Posts Tagged 'opportunity'

Breaking this Frozen Fourth Wall

Diego TrevinoAs I write this blog, Workforce Solutions is closed today and tomorrow (1/16-1/17/18) because the roads are frozen all over our 13-county region and our board values the safety of our staff at our 24 career office locations. I am totally grateful for this opportunity to #netflixandchill; but now that I have exhausted the endless movie and TV options offered on multiple streaming sites, I would like to try to demonstrate something I observed. In movies like “Deadpool,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Annie Hall,” the main character will break the fourth wall, or cross the line between themselves and the audience. Usually this can be seen in several ways such as talking directly to the audience or recognizing themselves as a character. As you read along, I will talk to you directly, relate this cold event to job searching, and explain how Workforce Solutions can help you meet your career goals. Continue reading ‘Breaking this Frozen Fourth Wall’

Can you Identify?

bobicookIn my role as Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Solutions, I frequently create and conduct trainings related to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. I spend hours doing research and investigating best practices. This role has offered me the opportunity to counsel staff on how to go about requesting accommodations, offer direction to employers on how to work through the interactive process when responding to accommodation requests, and follow up with individuals to determine whether provided accommodations are working for them. I have been able to partner with organizations and participate in events dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Continue reading ‘Can you Identify?’

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Cornelius BookerFor more than 70 years, Americans have celebrated the inclusion of people with disabilities as a valuable asset to the workforce during the month of October which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme for NDEAM is “Inclusion Drives Innovation” as Americans reflect on the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success. Continue reading ‘National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)’

Hurricane Harvey, Optimistically

Diego TrevinoIf you need to claim Disaster Unemployment Assistance, the deadline has been extended to 10/31/2017. However, it might be easier if you create a profile on and physically write your user ID and password on a sheet of paper. Both links are closely related under the Texas Workforce Commission umbrella. If you prefer phone, call 1.877.892.3896 and PATIENTLY follow their automated directions. Please understand that long wait times are not personal and there are no alternate ways or numbers to speed up the process. If you do not need assistance, please read on. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Harvey, Optimistically’

Declaring your Independence this Fourth of July

Cornelius BookerThe Fourth of July is known as Independence Day. It is the day we celebrate United States of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. When most think about declaration of Independence, we think about the decisions that we make in order to become self-sufficient in life. Some of those important decisions involve the type of career we choose, the schools we attend or whether to continue our education and training beyond high school. But I want to remind our readers that there are several ways to declare your Independence. Continue reading ‘Declaring your Independence this Fourth of July’

Marketing Yourself

Amanda SimonianA Quick Guide to a Great Cover Letter
Based on research from respected sources, job candidates have an average of six to nine seconds to catch the attention of hiring managers and recruiters. Your cover letter is the first impression they will have of you, as well as the (sometimes) hundreds of other job candidates that are interested in the position, so it is important that you market yourself differently than everyone else, you are (of course) the best candidate for the job. Continue reading ‘Marketing Yourself’

Peeps and Cadbury Eggs

DiegoThe Easter season seems to be a time when grocery stores are overcrowded with folks that have procrastinated.

The Gulf Coast labor industry is similar in the sense that many people procrastinate in looking for good jobs. They wait for life-altering events like being laid off or an economic downturn to update their resumes and start networking. Continue reading ‘Peeps and Cadbury Eggs’