Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and the Port Washington Public Library have helped area job seekers through an eight-week intensive job-training program, called Job Search Boot Camp. Looking at the results of the first Job Search Boot Camp, which ended in December, it is clear that the program has been successful, with 40 percent of participants securing employment and 60 percent of them actively interviewing.
Schimel, who sponsored the program, is now looking to take this idea to Albany, hoping that it will serve as a pilot for the creation of similar programs at libraries throughout the state.
Schimel explained that the library is a perfect setting to host job search training sessions. “Libraries are community hubs of activity,” she said, adding that the results of the Job Search Boot Camp speak for itself. “The enthusiasm and confidence the attendees receive, coupled with the job search skills they learn make this a vital program that I hope, will be continued at libraries across Nassau County and New York State,” she stated.
Maria Frey of Executive Consultants of New York runs the Job Search Boot Camp at the library. “Our last program at the Port Washington Public Library, sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, was a great success and this current program is proving once again that networking is the key to a successful job search,” Frey said.
Library Director Nancy Curtin and librarian Denise Anchico also manage the program. Curtin stated, “Offering our Job Search Boot Camp is a wonderful example of the critical role public libraries are playing in helping the unemployed find work and supporting the economic health of our community at large.”
Now in its second cycle, Job Search Boot Camp had a mock interview session on Thursday, Feb. 21. Representatives of area businesses participated in speed interviewing to help program participants fine tune their interviewing skills.
“Our goal is to bring the local companies into this to send the message: hire local,” Frey explained, further stating that the mock interview session also allows for a networking opportunity.
Two of the interviewers at the mock interview session were participants of the previous Job Search Boot Camp, who successfully found employment after completing the program. Overall, many past participants have positive things to say about this program.
One former participant, James Iannazzo, said, “Job Search Boot Camp was an excellent training vehicle that helped me become more fluent in the art of networking. Maria’s outstanding approach and procedures to the networking process assisted me in creating a network of colleagues that went from 20 to 189 in two months. In addition to this, I have recently been offered an accounting position as a result of LinkedIn networking. I would recommend Job Search Boot Camp to anyone who is interested in building a solid professional network.”
Maria Frey and Denise Anchico noted that another Job Search Boot Camp would begin at the end of May. They said that they are hoping to attract recent college graduates to the program.