Surviving Sudden Unemployment

Through no fault of your own, you find yourself suddenly out of a job. Now what?
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Job Search Survival Workshop March 17 & 18, 2020

LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT FIRST COLONY 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’ First Colony Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Tuesday, March 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The series will continue on Wednesday, March 18, 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 eight 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, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the First Colony Branch Library (281-238-2800), or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

 

Job Search Assistance at Library, March 2020

GET JOB-SEARCH ASSISTANCE AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY SERIES

 Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present a 4-week series of free Job-Search Assistance programs in March. Omar Martinez, Regional Facilitator with Texas Workforce Solutions, will offer tips on a variety of topics for job-hunters. All programs will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

The schedule of programs is as follows:

·       March 4 – A Targeted Plan. Review labor-market information and assess needs and employment skills to create a targeted job-search plan.

·       March 11 – Job-Readiness Toolkit. Evaluate and practice effective communication in applications, resumés, basic introductions, and interviews.

·       March 18 – Sharpening Your Interview Skills. Prepare answers to common interview questions. Consider the employer’s perspective when choosing interview attire.

·       March 25 – Closing the Deal. Discuss networking, using social media as a networking tool, and following up after an interview.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100.

 

Resume Workshop March 23, 2020

GET HELP CREATING A RESUMÉ AT LIBRARY PROGRAM

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time or updating an existing one can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Monday, March 23, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

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 template and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

For help in updating an existing resumé, please bring a copy to the class.

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 “Cinco Ranch Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.

 

Career Counseling Workshop Feb. 17, 2020

CAREER-COUNSELING WORKSHOP AT MISSION BEND BRANCH LIBRARY

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mission Bend Branch Library will have a 2-part “Career Counseling Workshop” on Monday and Tuesday, February 17 and 18, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8421 Addicks Clodine Road in northeast Fort Bend County.

Part I of the workshop will focus on “How to Write a Resumé to Land a New Role.” Leadership coach Kalim Saiyed will provide tips on how to properly structure a resumé to maximize one’s chances of securing an interview with a prospective employer.

Part II of the workshop will focus on “Interview Techniques & Salary Negotiations.” Saiyed will share tips on how to prepare for a job interview. Gain a better understanding of interview strategies, including how to respond to behavioral questions and what questions to ask the interviewer. Saiyed will also provide helpful advice for negotiating one’s salary.

Saiyed is a leadership coach and career consultant with the Kalsai Group, LLC. He is a certified John Maxwell team coach and a CoachRICE graduate.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) or call the Mission Bend Branch Library (832-471-5900) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

 

Feb. 2020 Workshops for Job Seekers

WORKSHOPS FOR JOB-HUNTERS AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

 Are you looking for a job or considering a career change?  You can pound the pavement with all the other job-hunters, or you can begin your search with a little preliminary legwork at the library.

In February, Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library in Richmond will present two workshops that will provide assistance for job-hunters.

On Tuesday, February 11, the library will have a “Resume-Writing Workshop” from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library. Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé. For assistance on a pre-existing resumé, please have a digital copy available on a USB flashdrive, saved to the cloud, or have access to it via email. Registration is required.

On Wednesday, February 12, a representative from Texas Workforce Solutions will present “Job-Search Seminar: A Targeted Plan” from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. A representative from Texas Workforce Solutions will talk about reviewing the labor market and assessing one’s needs and employment skills to create a targeted job-search plan.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register for the Resume-Writing workshop, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455, or sign up on the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), by clicking on “Events,” selecting “George Memorial Library,” and finding the program.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

 

College Fair Jan. 25, 2020

MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST COLLEGE FAIR

Students who would like to have more information on area colleges are invited to attend a College Fair at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library on Saturday, January 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more.

Schools from Texas that will be represented include: Houston Community College, Our Lady of the Lake University – Houston, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, Texas State University, University of Houston – Main Campus, University of Houston – Victoria, University of Texas – Dallas, and University of Texas – San Antonio.

Schools outside of Texas that will be represented include Kansas State University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us ), or call the Missouri City Branch Library (281-238-2100) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

 

How to Make the Most of the 24 Hours Before Your Job Interview

You’ve managed to score yourself an interview at a company where you’d like to work. The only problem is, it’s tomorrow! Perhaps they have deliberately given you short-notice, or maybe you just haven’t had time to prepare. Whatever the reason, the first thing to do is not to panic. There is plenty you can still do to prepare for an interview, even if it is only 24 hours away.

Contact the Person Who Invited You to the Interview

If you are running short of time, the first thing to do is contact someone from the company to confirm all of the details about your appointment. Make sure you know how to get to the office reception and confirm the dress code. Also, try to find out the name of the person who will be conducting your interview so that you can greet them by name when you arrive. Personal touches always help to give a positive impression.

While on the phone, you can also try to secure information about the company and the job being offered. Asking a few questions about the role can help you prepare for the interview while making you look enthusiastic about the position. You should also ask for an emailed copy of the job description if this isn’t something you already have.

Search the Company Online

Remember that employers use interviews to see how well suited you are for their company. Qualifications can only get you so far, and they will be looking for people who will fit in with the other members of the team. Get online and see what you can find out about the company and their work ethos.

There are a few basic facts you should know, such as the focus of the company, what their stature is either locally or globally, and what the core principles are. You should be tailoring what you say to match the company ethos, so the more you can find out, the better.

Check out Forums to get a More Personal Insight

Another good tip is to search through online forums and reviews. If you can find information from recent employees, you can gauge how the working day is likely to unfold. You may even get lucky and find a few posts about someone’s recent interview.

Social media is also great for this purpose. Searching the company name on Twitter and Facebook can give you an insight that you will struggle to acquire elsewhere. Remember, as much as you might want to get the job, you also need a happy working life, so it is crucial to look out for warning signs.

Focus on Your Skills

Once you’ve found out everything you can about the company, it is time to focus on yourself. Make a list of your skills, and try to highlight the ones that you think will be most relevant to the role. Use what you know about the company to decide what they will want to hear, rather than focusing on what you want to say.

Try to think of a few examples from your career so you can demonstrate your abilities during the interview. Companies want to know that you are true to your word, and will expect you to give evidence of your skills.

Get Everything Ready the Night Before

Finally, after a hard day researching and preparing, you should get everything ready the night before. Take out the outfit you are going to wear, make sure you have any documentation you might need, and put your keys somewhere that you won’t forget. Print several clean copies of your resume in case you meet with multiple interviewers.

You want interview day to be as calm as possible, to allow time to compose yourself and run on schedule.

If you have found yourself short of time to prepare for an interview, then there is no need to panic. Sure, it is better to have as much time as possible to do all of your research, but you can still give an excellent impression with just 24 hours notice. Remember, an interview is about assessing how your personality will fit in with the group. Focus on making yourself desirable to the company’s ethics, and you stand a high chance of landing the job.

 

Job Search Survival Workshop Sept. 16 & 17, 2019

LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT UNIVERSITY 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’ University Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, September 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in Meeting Room 2 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The series will continue on Tuesday, September 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.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the University Branch Library (281-633-5100) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

 

Resume Writing Workshop, Aug. 13, 2019

GET HELP CREATING A RESUMÉ AT LIBRARY PROGRAM

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time or updating an existing one can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Tuesday, August 13, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview Drive 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 template and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

For help in updating an existing resumé, please bring a copy to the class.

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.