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Michael Carney

 IMichael Carney am a 21 year old member of the Choctaw Nation from McAlester OK. And with the help of the Choctaw Nation Career Development program was able to attend Southeast Oklahoma School of Welding in the Pipeline Welder Course. With the help and support of the Choctaw nation and school instructors, I was able to complete my training and enter the field of Pipeline Welding immediately after graduation from Southeast Oklahoma School of Welding, which has given me a great career that I enjoy and has allowed me the opportunity to travel to different places meeting new people and experiencing new things while making great money to support my family.



Use Your Tax Refund to Jump Start Your Savings 

Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner


Sometimes all you need is a little push to get you started on saving for a particular goal. For many people, their tax refund is the largest sum of money they will get at one time during the year. Why not use it to kick start your savings? Three good uses for your tax refund are building up your emergency fund, opening a retirement account, and saving for college.

Build Up Your Emergency Savings Fund 
You should try to keep at least three months living expenses in a savings account at all times for 
emergencies - more if you have dependents. Keep track of your expenses for a few months to see how much you will need to save. Link your savings account to your checking account and transfer a small amount 
to savings every time you get paid. By making the 
transfer automatic, you'll adjust and find that you are not 
missing this money.
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Cherokee Nation hiring for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 


  •  For more information, contact Dixie Weathers at 918-453-5735 or dixie-weathers@cherokee.org, or Cherokee Nation Career Services at 918-453-5555.
  • Cherokee citizens will be given preference 
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and other Cherokee Nation-owned casinos offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, life, vision and dental insurance; a 401k matching plan; paid vacation and sick leave; and many other benefits.   


cabheader Join us for this FREE Financial Literacy Webinar  

presented by Eileen St. Pierre, Certified Financial Planner


Title: Planning for Retirement  

How do I determine how big my retirement "nest egg" needs to be?
Where will my retirement income come from?
What's the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA?
How can I save more money for retirement?
What can I do if I got a late start towards saving for retirement?

Please join us for this webinar to get the answers to these questions.


Date:  Wednesday, May 7th

Time:  11:00 am


Register here! 





Why millennials have a tough time landing jobs
Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 1:57 PM ET


It's job-hunting season on campuses across the country, and the anemic job market is adding some extra stress to spring for many millennials.


Recent college graduates are facing less unemployment than those without college degrees, but a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found they are still contending with a nearly 8 percent jobless rate. And 44 percent of recent college graduates are underemployed, meaning they hold jobs that do not require a college degree, according to a separate report by the New York Fed.  


But it's not just slow job growth that is hurting millennials' job search prospects. In many ways, hiring managers and others say, they are hurting themselves.  


Stories abound of millennials showing up in casual clothes for formal interviews, bringing-and using-their phones during the interview and worse. Read more.


The First of the "Big Four" Career Success Skills  

Career Solutions Publishing / March 17, 2014 
Career Headlines has identified the "Big Four" for career success: Good work ethics, readiness for employment, communication skills, and ability to apply technology. This lesson looks at good work ethics.Career Headlines has identified the "Big Four" for career success: Good work ethics, readiness for employment, communication skills, and ability to apply technology. This lesson looks at good work ethics.
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Good Work Ethics 
Every industry has ethical guidelines, often called codes of conduct. For example, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides a Code of Conduct; and BeautyCouncil, the association for cosmetologists, provides a Code of Ethics. You can research your industry's ethics code on the Internet. Read more. 

Graduation is Just Around the Corner!

It's time to make the transition from Student to Employee, and there are many things to consider as you begin your job search!  Typically, students primarily  think about the technical skills they have learned, and how to best showcase those skills to a potential employer.   But, when one looks at the job search process from the employer's point of view, the technical skills may not be the priority at all.  In fact, employers indicate that "Soft Skills" are a very high priority in the hiring process.  They look for that candidate who can make a quick and smooth transition into their company's culture and become an effective, productive part of their team. Therefore, it's equally important to showcase your Soft Skills during your job search process.  Here are some tips to help you develop and effectively demonstrate your soft skills:

9 Things You Must Learn to Do Before You Graduate -- Self Taught Workplace Skills 
By Dawn Rosenberg McKay - About Career Planning

There are certain skills you will need to have when you become part of the workforce. While they won't be included in any formal curriculum you will encounter while in school, you should make an effort to acquire them before you graduate. Here are nine of the skills you can learn as a student.  
o   Learn to Be Independent 
o   Learn to Ask for Advice 
o   Learn to Take Feedback 
o   Learn to Be Prepared 
o   Learn to Say Not to Fun 
o   Learn to Be Assertive 
o   Learn to Ask for Help 
o   Learn to Solve Problems & Think Critically 
o   Learn to Manage Your Time


PROFESSIONALISM - How to Conduct Yourself at Work 
By Dawn Rosenberg McKey - About Career Planning 
Professionalism is defined as one's conduct at work. In spite of the word's root, this quality is not restricted to those in occupations we describe as "professions," typically those which require a high level of education and have high earnings. Cashiers, janitors and waitresses can demonstrate a high level of this trait, just as doctors, lawyers or engineers can display a low level of it, and vice versa. 
As with good health, the absence of professionalism is usually more obvious than its presence. Who will notice whether you have this quality or not? Your boss definitely will as will your customers and co-workers, and it can affect your ability to keep your job and advance in your career. So what can you do to make sure you exhibit professionalism and what can you do to ensure that you don't show a lack of it? Follow these dos and don'ts:   
o   Make Being on Time a Priority 
o   Don't Be a Grump 
o   Dress Appropriately 
o   Watch Your Mouth 
o   Offer to Help Colleagues 
o   Don't Gossip 
o   Try to Stay Positive 
o   Don't Hide From Your Mistakes 
o   Always Fight Fair 
o   Don't Lie 
o   Don't Air Your Dirty Laundry 
Your Employment Services Team offers one-on-one assistance with soft-skill development and job search strategies.  See our Active Job Search Workshop to get started on the pathway to your dream career!


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