Jobseekers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) that I get as a Career counselor:

Q: How do I find a job?

A: Use CAREER ONE STOP to search for jobs and to create your resume.

Q: Where can I get help to find employment?

A: USE CAREER ONE STOP!!! It’s FREE. Counselors and career resources are available for FREE. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Website: https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/toolkit.aspx

Q: How do I figure out what job I want?

A: Take the careers interest assessment. Compare employment trends. Look at the fasting growing careers. Compare your career options.

Q: How do I know how much I should ask for my salary?

A: Use Career One Stop to research your salary and compare wages.

Q: Where do I find free training and certifications?

A: Career One Stop can assist you with finding grants and funding.

Q: How do I translate my skills?

A: Use the Career One Stop Skills Profile and Occupation Translator.

Las Vegas Shooting: 59 Killed and 527 Injured

On the evening of Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of unsuspecting victims during the Route 91 Harvest music festival, held at the Las Vegas Village and Festival Grounds. Paddock fired on the crowd of 22,000 from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Initially from video footage, the crowd thought they were hearing fireworks, but with the second spray of gunfire concertgoers began running for their lives.

“People were getting shot at while we were running, and people were on the ground bleeding, crying and screaming. We just had to keep going,” witness Dinora Merino, 28, told the Washington Post. “There are tents out there and there’s no place to hide. It’s just an open field.”

On Monday, October 2, 2017, police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, as the lone shooter. Police found 23 firearms, including handguns and AR-15-style assault rifles, in Paddock’s room. Law enforcement sources said two rifles were set up on tripods in front of windows that had apparently been broken with a hammer-like object. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas police department said that Paddock had brought at least ten suitcases into his room during his four-day stay.

Law enforcement sources told the AP that Paddock attached bump stocks to two semi-automatic weapons to make them function like automatic weapons.

Another 19 firearms were found in Paddock’s Mesquite, Nevada home on Monday, along with explosives and several rounds of ammunition. According to CNN, several pounds of ammonium nitrate, which is used to make explosives, were found in Paddock’s car.

Endometriosis – Suffering in Silence

I’ve secretly suffered with the pain of Endometriosis since I was a 10-year-old girl. Imagine a young girl walking the halls of elementary school with jackets and sweaters tied around her waist in the summertime scared that I might have an embarrassing “accident” due to heavy bleeding. Not understanding why for days at a time I had to lay in bed with disabling pain, vomiting and unable to keep food and pain medication down. Ginger-ale, crackers and heating pads became my sanctuary for days at a time each month.

At 12-years-old I remember vividly getting diagnosed with Endometriosis. My gynecologist prescribed to me birth control pills. My primary care doctor said to me (a child) “now this doesn’t mean you can go out and have sex without condoms.” Then she preceded to give me the abstinence talk and essentially chastised me for needing to take the birth control pills. I was so ashamed I actually signed up to visit Planned Parenthood a “safe” place where I could get my birth control pills at no cost and without judgement. No child should be shamed by a doctor for seeking medication that was prescribed to help a serious medical condition like Endometriosis (but I was.)

The birth control pills helped for several years but not without multiple side effects. I experienced hormonal changes. Constantly cried. Had periods of depression. I gained weight. My hair fell out multiple times. My skin would sometimes experience acne. I had spotting. Each time I would tell my gynecologists and primary care providers they would dismiss my concerns.

During the ages of 18-years-old to 32-years-old I was able to successfully serve in the United States Air Force. I struggled with Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Ovarian Cysts. I was constantly at sick call due to heavy bleeding, vomiting, severe pain and anemia. I had multiple surgeries to diagnose and to alleviate the pain. Nothing worked. Many times I was accused of malingering meaning “faking my sickness.” Men and women supervisors did not understand “why I wasn’t getting better.” There was very little compassion. I learned to deal with my suffering in silence. There were moments when I went to work and quietly vomited in the stalls during my shift-work. I would bring heating pads, crackers and ginger-ale in my bag. Mission came first!

At 30-years-old I decided to stop taking the birth control pills and to undergo the fertility workups to see if I could have children. Infertility is common with those who suffer from Endometriosis. I endured painful months suffering quietly with my periods. The doctors performed exploratory surgery to remove the Endometriosis. At this time my military chain of command threatened to punish me for undergoing an “unnecessary” surgery. It was difficult to explain to the woman that was my military leader how severe the pain was during my menstrual periods. She didn’t empathize because she had never experienced such pain. In her mind it was completely made up. I ultimately decided to end my Air Force career and focus on my health. I wanted to beat Endometriosis and needed peace of mind and freedom to seek the necessary healthcare treatment.

At 35-years-old, my periods became heavier. I once bled for 45 days straight. My anemia had reached severe levels. I remember going to the emergency room. It was a Catholic hospital. They refused to give me the birth control needed to stop the bleeding citing religious reasons. My gynecologist previously inserted an IUD to “help with the bleeding” but it made matters worse. The emergency room doctors immediately removed the IUD. I was suffering in my own hell.

As a civilian I thought the workplace support would get better. It didn’t. My civilian manager actually called me into her office and said: “Your sick leave balance is low. My leave balance has never gotten this low. It looks bad.” She never once thought to ask me what was going on or what I needed. I voluntarily showed my management all of my medical paperwork. I was able to go to my medical appointments, take the necessary time off when I was in chronic pain or vomiting and get surgery without going into the negative on leave. I ultimately was forced to file an EEO complaint for discrimination due to a documented medical disability.

Fast forward to the present. At 38-years old, after multiple surgeries, prescriptions and diagnosis of Endometriosis, Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts I still suffer with the chronic pain. I’ve tried Chinese Medicine, herbs, accupuncture, herbal teas, exercise, vegan eating, just about every treatment recommended. Nothing has worked. There’s been countless times where I’ve missed work, social events, and other commitments due to being in the emergency room or being in bed unable to move. My quality of life has suffered severely due to Endometriosis. Unfortunately a hysterectomy may be my only relief. I hope a cure is found soon to help those of us suffering in silence with Endometriosis.

~Love,

Simply Ebony a Chronic Endometriosis Sufferer

Beard Game Matters Goes Viral

Mike McMillan started the group Beard Game Matters to provide a place for men with beards to collaborate and to promote his beard care products Man Cave Essentials Formula 27.  The group immediately went viral and grew to over 471,188 members in just three weeks. Women joined at an exponential rate hoping to find their next beard Bae. McMillan has proven one thing: Ladies Love Men with Beards! ❤️❤️❤️

McMillan plans to host Beard Game Matters Meet and Greets, educational workshops, and a sexy Beard Game Matters calendar is in the works. Men with beards and women that love beards go check the group out! Happy early Christmas ladies.

Love,

Simply Ebony

Amazon Hot New Release: Behind the Rank

Wow!! Thank you to everyone that purchased the digital copy of Behind the Rank. Congratulations to my 29 coauthors of #BehindTheRank Vol 1 book! Pre-order your signed copy now at https://www.paypal.me/LadyofInspiration/23

Our book hit the Amazon Hot New Releases Bestsellers Lists at

#1 in United States Military Veteran History,

#1 in United States Veteran History,

& #4 in Women in History

#Military #WomenVeterans #Amazon #BestSellers #USAF

FEMA Jobs – Temporary Workers Needed!!

There are a lot of questions and rumors about FEMA job postings for Harvey. If you’re interested in getting involved in the response, make sure you’re working through trustworthy sources.

To verify, please visit the rumors section of the FEMA Hurricane Harvey page: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey.

For those interested in volunteering/donating, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) has a list of Texas organizations here: https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104

If you’d like to help out the FEMA mission as a temporary hire, visit: https://careers.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

Help the victims of Hurricane Harvey  

By Ebony Johnson

Updated 9:41am EDT, Tue August 29, 2017

Survivors of Hurricane Harvey continue to evacuate as rescuers work diligently to pull people from rising floodwaters. The evacuees have been forced to flee with just the clothes on their backs. Humanitarian Aid groups are working together to provide food, shelter, and emergency services to the survivors. 

Here are several ways you can help. 

American Red Cross
You can donate by phone and online to help the hurricane victims through the American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/

You can give any amount online, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10. Or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

GoFundMe
GoFundMe.com has set up a Hurricane Harvey Relief page to help support those who have been affected by the storm.

Houston Flood Relief Fund formed by Houston Texan JJ Watt. The fund has reached over $383,000. 
Houston Flood Relief Fund – https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053 

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has begun a page for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. There, anyone can make a financial donation to a disaster relief charity by phone, mail or online.

Catholic Charities the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is accepting donations. Their recovery efforts will include disaster response and recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding and health care services.

You can make donations online or by phone. You can also text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate.

Catholic Charities – https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER

Amazon/Whole Foods
Whole Foods Market Headquarters, based in Austin, Texas, has teamed up with Amazon.com to help raise funds for flood victims.

Amazon and Whole Foods Market will match cash donations made on Amazon.com, up to $1 million total, to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

If you are in Texas, there are additional ways you can help: 

Donate blood: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center desperately needs more than 2,000 units of blood. The biggest need is for O positive and O negative. A list of locations to donate blood can be found here: https://southtexasblood.org/

Donate food and clothing: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking people to donate clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and food to nearby shelters. Feeding Texas (http://mailchi.mp/ac80c17d9660/harvey-food-banks) is coordinating with local food banks to distribute food and cleaning supplies. The organization is asking people to drop off non-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels. The Texas Diaper bank (http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/) is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 or drop them off at the same address.

Help with clean up: Austin Disaster Relief Network (https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey/is asking for toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools. They can be dropped off at the Hope Family Thrift Store (http://hopefamilythrift.org/) in Austin. Volunteers can also sign up for cleaning efforts there.

#Houston Shelters are available to provide a safe place for residents evacuated by the hurricane.

Gallery Furniture is welcoming Houstonians in need of shelter from rising flood waters to the location off I-45 North between Tidwell and Parker. Gallery Furniture is stocked with food, water, plenty of mattresses and looks forward to keeping their neighbors safe from the storm. Gallery Furniture is in need of pet kennels or crates.

CITY OF HOUSTON

George R. Brown Convention Center

Downtown Houston

1001 Avenida De Las Americas,

Houston, TX 77010

Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that all City of Houston Multi-Service Centers and some other designated City and non-profit facilities will be opened for those who may need immediate shelter from flood waters.

Houstonians residing in flooded dwellings may consider seeking temporary shelter by walking to a neighborhood Multi-Service Center or other designated facility. Only consider this option if it is safe to do so. Driving vehicles in flood waters is discouraged. 

Call 3-1-1 (713.837.0311) to report high water and other non life-threatening incidents. City officials are asking residents not to call 9-1-1 unless there is a life-threatening emergency.

Multi-Service Centers:

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center

6402 Market Street

Houston Texas 77020

832.395.0895

Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center

4014 Market Street

Houston, Texas 77020

832.393.3800

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center

9314 Cullen

Houston, Texas 77051

832.395.0069

Third Ward Multi-Service Center

3611 Ennis Street

Houston, Texas 77004

832.393.4051

West End Multi-Service Center

170 Heights Blvd

Houston, Texas 77007

832.393.5950

John Peavy Senior Center

3814 Market Street

Houston, Texas 77020

Kashmere Gardens Branch Library

5411 Pardee

Houston, Texas 77026

Additional temporary shelters offered by non-profit agencies:

Fallbrook Church

12512 Walters

Houston, Texas 77014

Lyndale United Church

503 Reeid

Houston, Texas 77002

MD Anderson YMCA

705 Cavalcade

Houston, Texas 77009

Trotter Family YMCA

1331 Augusta Drive

Houston, Texas 77057

Community of Faith Church

1024 Pinemont Drive

Houston, Texas 77091

M.O. Campbell Education Center

1865 Aldine Bender Rd.

Houston, Texas 77032

YMCA at Calvalcade

705 Cavalcade St.

Houston, TX 77009

Northshore High School – 9th Grade Campus

13501 Hollypark Dr.

Westside High School

14201 Briar Forest

Paul Revere Middle School

10502 Briar Forest

Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road

#BehindTheRank! Official Release September 2017

I’m excited about my collaboration with @LilaHolley in our new book #BehindTheRank! Official Release is in September 2017. Pre-order yours now at https://www.paypal.me/LadyofInspiration/23

Behind the Rank, Volume 1 is a collection of powerful voices, calling out to every woman, woman Veteran, service member and those who seek to understand our stories.

Discover what it takes to face struggles in the military and life head on, to stop being a cover girl suppressing real life problems, to stand proudly in the uniform, and to celebrate womanhood.

#imwithher

#sistersinarms

#femaleveterans

#womensrights

#humanrights

#womenservetoo

#military

#militaryfamilies

#veterans

#supportthetroops

#womenwholead

#militarymoms

#socialchange

#nonfiction

#militarybooks

#greatreads

#goodreads

#bookboost

#bookplugs

#newbookcomingsoon

#must

Do You Embrace Your Power?

Ladies: Do you embrace your power? I had this discussion yesterday with my Coach and again at night. I oftentimes have a problem spotlighting my WINS. I've accomplished a lot in my life but still I always feel like it's never enough or I'm hesitant to toot my own horn. Is this you? Why do we do that? Why don't we confidently showcase our talents and let our light shine? #TruthTuesday