Archive for October 2010

Connie’s Corner – “Don’t Burn Bridges”

October 29, 2010

Tip for the day: Before you make a choice, make sure you can live with the consequences.

Q: Dear Connie: I recently went through the interview process with a great company. After three interviews, they made me an offer that was ridiculously low. I am so angry and frustrated about this. I really feel like calling the manager and giving him a piece of my mind. Any advice?

A: Dear Angry and Frustrated: Consider taking a more positive perspective on what happened. A company that you would like to work for called you, interviewed you, and made you a job offer. Although the offer was less than what you hoped for, you do not want to vent your anger to the hiring manager or recruiter. Use this as an opportunity to make a counteroffer that you feel would be more in line with your skills and abilities.

If the company is truly interested, they may be willing to offer you more money or better incentives. If making a counteroffer does not work, you still need to graciously turn down the offer. Let the recruiter know that while you would really love to accept this offer, you do not feel it would be in your best interest at this time. Also, let the recruiter know if another opportunity arises that would fit more with your salary requirements you would love to be contacted.

You may actually be surprised to hear back from the company at a later date. An acquaintance recently turned down an offer for similar reasons. Even though he felt somewhat insulted by the low offer, he was very gracious and left the door open for other opportunities at the company. He was pleasantly surprised to get a call from the company a few weeks later with another job offer for a better paying position. If he had given the hiring manager a “piece of his mind” he might still be unemployed. Also, remember that the human resources community can be a small, tight-knit group.

You do not want to be perceived as rude because you do not know who the recruiter is acquainted with or when the recruiter may switch to another company where you are interested in working. If you must vent, choose a safe outlet. An acquaintance of mine once received eighteen rejection emails from a company where she had interviewed.

Although I am sure that it was a computer glitch, she was angry and wanted to vent. She wrote a response back that let the recruiter know exactly how she felt. She then tore it up and threw it in the trash can. She felt better and did not burn any bridges in the process.

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Two Middle TN Job Fairs Held TODAY!

October 27, 2010

Job News Nashville

Wednesday, October 27 at LP Field  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Job seekers will be able to meet one-on-one with company recruiters.

Companies planning to attend are:

  • Advance Financial
  • Peoplelink Staffing
  • Letica Freightlines
  • Daily’s Convenience Stores
  • Standard Candy
  • 5 Star Food Service
  • Better Water Inc
  • All State
  • Many others

Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resume. Opportunities range from entry-level to management positions.

For more information, visit

Convergys Recruitment Fair

Wednesday, October 27 at  324 Dover Road in Clarksville from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m

Convergys wants to add 260 new positions by the end of the year.

The company is looking to hire 220 people that will work at the Clarksville call center and the other 40 will be work-at-home positions.

Job seekers can also apply online at


Workforce Campus Hospitality Forum

October 26, 2010

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The Workforce Campus in Davidson County hosted its monthly Employer Forum this past Thursday. The focus of the event was the hospitality industry, and the panel included experts from Aerotek, Synergy Systems, the Tennessee Lottery and AAA Auto Club South. Guests were able to listen to the panelists’ advice as well as participate in a question-and-answer session with area experts. A time for networking was also available.

To find an Employer Forum near you, visit NCAC’s Calendars page.

Career Connections in Murfreesboro

October 19, 2010

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Ronda Langley, human resources manager at Genesco, was the speaker at Monday’s Career Connections meeting in Murfreesboro. She spoke to job seekers about “The Little Things That Make Good Candidates”.

Check our Calendars page to find a Career Connections meeting near you!

“Are you really listening to your co-workers?”

October 15, 2010

Tip for the day: When it comes to communication, it is good to remember that we have only one mouth, but two ears.

Q: Dear Connie: I have a co-worker who talks all of the time. Often, he is saying the same thing over and over. At our meetings he seems to talk more than anyone else. Do I just need to out-talk him at meetings to be heard?

A: Dear Tired of the Noise: Trying to out-talk someone will probably cause your coworkers to “tune you out.” When it comes to being a good communicator, a good rule to follow is listen twice a much as you speak. You want your ideas to be listened to and understood. Often we just hear people, but what we do not really concentrate on is what the person is saying and even more important what the person intends for us to hear. Listening involves hearing and processing the words, tone of voice and non-verbal communication being sent by the speaker. If you are thinking of what you will say next you are not really listening to the person speaking. We have all worked with co-workers who seem to monopolize the conversations that take place at work. Sometimes when a person seems to talk too much in a meeting or becomes defensive, it is because he really does not feel like he is being heard. So, he talks and talks and talks thinking that somehow what he wants to be heard will click in someone’s mind. Next time you are running a meeting, try giving this person the floor. Then repeat back to the person what you understood him to say. You may be surprised at the difference in what your co-worker was trying to state and what you heard. He may be surprised that you really listened.

Then continue with, “Now I want to hear what the rest of you think.” We all listen and process other people’s words against our own experiences. We assign importance to situations according to how important a situation is to us. For example, someone might say, “Mary was in an accident.” If the person delivering the information’s past experience with “an accident” involved running into another car’s bumper and your past experience involved the death of a family member, you will both interpret these words and their meaning differently. Without further clarification by the deliverer of the message, you may assume that Mary is in the hospital badly hurt. If you really listen to the ideas of others, then when you speak, your co-workers will want to hear your opinion.

Remember; use your mouth half as much as you use your ears to become a stronger communicator. It is not the amount of time you are speaking, but the quality of the communication that takes place that counts.

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OHL to expand Brentwood headquarters, add 200 jobs

October 14, 2010

OHL plans to expand its Brentwood headquarters and add about 200 jobs, the state announced today. The company has signed a new lease at Synergy Business Park and plans to occupy nearly 100,000 square feet. The jobs are expected to be added over the next two to three years.


Apply Now For Seasonal Holiday Jobs

October 13, 2010


The holidays are approaching, and there is a lot of optimism from businesses hoping to increase their sales, which means more stores could look to hire more employees this season.

Hundreds of thousands of temporary jobs are expected to be created during November and December, according to the National Retail Federation.

“In 2009, the retail industry created about a half-million temporary jobs. Every indication we’ve gotten thus far is that we’re going do that or even better than that this year,” said Matthew Shay of the National Retail Federation.

According to USA Today, Kohl’s will add 40,000 workers in the next three months and Toys ‘R Us will add about 45,000.Macy’s, Pier 1, Borders and American Eagle Outfitters said they all plan to increase holiday hiring this year thanks to a more stable economy.

“We know that we’re comparing ourselves to pretty tough years, the last two years. We know that the economy, in general, is more stable that it was those years,” said Shay.

Prospective employees are advised to apply now, in person and try to meet a manager. Those who don’t hear a response within a week should apply again. Persistence pays off and might help you turn a part-time job into a full-time job.

Below are links to some of the companies planning to add workers this holiday season:




Toys ‘R Us