This is the best job market in years. How can you take advantage of it?
By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about “The Great Resignation” when, thanks to the pandemic, people began leaving the workforce in droves. It’s also being called “The Great Reflection” as workers are re-evaluating what they want from their jobs – jobs that better reflect their lifestyle goals and family needs. Either way, this shift in the job market means that now just happens to be one of the best times in recent years to be looking for a new job or career.
But, if you’re one of those looking to land a new job, change careers, or improve your skills for promotion and better pay, this is also the time to step back and take a moment to assess your talents. Think about new ways you might use them to get into a career you can be excited about again or ways that you can build on your current skills to get ahead.
Opportunities are practically everywhere and in every kind of business and industry. Online job boards show thousands of jobs and training opportunities across Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Silsbee, and throughout the entire Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange three-county area. Plus, new jobs and training opportunities are added daily.
How to find a job if you’re ready for work now.
If you’re ready to start a job now, consider the skills you currently have and think about what jobs they might apply to. WorkinTexas.com offers one of the best tools to input your current job skills and match with jobs that are available now in your local area. You’ll usually be able to apply directly for the job online as well. It takes a little time to input your skills, so be prepared. But the personalized results are worth it. Depending on your skill set and other job preferences, you’ll have jobs to explore in a range of industries including medical, manufacturing, construction, commercial transportation, skilled crafts, retail and hospitality.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of other tools that will help you create more professional résumés and tips for better interviews. You can review these short blogs and videos now for quick tips to Rev Up Your Résumé and Interview Tips & Techniques.
What if you need some help with expenses to get started?
It’s not unusual for people looking for work to have obstacles that make actually becoming employed a challenge. Finding childcare so you can interview and work, or even having reliable transportation can all be issues. Fortunately, there are resources to help with solutions and to assist with or cover costs. You can find out if you qualify for Childcare Assistance here. For assistance with transportation, food, housing, or other program services that can help you during your job search and employment, be sure to check other Workforce Program Services and Resources that you may qualify for.
Now’s the time to explore your job and career options.
After you’ve reviewed your interests and skill sets, you may have decided you’re ready for a new direction. Take some time to explore new careers, especially those that are hiring in Southeast Texas. You might find that one of Southeast Texas’ Targeted Occupations offers what you’re looking for in a new job — long-term growth possibilities, good wages and benefits, stability, and a career that’s traditionally in high demand for our region.
Move up with job training and free online learning courses for next-level skills.
Most people find they need additional training or skills to take the next step in their career path. Many local jobs, especially in skilled trades such as construction, transportation and manufacturing, offer job training including earn-while-you-learn opportunities. You can research available job training programs on our website or connect with a Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas representative at one of our four locations, through online chat or by phone.
You also have access to more than 6,000 free online courses through SkillUp Southeast Texas.
This free resource can help you with technical tracks and industry certifications for jobs you are most interested in. You can also sharpen your skills through flexible self-paced programs including office computer software programs and “soft skill” courses such as time management, communication, and business etiquette that employers look for when hiring new employees.
Your next job is waiting. We’re here to help you get it.
The job market is wide open. The resources discussed above provide some of the best opportunities for you to find and land a better job. If you don’t see what you need here, check our website. Use the Chat Now button to connect with a live Career Specialist. Call us at 1.877.843.5627 or visit a local Workforce Center for more assistance.