11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

Unorganized meetings are the worst!

Everyone has been in a meeting that seems to never end, nothing is accomplished and you walk away wondering why you were even invited in the first place or why couldn’t this have been covered in an email … you are not alone!

Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to their professional growth and the betterment of their company.

Organizations need to set expectations, so that a positive, constructive and professional experience is had by all employees. All it takes is a little preparation. Continue reading

Job Search Tips for Women in Celebration of Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, an annual observation dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history. The female presence in the workforce is increasing in just about every industry. With women working more, their earnings have become a growing share of the family income. For those currently looking for work, here are some strategies to employ during your job search.

Put your Social Skills to Work and Network Effectively

According to a Brandwatch blog, women are biologically wired for social networking.  When it comes to the Internet, women are more engaged than men. Take advantage of your digital savvy and use the Internet, social media and job sites as the basis of your job search.  The natural charisma, articulation, and grace of women can be powerful tools of persuasion. Show off your confidence by creating conversations, leading groups, and attending multiple in-person networking events. LinkedIn is a forum for connecting and networking.  There are many helpful groups that you could join to interact with like-minded people.  All-women networking groups have cropped up in recent years and can be easily found through LinkedIn.

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The Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

disabilityMany employers are finding success with an often overlooked talent pool — candidates with disabilities. Forward-looking employers are developing proactive sourcing plans to create a recruiting pipeline that includes candidates with disabilities.


Many businesses that employ individuals with disabilities report reduced employee turnover, increased employee loyalty, and increased morale and productivity of other employees. According to Maryland.gov “Strong human capital strategies, which include recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities, are pivotal to maintaining competitive advantage.”

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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 2)

Veterans’ Economic Communities Initiative

Earlier this year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, with leaders from national and local veterans’ service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort focused in a total of 25 U.S. cities to promote economic success for veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making veterans the center of all we do.

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75,000 Solar Industry Jobs by 2020!


The White House’s climate change goals, which call for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by up to 28% by 2025, could be a major boon for jobs in the solar industry.

The Obama Administration is announcing actions to supporting our veterans in getting a share of those job opportunities. The president unveiled a plan to train 75,000 solar workers including veterans, by 2020. This is an increase from the previous goal of training 50,000 solar workers by 2020 announced in May 2014.

The Department of Energy, (DOE), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), launched The Solar Ready Vets program at ten military bases on Friday, April 3, a program which prepares veterans to work in the solar industry. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has praised the move. SEIA President Rhone Resch has estimated that the solar industry will likely surpass the goal of 75,000 new jobs by 2020.

The pilot program on Camp Pendleton had already produced results: Of the 20 Marines, who completed training on February 13, each received at least one job offer from the five major U.S. solar firms who are recruiting as part of the program.

The DOE provides four to six weeks of free training to veterans who are transitioning from active military duty to the private sector. The training program is based on the specific needs of high-growth solar employers and is tailored to build on the skills that veterans have acquired through their service. This accelerated training will prepare them for careers in the solar industry as installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to working with DOE to direct some GI Bill funding to the program. Over time, this approval will allow more veterans across the country to use their GI Bill benefits to participate in this job-driven training program through local community colleges, where they will quickly learn the skills needed for good-paying jobs in the solar industry.  The Department of Labor (DOL), will work with DOD to make sure that transitioning service members are made aware of solar workforce training programs available to them in their last months of military service.

Veterans possess important skills that transfers easily to the civilian workforce. We at America’s Job Exchange are committed to supporting veteran hiring and applaud all employers who recruit veterans. Additionally, we service some solar industry employers who regularly list their jobs with us. For more information, please visit http://www.americasjobexchange.com/