BRIDGES Employment Resource Center Mission The mission of Bridges Employment Resource Center is to assist job seekers with securing meaningful employment through supportive training, mentoring, and encouragement. Mission & Vision of Active Generation’s BRIDGES Employment Resource Center MISSION STATEMENT: “To assist area job seekers in enhancing skills needed to be competitive in today’s job market.” VISION STATEMENT: To develop and maintain a circle of reference between job seekers, community partners and employers, which will enhance the communication of supply and demand in the Sioux Falls’ workforce. BRIDGES Employment Resource Center Hours: Someone is here in the office every morning, Monday – Friday. We return phone calls within 24 hours. A meeting with a Job Coach is scheduled at your convenience. Always call first, so we can best accommodate you. Email: [email protected] Phone: 605-333-3318 Why BRIDGES? Reaching “retirement age doesn’t always mean “ready for retirement.” Americans live longer and continue to participate in the activities and interests they have always enjoyed. Our concept of retirement has changed. Many people 40 and older choose to continue working past traditional retirement age simply because they love to work, to be active and to be involved. Some seek employment because of economic necessity. BRIDGES Employment Resource Center can be that ‘bridge’ between retirement and employment. Our program can help you explore your options, help you enhance your current skills, and teach you valuable new skills to make you a viable candidate for a new position. Testimonials: “I am a retired teacher who no longer drives. I also deal with moderate Parkinson’s disease. I read your job postings with hope that I can find something to do, but nothing has jumped out at me at this point. Having to rely on Paratransit to get me to and from a job is certainly a hindrance. …I believe in your program, and think it is a wonderful service for people who are entering or returning to the work world”. Quote Lil, former client. “I met with Rod (Job Coach) for some career counseling. We conducted a mock interview, and reviewed my resume and job search strategies. His input was most valuable because he had had years of HR experience within the public sector. That phone interview lead to a job offer, and I am now working. Since I can see how my appointments at BRIDGES helped me to secure a desirable position, I would recommend to others to also use the BRIDGES ERC.” Quotes client David. “I cannot express how important and valuable this program is. Carol called me from home when she was ill to send a request to Dress for Success, another service I think will be a great asset for me. My next step will be to take advantage of the computer classes that are offered.” Quotes client Shirley. “Let Active Generations know how much I have appreciated your services. As a Lakota Elder, I have experienced respect, acceptance, and generosity while I sought your help and assistance. At Active Generation, I felt cared for.” Quotes client Julie. Services available to the Job Seeker: Individual Job Coaching Resume Preparation and Assistance Interviewing Technique Training Application Preparation Assistance Job Bank (http://actgen.org/bridges-home) Employer Outreach Computer Training Computer Access for resume writing and internet research Employment Workshops held monthly Annual Job Fair Cost & Fee Structure: Services provided to clients are free of charge. Services are available to anyone over the age 18 in the Sioux Falls area. There are no charges for businesses that wish to post a job opening on our website. Computer classes are available through the Active Generation’s’ Computer Learning Center for those interested in pursuing basic level computer skills. BRIDGES staff: Nancy Burt, M.A., Program Director Mary Lisa Baker, Administrative Assistant UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS: 2019 – 3rd Wednesday of each month, we hold a FREE workshop on popular job search topics of relevance. They are usually facilitated by a Human Resource professional from the community. Call 605-333-3318 to register. Boot Camp for Job Fair preparation: Interviewing for the Job Fair & Beyond, Aug 21 – Resumes for the Job Fair & Beyond Aug 28, Networking at the Job Fair and Beyond, Sept 4, Our annual NETWORKING & CAREER EVENT (aka Job Fair) is on Wednesday. September 11, 2019 from 9-12:00 noon Workshops for the remainder of 2019…Oct. 16th – Job Search Basics, Nov 20 – Interviewing Basics, Dec. 18 – Resume Basics.