Job hunting in the digital age

This week in business

Employment center offers tips on applying via the Internet

Film director Spike Lee to speak on entrepreneurship at Wyndham Hotel

July 26, 2004|By Michelle Payne | Michelle Payne,Special to

Finding employment in today's competitive market has gone far beyond mere ink and paper.

It no longer consists of hours spent scouring classified advertisements in newspapers and mailing out resumes.

Today, the process is more technologically advanced -- and for those who are uncomfortable with the Internet, the online job hunt can be daunting.

The Re-Employment Assistance Center, however, has a solution.

The Towson-based center will sponsor "Looking for Work in the 21st Century" today from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its offices at 901 Dulaney Valley Road.

The seminar is designed to teach participants how to use the Internet smartly to find employment, said the center's Cathy Schweigman. It will be led by Marilyn Handwerger of the Community College of Baltimore County.

"The program will focus on how to conduct a job search using the Net, how to do a resume and give information on Web sites for job searches," Schweigman said.

For more information, call 410-887-440 or visit online.

Other events this week include:

Monday The Democratic National Convention begins in Boston. U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer is scheduled to speak Monday evening, as well as Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who will be joined by the nation's Democratic women senators. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings are to speak on Wednesday. The convention ends Thursday. For more information, click here.

The Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Network Referral Group meet at 3 p.m. in Annapolis. For more information, call 410-792-9714 or send an e-mail to

In Washington, the National Women's Business Center sponsors "Making Money ... Or Just Making Sales?" from 6 to 8 p.m. The two-part workshop series will discuss how entrepreneurs can enhance the bottom line of their companies. It will be led by Barbara B. Cline, a certified public accountant and financial literacy expert. The second session will be held Wednesday. For more information, call 202-785-4922 or click here.

Tuesday The BWI Business Partnership sponsors "A Look at the Future of BWI," at 7:45 a.m. The speaker will be Paul Weber, international retail director of BAA Maryland, a division of a British airport and concession management company. BAA plans to open a large food court inside BWI's Southwest Airlines terminal with seating for 325. For more information, call 410-859-1000 or visit online.

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board meets at 9 a.m. at 2700 Lighthouse Point East. For more information, call 410-732-0500 or visit online.

Wednesday The Greater Baltimore Committee's Education Committee meets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to discuss the recent Abell Foundation report on Balltimore City Community College. The session will be at the GBC's offices, 111 S. Calvert St. For more information, call 410-727-2820 or visit online.

Towson University sponsors "Creating an Effective Web Presence for Your Small Business" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion centers on how a Web site can enhance your company. Other sponsors include the Foo Corp., Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center, Maryland Small Business Development Center and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. For more information, call 410-704-5001 or visit online.

The House of Ruth -- the nonprofit provider of counseling, transitional housing and intervention services for women -- sponsors its "Fourth Annual Crabaret" benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. For more information, call 410-261-3012 or click here.

The Junior League of Baltimore Inc. sponsors an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 410-662-0800 or send an e-mail to

Thursday Film director Spike Lee and PBS commentator Tony Brown are the keynote speakers at "Business Exchange: 2004 Tour for Success."

The event, sponsored by the City of Baltimore and the Global Diversity Group, seeks to provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. A wide range of workshops are planned, along with a 7:30 p.m. networking reception.

Presented at the at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St., registration begins at 8 a.m. The exchange ends at 9 p.m. Most of the workshops are free, as are the sessions with Lee and Brown. For more information, call 888-265-6480 or visit online.

In Washington, the 12th annual convention of the National Black Chamber of Commerce runs through Saturday at the Jefferson Loews Hotel. Issues to be discussed range from civil rights to international trade. On Friday, Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele addresses the convention. For more information, click here.

Saturday The Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster will celebrate the weeklong opening of its new arena by presenting the 4-H/FAA Fair. The $4.3 million construction project, spanning 52,500 square feet, culminates a construction process that began in fall 2002. The fair ends Aug. 6. For more information, visit online.

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