Volume 19  Issue  9                                                                                            SEPTEMBER 2019
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND CAB NEWSLETTER
QUICK LINKS FOR CAB CLIENTS:     Home Finance   ~   Financial Aide
Have you noticed?
The Career Development website has a new look. Check it out!  

JOB FAIRS - Coming in October & November
  • October 8th 10AM - 2PM, KTC in Hugo, OK
  • November 7th 10AM - 2PM, Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau, OK

Are you an adult who is going back to school?  

We're here to help!   ~~   Click Here


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EMPLOYMENT SERVICES - COACHING CORNER

If your RESUME has been circulating in the job market for more than a month and  you haven't gotten requests for job interviews--
t he problem could be your resume!

 Find articles and sample resumes, as well as great tips for creating effective cover  letters so your resume is read and you receive those job interview invitations.

Can you work your way through college to avoid loans?
Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner
A common myth is that you can work part-time and be able to pay for college and avoid taking out loans. While this may have been true when I was an undergraduate with scholarships in the late '80s, it just isn't realistic given the rising cost of attending college.
 
Just how much do you need to work?
 
According to the College Board, the average annual in-state cost for tuition, fees, and room & board is $21,370. The minimum wage in Oklahoma is $7.25/hr. Assuming you only get 2 weeks off for finals,
 
  • You would have to work 53 hours a week (assuming you get time and a half after 40 hours) to pay for college.
  • If you can only work 40 hours a week, you would make just $14,500.
  • Oops, we forgot about taxes. You'll have to work even more.
  • You cannot afford to get sick.
 
Now assume you land a job for $10/hr with no chance of overtime.
  • If you work 40 hours a week, you would gross $20,000. After paying 20% for taxes, that leaves you will just $16,000.
  • You will need to get a second job to avoid taking out a loan.
 
The bottom line : It is not always possible to just work more. Something's got to give. 
Create a realistic college plan that focuses on reducing overall costs. Check out this video:
 
Contact Eileen at everydayfinancialplanner@gmail.com for more information.

Career Development Success Story:
Aaron Tur

With help from Choctaw Nation Career Development, Aaron received his Commercial Driver's License from CDL University in Oklahoma City.
For jobs with the Census Bureau, click here.

The Importance of Credentials Click here for our Video
A credential represents a formal validation of an individual's qualifications and professional competency in a specific industry.

What is the value of a credential?  An industry certification ensures that you are proficient in a field, while allowing you to enhance your professional brand. By promoting your credential to organizations, your peers and the public at large, you are able to present your base of knowledge, skills and experience.  Click here for NCDA website
Attention Career Development Clients!
Have you landed a job?

Our Employment Services Specialists  are available 
to assist with any part of your job search.

Contact us for help with:

        • Resumes (we review & assist with developing resumes)
        • Cover letters
        • Linked-In Profiles
        • Interview Prep
        • Employment Applications
        • General Job Searching
        • Applying Online
--or most anything related to you landing 
a great job and starting a new career. 

Call us today!   
866-933-2260
Choctaw Nation Career Development | www.choctawcareers.com | 866-933-2260

**Articles and information shared in this newsletter are not considered to be endorsed by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma or the Career Development Program, but are considered to be helpful information only.