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Leigh Anne Russell
Leigh Anne Russell

Dear Chief Pyle and the Choctaw Nation,


I began my journey to become a Physician Assistant (PA) in July 2008.  I knew it was going to be a long and mentally challenging 3 years, but financially, I was unsure just how hard it was going to be.  Lauren English, my career counselor, and the Choctaw nation, made sure I didn't have to struggle financially to achieve my goal of becoming a PA.  With the loving support of my family and friends, and after many sleepless nights studying, I graduated with Honors with a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas in May 2011.  I am currently employed full time as an Emergency Room Physician Assitant at a hospital system in the DFW area.  Thank you to my husband, family, and friends for their unconditional love and support and thank you to the Choctaw Nation for financially contributing to my dream of becoming a PA!



Leigh Anne Russell

 5 businesses that rip off the poor


Those who are struggling financially should avoid several industries that aim to exploit them. Fortunately, they can do so by considering some alternatives.

1/6/2012 1:57 PM ET|

By Liz Weston, MSN Money

As Americans' incomes shrink and credit gets harder to come by, several industries have stepped in to make it harder for people to get from paycheck to paycheck.


These businesses claim they're filling a void left by mainstream lenders. But if you fall into the clutches of any of these outfits, you can find yourself in a far deeper hole than you're in now, with much less money available to help you climb out.


Here are five businesses that you should be wary of and some alternatives that make more sense when money is tight. More.



Employment Spotlight - Feb. 2012


10 Hot Careers for 2012 and Beyond

By Anne Fisher, contributor


Hiring overall probably won't pick up much next year, but there are pockets of prosperity even in this job market. Here's where the most opportunities are now.


FORTUNE -- Strange but true: Despite the fact that unemployment is stuck at around 9%, which translates to about 15 million Americans out of work, nearly 3 million job openings in the U.S. are going unfilled, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Why? The biggest reason is a mismatch between the qualifications employers are looking for and the skills job hunters have.


So which skills are most in demand? Here are 10 of the hottest:

  1. Information Technology
  2. Health Care Professionals
  3. Health Care Management & Support Staff
  4. Engineers
  5. (See more)


For additional information on job outlooks, see: Bureau of Labor Statistics




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March 15 - KTC, Antlers



 Job Interviews: Are You Listening?

February 15, 2012

 Most of the articles about interviewing focus on what job seekers should say - how they should answer questions and, also, what questions they should ask.  But, when we think about it, we realize that talking is really only part of a conversation.  An equally important part of a successful interview is listening. 


Dallas Recruiter Jeff Lipschultz, President of A-List Solutions and's Working With Recruiters Expert, pictured here on the left, offers excellent advice on also being a good listener. 


You're a "good communicator," but are you listening?

by Jeff Lipschultz

One of the most popular requirements listed for an open job posting is "good communicator."  Most people immediately think something along the lines of "Yes, I am good at communicating my message clearly to individuals and large groups." 

But this is only half of being a good communicator.  Hiring managers want to know you're also a good listener. More 






Our 5th Annual Career Expo is just around the corner!  Employers can register for a booth to this FREEevent.  Space is limited and booths are filling up quickly!  Employers...register your business here! Job can view a current list of registered exhibitors here.








Career Advice


January 22, 2012 

When you can't tailor your résumé to a particular employer, try the Target Job Deconstruction technique
The reason you're told to tailor each résumé for every job to which you apply is because you need to speak to needs of the employer. Further this will impress the employer with your research of the position and demonstrate how you can solve problems. This makes darn good sense.

But let's be realistic; this is not possible for every résumé you write, particularly if:

  • you're posting your résumé on a job board where it will be stored in a résumé bank among millions of other résumés;
  • you don't have a descriptive job ad and/or;
  • there's no one to network with to find the real deal about the job for which you're applying.

So what's the solution? More.

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