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Coney Island Development Corporation Announces Job Readiness Workshops

Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) today announced the Job Readiness Workshops, a series of five specialized workshops to prepare Coney Island residents for the community’s first large-scale Career Opportunities Fair to be held on August 1, 2008. The workshops will be held between June 13 and July 17 in Coney Island.

“Through our conversations with members of the Coney Island community, we recognized the need for programs that are geared towards creating career opportunities, not just jobs,” said CIDC President, Lynn Kelly. “We want to address the needs of the community now, so that they are prepared to engage in long-term careers for the future.”

Each workshop will focus on a specific topic. Registration is required for job-seekers and employers.

  • Resume Basics: Friday, June 13. Attendees will have access to a facilitator who will assist with formatting and word-choice to help prepare resumes for submission to prospective employers.
  • Non-Traditional Employment for Women (N.E.W.): Wednesday, June 18. Attendees will be introduced to N.E.W., a free training program that prepares women for careers in the construction, transportation and utility industries.
  • Job Search Techniques: Thursday, June 26. Attendees will learn how to search for a job on the internet and to create networking connections. Resume preparation and interviewing tips will also be provided.
  • Interview Skills and Dress for Success: Tuesday, July 8. Attendees will learn techniques and strategies to succeed during interviews, including how to dress for success and how to navigate the interview process.
  • How to get a Civil Service Job: Thursday, July 17. Attendees will to meet with specialists on hand to discuss employment opportunities with City and State government agencies, and civil service exams.

The culmination of these workshops will be the Coney Island Career Opportunities Fair to be held on Friday, August 1. CIDC, with the participation of the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, and other local organizations is hosting the Coney Island Career Opportunities Fair to bring together a select group of employers, training providers, and workforce professionals from the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center.

Interested applicants and employers should contact Nicole Robinson-Etienne, Community Outreach Coordinator at CIDC at 212-312-3874, or e-mail [email protected].

About CIDC
Coney Island Development Corporation was formed in September 2003 by the Mayor, the City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President. The 13-member CIDC Board includes City officials, local and Brooklyn-wide business and community leaders. It is charged with spearheading and implementing a comprehensive planning process for Coney Island and creating a coordinated economic development strategy for the area. For more information or to read the full Strategic Plan, visit


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Janel Patterson/Libby Langsdorf 212-312-3523