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January ‘12 The WorkPlace Today

Inside this issue:

Career Change During a Recession


The WorkPlace 1000 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: 315-782-9252 • TTY: 315-782-8093 • Fax: 315-782-2073 or 315-786-7665 E-mail:

Facing a Heat-Related


Career Change During a Recession

ACAP Career Fair


Northern NY Trivia


Workshops & Assistance


The WorkPlace office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please note we will be closed January 2nd & 16th for the holidays. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

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One of the ways to cope with recession is considering a career shift. Not too many likes the idea of changing career plans during a downturn. However, if you have already felt the effect of recession - say you’ve been laid off, why not give a different career path a chance, right? It may not have quickly crossed your mind to prioritize job security when choosing a job. However, whether you are choosing your first job or making a switch, it can be helpful, particularly during our present economic situation. Indeed, no job is 100% secure. But there are some industries that have workers feeling more confident that even if they get fired, the demand is so great that finding another job would be very easy. So how do you choose a career that’s right for you during a recession? Here are some careers that are worthy of consideration: Healthcare Job hunters with Information Technology background are said to be a good fit to the healthcare industry - particularly nursing. This is because Nursing is an informationdriven career. And, it is one useful career during a recession because healthcare is an industry that does not usually get affected during these times.

January’s Quote: “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” - Arthur Ashe

Auditing Auditors are also usually unaffected by downturns. In a recession, individuals and firms are more probably doing their best to get more deductions. More people are monitoring their books, so the demand for auditors or accountants is much greater. Energy and Utilities Energy consumers may cut back, but the

consumption will not stop. The same utilities, people will still light their homes. So, jobs like maintenance and utility administration prove to be more stable than others during a recession. Pharmaceuticals As long as physicians prescribe drugs, people are still going to take them. This means that if you are working as a pharmacist or as a quality assurance analyst in pharmaceutical laboratory, you are in good hands. Military Since the military is always hiring, particularly during wartime, during a recession soldiers will not be that affected. Serving the military also means that most of your living expenses will be covered. Security Recession does not stop crime. With the increase in layoffs, more people are considering robbing banks and doing other crimes. So, the need for security workers becomes greater. Environmental Sciences The convenient truth is that the ecofriendly trend is not going anywhere. This means that choosing a career in environment-care-related industries can be a good career choice. Government Working for the government can be one of your best choices during this downturn. This is because many stable jobs can be found in the federal government. The government will not cease from functioning even during crisis.

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The WorkPlace Today

Northern New York Trivia

January 2012

Facing a Heat-Related Energy Emergency?

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Northern New York winters can be brutal, and your wallet can take quite a hit. If you’re facing a heat-related emergency, you may want to contact one of the following organizations for assistance: Hotline for Natural Gas/Electric Shutoffs: If you’re threatened with a residential electric or natural gas shutoff, contact the NYS Public Service Commission at 1-800-342-3355 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Paddock Mansion, 228 Washington Street in Watertown, was completed in 1878 and was an avant garde statement by John Hose, Watertown architect, for his clients Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Paddock. It was then opened as a museum in 1924.

ACAP Career Fair Fort Drum ACAP will host its quarterly career fair on January 24th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at The Commons on Fort Drum. Many local and national employers are signed up to participate. Questions about the career fair may be addressed to Lorrie Guler, Transition Services Manager, at (315) 7723284

HEAP Emergency Benefit: The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible low-income New Yorkers pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal, or other heating fuel. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat-related energy emergency. The NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance maintains a list of 24-hour emergency contacts for each county in New York State. For Jefferson County, call Jefferson County Department of Social Services at (315) 782-9030, County Office for the Aging at (315) 785-3191, or for after hours emergencies call JCDSS Housing Program at (315) 786-6721. In Lewis County, call Lewis County Department of Social Services at (315) 376-5400, County Office For the Aging at (315) 376-4313, or for after hours emergencies call the Sheriff’s Department at (315) 376-3511. Local Emergency Service Providers: In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call your local provider or 911. Human health and consumer assistance organizations like the American Red Cross can provide help in locating services such as shelters & food pantries.

Workshops & Assistance The WorkPlace is pleased to announce the continuance of a series of workshops and assistance. All are free to the public but space is very limited. Visit us at 1000 Coffeen Street or call 782-9252 (TTY 782-8093) to enroll. We’ll offer Navigating the Fort Drum Employment Application Process on January 18th at 1:00 p.m. It focuses on how to locate and apply to federal positions and provides an overview of the RESUMIX system. Learn how to use KSAs to create a strong resume for federal applications. After the initial presentation, there may be an opportunity to meet with a Fort Drum representative in our resource room to help build your federal resume. Carthage Library Resume and Computer Assistance will be held January 5th and 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Customers will receive individual assistance with their job searches, computer skills, e-mail, resumes, and more! Having an e-mail address prior to receiving

assistance is helpful, so if you don’t have one, please stop in The WorkPlace beforehand for assistance. Jefferson Express will be at The WorkPlace to assist individuals with their resumes and interviewing skills. They will be here on January 4th, 9th, 18th, and 25th from 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. for resume assistance and on the 20th from 1:15 p.m to 4:15 p.m. for interviewing skills information. For more information on their offerings, call Whitney Snyder at the Continuing Education Department at Jefferson Community College at (315) 786-6591. Job Finding Club will be held January 5th and 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The overall purpose of this club is to help unemployed individuals find employment through a series of new ideas and networking. Topics that will be discussed include networking, cover letter/resume overview, thank you letters, informal interviews, and various topics of interest that the group would like to discuss.

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