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“How to Turn Your Dream of a Career in Healthcare into a Reality”

Terri Sells
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hubbard Room

Terri Sells from the American Job Center in New Haven will be here to discuss the eligibility requirements for Career Training in Healthcare careers including:
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Community Health Worker
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Pharmacy Technician
- Human Services Assistant
- Medical Coding and Billing
- Health Information Management
- Medical Office Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Patient Navigator
- Patient Care Technician

Adult, Registration is requested but not required.

Sponsored by The Russell Library Job and Career Group and The American Job Center.

Brain Health and the Work Search: The Powerful Medicine of Words

Dr. Helen Evrard
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
Hubbard Room

Dr. Evrard is the producer/host of “Your Mind Matters,” a radio show on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown about the brain health issues we call mental illness. She is the author of “Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and co-producer with artist Kimberly Barcello of Positive PullsTM .  In this interactive workshop she’ll reveal how words helped her deal with depression, along with valuable concepts from ancient Stoic wisdom, social psychology, and more for maintaining brain health. In the open Q & A participants can share their stories, challenges, and solutions. Each participant will receive a personal word for inspiration. The workshop concludes with a drawing to win a free copy of the book.

Adult, Registration is requested but not required.
Sponsored by A Middletown Community Development Block Grant, the Friends of the Russell Library, and the Family of Thomas Regan.

Ongoing Programs

Russell Library Job Group

Take the opportunity to network with other job seekers, as well as get the advice of expert professionals. Guest speakers will focus on the job market and provide industry information. The group meets 10:00 am-12:30 pm on Thursdaysin The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Library staff member, Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your face-to-face practice interview at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. One-hour sessions are available. Please call 860-347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Job Coaching Appointments

James Kubat, Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will offer individual career coaching sessions.  All appointments are confidential and can be arranged in person at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520.  Please bring a resume if you have one.  You will receive a reminder call in advance of your appointment. 

Resume Critique

Business professionals Tracy Nixon-Moore and Jeff Thierfeld offer in-depth resume critique. Sessions are generally held Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings each month.  To sign up for a one-hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Please note: For practice interview, job coaching and resume critique appointments: Participants are expected to arrive on time and prepared for their appointment. Tardy arrivals may result in loss of the appointment. Participants who are unable to keep their appointment must give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice or two full business days prior to the appointment. Last-minute cancellations and no-shows count against the participant’s annual allowance of four (4) appointments and may not be rescheduled until 3 months have passed from the appointment date.

LinkedIn Photo Shoot

Once every three months on Thursday morning, the Hubbard Room at the Russell Library is transformed into a professional photo studio. Bob Carlson and Jeff Grant, on staff at the library will photograph you at your best so you can post the shot to your LinkedIn account. It generally only takes a few minutes and your hi-res image will be emailed to you. No appointment is necessary as it is first come first served. An email is required.

Quarterly photo sessions are held throughout the year in March, June, September and December. See the Job and Career Newsletter or the Russell Library online calendar for the next scheduled photo shoot.

Much gratitude is due to our presenters, who contribute their valuable time and talents to Russell Library’s Career Program.

We also owe many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support makes it all possible:

  • A Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • The family of Thomas J. Regan
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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