Archive for January 2011

“Learn how to listen for the real question.”

January 28, 2011

Tip for the day:  Silent and listen are made up of the same letters.

Q:  Dear Connie: I have been to several interviews and am afraid that the answers I am giving are not answering the questions that the interviewer wants me to answer.  What am I doing wrong?

A:   Dear What Did You Say:  You may need to develop your ability to listen.  Your interviewer is trying to gain specific information from the questions he is asking in order to properly evaluate your skills, abilities and personality.  If you do not listen well you will miss the point of the question.

A few tips for effective listening are:

  • Give undivided attention
  • Listen carefully to what the person is really saying
  • Allow silence for reflection
  • Use restatement to clarify messages

It is important to listen to the whole question the interviewer is asking and concentrate on what the speaker is saying not on the answer you are planning to give.  If you start formulating the answer when you hear the beginning of the question, you may not hear the complete question.

Watch the interviewer’s body language.  You may be able to pick up on his expectations by the signals he is sending with his body language.  If he looks extremely serious when asking a question, he more than likely wants a thoughtful answer with no joking inserted in the answer.  If he is smiling and rares back in his chair, he is probably hoping to hear an answer that shows the lighter side of your personality.

Notice the words that are used and how many parts there are to the question.  Repeat some of these same words in your answer.  If the question has three parts to it, it is very important that you address all three parts of the question in your response.

Remember to give yourself time to think the question all the way through before answering.  This is not the time to “wing” it.  You want to sound intelligent and taking a few seconds of silence to gather your thoughts will help in this area.

Using restatement can help you focus in on the right answer.  Do not use restatement the same way that you might in a normal conversation by saying, “What I hear you saying is ….”  You use restatement by leading off your answer with part of the question.  If the question is, “Tell me how you work in a team”, you might say, “Working in a team is one of my greatest strength.”  Then proceed to explain how you are a strong team player. 

By using these tips you should become a better listener which will in turn make you a better interviewee.

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Youth Summer Internship Program Deadline Extended

January 28, 2011

Program Overview

The Summer Youth Internship Program is a short-term learning and employment opportunity for Nashville Davidson County youth.  Participants will be assigned to work at a Metro Department for twenty hours per week for four weeks.   Participants will be paid $8 an hour for both their training and work time. Participants are expected to provide their own transportation to both the training and work sites.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Eligible participants must be enrolled students in a high school in Davidson County who will complete their Junior year in May 2011 and/or expect to graduate in Spring 2012.

Applications will be reviewed for responsiveness, completeness, and neatness; diversity of schools represented; strength of written responses; and the strength of their third-party recommendation.

Final selection of participants will be made by a panel interview.

Beginning January 4, 2011, applicants may submit completed application packets by mail, personal delivery, or fax to the Nashville Career Advancement Center. All application materials must be in by 4:00 p.m. on February 11, 2011.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by February 25, 2011.

Required Contents of Applications Packets

Application packets must include the following information:

  • One recommendation letter.  Acceptable recommendations can come from a teacher, guidance counselor, coach, or any other adult with whom the applicant has an established relationship (no recommendations from family members);
  • A completed Metro application (typed or printed in black ink); and
  • A completed Summer Internship Program application (typed or printed in black ink).

Submit application packets to the Nashville Career Advancement Center, 621 Mainstream Drive, Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37228-1210, fax 862-8910. Please contact Kyndyll Lackey at or 862-8890 x77409 with questions.

Hundreds Attend Military Job Expo Held At LP Field

January 28, 2011

By Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A job fair was held Thursday to help veterans and military service members who are out of work. Hundreds attended the career expo at LP Field. 

Dozens of companies and employers were on hand for Nashville’s Recruit Military Veterans Opportunity Expo. Everything from big corporations to universities, even organizations like the Secret Service and NASA were talking with veterans to give them an opportunity for a new career.

“You can do a lot of hunting online but when they have an opportunity like this specifically for veterans to come down, it’s geared towards our backgrounds I think it’s a great chance to get out and see what’s available,” said Rick Grint, who attended the fair.

The Labor Department showed unemployment for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan hitting just over 21 percent. 

Organizers urged those attending to be sure and visit all of the booths, have several resume copies on hand, and speak with education recruiters.

Career expo for military members Thursday

January 27, 2011
WKRN – Jan 27, 2011 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Veterans and military members looking for work should attend an expo at LP Field today. has organized a job fair and career expo for veterans looking for a job.The expo is open to military members, veterans and their spouses.The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Portland Manufacturer to Add More Jobs To Staff Expansion

January 26, 2011

Newschannel5 – January 25, 2011

PORTLAND, Tenn. – More jobs are coming to Portland in Sumner County. Shoals Technologies said they will hire 300 to 400 new employees over the next few years.

The new hires will be used to staff their new expansion. The company recently purchased 75,000 square feet on Fred White Boulevard.

Right now, they manufacture solar panel components which are sold worldwide. Shoals has also been responsible for introducing twelve new products to the market.

Their present location features grid infrastructure that allows “plug & play” stations throughout the work floor.

The company first moved to Portland in 2008.

Career Counseling for Today’s Labor Force

January 25, 2011

 Business Perspectives is a publication of the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Fogelman College of Business & Economics and the University of Memphis. The latest issue (Fall 2010/Winter 2011) is centered on economic recovery and features NCAC Career Coaches in a piece entitled, “Career Counseling for Today’s Labor Force.”

The publication in its entirety can be viewed below. Please click “Fullscreen” to view a larger version of the document. 

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Rutherford County Career Connections

January 24, 2011

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At Monday’s (1/24) Rutherford County Career Connections meeting, Delia Robeson with H&R Block delivered a presentation entitled “Tax Talk”. She provided updated information concerning the new tax laws, employment opportunities at H&R Block and conducted a question-and-answer session.

To find a Career Connections meeting or workshop near you, visit NCAC’s Calendars page.