Book Review: “Secrets of Six-Figure Women”

“Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies To Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life” is a gem of a book. Author Barbara Stanny is the same person who wrote, “Prince Charming Isn’t Coming,” the classic book that inspired readers to stop waiting for a spouse, the lottery, or any other external source of salvation to […]

How To Re-Enter The Workforce After A Long Absence

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I am a 37 year old housewife with a BSBA in Management. I haven’t worked in the past 10 years, and my work experience before that is in a different country, as a cashier. Even though I have a degree, my lack of experience, and no references keeps me unemployed. I am […]

How To Land An Entry Level Job

Dear VocationVillage.com, My fiancé is trying to find a meaningful career. He has worked for the past 10+ years, mostly in various delis/pizzerias/restaurants, etc. He has no college degree. He has been applying online to various jobs where no degree is necessary and he can start entry level, such as UPS and Geico. However the […]

Houston Recruiters and Employment Agencies

This list of Houston recruiters and employment agencies is maintained by VocationVillage.com for the convenience of visitors to this site. Inclusion here does not represent endorsement of any of these agencies. Please do your own research before working with any of these companies. Whether any particular agency or recruiter is a good fit depends on […]

Accounting Software Skills Most In Demand By Employers

One bit of career advice I have always given job seekers is to do an analysis of current job ads to see which skills are most in demand by employers, and then to compare those skills with the job seeker’s own career history and expertise to see if any gaps need to be filled in. […]

From Unemployed Teacher To Education Entrepreneur

Lindsay Barron was an unemployed teacher who was first challenged by the stress of substitute teaching and then by temp firms where she was told, “You have no skills.” Lindsay decided to shape her own career destiny by launching The Whole Child Learning Company, which provides enrichment services for young children (age 2-5) in child […]

Book Review: “What Does Somebody Have To Do To Get A Job?”

Author Cynthia Shapiro’s book, “What Does Somebody Have To Do To Get A Job Around Here?” is so grim and depressing in its portrayal of corporate America, I am not sure anyone would still want to land a job there after reading it. Ms. Shapiro’s first book, “Corporate Confidential,” was called “informed and disillusioned” by […]

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How To Quantify The Unquantifiable On Your Resume

Dear VocationVillage.com, Career experts always stress the importance of quantifying results (numbers tell a story, right?) on your resume, but I’m in a field where results are often difficult and sometimes impossible to quantify (mental health counseling). For instance, how would you quantify the improved mental health of your clients? I suppose I can quantify […]

Long Distance Job Search

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I have a successful career in Boston earning a six figure income in a “jack of all trades” type executive position. I use some technical skills, some budget and financial skills, some strategic visioning skills, and some project management skills where I am the liaison between software developers and end users. My […]