Archive for September, 2013

Oct 2013 Calendar Houston 1Priscilla Queen of the Desert

September 29 to October 12

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

This OUTRAGEOUSLY fun show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

34th Annual Festival Chicano

October 3

Miller Outdoor Theatre — A cultural celebration of 34 years of Chicano music from Tejano and Conjunto, to Mariachi and Orchestra in one of the oldest ongoing events of its type in the world.

 1,000 Lights for Peace

October 06

As the grand finale to Mahatma Gandhi Week, 1000 Lights for Peace features a multi-cultural, international dance and music show by children. The program starts with a5K Walk for Peace that begins at the Mahatma Gandhi statue the Rose Garden in Hermann Park and finishes on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The finale and highlight of the evening is a candle lighting ceremony where all present have the opportunity to light a candle as their pledge for peace.

2013 Turkish Festival

October 12 to October 13

Enjoy Turkish cuisine, music, folk dancing & belly dancing along with live stage performances. Additionally, there will be presentations covering tourist & historical sites in Turkey.

2013-2014 ROCO Chamber Series: Intercontinental Connections

October 13

ROCO Principal Cellist Richard Belcher has scheduled an Intercontinental Connection with Pianist Kurt Stallmann, performing music by Scutlthorpe, Stallmann and Britten

10th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat

October 19

The Dragon Boat season is coming to an end in October with the largest of all the festivals, the 8th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta.

Monsters in the Closet

October 22-31

HFAC Actors Academy youth production on the HFAC Studio Stage

Outside the Lines

October 31 to March 23, 2014

Outside the Lines, with curatorial contributions by Bill Arning, Valerie Cassel Oliver, and Dean Daderko, kicks off CAMH’s 65th anniversary season with a nod to the Museum’s past.Oct 2013 Calendar Houston 2

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

October 31

Touching on the life and times of the legendary Johnny Cash, the musical revue Ring of Fire is considered one of the best “jukebox musicals” of our time.

 

092113_whats_hot_whats_not 1If you have been in the job market recently, you probably know what a resume should include. However, if you are new to the job market, maybe a recent graduate or a recent layoff victim, you may not be aware of what is acceptable and what is expected on a resume these days.

The basics such as your previous employment (usually 10 years back is far enough), your academic degrees and any awards or certifications received. The resume styles of today are much different than those of years past and here we suggest 10 things you should definitely leave off your resume:

A Photograph

Unless the job you are applying for requires specific looks, such as acting or modeling, many experts believe including a photography of yourself is a major foul. It is thought that many employers feel they could find themselves in a discrimination lawsuit because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Meaning that with your picture they can see your race, your sex and have a chance to guess your age. They also can be accused of holding your looks against you, whether you are considered attractive or not so attractive, if you have a disability or are overweight.

Describing Self

Any prospective employer doesn’t need, or want to know the color your eyes or hair, how tall you are or how much you weight. Nor do they need or want to know your ethnicity or any disabilities you may have. Legally, they can not hold any of these things against you for hiring purpose, so if these things have nothing to do with the job you are applying for and the employer specifically asks, follow the photograph rule discussed above.

Your Age

Again, another possible discrimination law suit awaits here, therefore stating your age is not necessary or wise. For the older job seeker, the specific dates of your education should be left out as well.

Kids,  Married, Single

Even though you want to relate your management ability with your household, potential employers often see an employee with kids as the possibilities of missing days, somebody that is going to require health insurance or special arrangements to arrive late or leave early. Another way a potential employer may look at the situation of a young female that just married is the potential of a maternity leave in the near future. Either way, it’s illegal, therefore, it’s best not to put it out there. 

Non-Work Interests

In general, employers really don’t care about what you like to do in your spare time so,don’t waste resume space listing your hobbies. Use the space wisely to only share what is relevant to your work experience and the job you are applying for.

Politics and Religion

Again, discrimination raises it’s ugly head here. Even though either can not be held against you, let’s face it. If the person doing the hiring is a staunch Republican and you are a loyal Democrat, whether we admit it or not, it will be an influence on whether you are offered an interview. The same is true with religion.

Employment Gaps

When you have any extended time out of the workforce, it can be difficult to know how to state that on your resume. Often, people will account for that extended time off, but the reasons are usually not relevant to the job they applying for, and it just doesn’t read well with prospective employers.

What many experts recommend is to create a resume that is functional not chronological. Meaning, that you list previous employment by how they related to what you are applying for now, stating your experience and skills with the dates as a note and note the focus. Prospective employers will notice the gaps and inquire during your interview, so have your response practiced and prepared.

Your Objective

Today, the resume isn’t just a history of your working background, it is your marketing document. With all the competition on the job market, you need to sell yourself and your resume is your campaign. With that being said, don’t waste resume space stating your ‘objective”. Instead, create a highlight with a header about who you are and what makes your the candidate they should choose. “Top Sales In POS Division with 12 years experience – exceeded goal for past 5 years” is what will get attention of the hiring sales manager.

Old Job History

As we stated earlier, telling your age, or indicating your age, is not recommended. This is partner with listing your experience and skills of employment that are over 10 years old. No need to go back any further than 10 years. Good chance the skills you had then aren’t anywhere near what is needed today, so why bring it up?

Your References

Yes, you still need to have references, and you still need them. Instead of on the resume though, create a list on a separate piece of paper and make sure it is up-to-date, but, no need to offer with the resume. If you are making it close enough to the cut and the prospective employer is interested, they’ll ask you for references.

 

While each of these steps may not be accurate for all jobs, it is a good guideline to follow. Each job you apply for may require some customization and tweak your resume to better suit what the prospective employer is looking for. With a flexible resume, a positive attitude and go-get-it approach, you are sure to ace the interview and land the job you want.

 

 

 

092113_wrong_job 2Once upon a time, companies went in search of qualified prospects for jobs. Today though, with so many people on the job market , companies have a wide selection to pick from in the pool of prospective candidates. Now, job seekers almost have to run a campaign for employment. And even though many experts want to convince us that the economy has improved, there job market is still saturated with more candidates and companies can be even more selective in choosing who to hire.

No matter how educated, experienced or qualified candidates are today, they are still prone to be offered those entry level jobs at a low salary and lousy hours. Regardless of the economic and employment outlook though, when you know you’re going to be spending as much as eight hours a day, or more, five days a week, or more, you should still be cautious in the jobs you accept. With that being said, we offer 10 warning signs that this could be the wrong job for you:

Peanuts For Pay

Companies have tightened their belts and cost cutting is rampant. One of the biggest cost they have cut are salaries which means paychecks are smaller, no matter how impressive the background and experience is on a resume. Just as companies have a top line at how much they will pay, you should have a bottom line of how low you will go. Weigh out the benefits versus what you’re getting on a paycheck and what you’re getting in terms of experience and exposure. This is especially true when you are new to the job market, coming back after an extended leave or changing careers.

You Are At The Top Of Entry Level

You may be the perfect candidate for answering the phone lines and keeping the filing caught up, but is there room for advancement? This is something you need to clarify during the interview. If they don’t offer this information, when you are asked “Do you have any questions?”, this should be one of the top two you ask. Even though companies have tightened their belts, the economy will pick up again and companies will be expanding and growing again. Don’t take a job where the only growth you’ll see is more stacks of filing.

Co-Workers Are Possible Enemies

Do you see prospective co-workers glaring at you as you are walking to the meeting room for your interview? As if maybe they are sizing up their competition? If you are getting a cold shoulder feeling from prospective co-workers then, don’t expect it to warm up after you take the job. If you take a job that your co-workers dislike or distrust you, or vice versa, it’s not going be long before you’re looking for another job.

Ashamed to Work There

Before you accept any job offer, ask yourself if this is a place you’ll be proud to say you work there. If you have any reservations that telling people at the next family function or party about where you’re working, then end the interview quickly and thank them for their time and leave.

The Job Is Beneath You

If you are in a senior management position now, or you were in your last job, then you are offered a department supervisor position with a new company, are you going to feel you are above the other that have the fancier titles?

In today’s economy, many people have had no choice but to step down. However, this is where the question you need to ask, discussed earlier in this article, “Is there room for advancement?” should come into play.

The Job Will Be Your Life

During an interview, there are key phrases and words that may indicate you will no longer have a personal life after accepting this position. If you hear anything remotely close to “Our team members give 150% percent here at XYZ Company”, or you pick up the turn over rate is high, then you can expect to work 24/7/365, or what will seem like it short time. Experts have found that more than 11 hours at work leads to burn out and depression. Before you accept a job, make sure of the days/hours expected of this position and determine if you want to commit that much to work.

Are You Being Interrogated

You have been on multiple interviews with a prospective employer and this 6th one is turning into a marathon. You have met with every level of management a few others. Then you are told, “We’ll let you know.”. This just may be the place you need to let them know you’re not interested. If you are grilled on all sides, multiple times for an interview, how are you going to be treated once you’re on board?

You’re Hired – Now

The interviews that grill you from all sides or the job where you are hired right then and there are both jobs to be cautlousin accepting. Today, job candidates are selling themselve, remember the introduction to this piece? When you go on a job interview that they are selling you on the company, red flags are waving. The over eager hiring manager is a huge indication of desperation. When the interview is fast and furious, slow it down with questions. How many has the company interviewed for this position? What is the turn over rate? What are the benefits, hours, salary? What is the downside to this position?

Evasive Inteviewer

When the interviewer is skirting around your questions and changing the direction of the interview, ask yourself why. Do they look you in the eye when answering? Are they being honest, open or appear to be hiding something? An interviewer that is wishy-washy is often a signal of big issues either with the company or the position.

Heed The Warnings

The best endorsement you can get on a job is word-of-mouth recommendations. If you have been told by former employees, or current employees, this is a “sweat shop”, turn away. Just like a personal recommendation will help you determine if you want try a new restaurant in town, the same can be said about working for a company.

Even following these warning signs that a job may be wrong for you, there is always the chance that you still take one that you shouldn’t have. However, these tips can help you weed many out and not waste your time. 

092113_five_steps 1There’s a lot of information out and about everywhere these days on how to look for a job, where to look for a job and when to look for a job. All good advise, but sometimes, just putting it in simple terms is the best way:

Keep A Level Mind and Be Relaxed

Being jobless can be stressful. It can depress you and send you into a tizzy when bills are coming in but not a paycheck or any job offers. When you find yourself getting wound up tight – reign it in. To make your job search effective, you need a clear mind. As you start your job search each day, practice a relaxation method for a few minutes.

Basic Knowledge For Job Research

This is covered in many other articles and blogs you’ll see on the internet, but it can’t be repeated enough. To make your job search easier, you need research knowledge. After you know where job openings are listed, then you need to learn how to get the most out of that avenue.

Communication Skills

Practice your interview technique in front of the mirror or with another person. The more you practice, the better your interviews will and hopefully, end that job search quicker. Plan ahead of an interview the questions you have about the job and don’t hesitate to use your notes during the interview. Always verify the punctuation and spelling in your cover letter and resume too!

Be Organized

When we aren’t organized, we aren’t efficient in anything we do and job searching is no different. You have to have your job leads organized, your record of where you have applied and where you have received responses or been on interview. Get a system in place that works for you and stick to it.

These 5 simple steps can be helpful in your job search alone or with the combination of any of the articles and blogs you’ve read about job searches.

 

Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbonCollege students often have this ideal scenario: Attend college for 4 years, or longer, study, cramming for finals, get a few parties worked in, walk the stage, get a diploma, use the summer to move and settle in, then go to work in the field they choose to major. Then follows the dream car, dream house, dream life of finding the right mate, starting a family or not, and life as they planned happens.

Not necessarily so .. unfortunately. Today, most end up living at home or in a crowded apartment with roommates, share a car or drive one that is multi-color with no air conditioning and work at either one or more part time jobs or full time at a job that is furthermost from their career path. All this to pay their rent, pay on student loans and afford dollar menu at the closest fast food restaurant.

They begin to wonder if all that cramming and studying, not to mention the student loans, was worth while. The days of getting multiple job offers before graduation or right after graduation are gone. The economy has had some bad times and is still reeling, enrollment rate in college is higher while employment rates have dropped. With the high rate of closings, cut backs and layoffs, there are just as many experienced people looking for jobs as there are college graduates, maybe more.

Sadly, while the scenario that colleges grads have in mind are now a misconception. The areas of most often misconceived are:

Answer-ability: Post college life is a culture shock to most graduates. In college lifestyle is very different from the corporate lifestyle. The constant change in classes, social activity and the late nights of cramming and studying and those early morning classes that weren’t as inviting as your bed, let the snooze button override. Welcome to the corporate world where there are no snooze buttons and being on time and prompt is not only the normal, but expected.

Title-less: In college, your friends and roommates may have looked to you for advise because you aced a class, but in the corporate world, that hard earned degree will not make you an expert. Real world experience will make you an expert.

Salary: That hard earned degree from late nights of cramming and studying will not automatically give you multiple zero’s behind that first number. In the corporate world, there is a set starting salary and it won’t matter is you graduated Magna Cum Laude, you will get the starting salary that is being offered. Experience will override education just about every time. This brings up the question again, Was my hard work to get a degree worthwhile? What will a college degree get me if not a title and decent salary?”

Recognition: What a college degree may get you is recognition over another prospective candidate that doesn’t have that college degree. However, again, the experience often overrides the education. This is all dependent on what the employer is looking for currently and what they have planned for the future of the person that will be hired. Another perk, if the HR person or the hiring manager are Alumni, that’s always a plus for the prospective candidate with a college degree.

Promotion: Even though you and your college degree may start in an entry level position, it is noted that you did graduate and have a degree, which will show that you have desire, drive and ability to be successful. Once you have been hired, start using those skills you gained in school to prove you are worthy of the company’s investment and of being promoted.

Accomplished: Graduating college is a big accomplishment. Even though it may not lead you to that dream car, dream home and dream job right away, it will show prospective employers what you are made of in terms of accomplishing what you set out to do. It will, in time, pay off.

When making the decision attend college or not, you need to think it over thoroughly. Realize the issues discussed here and based on the career you’re aiming for, factor in what it will take to complete the degree needed. Consider the expense, the time and if right now is the right time for you to make this commitment. 

Even though experience will out rank a college degree when you start your job search, don’t bet discouraged but don’t pass up an entry level position either. Those entry level jobs are often what opens the door to the path you had in mind when you walked the stage to get that diploma.Celina Graduation May 2013

P.S. Don’t forget our recent featured Tumbleweed, Celina Dorzok  and the fund raiser has established to  help pay her ever mounting medical bills after an ATV accident that left her disabled … for now. Simply click here “Help Celina Back On Her Feet”and make any size donation you can. Thank you!

091913_job_networking 2Historically, companies of all sizes will have their largest group of layoffs the last quarter of the year, and as we are heading into that time of the year, people will need help getting through this time. If they have not been on the job market for awhile, they may even need job coaching and help learning how to network to get back in the game.

Even though the job market has been soft for a few years now, it still not easy to find a good way to network that locates jobs for people. You would think after 5 or 6 years of a soft economy and high job losses, there would be a sure-fire way by now, right? Unfortunately, forming a network that won’t collapse as soon as it’s opened up seems to be all but impossible. Churches, other groups and organizations have established programs with professional HR advisers leading them who to start a network of unemployed members and surrounding residents. 

The routine of the past of reading the classifieds in the print newspaper are gone. Everything is online now when it comes to apply or looking for employment. Even if a store has a sign “Now Hiring”, they will direct you to apply online. The approach of connecting with family  friends, x-coworkers or just simply cold calling is unproductive effort. If you have the personality that draws others to you to help you find gainful employment, those resources usually run out of steam early, however, it is still an avenue that is worth working. After all, it is often “who you know” not “what you know” that gets you the next job.

Now, take a moment to look at networking groups of the unemployed. Misery loves company, as the old saying goes. With that being said, who do you think are going to be members of these groups? The unemployed. Often these networking groups are found in churches, usually formed to assist the congregation, but many reach out to it’s surrounding neighborhood as well. These formal organized groups bring two types of people together:

Those Who Are Out Of Work

Those Who Are Employed

 Even if the groups has more of the “Those Who Are Out Of Work” versus “Those Who Are Employed”, they can help each other by exchanging their approaches, connections, ideas and stories. Being that misery loves company, these network groups allow us to be a part of a group that has something in common, although, not a pleasant common thread, but it helps to share with others and see that we aren’t the only one and gives us an outlet that may help us feel better mentally.

However, by locating an organized network group in your area, especially one that has been formed by professionals, is a great pool of resources to help find employment. When you become connected with groups like this, you open doors to many things such as interview techniques and resume assistance. Even the possibility of back door openings to key employers.

Perhaps the area you live in doesn’t have a church or other organization offering these types of networks, you can find other sources of job search assistance and coaching through internet job boards. Using various search engines, you can find a wide arrange of resume writing assistance, some at no cost, some with a fee. Your local public library is a great source of information as well and if you have children in public school, the high school library or community college library are places to find help.

Your goal here in using these methods of job coaching and research if to expand the horizons and find the road that leads to gainful, meaningful employment. When any door opens, make a collection of every bit of information that could be of possible use in the future. Remember, nobody achieves anything without some form of motivation and support

090813_extended_leaveRecently, we have introduced you to Celina Dorzok, a young mother that was disabled by an ATV accident. To coincide with the series of stories about her accident, her life now and her recovery, we are are going to do a series as well about returning back to work after a long period of time away.

This is the fourth of our series about getting back in the workforce after an extended leave. Part 3 we covered what do once your dream job is identified and how to handle gaps in your resume. Today, we discuss dealing with change and your options in work.

Coping With Changes

If you are returning to the work force after being a few year, be prepared for changes. Technology has changed a lot of things for the business world and just the workforce itself has changed. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors that have been in the job market recently and see what they found they were up against.

Some changes may bother you as well as you have changed and perhaps your lifestyle has changed. Expect a possible lack in self-confidence and being nervous working within a team again. If you have been alone most of the day while your spouse was at work and children were in school, being around others all day could make you nervous as well. Getting back into the mode of taking directions from a manager or co-worker may bother you. You may have a difficult time getting adjusted to a different pace.

Seek Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and seek help in getting back into the mode of working. If you have been out on medical leave, ask your doctor for recommendation of an expert. One or two sessions may be all you need or you may need a team to give you confidence and support you, at home or at work. Plan your strategy and ask others to help you implement the plan and stay on track. You need people on your side that will keep you focused and upbeat looking for a job and keeping you motivated after you start back to work.

Job Searches Take Time – Be Patient

If your old job isn’t waiting for you, expect it to take anywhere from six months or as long as a year before you find the job that’s right for you. If you have been out of the job market for awhile or it’s been a long time since you’ve had to look for a job, be prepared for the change how you look for a job.

Most jobs are on-line with a variety of job boards. The days of finding a job in a newspaper are all but obsolete. Nor is just sitting around waiting for a job to come to you going to get you employed. The job market is competitive and you have to hit the road ready and running.

Do volunteer work to gain more experience and skills for a job area you may have interest in, this could very well be a door opening for you or you could decide it’s not the right thing for you. In any case, you’ll be out and about, meeting new people and networking. Register with a staffing agency for temp work, another great way to get some experience and skills as well as get back into the work mode again.

You Have Options

If your break from the workforce has been short and you know you’re able and ready to get back to work, you are probably ready for a permanent job. However, if you aren’t sure just how able and ready you are or how long you’ll be able to work at one time, you may want to look at temporary employment. Temp jobs are more flexible the days and hours, even the job you want to work.

As we’ve said earlier, temporary work is a good place to get new experience, get your skills back up to par and find the industry you want to pursue full time permanent work. With a temp job, you do not have to make a commitment and if you’re lacking experience, it isn’t held against you. You’ll get a chance to work for a small business and large corporations.  Celina and Jayden

P.S. Don’t forget our featured Tumbleweed, Celina Dorzok and her need for help to pay her ever mounting medical bills after an ATV accident that left her disabled … for now. Simply click here “Help Celina Back On Her Feet”and make any size donation you can. Thank you!

082613_resume_picturesRecently, we have introduced you to Celina Dorzok, a young mother that was disabled by an ATV accident. To coincide with the series of stories about her accident, her life now and her recovery, we are are going to do a series as well about returning back to work after a long period of time away.

This is the third in our series about getting back in the workforce after an extended leave. Part 2 we reviewed how to choose a career path, we invite you to check with us daily for a variety of articles based on the subject surrounding Celina and what she faces once she is released to go back to work.

Develop an action plan

You Have Your Dream Job Identified, Now What?

Compare what you have to offer to what prospective employers need and want. If you are still missing some key components in your experience, knowledge and skills, you’ll need to find ways to overcome those barriers. Some barriers that are common for people returning to the workforce after an extended leave:

 

The image you believe a potential employer will have about your extended leave

Your transition getting back in the workforce

Worry your skills are outdated

 

Knowing that these are all common concerns for anyone that has been out on extended leave can help when you go on job interviews. You need to be confident in presenting yourself and when you answer questions. Take the initiative and steer the interview on your knowledge and skills that you can bring to the table and and how fast you will become a productive member of the team. Before your interview, rehearse how you will respond to any shortcoming the prospective employer may ask about.

What About The Prospective Employers Concerns?

A barrier can also be a concern that an employer feels about some factor that might prevent you meeting their needs.The following are possible questions a prospective employer may ask. By reviewing these questions ahead of time, you can be prepared how to answer the best:

* Can you do the job?

* Are your motivated to do the job?

* Are you dependable?

* Do you fit the company image?

* Are you willing to extend your job skills by learning more?

By being confident when you present yourself and answer these questions, there is a better chance that any prospective employer will believe you and trust your abilities. Have a script of sorts prepared when you answer these questions so that the prospective employer can see that you came prepared to conquer any barrier they may put up.

Gaps In The Resume

An extended leave of absence will leave gaps in a resume. The best way to address this is to list what you were doing during this time. Be brief, calm and direct and don’t fee you need to offer an apology  Turn the time off into a positive experience and then turn the interview focus on why you are eager and ready to get back to work. A prospective employer will be more focused on what you can do now, not what you’ve been doing, or not doing.

Create a functional resume instead of the standard chronological resume. Highlight your knowledge and skills, keeping in mind that the experiences life brings you are just as valuable in the workforce as a steady work history. You should include volunteer work as well, any prospective employer will be pleased to see that community connection.  mommy_and_jayden_first_day

P.S. Don’t forget our featured Tumbleweed, Celina Dorzok and her need for help to pay her ever mounting medical bills after an ATV accident that left her disabled … for now. Simply click here “Help Celina Back On Her Feet”and make any size donation you can. Thank you!

Injured businessman on laptop in a wheelchair isolatedRecently, we have introduced you to Celina Dorzok, a former employee and a young mother that was disabled by an ATV accident. To coincide with the series of stories about her accident, her life now and her recovery, we are are going to do a series as well about returning back to work after a long period of time away.

This is the second of our series and we invite you to check with us daily for a variety of articles based on the subject surrounding Celina and what she faces once she is released to go back to work.

Create A Strategy

What are your current skills? Studies show that on the average, we each have anywhere from 500 to 800 skills. Only 5 to 10 need to be identified for any employer. So re-access your skills right now and create a new package to present to employers. Don’t focus on just the specific skills that an employer is looking for, instead, reword the skills you have already to match what an employer is looking for. Make your current skills, your strongest skills, marketable.

Skills that are job-specific are activities such as cleaning, computer programming or record keeping. These are referred to as ‘hard’ skills, which are key skills to have. However, the “soft” skills are needed as well and those include being a dependable, flexible, independent and punctual employee.

Focus On Your Career Interest

Summit Staffing recommends this on-line career guide that allows you to investigate other fields that perhaps you’ve never considered or thought you weren’t a good candidate. The structured activities in this guide will take you through exploring and identifying different careers then guide you through making a decision. This guide will help you:

  • Generate Career Ideas
  • Explore Those Ideas
  • Decide Which Career Idea You Want
  • Learn who you are in order to determine your career. Do a self assessment of your accomplishments, goals, interests, personal resources, strengths, values and even your weaknesses. Once you know these things about yourself, it is much easier to choose a career that fits you.

You should also research that career in the work world and come to understand the opportunities that are available. Learn what the best ways to get a job in your chosen career are. Research your new career choice by:

  • Extensive Reading
  • Attend Lectures and Seminars
  • Take Classes
  • Network In That Field
  • Get Experience – Even If Unpaid
  • Set Short, Medium, Long Term Goals

After you have completed your assessments, identified your career interest, researched that career, it’s time to start those short, medium and long term career goals. This step is crucial to get to the destination of your goals and not just aimlessly wander around from job to job. Keep the goal realistic and give yourself deadlines to reach those goals.

Write your goals down and what steps you need to take to reach them. Short term goals should be 1 to 3 years maximum and include using your present skill sets to just get a job. No matter if the next job you take is simply a survival job, we all have to pay bills, or is it entry into the career you want?

How Do You Know The Difference Between Entry Level and Transitional?

Maybe it’s a transitional job or could end up being your dream job. What is nothing more than just a survival job to you could be another person’s dream job. For the sake of defining though, we offer the following:

Survival Jobs: You take these jobs just to survive. They aren’t even close to the career goals you have set for yourself, but it does allow a paycheck to pay bills and allow you to keep learning and looking for that dream job. You should try to stay in this job for as short a time a possible.

Entry Level Jobs: This gets your foot in the door of thecareer path you want. There are entry level jobs in every industry and the education and experience requirements are usually light.

Transitional Jobs: This jobs help you move from the entry level position toward your dream job. A transitional job is a step in the right direction and allows you time to learn more about the field yo have chose.

Dream Jobs: This is the job that give you a feeling of fulfillment. It will utilize your gifts and talents as well as your skills that you gained from the other levels and let you get aligned with your passion and your values. It helps to have this dream established when you begin your job search so that you can choose entry level and transitional level jobs that coincide.

Follow us next week as we go with Part 3 of this series and discuss how to develop your plan of action when going back to work after an extended leave from the workforce. We’ll cover how to explain gaps on your resume so that potential employers won’t frown.Celina and Jayden

 

P.S. Don’t forget our featured Tumbleweed, Celina Dorzok and her need for help to pay her ever mounting medical bills after an ATV accident that left her disabled … for now. Simply click here “Help Celina Back On Her Feet”and make any size donation you can. Thank you!

 

 

0824813_return_to_workRecently, we have introduced you to Celina Dorzok, a young mother that was disabled by an ATV accident. To coincide with the series of stories about her accident, her life now and her recovery, we are are going to do a series as well about returning back to work after a long period of time away.

This is the first of our series and we invite you to check with us daily for a variety of articles based on the subject surrounding Celina and what she faces once she is released to go back to work.

Time Off From Work

When you haven’t been in the paid workforce for a lengthy period of time, whether it’s been a few months or a few years, when it comes time to get back at it, it can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. There are any number of reasons why we may take time out of the workforce such as, raising a family, return to school, care for a family member or recover from an illness or injury ourselves.

Regardless the reason, when it comes time to get back at it, you should take some methodical steps so that it isn’t more overwhelming than it is exciting. These suggestions are applicable whether you’re going back to the job you left or just going back to work period.

One Step At A Time

For most of us, after being out of the work force for a time, we aren’t as confident as when we left. It’s like being the new kid in class in the middle of the school year. You may have been big guy at your old school, but now, even if you were there before, may feel like a beginner again.

If you too time to to go back to school or you have been caring for a family member, and even if you weren’t getting paid for what you were doing, you’ve used various skills that can be relevant to the work you are going to be doing now.

For the mom or dad that took time off to raise a child, or the person that retired for awhile and is going back to work, you may feel that what skills you have are outdated. Since most jobs have some sort of computer use today, take a refresher course on the basics and upgrade your skills. There are online courses or software packages you can purchase and do this at home. If you have some sort of computer skill, you’ll pick it back up in no time. There is also community college courses that are very helpful.

You may feel you are too old once you see the other candidates out there, but no worries. Age is no indication of ability and with a polished up resume and interview technique, any employer will see right away that you are the right person for the job. Today, there are many on-line courses and webinars that can help you get back on track with a polished up resume and give you the tips for a knock-out interview.

If you took off from work to take care a family member, you need to make sure all is in place for somebody to take over what you have been doing. For instance, if you took off to raise a family and the kids are in school now, you need to have an after school plan in place as well as if one of the kids gets sick, who stays home with them. You don’t want to start a new job then have to turn around and take 3 weeks off for the chicken pox.

When your time off work has been due to a long-term illness or injury, first of all, get clearance from your doctor and get a clear understanding of any restrictions they give you about going back to work. You most likely should gradual yourself into the work flow. You may have been top performer in the Sales department when you became ill, but you aren’t going to be able to go back 100% right away. Pace yourself and make sure your employer understands your intentions to get back where you were, in due time. Set yourself goals and as you improve and can do more, revise those goals. You’ll be back 100% before you know it.

Our next piece in this series will provide tips on creating a strategy for returning to work, so that it makes it easy on you, your family, your employer and most of all your co-workers. If you are returning to the same employer, there can be some adjustments on all sides.Celina Graduation May 2013

 

P.S. Don’t forget our featured Tumbleweed, Celina Dorzok and her need for help to pay her ever mounting medical bills after an ATV accident that left her disabled … for now. Simply click here “Help Celina Back On Her Feet” and make any size donation you can. Thank you!