Sunday, December 30, 2018

Top Things to Help Plan Your 2019 Goals | Brian Tracy


The novelty of things like New Year’s resolutions are amusing approaches to setting goals. But the inherent problem is that this type of off-the-cuff goal setting doesn’t usually entail a tremendous amount of planning. That’s generally why the vast majority of resolutions are not actualized.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Top 3 Habits For Success


Success habit No. 1: Establish good relationships. "It's not just showing up with hat in hand thinking about what you can get from those relationships... It's about what you can give." — Simon T. Bailey

Monday, December 24, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

How to Be Resilient


When you’ve been knocked down, bounce back faster by confronting your true feelings. “By trying to push past or bury those negative emotions, we actually give them so much more power over ourselves.” - Anne Grady

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

7 Tips for Accepting Feedback


Far too many people never ask for feedback, and many avoid it at all costs. Why? Because they are afraid of what they’re going to hear. It’s easy to take negative feedback personally, and see it as a criticism of yourself as a person.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

How to Overcome Fear & Overwhelm


Fear and overwhelm are the biggest killers of productivity. The question, how do you interrupt this pattern before it destroys your focus?

Join bestselling author, Ben Angel for this powerful 12 part "60-Seconds to Unstoppable Series" today to uncover how fear and overwhelm corresponds with sympathetic nervous system activation and why it's critical to get this under control when you're working to tight deadlines.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

How to Deal with Rejection (From a Job)


In today’s video, I’m going to teach you 5 tips on how to deal with rejection, especially if you’ve been rejected from being offered a job or promotion at work and what you can take away from this experience to help your career moving forward. If you've been asking "how to deal with rejection", "how to get over rejection from a job interview", then this video is for you.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

5 Things You Need to Know About Becoming Successful


The road to success is filled with tough decisions, almost like an intense game of This or That. Will you wake up early to reach your goals or prioritize rest? Will you leave your job to pursue your passion or start a side hustle? It's all up to you, but before you decide, hear some great advice from Simon T. Bailey.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Body Language Do's & Don'ts


Are you giving off the wrong impression with your body language? This video can teach you about body language basics

Monday, December 3, 2018

How to Take Control of Your Future


“Most of us just react our way through life. We land somewhere, draw a bull’s eye around it and call it success. Whereas if we’re more strategic and deliberate about what we want to achieve, then we can [answer] those hard questions.” —Anne Grady

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How to Get Motivated


You’ve probably heard that you just need to get motivated. But what else influences your ability to stay motivated that we never talk about. Shockingly, food cravings!

Join bestselling author, Ben Angel for this powerful 12 part "60-Seconds to Unstoppable Series" today for surprising insights into peak performance based on neuroscience, psychology & biohacking.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!


“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
David Steindl-Rast

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

How to Land a Job


In today’s video, I’m going to walk through 7 steps on how to successfully land a new job, especially if you haven’t had to look for a new job for a while. If you haven’t been looking for a while or the last time you got your job was simply through a connection or being offered a job without having to search yourself, you might be feeling confused as to where to begin when it comes to finding a new job on your own. Well I can tell you that there are several things you need to prepare before you start sending your resume to hundreds of job applications. If you've been asking "how to land my dream job", "how to land a job", "how to get a job", then this video is for you!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

How to Find Joy


Speaker and author Simon T. Bailey shares some powerful inspiration on maintaining a joyous attitude.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Phone Interview Tips - How to Prepare for a Phone Interview


Today, we are talking about phone interviews and how to prepare for a phone interview. Some people find it very hard to know how to ace a phone interview, simply because they find them unpredictable. But preparing for a phone interview is actually quite simple if you understand the psychology and what the hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters are really looking for in the phone interview. Once you know those things, you’ll know how to answer in a phone interview. Today, I will be teaching you four key items that you need to know so you know what to expect in a phone interview. One of them is something you probably would NOT have guessed!

So specifically, I’m going to share with you what recruiters, HR and hiring managers are REALLY looking for when they do that initial phone interview before bringing you in, and how you can prepare for it better.

So if you’re someone who’s been getting phone interviews but not getting past that first round to an in-person, then you know there is definitely room for improvement.

You might think, I need to speak better be more clear and that is true, but there are other factors that you need to keep in mind so you can nail your next phone interview.

So, what are HR, hiring managers and recruiters looking for when they’re doing a phone interview with you? Here are 4 key items that interviewers are looking for in the phone interview that you need to keep in mind:

1. Energy and confidence
2. CLEAR, concise and articulate answers
3. Technical fit
4. Top-notch resume

Friday, November 9, 2018

Why Productive People Are Happier People | Brian Tracy


If life is getting you down, you may need to get busy. All-too-often people think that busyness is the cause of their stress, when in reality, being more productive may be the answer you’re looking for. Here are 6 reasons why the more productive you are, the happier you'll be.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

5 Things Highly Focused People Do


If you were to ask someone like Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, or Elon Musk why they have managed to create such incredible success in life, they would probably credit their achievements to one thing: their ability to FOCUS.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

JOB INTERVIEW Questions and Answers: What Are Your Strengths?


This week's job search tip is going to concentrate on the job interview question, "What are your strengths?" We're going to look at it from a couple different angles and give you some good examples and bad examples on how to answer this job interview question. That's coming up!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

6 Ways to Better Enjoy Your Career


Everyone dreams of having a highly successful career that they enjoy and that provides them with the lifestyle they desire. Far too many of us, though, end up settling short when it comes to our careers, working jobs we don't enjoy for less money.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

4 Distractions That Kill Productivity


One thing for certain is that we live in a world with no shortage of distractions. From technology that connects us to everything and everyone to the endless sources of entertainment all around us, life is full of distractions capable of derailing your progress each day.

Friday, October 19, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Job Interview Tips: Phone Interviews Tips


In this week's job search tip, we're going to discuss tips for different types of job interviews. Today we're going to give you some inside tips and tricks to help you nail your phone interview.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

3 Overlooked Success Hacks


Sometimes, when it comes to achieving success in both your professional and personal life, focusing on the most basic, simple priorities is the most beneficial thing that you can do. Giving your body and mind the things they need to excel leads to good results.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

PROGRAMS & TRAININGS: JOB SEEKERS


HOT!!! 8-Hr Transportation Safety and Security Awareness
October 16th, 2018 | WDB (320 Campus Lane)
8:30am-5:00pm

This course covers general familiarization with HMR requirements, function-specific training, safety training, and security training at the awareness level for all students. Upon completing all of the modules, the student will be issued a card certifying they have completed this training. To register click here: http://www.teamsterworkertrainingprogram.org/Verification.asp?ClassID=28097

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Friday, October 5, 2018

NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH


In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the WDB is proud to announce its Disability Employment Accelerator Grant is up and running and off to a positive start. Staff are working together on the grant focus; supporting people with disabilities that have graduated with two or four- year degrees, individuals nearing graduation and individuals beginning their career pathway. Our goal is to increase employment opportunities by customizing workforce services, supporting businesses in connecting with an expanded candidate pool and providing customized work and learning opportunities.

The first Interagency Resource Team (IRT) meeting took place in September and was successful with the large representation from our targeted agencies. The goal of the IRT is to build cross-agency partnerships, collaborate to meet the employment needs of People with Disabilities, and clarify roles to guide and direct service delivery. We are working towards designing approaches for co-enrollment, collaborative case management, business services team inclusion and data sharing.

For more information please contact Disability Resource Navigator, Lorraine Villarreal at LVillarreal@solanocoe.net.

Monday, October 1, 2018

SUCCESS STORY: MADONNA GARCIA-CROWLEY


In April 2016, MaDonna Garcia-Crowley came to the WDB after recently losing her new job due to lack of computer skills. Prior to this position, she worked for 5 ½ years in Human Services at a non-profit that served the homeless population, those with mental disorders and history of substance abuse.

MaDonna met with staff and was encouraged to participate in the WDB orientation. While attending, MaDonna learned about the WDB and its programs, resources and how it could benefit her employment search.

MaDonna began treating her job search like a job; at the WDB at least four days a week, sometimes up to 8 hours a day or longer. She got to know staff members and felt they showed a genuine interest in her work experience, personal background and personality. MaDonna attended several classes and programs to build up her skills.

Although MaDonna was concerned about her history of being a felon, she remained positive and knew she was in a position to find a better job than ever before. MaDonna began investing in a career in healthcare, one that she could apply her skills, education and personal experience to while still allowing opportunity to advance in the company. Nearing senior citizen age she needed and wanted a union job that would offer healthcare benefits, vacation, sick leave, retirement and savings, and disability insurance. In addition to extra-curricular work activities to provide a work/life balance.

After a month of job searching, MaDonna began working with a job coach to offer guidance for employment resources and moral support. One day she was told by staff of an employment opportunity as a Community Health Worker with La Clinica De la Raza – a medical facility that serves people with chronic illnesses who have recently been released from prison or jail under AB 109. She applied for the position and was called for an interview. Staff was able to assist her with a clothing voucher for interview clothes.

In June 2016, MaDonna was offered the position and began working full-time! The WDB provided her with gas cards to assist with travel. Today, MaDonna works as a Community Health Worker in the Transition Clinic. She frequently visits the WDB as a vendor during the Parole and Community Team (PACT) meetings held once a month to introduce the Transition Clinic to potential patients re-entering the population from incarceration who may be in need of healthcare and resources.

MaDonna has a saying, “If you’re sick you go to the doctor, if your car breaks down you take it to the mechanic, and if you’re looking for employment you go to the Workforce Development Board!”

Friday, September 28, 2018

Job Interviews: Tell Me About a Time You Worked on a Team


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over how to answer “tell me about a time when you worked with a team”. That’s coming up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

4 Secret Habits Of Millionaires (To Achieve Success)


Many successful people have been interviewed over the years and asked the question, “What do you think about, most of the time?” In short, the habits of successful people revolve around positive thinking. They think about what they want, and how to get it.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Most Important Principle for Great Leadership


Can great leadership be summed up by just one simple formula? When people ask Jack Canfield for the single most important principle to leadership success, he shares a simple formula.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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, September 13, 2018

How to Build the Tribe Your Success Depends On


Think about the people in your life who you can count on to encourage you to do more and be more than you might otherwise. Imagine if you had twice as many people cheering you on and supporting your success?

As human beings, we are innately social creatures. Accordingly, we are at our best when we feel a sense of belonging, community and connection to other people. But not just to any people, to people who bring out our best, and when life knocks us down, help us get back up and move on.

Hopefully you have people like that in your life. People with whom you feel safe to confide your struggles and share your dreams. People you know you could call on any time of day to be there for you, who have your back and care enough to tell you the truth, even when it’s hard to hear. People you can trust. Deeply.

The people you surround yourself with either raise or lower your standards, shrink or expand your expectations, broaden or narrow your thinking, dampen or boost your faith in yourself.

Nobody becomes great on their own; it’s the people around you who help you grow into your full quota of brilliance. Which begs the question: Who are you surrounding yourself with?

Monday, September 10, 2018

4 Distractions That Kill Productivity | Brian Tracy


One thing for certain is that we live in a world with no shortage of distractions. From technology that connects us to everything and everyone to the endless sources of entertainment all around us, life is full of distractions capable of derailing your progress each day.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Office Politics - How to Deal with Difficult People at Work


In today’s video, I’m going to talk to you about 4 key strategies on how to deal with difficult people at work and office politics so you can be happier and more productive without the DRAMA! If you've been asking "how to deal with difficult people at work", "how to deal with office politics", "how to deal with office gossip", then this video is for you!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

4 Tips to Improve Leadership Skills


Leaders never stop growing and developing. They have the capacity to keep themselves from falling into a comfort zone. They are lifelong students. All leadership qualities can be learned. The hard part is identifying the qualities that you must learn to succeed as an effective leader.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

5 Steps to Set and Achieve Bold Goals


You’ve heard the saying, and it’s well known for a reason: If your goals aren’t big enough that they inspire the socks off you (even if they simultaneously leave your knees shaking), then you’re going to be hard pressed to stay the course over the long term to make them a reality.

But there’s a catch: You need to write them in pencil.

While it’s now accepted wisdom that having a plan sets you up for success, versus having no plan, sticking rigidly to a pre-set course of action can actually work against you in in the longer run.

The key is flexibility.

Put another way, if your Plan A to get from where you are now to where you want to go isn’t working for you, then be willing to change course and go with Plan B, or C or D or Z!

Experience has taught me what researchers have found: Having a plan to achieve a goal can improve your chance of success, but if followed rigidly, it can make you close-minded and unable to identify better and more viable options as conditions change. (And let’s face it, conditions often change!)

Taking all of this into account, as you think about something you’d like to achieve, take the following five steps.

To read the full article and get all the tips, visit: https://www.success.com/5-steps-to-set-and-achieve-bold-goals/

Monday, August 27, 2018

99% vs 100% Committed


In every aspect of life, if something is worth doing, it's worth giving 100% of your effort to it. Because a 99% commitment isn't going to cut it. Having any leeway at all in your convictions is inevitably going to lead to frustration, failure and disappointment.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Job Interview Questions and Answers: What Does Customer Service Mean to You?


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over how to answer the job interview question, "What does customer service mean to you?" That’s coming up.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

3 Ways to Stay Motivated in Any Situation


We’ve all had days where nothing seems to get done, no matter how good our intentions are. Those days that seem to stretch on forever, wondering how such a long day could still leave you feeling so unfulfilled.

The cause of our sudden slumps may be related to stress at work, difficulties in our personal lives, illness or injury, financial issues, or even just a lot of small mistakes or mishaps that have added up to a lasting feeling of demotivation that only becomes harder and harder to shake.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Upcoming Programs & Trainings: Job Seekers


8-Hour Hazardous Waste Refresher Course

August 22nd, 2018| 320 Campus Lane, Fairfield

This is the annual Refresher Course that OSHA requires for hazardous waste workers. The course reviews material from the 40-Hour Basic Course, discusses lessons learned from accidents, and presents new procedures and regulatory changes. Upon successful completion of this course, each worker receives an "8-Hour Refresher Card" that certifies the worker to continue hazardous waste work for another 12 months. To register click:

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Women Builders Of Solano County Carpenters Training Committee For Northern California


WOMEN CAN BUILD and here in Solano County we see a much higher percentage of women in the field, so much so that we are 10.4% higher than the national average. With women earning as much or more than 81.1 cents to the dollar compared to men in construction, this industry is a great opportunity for Women Builders in Solano County!

Last year in Solano County there are over 10K related construction jobs, which is 54% higher than national average. This could be attributed to the unique local construction training resources afforded to Solano County residents. Located just around the corner from Jelly Belly in Fairfield is the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California (CTCNC). The CTCNC is an educational organization that provides Apprentice, Journeylevel, and related training services for Union Carpenters & Contractors for 46 Counties across Northern California. Solano County residents are very fortunate to have this unique training resource in their community.

The CTCNC serves as the Northern California training affiliate for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America, and for more information about their training programs visit their website today.

Here are some additional resources for women in the trades:

Tradeswomen Inc.

Sisters in the Brotherhood

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA

Women in Construction Company

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Save The Date: September 13th, 2018


It’s time Save-the-Date for a Celebration of Solano’s Workforce. Mark your calendars for the WDB’s upcoming Solano Workforce Gala! In honor of September being National Workforce Development Month, the WDB is hosting its first workforce gala to recognize talent in Solano County. The event will celebrate the businesses, workforce participants, and community partners supporting workforce efforts in Solano County.

For more information and to register visit: http://www.solanoemployment.org/gala

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Industry Spotlight: Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program


The Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program was a free 5-week training course designed for Solano County residents’ ages 18-24 years old interested in the Construction trades. Participant training included: four industry certifications, HAZWOPER certification, and fundamentals in construction, concrete pouring techniques, trades math, fitness and more. Upon completion of the program, participants are eligible for direct placement opportunities with potential starting wages in excess of $19.00/hr.

On August 3rd, 2018 a graduation ceremony was held at Vacaville High School to recognize the trainees for their completion of the program. Good luck to all the graduates as they embark on their new journey in the construction trades!

Monday, August 6, 2018

When You Feel Like Giving Up, Watch This


Success is like throwing pebbles into a lake.

When the way you feel perfectly aligns with the actions you take, you walk up to the lake’s edge and search amongst the stones, not for the one that looks right but for the one that feels right. This day, you finally allow your intuition to guide your hand, you find the perfect stone, and you effortlessly throw it into the distance. It flies through the air, and to your amazement, it sits on top of a pile of pebbles just beneath the surface, exposed for the world to see. Today, you’ve finally broken through.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Using Goals to Maintain Willpower


It’s been said that success is 99 percent perspiration; if you want to achieve your goals, you must work hard. But no one pushes themselves that hard or perspires that much without strong motivation.

Thus whether you plan to start a book, write a business, or improve your health, you must first find the motivation to succeed. The following tips from Brian Tracy will help you stay motivated for the long haul, persevering and perspiring until you achieve your goals.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

5 Ways to Create a Strategic Life Plan


Start looking at your strategic life plan with the lens of value. What is the value you’re bringing to every day, every week, every month?

What’s my vision? Did I achieve what I intended to do? Did I learn? Did I truly understand? Did I have an experience that is second to none?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Power of Persuasion


Your ability to persuade and influence people to help you get the things you want in life is one of the most important skills you can develop. Learn more from Brian Tracy in this video.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Speak Confidently and Communicate Effectively (3 Tips)


In this video I'm going to teach you 3 tips on how to communicate your ideas clearly and confidently at work, in interviews or in meetings. And this will especially help you if you find that you struggle to express your thoughts clearly. If you've been asking "how to communicate effectively", "how to confidently speak in public", "how to speak confidently" and "how to be confident when speaking" then this is the video for you.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Brian Tracy's Interview Tips to Get Your Dream Job


Acing an interview is both art and science. In order to give effective answers, you need to anticipate the information that interviewers want and figure out how to state it in a detailed, coherent way.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Programs & Trainings: Job Seekers



Teamsters 10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety
July 24th – July 25th, 2018| 320 Campus Lane, Fairfield
Many jurisdictions require construction workers to take this course. It covers OSHA standards, electrical safety, fall protection and other topics chosen to match the training needs and job tasks of the workers attending the course. Upon successful completion of this course, each worker receives an "OSHA 10-Hour Card" that certifies that the worker has completed this course. To sign up, go to: www.teamsterworkertrainingprogram.org. On LEFT column, click on “Training Centers”, Northern CA Teamsters Apprentice Training & Educ. Trust Fund (NCTAT) in Rancho Murrieta, CA and scroll down list of courses to the class/location then “Register”.

HOT!!! The North Bay Trades Introduction Program
Deadline to sign up: July 23rd | Class starts: August 13th
Vallejo Regional Education
A FREE 120-hour MC3 Program, an introduction to the building and construction trades. Participants receive First Aid/CPR & OSHA Certification, PPE personal protection equipment, and learn blue print reading/technology and construction math. Course is designed for entrance into a green construction career ladder through a state certified apprenticeship program. Program requirements: 18 years or older, documentation to work, valid Driver’s License, High School Diploma or equivalent, ability to do physical work and pass drug test, North Bay residents preferred. Priority is given to disadvantaged youth, women and veterans. Contact (707) 576-7299 or sonomabctc@gmail.com to sign-up for the required orientation on July 24th 2018, 6:00PM. 

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Saturday, July 7, 2018

What to Do with Your Hands During a Job Interview


In their book "Crazy Good Interviewing," John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus share the best ways to use your hands in a job interview. They also outline a few things you shouldn't do.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!


"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." 
-Harry S. Truman​

Sunday, July 1, 2018

How to Talk to Anyone with Ease and Confidence


How can you have dazzling conversation with everyone you meet? I have a few tricks and tips to using easy conversation starters that lead amazing and memorable conversation. Check out this video on the art (and science) of sparkling conversation.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Job Interview Tips: Top 5 Worst Handshakes


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over the top five worst handshakes to have. That’s coming up.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Morning Routines of Successful People


Few hours of the day are more important than the early morning hours. These hours when you first wake up set the tone for the rest of the day, affecting your mindset and productivity during all the hours that follow them.

In this video Brian Tracy talks about the importance of these early morning hours and the reason why some of the world's most successful people carefully craft morning routines designed to help them start the day off right and make the most of the hours that follow. If you would like to start each day in the best way possible, consider implementing some of these proven morning routines into your morning schedule.

Friday, June 22, 2018

How to Prepare for a Job Interview: Quick Tips from a HubSpot Recruiter


Searching for jobs? Colleen Grant, HubSpot's Manager of Campus Recruiting, shares tips and tricks on how to prepare for your next job interview.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mike Arce - The Do’s & Don’ts of Interviewing


Mike Arce, CEO & Founder of Loud Rumor, shares his favorite and least favorite interviews, one of the most common interview mistakes, and what an ideal candidate looks like, highlighting the importance of asking thoughtful questions.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Why Failure is Good for You


In this video Brian Tracy gives you tips on how to accept failure and use it to propel you to even greater success. Failing can be better for you in the long run, as it spurs you forward and fans the flames for better success in the future.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

How To Reject Rejection


All of us experience rejection at some point in our lives, but rejection does not equal failure. If you can approach rejection as a positive learning experience, you can harness the power of rejection and use it to propel yourself toward even higher levels of success.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Best Way to Accept Constructive Criticism


Criticism, even if it's constructive, can sometimes sting. However, constructive criticism is also incredibly valuable, enabling you to hone whatever it is you are working on and improve it for the better. The next time you receive constructive criticism, keep these tips in mind.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

3 Simple Ways to Build Self-Confidence


Confidence is believing in yourself, your power and your ability to get it done.

How can you develop more self-confidence?

1. What is right about you?
Take out a sheet of paper, and in 30 seconds or less, write down what’s right about you.

2. Upgrade your verbal software.
Language is the software of the mind. How do you talk about yourself when you talk?

3. Own the room.
Look to the right, look to the left, and say, Today, I’m going to make it happen.

These things build your self-confidence from the inside out.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Importance of Continuous Learning


You need to seize every opportunity to expand your knowledge, improve your skills, and build on your expertise. That's how you will be able to perform at higher and higher levels and achieve such extraordinary results in your life.

The good news is, anyone can become a lifetime learner. All you need is curiosity and the desire to improve yourself. Today I'd like to share 6 simple tips on how to develop a lifelong learning mindset that will help you achieve your highest potential and create a life you love.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Job Interview Tip:Tell Me About a Time You Failed


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over how to answer “tell me about a time you failed”. That’s coming up.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Power of Sharing Goals


An individual's goals are very personal. In fact, a well thought out goal hints at the person's vulnerability and deepest desires. Not only do goals reflect a person's desires, goals also have the incredible power to change a person's life. Due to the nature of such goals, people have a tendency to keep their goals and visions to themselves. But there is great power in sharing your aspirations with others.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gap in Employment & Resume Gaps (How to Explain Them)


In this video, I’m going to teach you 2 strategies on how to handle explaining gaps of unemployment on your resume. If you’ve been asking “how do I explain unemployment gaps in my resume?”, “how to explain employment breaks on CV?, “what is the best resume template or resume format when I have gaps in between employment?”, “how do I explain resume gaps?”, or “how to write a resume when there are gaps?” then this video is for you.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Job Hunting Tips


Searching for a new job can be a job in itself. The job is not finished until you receive the offer of employment. The time between search and success can be frustrating. Follow these tips to avoid becoming discouraged when searching for a job.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trainings And Programs


Basic Computer Classes and Proctored Typing Tests

Each week the WDB offers free proctored typing tests and basic computer classes that are available to the public.

Mr. Marvin Brodie (pictured on the right) is a 92 year old resident of Fairfield who attends the weekly computer classes to enhance his computer skills. Mr. Brodie is a true testament that you’re never too old to stop learning!

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Saturday, May 5, 2018

NorCal Career Fair 2018


Last month the WDB hosted its 1st annual NorCal Career Fair at Solano Community College. Hundreds of job seekers attended with over 80 employers with immediate openings throughout the region. Collectively, 428 interviews were scheduled by employers. Since 2005 the WDB has hosted Career Fairs that have become a staple in Solano County for employers and job seekers.

Thank you to all of the employers, sponsors and staff that contributed to the success of the Career Fair. The next Career Fair will be held in April 2019.

Here’s what people are saying:

I was set on one job, but when I realized there were over 80 employers at the Career Fair my mind opened up to more positions and opportunities. I’m very excited to be here and have gone through a program that has helped me become job ready to apply for the jobs that interest me.” –Testimonial from job seeker, Jessica Bowman

[The Career Fair] is centrally located and a good way to reach a lot of people in the community. We’re glad to be here.” –Testimonial from Staff Sergeant Darius Raines/ U.S. Army

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Power of Networking


It's often been said that success is a team sport. It's not just what you know, it's also who you know. And while you may be able to create tremendous success on your own, traveling the path of success with others makes the journey more enjoyable.

Plus, the added accountability will propel you to success faster (and further) than you originally envisioned. In this video Jack Canfield talks about the power of networking as well as how you yourself can leverage that power in your career.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

3 Ways to Deal With Difficult People


Have you ever found yourself dealing with difficult people? People who are hard to get along with? I want to give you three strategies to deal with difficult people. It starts with the acronym H.U.G.:

1. Hear them.
Step back and really hear what they’re saying, and then ask them, “Here’s what I heard you say. Is this what you meant?” Once they know that they’ve been heard, could it be that they may shift their behavior?

2. Do the uncommon thing.
Let them know that you care. Empathize with them. Let them know, “I understand where you’re coming from.” That doesn’t necessarily mean you agree with them, but to be there in that moment says to them, no one else has taken the time to go above and beyond—but you do, because you are uncommon.

3. Guide them.
Sometimes difficult people can project what is happening in them on you. If you don’t guide a person in how they should treat you, they will mistreat you. Really understanding how to guide a person in how they talk to you, how they engage with you, ensures that in a very difficult situation, you can remain respectful and honorable, but not allow them to use you.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

9 Life Hacks for Success


Looking at the habits and approaches of some of the world's most successful people can help you choose the changes you need to make. Brian Tracy shares a few key life hacks that successful people have mastered ... and you can, too.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Job Interview Questions and Answers: Tell Me About a Time You Had a Conflict


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over the interview question “tell me about a time you disagreed with a coworker”. That’s coming up

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Create an Effective Action Plan


Everyone has goals, but some people seem to be more successful than others in achieving them. That’s because people who accomplish goals at a higher rate are those who have developed a personal action plan. In this video, Brian Tracy shares his best strategic planning skills so that you can create your own action plan.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Upcoming Events: Teamsters 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course


HOT!! Teamsters 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course
April 11, 2018| 320 Campus Lane, Fairfield, CA

This is the annual Refresher Course that OSHA requires for hazardous waste workers. The course reviews material from the 40-Hour Basic Course, discusses lessons learned from accidents, and presents new procedures and regulatory changes. Upon successful completion of this course, each worker receives an "8-Hour Refresher Card" that certifies the worker to continue hazardous waste work for another 12 months. To sign up, go to: www.teamsterworkertrainingprogram.org. On LEFT column, click on “Training Centers”, Northern CA Teamsters Apprentice Training & Educ. Trust Fund (NCTAT) in Rancho Murrieta, CA and scroll down list of courses to the class/location then “Register”.

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Why Can't I Find a Job? - 5 Reasons Why


In this video, I’m talking to you if you've been asking yourself "Why can't I find a job?" or "How to get a job?" or "I can't find a job". You are looking for job interview tips because you just can't seem to be the perfect fit for the jobs that you do get interviews for or you have thoughts that you are not good enough, and your job search strategies are landing you zero interviews or job offers. You are someone who lacks career growth and potential because you don't feel confident about yourself and losing hope.

Specifically, I give you 5 potential reasons on why you may not have landed your dream job offer yet and what to do to fix that:

1. Looking for a job has become a chore, no longer an exciting endeavour.
2. You place all your hope in the next job interview you get called for and feel disappointed when it doesn't work out.
3. You feel, very simply, that you're " not good enough".
4. You're not expressing professional presence.
5. You're feeling desperate rather than excited.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

How To Prepare For The 2018 NorCal Career Fair? - Workforce Development Board of Solano County


Want to find out what the 2018 NorCal Career Fair is all about? Check out our video to learn about the benefits of attending the Career Fair as a job seeker and employer. For a full listing of all employers attending visit: http://www.solanowdb.org

Monday, April 2, 2018

Don't Miss The 2018 NorCal Career Fair This Thursday, April 5th!


Mark you calendars and Save-the-Date for one of the largest Career Fair in the North Bay! Taking place this year at Solano Community College the Workforce Development Board of Solano County will once again be hosting over 80 employers offering immediate openings in the region.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to engage with some of the regions top employers and remember to dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and be prepared for on-site interviews!!

For more information be sure to visit www.solanowdb.org

Friday, March 30, 2018

How To Prepare For The 2018 NorCal Career Fair? - Workforce Development Board of Solano County


Want to find out what the 2018 NorCal Career Fair is all about? Check out our video to learn about the benefits of attending the Career Fair as a job seeker and employer. For a full listing of all employers attending visit: http://www.solanowdb.org

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The 2018 NorCal Career Fair is April 5th!


Mark you calendars and Save-the-Date for one of the largest Career Fair in the North Bay! Taking place this year at Solano Community College the Workforce Development Board of Solano County will once again be hosting over 80 employers offering immediate openings in the region.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to engage with some of the regions top employers and remember to dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and be prepared for on-site interviews!!

For more information be sure to visit www.solanowdb.org

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Looking for a Job? Highlight Your Ability, Not Your Experience | Jason Shen


Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive -- and why employers should look for ability over credentials.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Let Go of Expectations - 2 Keys to a Fulfilling Career


In this video, I talk about how to let go of expectations so you can have a more fulfilling career. Letting go of expectations is all about detaching from what you think you need to have. It’s how to live a happy life and how to be happy with what you have. I’ll show you that the act of letting go of expectations will demonstrate how to lead a happy life. So if you want to know how to live life happily, then be sure to watch this video!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Clear Negative Energy


The world, as we have created it, is a process of our thinking and it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Jack Canfield discusses how positive affirmations can help you change your thinking, create positive energy and attract the results you desire.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Tax Resources


Earn It! Keep It! Save It!

The EKS campaign is hosted by the United Way Bay Area to provide free tax preparation to households earning less than $54,000 a year. Partners include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), churches, nonprofits, AARP, and other organizations. Find a location near your (click here).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP offers free tax preparation help to anyone 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Find a location near you (click here). Note site is open annually from late January/early February to April 15

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Find a location near you (click here).

Friday, March 9, 2018

Board Member Spotlight: FADI HALABI


Fadi Halabi: President, Duracite & Board Chair, Solano WDB

How did you first learn about the WDB and why did you join the Board?
I was introduced to the WDB by former Board Chair Brian Chikowski. He recommended that I become a member. I joined the Board because I wanted to understand what we as a community were doing to help dislocated workers and youth find employment and resources. After developing a keen understanding of what the WDB contributes to the community I knew it was an organization that I wanted to be a part of.

What prompted you to become the Board Chair?
Prior to becoming the Chair I served as many officers including the Executive Committee Member-At-Large, Treasurer and Vice Chair. When there was a vacancy for Chair the nominating committee recommended me and I accepted.

How long have you served as a Board member?
I’ve served as a member since August 2002.

What do you think the WDB’s strength is?
One thing I can say about our organization is that we have great staff members that have made my job as a Board Chair easy and also the lives of our board members. We do the best job we can for the community. We have a very well-run organization. I’m very proud of our staff and to serve as the Board Chair.

Tell us about yourself and Duracite.
I’m originally from Jordan and grew up in Saudi Arabia. I came to the U.S. in 1984 and attended U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State University where I studied Civil Engineering. I’ve only had one job in my entire life and it was by accident. One day while I was in college a friend asked me to help him for the afternoon at Duracite with an accounting program…and I never left! A few years later I bought the company and we grew from one location in Benicia with 15 employees to 22 locations throughout California with over 500 employees.

Duracite specializes in counter-tops, granite, soapstone and marble. Our headquarters are located in Fairfield.

Fun Fact.
I fly Cessna single engine aircrafts.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Upcoming Events


Teamsters 40-Hour HAZWOPER Initial Course
March 19-22, 2018| 320 Campus Lane, Fairfield, CA

OSHA requires this course for workers on hazardous waste sites. The course includes classroom learning and realistic hands-on activities. Workers practice remediation and decontamination activities while wearing the proper respirator and protective clothing.

Upon successful completion of this course, each worker receives a "40-Hour Card" that certifies the worker to do hazardous waste work for 12 months, at which time OSHA requires the worker to take a Refresher Course. To sign up, go to: www.teamsterworkertrainingprogram.org. On LEFT column, click on “Training Centers”, Northern CA Teamsters Apprentice Training & Educ. Trust Fund (NCTAT) in Rancho Murrieta, CA and scroll down list of courses to the class/location then “Register”.

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Job Interview Tips: 4 Tips for a Second Interview


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over 4 tips to prepare for your second interview. That’s coming up.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Why People Fail


Our "hustle until you die" culture is resulting in many of us feeling less than. Self-help gurus purely focus on psychology when it comes to being successful. They base their premise on a lack of motivation leading to failure. This is far too simplistic. The reality is, while it's a crucial element to succeeding, there's one key that they are overlooking that causes many people to fail, without them realizing what it is.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The 2018 NorCal Career Fair is April 5th!


Mark you calendars and Save-the-Date for one of the largest Career Fair in the North Bay! Taking place this year at Solano Community College the Workforce Development Board of Solano County will once again be hosting over 80 employers offering immediate openings in the region.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to engage with some of the regions top employers and remember to dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and be prepared for on-site interviews!!

For more information be sure to visit www.solanowdb.org

Monday, February 19, 2018

Are You Afraid of Success?


When we are afraid of success, we start becoming our own worst enemy. We may not even realize it. We can subconsciously undermine our success and attribute it to stress or the pressure. Here's how to overcome your fear of success.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Importance of Taking Action


The universe rewards those who take action. When you take action, not only do additional resources come your way, but you get feedback that helps you adjust your course and refine your approach. Taking action is the one thing that separates successful people from everyday people in life.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Success Story


Pathway To Success (PTS) is a job-readiness program offered at the WDB for CalWORKs clients referred by Health & Social Services. During the two-week facilitated workshop, clients learn lifelong skills in job searching and workplace success. Dedicated staff members offer assistance, coaching and support throughout the process to ensure clients find the best job and successfully advance in their careers.

Antoine came to the PTS program with many challenges. As a single father of two who had recently lost his job, he re-entered the PTS program several times to complete the 10 day workshop series. During this time he was also facing multiple barriers that effected his participation in the program which included homelessness, divorce and custody battles.

Understanding the importance of the program, after Antoine completed his business with the courts he returned. Using the skills he acquired in the workshop coupled with the assistance he received from PTS staff, Antoine successfully entered into subsidized employment through a Wage Reimbursement Agreement (WRA) by way of the Business Service Representatives. WRA is an employer and client agreement which allows the employer to be reimbursed for the client/employee’s wages up to six months. Antoine is now earning money at a job he enjoys and is establishing stability for family.

“I’m glad I completed the workshops, where I received help with applications, resumes, and interviewing. Every day I was motivated to come to class and it felt good! I’m glad I came!”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Upcoming Events: Teamsters OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course


Teamsters OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course

Feb.13-14, 2018 8:30am – 2:00pm

FREE two-day certification class for general construction workplace safety. To sign up, go to: www.teamsterworkertrainingprogram.org. On LEFT column, click on “Training Centers”, Northern CA Teamsters Apprentice Training & Educ. Trust Fund (NCTAT) in Rancho Murrieta, CA and scroll down list of courses to the class/location then “Register”.

Full Calendar of Classes, Workshops, and Networking Events offered through the WDB: Fairfield Location and Vallejo Location

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The 2018 NorCal Career Fair is April 5!


Mark you calendars and Save-the-Date for one of the largest Career Fair in the North Bay! Taking place this year at Solano Community College the Workforce Development Board of Solano County will once again be hosting over 80 employers offering immediate openings in the region.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to engage with some of the regions top employers and remember to dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and be prepared for on-site interviews!!

For more information be sure to visit www.solanowdb.org

Monday, January 29, 2018

Phone Interview Tips - How to Prepare for a Phone Interview


Today, we are talking about phone interviews and how to prepare for a phone interview. Some people find it very hard to know how to ace a phone interview, simply because they find them unpredictable. But preparing for a phone interview is actually quite simple if you understand the psychology and what the hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters are really looking for in the phone interview. Once you know those things, you’ll know how to answer in a phone interview. Today, I will be teaching you four key items that you need to know so you know what to expect in a phone interview. One of them is something you probably would NOT have guessed!

So specifically, I’m going to share with you what recruiters, HR and hiring managers are REALLY looking for when they do that initial phone interview before bringing you in, and how you can prepare for it better.

So if you’re someone who’s been getting phone interviews but not getting past that first round to an in-person, then you know there is definitely room for improvement.

You might think, I need to speak better be more clear and that is true, but there are other factors that you need to keep in mind so you can nail your next phone interview.

So, what are HR, hiring managers and recruiters looking for when they’re doing a phone interview with you? Here are 4 key items that interviewers are looking for in the phone interview that you need to keep in mind:

1. Energy and confidence
2. CLEAR, concise and articulate answers
3. Technical fit
4. Top-notch resume

Friday, January 26, 2018

3 Ways to Lead Yourself Into the Future


There are three ways to lead yourself into the future, and it simply starts with understanding how to recalibrate your GPS. GPS stands for:

• What am I grateful for? When you get up every single day, can you identify the one, two or three things that you are most thankful for as you start the day? This allows us to be more productive during the day.
• How do I intend to be purposeful? Where there is no purpose, abuse of time, energy and resources is inevitable. So how do you find your purpose? Ask yourself, why are you here right now? What is that you can do to make the biggest impact and difference today?
• What will it take to be a slashy? Whoever told you that you have to do just one thing, don’t believe the hype. If you’re working in a job, it’s OK to have a side hustle. If you’re in business for yourself, it’s OK to do a few things—just make sure you love it.

We are now living in a very disrupted world—a world of uncertainty, ambiguity and change. The most important thing we have to think about is how we are going to lead ourselves into the future.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

7 Tips to Be More Effective in 2018


The beginning of a new year brings a fresh start, brand new possibilities, and new goals to achieve. I am here to help you stick to your New Year's Resolutions and make the most out of 2018! Follow along with these 7 tips to be more effective in 2018.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tax Time Is Around The Corner


As Tax Season approaches here are some free resources to help you prepare for filing:

Earn It! Keep It! Save It!
The EKS campaign is hosted by the United Way Bay Area to provide free tax preparation to households earning less than $54,000 a year. Partners include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), churches, nonprofits, AARP, and other organizations. Find a location near your (click here).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP offers free tax preparation help to anyone 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Find a location near you (click here). Note site is open annually from late January/early February to April 15

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Find a location near you (click here).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How to Make a Great LinkedIn Profile - 6 LinkedIn Profile Tips


I will teach you how to make a great LinkedIn profile using 7 LinkedIn profile tips so you can get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers and become a job magnet. If you've been wondering how to make a professional LinkedIn profile, this video is for you.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Are You Lying to Yourself?


If you are going to be successful, you have to get out of denial and come to terms with the things that are holding you back from success.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Job Search Tips: Do's and Don'ts of Social Media


In this week’s video, we’re going to go over the do’s and don’ts of social media.

Most people think social media has absolutely nothing to do with their job search. That’s definitely not the case. Over 50 percent of employers check out an applicant’s social media profiles before hiring them. If they saw yours, would you still get the job? Check out the job search dos and don’ts of social media:

DO - Show your personality.
Whether you’re a fashionista, foodie or just want to show off your adorable puppy, share the things that make you, you. Employers want to see who you are.

DO - Pick the safe choice.
Changing your privacy settings on your profiles is the safest bet. You never know what could slip through the cracks. Although you may be careful about what you post, tagged photos can be your worst enemy.

DO - Use it to your advantage.
Keep your eyes peeled for things on social media that could actually help your job search. Use your network to ask friends if their jobs are hiring. Or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter to ask job search questions or get insider tips.

DON’T - Let it all hang out.
While you want to show a glimpse into your life, not everything is for the world to see. Appropriate doesn’t have to mean boring. Just follow the mom rule: If you wouldn’t want your mom to see it, don’t post it.

DON’T - Badmouth.
As an employee, you represent your employer on and off the clock. Talking trash about your old job, coworkers or even professors will leave a hiring manager wondering what you’d say if they hired you.

DON’T - Stalk the interviewer.
Researching the company, good. Cyber stalking, bad. It might sound like a great idea, but accidentally mentioning a personal detail you stumbled across isn’t worth it. I guarantee it’ll be weird - very weird.

Social media can help or hurt your job search, it’s all in how you use it. Now that you know the do’s and don’ts, share, like, and retweet away!

Monday, January 8, 2018

5 Ways to Create a Strategic Life Plan


Start looking at your strategic life plan with the lens of value. What is the value you’re bringing to every day, every week, every month?

What’s my vision? Did I achieve what I intended to do? Did I learn? Did I truly understand? Did I have an experience that is second to none?

Friday, January 5, 2018

How to be Confident in Interviews


Confidence for job interview is exactly what you need to succeed and land the job. If you want to learn how to be confident in interviews then watch this video about confidence in interviews.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How to Develop a Success Mindset


Success is not an action; it’s a way of life. If you want to accomplish great things, greatness must be reflected in everything that you do. Thus regardless of what it is you want to accomplish, the path to success must begin by adopting a success mindset.