From even before employees of CoreLink Administrative Solutions found out the company would be closing, leaders within the company championed career development. In fact, an entire department, named Learning & Development, was devoted to cultivating personal and professional growth through unique learning opportunities.
Like the Resume Workshop, introduced in the fall of 2018, the Learning & Development team also partnered with Talent Recruiter Kacie Weber to host working sessions around the topic of Interviewing. As expressed in preparation for both the Resume Workshop and Interviewing courses, some CoreLink employees had little to no recent job searching experience. Learning modern best practices was key. These classes were offered in multiple sessions to allow for the greatest attendance by all employees. Though they were held in-person at the company’s headquarters in Fargo, remote employees and those working in the Omaha satellite office were given video conference links to join.
Prior to the first session, the Learning & Development team sent a company-wide invitation for multiple session times. The hour-long workshop was to focus on reviewing current best practices when it comes to interviewing, including pre-interview planning and preparation, A highlighted portion of each hour-long session was to be spent on reviewing the best questions to ask during the interview.
Also like the Resume Workshop, once notice of the interviewing learning opportunity was released, both sessions quickly filled up. A second set of sessions were scheduled for the following February.
Those in attendance included employees from multiple departments. Weber also invited several members of the company’s human resources team to vouch for current hiring trends and how a person’s resume should reflect those moving forward.
Accountant/Analyst Hayley Smith attended the first Interviewing 101 session. She noted, “The Interviewing 101 session really put to ease the anxiety I had towards interviewing. I especially enjoyed hearing the stories, experiences, and different perspectives.”