Presidents Day 2018

Daniel MabryPresidents Day is February 19, 2018. Initially, the federal government set aside this day to honor George Washington on his birthday because of his determination during the American Revolution and as the first president of the United States of America. However, that day has evolved into the popularly known holiday it is today because of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act which created more three-day weekends for our nation’s workforce. Many states observe this day for all presidents both past and present.

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What’s Love Got to do with It?

Richard PratherThe 2018 year brings another Valentine’s Day (V-Day), to your doorstep. This year’s V-Day happens to fall on a Wednesday, hump-day no less. Now it’s not lost on me that this day can either bring you happiness or sadness! Trust me, I know both sides of this coin all too well. Nevertheless, you are most likely thinking about your V-Day plans and those long stem red roses. Or maybe, you don’t have a date on V-Day. No matter, you love the outdoors and you’ve have already made camping plans on the beach in Galveston and the weather looks great. As the clock counts down, you can’t wait to get out of the city. You check the day and time but alas, it’s still the beginning of the week. You start thinking back to high school in hopes that someone would pull the fire alarm. Continue reading ‘What’s Love Got to do with It?’

Six Types of Job Interviews

Velta WorleyJust like Valentine’s Day when we think of our own special sweetie, I think of interviews; aren’t interviews fun and don’t we just love them? I know I get a little nervous just thinking about interviewing for a new job, and maybe you do too. But if we are prepared for interviews, the pressure can be removed and the process can actually be a good experience. Knowing what to expect and practicing for interviews can be strategic in getting that next job offer. Continue reading ‘Six Types of Job Interviews’

Lies by Omission, Permission and More (Part 2)

FriedaIn my last blog, we discussed three ways job-seekers ruin their own employment potential by making adjustments to the truth when completing job applications. The “Sample Platter, Educational Round Up” and “Excluding Employment Gaps,” were described in Lies by Omission, Permission & More, (Part 1). Today we will discuss three additional traps you should avoid when completing applications. Continue reading ‘Lies by Omission, Permission and More (Part 2)’

Lies by Omission, Permission and More

FriedaBoth you and the employer have a job to do and a position to fill. Today’s employment applications are an obvious form of a structured, yet legal, Q&A document. Employer’s question, and you answer! Always respond truthfully regardless of your own personal opinions or objections. Never adjust the truth to your liking. From the employers perspective — only one truth exists. Applications gain strength and positive attention when reinforced with truth!

Need more convincing? Keep reading to find six of the most common examples of how some job seekers struggle to find their “truth” and may sabotage themselves when completing applications. Continue reading ‘Lies by Omission, Permission and More’

MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Cornelius BookerEquality is the Key
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most profound figures in world history and is most often known for his commitment to equality. In fact, his “I Have a Dream” speech not only highlighted the racial inequality within the United States in the 1960s, but also spoke of social and economic inequality as well. So where are we now? Is inequality still an issue today? If so, why? Continue reading ‘MLK Jr. Day Celebration’

Sticking to the Plan

Thelisa LavergneThe start of the New Year is symbolic of new beginnings, second chances, and “do overs.” And, by the way, there is no shortage of do’s and don’ts for creating New Year’s resolutions. The New Year is also a good time to reflect, reevaluate and renew career options and opportunities. However, the decision to start job searching, revamping old job search methods, going back to school, or taking a certification course all require a plan. Continue reading ‘Sticking to the Plan’