Texas Can Academies is offering free mental health counseling to students about any issues, including job loss, loss of social connection or illness in the family. I hope you or someone in your family can utilize this resource to take care of mental health during this uncertain time. We're thinking about you!
With many people changing jobs and potentially industries, I wanted to share some lessons I've learned over the years with changing jobs or companies.
1) Do some research online and ask other people you might know in that field or company what to expect. The #jobcase community is a great place to ask too!
2) Acknowledge you will make a mistake, remember no one is perfect their first day at any job.
3) Ask questions and don't be afraid take notes if it will help you become better at the job.
While you are looking for a job don't forget that you have an opportunity to use this time to pick up highly valuable training certifications. "Up-skilled" workers qualify for higher wages and growth opportunities. Specialized training certifications – like welding – or exposure to industries through internships or apprenticeships can help get workers "up-skilled."
For anyone living in Upstate SC check out these programs: Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System, provides employers with consultation services to set up paid apprenticeship programs for high school and college students as well as adults. Many Greenville-area companies like Michelin, ReWa and Charter Communications offer apprenticeships.
LaunchGVL is a partnership between the chamber and Greenville County School District. It places high school juniors and seniors in paid internships with local companies. Students can find internships in communications, manufacturing, business and more.
Workforce Pathway Grants are state-funded scholarships for workers to take continuing education courses. Greenville Technical College offers courses in manufacturing, environmental safety, healthcare and quality management.
Hello, I've scored a 99% on my exam, and a few days later my status moved to pre hire list. I haven't received anything for a DT& background check. Is this normal? Thank you!
Guild Education has partnered with Southern New Hampshire University + Penn Foster to provide free online training for frontline employees. The training focuses on how workers can stay safe physically, emotionally, and financially in these difficult times.
All of the linked materials are available to the public - share with your network!
How do you gain job knowledge quickly? In our microwave world of expectations, many of us lack the patience needed to really develop into a seasoned resource in our profession. We want to snap our fingers and become an instantaneous on-the-job “know-it-all.”
The truth is that there is no substitute for hard work. Whether you take the traditional route of working your way up the career ladder over several years, or you engage in job knowledge acceleration, hard work and commitment will be your key to success.
If you still want to bite that bullet and take the short cut to job knowledge acquisition, here are some ideas for achieving your goal. One way is to ask a higher level person to be your mentor and let you shadow them on the job; another way is to become certified; or you can risk it all by taking on projects that you have no previous experience in. As you might imagine, there are pros and cons to each option.
Having an on-the-job mentor can prove very successful, especially if you are paired with a seasoned professional who is committed to facilitating your success. I’m not talking about a “work buddy.” A work buddy is typically on the same level professionally as you are. They give you insight into the organization’s culture like the unspoken rules or the workplace. They show you where the restrooms, supply room, lunch spots, etc. are. A mentor is a professional who is at least a couple of levels above your current level…someone from whom you gain inspiration and you aspire to be like in short order. Ideally, they’re willing to share what they know about the business with you. Understand, though that some people who worked their way up the career the traditional way may not embrace your shortcut to success and may not want to be your mentor.
Hiring managers in some industries or career fields hold professional certifications in high esteem. So much so that they may be willing to hire someone with the right professional certification over someone who holds a four-year degree. With that in mind, even if you already have a degree, you might consider pursuing your certification before grad school.
Taking on projects is a sure-fire way to get great in-depth exposure to the ins/outs of focused areas of your career field. It also puts you front-and-center and shows your employer that you’re ready for bigger roles. By leading projects you learn quickly and often by trial and error, or as I call it, “Trial by Fire,” which you will not quickly forget. This approach can make or break your career. The main cons to this method of gaining job knowledge are that you could find yourself in over your head; and if you fail, you risk loosing your superiors’ confidence in your ability to get the job done. Oh, but if you succeed, it will be so sweet because you will build credibility and the increased confidence of your superiors and you will be trusted with future projects.
So as always, “Career Search Success to You, Go Get Your New Job.” “Career Success to You.”
Many of us are staying home for the next few weeks due to the #Coronavirus craziness that is going on. If you're anything like me, just the THOUGHT of having to stay home for two weeks makes your eye twitch! There's only so many times I can deep clean my 800 sq foot apartment...
SO! This is a great opportunity to improve or learn some of those resume-boosting skills you've always wanted to. You can take courses in:
The list is endless!! Just do a quick Google search and I'm sure you'll find a super cool course you can take :)
Don't forget that the North Carolina Department of Commerce valuable resources for connecting residents with the tools to prepare for and find employment opportunities. Make training part of your #jobsearch process!