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Words and Phrases for Doctors' Visits

Looking for a job can be stressful, and so can coping with situations that arise in the workplace. Stress can adversely affect your health. It's important to take care of yourself, whether you are unemployed or employed. 

Here are some simple words and phrases to help you at the doctor's office. If you like, you can fill out the following form and bring it to your doctors' visit.

Helping Ex-Prisoners Re-enter the Workforce

Today there are over 4.5 million adults on parole or probation in the United States. Finding a job is likely the most important reason ex-prisoners become successful members of their communities, instead of returning to prison. When ex-prisoners succeed in returning to their communities, we say they have been successful at "reentry."

Even though it is difficult for ex-prisoners to find jobs, many of them do. Most employed ex-prisoners needed the support of family members, friends, and/or service professionals to find jobs; it's simply too difficult for most people to do it all alone.

If you are a family member, friend, or professional trying to help someone who has been incarcerated, this blog is for you.

Improving Your Chances of Being Hired - Part Two

We've looked at six questions to ask yourself about your interview habits. In this blog, we explore three common obstacles job seekers face when trying to make a good impression. We'll also look at some ways these problems can be overcome.

Common Obstacles to Improving Interview Habits

1. I don't have the money for nice clothes. 

2. My living situation and my financial situation make it difficult for me to keep myself as well-groomed as I would like to be.

3. I am nervous about making mistakes and seeming socially inappropriate. I don't want to look foolish.

Improving Your Chances of Being Hired - Part One

It can be discouraging when you know you are qualified for jobs, but you don't get them. Why does this happen? Usually it's impossible to know for sure. There is no point in blaming yourself if you aren't hired for a job. However, sometimes it can help to change some simple things about the way you present yourself in interviews.  

Following are six questions to ask yourself about your interview habits. By changing a few details, you might be able to increase your chances of being hired.

Reducing Stress

In this blog, we'll examine ways to reduce stress.

Unhealthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Many people try to reduce stress by drinking, smoking, and over-eating. Unfortunately, doing any of these things too often can create health issues and a variety of other problems that end up creating more stress. Many people isolate themselves and don't leave the house for long periods of time when they are stressed. Isolation and sitting or lying down all the time can cause greater feelings of sadness and loneliness, which don't help stress.

Simple, Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Even if your time if very limited, trying some of these things when you have a little time may help noticeably reduce stress. You haven't failed if you can't do these things every day. You don't have to be perfect. Just do the best you can, and make a consistent effort to take care of yourself when you feel stressed.