Employment Workshops

Winnipeg:

Do you need help in preparing to enter the workforce? Our employment counsellors are here to help. For more information, contact Greg Marsh (Winnipeg office) at 204-774-5421.

  • Getting Started - Designed to help you identify your strengths and develop your communication skills.

  • Planning Ahead - Focus on career planning and identifying occupational opportunities.

  • Job Finding Club - Develop job readiness skills.

CNIB also offers Employment Skills Training Workshops for pre-employment and re-employment skills for people with vision loss.

Location: CNIB, 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Dates: Wednesday afternoons (1-4 pm), October 4 to December 13, 2017 & January 10, 2018
For more information the workshops below, contact Marlene Hatgistamatakis​ (Winnipeg office) at 204-789-0953.

Workshop 1:  Taking Stock 1 - Beginning Your Employment Action Plan
October 4, 2017

Participants will learn the critical thinking skills needed to assess their job search strategies. The workshop will guide them through the process of evaluating their current job search skills and goals, and identifying new skills they wish to learn or existing skills they wish to improve. They will capture this in an employment action plan. Participants will learn about the broad range of skills used in a job search and the numerous components that make up a fulsome job search. The workshop will introduce how to integrate these concepts into the context of being a job seeker who is blind or partially sighted. This workshop will provide the foundation to increase employment success while gaining new skills and fresh strategies from the proceeding workshops.

Workshop 2:  Feedback Skills for Success
October 11, 2017

The search for employment can be a complex feedback process and once we learn to recognize the various feedback mechanisms throughout the process and how to use them to our advantage, we can increase our success significantly. This workshop will teach participants the skills in asking for feedback; receiving feedback, assessing its value and integrating it; and giving feedback to others. Learning from feedback is often an overlooked part of the job search process and can be particularly valuable to job seekers who are blind and partially sighted who have discouraging experiences in the job market.
 
Workshop 3:  Taking the Mystery Out of Job Postings and Resumes
October 18, 2017

This workshop is particularly suited for participants who are applying to jobs but not getting interviews. Responding effectively to a job posting takes skill, and small details missed can make for a bad impression. This workshop will teach how to use evaluation skills to make sense of the job postings and to reflect the key requirements in their cover letters and resumes. It will reveal the often unexpected truths of resume screening and strategies for getting screened-in. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity to tailor their resume to a real job posting. The workshop will also provide tips and insights on the importance of formatting as this sometimes is missed by job seekers who are blind or partially sighted.

Workshop 4:  Disclosure, Accommodation, and Advocacy
October 25, 2017

As a job seeker who is blind or partially sighted, it can be very daunting to disclose to an employer or to request an accommodation. This workshop will present the facts about disclosure and accommodations in a clear, easy to understand manner. It offers a four-step process that participants can use to inform their decisions regarding disclosure and accommodations. The myths around disclosure and accommodations will be addressed. Also, participants will be empowered by learning useful statistics and information about their rights. The workshop will provide participants with opportunities to learn and practice disclosing, requesting accommodations and applying advocacy skills. Through activities, participants will determine their disclosure and job accommodation strategy.

Workshop 5:  Networking Skills that Work
November 1, 2017

It is widely known that networking is incredibly important for any job search. However, mainstream networking workshops do not address considerations and ways to adapt networking strategies for job seekers who are blind or partially sighted. There are many different forms of networking and there is not a one-size fits all approach. This workshop will encourage participants to explore numerous approaches to networking to discover which works best for them. 

Stress management skills will also be discussed to help participants manage any anxieties they may have with networking; these can also be applied during interviews. The workshop will also present concepts of neuroscience and biases to help job seekers be savvy networkers. Through hands-on activities, participants will improve their networking skills and learn how to integrate them into their job search. 

Workshop 6:  Dressing for Success and Personal Image
November 8, 2017

People who have sight are constantly interpreting the appearance of others. This is true for first impressions but also for how one perceives others in the workplace over time. One’s clothing, hair and personal grooming send out messages to others regardless of whether the messages are intended or not. Personal style is complex; it can be challenging for persons who are blind or partially sighted to communicate their intended message through personal image. Once someone begins to improve their personal image, they often gain a greater sense of confidence because others react to them more positively. 

This workshop will introduce the concepts and impacts of image, and dressing for success. Staff from Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba will be on hand to give tips on wardrobe organization, personal hygiene, personal image, etc. Participants will receive tips on putting together effective interview outfits for the participant’s chosen field and also receive tips on actions they can take to tailor their personal image to better communicate their intended message. Dressing for success for an interview or an important networking opportunity can often be a source of significant stress for job seekers who are blind or partially sighted, this workshop will ensure that participants feel more confident about their personal image.

Workshop 7:  Nonverbal Communication Skills – Body Language
November 15, 2017

Body language and nonverbal communication is an extremely important part of first impressions and perceptions. This form of communication inevitably plays a role for every job seeker, but can pose particular challenges for job seekers who are blind or partially sighted. Participants will benefit from becoming more aware of the messages they communicate through their own body language. They will also gain tips and insights on how to pick-up on the nonverbal cues of others. The skills learnt in this workshop will be valuable for participants in improving their networking skills and interview skills.

Workshop 8:  Interview Skills
November 22, 2017

This workshop is particularly suited for participants who have had few interviews or who are getting interviews but not receiving job offers. In this workshop, participants will learn about the various formats of interviews and related testing. Participants will learn how to prepare for behavioural and traditional interview questions. Through hand-on activities, participants will learn how to present their answers most effectively and will practice responding to various interview questions. 
The workshop will also address considerations for job seekers who are blind or partially sighted so that participants are prepared to adapt to any interview scenario that may arise. They can also practice disclosing during the interview if they choose. Interviews can often be stressful for job seekers who are blind or partially sighted due to the many unknowns / surprise factors that can arise. Stress management skills will also be discussed to help participants manage any anxieties they may have regarding interviews and unknown situations. Lastly, considerations for selecting references will also be addressed as this is an important factor that can make or break getting hired.

Workshop 9:  Mock Interviews
November 29, 2017

This workshop is suited to most participants as it provides an opportunity to do a mock interview with real employers to obtain real feedback. The participant will be interviewed by a panel of employers and afterward will be provided with feedback on what they did well and areas for improvement. 

Prerequisite: Interviews Skills

Workshop 10:  Think Like an Employer 1
December 6, 2017

Most job seekers rarely have the opportunity to step into the shoes of the employer and to benefit from the firsthand experience of recruiting candidates. Job seekers who are blind or partially sighted can gain an advantage by learning to think like an employer and to use this awareness to strengthen their own candidacy. Being in the recruiter’s seat will provide participants with new insights into the hiring process. Anecdotally, professionals who are blind and partially sighted found that their careers were positively impacted once they gained experience in hiring others.

In this workshop, participants will be given a mock job opening for which they need to hire a candidate. They will use a job posting to analyze several resumes. They will go through the process of reviewing the resumes to select 3 candidates to interview. Participants will also prepare the interview questions. 

Workshop 11:  Think Like an Employer 2
December 13, 2017

In this workshop, participants play the role of the employer conducting the interviews. Participants will be grouped with real employers who will act as mentors throughout this specific workshop. Participants will conduct several interviews with candidates they do not know. Participants will assess the candidates’ answers and overall performance during the interview. Following the interviews, participants will choose which candidate they would hire based on their assessment and discussions with their employer mentor.

Prerequisite: Think Like an Employer 1

Workshop 12:  Taking Stock 2 – Going Forward with Your Employment Action Plan 
January 10, 2018

This workshop provides a review of all the material covered through the workshops. Continuous assessment of the effectiveness of your job search, and how to improve results if strategies aren’t working. How to learn from feedback and incorporate it into your employment action plan. Using job postings to submit effective cover letters and resumes that will get you an interview. Implementing networking strategies to increase your contacts and help you build meaningful relationships with prospective employers. Using effective nonverbal communications, dressing for success and being confident about your personal image. Understanding your choices for disclosure and accommodation and feeling confident to choose what works best for you. Knowing you have strategies to manage stress and that you have gained new perspectives on your job search that will help keep you on track even during challenging times. Being confident that you are ready for interviews and that you have what it takes to impress employers. Being confident that your references will promote you and your skills. 

During this final workshop, participants will review their employment action plan and integrate their lessons learned. They will devise actions for achieving their goals for the next 6 months following the workshop series.

Prerequisites: Taking Stock 1 or any of the previous workshops

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