Job Fair: January 21st in Chambersburg, PA

Sponsored By: The Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc 

Date: January 21st
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Recruiting: Counselor Assistants for 2nd, 3rd and weekend rotating shifts working in dynamic interactive roles with court-adjudicated youth. 

Location: Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center
235 South 3rd Street
 Chambersburg, PA.  


Are you interested in volunteering or gaining some experience working in a public middle school?

Northern Middle School in Hagerstown is seeking facilitators/tutors for two classes of AVID students.  AVID is a college readiness program for students who would be either
·       first time college goers in their families or
·       members of low economic status groups, or
·       members of underrepresented groups at colleges (minorities) who have the motivation to go to college, but lack the support. 

Part of the AVID program is to run tutorials for our students, and we are currently seeking college students, high school students with free time, or community members who would be willing to come to Northern Middle, be trained in our tutorial process, and help the AVID teacher during tutorial time.  We are looking for volunteers to come beginning in January for up to 2 days a week, times include: 

·       Monday – Friday (11 am to 11:35 am) and (11:40 am to 12:15 pm)

Students interested in working in a school upon graduation, gaining experience in a variety of schools is an advantage when you apply when you apply for a teaching position.

If interested, please contact:
Heather Williams | School Counselor/AVID Coordinator
301.766.8258 ext. 76426 or WillHeat@wcps.k12.md.us


Six Key Interview Answers Employers Need to Hear

During the typical job interview, you'll be peppered with many interview questions. But do you really understand what the interviewer needs to know?

"Most [candidates] have no idea why a recruiter asks a particular question," says Brad Karsh, a former recruiting professional for advertising giant Leo Burnett and current president of career consulting firm Job Bound. "They tend to think it's a competition to outwit the interviewer."

The reality is that employers have neither the time nor inclination to play games with you, especially when hiring. Your interviewer is not trying to outguess you -- he's trying to assess your answers to six key questions:

Do You Have the Skills to Do the Job?
According to Karsh, the employer must first determine whether you have the necessary hard skills for the position, e.g., the programming knowledge for a database administration job or the writing chops to be a newspaper reporter. "By really probing into what the candidate has done in the past, an interviewer can tap into hard skills."

But the interviewer is also looking for key soft skills you'll need to succeed in the job and organization, such as the ability to work well on teams or "the requisite common sense to figure things out with some basic training," says Terese Corey Blanck, director of student development at internship company Student Experience and a partner in College to Career, a consulting firm.

Do You Fit?
"Every organization's first thought is about fit and potentially fit in a certain department," Corey Blanck says. That means the interviewer is trying to pinpoint not only whether you match up well with both the company's and department's activities but also whether you'll complement the talents of your potential coworkers.

Do You Understand the Company and Its Purpose?
If the organization fits well with your career aspirations, you'll naturally be motivated to do good work there -- and stay more than a month or two, Corey Blanck reasons. "I don't want someone to take the position because it's a job and it fits their skills," she says. "I want them to be excited about our mission and what we do."

How Do You Stack Up Against the Competition?
You're being evaluated in relation to other candidates for the job. In other words, this test is graded on a curve. So the interviewer will constantly be comparing your performance with that of the other candidates'.

Do You Have the Right Mind-Set for the Job and Company?
"I'm always looking for someone who has a can-do type of attitude," Corey Blanck explains. "I want someone who wants to be challenged and is internally motivated to do well.

Corey Blanck points out that an employer can't train for this essential trait. "But you can hire for it," she says. "And if you don't, you'll end up with a lower-performing employee."

Do You Want the Job?
Most employers know better than to believe everyone they interview actually wants the position being offered. They understand some candidates are exploring their options, while others are using an interview with a company they don't care about to hone their interview skills.

So you have to prove you really want the job, says Al Pollard, senior college recruiter for Countrywide Financial. "I use the ditch-digger analogy," he says. "Many of us can dig ditches, but few are willing to -- and even fewer want to."


Redskins-Kaplan "Playbook for Success" Speaker Series

Redskins Speaker Series: Rod Nenner, VP
Redskins-Kaplan "Playbook for Success" Speaker Series
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
7:00 pm at the Hagerstown Campus Learn Lab

Kaplan University and The Washington Redskins are giving you one-on-one access to Redskins personnel in a four-part speaker series. Redskins personnel are opening their career playbook to success and giving you an exclusive opportunity to be your own quarterback and call your own plays.

Rod Nenner, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing kicks-off part one of this four-part series. Rod, in an open Q&A forum, will talk all things strategy on how to give you the edge over your competition. With a proven career in sports marketing, sales and sponsorship, he’ll discuss the importance of added value and relationship building to enhance your career.

Upcoming Speakers:
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Hagerstown Campus
Add Value to Your Team: Sales, Marketing, and Sponsorships
Rod Nenner
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Rockville Campus
Getting Ready for Primetime: Digital Marketing, Earned Media, & PR
Christian Matthews
Senior Manager, Digital Product and Marketing Strategy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Rockville Campus
Establish a Game Plan: Finance and Accounting
Fred Comunale Jr.
Vice President, Corporate Controller

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Hagerstown Campus Learn Lab
Expand Your Roster: Community Relations and Charitable Programs
Allie Pisching
Manager, Community and Charitable Programs

RSVP: Watch live at home (you may submit questions online) or watch in-person! Seating is limited, so reserve yours' today by emailing: Heather Guessford at HGuessford@kaplan.edu