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Dayne Young

 Dayne Young was not employed when he entered the HVAC program at KTC-Poteau. During his time at KTC, Dayne was a great student and was always very easy to work with. After the completion of the program, he went to work for his instructor's HVAC company in Leflore County. He always expressed his gratitude to Choctaw Nation and the Career Development program for giving him the opportunity to reach his career goal.  

 






Investing for Retirement  

Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner

 

You have been saving for retirement, but you really don't understand how to invest the money. With
more employers switching from pensions to defined
contribution plans like 401(k)s, the burden of
investing for retirement is shifting to employees.
Here are 5 tips to help you out.

Keep It Simple
Most of you have heard the expression "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." You want to hold a diversified portfolio. But this does not mean you
have to hold a lot of different investments. Use mutual funds. Mutual funds pool your money along
with other investors and buy diversified portfolios for you.

● For example, an S&P 500 index fund would buy the stocks that make up the S&P 500.

● By owning this type of mutual fund, you indirectly own all the S&P 500 companies without
the hefty trading commissions.

● Your retirement account provider will offer a variety of mutual funds to choose from. But
sometimes there are too many choices.


  
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May 2014                      choctawcareers.com 


Six Ways to be Sensational at
Your New Job
 

 

Career Headlines / Published May 5, 2014

Your goal at work should be to prove that you are an exceptional employee. Assume you just got a new job at a great company.How can you stand out as an exceptional employee?  

  1. Behave as if you're still being interviewed. Think of your first 30-90 days as an extended
    interview. Prove every day that you deserved to be hired. You'll work harder and smarter, and you won't take anything for granted.    
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  3. See your manager as a person to help, not a person who tells you what to do. Your manager has many things to do. The more you help your manager achieve goals, the more highly you will be valued. Plus you'll find it's a lot easier to work hard when you feel you're helping someone instead of obeying them.
  4. Go the extra mile early and often. In the beginning you probably won't have all the skills and experience you need. Work hard and everyone around you will know you're trying. For a short while, that may be enough.    
  5. Spot the high performers and mimic them. Pick out the top performers and study them. Learn how they approach their work. It's smart to copy people who do well.    
  6. Find a way to stand out. Work at being known for something specific, such as responding more quickly, following up first, or offering to help before you're asked. Pick a task that truly benefits the company and other employees - and work to excel at that task.    
  7. Never forget why you were hired. You were hired to help advance the goals of the company. Remember that you win only if the company wins, and your contributions can help the company win.

  

 

 

 
 

          

  

   

 

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presented by Eileen St. Pierre, Certified Financial Planner

 

Do you NEED to start saving for your child's college but you don't know where to START?

Why is it important to start saving for college early?
Why does it matter whose name is on the account?
What are the different college savings options available?
Which of these options are right for my family?

Join us for this webinar to get the answers to these questions.

 

Title: Saving For College  

 

Date:  Wednesday, June 4th

Time:  11:00 am

 

 Register here!

 

 

 

Building Your Online Career Brand:  
Five Tools for Job-Seekers 
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 Are you still using Monster or CareerBuilder to post your resume or search for jobs? Are you wasting countless hours each day searching for jobs online -- with minimal or no results for all your efforts? Are you searching for a better way to find a new job or career?

 If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, this article will provide you with the tools to proactively take control of your job-search while using the Web to build your career brand.

 What is your career brand? It's a combination of your reputation as a worker combined with a promise of your potential and impact on future employers. Your career brand can start with a resume (if it's a good resume), but goes far beyond traditional job-seeking methods to include a plethora of tools.

 The goal of this article is to help you to understand and use these online branding tools to establish or build your online reputation. Branding guru Dan Schawbel refers to these as your "digital assets." The future of job-hunting -- your future success in job-hunting -- will require establishing and managing your online career brand.

 Career Branding Tools for Job-Seekers
 1. LinkedIn profile. If you are a professional -- or an aspiring professional -- you must have a profile on LinkedIn, a business-oriented networking site that consists of millions of experienced professionals from around the world, representing hundreds of industries from more than 200 countries. When you join, you can create a profile that can serve as both a resume and an introduction to your career brand. Once your profile is completed, you then build connections with other members, getting introduced to new people through the people in your network. Read Jason Keath's 6 New LinkedIn Job Search Tips.
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Are You Ready?  Here Are The Top 10 Skills For The Future 
Forbes -- Reuven Gorsht, SAP 
 
 
As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind. If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is actually committed to doing a good job, engaged, it really drives home the point that we may need to take a deeper look at the skills we have today, map them against the various trends that are impacting the workplace, and derive a view to the skills we will need moving forward.

A recent report published by the Institute for the Future (IFTF), does an outstanding job of identifying the key work skills and capabilities needed in the next few years (and arguably needed now). Here they are: 
 

 
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