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Plano: City of Excellence

March 18, 2017 by

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If you need a reason to feel some good ol’ civic pride do I have a story for you!  The February 10 issue of the Dallas Business Journal published an advertorial discussing all the ways that our city is one of the metroplex’s leading places to work and live.

For incoming and local businesses Plano boasts one of the highest, most diverse, workforce populations in the area as well as nearly TWICE the national average of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher. And with several area universities and colleges, businesses have a steady stream of college grads funneling into the workforce.

Plano has been named by Money magazine as “The Best Place to Live in Texas” and a top 3 place to live in the entire United States.  It is an excellent place to raise children with 23 National Blue Ribbon Schools and several other accolades and honors.  There is also plenty for adults to do with a lively cultural downtown district and plenty of parks and restaurants.

The article also cites DART rails accessibility, the Sam Rayburn Tollway and of course DFW Airport as contributing to the success of our area.

There is much more in the article and if you want to access it you can visit your library and look at the February 10th edition of the Dallas Business Journal.

Also, check out the Business Journal as an excellent source for local job search information!

Options for a Better Job

March 9, 2017 by

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2017 appears to be the year for those who want a new job or a promotion. According to the March 2017 issue of Money magazine, the job market is hot right now with some 40% of U.S. employees actively hunting or soon will be. With more competition in this hot market, it’s more important than ever to set yourself apart from the rest of the field. Authors Kristen Bahler and Martha C. White have written the playbook in detail on how to achieve this in the article “How to Get a Better Job Now.” This is a two-part article which explores everything from making the most of social media to how to make your case for a raise or promotion.

Part 1 discusses details for those who want to change jobs. The first task in this process is deciding what’s important to you. Doing an honest assessment of prioritizing your skills and desires are key to these decisions. More details on how to achieve this and many more important skills are included in this section.

Part 2 is focused on making your way up the corporate ladder. Prominently featured in this section is advice on getting a salary increase. Also included are specific websites that can help you determine your worth in this undertaking.

This article is chock full of helpful information on how to make the leap to a new job or improve the situation in your current position.
To read the full article, please refer to the March 2017 issue of Money magazine or online here.