DC Department IG Employment Services – Community Conversations

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Community Conversations for Wards 4, 5, and 6 hosted by the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES). Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, the Interim Director of the DOES, provided the community residents an overview of the programs offered by DOES. Programs highlighted included: American Job Centers; Back to Work 50+; DC Infrastructure Academy; Learn, Earn, Advance, Prosper (LEAP); Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP); In-School-Program; Out-of-School-Program; and The Pathways for Young Adults Program (PYAP). One immediate observation is the major need to provide services for transitioning adults 30+ seeking career opportunities after unemployment for prolonged periods.

To learn more about the many great employment and training resources offered by the DOES visit here: https://does.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/does/page_content/attachments/DOES_Program_Guide_Web.pdf

Employment Readiness Tips by Ebony Johnson

Getting Started: To start inquire with your state sponsored employment services. For example in Maryland we have the Maryland DLLR that provides career training, résumé writing and review, career search help, college/trade programs and grants for unemployed workers to receive training. All of these services are free and state sponsored. Also, look up local non-profits that specialize in job readiness training.

Résumé writing: Every single one of you needs a résumé. Even if you are unemployed include activities such as volunteer work. Do not forget to include your credentials and experience such as college, certifications, and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access). Write the résumé to fit the job. If you possess those skills in the advertisement make sure it is highlighted on the résumé. Invest in résumé writing books or do a google search for resumes fitting your job skills.

Employment options: Consider owning your own business. Take free or low cost courses on starting your business via your state sponsored Small Business Association. Apply for positions via Temp Agencies. You earn income and this may land you a permanent job.

Job Fairs: Do a google search and look for job fairs in your area. Dress to impress and bring several resumes. Research the employers before you go and ask questions. The recruiters are there to hire but are also willing to answer any questions. Get names of the recruiters and submit your cover letters addressing them to the recruiters.

Career Resource Advisors: Colleges have career advisors and offer job search assistance for alumni students. Use them!

Social Media: Create a LinkedIn account. Join groups relevant to your career. This is one of the top recruitment tools. Ensure your profile is complete with your résumé and make it stand out with your skills. Chose a professional picture.

Networking: Carry business cards and be ready to hand them out to any and everyone. Include your name, contact info, LinkedIn profile, job title, and three or four billets of your skills. Attend networking events. Gather lots of references and ask everyone you meet if they know about any employment opportunities. Most companies offer recruitment incentives, it pays to ask friends/associates about job opportunities.

Job Search: Great sites include USAJobs, Indeed, Monster, Craigslist, and your State/City employment websites.

Are You a Stay at Home Parent Looking for a Job?

#FriYAY: Parents are you seeking to enter back into the workforce? Did you know that you have the toughest job on the planet? Daily Skills: Management of the household, Budgeting, Financial Management, Shopping, Meal planning and preparation, Childcare, Scheduling, Advising, and Counseling. Let me help you translate those skills onto a resume so you can transition back into the workforce. The Success Creators provides free career readiness assistance. Like the “Success Creators” FaceBook Page for more career tips: https://m.facebook.com/LandYourDreamCareer/.

Find a Rewarding Career in Cybersecurity

There is a shortage of cybersecurity talent and the demand for skilled professionals continues to grow. In 2016, there were 348,640 cybersecurity jobs left unfilled because organizations could not find talent with the right skill sets. To help fill the skills gap, the SANS Institute created the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy, an intensive, accelerated training program that provides SANS world class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity.

SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academies are 100% scholarship-based and no cost to participants. Academies are offered throughout the year in a variety of locations. There are several types of Immersion Academies.

For more information visit here:


DC Bourbiz (The Veteran/Military Spouse Resource Event) is Back on April 26th 2018: (Open to all Business/Professional Networkers)

DC Bourbiz (The Veteran/Military Spouse Resource Event) is Back on April 26th 2018: (Open to all Business/Professional Networkers)

Register for Free today: http://bit.ly/Bourbiz

Team VSRG/GCO is excited to start the spring right in DC with the improved Bourbiz Networking format. Veterans/Military Spouses come network with resources ranging from Matchmaking for Businesses, to personal and professional development support in a relaxed but high energy environment:

• Business Matchmaking (Presented by FWDthink)

• Job Seeking and Transition Support

• Resume and Interview Resources

• Compensation and Disability Claims Resources

• 9/11 GI Bill Support

• Veteran/Military Spouse Health/Wellness Resources

• Access to Capital Resources StreetShares

• Legal and Business Compliance Resources

• Meet & Greets with Redskins Fred Smoot, WJLA’s Erin Lynn Hawksworth, @Justin Constantine Jack Mandaville, JW Boothe and more!!!

In addition to the vast networking opportunities, Bourbiz offers our signature a Bourbon, Whiskey, Wine and Single Malt Scotch tasting with over 20 different types to sample from during the event. Additionally, we have added our new icebreaker name tags that allow for easy recognition of resources and connectors for your benefit as an attendee.

Is A Cyber Career Right For Me?

Is A Cyber Career Right For Me? This workshop will benefit job seekers starting a career as well as those transitioning to a new career. This workshop is designed to guide the participants through a candid assessment of their aptitudes, interests, and preparation for a cyber career. Participants will be encouraged to realistically assess their goals in terms of their baseline skills and experience, education, personal situation, flexibility, and their strengths, and weaknesses. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-a-cyber-career-right-for-me-tickets-41521781767 NEW! We are also having an IT Panel Discussion for entry level jobs on 3/12 from 1pm-3:30pm. So attendees can go to the workshop in the morning and then attend the panel discussion in the afternoon. More information to come.

Explore Your Commuting Options This workshop will discuss tools for forming van/carpools and using public transit. Single Occupancy Vehicle commutes are expensive and contribute to traffic congestion. Learn about ridesharing and commuting resources available at Commuter Connections, Guaranteed Ride Home, CarpoolNow, and MDTrip.org https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-your-commuting-options-tickets-42542536873

Writing Your Federal Resume Hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Virtual Session: Writing Your Federal Resume

Hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Description: This virtual presentation will explain each section of the job opportunity announcement (JOA) in an effort to better inform applicants and to assist them in selecting the right job. The presentation highlights a three part process to assist applicants in writing their Federal resume. Attendees will be shown a real JOA and walked through a process that helps them review the JOA to determine qualifications and interest, identify the important requirements and then tailor their resumes with that JOA. Lastly, it will provide a quick overview of the resume builder on USAJOBS.

Cost: No Charge

Target Audience: Federal Applicants

Length: 1.5 hours

Date Time Registration Details

Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:00 a.m. (ET) Click Here To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-your-federal-resume-march-22-morning-tickets-42745951291?ref=eios&aff=eios

Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:00 p.m. (ET) Click Here To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-your-federal-resume-march-22-afternoon-tickets-42746622298?ref=eios&aff=eios

If you have questions about these sessions, please email outreach@opm.gov!

LSG Sky Chef Recruitment Event

Please review the attached information for a Recruitment Event at the Wheaton American Job Center, Westfield South Building featuring LSG SkyChef on Thursday, March 29, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The LSG SkyChef is seeking to fill several jobs that are listed below.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ashura Goines at 240.283.5173.

LSG SkyChef Jobs:

Utility Workers (201) (Dishwasher):$11.55 Responsible for processing all incoming catering equipment through our automated dishwashing machines and ensuring that all items are cleaned, sanitized and ready for use by the Production and Assembly departments. No experience necessary.

Storekeeper (257):$11.55 Successful candidate will report to the Materials Manager who will assign various duties that will include organizing warehouse area, cleaning, filling requisitions and assisting with deliveries. Successful candidates must have reliable transportation and be able to work an early morning shift. Qualified applicants must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

Facility Cleaner (202):$12.30 Responsible for facility and equipment cleaning – light to heavy. Duties included sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning and emptying trash, washing pots and pans and cleaning kitchen equipment as well as other general janitorial/custodial duties. Previous janitorial or custodial experience preferred.

Airline Beverage and Equipment Assembler (252):$11.80 Responsibilities include assembling all beverages and miscellaneous serving equipment and packing in airline carriers and galley carts. No experience necessary. Must be able to read and write English.

Food Service Worker (245):$12.00 Responsibilities include preparing, assembling and packing various food items for some of the largest airlines in the world. Food Services Workers prepare sandwiches, salads, and desserts, as well as, cold and hot meals and tray settings. 1 year or more of food service experience preferred but not required.

Airline Food and Equipment Checker – $12.25 Responsibilities include conducting a final check of flight components and auditing to ensure all food and catering is accurate and packed in accordance with airline specifications. Must have reliable transportation due to early morning shift start. Qualified applicants must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

Airline Food & Equipment Handler I (Catering Truck Driver) (211)- $16.00 Responsibilities include driving the Catering Truck to the Aircraft to deliver food and catering items. Safely approaching and departing aircraft with the assistance of a Guide person and in accordance with LSG Sky Chefs and Airport Authority rules and regulations. Interacting with airline personnel and providing exemplary customer service and preventing flight delays. To qualify you must possess a valid, local driver’s license with a clean driving record; have at least 1 year of work experience driving a box truck or other large commercial vehicle; and must be able to pass an FBI Background Check, Airport Security Screening and obtain an Airport Security Badge (SIDA).

Production Cooks (281-282):$15.25-13.00 Responsibilities include preparing and cooking Hot Food items airlines in a timely manner and in accordance with company, FDA, and airline regulations. 1 or more years of experience cooking in a commercial kitchen required.

Airline Flight Dispatcher – 18.50 Responsibilities include effectively and efficiently dispatching and coordinating the delivery of airline catering supplies to our airline customers. Ensure customer satisfaction by providing professional customer service and safe, accurate and timely boarding of equipment and catering components on each flight. Utilize effective communications to minimize delays and resolve problems. Experience using computer programs in order to access information. To qualify you must possess a valid, local driver’s license with a clean driving record; have at least 1 year of work experience driving a box truck or other large commercial vehicle; and must be able to pass an FBI Background Check, Airport Security Screening and obtain an Airport Security Badge (SIDA). Successfully passing a Criminal History Check.