Archive for September 2010

The Worst Mistake You Can Make On Your Resume – Yahoo! Finance

September 27, 2010

The Worst Mistake You Can Make On Your Resume – Yahoo! Finance.

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“To call or not to call” – Connie’s Corner

September 24, 2010

Tip: Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

Q: Dear Connie:  I am looking for a job and have had several interviews within the last few weeks.  The problem is that I have not heard back from some of these companies.  Is it okay for me to call them? 

A: Dear Shall I Call: While what you are experiencing is not uncommon, it can be very frustrating to interview for a position and never hear anything from the potential employer.  It is perfectly acceptable to contact the person who interviewed you to ask if they have made a hiring decision.  The key is to not call too often or too soon after the interview.  If you find that no decision has been made, your phone call lets the potential employer know that you are still interested.  If you call and find that someone else has been hired for the position, you will at least know that this job is closed to you and you can begin to explore other options.

To alleviate this problem with future interviews, try to establish a timeline with the potential employer while you are at the interview about when a hiring decision will be made.  If the person interviewing you gives a certain date when the decision should be made, ask if you can contact him or her on or around that date to see if a decision has indeed been made. Having this timeline will reduce the amount of stress and anxiety you feel waiting for the phone to ring and establish to the potential employer that you will follow-up.

It is also a great idea to follow-up any interview with a thank-you note.  Not only is this courteous, a note establishes to the employer that you are definitely interested in the position. It will also leave the employer with a positive impression of yo

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Career Connections

September 21, 2010

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Heather Burchfield with Second Harvest Food Bank speaking at the Workforce Campus Career Connections about how to best use social media in your job search.

To find a Career Connections meeting near you, visit our Calendars page on our website.

Career fair offers opportunities for 50+

September 20, 2010

By Getahn Ward – The Tennessean

A career fair for people age 50 and above will take place at LP Field on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Sponsored by AARP, Employment Guide and WiserWorker.com, the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature employers from a range of industries that will accept resumes and have available full-time and part-time opportunities.

A workshop titled “The Power of Promoting Yourself @ 50+” will be presented at the fair by Tara Shaver, AARP Tennessee community outreach director, and AARP volunteer Maggie McCormick. It will include tips on creating a personal brand, a 30-to 60-second “elevator speech” and tips for dressing for success. An overview of Shaver’s presentation is available on the AARPTN Internet channel on YouTube.

Macy’s to expand, add 250 jobs at Portland distribution center

September 19, 2010

Online sales drive need for 250 new jobs in Portland
By G. Chambers Williams III – The Tennessean

Retailer Macy’s Inc. plans to expand its Portland, Tenn., distribution center by 374,000 square feet and add 250 full- and part-time jobs by fall 2011.

The facility, which opened in spring 2007, already has 570 year-round employees working in 600,000 square feet of space. In addition, Macy’s usually hires about 600 temporary workers during the holiday season to handle Christmas orders at the center.

The expansion brings a bit of good news to the state’s job outlook, which showed minimal improvement in August with a decrease in the statewide unemployment rate to 9.6 percent from 9.7 percent a month earlier, according to data released by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Matt Kisber, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, announced the Macy’s expansion during a noon luncheon at the annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development at the Nashville Convention Center.

He praised the Cincinnati-based retailer for its continued investment in Tennessee.

Besides the Portland center, which processes orders for macys.com, the company has nine department stores in the state with total employment of about 2,500 people. It operates stores under the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s names.

The expansion was made necessary by brisker sales for Macy’s online operations, said Tom Cole, the company’s chief administrative officer.

“Our online sales at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have grown rapidly in recent years, by a total of 19.6 percent in 2009, followed by another 31 percent in the first half of 2010,” he said. “It is important that our systems and support facilities also continue to develop so we can drive growth in the online business and serve customers effectively and efficiently.

“Portland already is a state-of-the-art fulfillment center, and this expansion will allow us to scale up its capabilities to handle the higher … volume.”

“It is important to adapt to new environments.”

September 17, 2010

Tip for the day:  “You have to believe in something yourself first, before you can get others to believe.”-Ashraf Seddeek, Oracle Corporation

Q:  Dear Connie:  I have started a job with a new company.  I am confident I have the skills I need.  At my old job I was told I did not adapt well.  If I am skilled isn’t that enough to make me a good worker?

A:   Dear Needs Adjustments: It sounds like a previous supervisor was trying to tell you that there is more to being a good worker than being skilled on the equipment you use.  It is important to adjust to your surroundings in the workplace.

Skills are considered transferable or adaptive.  The experience you have gained using equipment, and learning processes in the past would be considered transferable skills.  Transferable skills can be used, moved or shifted from your last job to your next job.  You can take the same skill and use it anywhere you gain employment.  For example, you may have planned a large project for a convention at your last job.  In your new job you may plan a large project for the opening of a new office location.  The two events are different but the skill you use, “planning,” is the same.  Therefore, planning is a transferable skill.

An adaptive skill is one that pertains to your behavior or personality which changes according to a person’s age, cultural expectations, and environmental demands.  You may have reported to work at 8am in your old job.  Your new job may start at 7:30am.  You will need to “adapt” your time management skills to get up earlier to be at work on time in your new position.

Employers consider the skills listed as essential for job survival:

  • Good attendance
  • Honesty
  • Arrive on time
  • Follow instructions
  • Meet deadlines
  • Get along with supervisor
  • Get along with coworkers
  • Hardworking, productive

You have the ability to perform all of these skills.  You may just need to fine tune the skill by using a little discipline.  With adaptive skills, practice does make perfect.  The more you practice the skill the more it will become second nature to you.  A positive attitude is extremely important in accomplishing these skills.  So, if you keep a positive attitude, then you have the power to change your behavior.

Connie’s Career Corner is your source for career information.  E-mail questions for future columns to ConniesCorner@Nashville.gov. Visit us at 155 Legends Drive Suite M, Lebanon, TN 37087.

New GM engine at Spring Hill to bring 400 jobs, $500 million investment

September 16, 2010

By G. Chambers Williams III – The Tennessean

General Motors will spend up to $500 million to build a new assembly line for its next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine at its Spring Hill, Tenn., manufacturing complex, and recall about 400 laid-off workers to make the engines, a source with knowledge of the plan said Tuesday.

A news conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at the plant for GM to announce the plans, the source said. GM officials declined to confirm the information, but spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said a media advisory about a coming event would go out on Wednesday.

The automaker already builds two Ecotec four-cylinder engines at the Spring Hill plant, employing about 400 workers in that operation.

Those engines, a 2.4-liter and a 2.0-liter turbocharged version, are used in a variety of the company’s vehicles, including the Chevrolet Malibu and Equinox, GMC Terrain and Buick Lacrosse.

GM furloughed about 2,000 workers at the plant late last year when assembly of the Chevrolet Traverse crossover utility vehicle was moved to Lansing, Mich. But 1,045 workers remain employed there, including 899 hourly and 146 salaried, building engines and operating a metal-stamping facility that makes body panels for the Traverse.

About 400 of those workers assemble the current Ecotec engines on two separate lines, but that number would double when the third line opens, the source said.

While the new line would build the next generation of the fuel-efficient Ecotec engine, the other two lines would continue making the current generation engines for up to five years. Most of those engines would be exported, the source said, while the newer generation would be used in GM vehicles built for the North American market.

The United Auto Workers union, which represents hourly workers at the plant, declined to discuss GM’s plans for Spring Hill, but said that any new jobs created there would be filled by those who were laid off when Traverse production ceased.

They would be called back based on seniority, the union said.

About 800 of those workers have moved on to other GM plants, but most of the rest are still available and living in the area, the union has said.

GM began building the Ecotec engines at Spring Hill in 2002, and through last September, more than 2 million of them had been produced there, the company said. The company began exporting some of the Spring Hill engines to China beginning in 2005.