Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year's Resolutions Usually Fail - Yours Don't Have To | Forbes

Setting year-long goals are ineffective, say BestSelf Co. cofounders Allen Brouwer and Cathryn Levery. Instead, try these goal-setting tricks that will help you stick to your New Year's resolution.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Job Search Tips: How to Follow Up on Job Applications

Following up is a critical step that often gets overlooked. You're probably competing with several other job seekers for the same job and employers tell us that following up is a great way to stand out and get noticed.

There are three common ways to follow up: email, phone and in person.

1. Following up through email

Email is probably the least scary way to follow up on a job application because you don't actually have to talk to the hiring manager. But that comes with a couple of drawbacks, including not actually getting to talk to the hiring manager.

Your email can and should be short. You don't want to repeat the same stuff that you put into your application or cover letter. And remember to review your follow-up email before you send it out. Treat it just like you would a resume or cover letter, and even have a friend look over it for any mistakes.

2. Following up by calling

If you're going to follow up over the phone, make sure you practice what to say beforehand. You really don't want to be caught hanging up as soon as they answer.

And only follow up during non-peak business hours (this goes for following up in person, too!). For restaurants this means between 2 - 4 p.m., and for retail this means after 4 p.m. on weekdays. A little piece of advice, even though you're on the phone, don't forget to smile. Hiring managers can tell if you're happy or grumpy.

3. Following up in person

Following up in person is a great way to get noticed but if you don't do it the right way, you can stand out for all the wrong reasons.

One of the most important things we can tell you is to dress professionally as you would for an interview. We actually talked to one of our members, Patrick, on our blog who told us that he used to work for a hotel and when people would come in to drop off an application or to follow up, he had to write on their application what they were wearing and how they presented themselves. You never know when you'll be asked to interview. It could be right on the spot and you don't want to be left unprepared so bring along a resume too.

Following up can be scary. Trust me, I know. But it's a great way to set you apart from the competition.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

How to Overcome Shyness and Build Self Esteem

You might think it’s odd that someone like me who’s been teaching success principles and self-esteem building methods for over 40 years could be shy, but I am – in many situations. Here's how to you, too, can overcome shyness and build your self-esteem.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Body Language in an Interview - 3 Tips

In this video, I'm talking about body language in an interview and how to demonstrate good interview body language. Your body language during interview is important because it consists of your energy, the vibe that you portray in front of others. The body language for interview involves keeping in mind 3 things:

1. Interviewers want to feel at ease
2. You're the expert, so be the expert
3. Be present every second you're there in the interview

Friday, December 15, 2017

Roll Call: Top 10 Jobs for College Students

We’ve done our homework and found the 10 most popular jobs for college students. Take a look and see which job best fits your personality!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7 Easy Side Jobs to Help You Make More Money

Many of us would enjoy having a little extra spending money in their bank account. But if you have a stable job earning a salary, opportunities to increase your income can seem few and far between. Brian Tracy shares a few ways that you can start a side business to earn extra money to save or spend.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Polar Bear Oreos Recipe

Polar Bear Oreos Shopping List:

1 package of Double-Stuffed Oreos
1 box of M&M’s
2 bags of Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
1 package of small edible eyes
1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper

How to make Polar Bear Oreos:

Using a double boiler, melt one bag of the white chocolate. Adults should do this step (Note: You can also melt in a microwave safe bowl, but only heat for 20 sec at a time, stirring in between. Handle bowl carefully as it may be hot).

Gently pull apart the Oreos, making sure that the cream stays on one half of the cookie.

Lightly press two yellow M&M’s into the cream, so that half of each M&M sticks out of the cookie. These will be the “ears,” so you want to place them at what will be the top of your Polar Bear cookies, about one finger width apart.

Place the other half of the Oreo cookie back on top and slowly dip the top half into the melted chocolate.

Lightly shake the cookie to get excess chocolate off and place onto the cookie sheet.

Place cookies into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden before continuing.

Place the Oreo cookie into the melted chocolate, using a fork lightly flip the Oreo cookie so that both sides get coated.

Lightly tap the side of the pot to get excess chocolate off place Oreo onto the cookie sheet and repeat step with remaining cookies

Place a non-melted white chocolate wafer onto the lower part of the cookie to make the nose. Then, put a dab of melted white chocolate onto the letter side of a blue M&M and press onto the white chocolate wafer.

Use melted white chocolate to attach two eyes to the cookie, above the nose.

Allow cookies to dry for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Job Search Tips: How to Find a Holiday Job

Every year Snagajob surveys employers hiring for the season to find out what you need to know to get hired fast. In fact, 90% of employers will be hiring for the holidays AND 86% of them hope to keep some employees on after the season ends! Happy dance.

Here are 5 tips to find your holiday job.

Start your search today

I know what you’re thinking, “KIM! It’s still warm outside. Why would I be applying for holiday jobs now?”

Good point. But 55% of seasonal jobs will be filled by October. So, the earlier you start searching, the more job openings there will be. Even if you can’t start until the season kicks off, employers want to have their team in place and ready for the rush.

Think about how nice it will be to sit back and relax knowing you’ve been hired while your friends who waited until the last minute rush around to find anyone hiring.

2) Check out different industries

When you think about seasonal jobs, you might just be thinking about retail places. Don’t do that! Think about it. The more people are out shopping, the more they’re also at restaurants. And the hospitality industry really picks up as well during the holidays.

So why you should definitely be looking at retail stores you’d like to work at, also think about restaurants and hotels and tourist destinations.

3) Follow up

If you’ve been watching our videos, you know you need to follow up on job applications. If you haven’t been watching our videos...prepare to follow up on your job applications.

Over 80 percent of employers tell us that they find it impressive when people follow up on their job applications.

It’s easy! Simply go to the business, ask for the hiring manager, tell them you applied and ask about the status of the position. Bonus points if you dress professionally.

This shows the employer that you are taking your job search seriously and would make a great hire.

4) Keep it positive

Now is not the time to be grumpy. Employers tell us that having a positive attitude is the number one thing they look for when hiring seasonal employees. This is especially important if you’ve never had a job before.

When you meet with your future employer, be sure to show them how well you’ll treat their customers. The holiday season can be a bit stressful and employers want to hire people who can smile through even the busiest times.

5) Keep an open schedule

I know it’s the holiday season and you might want to spend your nights and weekends hanging out with friends and family. BUT employers tell us that having a flexible schedule and being able to work for the full season is actually more important to them than having previous work experience.

If you know you can work the entire season and you know you can come in when needed, make sure you mention this to the employer while you’re following up or in a job interview. Chances are this will make you stand out as a rockstar employee.

Make sure you check out all of our videos for more insider tips and tricks to help you get hired!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tell Me About Yourself - A Good Answer to This Interview Question

In this video, I will teach you the tell me about yourself job interview answer so you can stand out in front of hiring managers and land more job offers.

You will learn how to answer the tell me about yourself question with ease by implementing 4 simple tried and true tips.

There are many possible interview answers tell me about yourself question, but I will show you a way that will always get the employers’ attention so that you can be hired!

Ground Rules to Know Before I Share the Tell Me About Yourself Answer Sample:

When they ask you to tell me about yourself in interview it is critical that you do not talk about your personal/family life but instead focus on your professional background and credentials.

Secondly, remember to tell a story. Not a life long story, but your professional work story consisting of your work experiences, qualifications and why you’re a good fit for this role.

4 Major Tips to Tell Me About Yourself Job Interview Answer include:

Tip # 1: Give a snapshot of your work history.
Tip #2: Make your mini stories achievement-oriented.
Tip #3. Tell the employer what you KNOW about this role.
Tip #4. Finally, tell the employer WHY you’re the RIGHT fit for what they need.

Watch the video and now you know how to approach THIS interview question, do you know if your resume is good enough to even land the interview in the first place?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How to Become More Productive

Have you ever wondered how to increase productivity? Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner, or just trying to be more productive on any given day, I have 5 tips to help you become an all around more productive person.

Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Get a Job With No Experience

In this video, I’ll show you how to get a job with no experience. It’s all about selling yourself in an interview. Finding a job with no experience means you need to develop your personal brand. So, how to find a job with no experience? The answer comes down to your personal brand. Your personal brand is comprised of:

1. Who you are
2. What you’re capable of
3. What makes you valuable

Once you know those things and can articulate them to employers, you’ll know how to get a job without experience. So if you’re looking for a job with no experience, this video is for you!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume | Regina Hartley

Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the "Scrapper" a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. "Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose," she says. "Hire the Scrapper."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to Make Interviewers See You as the Right “Fit” for the Job - 5 Tips

If you’re interviewing for a job, I’ll share with you insight on how to become the ideal candidate for this position and be the best candidate for the job in the eyes of the interviewers. Hiring managers have a preference when selecting the right candidate for the job. I share tips on how to be a strong candidate for this position and any position you interview for, so you can stand out and be the right candidate for the job.

I have 5 tips that explain what you need to keep in mind to be the best candidate for the job.

Tip #1: Understand their PAIN and how to solve it.
Tip #2: Show the right demeanour.
Tip #3: Tell stories.
Tip #4: Sell yourself.
Tip #5: Be confidently YOU.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

The most successful and wealthiest people all practice the habits I am about to share with you on a daily basis. Adding these daily success habits to your own routine will contribute greatly to your achievement.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to Improve Interview Skills - 4 Reasons Why You're Unsuccessful in Job Interviews

This video will teach you how to improve interview skills if you've been having unsuccessful job interviews. Job rejection is hard and I will tell you all the reasons why you failed job interviews and what's causing these interview fails. I'll give you interview help so you can avoid another failed interview.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

3 Tips to Crush Your Next Job Interview

Going on a job interview has to be one of the most nerve wrecking things you will do. Today, I'm going to give you 3 tips to crush your next job interview.

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to Deal With Criticism

Unsure on how to deal with criticism? No one is immune its effects.

It’s how we handle it that makes the difference.

It’s hard not to react negatively when we are criticised. It hurts!

Our instinctive reaction is to worry about being rejected by our tribes.

Criticism sends alarm signals to the brain that we might lose our place in our tribe. That our people won’t want us any more. We’re not good enough.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Dixon Job Fair is this Thursday, Nov 2nd!


The Dixon Job Fair 
Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 10AM - 2PM 

Dixon Medical Center 
125 N. Lincoln Street, Dixon, CA.

See the flyer below for more details, and please help spread the word to any interested job seekers!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

20 Quick Tips for Better Time Management

In this busy life, there is always a risk that we might lag behind. For overcoming such considerations, it is necessary to properly manage our time and conduct to achieve the maximum out of limited.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7 Body Language Tips to Impress at Your Next Job Interview

Have you been to a job interview recently, perfectly qualified for the job, answered all the questions well but still found yourself rejected? The answer could lie in your body language; here we look at the messages you’ve been sending out with your body language and how to tweak these to make sure you’re sending all the right signals, whether you are interviewing for a role in Microsoft Dynamics role, or any other industry.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Why Your Job Applications Are Getting Ignored. | Jean-Michel Gauthier

Too familiar with sending resumes and getting no response? Check this video out to see why your job applications are getting ignored and what you can do about it.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Check Us First for Solano Employer Services!

Owning a business is tough, and finding the right employees is a challenge faced by most employers. Count on the WIB to provide resources that will simplify your search for the right staff. Whether you have a few openings or hundreds, the WIB Business Services team is here to assist you with your needs!

Click here to learn more, or call our Employer Hotline for more information: (707) 863-3534.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Looking for a New Job? Avoid These Mistakes

Finding a new job is near the top of many people's new year's resolutions, but being properly prepared can make that goal come true. Career coach Roy Chen joins Lunch Break and outlines critical mistakes people make when setting out to find and interviewing for a new job. Photo: iStock

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Job Seekers - A Better Job. A Better Future…

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County offers programs and services to help you get back to work. Our services are available in a friendly and supportive environment.

Job Search Pathway
Do you need to energize or focus your job search? Tired of Job Searching with no results? We can help! Click here to learn more about our Job Search Pathway Sessions.

Career Training Connect
If you need career technical training to assist you in getting a job, you might qualify for WDB's Career Training Connect program. You may be eligible to receive skills upgrade training or training for a new career. Click here to learn more about our Career Training Connect program.

WDB Services for Job Seekers:

√ Targeted hirings with local employers
√ Individualized Job Placement and Job Search Assistance
√ Training Scholarship for a New Career
√ Job Readiness Training
√ On-the-Job Training
√ Follow up services once you have a job

"Get a Job" Workshops
Whether you are a job seeker looking for a new rewarding career or seeking to enhance your marketable skills, we have the right tools to help you get the job! Our workshops are designed to assist customers with the knowledge and skills they need to obtain employment.

For more information about the services offered at the WDB, please call (707) 863-3524.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Job Interview Tips - Job Interview Questions and Answers

If you've got a big job interview coming up, how do you prepare? Career consultant Maggie Mistal of Martha Stewart Living Radio has excellent advice for anybody looking to ace a job interview.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Solano WBD Regional Carreer Fair - TOMORROW - Thursday, October 5, 2017

The WDB Regional Career Fair is the largest career fair in Solano County!

The Workforce Development Board of Solano County is hosting a regional career fair on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Workforce Development Board, 320 Campus Lane in Fairfield CA.

54 regional employers are attending with hiring opportunities

Download the current list of employers here

Career Fair Tips: 

  • Arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to meet employer representatives. 
  • Come prepared with an ample supply of your up-to-date resume (no copy services available on-site) 
  • Dress professionally 
  • Be prepared for on-site interviews

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How to Ace an Interview: 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor

Learn how to prepare for your next interview with these 5 tips from career services advisor Linda Spencer.

Spencer discusses the following strategies in-depth so you can feel more confident throughout the interview process:

1. Do your research.
2. Practice your responses.
3. Make a good first impression.
4. Prepare for different types of interviews.
5. Determine next steps and follow through on them.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Regional Career Fair - Thursday, Oct 5th 2017 - 47 Employers!

The Workforce Development Board of Solano County is hosting a regional career fair on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Workforce Development Board, 320 Campus Lane in Fairfield CA.

47 regional employers are attending with hiring opportunities.

Download the current list of employers here.

Download the flyer for this event here.

Welcome To Our New Blog!

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County is a private, non-profit, federally funded agency that operates in partnership with Solano County.  Our mission is to apply our funding to improve the nation's workforce at the local level.  Through our partnership with the Solano Employment Connection, job seekers and employers have access to a full menu of services.

We will be sharing so much more with all who want to know very soon. Thank you for stopping by.