Back to Work help available to job seekers


Jeff Falk

Avery Ruxer Franklin

Back to Work help available to job seekers
Rice’s Glasscock School offering new resources for Houston-area unemployed

HOUSTON – (June 29, 2020) – As unemployed workers struggle to find jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is offering a series of reduced-tuition virtual workshops as part of its new Back to Work initiative.

The series of five interactive online workshops launching July 16 will teach everything from basic work searching skills to techniques for turning a job interview into a job offer.

“The Back to Work initiative will give job seekers the advantage they need to set themselves apart,” said David Vassar, assistant dean of the Glasscock School. “At the same time, we have priced the series aggressively in order to maximize access to these important job search skills.”

The five workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Job Search Fundamentals: Resume and Personal Brand
  • Networking Online and Effective Job Search Communications
  • Advanced Job Search: How to Stand Out in a Tough Market
  • Persuasive Interview Techniques: Building the Case for You
  • Leading from Anywhere: Influence and Leadership at Work

Each two-hour workshop costs $25, or $100 for all five. To register or for more information, visit

The Back to Work initiative is the third in a series of offerings from the Glasscock School aimed at providing educational opportunities to the Houston community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The school previously launched OpenRICE, which offers relevant and timely expertise and insight, free and online, to the Houston community across a range of topics. And the Back in Business initiative, in partnership with The Ion, provides guidance to small business owners, helping them return to normal operations and recover from closures.

“The Glasscock School has always served as a resource for career changers and advancers,” Vassar said. “In a highly competitive market like today’s, the skills needed to get a job can be just as valuable as those needed once an individual is hired.”


For more information, contact Avery Franklin, media relations specialist at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.

About Avery Ruxer Franklin

Avery is a media relations specialist in the Office of Public Affairs.