Georgetown — For people who are not familiar with the process, applying for a state job online could be a bit of a challenge. That’s why the Delaware Hispanic Commission, the Delaware Economic Development Office and the Delaware Department of Transportation are sponsoring a special class at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5 at the Georgetown Library.
“All state job applications are now submitted online. We’re providing job seekers insight on the entire online application process, giving them an overview of the Delaware Employment Link (DEL) and offering the opportunity for step-by-step assistance with the application process,” said Sonia Aguilar, Director of Workforce Development for the Delaware Economic Development Office.
Aguilar is Co-Chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission and also chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee.
“Applying for a state job is fairly detailed and the Commission believes the application process might be a bit intimidating for those who have not applied online previously, especially those for whom English is a second language.
Our special class will help these job seekers to understand what the state is looking for, and to help them effectively communicate their skills and work experience to bolster their chances of getting a state job,” said Aguilar.
DelDOT Instructors will focus on key elements of the DEL site, such as the Job Search Agent, Job Postings and Work History sections. The April 5 class will cover creating a personal e-mail address, writing a resume, explanation of job requirements, and an overview of the process after the application is submitted.
Aguilar notes that Hispanics are the fastest growing population in Delaware. The jobless rate formDelaware Hispanics is higher than the rate for the general population, in part because of a language barrier.
In 2011, the U.S. National unemployment rate for Hispanics was 11.5 percent in comparison to the overall U.S. rate of 8.9 percent.
In Delaware, the Hispanic jobless rate was 8.3 percent versus the Delaware rate of 7.3 percent (Source : U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). The class will help address this disparity, and help the Hispanic community find employment.
According to Aguilar, the April 5 class will be taught in English and is open to everyone, not just the Hispanic community.
“Speaking and writing in English are essential for holding a state job. That’s why all of our job development classes are held in English,” said Aguilar.
The April 5 class requires a $5 fee and is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to register in advance by calling Sonia Aguilar at (302) 672-6850.