About a dozen people who are seeking help getting their next job came out to Chester City Hall on Saturday to participate in a Job Readiness working session sponsored by a loosely formed group of organizations and individuals willing to help those who need help.

Brion Harris obtained the okay from his employer, Monroe Energy, to seek candidates for their refinery. With Monroe only hiring a limit number of people every few years, Harris choose to expand the opportunities to other local companies seeking qualified candidates. Harris partnered with Philadelphia Works, Inc., the area’s largest service that connect employers to workforce talent and career seekers to jobs, greatly increasing the pool of job prospects.

To spread the word around Chester, Harris reached out to The Ministerial Fellowship of Chester & Vicinity, the Chester City government, Fair & Square’s Mike Basher, and myself. Together, we arranged to conduct a series of job readiness working sessions to identify and support people who are looking to improve their prospects for obtaining employment. Here’s what we covered on Saturday’s session.

Chester City Coucilwoman Elizabeth Williams gave a short welcome followed by Brion Harris who presented an overview of the job readiness program. Stefan Roots spoke on the importance of having three tools while on a job search: 1) Telephone – a phone number that will not change – a professional greeting on the voice mail with your name included (no music) – a willingness to answer calls from ‘unknown’; 2) Email – an email address that is not offensive (i.e., Bigdaddy23, Hottie69) – access to the internet to receive and respond to email; 3) a mailing address.

Mike Basher went over the elements of a good resume before having the participants stand and read their resumes to us. After feedback, they were sent for one-on-one advice on updating their resumes.

Next week’s session will focus on interview skills.

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Brion Harris addressing the room
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Mike Basher giving resume tips
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Mike Basher giving one-on-one resume advice
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Will Richan assisting with resume help