Losing your job is very unfortunate but it happens. Unemployment benefits is temporary financial assistance for the workers who lose their position due to no fault termination.
Here's how you can apply!
To qualify for unemployment benefits in Texas, you must have worked in Texas during the past 12 to 18 months and have at least a minimum amount of wages as required by our guidelines. You must also be able to work, available for work, and looking for work each week that you are requesting benefits.
Once you have determined that you qualify for unemployment benefits your next step is to fill out the online application. Every state has a different website link. Contact your local Workforce Commission.
The federal Department of Labor's website says that you can expect your first unemployment check two or three weeks after you apply, if you submit all of the required information.
There are benefits to starting your own business!
Starting a business can be pretty scary and challenging. Of course it is essential that you make money but you also want to enjoy what you do. Here is a list of business ideas!
You should always want to make a good impression on your job. The first thing someone will notice is your appearance. Check out these business casual ideas.
A dead-end job is a pejorative term describing a job in which there is little or no chance of progressing and succeeding into a higher paid position. Here are signs that you could be working a dead end job.
Now that you have determined that you could be working a dead end job you have to decide if you are willing to take the risk and make a change that better suits you. It is possible to work and be happy.
Are you looking for a new career, but not sure which move is best for you? Here is a list of some occupations that are in high demand!
Number of new job ads posted: 222,544
Compared to prior year: +30.2 percent
Average salary range nationally: $72,000 to $79,700
Computer Systems Analysts
Number of new job ads posted: 109,153
Compared to prior year: +11 percent
Average salary range nationally: $83,200 to $100,000
Number of new job ads posted: 88,696
Compared to prior year: +3.5 percent
Average salary range nationally: $83,200 to $100,000
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales
Number of new job ads posted: 83,492
Compared to prior year: -14.0 percent
Average salary range nationally: $30,000 to $40,000
Computer Application Software Engineers
Number of new job ads posted: 71,069
Compared to prior year: +6.1 percent
Average salary range nationally: $91,800 to $106,000
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer
Number of new job ads posted: 69,189
Compared to prior year: +36.1 percent
Average salary range nationally: $35,350 to $50,000
Number of new job ads posted: 66,072
Compared to prior year: -12.3 percent
Average salary range nationally: $21,850 to $30,000
Appearance does matter in an interview situation. Be formal and professional – wear a suit, minimal jewelry, and a neat hairstyle.
Reference: About Careers
BY AMANDA KAY
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Are you constantly getting overlooked for job promotions even though you are great at your job? Just doing the work well does not promise you a job promotion, you have to also play the game. View Woman got your back below we will give you some tips on getting noticed on the job and how you can get that job promotion.
No one doesn't notice you, if you never open your mouth and talk to people.
While it isn’t good to be the social butterfly on the job, it does help if you interact with everyone you work with especially the co-workers that are superior to you. This gets you noticed more and when it’s time for your manager to promote someone, you will be on the radar.
Let your boss know that you can handle more responsibilities.
Another way to get noticed, is to take on more responsibilities. Make sure you don’t take on more than you can handle, but only ask for more work when you are done with your assigned work first.
Do you look the job?
You are judged by how you look. Your appearance could be hindering your success. Do you look the part? Put more thought into what you put into wardrobe.
Body language matters.
This goes along with do you look the job. You are judged by how you look. Watch how you present yourself. Make sure your body language is one that is confident. Watch your posture, make eye contact, and smile. Walk with your head up and not down to the ground.
Go by the Golden Rule.
Encourage those around you. Treat others the way you want to be treated and you will receive more in return.
Choosing the right career is tricky. Economist Neil Howe estimates that only five percent of people find a good career match on the first try. And even beyond this chilling stat, there’s so much external pressure to land the perfect job, follow your passion and be super successful by the end of your 20s.
No wonder most people break into a cold sweat when asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
But deciding on a career can be simplified into three basic problems. Conquer these, and you’ll dramatically up your chances of finding the job that’s right for you.
Problem #1: You Don’t Have Enough Information
There are literally thousands of careers out there—some of which could be at the perfect junction of what you’re good at, what you love and what’s in demand. It’s amazing how many successful people didn’t know their dream job even existed when they were younger.
To combat this problem, try this: devote one hour every day for a week (or heck, a month!) on pure research. Check out career exploration sites, top job lists, your favorite blogs or even a new section of the newspaper. Your mission? Write down any and every job that catches your eye.
This minimal routine will skyrocket your list of career ideas.
Problem #2: You Don’t Know What You Want
There are many great jobs in the world. But there are fewer great jobs that are right for you. Making a good connection between yourself (your values, interests, personality, etc.) and a career can be tough.
For some people, personality tests or heart-to-hearts with a career counselor can jumpstart this stage. But if you’re short on time, money or patience (some of those career tests are worse than the eHarmony intake form), assess career ideas with this practical checklist:
A. Does this career sound interesting?
As author Cal Newport has so eloquently advocated, you don’t have to be passionately head-over-heals for a career in order to thrive. (In fact, following a passion can be a big mistake.) However, a career should genuinely interest you on a gut level. It’s a good sign if you hear about a job and think, "Yeah, tell me more about that!"
B. Does this career involve work that you could be good at?
Many skills can be learned if you commit the time, but pursuing a career that actively goes against your natural tendencies is a giant fail waiting to happen. If you’re an introverted research type, don’t force yourself into a sales job—no matter how cool it sounds. Likewise, big-picture people will not find happiness in a tiny-details job. If the work itself clashes with your personality or skill set, move on.
C. Does this career fulfill your essential needs?
What you need from a career can include everything from basic salary and education requirements to more complicated concerns related to disability, family situation, religious beliefs and beyond.
Once you’ve nailed down what you want from your job, you can match those needs to career options. For example, if a six-figure income tops your priority list, choose a field where you can feasibly make that kind of money (think science, healthcare, technology, business) and avoid lottery industries (like filmmaking and fashion design) where only a lucky few will strike it rich.
D. Does the world need this career?
Practically speaking, you need a job. So before diving down a new career path, see if there’s a reasonably good chance someone will hire you at the end of it. Check out employment projections or industry chatter to gauge if your career is in demand.
Problem #3: You Can’t Make a Decision
You’re 99.99 percent guaranteed to find multiple career choices where you can shine. In this situation, it’s easy to fall into a perpetual motion machine of angst and second-guessing. What if you don’t pick the right career?
But here’s the secret: don’t worry about choosing the best option; choose any (well-researched and practical) option. "Just pick one thing to do," suggests Brazen founder Penelope Trunk. "And if that doesn’t work, then pick another. Making a choice and trying it is an important career skill."
So be brave and take action—and you’ll be that much closer to finding a job you love.
Annie Favreau works for Inside Jobs, a site that helps people discover strong careers and connect with the right education to achieve their goals. Follow her on Twitter at @InsideJobs!
Maybe you feel stuck, with no hope of a promotion and no skill sets to find a better one. You're not alone, 57% of people are unhappy with their jobs! Many people feel this way because people feel underpaid and have no room for growth. Our society is so focused on whether or not something satisfies them, but they don't know how to find satisfaction in what they're doing. They see boredom presented as an acceptable reason to leave a job. So, guess what? Soon they complain about being bored at work! One thing leads to another, and the next thing you know, they are completely dissatisfied and miserable in their job. Yes, this employee who was once a hard worker and very happy at their job is now convinced he or she is in a "dead-end job."One career "expert" told Forbes magazine, "A dead-end job is one where you don't see any opportunity for growth, or where an everyday task seems like a burden instead of an achievement, or where there is no appreciation or acknowledgement for your work. "REALLY??? HELLO!!! Wake up!If you are waiting for the opportunity to grow to come knocking on your door, you've got a problem. If you don't see any opportunity for growth in your current position, then guess what… Your job is not the dead-end. YOU ARE!
Key advice: prosper where you are planted!
The truth is, no matter what your job is, there is always room for growth. There is always the opportunity to improve. If you are bored in your job, don't go looking for another job! Look for new skills you can learn and new needs you can fill inside of your current company. If you feel like you are underpaid or under-appreciated, don't walk away! Look for ways to increase your value. You must prosper where you're planted. I know it's easy to think if you just had that perfect job or if you married that perfect person or if you had the perfect kids, you wouldn't have any of the problems you're facing right now. But the truth is, none of that stuff really matters. It wouldn't matter if you had the perfect job… If you are not looking for satisfaction, you will not be satisfied. So it all comes down to this: Find satisfaction in your work. When you work with excellence and diligence, and when you are invested into your company, you will find satisfaction.
BY: AMANDA KAY
“A budget is telling your money where to go, instead of wondering where it went.”
-John C. Maxwell
This year is near a close so it’s the best time to get that yearly financial health checkup and create a budget plan for your money in 2015. If you are living pay check to pay check and have very little in your savings account, this article is for you! End 2015 with a bang with more money in your bank next year than you have in your account this year using these helpful tips:
1. Set up auto deduction of your pay check with your employer to multiple checking/savings accounts. I would recommend that you keep your savings account at a different bank than your checking account. When your savings and checking are at the same bank, it’s so easy to refer to that “transfer function” through online banking when your checking account balance is getting a little low. Using different banks keeps your savings “out of sight and out of mind” because you never see your savings account balance when you log into your checking account.
Here is an example how you can use auto deductions to separate accounts to increase your savings:
You can have three separate accounts.
(1) Main Checking account: Use to pay BILLS ONLY.
(2) Main Savings Account: Use for building an emergency fund
(3) 2nd Savings Account: Use as a Christmas Savings account.
* Start saving for Christmas January 1st.
Auto Deduct only $65.00/pay period ($130/month)
and distribute as below:
2. Begin budgeting and start operating using the Envelope System. Use your main bank account for bills only. Have a separate envelope for gas/transportation, groceries, misc, and have a set budget for each envelope. This keep a visual of how much you have to spend and how long it must last. Once the money is gone…it’s gone.
3. This year at your job’s open benefit enrollment, make it a priority to really look into what your job has to offer.
Ask questions and see how the different types of benefits, could benefit you. Take advantage of 401K and contribute enough to where your company matches…this is free money!! Don’t think you can’t afford it, think about all the mindless spending you have done over a course of a year. Start saving for your future!
4. Set up savings account for each of your children. You can transfer as little as $5 per pay period and you can increase as your pay increases, and make additional deposits whenever you can.
5. Pay off your debt. Get out all those outstanding bills and bills that have gone to collections together and pay them all off one by one, fast as you can, from smallest balance to the largest.
6. Make your money grow! After 6 months of savings, reevaluate your interest bearing options, look into investing options and additional IRAs. Get with a financial advisor that could help you in this area.
This is just a quick guide on how you can create a budget plan for you and your family. Learn from the experts. Get in contact with a financial counselor that can help you with your personal budget and help you reach your financial goals. Please check out Dave Ramsey, who is a financial author, radio host and motivational speaker. He is known for encouraging people to get out of debt and gives them simple, step by step on how one can build financial wealth.
Check out his website for lots of information, www.daveramsey.com
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