Archive for March 2011

Tips on how to use social media to job hunt

March 16, 2011

By Lan N. Nguyen

October was a good month for job seekers. The private sector added 151,000 new positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A job agency website called showed strong growth in manufacturing, information technology, retail and health care.

And yet, the unemployment rate remains at 9.6%, unchanged since May. As many have discovered, firing off resumes and trolling online job boards and business conferences are no longer enough. David Meerman Scott — marketing expert, blogger and author of Real-Time Marketing & PR — gives tips on how today’s job hunters can get noticed:

• Sell your skills, not yourself. Employers “don’t care about you, I know it sounds harsh,” said Scott. What businesses want to know is what you can do to help them solve their problems. While it won’t get you a job right away, it’ll make you more attractive and hence shorten the time you are searching for work.

• Use traditional methods of networking but also be adaptive and use social media tools beyond LinkedIn and Facebook. “I am on a board of advisers on half a dozen companies and they are hiring people who can show that they understand the new world.” said Scott.

• Highlight your expertise by exploiting social media tools like YouTube to create content sharing your knowledge in your industry. “If you are an accountant, do a video or a blog or ebook about topics like accounting regulations,” explained Scott. “This serves as a much better way to show who you are instead of a stupid old resume. The job seeker becomes a publisher of information.”

• With information moving 24/7 within seconds thanks to the Internet, reprogram yourself to think in real-time. That means if you hear a company in your area of expertise or the company you aspire to work for received capital funding, contact them and cleverly pitch how your skills can help them.

“If you’re a sales person — say you’re on Twitter — use that company’s Twitter ID, say congrats on the funding and how you’ve been doing a lot of writing about sales in the industry, check out your blog, and how you hope you all can connect,” said Scott. “I’ve seen this done. You will get noticed.”


Are you facing the need for a total career change?

March 15, 2011

If so, join NCAC next 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)


1,000-plus tech job openings in Nashville

March 10, 2011


WILLIAMSON CO., Tenn. – Nashville and surrounding counties are becoming more known for technology jobs, which in turn has created hundreds of job openings.

Many companies specializing in technology are locating or re-locating in Nashville and Williamson County, which is creating the plethora of job openings.

Pure Safety, which is a software company specializing in helping companies nationwide manage occupational safety and health.

The technology company moved to Cool Springs a year-and-a-half ago.

Bill Grana is the President and CEO of the company.

He told Nashville’s News 2 the company is quickly growing and currently has 20 job openings and plans to add as many as 40 additional positions in the future.

“While the tech market is much smaller, there’s really a lot going on. A lot of it is being driven by healthcare IT. But I think there’s an overall feeling that there’s a lot of big things to come in Nashville and it’s centered around tech and health care IT,” Grana said.

According to the Nashville Technology Council there are presently 1,065 job openings in Metro-Nashville.



Job News Career Fair

March 8, 2011

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Franklin Marriott in Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Boulevard Franklin, TN 37067

Companies planning to attend include:

Advance Financial, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Guardian Community Living and Letica Freightlines. They have multiple openings for customer service reps, inside sales reps and OTR drivers.

Daily’s Convenience Stores, BSI Consulting, Hallmark Automotive, Physicians Mutual and many others will also be interviewing at the job fair.

Opportunities range from entry-level to management. Job fair organizers said to be ready to interview on-the-spot.

Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resume. Admission and parking are free.

For more information on the job fair, visit or call 615-361-8843.


Career Fair

March 8, 2011

WHEN:Thursday, March 10th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Nashville Job Fair
DoubleTree Nashville Airport 2424 Atrium Way
Nashville, Tennessee  37214

Companies attending include: Verizon, Wireless, Navy, GE, US Remodlers, Home Depot, USDA and many more.

There will be both small and large companies as well as government and 
non-profit organizations in attendance at the job fair.  Some will be 
interviewing at the job fair.

For more information go to

Connie’s Corner – “Is your dream job just a dream?”

March 4, 2011

Tip for the day: Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. Janet Lane

Q: I am not happy in my job.  How can I tell what job I would be happy doing?

A: Happiness is a state of mind and is defined differently for each of us.  Most people are happiest doing work they love.  When you find the job that is best suited to your skills, abilities, and values, you will look forward to going to work instead of dreading Mondays.

If you love working with people, you probably will not enjoy sitting at a computer and entering data all day.  If you like to give a lot of thought to your projects, you will probably not enjoy being in the middle of a place where there is constant noise and phones ringing.  If you love talking to people, you may really enjoy the daily interaction of a salesperson.

You need to spend a little time thinking about what you like and dislike about your present and previous positions.  Take a sheet of paper and on one side list all of the things that you enjoyed about the jobs you have held and on the other side list all of the things that you disliked about the jobs you have held.  You will want to be specific when making this list.  “I do not like working in retail” is too general.  List what you did not like about working in retail, such as, “I did not like the seasonal cutback on my work hours.”

There are websites you may want to check out to get ideas about the kind of work that might be a good fit for your interests and skills.  Go to and click on the tab at the top “College” and on the left side of the page click on College and in the middle of the page you will find “Career Quiz.”  This is a quick free online quiz to help you find careers by identifying your career interests and working style.

Another online free quiz called MAPP, the Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential, gives you a more detailed evaluation.  Go to to try this assessment.  This is longer and will take you about half an hour to complete.  You can find other quizzes on sites such as and

Remember, no one should ever decide what job you should do.  Assessments and tests should be used only to provide you with information to help you make a good decision.  Only you know what type of work will really interest you and will lead to an enjoyable career path.

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



March 3, 2011

Nashville Hires is hosting a job fair today (3/3/11)  from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel on Rosa Parks Blvd. (2025 Rosa L Parks Boulevard)