Archive for March 2011

Nashville Shores To Hold Job Fair Sunday

March 31, 2011


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Shores is hosting a big job fair this weekend for seasonal employment positions. The water park is hiring about 500 people.

The job fair is Sunday, April 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Nashville Shores is hiring for guest services, concessions, lifeguards, security and other positions.

Interested applicants should bring a completed application and summer availability.

To print an application visit,

iPractice Group looks to hire 30

March 30, 2011

Nashville Business Journal

Nashville-based iPractice Group is looking to fill over 30 positions in the coming months, the company announced today.

iPractice — which provides IT service for small group and solo medical practices in the Nashville area — will be hiring sales support assistants, business analysts, web applications support specialists, data architects, technical service managers, account executives, training specialists, customer-support manager and various engineers.

“We are slated for growth in the upcoming year and we need the best and brightest employees to be a part of our expanding team of experts,” said Jason Morgan, chief operations office for iPractice. 

Interested applicants can visit or call 615-574-6100.

As the Nashville Business Journal reported in August, many local companies are finding that their demand for programmers, analysts and developers is outstripping the pool of qualified applicants in the Nashville area.

Career Connections and Upcoming Event Information

March 29, 2011

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Bill Karlson, career and job transition coach, spoke at this morning’s Workforce Campus Career Connections meeting. Check our calendars to find a Career Connections meeting near you, and join us at our next meeting to hear advice from area experts and get a chance to network with other job seekers.

Next Monday

Rutherford County

Cam Chittaphong with Correct Care Solutions will speak about hiring trends in the healthcare industry at 9:00 a.m.

Wilson County

Bob Buckman, regional coordinator with the MID-Cumberland Action Agency, will discuss “what you need to know to get hired.” The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Next Tuesday

Workforce Campus

Gary Minor with the 21st Century Leader Institute will speak in Davidson County at Career Connections at 9:30 a.m.

Throughout the week various workshops and Enrichment Thursdays events are offered at each location, so check our calendars for the most up-to-date information.


“Do your groundwork”

March 25, 2011

Tip for the day: When I read a good resume, I never wonder how long it took the person to write it.  Spend as long as you need to make your resume outstanding.

Q:  I have been working very hard to get a job.  I still have not found a job.  What else can I do to find employment?

A: You may need to work smarter, not harder to find employment.  Often we think because we are staying busy, we are working hard to accomplish a goal.  The truth is job searching techniques change over time.  You may be job searching using outdated methods.

Use the right tools for your job search, such as:

  • a good resume
  • solid training and preparation
  • the proper uniform for the job
  • the right attitude for the job
  • good telephone techniques
  • good job-search etiquette
  • the right interpersonal techniques

Start by building your network of acquaintances.  People are more comfortable hiring a person recommended by someone they know.  When you start a new job you are not the only one that has to make adjustments.  The employees that you will be working with also have to adjust to you and your work style.  Hiring managers know that if someone they trust recommends you there is a greater chance of you blending in and being a positive addition to their work unit.

It is important for you to know who you are and what you have accomplished in your work life.  If you do not know how to express this to a prospective employer, it will make it difficult for you to tell him how valuable you will be to the company.  Try writing your accomplishments down on paper (use your resume as a guide.)  Then practice explaining your accomplishments to a friend until you can deliver the information in a smooth, conversational manner.

If you are not job searching at the present time, you probably will be in the future.  On the average, most workers change jobs every three years.  So, while you are happily employed, go ahead and do the work to get your skills up to speed and keep your resume current.  Then, if you do need to search for a new position you will not have to do the groundwork during a time of stress.

Connie’s Career Corner is your source for career information.  E-mail questions for future columns to .

REMINDER! Allied Health Workshop Thursday!

March 22, 2011

Join us Thursday (March 24) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for an Enrichment Thursday event at the Workforce Campus (621 Mainstream Drive, Suite 210) to learn more about the allied health programs offered at Volunteer State Community College.

Event speakers include:

  • Lisa Lee-Biggs: Director for the Medical Lab Technology program (Vol. State)
  • Mel Matthews: Director for the Sleep Diagnostics program (Vol. State)
  • Sherry Cliburn: Financial Aid (Vol. State)
  • Judy Schuelke: Coordinator Special Adult Programs, Disability Services (Vol. State)



March 19, 2011

Tip for the day:  It is your job to clearly express to a potential employer what you can do for their company.  Toot your own horn!

Dear Connie:  I just learned that my company is closing and I am losing my job.  What do I need to do to find another job?

Dear Soon to be Unemployed:  Learning that your job is ending can be a shocking discovery.  The fact that you can not do anything to prevent this from happening can make this a stressful time in your life.

What you can control is your search for a new job.  Most people make the mistake of waiting until their job or unemployment benefits end before starting their job search.  It may take you months to find the job you want and to be offered the job, so, start your search now. 

First, take advantage of everything your company offers to help you transition to another job.  Some companies provide outplacement service that may include workshops on resume writing and interviewing.  You may have state and local representatives on-site to explain filing for unemployment and local career center services.

Next, you need to treat your job search like a marketing campaign.  You need a marketing package that consists of your resume, cover letter and references.  This marketing package becomes your personal advertisement!  If you do not have a resume, this will take some time. You will need to identify your skills and present them clearly in written form.

This is the time to sharpen your interviewing skills.  There are several different types of interviews.  One type that is favored by employers is the panel interview.  Knowing how to handle different types of interviews and practicing your response to questions will help you be more relaxed during your interview.

Finally, let all of your friends and family know you are job searching.  Call up old co-workers and spread the word you are looking for a job.  Networking is the way many people find their next job.

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

NCAC, a partner with the Tennessee Career Center, is a publicly funded agency that provides career resources to job seekers and employer in Wilson County.

Join us for an IT Employer Forum!

March 16, 2011

NCAC is hosting an IT Employer Forum, Thursday, March 17 at the Workforce Campus (621 Mainstream Drive, Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37228)..

Come meet area IT experts and hear what they have to say about hiring trends, how to get noticed in the crowd, and what exactly they are looking  for in an employee.

Networking begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Forum will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. Get here early to get a seat!

Event speakers include:

  • Tod Featherling – Director of the Nashville Technology Council
  • Marty  Lovgren – Head of Recruiting for Grisham Smith & Partners
  • Marla Lamont – Head of Recruiting for TruBridge Resources
  • Scott Fernandez – Zycron
  • Anne Wallbrach – IT Recruiter Emdeon