A new Workforce3One site for serving targeted populations, "Opening Doors for Everyone",  is now available.  Check out the landing page at https://doors.workforce3one.org/page/resources for a toolkit, videos, webinars, and other resources to assist One-Stop front-line staff serve customers with multiple challenges to employment.

Having trouble getting started on a job search? AARP has developed an online employment guide that covers the entire job search process from start to finish. The Five-Step Toolkit helps individuals to set work goals, organize job search activities, conduct a career exploration to find out which jobs are best for them, and learn how to increase success in finding a job.

Secretary Solis unveiled an innovative partnership via a live web stream on Thursday that brings together the U.S. Labor Department, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Facebook debuted a new Social Jobs Partnership page which highlights available training programs, educational opportunities and job search resources for the department. "Linking America's job seekers with the resources they need to get back to work is a top priority of the Obama Administration and my department," said Secretary Solis.

"By leveraging the power of the social web, this initiative will provide immediate, meaningful and ready-to-use information for job seekers and employers, and a modern platform to better connect them." Facebook also made a commitment to drive traffic to the site through targeted online public service announcements in areas of high unemployment. Additionally, participating organizations will conduct in-depth survey research about how job seekers, college career centers and workforce recruiters are effectively using the social web; explore how job postings can be shared on Facebook and throughout other social sites at no charge; and distribute educational materials to recruiters, government agencies and job seekers about the power of the social web.

On October 17, former participant Gail Ruggles testified in the U.S. Senate about her experience in SCSEP and the positive impact it has had on her life. Gail’s story of her time with SCSEP grantee Vermont Associates for Training and Development, and how it helped her attain employment and become economically self-sufficient, is a powerful testimony that conveys the importance of the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Gail’s testimony was also part of a story done last night by NBC Nightly News. Well done, Gail and VATD!

To learn more, visit these resources:

New Podcasts: Job Clubs
Posted on October 05, 2011 by Emma Wallace
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After our webinar series on Implementing an Effective Employer Outreach Strategy That Works – For Employers and Participants, we had a lot of questions about how to set up SCSEP job clubs. To help answer those questions, we interviewed Paul Magnus of Mature Services, Inc. In this two-part podcast, Paul covers the basics of starting a job club, including how they are funded, who attends, and what purpose it serves. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section!

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