Last year, I attended the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s State of the State address. The keynote speaker was Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin. As Gov. Fallin spoke about our state, she excitedly focused on our 5.2 percent unemployment rate, which is among the lowest in the nation. She was boastful in how awesome we were doing in comparison to other states. As everyone clapped, I begin to get irritated, (even a little angry) because that number is not representative of all the residents in our great state.
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Only 2 percent of job candidates make it to the interview according to Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts. That means, more than ever, job seekers have to be intentional about maximizing the interview. Interviews don’t have to be scary. You are simply answering questions about yourself. The more prepared you are, the better interview will go. These three things are common mistakes that applicants make in the interview. By understanding why they happen and learning how to overcome them, they will help you ace any job interview.
When a president takes office, the first 100 days are widely considered the most important benchmark determining the success of their term. The same applies to a new employee’s first 90 days of employment. For many companies, your first three months are used as a testing period to review your work performance and to examine how well you fit within the company culture. It is critical that you make the best impression during this time. If you focus on mastering one specific thing each month, you can make an incredible impact.
Social media has revolutionized the way the world interacts and connects with each other. Many people see the effects it has on everyday life, but do not realize social media isn’t just “social” anymore- now it has a huge impact on business. Like any useful tool, social media can propel your career to the next level or detour your journey. It all depends on how you use it. Whether you are looking for the right job or are trying to hold on to the one you have, social media can have a huge impact on your success.
Since owning my business, I have been asked many questions about networking. For instance, is networking important, how do you properly network or have I felt uncomfortable at networking events because I am African American?
The millennial culture has the ability to change our work environments more than any other occurrence. They do not just add another group to diverse categories, they bring with them an air of individuality and an attitude that makes their arrival seem intriguing and arrogant at the same time. Millennials’ entrance into the workforce are making companies adjust their company culture to attract these young, talented professionals. They want competitive pay, more vacation time, and the company to be located in a city with entertainment and nightlife, plus a training program to move up the company ladder. More important than all those perks is the millennials desire to be comfortable in their own skin. This means embracing their diversity, both visible and non-visible, all while being proud of the characteristics that make them different. They want to work for a company that will appreciate their diversity and allow them to build their professional career.
You have heard it all before. Diversity training does not work. It makes certain segments of your workforce feel neglected – mainly white, heterosexual men or your seasoned employees and blah blah blah …
We cannot afford to waste talent.
For five years the Pride gift shop in the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center has carried same-gender couple cake toppers for wedding cakes. Some of that merchandise has been on the shelves the whole five years. That all changed on Monday morning, October 6, 2014, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Oklahoma marriage equality lawsuit and similar lawsuits from other states. The Oklahoma case was on appeal from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado, which had upheld U.S. District Judge Terence Kern’s January 14, 2014, decision striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. The minute the announcement was made that marriage licenses could be issued to same-sex couples at court clerk’s offices across the state, the phone calls started coming in on the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center’s LGBT helpline requesting cake toppers for gay weddings and officiants to perform the ceremonies.