the workplace today. Learn […]

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If I Can… A friend just shared this amazing video with me. I won’t try to add my two cents – the video really speaks for itself. Click on the title above “Possibilities are Endless” to see the full post and watch the video. If I Can…    

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Think your job is tough? Try this one on for size. Click this link and watch the video – it just might change the way you look at things…The Toughest Job in the World

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I just read the article on landing a seasonal job. In our area seasonal jobs seem to be king – not only do businesses look forward to the busy Christmas season, they also have fall foliage to look forward too. This is a boost to their sales and hopefully a boost for job-seekers as well. http://leddygroup.com/blogs/blog/post/9-tips-for-landing-a-great-seasonal-job.html One point in the […]

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