Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training




March 11, 2010

NEWPORT--The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and netWORKri one-stop career centers will host free résumé workshops for area job seekers at East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), 19 Broadway, Newport, from 10 am to 12 noon on the following Tuesdays: March 23, April 20 and May 18.

A good résumé is easy to read and tailored to a particular job opening, according to workshop leader Terri Avila. “I tell clients that their résumé is not their life history, and does not need to include every job they’ve ever held,” Avila says.

What a résumé does need to include is an applicant’s potential value to an employer, written in key words that an employer understands, according to Avila. Using the right key words, often found within the job listing itself, reassures an employer that an applicant’s accomplishments and skills can translate to his or her business environment. In fact, adds Avila, some businesses that use electronic scanners to evaluate applicants may reject a résumé outright if it does not include the key words that the scanners are programmed to recognize.

The résumé workshops will be held in the EBCAP second floor conference room and are limited to 12 participants per workshop. Pre-registration is mandatory and may be completed by telephone at (401) 462-8992.

While the résumé workshops are open to all Rhode Island job seekers, their primary audience is Newport County residents who are unable or do not wish to travel to one of the state’s four netWORKri career centers. Until recently, the Department of Labor and Training provided job seeker services to area residents through a part-time Middletown-based satellite. That satellite has temporarily closed, and will reopen in a new location on the island later this year.

The netWORKri one-stop career system offers employment services to both job seekers and area employers throughout the state. Managed and operated by the RI Department of Labor and Training, netWORKri has offices in Providence, Pawtucket, West Warwick and Woonsocket, and represents a consortium of partners including Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston; the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island; the RI Dept. of Education; the RI Dept. of Human Services; the RI Dept. of Children, Youth and Families; the RI Dept. of Corrections; the Office of Rehabilitation Services; Goodwill Industries; and SER-Jobs for Progress. For more information on netWORKri, visit www.networkri.org. Job seekers may also visit EmployRI, the department's virtual one-stop for job opportunities at www.employri.org.


The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov