Making The Right Introduction

Workforce Partners Management Group, LLC and CampusJobXpress are celebrating 25 years of service and are offering 6 months of complimentary services. Job seekers can create their own web page where they can upload their resume, a photo, Summary of Qualifications as well as a Video Resume.

For more information email us at info@campusjobxpress.com

 

Making the right introduction

Making The Right Introduction

Making the right introduction

What Do You Expect From the New Year?

What Do You Expect From the New Year?

I don’t believe in making resolutions, however, I think we all can strive to be better at any time. In the classes we teach, the theme is to teach each participants to be positive and to establish a well-conceived path for their lives, not just for employment.! ! Where do you want to live? What type of car do you want to drive? Do you want an education? What is your choice of a career?! ! The answer to these and many other questions you can come up with will set the path for your success. Knowing what you want and working toward your goals will give you the best chance of achieving them. The body seems to go where the mind is.! ! Make a list of things you would like to achieve and do it in detail. Put the list in an order that makes sense to you and then, work the list, one item at a time. This is much different than making a resolution as it has detail and direction.! ! Love what you do in life. Here is a quote I borrowed. Think about it! ! ! “Success is not the key to happiness; Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~Albert Schweitzer! ! Look for new changes at CJXP. Have a Happy New Year!!

New Year’s Greeting

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January 1st isn’t just the celebration of a new year; it’s a time to renew yourself. I’m not just talking about your appearance, but your reputation and actions as well.

Make reasonable goals that you want to reach and accomplish in the new year of 2014. Keep the quote “New year, New me” in mind as you accomplish these goals.

If you have really big goals, then, start out small. You will need to continue thinking about doing your goals for 21 days and then, you will start to keep it in mind to get it done. It takes 21 days to make something a habit and with each 21 days, you can continue to build your goals as you move along.

goalsFor everyone with the goals of working out, start with going for walks every day when you have a little free time. It doesn’t have to be a 5 miles or even one, but take a short walk, maybe a few blocks to start off.

Stop wasting your time watching television all the time. Stop eating junk food just because it’s there. Better yet, stop buying the junk food. Get a membership at a local gym or just exercise on your own with a DVD or exercise on TV!!! Just move, move, move!

Anybody want to go back to school? Afraid you can’t do it? But, yes, you can do it! If attending a university or college you prefer is not possible, then, go to your local community college and take your classes there. They can help you get on the right track.

No matter how big or how small your resolutions are, put them in perspective and put them into action and make your efforts count!

Happy New Year’s Everyone!!

2014

 

By Ayunne Collins

The Program That Keeps on Giving

Life is full of challenges that can really test an individual. At times, unfortunately, devastating events occur that literally turn a person’s life upside down and they find themselves at a crossroad. It’s during these devastating times, whether it be an illness, a divorce or losing a job that greatly impact the livelihood of the household. Individuals find themselves in situations they never imagined they would be in … leaving them feeling helpless and alone. An illness can leave an individual unable to work or having an increase of medical expenses they can’t afford. A divorce may put a woman back into the workforce after years of not working in order to provide for herself and children. The loss of a job completely shuts down the income flow and the whole household is affected. These life- changing events can happen to the educated, as well as, those with limited education, to those with years of job experience, and especially to those who have no job experience. It’s during these life-changing situations that programs offered by WPMG provide the circumstances that can really make a difference.

Client Services Support For Workforce Agencies

Client Services PicWorkforce Partners Management Group, LLC. (WPMG) works with Workforce agencies to assist individuals in preparing them for the job market. Job-preparedness classes address, not just the individual as an employee, but they treat the whole person as well as the family. An individual has to have the right mindset in order to be a good employee. Whatever is taking place personally with the individual, whether it be an illness, children, living conditions, etc., can greatly affect their ability to perform on the job. WPMG takes all aspects of an individual’s life into consideration and all areas of their lives are addressed. WPMG assists individuals by having them face their situation and then strategize with them on how to overcome obstacles.

While a great portion of the classes are designed to prepare an individual for the workforce, WPMG understands that the personal challenges they face need to be addressed before moving them into the job market. The major obstacle, such as the loss of a job, is what brings individuals into the program; however, additional obstacles may exist. These obstacles include: no transportation, no childcare, no permanent place to live, etc. All of these concerns greatly affect how an individual can perform on the job and WPMG provides direction and assistance in addressing these issues. While individuals may attend a week’s worth of classes with WPMG trainers, a coaching program is implemented at that time that will last for several more weeks, maybe months, after participants complete their classes.

Coaching Workforce Customers Through Difficult Times

As participants complete their job-readiness training, a personal employment coach is assigned to them. This employment coach remains with them until they have secured a job and have remained on the job for a minimum of six weeks.

Career PicThis employment coach, not only offers assistance during their job seeking efforts, but also provides direction in all aspects of their life that is affecting them. The employment coach assists them in daycare issues, transportation, medical concerns, in addition to helping them locate other resources or programs that can provide assistance, as needed. This employment coach is available to them by telephone, texting, and e-mail on a daily basis. The personal coaching provides encouragement, direction, assistance in finding job leads, preparing them for job interviews, and is really there to assist these individuals in every aspect. The employment coach works directly with the individual in establishing goals and puts them on a course toward achieving them.

During a recent period, personal coaching has been a great asset to some individuals, a few of whom I will mention.

Customer One

Customer One PicA young woman found herself displaced due to a divorce and the loss of her job simultaneously. She found herself with no place to live for herself and children and no income. She came into the program feeling very depressed about her situation and not knowing how to pull herself out of it. She had education supporting her job pursuits, was very well spoken, and was definitely very job-ready; however, her personal home concerns were making it difficult for her to find a job. She had no place to live and moved in temporarily with friends.

She had to place her older child in one home and kept her younger child with her. She had no daycare to care for her child which made it difficult for her to go on job interviews and had limited money to pay anyone. She didn’t have clothing for interviews. She did have a car, but it needed repairs. She was very stressed due to everything she was carrying on her shoulders and really needed someone to listen to her situation, someone who would walk her through things that needed to be done, someone who would keep her focused on the positive versus the negative, someone to help!

Help PicThis is where the employment coach stepped in and walked with her through all the obstacles she was facing. The employment coach helped her find a daycare that would care for her daughter for a few hours whenever she needed for thew purpose of allowing interview appointments for a low price per hour. She was able to find assistance to have her car repaired and was able to get clothing for her interviews through the state subsidized program. This customer utilized the employment coach during a very important job interview, a job she really wanted because of the opportunities it provided. The customer called her employment coach prior to the interview and the coach put her through mock interview questions. During the interviewing process, she found herself being forwarded to two additional interviews and called her employment coach in between the interviews to get guidance on questions to ask and things to keep her motivated.

Three Way Sign PicThe customer ended up getting the job. Since getting the job, she has been able to find an apartment for herself and children, now has health insurance, and has steady income. This customer is very grateful to have stability in her life again and is doing great at her job and her home life is at peace. She stated that having an employment coach made all the difference to her because she received the direction and encouragement she needed to keep going.

Customer Two

Coaching PicAnother individual who has greatly benefited from the employment coach is a young man who was in a very negative state when he attended the WPMG Job-Readiness Classes. He was new to the city, was facing major medical concerns, and didn’t have a job. His mindset was very negative and he was mad at the world. During the classes, the WPMG trainers discovered how smart he was and that he would be a huge asset to anyone who would hire him. As a matter of fact, he was sent to an interview on the third day of classes and was offered a job. The employment coach stepped in after the classes to provide assistance in getting his personal situation under control. He had a medical situation that was greatly affecting him and could jeopardize him working.

While the young man was very motivated to work and wanted stability in his life, his constant pain could put him in a very bad mood. His medical situation was a dire one because he had no insurance and no money to even go see a doctor for treatment or for the medication he required. He was in excruciating pain often and would sink to depression; however, the employment coach kept him encouraged. The employment coach sought programs to provide assistance for him and she really worked with him to keep him motivated and worked with him on a daily basis. The employment coach knew that he could easily slip into a deep depression at times, so the coach contacted him several times a day to ensure he was doing okay.

It was mutually decided that the young man would need to seek employment offering him medical insurance because of his condition, plus he needed to find a job that was not so physically demanding. Together they searched for job opportunities and found a position meeting his qualifications and background, plus it had the benefits he needed. The young man interviewed for the job and was hired. He was very excited because it’s a less demanding position physically, offers a great opportunity for him to become a trainer and/or supervisor, and it offers medical insurance as well. He is now waiting to start his new job and is very excited about being able to seek medical care. He states that having someone who cared about his well being really helped him to stay focused and encouraged him to keep pressing forward.

Customer Three

Customer Three PicAnother young man who entered the program was an individual who even the trainers had a difficult time in getting him to participate. He was angry and distressed because he didn’t want to be in the classes. He wouldn’t speak or participate and seemed to be taking it out on everyone. It was discovered that he had dropped out of school, had a small baby at home with his girlfriend, was living with his grandmother, had no transportation, and no money. It was later discovered that his girlfriend was pregnant again and that’s when the trainer explained to him that he needed to get his life together because he had a wife and family that were depending on him to take care of them.

The employment coach spent some time with him in class and challenged him to give a speech about himself. He refused, at first, but then when the coach wouldn’t accept his refusal, he finally agreed and gave an outstanding introduction about himself. In talking about himself, this young man stated he wanted to go to technical school for computers and actually had someone who would pay for his education and would hire him. It was also discovered that he was facing eviction from the place he was living and had nowhere to go. That same afternoon, plans were put into action by WPMG, the coach and workforce staff.

Assistance was found to get him into his own apartment and telephone calls were made to place him in a job with the person who had offered him a job and educational opportunities. He quickly saw the importance of the program and how he could benefit. He quickly changed his attitude and engaged in whatever was asked of him. The young man immediately started his new job and has done exceptionally well since then. The employment coach has assisted him in getting enrolled in GED classes and he is currently taking those classes.

He is working with computers at his job and his boss will be paying for his education with a promise to advance him to work with clients upon completion of his program. He now has a vehicle and has recently moved into a home for himself and his family. The young man stated that he knows he was a challenge, but he appreciated how the employment coach stayed on him to follow through on completing things and keeping him motivated. He was most appreciative of how the coach would tell him that he was making them proud and believed in his ability to succeed. He stated that he never had anyone tell him that he made them proud.

Customer Four

Customer Four PicOne final young woman came into the program full of energy and ready to do whatever was asked of her. She was very willing to work wherever placed and had the motivation to succeed. The challenge for this young woman was her background which had some criminal activity and presented a huge challenge in job placement. The employment coach worked with her in how to address her background and to embrace it because she had made a huge mistake in not disclosing the information to an employer and lost the job. It was a hard lesson learned because she really wanted the job and they really liked her.

She relied heavily on the employment coach through her various job interviews and job placements. The young woman often faced situations where she would get angry and the employment coach would keep her calm about situations and keep her encouraged. Because of her background, her job search was frustrating her and lack of income was weighing heavily on her. She was becoming distraught about her situation and was starting to get depressed. The coach pressed her to dream big and the young woman contemplated returning to school to pursue training in something that would provide her a good future. She applied for educational assistance and was provided funding at whatever time she decides to attend school. The young woman and her employment coach worked together in seeking job opportunities.

After numerous jobs, the young woman has found employment with a very good company that provides a great opportunity for her. She now has the stability she was seeking and is very happy with herself. She stated that WPMG staff have been so good to her and that her coach really helped keep her calm about things. She further stated that having the support helped her believe in herself and not to let her past keep her from succeeding.

The Conclusion Is Clear

Conclusion PicWhat these stories show is that with a little bit of guidance, encouragement, and persistence, anything is possible. No matter what situation an individual is facing, having someone who believes in them and keeping them focused can be the key to reaching goals. WPMG and their employment coaching program have played crucial roles in helping individuals achieve success after success, not just in their employment, but also in their personal lives.

The one-on-one attention given to these individuals has helped them achieve their goals in being self-sustaining individuals in a short period of time. Most of these goals were reached within a few months. The belief and strategy of treating the whole person is key to any type of success and this is what WPMG and their coaching program focus on when dealing with individuals. Life may throw challenges at you, but with the right attitude and support, those challenges can certainly be overcome.

For further information about WPMG and various programs that they offer, send an e-mail to info@campusjobxpress.com and someone will contact you.

It is the belief and basis of WPMG Training that an individual possesses the ability to make their life what it becomes. Attracting what one feels is basically what one gets. For further information on the curriculum used in the Job-Readiness Classes, please refer to the article entitled “It’s A Quantum Life; The Little Things Do Matter” featured in the February 2014 issue.

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” ~ Les Brown

“The biggest failure you can have in life is making the mistake of never trying at all.” ~ Unknown

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

By Silvia Seelig

 

“Success in life comes not from holding a good hand ………………….

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Barry

“Success in life comes, not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.”

– Denis Waitley, Motivational Speaker and Writer

Have you ever watched the World Series of Poker on television – you know, where the winners walk away with millions? If you have, a notable thing about these tournaments is that the viewer actually gets to see all the cards of all the players.

Rarely does the winner always get the very best cards. Almost always, the winner is the person who makes the best of the cards they are dealt.

EXERCISE:

If your life was a game of poker, where your five cards included such areas as work, family, health, faith and community, how could you make the most of these to always have a winning hand?

 From The Quotable Coach

I found this on the internet and thought it might help you with achieving your goals in 2014. I have lived my life from another quote similar to this one by Robert Louis Stevenson.

What are you going to do differently in 2014? I am starting by just doing something positive.

Have a Happy and Most Profitable New Year!

 

Discussion 73 – What Does Your Resume Say About You?

While teaching class this week, it came to our attention that many of our participants have good looking resumes; however, the resume does not fit the job they are seeking. If you have a varied work history and a number of careers that you are able to pursue, does your resume reflect the job that you want the most? Look at the job description for each job you are considering and then look at your resume. Are they similar? Do you have what it takes for that job on your resume? If not, it may be necessary for you to tweak your present resume or to have multiple resumes to address each job you are considering. Again, I ask the question: What does your resume say about you?

Tell Me About Yourself

In January 2014, CampusJobXpress.com is bringing online a new service. This service is a personal web page featuring you. It will have your picture, resume,  summary of qualifications and a one-minute video. This page will then be emailed to employers to show who you are and what you have to offer. This may not be for everyone, but it certainly will give many of you the added boost you need to clear the pack of applicants that look good on paper, but really don’t have what it takes.

Many employers are expressing dissatisfaction with the hires they are making because they look good on paper and not what they appeared to be when hired. If you had to present yourself, what would you say, how would look and what impression will you give?

When preparing to do your video resume, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. How do you look?
  2. Are you dressed appropriately?
  3. Do you have an outline of what you need to say?
  4. Have you spelled out your most important accomplishments?
  5. Do you have a timer so that you will know not to go over a minute?
  6. Can you articulate, in proper English, everything you need to say?
  7. Be personable and friendly looking
  8. Smile when you can and at appropriate times
  9. Look into the camera.
  10. Make sure you thank your interviewer.

 

Proper Actions Can Lead To Success During Your Interview

I know you have probably heard it all with regard to interviews. Well, I am here to share just one more, or two maybe, items for you to ponder as you prepare for your interview.

First, we always have to think about our form of dress and appearance. Your appearance is the key to success. The main issue most people have with getting a job isn’t their background checks or history; it’s all because of their appearance and what they chose to wear to an interview.

DressYou want to go into an interview with just a bit of degree higher than you would look if you were actually going to work there everyday. When going to interview, you should have a look preferred by the employer. You want to go a bit beyond that look. Ladies, short skirts or revealing dresses will not give the right impression. Gentlemen, showing off your abs with really tight clothes won’t do it either.

postureHow you dress isn’t the only thing to affect you securing a well paying job. Your body language and posture are major factors as well. Walk with your head held high and your back straight.

When you are waiting or during the interview, you need to sit with your back straight and your hands placed in your lap. It’s not good to fidget or tap your fingers while in the waiting room or during your interview.

Many people have issues with being able to sit still for a long period of time.

A really good tip on being able to sit still for a good bit of time is to practice sitting a certain way at home to see how you are most comfortable sitting.

speakingYour speaking is also a major factor in getting hired. You need to have the correct usage of words. You should pronounce each word so the employer or your interviewer can understand you and know what it is you are trying to say. You should not chew gum or have anything in your mouth at the time of your interview.

When you are speaking, make sure your points are valid and believable. Never rattle on and on giving the impression that you are uneducated or uninformed. You want them to believe you are as intelligent as you appear. A word you should never use during your interview is “ain’t.” Even though “ain’t” is in the English dictionary and is used as a non-standard term, it really has no use in the conversation when you are interviewing for a job. If you have to use big words, ensure that you know how to use them properly and make sure that you know what they mean.

handshakeWhen you shake the hand of the person who is interviewing you, make sure you shake their hand firmly and not wimpy. You don’t want to leave your interviewer with the thought that they were just holding a dead fish. Make your shake warm and energetic, but don’t break anyone’s fingers. When you see your interviewer approaching, stand up and move toward them. You should definitely make eye contact with them as you introduce yourself.

shake handsFirmly shake their hand and remember to keep either a smiling face or at least a pleasant looking face. After they introduce themselves, make sure that you respond with “Very nice to meet you Mr./Ms. ____.” Repeating their name allows you to remember who you are dealing with and it will help you know their name should you need to call back and ask about the status of your interview or in sending a thank you note after the interview.

Also remember to do your research on the company prior to going to the interview. It always helps to know something about the company and their policies before you go on the interview. If you get hired with this company, you want to ensure that it is going to be a position that you really wanted and a company that is within your realm of desires, needs and wants.

Check out locations, benefits, history, policies, staff and anything else you can find out about the company. Be well informed and you will succeed!

By Ayunne Collins

How Does An Online Job Fair Work?

An online Job Fair is designed to assist employers and job applicants in locating the best match for both parties. This is all done strictly online. The purpose of the site is to connect employers and the best and most talented employees available.

Job Fair SignEmployers will post their available positions online with specifications for each job posted on various online job fair events. The job seeker can then browse through the available positions and select those for which they are most qualified.

Some programs entail doing pre-screening sessions with participants who have been deemed qualified for positions posted by participating employers. After the screening, participants are then referred to the appropriate employer by setting them up with an appointment date and time.

Interested participants should post their resume on the job event website for consideration of any posted positions.

What separates one person from another in the professional world?

Some would say experience, some would say education, and still others may say desire or drive. Whatever the difference, employers now have the ability to choose people who have been deemed the “best of the best.”

When using this new technique, employers are not selecting an unknown entity. Through the Workforce agencies, some candidates may attend classes which allow trainers to identify personalities, traits and experiences. With this knowledge, candidates are also assessed for employability traits, to include; integrity, substance abuse, reliability and work ethic. Assessments confirm what is being discovered in the classroom.

This Online Job Fair is beneficial because it allows applicants to apply for more jobs from many different locations without having to worry about transportation, child care and long lines plus not being able to connect with the employer. The Online Job Fair assures the applicant to make that connection with the employer every time.

An online Job Fair is designed to assist employers and job applicants in locating the best match for both parties. This is all done strictly online. The purpose of the site is to connect employers and the best and most talented employees available.

Employers will post their available positions online with specifications for each job posted on various online job fair events. The job seeker can then browse through the available positions and select those for which they are most qualified.

Some programs entail doing pre-screening sessions with participants who have been deemed qualified for positions posted by participating employers. After the screening, participants are then referred to the appropriate employer by setting them up with an appointment date and time.

Interested participants should post their resume on the job event website for consideration of any posted positions.

What separates one person from another in the professional world? Some would say experience, some would say education, and still others may say desire or drive. Whatever the difference, employers now have the ability to choose people who have been deemed the “best of the best.”

When using this new technique, employers are not selecting an unknown entity. Through the Workforce agencies, some candidates may attend classes which allow trainers to identify personalities, traits and experiences. With this knowledge, candidates are also assessed for employability traits, to include; integrity, substance abuse, reliability and work ethic. Assessments confirm what is being discovered in the classroom.

ComputerThis Online Job Fair is beneficial because it allows applicants to apply for more jobs from many different locations without having to worry about transportation, child care and long lines plus not being able to connect with the employer. The Online Job Fair assures the applicant to make that connection with the employer every time.

The most important aspect for the employer is to be precise and specific about the job posting. Ensure that every last little detail is spelled out according to the type of potential employee they are seeking.

The most important aspect for the applicant is presentation — the resume.

Ensure that the resume is professionally written and produced to ensure that the employer takes notice. Other options along with a resume is the possibility of a video resume. This newest tool allows the job seeker to create a one-minute or less video of themselves talking about their specific education, background, experience and skills.

CampusJobXpress.com wants to assist employers by providing them with the “best of the best” employees as well as assist job seekers by providing them with the best jobs available.

Connect to campusjobxpress.com and register to receive various employment services to assist you in your job search.

By Melvin Collins, Jr. & Yolanda Salazar

Do You Have a Gift?

Do you ever sit and wonder, “What am I good at?” “What do I have to offer?” or “How can I help others?”

All of us, at some point, question ourselves about what makes us important … what makes us special … and the answers lie within ourselves.  What is a gift, you may wonder, and do I have one?

Believe it or not, we all have a gift. A gift can be something you do very well and something that comes naturally to you. Most people call your talent a gift. “Such as what?” you say. Well, you could have a talent in singing, acting, riding horses, riding motorcycles, dancing, party planning, cooking, building, playing an instrument, it can be in the way you talk with people or how you listen …. The possibilities are endless.

We all have a hidden talent waiting to be explored. You are never too old or too young to discover your special gift or gifts. Once you start exploring yourself, you will realize how truly gifted you really are.

One young lady, Murphy Hunter, tells us herself that she grew up too fast. She made decisions that impacted her life tremendously. She dropped out of school and became a wife and mother of three at a young age. Murphy found herself shouldered with huge responsibilities, but used her children as her motivation.

Murphy knew by looking at her children that she had to be the one to change the cycle. She stated, “I knew I had to practice what I preached.” She states, “My children became my drive … my inspiration … my weapon to get me through every difficult obstacle.”  Murphy had to make some tough decisions and had to set goals for herself and her children.

She had to let go of personal aspirations which were her gifts and focus on what was going to allow her to take care of her family. Murphy states, “I didn’t grow up with goals of college or achieving a dream job … I didn’t even know what the American dream was all about.” What Murphy did know, was that she had three small children and was a single parent. Time was of the essence and she had to set realistic goals … she had no time to waste.

Murphy enrolled in a community college and completed her GED. She, then, enrolled in college for four years to become a surgical technician and earned several certificates in the process. Murphy was determined to become a success for herself and her children.

She established a solid foundation of support from friends and family who encouraged her and assisted her during her journey.  It’s very important to all of us when we are pursuing something greater, to have a solid foundation of people who will keep us motivated and who will keep us on track when times get hard.

LifeMurphy has worked in the medical field for over 14 years and states, “It’s given me and my children a good life.” Her achievements have also served as an inspiration for her children to pursue success, regardless of the obstacles that may exist.

All of us have to keep pushing forward in achieving the goals that we set for ourselves. Don’t let obstacles stop you … find a way to push through … use your foundation of support and reach your goals. Sometimes, your hidden talents, your gifts are the means to success. You have to LOVE what you do. Otherwise, you settle for a long unsatisfactory work life. You bring in the money, but you don’t have the joy.

Murphy knew her gifts were in medicine but she also loved taking photographs.  She states, “I’ve loved photography since age 12 and considered it a hobby.”  In pursuing her means to provide for her family, she had focused on medicine but when she remarried, her husband encouraged her to pursue photography.

Of her husband, Murphy says, “My husband is a wonderful man who supports me and convinced me to pursue my hobby and become a professional photographer.”

D6PixShe continued to work in medicine, but started to work on her profession as a photographer and her gift of taking photographs has been recognized by others.

Murphy has a gift behind the camera lens and captures the soul of those she photographs. Murphy says, “I want to represent an idea of a possibility … a possibility that I can create whatever I want to create. I can look at a person or an object and pull out what makes that person or object special. I don’t know how I do it, but when I look through my camera lens, I see nothing but possibilities. I’m an artist that uses the world as my canvas and I photograph what my eyes see.”

Murphy has shown us that while faced with obstacles in our lives, whether it’s limited education, responsibilities of being a single parent, having to face losing our job and having to start over … we can overcome those obstacles. In the process, we can explore what we are good at which often are what our special gifts are and pursue a new career that incorporates our “love” which are our gifts.

When we are pursuing and doing what we love, we find ourselves motivated to succeed. We need to live  our own life…  the way that we want to live it.  Who knows?  What you thought might just be fun or a hobby of sorts, could very well turn out to be your next career. Choose to be happy in our lives and in your work. Murphy Hunter certainly did.

Murphy stated, “If you’re not doing something that makes a difference in someone’s life … whether it be your own or someone else’s … you can feel you are wasting your time. Find out what drives you … find your inspiration … and make goals. Just do it … it’s that simple.”

d6Pix LogoMurphy Hunter’s D6Pix Productions offers all types of photography services to include weddings, bridal showers, graduations, birthdays, christenings, corporate events, proms and quinceaneras as well as personal and model sessions, both male and female. She offers contemporary, portraiture and traditional photos and can create packages in the form of albums, custom graphic design, digital files and more….

We, at CampusJobXpress, have used Murphy Hunter/D6Pix Productions on several occasions. As a matter of fact, our Novemer issue of our magazine is one of her designs. Take a look and be expecting more covers from Murphy Hunter/D6Pix Productions in the future.

Check out some of her photographs at www.facebook.com/pages/D6pix-Photography-by-Murphy-Hunter/620632147979996?ref=br_tf. She also has a Facebook magazine page at www.facebook.com/D6pixMagazine.  She can be contacted at MurphyHunterD6pix@yahoo.com or call her at 512-966-8995.

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By Yolanda L. Salazar & Silvia Seelig

Discussion 72

Tips for Getting a Job During the Holiday and Christmas Season

Tips for Getting a Job During the Holiday and Christmas Season

10 Tips to Help Ensure Employment This Holiday Season

Josh Mason, Yahoo Contributor Network

The holiday season is the perfect time to look for a part time seasonal job for some extra holiday spending money. Obtaining a holiday job during a recession can be a struggle, but it does mean you cannot get a job this season. This article will outline 10 tips to help get you a job during the holiday/Christmas season.

1. Apply Early

Seasonal jobs get many applicants including students, parents looking for extra money, and seasonal retail workers. Applying early for holiday jobs will ensure that you are ahead of the hundreds of people applying for the same job.

2. Call the store within 3 days of turning in an application

Retail stores hire the majority of seasonal employees and will have hundreds of applicants for the scarce jobs; therefore, applying early and calling with an interest will make you a valuable candidate for the job opening.

3. Apply at least two weeks before Thanksgiving

Black Friday is when a majority of bargain hunters will do their Christmas and holiday shopping, and this is the same time that many stores need seasonal employees. Apply for seasonal jobs at least two weeks before Thanksgiving (earlier the better) to ensure you obtain a seasonal or holiday job.

4. Apply to a variety of places

During tough economic times, getting a job, even a seasonal job, is difficult. Applying to a variety of places will give you a better chance of getting a job.

5. Check online for job openings

Retail stores have turned to online job applications due to their convenience, which benefits job lookers because you can apply to multiple jobs from your house.

6. Look for help wanted signs when shopping

Help wanted signs are the best way to spot companies that are looking for seasonal employment.

7. Be friendly

If you apply for a seasonal retail job, you should be friendly when talking to a hiring manager. A good attitude could be the difference between employment and being jobless.

8. Knowledge

Apply to stores where you know something about the products being sold. For example, do not apply at an electronics store if you not know what an iPod or a netbook is.

9. Set yourself apart from the competition

You may not be applying for a difficult job, but there is competition at all job levels. If you have a certain skill that would make you better than all other applicants then make sure you let the hiring manager know.

10. Don’t dress like a slob

When I was assigned to interview seasonal employees at a hardware store I worked for during college, I would not consider a poorly dressed applicant. At any job level, you should dress to impress if you want the job.

Sources:

Personal experience hiring seasonal workers

Personal experience (economist)

 

Discussion 70: Getting paid what you are Worth

It is easy to allow yourself to fall into the trap of I need money now. So many times you get stuck at a job where you feel comfortable, and you’re afraid to leave or to ask for more because you have one bird in the hand. In the end that’s fine you have to chose what is right for you and your family, but there will come a time when you know that you should be making more for the work that you do. There are however things that you need to consider when you are thinking of making that move to management or to another company.  Are you truly worth the money? That is going to be the main thing, and if you stop and take a hard look at your skill set and the things you bring to the table you will have your answer. Without out knowing how much you do and can do, you will have no idea how much you should be making. If you don’t know as much as you think you may need for the job there is nothing wrong with picking some new skills. It can only make you more marketable. The next thing is being in a place that is going to pay you what you are worth. If you live in a smaller town you may not make as much money as someone in a larger doing the same job. There are a lot of things to consider when trying to figure out if you are being paid what you are worth. At the end of the day it is something that only you can decide.

Discussion 70: Getting Paid what you are Worth

It is easy to allow yourself to fall into the trap of I need money now. So many times you get stuck at a job where you feel comfortable, and you’re afraid to leave or to ask for more because you have one bird in the hand. In the end that’s fine you have to chose what is right for you and your family, but there will come a time when you know that you should be making more for the work that you do. There are however things that you need to consider when you are thinking of making that move to management or to another company.  Are you truly worth the money? That is going to be the main thing, and if you stop and take a hard look at your skill set and the things you bring to the table you will have your answer. Without out knowing how much you do and can do, you will have no idea how much you should be making. If you don’t know as much as you think you may need for the job there is nothing wrong with picking some new skills. It can only make you more marketable. The next thing is being in a place that is going to pay you what you are worth. If you live in a smaller town you may not make as much money as someone in a larger doing the same job. There are a lot of things to consider when trying to figure out if you are being paid what you are worth. At the end of the day it is something that only you can decide.

Discussion 69 Alamo: Creating your Big Picture

Sometimes it’s easy to feel as if you are floating around in the world. Like you are moving about aimlessly with nothing to guide you. You’re working hard, but sometimes the results are just not there. That’s when you give up. We at CampusJobXpress are here to tell you that it’s moments like those when you need to push harder. It’s times like those that let you know that you need to break up your goals in to accomplishable chunks. Goal setting is the act of picturing  the future that you want and reaching that goal in small bits and pieces. Picture your goals, and break it down into smaller parts. As you accomplish your smaller parts you fit each part of your picture together like a puzzle. What isyour big picture? What are you doing to create that picture for yourself?

Discussion 69: Creating your Big Picture

Sometimes it’s easy to feel as if you are floating around in the world. Like you are moving about aimlessly with nothing to guide you. You’re working hard, but sometimes the results are just not there. That’s when you give up. We at CampusJobXpress are here to tell you that it’s moments like those when you need to push harder. It’s times like those that let you know that you need to break up your goals in to accomplishable chunks. Goal setting is the act of picturing  the future that you want and reaching that goal in small bits and pieces. Picture your goals, and break it down into smaller parts. As you accomplish your smaller parts you fit each part of your picture together like a puzzle. What isyour big picture? What are you doing to create that picture for yourself?

Discussion 68 Alamo: 10 good things about you

There are times when you can get so down on yourself, that you forget how great you are. There are things going on around you that constantly tell you that you can give in to negative thoughts about yourself.  When that happens it’s hard to do 30 seconds to a minute of talking about your self in a positive light. So the exercise for this week is to list 10 good things about your self. The more often you do this the easier it will be to get used to saying good things about yourself and employers. They are going to ask you why you are qualified for a job, and you need to be ready with an answer. What are ten good things about you?

Discussion 68: 10 good things about you

There are times when you can get so down on yourself, that you forget how great you are. There are things going on around you that constantly tell you that you can give in to negative thoughts about yourself.  When that happens it’s hard to do 30 seconds to a minute of talking about your self in a positive light. So the exercise for this week is to list 10 good things about your self. The more often you do this the easier it will be to get used to saying good things about yourself and employers. They are going to ask you why you are qualified for a job, and you need to be ready with an answer. What are ten good things about you?

Taking Responsibility

By Sheena Williams

At this time in our history, it is so easy to point the finger at someone else, or say it’s someone else’s fault that something happened. It’s almost second nature to say that it was the other person’s fault. But it is your responsibility to get yourself to work on time. It is your job to make sure that your reports are submitted in a timely fashion. It is your job to ensure that the directions you give your employees are good ones. In a word, everyone tries to pass the buck. It is up to you to make sure that you are taking responsibility for your actions.

The best way to ensure that you are doing what you are supposed to is self-introspection. Ask yourself questions and see if you can answer them honestly.  Don’t look at Jim, Janice, Jon or Janet. It was not their job to have your work done.  So, to make sure that you doing what you are supposed to be doing, we’ve put together some things you should ask yourself.

  1. in-chargeWas the job assigned to you? There are times when we will switch out responsibilities, or float our schedule due to need, or maybe to help someone out. However, if you agreed to do something and traded with someone without telling your employer about it, there’s a problem. As far as anyone else knows, you are still in charge of the job. So when something hits the fan and the job is not completed, it means that you are going to be the one called on the carpet.
  2. Did you get it in writing? There have been so many times when you ave spoken to someone on the phone and gotten a verbal agreement. It means nothing until it is documented. Make sure that whatever favor you do or whatever promise is made to you that you get it in writing. Even if it’s in an e-mail, it is at least a documented statement that there was intent. If you failed to get it writing, it would still end up being your fault.
  3. its-your-faultAre you doing only what you are able? A lot of the time, our responsibilities fall by the wayside because you made too many promises to too many people. Your time is now torn between doing what you are supposed to be doing, and doing favors for Tom, Dick and Harry. It’s fine to help people out, but not at the detriment of your own well-being or work. Try to keep your workload and your promises real and reasonable.
  4. Do you have the adequate resources to fulfill that job? Yes, you say, you can do this, and this, and that. But if you don’t have the time, money, know how, or resources, it’s going to be an uphill climb making that happen. Make sure you can do what you say you can do before it becomes a problem
  5. Have you communicated with everyone involved? So, it turns out that you’re running late on whatever you’re supposed to be doing. Have you told the appropriate party? Have you contacted a supervisor, or told the field rep that there is a complication? Most problems can be avoided if you tell someone soon enough that there is an issue. They can be fixed if you give people the time to fix them.
  6. communicationsHave you taken control of your situation? No one is going to take care of you better than you. Have you done everything you can to make your situation work? Have you made the right calls? Have you completed the right assignments? It’s going to be pretty awkward if you don’t have all your ducks in a row and you are trying to point out someone else’s wrongs.
  7. Are you pointing out other people’s wrongs? You messed up. You know you messed up, and it’s pretty obvious you messed up. Own it and move on. Don’t turn around and say, “Cindy from Tech Support should have done it.” By you taking responsibility, it is far better than becoming a “tattletale” when something goes wrong.

Taking responsibility is not only good for business, it’s a survival technique. By taking responsibility for your actions, people know that you can be trusted. They know that at the end of the day, you are someone who will not only get the job done, but will fix it when it goes wrong. △

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