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Annie’s Project Set for Six Thursday Evenings in Macon County

Ladies of Macon County, join us for Annie's Project in January … Annie’s Project is... more

Forestry Works for Alabama!

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … Based on results from the 2013 U.S... more

2013 Agronomic Crops Team IMPACT REPORT

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has published an impact summary for the Agronomics Crops Team detailing results and outcomes for... more

Alabama Extension Offering Alabama Cottage Food Law Training

The first training aimed at helping Alabama entrepreneurs comply with Alabama’s new Cottage Food Law will be held from 1 to... more


(NEW COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE BLOG SERIES - SUBSCRIBE AT https://sites.aces.edu/group/commhort/blog/) Many beginning or new commercial vegetable growers are faced with the... more

Food Entrepreneur Conference, Feb. 27-28 in Prattville

As an aspiring food entrepreneur, you may offer the best food products on the market, but have you drafted an adequate... more

Two-Generation Farm Business Workshops Scheduled for February

For many families working to transfer a farming operation from one generation to the next, it's not the legal, financial and... more

Alabama Mississippi Tourism Conference Provides Participants with New and Innovative Ideas

Participants attending the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi Tourism Conference in Guntersville, Ala., learned numerous ways to bring in tourists to their rural... more

ACES Efforts in TAA Program Result in Positive Economic Impacts for Participants and Communities

Alabama Cooperative Extension System-sponsored training targeting Alabama producers adversely affected by unfair trade practices generated an economic impact of almost... more

Building a Strong Foundation for Green Industry Businesses

Garden centers, nursery operations and landscape businesses face many of the same challenges as other small businesses... more

Job Search! Marketable Skills

Job Search

This publication is the first in our Job Search series designed to help you prepare for a job search. Taking a good look at your skills, values, and interests is an important first step in any job search. Consider all three factors when you make a decision about your future. This publication focuses on marketable skills and takes you through the skill identification process. Other publications in this series discuss how values and interests relate to careers.

Skills are abilities that make it possible to perform tasks. Marketable skills are abilities that are in great demand in the labor market. Regardless of your level of work experience and even if you are looking for a first job, you have valuable skills. There is, however, a difference between a skill and a marketable skill. For example, a machinist who has just been laid off after 15 years of working on a lathe possesses skills. However, because he or she worked on a lathe that is rarely used today, the machinist will need to get training on modern equipment to acquire the marketable skills necessary to use today's technology and get another job. Marketable skills may change over time depending on employers needs. Employers are more likely to hire job applicants with marketable skills, especially when there is a shortage of qualified workers. Unfortunately, many people are not sure about the skills they possess and miss opportunities to showcase their abilities during job interviews. Others may choose jobs that do not match their abilities.   more...


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The Road Ahead
28 pages of tips on caring for yourself, safeguarding your family, and facing the challenge of tough economic times