Corpus Christi and The New Year

At The Wilson Group we are very excited about the new happenings in Corpus Christi. If you have been looking into moving here or just broadening the outlook on your backyard, we have some information for you!

There are some very exciting groundbreakings and openings happening in 2015. Alamo Drafthouse has announced there will be a new location in Corpus. An exciting new place for movie-lovers to see a flick and get a meal, Alamo Drafthouse is known for independent screenings and special sing alongs and movie events. It will be located on Yorktown and Staples.

The long awaited Schlitterbahn water park will be opening Spring Break 2015. This is exciting for families and adventurers alike with a wave-river, boogie bahn and lots of restaurants and concessions. Schlitterbahn will be an exciting place to visit this summer!

An exciting groundbreaking on the expansion for the Texas State Aquarium just happened this month. This $50 million expansion will bring the four-story Caribbean Journey wing. This will be the largest expansion the aquarium has ever had!

If you are looking for something to do in Corpus Christi after the holidays you can check out the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Taking place at First Christian Church on Santa Fe, this end of season celebration brings together over 200 costumed roles as well as countless choir and orchestra parts all to benefit the Food Bank. This show has brought the community together for more than 30 years.

There is also a birding trip you can take in January. On the Winter Birds of South Texas tour is a boat ride on Aransas Bay where you can see the Whooping Crane and many others.

On January 1st there is the Polar Bear Plunge to support ALS research at Fajitaville on North Beach. Plunge into the water, come out, dry off and warm up indoors. Lunch, a beverage (alcoholic or non) and a tshirt are included in your entry.

We are so excited about what the new year has to bring in Corpus Christi! Join in the new year with a new job by visiting our website.

Corpus Christi Industry Opportunity

Industry is crucial to the success of a town. Influx of business and production not only adds to the financial success of an area, but also to its people and their happiness. The opportunity of jobs, as well as new consumer and city-regulated services in a variety of fields, allow our daily lives to continue as they are now, if not improve them greatly. Corpus Christi is not exempt from these benefits, as new industry plant projects are popping up all over San Patricio County!

 New plant construction projects have swept the county in recent months, in industries such as chemical and steel production, amongst others. Offering jobs in areas such as construction, mechanical operations and management, it’s time to get yourself ready for all of those potential employment opportunities- and TWG is here to help!

Check out our website or Facebook page for information on resume do’s and don’ts, cover letter formatting, implementing social media networking into your job hunt, and other pertinent job search information. These companies could start hiring any day, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. We also offer direct hire services, if you are looking for employment on a shorter timeline. Whatever your employment needs, we’re here to help.

Networking Tips and Tricks

This year The Wilson Group wants to encourage you to network. Networking can look much different with the technology of today, as you can do so with social media sites such as LinkedIn, by emailing friends, or by attending networking events! We want you to get your name out there!

Networking Events
Go to at least one face-to-face networking event a week. You can use Google or your daily newspaper to find them. Make sure to leave your resume at home but bring some business cards and start talking. Get comfortable starting conversations and just talk about the event and the other person, taking interest in what they have to say. If it’s appropriate, within a couple of minutes, describe your own situation. Include previous experience and that you are looking for a new opportunity.

Networking on LinkedIn
There are three major ideas to remember when updating your LinkedIn profile for networking for a new job.

  • Get detailed. Make sure that you add as much detail in your profile as possible. A detailed profile is a strong profile. Try and add as much experience as you can and be specific as to what skills you have. Add all of your contact information to make it easy for businesses to contact you if they have an opportunity that fits you.
  • Proofread. Businesses will often look at your LinkedIn profile to see how good you are at communicating. If your LinkedIn profile has a typo, the company will think that you are not a very skilled writer, which can hurt your chances at getting a job. Treat your LinkedIn account as you would a resume.
  • Get a good picture. A picture is worth a thousand words. If your picture is professional and has a good resolution, you are really well off. If not, have a professional picture taken of yourself that you could use in a work environment.

Networking With Friends
Make sure to get old classmates, colleagues family and friends involved in your job search. Drop an email just catching up and make sure to include that you are looking for a job. This is an easy way to find out if there are position open in businesses that aren’t posting. You may also want to make job search business cards to carry around with you in case you see someone while you are at the gym or grocery store.

For more help finding a new job, check our website. Also be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Corpus Christi’s Snail Mail to be Processed in San Antonio – Will It Affect You?

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Last week we learned that the Corpus Christi mail processing facility is going to be consolidated into San Antonio’s, part of a major endeavor on behave of the U.S. Postal Service to cut costs quick. In fact, the CC sorting facility is one of 223 slated for closure throughout the U.S.— of a total 461. Yes, very nearly half of our mail sorting facilities are closing.

It’s unclear what this will mean for Corpus Christi’s businesses. Part of the reason for the post office’s situation is that the sheer volume of mail being sent out, both by individuals and by businesses, has declined steadily as people have adopted email and cloud computing. The change may not affect you or your business at all…but on the other hand, it might, so now would be a good time to start preparing.

First and foremost, if you’re not already using your email for general correspondence, start! We’re not saying to stop penning hand-written notes to your pen-pal, but if you or someone you know is sending event invitations or resumes out by snail mail, now would be a good time to go electronic.

The second step is to start minimizing the number of documents you have to send or receive in the mail. Paperless billing is a great tool offered by many service providers, like your cell phone or cable company, and it saves paper and trees, too. If you find yourself sending a lot of documents or large files by mail, be aware that there are a wide variety of options for sharing these files online now. Consider using a service like DropBox to share large files (such as video or high-resolution images) with clients, coworkers, or family members. For smaller documents, like a resume or a contract, most email services will let you send attachments as large as 10 or 20 megabytes. If yours doesn’t, consider setting up an account with Yahoo!, Gmail, or another service, at least for sending these kinds of files.

The digital world is changing an awful lot of things about the analog world, and in a hurry. It’s no surprise that the U.S. postal service is having to downsize. Expected or not, though, it’s a shame to see people losing their jobs. If you or someone you know is among those, feel free to send them here to upload their resume!

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