Archive for November 2010

Career Connections

November 16, 2010

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Marie Golden, an executive leadership coach, presented an interactive session about professional presence at the Career Connections meeting Tuesday morning at the Davidson County Workforce Campus. Golden spoke to job seekers about the importance of having confidence and making a great first impression when interviewing.

Visit NCAC Calendars to find a Career Connections meeting in your area.

Career Transition Support Group (CTSG)

November 15, 2010
CTSG is led by business professionals who have expertise in Nashville’s job market and contemporary job search techniques. There is no charge for the services of CTSG.
The meeting features a rotating schedule of speakers and dialogue. You can start anytime since the presentations are not dependent on any prerequisites.  Persons seeking employment or career change can learn skills and techniques, find job leads, and experience support and encouragement. Facilitators for the group are Matt LeBlanc, Richard Ross, and Hal Hassall.

Next Meeting:
Doors open Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Brentwood United Methodist Church
309 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 3702
Haney Hall (Rooms A281b – 281c), just inside the lobby entrance on the back of the church.

Upcoming Speakers and Topics:
11/15: Rick Pritikin presents “Succeed in the Interview Process”
11/22: No Meeting
11/29: Dan Ryan presents “Facebook, Google, Indeed, Twitter and your Job Search”
12/6: Mike Shaughnessy presents “Negotiating Salary and Benefits”
12/13: No Meeting
12/20: No Meeting

Also, check NCAC’s Calendars page on our website for upcoming events!

Connie’s Corner – “What constitutes a great resume?”

November 11, 2010

Tip for the day:  Take time developing a great resume because your resume is a reflection of how you are and where you have been in life.

Q:  Dear Connie:   In your articles, you refer to the need to have a great resume as part of my marketing package.  What constitutes a great resume? 

A:   Dear Job Seeker:   Many people confuse an “attractive resume” with a great resume.  I have seen where many job seekers have paid $200 for someone else to write their resume.  While most all of them were attractive, some were good and some were not good and even fewer were great.

A great resume is a resume that shows the skills and abilities you can offer a company in a clear, concise, and easy to read format.  Most importantly, a great resume focuses on clarity. 

Statistics show that your resume will probably be read for no longer than 12 seconds during its first read through.  Depending on how clearly you have expressed your value to the employer, you will be rejected or move on for further consideration.

If your resume is difficult to follow because of misspelled words and poor grammar, your chance of making it through the first read with a positive outcome is not great.  Consider some of these major read through detractors and rid your resume of them:

  • Abbreviations
  • Personal information
  • Misspelled words
  • Passive tense verbs
  • Lack of work history information
  • Repeating the same information over and over
  • Typed in an usual resume format
  • Resume paper with designs or non-business colors
  • Pictures/graphics
  • Year you graduated from High School or College (unless you graduated within the last five years)

If you have not spent some time writing and rewriting your resume, you probably have not invested enough of your time in this part of the job searching process.  You may be a great interviewer, but you need a great resume to get an opportunity get to the interview.

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Career Connections

November 9, 2010

Kelly Dando, executive director for the Associated General Contractors of Tenn., spoke the Nov. 9 Career Connections meeting at the Workforce Campus in Davidson County.

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Fairgrounds Redevelopment Could Create 6,500 Jobs (From the Chamber of Commerce)

November 9, 2010

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce released an economic impact analysis yesterday on the redevelopment of the fairgrounds, which concluded that a mixed-use development including one million square feet of Class A office space would create opportunity for 6,500 jobs and $200 million in capital investment. The total economic impact of such a development, including direct and indirect spending, would be $2.5 billion.

Read the Chamber’s full statement on the fairgrounds

Read more about the economic impact

Mayor Karl Dean said: “This is how you grow the city’s tax base. In just property taxes alone, one million square feet of office space would generate about $1.5 million a year. That $1.5 million more a year that we would have for things like schools, police, parks and libraries. The alternative is to begin using property tax money to support the existing events on the site.”

Watch a video of the press conference

The operations at the fairgrounds have been losing money since 2002, and the Fair Board’s reserve fund is nearly depleted. If the current operations at the fairgrounds continue, the Fair Board will require a subsidy from Metro taxpayers in the near future to cover operating expenses.

A study by Markin Consulting, commissioned before Mayor Dean took office, concluded that a “true State Fair” would require a new location and a new governance model. The current fairgrounds is too hilly and too small for a State Fair that would attract more than 350,000 patrons.

Read more about the Markin report and other studies on the fairgrounds

A Tennessee State Fair Association has been formed and is currently looking for a new location to hold the 2011 State Fair. The flea market and other expo events currently held on the fairgrounds will be relocated to the former Dillard’s building at Hickory Hollow Mall, which will also help revitalize that part of Davidson County.

Read more about the future of the State Fair and Expo Center

More information about the redevelopment of the fairgrounds is available online at

Get Hired With These Degrees

November 8, 2010

By Chris Kyle – Yahoo! News – November 8, 2010

You wouldn’t know it from all the bad economic news in the headlines these days but millions of Americans are getting hired each month – yes, millions.

In fact, nearly 4.3 million Americans were hired in June of 2010 alone, according to the Labor Department.

So which careers are trending up? And what education is required?

The National Employment Law Project, an organization focused on workers’ issues and economic development, recently looked at occupations that added jobs between December 2009 and July 2010.

To make things easier for job seekers, we’ve compiled a list of the degrees that go with these growing jobs.

#1 Degree – Nursing

There is no hotter degree than nursing. Fortune puts it atop its list of fastest growing jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor agrees, forecasting “excellent” job prospects for nursing graduates.

Growing Career: Registered Nurse
Wage: $31.41/hr
Salary: $65,330

Growing Career: Nursing Aide, Orderly & Attendant 
Wage: $11.75/hr 
Salary: $24,429

Top Degrees:
Nursing Assistant
Licensed Nurse
Registered Nurse

#2 Degree – Medical Assisting & Administrative Support

According to an August 2010 report from the Economic Policy Institute, medical assistants are one of the five fastest growing occupations in the country, just behind nursing. More good news: in less than one year, you can train to become a medical assistant or work in administrative support by earning a certificate. More comprehensive degree programs are also available.

Growing Career: Office Clerk 
Wage: $12.45/hr
Salary: $25,899

Growing Career: Receptionist & Information Clerk 
Wage: $12.15/hr 
Salary: $25,275

Top Degrees:
Medical Assisting 
Administrative Support
Dental Assisting

#3 Degree – MBA

As the business world continues to rebound and hire again, more managers are needed to lead the way. By getting an MBA, you’ll help boost your earning and career opportunities.

Growing Career: General & Operations Manager
Wage: $43/hr
Salary: $89,423

Top Degrees:
Operations/Six Sigma

#4 Degree – Accounting/Finance

The failure of some big banks does have a silver lining for accounting and finance majors since more regulations and increased transparency mean more work for accountants. An associate’s degree in accounting/finance can get your foot in the door of this rapidly expanding industry.

Growing Career: Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerk
Wage: $15.93/hr
Salary: $33,132

Top Degrees:

#5 Degree – Criminal Justice

Communities will always pay people to keep them safe, which makes a criminal justice degree a valuable commodity in today’s tight job market. According to the Department of Labor, opportunities for security guards are expected to grow 14 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Growing Career: Security Guard
Wage: $11.45/hr
Salary: $23,827

Top Degrees:
Criminal Justice
Security Guard
Police & Law Enforcement
Homeland Security

#6 Degree – Business Administration

Economic concerns have companies scrambling to find better, more efficient ways of doing business. Studying business administration remains one of the most relevant degrees you can get, whether you want to work in the public or private sector, for a big company or a small one.

Growing Career: First-line Supervisor/Manager of Office and Administrative Support Workers
Wage: $22/hr
Salary: $45,754

Top Degrees:
Business Administration

*Unless otherwise noted, all career and salary information comes from the National Employment Law Project’s report “Where The Jobs Are: A First Look at Private Industry Job Growth and Wages in 2010.”

HealthSpring breaks ground on $54 million headquarters, talks hiring plans

November 3, 2010

By April Wortham – Nashville Business Journal –November 1, 2010

HealthSpring new headquarters building in MetroCenter is expected to be complete by late summer 2011. Rendering provided by Southeast Venture.

HealthSpring Inc. plans to use its new headquarters under construction in MetroCenter to grow the company’s Middle Tennessee employment to more than 1,300 workers by 2013.

Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for the $53 million project today, HealthSpring President Mike Mirt said the company plans to hire about 300 new employees over the next 24 to 30 months in such areas as customer service, member and provider support and claims payments.

HealthSpring, a managed care organization whose primary focus is the Medicare Advantage market, currently has about 1,800 employees nationwide. More than 1,000 of those employees are based in Middle Tennessee, where HealthSpring currently has three offices.

The new headquarters will consolidate two of those three offices in Phase 1: a 98,352-square-foot building underway on Great Circle Road. Plans call for a second phase to be added over the next four to five years. Southeast Venture is the developer and will also handle all the property’s long-term operation and maintenance.

Construction on the new headquarters is expected to be completed by late summer 2011, with HealthSpring employees moving in next September or October.

HealthSpring currently owns and operates Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas and also offers a national stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan.