WTOL/The Blade Career Camp a week away

By Dick Berry - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The first step in finding your next job is next Wednesday, April 8. Career Camp will offer you valuable tips on how to get your foot in the door.

It's not a job fair but will offer you valuable tips on how to present yourself when you do go to a job fair.

Grady Snell, Jr. is feeling the unemployment blues. Six months ago, he lost his job as a maintenance worker. There's work out there, but competition is tough. "Oh, it's very tough. A thousand people applying for one job," he tells News 11.

WTOL and The Blade will sponsor a career camp at the Seagate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo. Workers from The Source will be conducting four concurrent one-hour workshops throughout the day.

One will focus on resume writing. Mike Veh from the Source elaborates. "What are the core pieces? What needs to be on a resume -- length, type of information, what to put in, that sort of thing."

Another workshop will teach folks how to improve their interview skills. Veh explains, "Things like what to say, what not to say, how to make that good impression, dress properly when you go in."

Career camp will prepare folks for a May 1 Job Fair at the Lucas County Rec Center. Last year, 3500 came looking for work. Attendance is expected to skyrocket because of Lucas County's booming 13.5% unemployment rate.

Veh tells News 11, "People aren't used to working a job fair. They don't know it's a little different than going on a job interview. You're going to have two minutes to state your case before the next person steps up."

Grady is heading to Career Camp to work on his interview skills and something else. "They was telling me my cover letter wasn't that good. Looking for an outstanding cover letter."

Career Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. April 8 at the Seagate Centre in downtown Toledo.

  • It's free.
  • No registration is necessary. Just show up.
  • Anyone can attend. You don't have to live in Toledo.