Discussion 12: UI Benefits and Other Announcements

Job Club Heart of Texas, Job Search | 109 comments

Please be patient as the corresponding video will be up later today. Thank you!

 

Hello, this is Sheena.

Today we have three new things to discuss: the Extended Unemployment Benefits, our last job event and the new contractor  for the Heart Of Texas Workforce Centers in this area.

First, our major announcement is the management of the workforce center has change and the new contractor will be adding new services whichshould help you with your job search.

Under discussion is more help with resumes, adding classes  for computer, Word, excel and powerpoint, email basics and more detail instructions on the use of Work In Texas.

We will also have more job events as our business services team is expanding its services. More to come as we get more information….

Second the last employment showcase.

Please be mindful that if you commit to an interview you should keep that appointment. Not showing up for a scheduled appointment is problematic for the employer and It reflexes poorly on you. Next time let staff know if you cannot keep your appointment.

Last, with all the discussions about UI Benefits we have attached a detail explaination from the Texas Workforce Commission posted on their website.

If you have any further questions after reading this, please ask us so we may attempt to get you an answer.

Thank you se you next week

 UI Benefits Information

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109 Comments

  1. Penny Bell

    Good Morning, this is Penny. Hopefully, I will be employed soon. I have had several great interviews. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope the best for everyone!

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  2. beverlyheaton

    Good morning Sheena, this is all good information I think the classes for computer, excel, word and powerpoint would be great I know I would sign up.

    Good luck all with job searches this week.

    Beverly Heaton

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  3. markskinner

    Morning. I’ll be very interested to see what shape the new services take. Also, the link to the UI Benefits Information was a good thing to include…reading through the attached info provided me with answers to a couple of questions that I had. Thanks.

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  4. vikkireese

    Mornng , This is Vikki. Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

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  5. vikkireese

    I would sign up for computer classes also.

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  6. vivianmonroe

    Good morning this is Vivian, Shenna I don’t think I have a resume posted . When we had those resume classes I was unable to get mines to post and so I’m not sure if there is one. How do I check that?

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  7. jannpage

    Good Morning job seekers. Hope your week was good. Sheena I am interesed in the extended benefits issue. My luck with finding employment in a physician office has not been good. I am not giving up hope and will keep looking, but will need the extended benefits I am sure. This is from Jann Page

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  8. tammystanphill

    I think any classes help us out, even if we know this stuff I am sure we haven’t used our skills to the best so this can be refreshers for us. Thanks

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  9. lancesanders

    Morning all

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  10. tommyharper

    Morning, good information. I’ve got a couple of prospects that I am pursuing. So things are looking up.

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  11. Jeffrey Gregoire

    Thank you for the information, it is always helpful. I too am interested in the extended benefits information & will watch for additional info. Thank you. Jeff Gregoire

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  12. ljwp

    Good morning everyone!
    Thanks, Sheena, for the information. I missed the video. 🙂

    Linda Parten

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  13. vikkireese

    Sheana, I am interest in extended benefits and the computer classes

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  14. Ron

    Thanks for the update. I will be looking forward to seeing how the new changes will play out. I had two interviews last week and hope to hear something soon. Thanks again for keeping us informed. Ron

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  15. Charles Becker

    GOOD MORNING JOB SEEKERS, AND HELLO SHEENA, WILL THE “NEW” CONTRACTOR BE IN ADDITION TO CAMPUSJOBXPRESS OR BEING REPLACEMENT? JUST A SIDE NOTE, ALOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT LATELY IN JOB CLUB, HOWEVER MELVIN ALWAYS STAYS CALM, UNDERSTANDING,POSITIVE, AND HAS ALOT OF INSIGHT AND ADVICE. SO IF ANYONE FEELS DOWN, MELVIN WOULD HELP YOU GET GOING AGAIN, USE ALL YOUR RESOURCES…. THANK YOU MELVIN.

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  16. jannpage

    Charles Becker I agree. It seems to always be positive and upbeat with Melvin. Hope the changes will have nothing to do with Melvin, Rachel and Sheena.By the way THANKS for all your support and good work. (from Jann Page)

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  17. chriscutbirth

    I completed the introduction to computer classes in September,and now I’m ready to take secondary classes starting the 9th of this month.

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  18. sheilaparrish

    Good morning Job Club Members:
    Sheena, Thanks for the new information. I remain encouraged. I am excited about the new classes and extended benefit information.
    Thanks
    Sheila Parrish

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  19. michael calderon

    Thanks for the information. I’m interested in the computer classes. I had an interview yesterday, and it went well. Hope to get the job.

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  20. sheilaparrish

    I also agree with Charles re: Melvin and I know it helps when we know he has been through this process before as well. Keep the encouragement coming. Some days are harder than others.
    Sheila Parrish

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  21. joancampbell

    Good morning all. This is Joan Campbell. I am hoping to find a job before any of this impacts me, but the calls are slowing down. I am not discouraged. Thanks for all of the assistance with my search.

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  22. Charles Becker

    aLSO WANTED TO THANK RACHEL AND SHEENA AND THE CAMPUSJOBXPRESS STAFFERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS. LAST WEEK WITH TWO JOB FAIRS , THERE IS ALOT OF PLANNING, CONTACTS, AND EFFORT TO PULL IT OFF, WORKING WITH EMPLOYERS AND POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES. CONGRATS! WENT GOOD.

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  23. kareypatterson

    Morning all. Thank you for the unemployment benefits. I turned in a Resume before the job was posted, and I am waiting for a call. The waiting is so hard sometimes.
    I took some computer classes and they were very helful. I will probably take more if I do not get a job.

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  24. Brett Baldwin

    This is very useful information, I was hoping it wouldn’t be needed. Beautiful day to be looking for a job.

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  25. jeffwhite

    Good Morning all,
    My internet is still down unknown to when they will have it back up and running. last week I went to Waco workforce. This week I am at a public library here in Valley Mills using their computers. This works out so I do not have to make the long drive to Waco. Anyways I sent off a resume for a State job in Mexia. Hopefully will here something from them.

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  26. Frances Gerick

    Good morning everyone. Heart of Texas Goodwill Ind. are doing classes for free. I just finished taking an excel class and it was great. Tiffany,that teaches the class is very good and doesn’t rush thru. She is great for someone like me that has not been in school for a long time. It’s a four week class, two days a week at two hours each class. It starts back up next week on Oct. 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursday’s. This month it is a evening class, where I took it during the day last month. I will start next week for the Word class, which will be a day class from 1:00 to 3:00 on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Ya’ll should check it out. Best part, it’s FREE !
    Still putting in applications and hoping for the best.

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  27. sharringt0n

    Sheena, thanks for the additional UI information. So I guess we wait and see what Congress does for next year.

    I am interested in the computer classes.

    I had a “skills assessment” yesterday, it was a 3 hr test on two different programs. I don’t feel like I did too well; one program was a newer version than I have ever used, and the other program I don’t know hardly at all. We’ll see. I was happy to at least get a call.

    Good luck everyone that has had interviews! Good luck Michael, hope you get the job!

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  28. Eugene Wlodarek

    Thanks for information on extended benefits. I would also be interested in computer classes

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  29. jenniferobinson

    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE, WE’RE ALL BLESSED TODAY. WE ALL WOKE UP TO SEE ANOTHER DAY. LOVE THE JOB FAIR LAST WEEK. FOR MY JOB POST THIS WEEK:
    Dr.Pepper Snapple Group is hiring

    HOPE EVERYONE HAS A BLESSED WEEKEND.I HOPE & PRAY WE ALL GET OUR FEET IN THE DOOR FOR A JOB REAL SOON.

    JENNIFER ROBINSON

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  30. Susan Wade

    Good morning, Susan Wade here. I am excited about the computer classes to be offered. I had some on the job training in computers and a basic class years ago at MCC, but still feel pretty inadequate. Every job description now includes some knowledge of programs. It would be nice to qualify by saying I know those programs. Good news about extended benefits too. I never thought I’d be in this position at my stage of life. Some days are positive and some not so much. But I keep looking.

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  31. jeffwhite

    Help please:
    I just found a job I want to apply for on the Texas Workforce website But I can not upload my resume. How can I apply?? please contact me 254-253-0257 and help please thanks.
    Jeff

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  32. Jann Page

    gotta close now, will try again after lunch for the video and additional comments.

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  33. Jonathon Pledger

    Good morning. Brazos Valley Equipment is looking for a parts counter salesperson.

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  34. Kristin

    Good Morning. I’m a little discouraged that I haven’t heard anything from anyone at the Sept 26th Showcase, but I’m still applying to a bunch of things anyways.

    I’d love to take some MS Office Power User courses if they are going to be offered.

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  35. Charles Waddle

    Hi All, I have a possible contact for those of you with construction experience. The company is “by God’s design”, and they are looking for carpenters with experience and general construction capability to include painting. You can contact L.D. Howard at 254-315-1168.

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  36. Michael Dutton

    Thanks, Sheena, for the information. This is helpful for planning purposes.

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  37. Charles Waddle

    Very interesting graphic on Unemployment Insurance. First bubble says it. “Paid by Employer Taxes.” The employer never pays taxes. Taxes are paid by the employer FOR YOU. It is all calculated as the amount the employer must pay to employ you. Therefore; it is actually part of your hidden salary. It is exactly the same for SSN. You pay half and employer pays half…not really. The half “paid by the employer” is calculated into what it cost to employ you. So the part the employer is paying is just being paid FOR YOU. It is just hidden from you by law. It is the same with UI. It is the hidden part of your salary and is just being paid by the employer FOR YOU.

    Okay, I will get off my soap box now.

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  38. Brett Baldwin

    I have some self-taught skills in Excel but would be interested in computer classes in Excel & Word. How do I find out information about start dates and times?

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  39. MissRudd

    Ms. Monroe,
    To check the status of your resume you will need to go to “My Magazine Profile” (in the same area where you signed in) and scroll to the section listed as Photo and Resume. If yours was uploaded it will be located there. If you need anyu additional help email me at Rachel@campusjobxpress.com

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  40. carolynwalter

    Good Morning. The information on UI Extension Benefits answered a couple of questions I had also. Thanks for including it. I am at the end of my initial benefits so I’m guessing I will hear something from you on the extension. I do have an employer interested, but they are waiting on some contracts to come thru. Hoping it all works out because it’s the work I enjoy doing. Hope everyone has a great day!
    Will this Job Club be affected by the new Contractor?

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  41. MissRudd

    The New Contractor will be in addition to CampusJobXpress and will not affect Job Club in any way.

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  42. williamsheiser

    Good morning all. Thank you for the update on the UI benefits.

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  43. sherriemorgan

    I am interested in the computer classes too. I have had problems trying to login to the work in texas website. keeps telling me my password is wrong so I keep changing it and it still says it is wrong.
    sherrie morgan-cole

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  44. brandyrodriguez

    Great timing for the extended benefits info- I was just looking into how all of that worked!!

    Thanks
    Brandy Rodriguez

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  45. tammywitt

    this is tammy witt and hopefully things work out for all of us. this last week as been heckeic and i am ready for a break. and some good news.

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  46. Sherry

    Good afternoon everyone. Thanks for the info and updates Sheena. Very helpful information as always. I am looking forward to more information on the computer classes. I would definitely sign up for those. I feel it would be much, much easier to find a job if I knew those. Have a great day everyone and good luck in your job searches!

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  47. ljwp

    Good luck to everyone in your job searches.

    Linda Parten

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  48. Jeremy Holt

    Jeremy Holt here and just wanted to say what a great resource this was to me today. Great reminders of what not to do in a job interview. Thanks.

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  49. Victoria

    Thank you for the updates. The City of Waco is looking for a retail aide for the convention and visitor services, and Scott & White in Temple is looking for a tech billing & followup. All the best!–V. Nimmo

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  50. Melvin Freeman

    Computer classes should be helpfull!

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  51. mac mcknight

    I most certainly agree, It is a bad reflection on you to not show up for a job interview, It makes a statement about how reliable you would be to show up for work ?

    But what about a employer that doesnt show up , or return phone calls after the interview ?
    Makes you wounder about how loyal is the employer to its employees ?

    Times are rough for everyone.

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  52. ernestinesample

    Hello Everyone Thanks Shenna for the updates. I really had a great time at the last jobfair.I had aot of interviews on the spot so hopefully I will hear something soon.

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  53. ernestinesample

    Mr. Charls Waddle, Great information,I did not know that. Appreciate it

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  54. jannpage

    I guess I missed the video and informtion on the extended benefits. Sorry!!

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  55. jannpage

    Just finished reading the information on the extended benefits. Very confusing to say the least. I guess I will understand better as time goes by. this from Jann Page

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  56. Gary McCully

    Good benefits info.

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  57. Irene Ortega

    I think the adding the computer classes is a good thing since software programs are updated all the time this will keep me up to date with things, I’m still looking for work hope to find something soon, need good benefits.
    Have a good day!!

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  58. dorothy conroy

    Sheena,
    This is Dorothy I am interested in the computer classes and the resume building.
    Thanks for your time.

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  59. ChaiHo

    Thank you Sheena for all the information.

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  60. jeridsmith

    Thank you for the information

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  61. Melvin

    No, it is there at the bottom of the page, click on the link “UI Benefits Information”

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  62. Mark

    @Charles, Thanks for the job information!

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  63. evelyn dickerson

    I Was In The Hospitial Today,Sorry About Logging In Late.Sheena I Really Do Thank You. In Your Whole Team For All Your Help.I Think I May Have The Job At Grande Communication.Everyone Say A Prayer For Me Please.I Really Need A Job Bad.

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  64. ioniajones

    Ionia Jones here!
    Enjoyed going to the job fair on Thursday. I talked to several companies and felt comfortable that they don’t seem to be turned off by older jobsearchers. I attend the computer class at Goodwill Industries. I took the Excel2007(twice) and Word2007 this Spring (48 hours in all). I enjoyed Tiffiny, the instructor. She is so calm and encouraging. Not trying to knock on the new folks coming in, but if you can’t come to the Workforce classes, Goodwill has computer classes at night. I will probably go for some updates. Thanks for the info on benefits, but I really don’t understand how it works. Good luck everyone on your job searches.

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  65. angeladevinney

    I worked 13 hours today, thus the late entry. Great information! I believe that the trucking company CMC is hiring in Waxahachie for drivers. I’ll double check their name tomorrow as I’ll be passing through there tomorrow. It the information is incorrect, I’ll come back on here and repost. it looks as though the position would require a CDL (semi-trucks). I remember a while back there were a few on here who qualified for that.

    Angela

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  66. gaylonthreadgill

    sorry im late im interested in the extended benefits

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  67. William

    It was a nice event wed. too bad the workforce called me about a job that was in San Marcus. It would have been nice but I don’t have the money to move anywhere right now since being unemployed. Maybe next time.

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  68. Loyd Edwards

    Had another good interview – they haven’t filled that position yet – (47 mile trip one way!) Good luck to all!

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  69. Daniel Coulon

    Got a call from one of the companies at the recent job fair. Submitted on line app and waiting to hear.

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  70. Virginia Kilgore

    Good Morning All, Thanks Sheena for the great information and the link to the UI benefit information. I am still looking and remain positive.

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  71. Donna Martindale

    I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement. Hopefully I will have a job soon. Good luck to all of you

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  72. donnamartindale

    Thanks to everyone for their encouragement. Hopefully I will have a job soon. Good luck to all of you

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  73. cjxpadmin

    Hey guys, I’m going through a lot of Work in Texas profiles, and a lot of you are inactive. Do yourselves a large favor and sign on to verify your information as the state frowns on incomplete profiles. At the very least verify your addresses. When your account is active it lets the Unemployment Department know that you’re looking for a job. When it remains inactive for a certain amount of days it red flags them and goes in-active.

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  74. Candice Lovell

    Good afternoon everyone,
    I thought my interviews went good, but no calls back so far. Im going to keep my head up and keep looking.

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  75. Jennifer

    Had a good interview the on Monday and I am going up against 100 other people… I sure hope I get it.

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  76. joleajames

    Thank you for the information and the link. This will be helpful!

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  77. Diana Marquez

    Hello everyone,Thanks Sheena for the great information.I’m still continue to search for work.I still have my faith hopefully I find a good job soon..

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  78. Jonathon Pledger

    Mac, I agree about the employers not showing up/ returning phone calls. It’s a two-way street.

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  79. petrahardin

    Good morning. I had several interviews and try to keep optimistic. I also want to thank Rachel for all her help.

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  80. nancy adam

    Hi everyone I am still looking for a job.
    I reveive a letter the other day from a job I
    applied for,but sorry to say they chose someone
    more suited.
    Maybe the next time.

    Good Luck Everyone with your job search.

    Nancy Adam

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  81. mikepetry

    looking forward to more info on changes

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  82. Minnitt

    This information was very useful! I thought the job fair was very successful. I got a few interviews and hope they work out some type of employment.

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  83. shellycawthon

    Anyone want to work a temporary job? Call the McLennan County Elections Office. They need folks to count early ballots!

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  84. Christie Watson

    I agree, the computer classes are a good idea.I feel more education is always a good idea.

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  85. zshade37

    I too have had several really good interviews and yet, nothing has come of them so far. It must be pretty rough out there, but I’m optimistic.

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  86. edgarrichardson

    Thanks for the update

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  87. kn1964

    Thanks Sheena. Just a comment: Unemployed workers who started collecting unemployment in July 2012 will not be entitled to receive the additional weeks of benefits that the federal government traditionally has provided because the legislation that provides them will expire at the end of December.

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  88. melissajohnson

    Well I had a phone interview with Sprint on friday and a face to face on monday, hopefully this will be the one

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  89. christiemiller

    I am still positive that I will find my job soon. Thank you for updating.

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  90. cgaines

    Hello, I’m glad to hear about the new services that would be added. The information posted on UI benefits is helpful.

    Thanks CGaines

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  91. Majdi Tannous

    Good morning
    it’s a great day outside. Been on job search for few hours and no luck yet.Took my test last week and I thought I did satisfactory. Still hoping for a call from an employer to schedule an appointment so I can present my abilities to work and the benifits that can be harvested.
    Still Positive waiting on the call

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  92. H C HARWELL

    I WAS A LITTLE EARLY FOR VIDEO ,,THANKS

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  93. Brett Baldwin

    An article in Waco Tribune-Herald recently said that congress has approved extended UI benefits for TX – Good news!!

    Midway ISD is hiring bus drivers and will pay for training.

    It has been 6 months as of 9/30, it is very hard to not get discouraged.

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  94. tresheniamcclenan

    thanks for the information

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  95. daletrail

    shenna this is dale trail i dont think i have a resume on line can you check on this

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  96. jenniferferris

    Sheena,
    Thank you for your help this afternoon.

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  97. ls

    Hi everyone,thank you Sheena for all the information. I am interested in the computer classes.

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  98. jannpage

    Good Day job seekers. I usually sign in on wednesday, however I was jobe seeking online and desided to chek in
    for news. Happy to hear extended benefits approved for Texas (note from Brett Baldwin) My luck with a job has
    not been good. The interviews I have had were jobs I
    could have done with my eyes closed, but I guess I was
    not impressive enough. I am working on that. (from jann page)

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  99. cjxpadmin

    Mr. Trail- No at this time you do not have a resume up in CJXP.
    Mrs. Ferris- No Problem! Glad we can help!
    Is- We will post the list of classes as soon as we get the okay and approval from up above!

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  100. reginamarshall

    I’m still waiting to hear the final news on a potential job. Last I heard, I was front runner. So fingers are crossed that I will be getting good news soon.
    Good Luck to Everyone out there. Keeps your heads held high and everything will work itself out!!!!

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  101. Arcadio Mora

    Will you be scheduling more job fairs? I’m tired of seeing all of these help wanted adds but then they require experience. And most jobs in the waco market want to start at under $9 an hour. I make more than that on unemployment?!

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  102. daletrail

    shenna what do i need to do to get my resume om cjxp i am not that oomputer friendly your advise would be appreciated thanks

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  103. evelyn dickerson

    I Would Like To Sign Up For Any Classes That Are Available to Me.All Need All The Help I Can Get.

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  104. daletrail

    can someone from the computer room show me how to put my resume on campus job express

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  105. daletrail

    did anyone get the email about job club partiipation the people that participate should not be in the same class as no participants this is my own opinon

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  106. billknox

    Evening all I’ve also had several interviews over. The last week for Panera Bread and Burlington coat factory. I did exceptionally well on both interviews. I went to the Burlington Coat Factory interview. The first went well and was praised by the manager. The second interview went well according to the Store manager. I was to complete the paper work sent to me through email. I never received the email or another call from them. I put all my effort in the Burlington ob offer and lost the Panera Bread opening. I learned an important lesson take what comes to you first.

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  107. patriciagresham

    Working on updating my computer skills. With everything changing so quickly,I see that I needed to do this.A friend who I think is a computer whiz, has been showing me a lot of different things on the computer that I never thought I could do. I have been emailing back and forth with a manager regarding a job. Keeping my fingers crossed. Wish the best for everyone.

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  108. audrey1966

    Sheena, when I was working I did very well working with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Now when I test for those, my scores are not very good. How do I find out about taking some “refresher” courses for Word, Excel and Powerpoint?

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  109. Michael Rogers

    Sheena, I have sign up for AIU benefit to go back to school. How long does it take to hear from someone from Texas Workforce if I been approved for returning to school? I’m not sure how this work or if I need to do anything else. Thank you for your time and your help.

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