Don’t get me wrong. This (personal) blog isn’t turning in to a job seeker/unemployment blog or anything like that. It’s just that I’ve been busy filling up my time with job searching, fanfic writing, local news reading, randomly ranting (on FB), and U-Jamming that I seem to have neglected my blogging duties as a blogger. Or something like that.
So, after my long-time reunion with a good friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years (I think 23 years now?) at the Bank of America stint last month1, I can feel more at ease that I’m no longer alone in struggling through my unemployment adventures. Yay!
The first place that we went to was at an employment program in Sunnyvale known as CONNECT Job Seeker Program. The CONNECT program is a set of workshops and training classes offered by those who were recently laid off and those who have been unemployed for a long period of time. The program is sponsored by both Nova and EDD and it is a federally funded program. I guess you could say that it’s kind of like going back to school, where you get to learn new skills, searching for career change options or seeking counseling in terms of your job search, and a whole lot more. The complex itself did look like a mini-school where you get the lobby/administration office, conference rooms, and computer labs and it’s in a really quiet location right next to the Sunnyvale Public Library.
Earlier today (Thursday), I attended a registration orientation to learn more of the services CONNECT offers and to fill out the paperwork including making copies of your original required documents (ie. driver’s license and SSN card or a U.S. Passport). There are similar workshops that they offer that also take place at the One-Stop Career Centers, but CONNECT seems to be more in-depth. Since I got my paperwork completed, all I’m doing now is wait for the email to arrive to me letting me know of their confirmation and then I earn my membership badge (you need to have that badge to attend their workshops and counseling sessions, etc.).
CONNECT offers various workshops such as resume writing, interviewing training, career path making, and necessity skills such as MS Office, using the computer/internet, etc. The orientation stated that they offer more, but I still have yet to learn more about that later on.
And that would be it for now! In our next (F)UNemployment Adventures, we will be heading to a job fair in Emeryville on Tuesday from noon until 4pm. A job fair is a job fair but when I do get to it, I’ll share my experiences there.2