This week Ponca Works taught a resume workshop at the University Center. It was a class open to the public but most of the participants were University Center soon-to-be grads. Many have been retooling themselves for a new career because the one they originally started with either stalled or failed.
I began the workshop with sharing a few tidbits about resumes that I'll share with you all sometime soon! But then we just walked around helping the individuals one on one, hearing the stories of the students and helping to craft how to tell it best. It's really all about how to spin it!
If you don't have direct experience in your desired career field - what have you done or learned or or unlearned that will give you a leg up in that field? There is so much overlap in the career world, and so many employers are really just looking for reliable, passionate people to be a part of their businesses. Soft skills like communication and critical thinking can often trump direct career field experience.
Experiences are important in life, but evaluated experiences are really where it's at. Life can, and often does, throw us curve balls that leave us less then happy about where we have ended up. The only thing we can do at that point is to choose our reaction to it, evaluate how we got there and move forward!
I'm so proud of each of the individuals that showed up, brushed off their past failures, and worked hard to spin their stories into the success that they are and will continue to be. They will all make some lucky employer in Ponca City very happy.
Ponca Works director Liz Leaming shares her musings on the state of workforce in Ponca City, Oklahoma.