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Job and Career Center March 2013
Houston Business Resources
Discover free services offered by the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), SCORE ("Counselors to America's Small Business"), and the Houston Public Library. Topics covered include permitting and licensing requirements for starting and running a business, the importance of a business plan, and how to access free and low cost technical and management assistance in Houston.

Workforce Solutions Counselors are available for one-on-one job search assistance at Central Library and Ring Neighborhood Library!
Mondays | 2 PM - 4 PM
Tuesdays | 2 PM - 4 PM
Wednesdays | 10 AM- 12 PM
Thursdays | 10 AM- 12 PM
Ring Neighborhood Library
Tuesdays | 1 PM - 4 PM
Fridays | 1 PM - 4 PM

Open Job Skills Labs
Complete a job application, work on a resume or prepare for an interview in a relaxed setting. Staff is available for one-on-one help if you need it.
Workforce Solutions Job Search Seminars @ Central Library
You may have the skills the employer is looking for and never get to the interview if your resume does not highlight those skills.  Develop a professional resume that will match your skills and experience to the job and employer you are looking for.  Most employers will ask you to complete an employment application, even if you have a great resume.  Learn how to complete an application for employment thoroughly, accurately, and neatly.
Tuesday, March 5 10:00-11:30am 
Thursday, March 14th 2:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, March 19th 10:00-11:30am
Thursday, March 28th 2:00-3:30pm 
Get advice on effective interviewing techniques, respond appropriately to common interview questions, and negotiate salary and benefits for your new job.  The Interview is where jobs are won or lost.  Ensure that your chances of getting the job offer are high!
Thursday, March 7th 2:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, March 26th 10:00-11:30am
Over 80% of job applicants can’t describe their skills! Can you?  This seminar will help you determine your marketable skills, learn to effectively communicate your skills and identify your employment priorities.  What is your plan to find your next job?  Are you getting the results you want?  This seminar will help you identify effective ways to look for a job, create a daily job search schedule, and develop goals for your job search.
Tuesday March 12th 10:00-11:30am
Networking is not limited to who you know, it’s learning how to find out about jobs that are not advertised and how to get your foot in the door.  Learn to develop a list of contacts that can help you and create a marketing profile to promote your skills and abilities.
Thursday, March 21st 2:00-3:30pm 
500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002
These workshops are free and open to the public.  Walk-ins are welcome.  For more information about Workforce Solutions, please visit wrksolutions.com

New Job and Career books
The 2-hour job search : using technology to get the right job faster - Steve Dalton
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/06/2012
Share The 2-hour job search %3a  using technology to get the right job faster ISBN-13: 9781607741701
ISBN-10: 1607741709
Outlines a systematic, tech-savvy and jargon-free formula for securing interviews with potential employers, explaining how to navigate Internet resources while rapidly creating a job-search system based on mainstream technologies. Original.
100 conversations for career success : learn to tweet, cold call, and network your way to your dream job - Laura M. Labovich and Miriam Salpeter
Publisher: LearningExpress
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/16/2012
Share 100 conversations for career success %3a  learn to tweet, cold call, and network your way to your dream job ISBN-13: 9781576859056
ISBN-10: 1576859053
"Master What to Say and How to Say It During Your Job Search."  Laura M. Labovich, founder of The Career Strategy Group, is an in-demand job-search makeover coach, engaging speaker, and award-winning rsum writer who empowers job seekers nationwide. Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers and author of Social Networking for Career Success, is a sought-after speaker, writer, and coach who inspires job hunters and entrepreneurs to accomplish their career goals.  
Job hunting after 50 - Carol A. Silvis
Publisher: Course Technology/Cengage Learning
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/07/2011
Share Job hunting after 50 ISBN-13: 9781435459090
ISBN-10: 1435459091
"The good news is that companies do hire mature workers. The bad news is that many baby boomer job seekers do not know how to carry out a modern job search or present themselves to employers in the way that best represents their background. Ineffective resumes, job searches, and interviews can derail anyone's job search, but they can completely shut out the mature job applicant. 'Job Hunting After 50' will prepare you with a plan of action to carry out an effective job search to get the job you want. It covers self-assessment of skills and qualifications, preparing a resume for today's market, dressing with style, using technology to find a job, identifying common mistakes made b job seekers over 50 and how to avoid them, and interviewing skills. Emphasis is placed on updating skills, improving energy level and attitude, and determining where the best jobs are for this age group" --Cover, p. 4.
Cracking the hidden job market : how to find opportunity in any economy - Donald Asher
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/28/2010
Share Cracking the hidden job market %3a  how to find opportunity in any economy ISBN-13: 9781580084949
ISBN-10: 158008494X
Counsels job-seekers of all ages and levels of experience on how to craft a focused and successful job-searching strategy, challenging conventional beliefs on such topics as the opportunities of the present economy and the benefits of contingent jobs. By the author of Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't, and Why. Original.
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