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Boston-Bound: A Preview of the 29th Annual AJLA Conference

The countdown has begun: in 29 days, AJLA states will convene in Boston for the 29th Annual AJLA Conference. From Tuesday, July 25, to Thursday, July 27, we will enjoy the hospitality of The Langham – Boston and the opportunity to network with workforce development colleagues and AJLA–TS staff. [ read more ]

#ThankATeacher for Shaping the Future

Think back to a teacher who changed you. Almost all of us can name a teacher who played a role in our academic, personal, or professional development—someone who inspired us to pursue a certain educational or vocational path or who kept us sane during the insanity of school.... [ read more ]

April Showers and AJLA Meeting Hours

April is the month of spring showers, baseball home openers, and the 2017 America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA) Spring Meeting. Join us in Kansas City, MO, April 19–21, for the chance to connect with AJLA–TS staff, enjoy spring at the Country Club Plaza, and learn more about the latest topics in workforce development and the latest updates to AJLA–TS software.... [ read more ]

5 Steps to Winning at Presentations

Is it your turn to present at the staff meeting? Are you giving a talk at a business conference or job fair? Were you asked to prepare a presentation for a job interview? Whether you’re workforce center staff, an employer, or a job seeker, you will run into occasions when you need to talk in front of other people... [ read more ]

School's In Session: Continuing Education for Professionals

If you read our post about New Year’s professional resolutions, you know that the goal of learning something new can benefit your career. By learning a new skill or topic that’s relevant to your work, you are advancing your skill sets, building your career portfolio, staying current and relevant, improving your confidence, and adding... [ read more ]

Ringing in the New Year: Five Professional Resolutions for 2017

Whether you are workforce professional staff, a job seeker, or an employer, we’ve identified five commitments to make in the upcoming year to improve your career... [ read more ]

AJL Works with Veterans: Transitioning from Military to Civilian Careers

November 11 marks Veterans’ Day, a day dedicated to honoring American service members. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, American veterans numbered 21.2 million, and of those, 495,000 were unemployed. As workforce development professionals, assisting veterans in transitioning... [ read more ]

Top 5 Things To Do in Nashville

In six weeks we’ll be gathering in Nashville, Tennessee, for our annual AJLA Winter Meeting. Join us at the landmark Renaissance Nashville Hotel from Wednesday, December 7, to Friday, December 9, for opportunities to collaborate and brainstorm about AJLA products during the day, and to enjoy music, food, and... [ read more ]

#InclusionWorks: Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to focus on the value that workers with disabilities bring to the workplace. With nearly 20% of the working age population represented by people with disabilities (think one in five), employing workers with disabilities... [ read more ]

List Lovers: Discover the Bullet Journal for Work

I have a problem. Some might term it an addiction. I love lists. I need lists. I have lists for everything; I have lists of new lists to make. I have whole notebooks dedicated to my lists. And recently, I’ve found I’m not alone. Buzzfeed, Reddit, and Instagram have been populating the internet with images... [ read more ]

Celebrating the American Workforce

You know it as a day off—a day to relax, probably grill out, maybe take a short road trip or save money on appliances or back-to-school sales. But Labor Day—the first Monday in September—celebrates the accomplishments of American industry. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, a time ... [ read more ]

Color Me Stress-Free: The Adult Coloring Trend at Work

Have you noticed stacks of coloring books in the magazine racks in the grocery store? Have you seen patrons at coffee shops, book stores, or libraries with pencils or crayons spread out around them? Did you notice Twitter and Instagram were inundated with the hashtag #NationalColoringBookDay... [ read more ]

Top 10: After the Conference Day Ends

We know you’re coming to the 28th Annual AJLA Conference because it’s a fantastic professional development opportunity—a chance to get updates on workforce issues, hear guest speakers' unique perspectives on the workforce, network with other workforce colleagues, and pick up strategies for creativity and... [ read more ]

Try Out Topi: Annual Conference App

Are you going to this year’s 28th Annual AJLA Conference in San Francisco? We sure hope so! The theme this year is Collaborate – Create – Captivate, and we’ll be using innovative ways to engage attendees and generate opportunities for creative collaboration. To this end, we’re excited to announce an app... [ read more ]

Got the Date for the Golden Gate

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the 28th America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA) Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, July 19–22. This year’s conference theme is Collaborate – Create –Captivate, and we’ll be exploring the power of creativity and collaboration to captivate job seekers... [ read more ]

Thank You for Your Public Service

The first week of May is Public Service Recognition Week, honoring those who work as government employees on the federal, state, county, and local levels. The event has been hosted by the Public Employees Roundtable since 1985, with the purpose of promoting government careers, educating Americans about... [ read more ]

Green Your Workspace

Earth Day is a day to consider how best to take care of our planet. One way to participate in Earth Day could be to green up your workspace. Reduce your carbon footprint by walking or riding a bicycle to work if possible. Too far to walk or cycle? Carpool with co-workers or take public transit. Have a long commute... [ read more ]

Viva La Volunteering: The Benefits of Service for the Workforce

Perhaps you saw the recent video of the 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin breaking out her dance moves when she met President and Mrs. Obama at a Black History Month event. Two weeks later, on the eve of her 107th birthday, Virginia was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement... [ read more ]

What’s New With 13.2: Staff Searches

In the last #FAQFriday post, we answered frequently asked questions from job seekers and employers about the new searches released with America’s JobLink (AJL) 13.2. In this week’s post, we’ll answer questions about the searches from the perspective of... [ read more ]

What’s New With 13.2: Self-Service Searches

Over January and February, all AJLA–TS-hosted states transitioned to the 13.2 update of America’s JobLink (AJL). The biggest changes with this release are redesigned job and resume searches. In this #FridayFAQ post, we’ll answer some of the most common... [ read more ]

The Answer Is… What is CTE?

February is CTE Month®, a month dedicated to spreading awareness of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and its role in creating an educated and skilled workforce who are prepared for in-demand careers. As the due date for the Workforce Innovation... [ read more ]

Asking the Right Questions: Brainstorming a Social Media Plan

According to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, 79% of Americans who looked for jobs in the past two years used online resources. Of the nearly two-thirds of Americans who use social media, 35% used social media to find jobs and... [ read more ]

Kansas City: Home to Blues, BBQ, Baseball … and the AJLA Spring Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2016 America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA) Spring Meeting in Kansas City, MO, March 29–April 1. Please visit our Events page for details including the draft agenda, hotel reservation information, and online registration... [ read more ]

Houston, We Have a Blog!

Do you work for a OneStop Career Center or state workforce agency? Are you interested in how the workforce is evolving and in knowing more about public policies and programs to meet employment needs? Do you subscribe to software from America’s... [ read more ]