Back to Reality

Carolyn KinardNow that the NFL Super Bowl is over, the citizens of Houston are returning to their normal lifestyles, which means managing the realities of life without the fun and excitement of celebrities and fun activities associated with the big game.

Many are anticipating an uncertain future due to a pending job layoff. It’s a known fact that the job hunting process can be an unpleasant experience for those who are not prepared to deal with it.

Here is a list of what someone in search a job can do to maximize their opportunities and reduce their stress levels

Things to do:

  • Take some time to relax. Make dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant for you and a loved one.
  • Attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: scheduled March 7-26 2017 at NRG Park.
  • Submit IRS Tax return documents on or before April 18, 2017.
  • Seek help in updating your resume. The employment professionals at any of the 24 Workforce Solutions Career Offices are always eager to assist qualified applicants who are interested in seeking jobs in all categories.
  • Update your interview attire. Job canidates should take some time to search the internet for appropriate job interview attire. They can also contact the wonderful people at Dress for Success Houston (for women) and Career Gear (for men) for assistance with obtaining the attire if needed. The safe standard interview clothing for both men and women is a dark business suit with a white dress shirt. Men should always wear a tie and black dress shoes. Make sure they are clean and polished.
  • Practice interview skills. The professionals at the Workforce Solutions Career Offices can offer expert advice and are very good at helping people develop self-confidence.
  • Remember, if you are looking to upgrade your skills, Workforce Solutions has training available. Check the website for occupations in demand.

Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.

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