Resume Writing Workshop Nov. 28

GET HELP CREATING A RESUMÉ
Reservation required

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Tuesday, November 28, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé and will receive a diagram and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2604, or by visiting the library.

 

Job Search Workshop Nov. 13 and 14

Have you been searching for a job and not having any luck? Maybe it’s time for a change in your game plan. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, November 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 550 Eldridge. The series will continue on Tuesday, November 14, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 8 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners and a mixture of retired and working professionals – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 

October 2017 Job Search Workshops

GET HELP CREATING A RESUMÉ AT LIBRARY PROGRAM

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 17, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé and will receive a diagram and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT CINCO RANCH BRANCH LIBRARY

Have you been searching for a job and not having any luck? Maybe it’s time for a change in your game plan. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, October 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy. The series will continue on Tuesday, October 17, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 8 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners and a mixture of retired and working professionals – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

Refreshments for the workshop were made possible by the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 

Library to Demonstrate Online Job & Career Resource, June 14, 2017

Job-hunters can learn about a special online resource, Job & Career Accelerator™, available through Fort Bend County Libraries, at an introductory demonstration on Wednesday, June 14, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Staff from the library’s Adult Services department will provide an overview and demonstration of this easy-to-use online resource for job-hunters who are searching for the right job or a new career. Job & Career Accelerator helps job-hunters create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills, and much more. The database includes detailed information on more than 1,000 different occupations, and matches interests and skills with possible careers. It also provides more than five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings.

The Job & Career Accelerator resource can be accessed remotely at any time of the day or night from a home computer with an Internet connection. A library card barcode number is required to use this resource outside of the library.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “University Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.

 

Internet Job Search Workshop June 14, 2017

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present an “Internet Job-Search Workshop” on Wednesday, June 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, in the Conference Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

Monee Cheney, from Family Services of Greater Houston, will explain how to effectively complete an online application, how to submit a resumé and cover letter online, and how to search for jobs on the Internet.

A part of the United Way, Family Services of Greater Houston is one of the oldest non-profit social-service organizations in the area. The agency’s Employment Services program helps individuals develop career goals, create plans for achieving career goals, connect with employers, and advance in their careers.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Missouri City Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2100, or by visiting the library.

 

9 Ways of Spotting and Avoiding Scam Job Advertisements

At FortBendJobs.com, we work hard to ensure all job ads posted on our site are legit and local. However, we have missed a few clever scam postings that astute job seekers reported to us. If you spot one, please let us know and we’ll remove it from the job listings ASAP.

Every email user will have received countless messages promising unlikely amounts of money in return for very little work. By now, most people are experienced enough to avoid falling for these overt scams, but unfortunately, the fraudsters behind them don’t limit their activities to highly unbelievable emails.

Online job boards are increasingly the target of these unscrupulous people. By preying on job-searchers’ desires to improve their employment, they hope to extract enough sensitive information to carry out identity fraud, or even worse, to convince a victim to part with money during a fake recruitment process. What should you look out for when browsing job ads to ensure you avoid these scams?

Do Your Research First

Once a job posting has caught your eye, take the time to carry out some essential research before going any further. Any legitimate advert should provide contact information of some sort, giving you a starting point to enter into your favorite search engine. See if the company name returns any matches, paying close attention to the exact spelling in the job ad. If the company appears to be unknown, this isn’t necessarily a sign of a scam. However, it’s certainly enough to give you pause for thought, and you should probably consider delving a little deeper.

Check for Known Scammers

Also search on the listed email addresses, telephone numbers, or contact names to see if these return results pointing to a known scam operation. There’s no guarantee, but many fraudsters lazily use the same details over and over, and their reputation may very well precede them.

Quality of the Ad

Does the job posting look professional? An ad which is packed with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or plain odd wording should set off serious alarm bells. Many job scams are posted by overseas fraudsters who have a poor command of English, while a reputable company will take great care over all their public communications.

Examine the Email Address

The internet has been around more than long enough for any serious business to have their own branded email address. If the contact is using Gmail, Yahoo, or another free service as their email provider, this should raise a huge red flag.

Also look at the domain in the email address – that is, the part after the ‘@’ sign. Enter this into your web browser, paying careful attention to the spelling, and see if there’s a real website at that address. If not, there may indeed be a valid explanation, but send an email asking for a working site address. Don’t be fobbed off with any lame excuses if the contact can’t provide one.

Overly Easy Application Process

While online jobs boards may make your job search easier, there’s little reason to expect a dream job to simply fall into your lap. If the advertisement promises a quick start with no face-to-face interview, then be wary. Depending on the position, it’s possible that a preliminary telephone interview may be appropriate, but be extremely cautious if an interview is either not required at all or will be carried out over a messenger service such as Skype or Yahoo.

Vague Job Description

If the posting doesn’t go into much depth about your supposed duties and responsibilities, then be very suspicious. A good recruiter uses clear details to weed out unsuitable applications from the outset, so a lack of information suggests they’re casting their nets widely rather than genuinely looking for the right candidate.

Low Criteria

Likewise, if an apparently well-paid job isn’t asking for any particular qualifications or experience, ask yourself why they’re advertising the position – they could surely fill it with ease without going to all that trouble.

Unrealistic Payment Promises

Of course, with any new job you’ll be hoping for a welcome increase in pay. However, if a posting promises a surprisingly high wage or salary, then tread carefully. Most employers will wish to discuss recompense in some depth before making the final hiring decision, and will generally advertise a low figure and take it from there.

On a similar note, if you’re promised that you can earn a fortune while working at home, think twice (at least). While home-working and flexible hours are attractive benefits in a job, they’re not usually the main features of a legitimate recruitment advertisement.

Use of Hurrying Tactics

One last warning sign in a job ad is when the wording suggests this is a time-limited opportunity, and you need to hurry or risk missing out. A sensible employer waits for the right employee – if you’re being rushed into a decision, it’s likely an attempt to distract you from seeing the job ad in its true light.

Things to Watch Out for When Taking the Next Step

Even if the job ad passes all these tests, there are a few more points to bear in mind after making contact and starting the application process.

– Never agree to pay any money upfront, whether this is described to you as a membership fee, an administration charge, or simply a necessary but lucrative investment.

– Be extremely wary if you’re told you’ll be given an initial payment before you’ve actually done any work. This is most likely a ploy to obtain your bank details with fraudulent intent.

– No reputable company will ask you for sensitive information such as your social security number before there’s a contract in place. If you’re told that these details are required as part of your application, then it’s probably sensible to walk away.

Securing new employment is often a difficult and lengthy process, but don’t let this blind you to the dangers of being scammed. If a job advertisement sets off too many of these alarm bells, then proceed very carefully indeed. Landing that dream job is a wonderful feeling, but being taken for a ride is anything but.

 

Job Search Survival Workshop April 24 & 25

LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY 

Have you been searching for a job and not having any luck? Maybe it’s time for a change in your game plan. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, April 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. The series will continue on April 25, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 10 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners, financial and mortgage advisors, computer consultants, sales and marketing professionals, and advertising and communications executives – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

Refreshments for this workshop are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Sienna Branch Library.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

 

Internet Job Search Workshop April 12, 2017

INTERNET JOB-SEARCH WORKSHOP AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present an “Internet Job-Search Workshop” on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, in the Conference Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

Monee Cheney, from Family Services of Greater Houston, will explain how to effectively complete an online application, how to submit a resumé and cover letter online, and how to search for jobs on the Internet.

A part of the United Way, Family Services of Greater Houston is one of the oldest non-profit social-service organizations in the area. The agency’s Employment Services program helps individuals develop career goals, create plans for achieving career goals, connect with employers, and advance in their careers.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Missouri City Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2100, or by visiting the library.

 

Library to Demonstrate Online Job and Career Resource Feb. 16, 2017

Job-hunters can learn about a special online resource, Job & Career Accelerator™, available through Fort Bend County Libraries, at an introductory demonstration on Thursday, February 16, beginning at 11:00 am, in the Conference Room at the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

Staff from the library’s Adult Services department will provide an overview and demonstration of this easy-to-use online resource for job-hunters who are searching for the right job or a new career. Those attending the class should bring a USB flash drive with their resumé saved on it.

Job & Career Accelerator helps job-hunters create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills, and much more. The database includes detailed information on more than 1,000 different occupations, and matches interests and skills with possible careers. It also provides more than five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings.

The Job & Career Accelerator resource can be accessed remotely at any time of the day or night from a home computer with an Internet connection. A library card barcode number is required to use this resource outside of the library.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website, click on “Calendar,” select “First Colony Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.

 

Libraries’ Free Resources Help Job Hunters

Fort Bend County Libraries has free resources and tools to help job-hunters looking for a new job or career. The Sienna Branch Library will introduce these resources and how to use them at a special class, “Find That Great Job,” on Wednesday, February 8, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

Library staff will demonstrate some of the free library databases that provide help for job-hunters, particularly LearningExpress Library and Job & Career Accelerator. Those attending the program will also learn about helpful templates and tutorials that are available in the Microsoft Office suite of programs.

LearningExpress Library offers practice exams for a variety of fields, such as civil service jobs (for example — firefighters, EMTs, postal workers, and police officers), careers in teaching, nursing, real estate, and much more. The online practice tests provide instant scoring and feedback, and they may be repeated as many times as needed. This resource will help test-takers overcome test anxiety, gain confidence, and improve scores, while working at their own pace.

Job & Career Accelerator helps job-hunters create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills, and much more.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2952, or by visiting the library.