Haven’t Looked For A Job In Years? Here’s What Has Changed And How To Succeed
Recognizing that the job search process has changed is the first step. Here are a few key things you need to know about.
By Robin Ryan Posted 10-21-2020
Resume Quiz To See If Employers Will Respond To Your Resume
Writing a persuasive resume is challenging for most people. Yet, a top-quality resume that effectively sells your skills and accomplishments to an employer is essential to your success. Is yours good enough to grab a recruiter’s attention? As a result of the COVID-19 recession, many employers are being flooded with resumes that will likely never get through the Applicant Tracking System so no HR person or recruiter will ever physically see it. I have created this quiz, based on dozens of hiring surveys, hundreds of employer interviews, and nearly 30 years of resume writing experience. It doesn’t matter what generation you are from, I’ve worked with Baby Boomers, Gen Z every age in between to create eye-catching resumes that landed jobs.
By Robin Ryan Posted 08-10-2020
Easter Seals and Supporters Raise Unprecedented Funds in Uncertain Times
The unknowns were mounting as the Easter Seals Greater Houston team realized there was no way to safely conduct their most important fundraiser of the year in the face of COVID-19. Year after year, Walk With Me Houston has grown into a beloved community event where thousands of clients, families, supporters and staff join together to walk (or roll) through the Houston Zoo. This inclusive day makes life-changing programs and services for over 12,500 Veterans, children, and adults with disabilities and their families possible. In a year where the economy had dropped and disability supports had waned from other sources, the non-profit organization could not afford to fail. Too many premature infants, toddlers with Down syndrome, teens with cerebral palsy, military-connected families needing mental health resources, and seniors depended on them to pull out a win. With faith in their community partners and clients, the event went online and Walk With Me Virtually was born.
By Easter Seals Posted 07-16-2020
Tapping into the Power of Creative Thinking during COVID-19
The arrival of the coronavirus or COVID-19, has ushered in unprecedented change on a global scale. Most of us are experiencing a wide range of emotions from anger and confusion to sadness and unexpected gratitude during this time. The emotions we’re feeling are all valid and unique to our particular situation.This pandemic has everyone from employees and CEOs, parents and school teachers, to world leaders and ordinary citizens being forced to "get creative" as we deal with this crisis. None of us are immune from the concept of change.
By Regina Jingles Posted 04-13-2020
Tattoos in the Workplace: Are They Acceptable Yet?
You were 18 years old and that brand new skull-and-crossbones forearm tattoo looked great. Fast-forward ten years, you've received a degree and you're looking for a respectable, good-paying job. Will that skull-and-crossbones tattoo be the bane of your job search? Well, it all depends.
By Lindsey Jenkins Posted 10-11-2019
5 Mistakes That Slow Down a Career Change
The way beliefs drive behavior is quite amazing - especially when you realize that beliefs are often nothing more than thoughts we have so frequently that their status becomes elevated. Beliefs are not necessarily more true than other thoughts we have, but as they become ingrained, they start to influence us. Soon we stop questioning these thoughts and act on them without much further consideration. A lot of personal development boils down to noticing how you act on the beliefs you have established and your ability for honest self-awareness. When you develop these two components, you then create the power to fuel personal change.
By Michelle Perkins Posted 10-04-2019
How to Close an Interview to Land the Job
"How do you end an interview?” asked Ken, a Baby Boomer. “Should I be bold and just say hire me, no one is better? Will I sound too cocky or demanding and lose the job?”
By Robin Ryan Bestselling Author of 60 Seconds & You’re Hired Posted 09-27-2019
How Your High Schooler Can Save for College (Even During the School Year!)
So, your kids are in high school. Honestly, you’re already crushing it as a parent, especially if you still have your sanity! Before you celebrate too hard, though, there’s one more thing to think about—college.
By Anthony ONeal Posted 08-30-2019
Here’s why you need a will, and how to get one
We all want to do nice things for our loved ones. We go on family trips and celebrate life's wins together. It's sometimes difficult for us to consider the bad things that can happen in life, but we still have to be prepared. That's why having a will is so important!
By Chris Hogan Posted 08-23-2019
Career Coaching with Ken Coleman - The Proximity Principle
Going after your dream, or “living the dream,” is more about reality than the dream. I prefer the phrase “realize the dream.” It means you understand you must take small steps and create a plan in order to make your dream a reality. Most people don’t quit once they have a plan in place, because it provides a detailed road map to your destination.
By Ken Coleman Posted 08-16-2019
CV Writing: How It Works, Backwards!
Let me as a Recruiter and Professional CV Writer take you through that route, and how you can create a compelling - and hence job getting - Professional CV.
By Ian R McAllister Posted 08-12-2019
Is Disclosure Right For Me? Insight from Resource Partnership Job Seekers
The topic of disclosure can be tricky to navigate. You can read article after article on this topic and still feel that you are not 100% sure of whether or not to disclose your disability to an employer. This article provides an insider's perspective of this decision-making process taken from the point of view of several job seekers who have worked with Resource Partnership to obtain employment.
By Jennifer Seamans Posted 08-09-2019
How To Write A Resume To Get Through The Applicant Tracking System So Employers Find You
Jeff was a Baby Boomer executive who wrote to me to discuss his frustration that his résumé wasn’t getting any results. He was a C-level executive, and he knew he was doing something wrong. Jeff wanted some help in writing a more effective résumé. When I glanced at it, I quickly saw many problems and knew he wasn’t getting through the applicant tracking systems (ATS). Jeff was making some big mistakes that many other professionals and executives make.
By Robin Ryan Posted 08-02-2019
From "No Way" to "My Way" - Boomers Take a Fresh Look at Working in Retirement
Many retiring Boomers consider working after retirement to be a very bad alternative. Perhaps you number yourself among them. And you have your reasons. For one thing, you have worked for multiple decades, always with the dream ahead of a retirement that is free from work. Given the pace of your life... the business trips that have kept you away from your family... the late-night paperwork... the continuous upheavals of office politics... and all those other ups and downs, successes and stresses... you can only hope that you will make it through to the promised land of leaving all this behind. What sounds appealing is the idea of what you will NOT be doing. Ever again. Forever.
By Carolee Duckworth Posted 07-29-2019
Houston & Opportunities Offshore
As of March 2019 there were 1,016 active rigs off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Oil production from US federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico reached an all-time annual high of 1.65 million barrels per day in 2017.According to the Energy Information Administration, "Gulf of Mexico federal offshore oil production accounts for 17% of total U.S. crude oil production and federal offshore natural gas production in the Gulf accounts for 5% of total U.S. dry production." But what kind of positions are available on an oil rig?
By Iris Galloway Posted 06-20-2019
What Salary Should I Ask For?
Salary negotiations often freaks people out. Linda, 57, is a program manager who called to say, “I can’t do it! Robin, I’m terrified of trying to negotiate for the salary offer. What if they rescind the offer?” I haven’t heard of that especially when it is so hard to find good, talented people these days. Yet, it took a great deal of coaching to reassure this Baby Boomer that she had nothing to lose if she followed the strategies I laid out in our consulting session. She did and was astonished that they conceded quickly and she’s making $8,000 more than they originally offered and also has an extra week of vacation, too.
By Robin Ryan Posted 06-10-2019
How new technologies have changed the Hiring Process.
Technology has radically changed our day-to-day life over the last few decades. Job seekers have new tools and new challenges as they navigate the job market. Video interviewing, interview scheduling software, and the internet have helped organize the process of hiring new candidates. This has saved precious time and money for hiring managers. Here are some of the more subtle ways the job search has changed over time.
By Iris Galloway Posted 06-07-2019
Photos from the Woodlands Church Job Fair - May 23, 2019
The Woodlands Church Job Fair is an annual event that brings employers and job seekers together for the benefit of all. JobSparx is proud to be a media sponsor and attendant every year.
By Iris Galloway Posted 05-28-2019
HR Symposium - 2019
The JobSparx team was excited to attend the 2019 HR Symposium and connect with hundreds of HR departments from all over the Houston area.
By Iris Galloway Posted 05-20-2019
Qualities of a Great Sous Chef
Chef is a term that has taken on a new meaning recently in the hospitality world. If you know how to cook you now are referred to as "chef". Well let's look at what a chef is and what he/she does. The Qualities of a Great Sous Chef would require knowledge of all of the stations in a kitchen and the responsibilities of each of those stations and the Chefs that operate and manage those areas of the kitchen.
By By Monty Austin Posted 04-22-2019
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