Job Seekers Services Section


Through professionally trained staff we provide world-class services to job seekers in our Central Texas area that will equip them to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work - today and in the future.

Hurricane Harvey

All employment related information for Job seekers or Employers affected by Hurricane Harvey can be found HERE.

Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fair


Join the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas for the 6th annual Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fair to connect veterans, service members and their Families to Texas employers.


Job Seekers - for more information and to register for this event click HERE.

Available Services in Our Career Centers


The Career Centers are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and are fully staffed with knowledgeable career professionals who will help you be successful in your job search and advance in your chosen job/career.

Come on in, we're waiting for you. (If you tell us that you are a veteran - you may be eligible for some prioritized services.)

Convenient Locations

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.

Career Exploration

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

Interactive Job Search Workshops

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.

How to Navigate WorkInTexas

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.

Children's Waiting Room

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.

Access to Electronic Resources

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.

Career Center Welcome Packet



Paquete de Bienvenida Centro de Carreras

 

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.

Career Center Code of Conduct

So that everyone can fully utilize the resources in the career center, we ask the following:

Be Mindful of the other Job Seekers

  • Do not bring children with you into the career center. We have a child care facility in the building where you can leave your younger children while you are visiting us.
  • Do not bring food or drinks into the career center. We have sensitive electronics which cannot tolerate liquid spills or food splatter.
  • Do not talk on your cell phone. We are in a enclosed space and chatter on the phone will not only disrupt your neighbor but all career center visitors.
  • Do not surf the web for fun, to do homework, or use chat rooms or other social media. The computers and the internet are there for job search or career enhancement activities only. Our staff will monitor this.
  • Do not expect assistance with Unemployment Insurance issues. These are handled exclusively by the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. We can furnish you contact information for them.

TIP

Schedule your visit during slower times like early morning, late afternoon and later in the week. Lunchtime is a very busy time!

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What You Need to know About Your UI (Unemployment Benefits)

Texas unemployment insurance benefits are available if you meet these criteria.

  • Unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Able to work
  • Available for work
  • Be actively seeking work
  • Willing to accept full time work
  • You receive benefits if you have enough base period wages and no disqualifying eligibility or job separation issues, and you file your payment requests, as instructed on time.
  • Be registered for work search online at www.WorkInTexas.com
  • Generally, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. You must be available to work, able to work and actively seeking work to continue to qualify for benefits.
  • Qualifying reasons to collect Texas unemployment benefits CAN ALSO include:
    • You were laid off due to lack of work.
    • You are still working but the employer reduced your hours. (Your reduction in hours must not be the result of a disciplinary action.)
    • You were fired without work-related misconduct. Examples of misconduct are a violation of company policy; violation of law; neglect or mismanagement of your position; or failure to perform your work acceptably if you are capable of doing so.
    • You quit your job for a good well-documented work-related or medical reason. TWC may rule good cause if the work situation would cause a person who truly wants to keep the job to leave it.
    • Examples of possible good cause are unsafe working conditions or a significant change in hiring agreement, or not receiving payment for your work.
    • Examples of medical reasons are quitting on your doctor's advice, or quitting to care for a minor child, or quitting to care for a terminally ill spouse if there is no alternative care provider.
In addition:
If you quit to move with your husband or wife, you may be able to receive benefits after a disqualification of 6 to 25 weeks. This is a disqualification of both time and money, because we must subtract the number of disqualified weeks from your total benefits.

If you quit to move with your military spouse, Texas lets you receive benefits without penalty if your spouse has a permanent change of station longer than 120 days, or a tour of duty longer than one year.

To apply OnLine and get all of the information on your Unemployment Insurance go to this Texas Workforce Commission UI website. This website will let you apply for your benefits as well as manage any correspondence or other related needs.

Note: The local workforce center can only furnish you computer access to this site, they cannot answer or administer the benefits.

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For those who can't make it to our Career Centers


Follow the Job Search Narrative

CONTINUE BELOW........  

Finding employment is not the intimidating process it can sometimes feel like. It comes down to:

  1. Knowing the Product (YOU)

  2. Marketing the heck out of it, and

  3. Delivering a SUPER Sales Pitch so the interviewer knows that "you're" the answer they're looking for.



I know ..... sounds like I want you to do a sales job - Yes - in it's simplest terms without all the buzz words that the experts use to show their, well, expertise - that's what Job Search is.

Three facts I want you to be aware of before we start this journey through the Job Search maze:



  1. One of the hardest things for job seekers is telling employers how good they are and the valuable skills they bring to the table. Yes - it's a form of bragging, and many people just. don't. like. to. brag. But, ask yourself this - If you don't tell them, how is that interviewer expected to know how good you are? If you depend on the interviewer soliciting your best qualities in the interview - the odds are pretty much that it is not going to happen (most of them are not professional interviewers). Make no mistake about it - it's up to you.

  2. A truism in sales is that 20% make the big bucks, the other 80% try to make a living. The 20% folk know their product WELL and they push it enthusiastically and convincingly . Strive to be in that 20% and enjoy the success".

  3. Note: To follow this path in your job search journey be aware of the following requisites:

    • You are aware of your knowledge, skills, and abilities (SKAs) and are looking for similar employment, or progression in current employment , using complementary versions of those SKAs.

      (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.)

    • You believe in Yourself.

    • You realize that no one else can do the work for you. For marketing materials to be believable it has to come from you, in your own words. Employers can easily pick up on "coached" resumes and interview questions and those mostly wind up in the waste basket or are otherwise ignored - a waste of your precious time.

    • If you need any help with this journey or have suggestions you think may benefit others EMAIL us.



OK - if you're ready, let's take that first step.



CONTINUE BELOW........  

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Step 1. Know the Product

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.

Truism

"There is no one who knows what you bring to the table better than YOU!"

Job Specific Skills



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



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.

Self-Management (Soft) Skills

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

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Step 2. Market the Heck out of It

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:

  1. First you have to determine the geographical area you are interested in. Do you want to stay close to home or are you willing to commute a distance. Or, are you willing to move elsewhere. Think about it.
  2. Next you have to determine who the customers (remember - you are selling to employers) are within your chosen geographic area. Make a list of the companies and do a little research on them to make sure you want a job there.
  3. Then prepare your marketing/advertising material. In this case we are talking resumes, cover letters and necessary credentials. We'll discuss this below.
  4. Distribute the marketing materials. Send them out to the companies you are interested in. At this stage you are fishing - throwing out bait, hoping you get a bite.
  5. Keep a record of these activities. Who you sent stuff to, who you heard back from, who you haven't. If no bites - two options - redo the resum or broaden your geographic are to include other employers.
  6. 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)) :

    1. Contact Information. This is who I am and this is how you can reach me.
    2. Objective Statement. Hey - this is why I'm sending you this resume - for this position.
    3. These are the skills I have that match with what you are looking for.
    4. This is where I got these skills. Education or Work Experience
    5. References. If you don't believe me, these are people you can ask. (This form is actually best used seperate from the resume. Greater effect if you pull this list out in the interview.

    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:

    1. Para 1 - This is why I am sending you my resume - naming the position for which applying. You don't know who opens the mail, so you want to be sure it gets in the right stack.
    2. Para 2 - These are a couple of my skills that match what you are looking for.
    3. Para 3 - Let's get together so I can tell you about my skills in greater detail.

Truism

"Sending out resumes is like fishing - you're casting out the bait, hoping for a bite."

Do your own resume. Employers will pick it up in a minute during the interview if you had someone else write it.

Ok - We know our product well - We've done our Marketing - We got some bites. Next Step
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Step 3. Let's Close the Sale

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!

Truism

"Pick out your 4 or 5 strongest skills and drive them home."

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Tool for Identifying Your Job Skills


 


Use these Job Descriptions to Identify Skills You Have

Your skills may come from some previous work experience. To help you identify some of these skills. we have provided access to 400+ job descriptions. Copy and Paste to your Skill's Section on your Resume page those skills in the job descriptions which you have actually acquired and used. Note: These job description and listed skills are basic and designed to help you get started. Embellish (but don't fib) where you can.



Click on the major Category Click on the major Category

Administrative

CEO, CFO/Controller/Treasurer, Consultant, Contract Administrator, Costing Clerk, Food Service Manager, Hotel/Lodging Manager, Human Resource Manager, Mail Handler, Marketing Manager, Office Automation Clerk, Office Manager/Administrator, Property Manager, Purchasing/Procurement Manager, Quality Assurance Inspector, Receptionist, Retail Manager, Secretary

Agricultural

Agricultural Scientist, Beekeeper, Cheesemaker, Environmental Scientist, Farm Hand, Farmer, Forest Manager, Forester, Horticulture Manager, Horticulturist, Landscape Gardener, Nursery worker, Product Inspector, Resource Economist, Resource Manager, Agricultural Scientist, Timber Worker, Tree Surgeon

Working with Animals

Animal Technician, Attendant, Dog Catcher, Dog Trainer, Guide Dog Instructor, Horse Manager, Horse Trainer, Pet Groomner, Stablehand, Veterinarian, Veterinary Nurse

Artistic

Actor/Actress, Animator, Art Administrator, Cartoonist, Dancer, Fashion Coordinator, Fashion Designer, Florist, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Interior Decorator, Interior Designer, Jeweler, Leather Worker, Model, Sculptor and Ceramist, Visual Merchandiser, Wardrobe Supervisor

Automotive

Air Conditioning Fitters, Body Makers, Brake Mechanic, CarWash Attendant, Detailer, Diesel Mechanic, Electricians, Engine Reconditioners, Exhaust Fitters, Master Mechanic, Painters, Service Station Attendants, Tire Fitters, Wreckers & Dismantlers

Building Trades

Architect, Architectural Drafters, Bricklayer, Builder, Carpenter, Concrete Workers, Construction Supervisor, Contractor, Drafter, Fabricator, Wall & Ceiling Fixer, Glass Workers, Glass & Glazing, Building Inspector, Joiner, Building Laborer, Landscape Architect, Painter, Plasterer, Plumber, Rigger, Roof Tiler, Stonemason, Supervisor, Wall & Floor Tiler

Computer

Administrator, Analyst, Developer, Engineer, Multimedia, Operator, Programmer, Publisher, Support, Technician

Driving

Ambulance Driver, Backhoe Operators, Bulldozer Operators, Bus Drivers, Hired Car Drivers/Chauffeurs, Delivery Drivers, Excavator Operators, Forklift Operators, Furniture Movers, Grader Operators, Locomotive Drivers, Taxi Drivers, Towtruck Drivers, Truck Drivers

Electronics

Elevator Mechanic, Electrical Linespeople, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Power Generation Plant Operator, Security System Installer, Sewing Machine Mechanic, Telecommunications Technician

Engineering

Aerospace Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician, Electrical Engineer, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electronics Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Geological Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Industrial Engineering Technician, Marine Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Survey Assistant, Survey Drafter, Telecommunications Engineer

Finance

Accountant, Actuaries, Accounting Clerk, Collections Manager, Credit Officer, Branch Manager/Customer Service Manager, Economist, Insurance Agent, Investment Adviser and Financial Planner, Settlement Clerk, Stockbrokers' Clerk, Stockbroker, Tax Agent, Teller, Underwriter

Media

Advertising Account Executive, Announcer, Arts Administrator, Associate Editor, Assistant-Editor, Binder, Book Editor, Broadcasting Technician, Film and Television Camera Operator, Copywriter, Film Stage or Television Director, Film and Television Editor, Film and Television Producer, Journalist, Photographer, Director of Photography, Printing Machinist, Public Relations Specialist, Proof Reader, Screen Printer, Sound Technician

Medical

Acupuncturist, Audiologist, Audiometrist, Beauty Therapist, Cardiac Technologist, Chiropractor, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Technician, Dental Therapist, Dentist, Health Promotion Manager, Hospital Diet Supervisor, Dietitian/Nutritionist, Environmental Health Officer, Hospital Food Service Manager, Hospital Manager, Medical Imaging Technologist, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Massage Therapist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Record Administrator, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Music Therapist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Optical Dispenser, Optical Mechanic, Optometrist. Orthoptist, Osteopath, Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Medical Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Radiation Therapist, Registered Nurse, Speech Pathologist

Metals

Apprentice Welder, Assembler, Blacksmith, Boiler Attendant, Boilermaker, Tool and Die Setter, Electroplater, Engraver, Fitter, Foundry Worker, Gunsmith, Heat Treater, Metal Machinist, Moulder/Coremaker, Metal Casting Patternmaker, Powder Coater, Metal Press Operator, Pressure Welder, Sheetmetal Worker, Structural Steel Worker, Tool Maker, Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer, Welder

Working with People

Benefits and Compensation Manager, Childcare Workers, Community Development Workers, Counselors, Customer Service Representative, Developmental Care Workers, Developmental Educators, Home Care Workers, Human Resources Manager, Job Counselor, Nannies, Occupational Health and Safety Officers, Probation Officers and Parole Officers, Psychologists, Recruiter, Rehabilitation Counselors, Religious Leaders, Social Worker, Trainer, Youth Workers

Protection

Aviation Firefighters, Customs Officers, Firefighters, Parking Inspectors, Police Officers, Prison Guard, Private Investigators, Security Guard

Working with Research

Anthropologists, Archaeologist, Archivist, Conservator, Historian, Interpreter, Librarian, Library Technician, Military Test Plans Analyst, Museum Curator, Political Scientist, Sociologist, Technical Writer, Test Data Collector, Translator, Writer

Working with Sales

Auctioneers, Cashiers, Computer Sales Representative, Exporters & Importers, Market Researchers, Real Estate Agents, Retail Buyers, Sales Assistants, Retail Salesperson, Telemarketers, Ticket Sales

Working with Science

Astronomers, Biochemists, Biological Scientists, Botanists, Chemists, Food Technologist, Gemmologists, Geographers, Geologists, Geophysicists, Geoscience Technicians, Laboratory Technicians, Marine Biologists, Mathematicians, Meteorologists, Microbiologists, Physicists

Service Sector

Bakers, Brewery Workers, Butchers, Cake Decorators, Chemical Plant Worker, Confectioners, Dry Cleaners, Factory Worker, Food Process Workers, Funeral Directors, Garbage Collectors, Hairdressers, Home Health Aide, Housekeeping, Laundry Workers, Lifeguards, Machine Operators, Motel Maid, Pastry Cooks, Personal Attendant, Pest Controllers, Plastics Processors, Road Construction Workers, Sales Representative, Store Clerk, Ushers, Vending Machine Services, Waitperson

Working with Sports

Sports Coaches, Fitness Counselors, Fitness Instructors, Recreation Managers, Sports Administrators

Teaching Sector

Teacher's Aides, Art Teachers, Boarding School Supervisors, Driving Instructors, Early Childhood Teachers, Guidance Counselor, Music Teachers, Physical Education Teachers, Primary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teachers

Working with Textiles

Clothing Cutters, Dressmakers, Industrial Textiles Fabricators, Clothing Pattern Makers, Production Manager, Shoe Repairers, Stuff Technicians, Tailors, Textile Mechanics

Working in Tourism

Bartender, Catering Managers, Convention Coordinators in Hotels and Conference Venues, Cooks, Croupier, Front Desk Clerks, Function Coordinators, Gaming Inspectors, Home Economists, Hotel/Motel Managers, Kitchen Helper, Luggage Porters, Room Attendants, Seafood Managers, Tour Guides, Tourism Managers, Travel Consultants

Working with Transportation

Air Traffic Controllers, Airline Passenger Official, Ships' Captain, Flight Attendants, Railway Guards, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Luggage Loader, Marine Surveyors, Ships' Officer, Pilots, Railway Station Assistant, Ship's Catering Attendants, Railway Signalers, Transport Administrator

Working in Warehousing

Checker, Supply, Warehouse Manager

Working with Wood

Cabinetmaker, Furniture Polisher, Wood Machinist, Model Maker, Picture Framer, Wood Turner, Upholsterer, Wood Carver

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Additional Resources

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.

Career Exploration:

  • Texas Labor Market Information
  • CareerOneStop - your source for career exploration, training & jobs
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations
  • My Next Move is a web-based interactive tool from the Labor Department for new job seekers, students and other career-explorers to learn more about their career options.
  • 'My Next Move' complements the department's "mySkills myFuture" site, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match existing skills to new occupations.
  • For veterans, a specialized My Next Move for Veterans helps find careers through keyword search, by browsing industries that employ different types of workers, or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.
  • ¿Hablas español? Mi Próximo Paso is a version of the 'My Next Move' tool for Spanish-language speakers.

Resume/Marketing Materials

  • Live Career - Check out our free examples and then use LiveCareer's Resume Builder to build your resume in just minutes.
  • Monster - Cover letter & resume sample by industry

Interviewing

  • Monster - From job interview preparation to the interview thank you letter, our job experts at Monster can help you learn about what to expect, how to prepare, and how to follow up for your interview.
  • HelpGuide - Interviewing Techniques and Tips.
  • LiveCareer - Behavioral Job Interviewing Strategies for Job-Seekers

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Program Orientations

As we develop online orientations for our various programs they will be able to be accessed in this section.

Current Orientations:

Workforce Orientation for TANF Applicants



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