Overcoming On-boarding in a New Work Role

Chris JacksonLast year in mid-December, I began my new role as a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions! My responsibility is to be a motivator, an enthusiast, and a poised and guided “professional talker!” In actuality, my background as a technology trainer/teacher prepared me for this role. The only obstacle was to apply these skills to the non-profit world. Continue reading ‘Overcoming On-boarding in a New Work Role’

Lessons from a Father’s Child

Cornelius BookerThe job search market is very competitive, especially in today’s market. Once I get a job, I work diligently to make sure that my priority is keeping that job so that I don’t have to tackle the job market again before I am ready. When I think about how I am able to maintain my employment, I always turn to the lessons that my father taught me in life before I had obtained my first job. Those lessons have carried on throughout my life and hopefully can help you as well. Continue reading ‘Lessons from a Father’s Child’

Get a Better Job

Velta WorleyWorkforce Solutions offices help job seekers find a job, keep a job, or get a better job! You may have been in the same job or industry for years, but for a variety of reasons, may have never been able to move up in the company or increase your salary to a more sustainable income level. It may be that you need to complete your High School Equivalency (GED), take some English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, or get other training and certifications to help you increase your earnings potential. I’d like to give you some direction on having a brighter future that doesn’t take years and years of your time. Continue reading ‘Get a Better Job’

Job Loss and Long-Term Unemployment Blues

Thelisa LavergneHow to beat them both
A few weeks ago, I facilitated a workshop on long-term unemployment and quickly realized that the best information and advice that I could provide the participants is how to deal with the emotional side of job loss, particularly when it transitions into long-term unemployment. Continue reading ‘Job Loss and Long-Term Unemployment Blues’

Memorial Day 2018

Daniel MabryBarbeques…Friends and family…Children out of school and playing in the street…Time relaxing by the pool…Cool evening breezes…making s’mores on an open fire pit… Memorial Day unofficially marks the start of summer vacation for many households; however, this day is meant to memorialize the military men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation. Previous to 1971, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day following the Civil War to honor the fallen. However, after World War I, Decoration Day evolved to salute military personnel who died in all wars past and present. Continue reading ‘Memorial Day 2018’

Taking “What are your Weaknesses” for Granted

Diego TrevinoYou wake up. You prepare with your mourning routine. You practice reciting answers to all of the common interview questions you learned from the Workforce Solutions seminars you attended since your last job and, potentially, this job. You did research on how you can help solve companywide problems this employer is facing. You know how to sell yourself and add value to this team. There is just one weakness you have: you don’t know how to answer the question “what are your weaknesses?” Continue reading ‘Taking “What are your Weaknesses” for Granted’

May 2018 Networking Events

Josie TothIf you’re looking for events to attend in May, consider these two: The Woodlands Church Career Fair on May 24 and the 4th Annual Veterans & Individuals with Disabilities Hiring Event on May 29. But, before attending one of these events I’d like to remind you of a couple of things that will help you make a great first impression. Continue reading ‘May 2018 Networking Events’