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Full-service career centers are located in Bell County in the cities of Killeen and Temple. In our rural areas we have career centers in the city of Rockdale (Milam County) and in Lampasas (Lampasas County).
Locations, directions, and contact information can be found HERE.
We provide current Labor Market Information to give you the opportunity to research on-demand occupations, pay scales, hot jobs, career options, required education and training/skills levels, working conditions, future demand of occupations, Information on companies and organizations, as well as a multitude of other data on local, national, or international markets
We have eight workshops designed to supercharge your job search by showing you the how-to's of finding the right employment or progressing in your career choice. The workshops cover a wide range of topics to include "Ace the Interview", "Resumes designed to get Interviews" and "Soft Skills - the new Tiebreaker".
For the full workshop menu, times and locations, click HERE. This training is available at No-Cost.
WorkInTexas is a free, comprehensive and easy-to-use Website, created by the Texas Workforce Commission and backed by a team of employment experts, that matches Texas employers and a variety of new job opportunities with great Texas employees. Let our career professionals show you how to get the most out of WorkInTexas, the premier job matching database. Discover the secrets to achieving more accurate and detailed results in your job matches. Learn how to format a resume online, look for jobs with private employers and state agencies. Find out how to reset your forgotten password and much more.
We offer a Children's Waiting Room - Killeen location only (for children between the ages of 3 years and 10 years) if you cannot find a caretaker when you use services in our Career Center. Normal hours of operation are 8 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM Monday through Fridays. We do have rules that must be followed. If you want to use this service please read and conform to these RULES.
Computers are available for your use to create/modify job search related documents and to use the high-speed internet to search job postings, conduct career exploration, research companies and other related usage. The centers also provide fax machines, copiers and telephones. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals who may need them.
Job Seekers - download or print the forms above in our Career Center Welcome Packet. It provides a summary of available services and tips/instructions on how to use the WorkInTexas (WIT) website to benefit your job search.
Schedule your visit during slower times like early morning, late afternoon and later in the week. Lunchtime is a very busy time!
Texas unemployment insurance benefits are available if you meet these criteria.
(If you are looking for employment that either uses a different SKA set and may require further education/training - or if you don't yet know what job/career you wish to pursue - start with the section that addresses this or visit our Career Centers where career specialist are available to guide you in this.)
The best sales people know their products backwards, forwards, up and down. They can answer any questions about the product in a positive manner hopefully reinforcing the customer's desire to have it.
Now, let's inject this into our job search. There is no one who knows what you bring to the table better than YOU! The task now is for you to identify those parts of your inventory that relate to the position for which you are applying. Your best bet to begin this process is to perform a Position Description Analysis. The position description, also called a job description, is what describes the position and requests applicants to apply. (After you've identified your skills, determine how well you match up with the Position Description. If you're close - go for it. If not, reconsider your choice or look at where you can get the skills you are lacking.)
REMEMBER: THIS SECTION IS ONLY APPLICABLE IF YOU KNOW THE TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AND ALREADY HAVE THE NECESSARY SKILLS.
There are three types of skill sets. Take your time and make a thorough list. Identify the skills and add short examples of how they were used.
Job Specific Skills relate to the skills that you use with a specific job and would not necessarily use with any other job. They usually relate to how you handled data, people, things, and ideas in your past employment. For a short sample list, click HERE.
Transferable skills may be used in a number of different occupations, regardless of the type of work. They are skills you can transfer from one type of work to another without much training from the employer. For a short sample list, click HERE.
Soft skills tell your potential employer whether or not your personality is a match the prevalent attitudes of the company, management, and co-workers. Employers sometimes prefer to hire a employee with good soft skills than an experienced employee who might not fit in. For a short list of Self-Management Skills, click HERE.
If you have completed your skills inventory and are able to give examples of how you used these skills, go to Step2
You've identified the skills you have - you've performed your Position Description Analysis and determined you have the necessary skills - now let's do this marketing thing.
In this stage we are going to do the following:
LETS TALK RESUME - Next to interviews this is what is dreaded the most. Resume's are not difficult. You've done most of the work in step 1 where you identified your skills.
A resume is composed of these sections (Everyone will tell you something different, but this info never changes even though there are different templates (chronological, functional, hybrid)) :
LETS TALK COVER LETTER - A cover letter should accompany each resume you send. If possible personalize it with the company's contact information - if available and make sure your contact information is on it also. Sometimes cover letters and resumes get seperated.
A cover letter consists of 3 short paragraphs:
You've done the marketing - now it's time to close the sale.
Interview rule #1. Nothing personal - keep everything business even if the interviewer wants to go there.
There should not be any studying involved. You know yourself best. You are confident of the skills you have. The trick in interviewing is to seize on 4 or 5 of your skills that you think best matches up with the employer's wants. You use those skills in answering most of the interview questions. Keep hammering home those same skills, yes it will be repetitive, but what will the employer remember about you when you leave? "Oh yes, he/she can do this, this, and that." This let's you control the outcome versus a job seeker who wants to throw the kitchen sink at the interviewer who will remember nothing about them. Try it - It Works!
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In the above example we assumed certain traits. If you didn't have them all, these links are for you to research careers, identify and augment your skills, resume assistance, interviewing, etc.
Let me remind you that professional career counselors are available in our career centers who can assist you with any of these topics and are waiting for you to come in.