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Coastal Bend job experts say preparation is key to landing a job during COVID-19

Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 19:31:53-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — COVID-19 has made finding a job a little more difficult, but as we reported last week, there are more than 5,000 jobs available in the Coastal Bend.

"Some of the timelines have looked a little different -- some of the application deadlines have been extended," said A&M-Corpus Christi's Director of Career Services Leslie Mills. "And the majority of the interviews have moved just virtual or phone interview."

Whether you are a graduate or looking to get back into the workforce, there are plenty of opportunities.

The Corpus Christi Independent School District recently had its first virtual job fair.

"We had over 130 interviews that day that were held by campus administrators over Skype," said CCISD's Human Resources Director Debbie Nunez.

Nunez said the district will make 70 job offers just in this week.

While people hunt for the right job position, it is important to remember what it takes to land the right job. Starting with advice and tips for a good interview.

As an employer, Nunez said she looks for three things from applicants:

  • How much do they know about the company?
  • Did they research on the job position?
  • What did they bring to the table to help them stand apart from the competition?

Nunez said it's all about "becoming familiar with the position." The district was hiring teachers in its last job fair.

When doing research on the company and job position, Mills has some advice.

"A lot of the research you can find on the job posting, just looking for some keywords in that job posting," she said. "Thinking about how you have that skill or how you display that skill."

Nunez said when presenting yourself during an interview, make sure you limit distractions and come prepared.

Also, check your surroundings for a proper background and of course, dress for success.

Mills also said to personalize your resume to each job position, and make sure you know your resume completely.

"So just really knowing your résumé so that you can really be prepared to answer any questions that might come from your résumé," she said.

Here are this week's Workforce Solutions of the coastal bend hot jobs

ALICE

PRE-K TEACHER

Job number: 14057194

Salary: $21.15-$28.37/hour

Education: Bachelor's degree from accredited university

Requirements/job duties: Must have valid Texas teaching certificate with required endorsement and certificate or training in subject and level assigned.

CORPUS CHRISTI

CORRECTIONS OFFICER CADET

Job number: 13952760

Salary: $15.14 plus benefits

Education: high school or GED

Requirements/job duties: be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen; pass background check; must be certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards & Education (TCLEOSE) within a year; must guard and transport inmates and ensure rules are followed.

TRUCK DRIVER I

Job number: 13956423

Salary: $14.47 Hour plus benefits

Experience: Six months prior experience

Requirements/job duties: Ensure proper routine maintenance in road and bridge, maintenance and repair activities. Class B-Texas commercial driver’s license required.

KINGSVILLE

ASST. AUDITOR

Job number: 14064161

Salary: $12/hour

Education: High school or GED

Requirements/job duties: answer phone, help with inventory, keep track of contracts and grant, Review reconciliation reports. Also helps with purchase orders, payments and budgets. Class C-Texas driver’s license required.

REFUGIO

CONSTRUCTION LABORER

Job number: 140644476

Salary: $14-$20/hour

Experience: One year previous experience required

Requirements/job duties: Criminal record will be checked and must have a Class C-Texas standard driver’s license. General labor to work in housing construction.