Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Want a No-Cost Education From Ivy League College?

Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                 Training Coordinator

Or maybe you just need a refresher course to get you up to speed on some of the changes in your field. Either way there are thousands of courses available to you online at no cost. Big name institutions like, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Johns Hopkins University, Yale and Harvard just to name a few offer classes online. All you need is an internet connection.

Click here to read the full article with the details.

Also, if you’re interested in finding a comprehensive listing of the schools offering online classes at no cost, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to www.onestops.com
  2. Click on the link to Employ Florida Marketplace
  3. Under the Job Seeker heading, click on the words Education and Training Resources
  4. Click on the words Online Learning Resources
  5. Scroll down to the Education section and choose the school in which you’re interested

Monday, August 27, 2012

The beauty of serendipity

By: Lori Mcmullin, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

Serendipity.  What an awesome word!  It means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise;” specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.

Most of us strive for goals we set for ourselves.  Maybe, it’s finding reemployment.  Perhaps, it’s becoming a better community-minded person or learning a new language.

Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to achieving these goals.  Maybe, there are times we need to quiet ourselves down to refocus and let life bring us some serendipity.  Here’s an interesting article I found on the subject:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to Write a Résumé That Will Get You Interviews

Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                 Training Coordinator

If you’re job searching the title of this blog probably got your attention. Your résumé should grab a potential employer’s attention that same way. Within 3 seconds of opening your résumé the reader should be able to see the value in hiring you.

 Read the article and then look over your résumé and determine where you can improve it. How can you make it a better marketing tool for your talents?
Click here for the article.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Not Sure Which Way To Go?

Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                  Training Coordinator

At this moment for the purposes of this article, why you’re unemployed or underemployed doesn’t matter. What does matter is you deciding where you want to go from here.

Do you want to go back to the kind of work you were doing? Are you bored with that and ready for something new but have no idea what you might do next? Or maybe your old job no longer exists and you have to find something different. Regardless, of the reason you’re looking for a new job, keep in mind that on average we spend more time at work than we spend with our families. So it makes sense that we enjoy our work.

With that in mind I encourage you to explore your work related interests by using the link below. The link will take you to the O’Net Online where you can explore six categories of interest. These six interest categories are about ‘Preferences for work environments and outcomes’.

Explore and learn about yourself. It could make your job search easier and more effective.
Click here to explore your work related interests.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Did you know a Floridian had a major influence on advancing the public relations profession?

By Lori McMullin, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

For those who’ve studied the public relations profession, it is known Austrian-American Edward Bernays (1891-1995) is considered the “father” of the field.  His 1923 book, “Crystallizing Public Opinion,” laid a foundation for public relations and is still relevant today.

Although Bernays holds such distinction, another man was instrumental in advancing the field in Florida.  In short, his efforts helped make Florida the tourist destination it now is.  His name was Col. John W. Dillin.

In 1938, Dillin was director of public relations for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.  One day, he decided to take matters into his own hands as it became apparent the emerging tourism industry needed more attention in terms of publicity.

The birth of the oldest public relations association in America took place in Tampa, thanks to the vision, intellect and discipline of Dillin. Founded in 1938, the Florida Public Relations Association was formed for one sole purpose: to help its members do their jobs better.

A statewide meeting at the Tampa Terrace Hotel was held in late 1938, where 45 attendees voted to form the Florida Association of Publicity Directors and elected Dillin as the first president.
From the beginning, Dillin never missed a meeting, except during the war. In World War II, he saw combat at Anzio Beachhead. Then, upon learning of his journalism and public relations background, top brass made him the public relations officer with the 57th Bomb Wing in Naples, Italy.
A creative thinker highly disciplined and deeply interested in those seriously pursuing public relations, he was extremely devoted to the concept of "reputation over image."
FPRA honors the spirit and dedication of its first president and founder, Col. John W. Dillin. He devoted a career of service to and support for FPRA, an organization he cherished for more than six decades.

-Source, FPRA Web site

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Relationship Building aka Networking

Posted by:   Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                   Training Coordinator

Most of us dread networking. However, it’s a vital part of any successful job search. Whether the job you’re looking for is salaried or pays hourly, networking will help you find your next job faster.  

Whether you’re a people person or not building networking relationships is something you need to do, if you plan on having a successful job search.

Click here to read an article that can help you understand networking and how to do it more effectively.