Archive for April, 2014

Summer Youth Programs

As part of the Regional Facilitator Team with Workforce Solutions, I get to work with youth on career exploration and job readiness skills. Frequently these young people communicate how frustrating and difficult it is for them to find a job. Below are a few scenarios that have been shared with me:
• I’m in high school and can’t get a job because I don’t have any work experience
• I’m 19, working on a GED, and need a job but don’t know where to start
• I’m a teen parent that is unsure how to support my child
• I’m a youth with a disability and am unsure where to look for opportunities

Landing a job in an employer’s market can be a difficult task. This task is made even more difficult when additional barriers such as those listed above are added to the mix. Continue reading ‘Summer Youth Programs’

How to Pick the Top Workplaces

””There are many top ranked locally headquartered companies in Houston; according to Workforce Dynamics, a Pennsylvania-based research firm, some are even ranked among the nation’s ten best places to work.

Before pursuing employment with any corporation, I encourage all job seekers to investigate and discover as much as possible about companies that interest them. The facts gathered can be invaluable when deciding on the best places to work. Continue reading ‘How to Pick the Top Workplaces’

Spring Fever

Photo 57 (2)We are coming into the holiday season starting with Good Friday and ending with the beauty and glory of Easter! The official start of spring, the Spring Equinox takes place on March 20, 2014; however, Easter is often considered the unofficial start of spring. Continue reading ‘Spring Fever’

Effective Communications

DavidOne afternoon as I left a restaurant and was loading my wheelchair into my car, I noticed a young couple walking out. I watched as the gentleman stayed on the sidewalk for a smoke break while his spouse took a seat inside their vehicle and started the engine. I thought it odd, but obviously the wife had strict orders that their vehicle be smoke free. What really amazed me was how their conversation continued even with her in the vehicle and him on the sidewalk – with the engine running! They were both speaking American Sign Language (ASL). Continue reading ‘Effective Communications’