Who are you? But it’s not what you think…

(Breath in…Breath out) You are about to start an interview, and they ask you the notorious question: Can you tell me a little about yourself? A loaded question phrased in only a few words. Thinking about this question might sometimes leave you wondering where to even begin. This question is usually the first one asked in interviews. That is why practicing before the interview is critical. Practice makes it close to perfect and will help when you mess up while doing a mock interview. Also, not knowing how to answer this question is normal, but here I am to tell you these seven tips that will help you stand out and land the job.

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Don’t Let an ATS Control YOUR Fate

Searching for a job can be one of the most frustrating and challenging things one can experience. Whether looking for a career change, searching for your first job, or somewhere in between, job searching can bring about headaches for all of us. Speaking from experience, I decided to leave a career of 23 years to find something new; this was a time of uncertainty, doubt, and frustration. As I was going through a career change, it reminded me that looking for a job requires considering many factors. Since my last job search, one crucial factor that has changed is how companies screen resumes. Many companies have begun using Applicant Tracking System software that streamlines their resume screening process by searching for keywords, phrases, and formats that the companies have programmed. This system finds the qualifications within the resume and selects the most competitive candidates for an interview.

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Is education the key to success?

Have you heard the phrase, “getting an education is the key to success”? And have you ever tried to decipher what this means? When I hear the word “education,” the first thing that comes to mind is someone who chooses to go to college and pursue a degree. However, getting an education can also include going through a certification program and following a tradesman’s path. Today’s norm is to attend college, but have you considered taking an alternative path? If so, it is essential to weigh the pros and cons of every educational path you are considering and use labor market information to influence your decision.

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2022 Point-In-Time Downtown Houston Survey 

In January 2022, The Way Home and The Coalition for the Homeless teamed up to conduct their annual Point-In-Time (PIT) count. During the count, volunteers surveyed individuals experiencing homelessness in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties. As the Navigator for Workforce Solutions’ Income Now program, I had the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s PIT count. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were allowed to form teams or venture on our own into the downtown Houston area to conduct interviews and collect data using an app on our cell phones. 

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