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Job Interview? It’s Showtime!

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Guest blog post by Kirk Kuhn, author of Time On Target--Launch Your Life Like a Titan II ICBM and STEADCONSULTANTS CEO. © 2017 by Kirk Kuhn. Written exclusively for Career Action Resources Blog.  We’re in the fat times now for the job seeker. The current labor market is starving for employees, and some companies will hire anything that breathes. It might take a minute, but it won’t last, because I promise you lean times follow fat times, and the economy will tank.  So as a seasoned and ruthless job interviewer, I want to lay out some thoughts for you. A well-known fact of job search is it’s an art and a science. What isn’t so... Read more →
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Helping Job Seekers Help Themselves

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Although your services can guide job hunters and the unemployed, you can't job search for them. Offer the following tips to help job seekers help themselves:Be proactive in your job search. Don't apply for job after job online. Don't sit around waiting for employers to call. Target the jobs you want and try to make a personal contact with organizations, either through networking or by reaching out to employers--even if no jobs are advertised.Stay involved and motivated. If you are unemployed, spend as much time as possible in your job hunt. Try to maintain a positive attitude. Expect rejection--it is part of the job search process. Don't take rejection personally, and keep... Read more →
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Career Action Resources Part of Key Workforce Development Events

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Two big workforce development events are happening this fall, and Career Action Resources will be part of them:We will be sending 600 samples of our Your Employment Search (YES) guide for all attendees of the AlabamaWorks 2017 Workforce Conference, Sept. 12-13, 2017, in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.We are shipping 850 samples of our Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner, Second Edition, for all attendees of the Florida Workforce Professional Development Summit, Oct. 23-25, 2017, in Orlando. We regularly ship samples of our best-practice career/job search planners—LEAP and YES—to workforce and career services events across the U.S. These samples are not catalogs or abbreviated versions of our products. Our samples are full products, so... Read more →
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USDOL Publishes Extensive Guidance on PY 2017 Program Allotments

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently released the program allotments for Program Year (PY) 2017 for Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Activities under WIOA. In addition, USDOL published the final allotments for PY 2017 for the Wagner-Peyser ES Program.  You can read the entire and extensive USDOL Guidance Letter here.... Read more →
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How Our Assessment/Guide, Your Employment Search (YES), Works

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In four steps, Your Employment Search (YES) helps individuals assess their job-search methods and motivation, evaluate where they need the most improvement, learn effective job-hunt skills, and create their employment/reemployment strategy. YES is an all-in-one self-assessment, planner, and motivational/guidance tool. It features an easy-to-use foldout design. It is used across the USA with the unemployed and job seekers in many programs and settings, including those under WIOA. Here is a brief summary of each step in YES: Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement about their job search and circle the response that best matches how true the statement is for them. Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily tally their... Read more →
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USDOL Issues New Required Rapid Response Activities

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A successful Rapid Response system must include informational and direct reemployment services for workers," states recently issued U.S. Department of Labor guidance. The USDOL letter explains, "Rapid Response practitioners will notice that the regulations for Rapid Response under WIOA have significantly increased the amount and types of required activities." Among the required Rapid Response activities to be carried out by state and local Rapid Response operators are services designed to assist dislocated workers, including the following:Information on the impacts of layoff on health coverage and other benefitsInformation on and referral to career servicesReemployment-focused workshops and classes, use of worker transition centers, and other services Learn more about required Rapid Response strategies in Training and Employment Guidance Letter... Read more →
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Best-Practice Workforce Tools Made in USA

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Looking for proven workforce development tools that comply with the “Buy American” executive order? Career Action Resources, LLC, is a workforce materials publisher with nearly 20 years of experience in the career services and workforce development fields. All of our guides, including the best-selling Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES), are completely created, designed, and printed in the United States. Our materials are made by and for Americans. Our professional career resource editors incorporated feedback from the nation’s job seekers, dislocated workers, and workforce development professionals when producing LEAP and YES. LEAP, in particular, is considered a best practice in the public workforce development system, according to a report for the U.S.... Read more →
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New USDOL Secretary: "We Have a Lot of Work to Do"

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R. Alexander Acosta has been sworn in as the 27th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. After being sworn in, Secretary Acosta made the following remarks: "I want to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the members of the Senate for the privilege of serving as Secretary of Labor. "I want to thank my wife, Jan. Her unyielding support and her heartfelt love means the world to me...My daughters Delia and Rosalia are amazing...When President Trump nominated me, I had to sit down and explain to them that we were, if confirmed, moving to Washington, and they wanted to know why.  "And so I sort of took a pause and I tried to explain what... Read more →
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2017 WIOA Convenings Program Available

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Here is the program for the three 2017 National WIOA Convenings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor for state and local workforce development system professionals.  The events are offering “nearly identical content” on the following dates:April 18-20 in DallasMay 8-10 in San DiegoMay 23-25 in Washington, DC Registration for all convenings has closed, but you can follow the convenings with Twitter hashtags: Dallas--#WIOADallas, San Diego--#WIOASD, and Washington, DC--#WIOADC. Please join Career Action Resources, LLC, on Twitter in following these events. Our Twitter handle is @CareerAction. Career Action Resources, LLC, is the creator of best-practice tools, Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES). Workforce development professionals who... Read more →
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Not Attending USDOL WIOA Convenings? Follow on Twitter with Hashtags #WIOADallas, #WIOASD, #WIOADC

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The U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with Education and Health and Human Services partners, is hosting three 2017 national convenings for state and local workforce development system professionals. According to the USDOL, the “convenings will continue to support Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the system.” The events will offer “nearly identical content” and be held on the West Coast, on the East Coast, and in the Midwest, as follows:April 18-20 in DallasMay 8-10 in San DiegoMay 23-25 in Washington, DC According to the USDOL, “attendees at these 2017 national convenings will walk away with a thorough understanding thatThe regulations... Read more →
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