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Effective Ways to Look for Work

David SpearsIn a previous blog post, Research Labor Market Information, we learned how to pin-point specific labor market information with regards to our own skills and interests. Knowing that, we can either be somewhat random in our search for work, or take a moment to consider some effective ways to look for a career. Continue reading ‘Effective Ways to Look for Work’

Organized Chaos or Just a Process?

Kristin ColeI just got back from vacation and the airport in Miami seemed so chaotic! I have a personal story to illustrate this, so hang with me.

We were hustled off the plane, up the stairs, around the corner, and directed to an electronic device where we checked into Customs . We scanned our passports, answered a bunch of questions, had our picture taken and matched to our identification. Then we were shepherded through another door to meet the Border Customs officer and pick up our luggage, just to turn it right back in. We then waited through more security screening; we stood in line, took off our shoes, jackets, backpacks, watches and emptied our pockets. We stood in a funny looking glass screening room with our hands over our heads. “Hold very still.” she told me. Continue reading ‘Organized Chaos or Just a Process?’

Higher Education vs. Apprenticeships

Diego Trevino“There are many ways to brew coffee.” When preparing for your dream job, you will find a variety of ways to gain the skills necessary, just like there are a variety of ways to brew your morning cup. The services Workforce Solutions offers can provide several of these ways in the form of training for and obtaining these skills. We have partners all over the 13-county Gulf Coast region who strive to make sure their customers (or students) reach their educational goals. Continue reading ‘Higher Education vs. Apprenticeships’

Research Labor Market Information

David SpearsOne of the first steps to take in any job search plan is to review labor market information particular to your skills and interests (information on skills evaluation can be found in previous blogs). Labor market is defined as “the supply of available workers in relation to available work.” With labor market information, we can find what training or education is necessary, what is the predicted growth of an industry, the average salary for the occupation, and a host of other information. Continue reading ‘Research Labor Market Information’

Summer Institutes – Exploring College and Career Opportunities

Thelisa Lavergne“We are living in a world where what you earn is a function of what you can learn.”
Bill Clinton, January 1994

The decision to continue with a post-secondary education or just making the right career choice can be a very daunting and overwhelming task. The College and Career Institutes, is a collaborative partnership between Project Grad, Workforce Solutions and a consortium of local area colleges that help students explore college and career opportunities. Continue reading ‘Summer Institutes – Exploring College and Career Opportunities’

Benefits of Hiring a Person Experiencing Homelessness

Daniel MabryHouston’s homeless population is much more than a statistic or number. They have a name, a voice, feelings, and dignity. They are a part of our community, and I solemnly believe it is our obligation to assist people experiencing homelessness. Among all the causes of homelessness, unemployment contributes to a major 35% portion of it. Therefore, I challenge Houston businesses to expand your understanding of the homeless situation in our community. You are the key to helping our community grow. Together, let us explore the benefits of hiring a person experiencing homelessness. Continue reading ‘Benefits of Hiring a Person Experiencing Homelessness’

What are Hard Skills and Soft Skills?

Thelisa LavergneSo really… what is all the fuss about? Why is it so important for applicants to have both skills set: Hard and Soft Skills? How much does it really matter in the work place? I am glad you asked! But, let’s start by differentiating between the two skills sets; Hard and Soft Skills. Continue reading ‘What are Hard Skills and Soft Skills?’