When you think about “poor people,” what images come to mind?
For the many middle class Americans, most of what we know about people living in poverty comes from the media — fictional TV shows and over-sensationalized news stories.
But what do you REALLY know about the financial, social and emotional realities of living in poverty in the United States?
Take this quiz, adapted from research by Dr. Donna Beegle, Communications Across Barriers, to gauge your poverty awareness. Continue reading
Summer is a good time to prepare for or start a job search.
Use a few hours each week to:
- think about the job your want
- research employers
- update your resume
- reconnect with network contacts
- practice interview skills
- learn a new work skill
- enroll in an accredited job training or college program
If you do one or two things a week, within a few months you will be confident and ready to make your next career move.
Everyone needs support when looking for work or advancing in their career. For free assistance and resources, go to your local American Job Center, One-Stop or WorkForce Center.
Services at America’s Job Centers vary, but often include free and low cost:
- Computers with Internet access and free printing
- Current local job listings
- Hiring events
- Job training services
- Unemployment insurance information
- Labor market information
- Employment workshops
- Supportive services (SNAP, financial assistance, Medicaid, child care, emergency funds, and other benefits)
- Referrals to community resources and other agencies
More about American Job Centers.
Public libraries often have free workshops to help job seekers and small business owners. Click here to find your local library. Check the library’s website for their schedule of job seeker events.
Also from DeniseMpls:
You have the skills to do the job. So how does a business owner or hiring manager decide if you are the right person for the job?
Many employers say soft skills – including your attitude — matter more than technical skills when filling entry-level positions.
While Twitter will start deleting accounts after six months of inactivity, most other social networks won’t touch your profile unless specifically asked by a family member or an agent of law enforcement.
The Muse recently posted 9 Must-Dos for Your Career and Life This Spring.
This round-up of other blog posts includes tips from some of my favorite sites, including Marcand Angel Hack Life and Lifehacker.
I especially like tip #8. Picking up a new skill for work or for fun is a short-term investment of your time that can benefit you for many years to come.
Read 9 Must-Dos for Your Career and Life This Spring now.