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Tuesday Talks

The Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) team continues to innovate its service offerings to offer world-class workforce solutions for Central Texans and has launched a new informative video series called “Tuesday Talks” to create more value for customers on the digital platforms they use most.

The Tuesday Talks video segments and aim to provide more insights on high-demand career training opportunities, initiatives, workshops, and programs, and will spotlight community partners, customer testimonials, and WSRCA events, all geared towards delivering customized workforce solutions for Central Texans.

The series is hosted by WSRCA Talent Development Facilitators Leslie Stearns, William Russell, and Skye Quintero, and is produced by Emmy award-winning WSRCA Multimedia Content Producer, Angela Maldonado.

Tuesday Talks Episodes:

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Season 4, Episode 2: The Importance of Networking.

Whether you're actively job hunting or looking to advance your career, networking can be your secret weapon.

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Season 4, Episode 1: Meet the Tuesday Talks Team

Looking to kickstart your career journey or level up in your current job? Our Tuesday Talk hosts sit down and about how they're ready to help you in 2024.

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Season 3, Episode 15: Tips To Stay Confident In Your Job Search

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Lead Talent Development Facilitator Leslie Stearns give you five tips on how to stay confident in your job search.

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Season 3, Episode 14: How to Manage Interview Anxiety

You finally land the job interview and you really want the job. But just thinking about the interview makes you sweat. This month's Tuesday Talks tackles how you can manage the anxiety you feel heading into the interview. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator Skye Quintero has four tips to make sure you walk into the interview prepared.

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Season 3, Episode 13: Keeping Up With Technology

Evolving technology means the modern employment ladscape changes faster than ever, making it crucial to keep up. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator William Russell gives you tips on how to keep up.

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Season 3, Episode 12: Crafting Your Career Story

Your career story is your most powerful tool during a job interview. Setting your career experience within a compelling narrative allows an employer to understand your skills, values, and goals. Our Lead Talent Facilitator, Leslie Stearns, walks you through the process.

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Season 3, Episode 11: 5 Tips To Land A Job Interview

Getting ready for job interviews, applying for jobs can feel overwhelming. On this month's Tuesday Talks, we've got 5 tips to jumpstart your job search! Our Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talend Development Facilitator William Russell guides you through the 5 essential tips you'll need to land your next interview.

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Season 3, Episode 10: Tips For Older Workers

Getting older doesn't mean winding down from work. On this month's Tuesday Talks, WSRCA Lead Talent Development Facilitator Leslie Stearns talks about the Top 5 tips you can use to stand out in your job search. Leslie covers how to answer age-related interview questions, plus how your years of work experience can make you a standout candidate.

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Season 3, Episode 9: Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness is the ability to see yourself clearly, to understand who you are, how others see you and how you fit into the world. But when it comes to your career self-exploration, that personal vision can be a little blurry. In this month's Tuesday Talks, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Lead Talent Development Facilitator Leslie Stearns gives you some tips that will put your career journey into focus.

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Season 3, Episode 8: Employability Skills

There's the skills listed in the job post, and then there's the skills you bring to the job. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Facilitator Daniel Johnson talks about Employability Skills, or soft skills, that employers look for during job interviews.

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Season 3, Episode 7: Meet the Business Solutions Team

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Facilitator Kelly Langley talks with Business Consultant Rachel Genzer about her work with local employers. She and the Business Consultant Team build partnerships with local businesses to determine their workforce needs and connect them with local talent. That translates into job leads for you and access to job fairs and hiring events.

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Season 3, Episode 6: Making A Lasting Impression

You may have heard the phrase, "you only get one chance to make a first impression." So, what do you think the impact would be in the workplace? Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Lead Talent Facilitator Leslie Stearns has six tips to make sure you make the most of your first impression during your interview and first day on the job.

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Season 3, Episode 5: Personal Branding

Taking some time to assess your career goals, interests and skills can go a long way when you're looking for that next step in your professional journey. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator Daniel Johnson walks you through the process of developing your personal brand statement or elevator pitch. Communicating who you are and what your career goals are in a few short sentences can set you apart from the other candidates applying for jobs.

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Season 3, Episode 4: Career Exploration

It's the last Tuesday Talks of 2022. Maybe you're reflecting a bit on your career and are looking to change jobs or level up in your current position. We can get you ready for that. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Facilitator Kelly Langley has some quick tips to get you started with your career exploration.

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Season 3, Episode 3: Networking

Networking is more than just talking over drinks and coffee...it's bulding professional relationships with people in your field that can help you navigate where you are in your career or where you'd like to go. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Lead Talent Facilitator Leslie Stearns gives you three tips to get you started on building the kinds of relationships that can help you go far in your career.

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Season 3, Episode 2: Building Rapport

What's connection look like when you're interviewing? It's one thing to talk with friends and another to make a meaningful connection when you're trying to land a job! Our Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator, Daniel Johnson, talks you through tips on how to start building rapport during your interviews.

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Season 3, Episode 1: Top 3 Salary Negotiation Tips

When you don't negotiate your salary, you could be missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars of lost earning potential over the course of your career. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Facilitator Kelly Langley walks you through the Top 3 Salary Negotiation Tips to help you get started.

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Episode 14: The Art of Personal Branding (Part 3) -Creating a Brand Statement

We're at part three of our Art of Personal Branding Series. This week, WSRCA Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis shows you how to turn all your hard work from the last couple of weeks into a personal statement that will show people your career focus and get employers excited at the possibility of working with you.

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Episode 13: The Art of Personal Branding (Part 2) - Defining Your Brand

Before an employer can see you for the amazing employee you are, you got to look inward and figure out how you'd like others to see you. The only thing you need to get started is a pen and a piece of paper. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis dives into the second part of this series on developing your personal brand by showing you how self-reflection can get you far in your career goals.

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Episode 12: The Art of Personal Branding (Part 1) - What Is It & Why You Should Care?

When you think of your career, letting the work speak for itself comes to mind..but that's just part of the picture. How do you want to be seen in the workplace? And what are the characteristics and traits you need to identify to get you there? That's what we mean when we talk about your personal brand. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis kicks off this new series by walking you through the first thing you need to do to develop your personal brand.

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Episode 11: Discover Workforce Solutions

Living in the rural counties in Central Texas means you're pretty familiar driving on I-35...or 290...or 45 and 130 to get access to certain resources, especially job resources. But! Did you know that there's a hidden resource in the rural counties ready to provide you with the job resources you need? Workforce Solutions Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis has a rundown of the FREE services we provide and all within your community!

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Episode 10: Creating a Job Search Strategy

Whether you're looking ahead for the next career opportunity or you find yourself out of a job, taking some time to craft a job search strategy can set you up for success. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis walks you through what you need to update and how to structure your day when it comes to maximizing the time you spend searching for jobs.

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Episode 9: Applicant Tracking Systems

You apply for the job that sounds like it's practically written for you. You submit your stop-traffic resume...then nothing. Nothing but you sliding down a spiral of self-doubt. In this week's episode, we've got a major answer for you as to why this keeps happening. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis breaks down how Applicant Tracking Systems could be stopping you from landing that dream job.

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Episode 8: Cover Letter 201

You have a couple of good cover letter templates in your job search tool kit, that's great! Today's video is Part 2 on cover letters and it's a deeper dive into how to make your letter stand out. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis gives you a list you need to keep in mind when you're writing and a checklist to go over once you've got a draft written.

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Episode 7: Cover Letter 101

You know what needs to be in an attention-getting cover, but you're staring at a blank page because nothing you write could possibly be good to get that dream job. Keep watching because, on this week's Tuesday Talks, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist, Ashlee Davis, gets you past that writer's block.

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Episode 6: Job Search Bad Habits

Thanks to the handy 'Easy Apply' option, you've switched your strategy to apply for all the jobs....well stop! On this week's Tuesday talks, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist Ashlee Davis breaks down the top three bad job search habits you should be breaking today.

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Episode 5: Job Search Strategies

We've talked about what to search for when you are starting your job hunt. This week, we talk about *where* exactly you should be searching. In this competitive job market, you do not want to miss when the perfect job is posted. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Specialist, Ashlee Davis, talks about some easy job search strategies you can apply to your search today.

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Episode 4: Job Search Tips

The success of your job search could boil down to one word: keywords. This week, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator, Rachel White, gives you three tips you can use today to make the most of this tactic to take your job search to the next level.

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Episode 3: Career Lattices

Figuring out what job to apply for or which career field to switch to is one thing, but what does growth look like once you take that leap to a new position? Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator, Rachel White, talks about a custom tool we built that shows you possible growth pathways.

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Episode 2: What is LMI?

The power of information! Before you begin your job search or take the first step to jump to another career, check out labor market information. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Talent Development Facilitator, Rachel White, breaks down how this information is key to looking at job salaries, finding out which careers are in demand, and in which cities those jobs are thriving. Oh, and did we mention Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area can walk you through how you can apply this information to your job needs?

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Episode 1: WSRCA 101

Our Tuesday Talks series aims to give you need-to-know information to help your job search or career exploration. The best thing is that we designed these videos to let you learn on the go. This week, WSRCA Talent Development Facilitator, Rachel White, breaks down how we're able to help with no-cost recruiting, employment, and information services to jobseekers for nine counties in Central Texas.

Ready to take part in a full career-enhancing workshop? See our event calendar of free daily training sessions held online and in-person: https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/calendar

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