Take the Guesswork Out of Finding a Job

(Family Features) Searching for a job can be a daunting task-something too many Americans know all too well. Job seekers need to find creative ways to renew and document their skills to stand out from the crowd. Gone are the days when refreshing a resume and customizing a cover letter would give prospective employees a shot at landing an interview. Now, employers are looking for a fool-proof way to know the people they hire will be a wise investment. “Identifying and training the right employee costs time and money to already strapped employers,” said Martin Scaglione, President of the Workforce Development Division at ACT. “Job seekers who can document their skill levels to prospective employers before the interview process help increase their chance of success.” The process begins with preparation and planning. The following steps can help: Plan – Before applying for a job, find out what skill set the job requires. ACT, best known for its college entrance exam, has one of the largest, most robust databases of occupational skills available, with more than 18,000 job titles. ACT-authorized job profilers have analyzed the tasks required to perform each job, and identified the essential skills required for these tasks, allowing … Continue reading →

Summer Reading 101

Keep kids and teens reading – and loving it (Family Features) When school is out for summer, the last thing many kids want to do is pick up another book. However, reading is one of the most important activities children can do now to help themselves later – both when they go back to school in the fall, and later in life. If children don’t engage in educational activities such as reading and math over the summer, they can experience summer learning losses. “With the majority of U.S. fourth-grade students reading below the proficient level, the summer months are critical for student learning,” said Meredith Curley, Dean of the College of Education at University of Phoenix. “By engaging in fun reading activities during the summer months, parents not only have the opportunity to encourage learning, but to motivate their children to develop a lifelong love of reading.” Curley offers these tips for parents and caregivers to help incorporate reading into everyday activities in ways that will make it fun to keep learning all summer long. “Reading is critical for a child’s success, no matter what age,” said Curley. “By finding ways to make reading part of your children’s everyday activities, … Continue reading →