SOUTHERN COLORADO — As part of our efforts to help you rebound from this pandemic, we're sharing some free online resources available to anyone currently looking for a job.
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center says they're helping folks find the job that suits them best.
"We're kind of like that match, that we match employers with jobs," said Traci Marques, executive director and CEO of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.
Right now, the center is hosting a virtual job fair through the end of April.
They use the Connecting Colorado state job bank to display hundreds of jobs from more than 50 companies that have already been vetted and are available in real-time. Most of these jobs are also full-time.
"It's a great opportunity for people to look for a job while they're at home," Marques pointed out.
Most jobs fall within the essential business category, like jobs relating to the healthcare industry, IT, and big box stores looking for warehouse workers and sales clerks.
"Really gives people the idea and the mindset, 'Ok, these are the future jobs that are open. How can I translate and transfer the skillset that I know now into those future jobs?" Marques explained.
If you're searching for a job, it's important to ask yourself which field you want to be working in, long term.
"What is your next career pathway? Where do you wanna go when we return to our new norm?" Marques asked, indicating the questions folks should be asking themselves.
This week, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center also launched different workshops to help you with things like beefing up your resume, and how to prepare for an interview.
Whether or not you get the job, that experience will only help you grow and do better for the next interview.
"It gives you the opportunity to do interviewing," Marques noted. "It could be a virtual, telephone interviewing but itt gives you an example of what it's gonna be like."
Remember, these are tough times, and it's crucial to give yourself time to process and heal.
But, it's also not too early to start thinking of ways to market yourself for your dream job.
"Keep that positive attitude," she emphasized. "Use this time now to work on your resume and building your LinkedIn profile, or any other professional profile."
The center is going to be hosting a job fair focused on Teller County from the end of April through May 19, and then they will host a job fair for military and veterans on May 21.