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If you are newly unemployed, DO NOT PANIC! Trust me! I have been there.
You need to focus on finding yourself a new career or position in your existing field of expertise. This process may take some time, but your success depends on your ability to adapt and learn what it will take to get your next job. Here is the link to the State of Texas website to direct you through claiming your unemployment.
At one time or another, we have all been “between jobs”. Almost 18 years ago, I found myself unemployed from October to March of the following year. I have found the best way to deal with this situation is a strong, head first plunge into knowledge and instruction to make myself more marketable and aware of the current trends of the job market.
Regardless of the type of position you are looking for, you must have a professional appearance, an effective resume and up-to-date interviewing skills. Without these “arrows” in your quiver, you are going to “battle” ill prepared.
There are several articles on this site to assist you in these areas. My personal recommendation is to read everything you can, prepare your resume, show it to your friends and family, and ask for their feedback. Then, if you have the resources, hire a career coach, even if it is just to review your resume and presentation.
I also recommend a book written by my friend Rick Gillis, it is a straight forward, idea filled manual for marketing yourself into today’s technology age. It is worth every penny.
Additionally, network within your area of influence and let everyone know you are looking for a job. Email has become a fantastic tool to allow you to contact just about anyone with your resume attached. Be sure to make a good cover letter as well.
Remember to post your resume on this site and use the Job Search agents to notify you by email when new jobs are posted on our site that match your settings.
Also, BEWARE: DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS OR CHECKING/BANKING INFORMATION TO ANYONE! THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS RUNNING SCAMS IN THE JOB POSTING NETWORKS ADVERTISING “WORK AT HOME – ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE” POSITIONS. THIS SHOULD BE A RED LIGHT TO YOU! THEY WANT YOU TO DEPOSIT CHECKS FROM OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND THEN MAIL OFF A PERSONAL CHECK TO SOMEONE HERE IN THE STATES. DO NOT FALL INTO THIS SCAM. THEIR GOAL IS TO GET YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION AND THEN REMOVE ALL YOUR MONEY!
I wish you the best and hope you will find a meaningful career in the very near future!
Submit all questions to: Steven@houstonjobs.com Please do not send me your resume. Rather, post it on HoustonJOBS.com so all the employers can search it. Remember, we are not an employment agency. Thanks!
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