Posts Tagged 'skills'

Making the Most of a Job Fair

Thelisa LavergneA job fair, also referred to as a career fair or career expo, is an event in which employers and recruiters present company information and job openings for potential job candidates on the spot. Employers maximize the advantage of a job fair to increase the company’s brand awareness and also to save time in the screening process. Employers who attend a job fair have an idea of what qualifications they are looking for in a candidate. Continue reading ‘Making the Most of a Job Fair’

Getting to Know Two Lads

Diego TrevinoWith St. Patrick’s Day just passing, I recall teaching English with foreigners from other English-speaking countries (England, Canada, Australia, South Africa, etc.) in South Korea. Among the diverse crowd I met, I found Irish lads and lassies very interesting. The two Irishmen who made a strong impression on me were named John and Cathal (it was pronounced “Kah Hull,” but I American-ized it as Carl). As contriving as it may sound, these two were almost complete opposites. One of them was an optimist and the other was a realist. One made great first impressions and the other left negative lasting impressions. Everyone loved one and hated the other (I didn’t hate him, I actually appreciated his honesty). Continue reading ‘Getting to Know Two Lads’

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.

Continue reading ‘Back to Reality’