Islip will offer boot camp for job seekers in the fall

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A free Job Search Boot Camp will again be offered to Town of Islip residents this fall to help those unemployed gain skills for landing a job during economic downturns, town officials said.

The sessions, sponsored by the Islip Industrial Development Agency and taught by professionals from Executive Consultants of New York, will break down the art of job hunting into nine topics, making it easier for job seekers to navigate the process, town officials said in a statement. Techniques for networking, time management and personal branding, as well as advice on resumes, cover letters and interviews, will be at the core of the seminars.

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"Though the economy may have improved slightly, these are still very trying times. It is imperative that we offer any assistance we can to those struggling to find a job within our Town," Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci said in a statement.

Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in September (10, 17), October (1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) and Nov. 5, in the Town Board Room at Islip Town Hall, at 655 Main St. in Islip.

Among the roughly 50 people who attended the workshops in 2012, more than 50 percent had job interviews in the eight weeks following the program, officials said. After two months, 26 percent of job seekers were hired, a rate that jumped to 46 percent after five months.

Veterans are urged to sign up for spaces reserved specifically for them, coordinated through Islip Town Councilman John C. Cochrane Jr., who said it is "vital" for those who served to have access to tools to help obtain employment upon their return.

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Registration is limited to Islip Town residents only. Visit www.islipida.com to register online.

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