People and Their Pets…Got Cat? A Good Vocational Assessment Question to Ask

Reading Time: 5 minutes Originally published on: Dec 17, 2012/updated Dec 17, 2019 and posted again today! When I meet with an individual to perform a vocational assessment, I ask questions to gather information about their work and life background. One question I ask, underlying other questions regarding psycho-social factors, is about pet ownership. Asking about pet ownership during… Continue reading People and Their Pets…Got Cat? A Good Vocational Assessment Question to Ask

Happy 19th Anniversary Vocational Resources Plus

Reading Time: 5 minutes Vocational Resources Plus LLC Celebrates the beginning of 19 years in business! September is a special month for me. My birthday is on September 15 and I started my own business on September 15…back in 1963 and 1999 respectively! Please read on for information on Vocational Resources Plus LLC. I offer life care planning as… Continue reading Happy 19th Anniversary Vocational Resources Plus

Vocational Evaluators: 3 Roles in 1. Germs, Competitors, and a Shredder Help!

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my Iowa State Days and into the Fall of 1994, one course I recall quite well was Microbiology. Here I am, a new mother, messing around in a laboratory with germs. Okay, microbiology is better defined as “The branch of biology that deals with microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms.” Luckily I… Continue reading Vocational Evaluators: 3 Roles in 1. Germs, Competitors, and a Shredder Help!

Being Nosey, Opinions and I Make My Point Clear! Job Placement is Hard Work!

Reading Time: 3 minutes One summer while I was walking around Gray’s Lake, I eaves dropped over a conversation two young women were having about tap water throughout the city. I was right behind them, ready to make a fast pass around…and interested in their subject! I’m not like Gladys Kravitz all the time! One thought Urbandale water was… Continue reading Being Nosey, Opinions and I Make My Point Clear! Job Placement is Hard Work!

Why I Got Into Rehab Counseling….I Love Placement and Life, Too! – Part 3

Reading Time: 6 minutes HERE IS MY STORY, continued oN – Part 3 To understand my passion for job placement (and caring for others!), I’ve blogged about my former jobs and learning experiences.  This helps me (but I do feel kinda old going waaaayy back in time) look at a variety of occupations from a unique advantage.  Thank you for… Continue reading Why I Got Into Rehab Counseling….I Love Placement and Life, Too! – Part 3

Nice Talking to You Randy! Never Stop Using Your Soft Skills!

Reading Time: 2 minutes I just got off the phone after a gentleman named Randy called my business inquiring on my needs regarding this website. I responded after listening to the purpose for his call… I’m it as far as who’s in charge of this site! He had good verbal communication skills, so our discussion continued. It was unusual… Continue reading Nice Talking to You Randy! Never Stop Using Your Soft Skills!

The Skills of a Football Player and a Fantasy!

Reading Time: 4 minutes [Original Post Date: Oct 8, 2012] Randy and I got back from Kansas City last night, after spending the weekend in Missouri. Once again, in comparison to the people we encountered in Chicago a few weeks ago, I found locals clad in red to be quite friendly! We went to yesterday’s Chiefs game.  It was… Continue reading The Skills of a Football Player and a Fantasy!

Don’t Be a Dumb Bunny, Use Your Soft Skills to Your Advantage

Reading Time: 4 minutes I pay close attention to transferable skills when assessing employability, especially those skills we have come to call “soft”. Soft skills refer to interpersonal abilities that enhance an individual’s interactions with others, career prospects and performance on the job. Soft skills are comprised of personality attributes or habits (no not rabbits >-=], social graces, communication,… Continue reading Don’t Be a Dumb Bunny, Use Your Soft Skills to Your Advantage

Soft Skills Matrix, Take A Look!

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve blogged about Soft Skills  in my writing about Don’t Be a Dumb Bunny; and just wanted to add this soft skills matrix to help.   Soft Skill Other words that mean the same Examples when soft skill is used Manners Politeness, consideration, courtesy Saying thank you, holding doors open for others, asking permission to do things… Continue reading Soft Skills Matrix, Take A Look!

The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Peacock written by Amy E. Botkin 1/24/15 CRHP Retreat Look past the strutting and into the beauty. As the morning begins, we praise. The sun shines through the multicolored stained glass. We reflect on our journey through life. Our hearts flutter at joy in such holy surroundings. The mixing of colors, teal, green, yellow, blue….they glow, spread, encompass….our hearts,… Continue reading The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life