Posts Tagged 'skills'

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’

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?’

Pre-Employment Testing – Do they work or not?

Cornelius BookerMore companies today are requiring applicants to complete a pre-employment screening test during the application process than ever before. Pre-Employment tests are written, oral or any other kinds of tests administered as a means of determining the suitability or desirability of a job applicant. Many applicants feel that they are highly qualified for the position, but after completing the pre-employment test, they start to doubt if their application will even be considered. Sometimes, the questions asked or the task to complete does not seem relevant to the position applied for, so applicants get discouraged. Are these tests really accurate in measuring if an applicant is a good fit for the position? Continue reading ‘Pre-Employment Testing – Do they work or not?’

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’

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.

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That Lovin’ Feelin’

DavidValentine’s Day is this week, and I would like to take this opportunity to discuss that special relationship we all have with our significant other – yes, our job. Are you singing, “whoa…whoa…you’ve got the best of my love”? Or perhaps it has become simply a J-O-B and you’re singing more along the lines of, “you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’.”
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From Volunteer to Career

Daniel MabryTruth be told, finding a job is a job in itself. From creating resumes and completing applications to fine tuning your soft skills and interviewing techniques, it can be downright exhausting. You work so hard to obtain that paying job, so why in the world would a job seeker undertake volunteer work? For us to understand this conundrum, we need to explore the benefits of volunteering, and when is it applicable for the job seeker as an alternative option. Continue reading ‘From Volunteer to Career’