Take advantage of the post-Labor Day hiring tradition, which still promises to be fruitful despite a weakened economy. Traditionally, after people take summer vacations, they often move on to new employment, often leaving an opening for new hires. Get ready for the challenge of competing for such employment opportunities through two, non-credit seminars offered during September and October at Union County College's Cranford campus at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Participants may select to attend one or both seminars depending on their need.

"Make Your Resume Work for You" will cover the rationale behind effective resume writing, getting into the do's and don'ts of the entire process. Various resume styles will be discussed as students receive sample resumes for both in-class as well as take-home reference. Participants will also gain insight into preparing electronic resumes to be scanned into corporate databases, and also learn how to prepare a convincing cover letter to accompany the resume. Experience and education will be highlighted. This course will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2010.

"Developing Confidence for the Job Interview" will provide attendees with solid information on how to prepare for an employment interview, thus gaining confidence in their ability to "ace" the interview and land a position. Participants will be presented with various types of trick questions that are often asked at interviews, questions that the applicant also should ask, negotiating for the salary, multiple interviews, internal interviews, body language, and closing the interview to their advantage. As time permits, participants will have the opportunity to practice and refine their answers to such questions through role playing via mock interviews. This course will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2010.

To register, call the College's Office of Economic Development and Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600.