Posts Tagged 'job seekers'

Simple (Healthy) Summer Eating

We’re taking a quick “mental break” this week and looking at how we can keep healthy this summer season.

If we nourish our bodies with wholesome, healthy foods, we’ll be better prepared to take on challenges, in all aspects of our lives – at work, in our job search, at school and in our personal lives.

And you can start right away with these super-easy eating tips. Continue reading ‘Simple (Healthy) Summer Eating’

Developing a Job Search Plan

DavidHello, friends!

This week, we’ve discussed the importance of evaluating skills, touched on the different types of skills people have, identified the skills YOU have, and laid down a foundation of how to express your skills to potential employers; it’s time to pull all that together and form a job search plan. Continue reading ‘Developing a Job Search Plan’

Skill Types

DavidThis is day two of a week-long series on Skills Evaluation. Yesterday we defined what it means to evaluate your skills and how that can be a beneficial tool in our overall job search plan. Before we begin actually identifying what skills we have, let’s first define what different types of skills are important to a job search plan. Continue reading ‘Skill Types’

Round-Up Time!

JoAnn KawamotoThis year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is set for March 3-22. The official website can be found at

For those new to the Gulf Coast region, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the largest rodeos in the world, is a charitable organization encouraging and promoting the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs. They also promote and maintain research and educational functions in the livestock industry.

The RodeoHouston division showcases the largest indoor rodeo in the world, offering a purse of more than $2 million and inviting only the most skilled cowboys/cowgirls to compete. NRG Stadium, the home of RodeoHouston, is the only stadium of its kind, built specifically for rodeo and football. This is Texas after all! Can you blame us?
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Falling in Love with Your Job

Photo 57 (2)In tribute to Valentine’s Day and Cupid’s arrow, I’d like to share with you my “first job after college” story.

After graduating, too exhausted to find work, I took three weeks off to sleep and travel!

It was the early 80’s, and many of my friends moved to other cities for work. Houston’s labor market was over-saturated at the time and offered few Graphic Design opportunities. Stubbornly I decided to stay put and make it work.

I returned to my college career center and noticed a “Graphic Designer” job posting. Ripping it off the board, I immediately notified the counselor who gave me the contact information (And I swear I heard angels singing. This was meant to be!).

The employer agreed to meet the next day, and I was more than ready – portfolio in hand, professional attire and modest heels.

As the interview progressed, two things became clear:
1. The employer was well-intentioned, and;
2. The job order had been misleading. It should have read, “Draftsman” (known today as CAD).

I wasn’t sure if my body language or attitude could mask my disappointment. I continued on with the interview but decided that I’d politely turn down the position when offered. (Notice I said when, not if. I was young.) Two hours later the offer came.

I made one of the smartest moves of my career and asked the employer for a few days to think it over. That night, after discussing my options with family and friends, I was torn. I had taken one drafting course as an elective in college and even though I wasn’t too impressed, my grades were stellar. Ultimately, after being advised to take the job, I decided to say yes to the employment opportunity.

The company specialized in electronic signage designs (primarily scoreboards), serving cities throughout the United States. You’ve seen them in large sports arenas providing colorful animations.

Turned out there was more opportunity at this place than I had previously thought. I worked hard and after just one year had quite an impressive portfolio/design library under my belt.

As my job description grew to include a healthy dose of both graphic design and public relations, I realized I couldn’t have found a better “fit” for myself. New projects rolled in and I soon fell in love with a job that never would have been my first choice.

Three amazing years later, when my dream employer extended me an offer, I left the company that stole my heart in order to advance my career! We’ve all got to start somewhere, and even though my first job wasn’t my “dream job,” it helped me grow. For that I am grateful.

Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.

A Cloudy Groundhog Day to You!

DavidPerhaps no meteorologist is as famous and well known as Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that forecasts whether we’ll have an early spring or a longer winter.

Despite meteorological tools at his disposal, Punxsutawney Phil predicts the weather based solely on whether or not he sees his shadow when he comes up from the ground. Seeing a shadow means six more weeks of winter, but no shadow forecasts an early spring.

This time of year many of us wish for sunny skies, but today we might hope for clouds so that Phil forecasts an early spring.
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Priceless Advice

Soon more than 100 million people will gather around their televisions to enjoy the “spectacle” that is the Super Bowl; the culmination of months and months of hard work, dedication and sacrifice that ends with one team walking away a champion and the other team simply walking away.

Today we have some Super Bowl lessons that can be applied to a successful job search:
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