Archive for April 2011

“More ideas can lead to a better result.”

April 29, 2011

Tip for the day:  If you want a different outcome, try a different approach.  Unknown

Q:   Dear Connie:  I get so frustrated when my team is given a project to complete.  My teammates do not seem to work as hard as I work.  Can you give me any suggestion on how to get the rest of my team to work like I do?

A:   Dear Frustrated:  You might not be happy if your whole team approached the task exactly the same way that you do.  The best outcome comes from having diversity in your group, and this includes the different styles people use to approach projects.

To help reduce your frustration, take a little time and understand the different styles people use when completing a project.  There are many assessments you and your co-workers can take to help identify your work styles.  You might want to check out free assessment on the Internet.  Your human resource department may have someone who has been trained in giving assessments to further help your team understand how each team member approaches his work.

Here are four of the approaches people take in completing their work.  The Self-appointed Leader wants to get everything planned out and assigned (including a timeline for completions) while expecting everyone to work and work hard.  The Thinker wants to gather and process the information before any part of the project has begun.  A Thinker will have a hard time understanding how the Self-appointed Leader can plan and start something that may not even be the plan that is needed.  The People Pleaser will want to be sure that everyone in the group has the opportunity to share his ideas.  The People Pleaser will also want the whole team to be happy with their individual assignments.  The Socializer may not appear to be working on his portion of the project until just before the deadline.  He may then be willing to do what it takes to meet the deadline.  The Socializer will probably want to plan a lunch or party to celebrate the project being finished.

If you want to become an even more valued employee, you should learn more about different work styles.  Use your knowledge to help make your team the best it can be.  If you give the Thinker the task of doing the team research, you will have a team member whose knowledge base can help the team avoid delays due to lack of information.  Listen to feedback from the People Pleaser.  If you match the project assignments with what your team members prefer to do, they will be happier.  Happier workers generally turn out the best work.

You may have a lot of great ideas, but think of multiplying those ideas by the number of people on your team.  There does not have to be a right and wrong way to do most projects, but there is usually a good, better and best way to each project.  Stay focused on whether your team members get their assignments finished by deadline, not on whether their daily accomplishments match yours.  It is the quality of the outcome that truly matters.

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Non-Profit Employer Forum

April 28, 2011

Join us for a Non-Profit Employer Forum to hear from professionals in the industry and ask them your questions about hiring trends, resume tips, interviewing help, and much more. Get first-hand advice from those in the community who know their industry best!

Where: 1313 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN

When: May 12, 2011

Networking begins at 12:30 p.m.

Forum begins at 1:00 p.m.

Panelists include representatives from:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Dreamcatchers
  • Greenhouse Mistries
  • United Way

For more information, please call (615) 898-8081 Ext: 147

Career Connections

April 26, 2011

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Pictures from a few of the latest Career Connections meetings in Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties. Please check our calendars to find a Career Connections meeting, workshop or forum near you!

Staffmark Job Fair

April 25, 2011

When: April 26, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: 1313 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Hiring the following positions:
Computer Test Technicians
Production/Machine Operation
Competitive Benefits Package
Customer will require Drug Screen and Background Check

“Having a Drug-Free Workplace”

April 22, 2011

Tip for the Day: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Q: Dear Connie: Can you give me information about the Drug-Free Workplace Program?  I have heard that my company may save money by implementing it.

A:  The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDOL&WD) provides some startling statistics regarding drug use in the workplace.  For instance, nearly 70% of current users of illegal drugs are employed.  One-third of employees know of the sale of illegal drugs in the workplace. Between 38% and 50% of Worker’s Compensation claims are related to drug abuse in the workplace. The use of illegal drugs in the workplace impacts productivity causes higher rates of absenteeism, and results in higher rates of turnover.

To counteract this growing problem, the Tennessee legislature created the Drug-Free Workplace Program.  This voluntary program provides many benefits to participating employers.  According to the TDOL&WD, employers who participate are given a 5% credit on their workers’ insurance policy. Also, if an employee is discharged because they are found to be in violation of the policy, it will be considered “for cause” which means that the employee will probably be unable to collect unemployment benefits.  Finally, if an employee is injured on the job the burden of proof is shifted from the employer to the employee if that employee either fails a post accident drug test or refuses to take a post accident drug test.

If you are a small business owner, implementing this program may be beneficial to you and your business.  A very small percentage of small and medium size businesses participate in this program even though most Americans work in small or medium size businesses.  Having a program in place can protect your business interests and the people that you employee.

The TDOL&WD has free materials, including posters, sample letters to employees, and a directory of resources, available to any company who is interested in implementing this program. You can receive more information by calling 1-800-332-2667 or by visiting

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Nashville Listed as one of Kiplinger’s Top 11 Comeback Cities for 2011!!!

April 19, 2011

America’s Comeback Cities for 2011

By Jerry Idaszak,

Hundreds of cities across the country were hammered by the recession, many experiencing double-digit declines in employment, throwing thousands of their residents out of work.

For some particularly hard-hit metro areas, 2011 will bring a dramatic turnaround — new investment by businesses, growth in the number of jobs and a reblooming of hope.

Recovering all the ground they lost will take years and many of the cities are still suffering with unemployment that exceeds the national average. But these cities are enjoying a surprising and welcome upward bounce.

Orlando, Fla.
Population: 2,082,421
Current unemployment rate: 10.8%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.9%

Hard-hit during the recession, tourism is improving in central Florida, with more jobs at hotels and restaurants. Health care is growing, too. And a plan is under way to create a life science cluster of medical care and research, focusing on the needs of children and on veterans. After declining by almost 10% in the recession, employment in this tourist mecca will increase by 3% this year.

Chattanooga, Tenn.
Population: 524,303
Current unemployment rate: 8.8%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 3.4%

The renaissance of carmaking in the U.S. will also brighten the picture on Tennessee’s eastern half. Employment in Chattanooga fell by just over 10% from its peak in 2008. But it will bounce up strongly this year. A large new Volkswagen assembly plant will employ up to 3,000, with auto parts and components makers also opening shop. Plus is considering Chattanooga for the location of two large warehouses that would employ a few thousand.

A Nissan auto plant in Nashville, TN
Photo: Nissan

Nashville, Tenn.
Population: 1,582,264
Current unemployment rate: 8.8%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.8%

Home to music stars and professional athletes, the Nashville metro area will see the accounting and financial services industries add jobs this year, as well as an increase in employment at the U.S. corporate headquarters of Japanese carmaker Nissan. After plunging 7.3% during the recession, employment will climb this year by nearly 3%.

Jacksonville, Fla.
Population: 1,328,144
Current unemployment rate: 10.6%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.8%

About 8.5% of this city’s jobs disappeared during the Great Recession, but financial services firms, especially large banks, are hiring again. Other industries adding workers: hotels, health care, restaurants and warehousing.

Charlotte, N.C.
Population: 1,745,524
Current unemployment rate: 10.7%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.8%

Growth in the energy and power industries will give this city a lift in 2011. A power turbine factory being built by Siemens will account for about 1,800 new area jobs. An additional 3,000 or so will come from other energy endeavors plus financial services and even construction — more apartments are being built.

After declining by more than 8% from its 2008 high point, employment in the Charlotte metropolitan area will grow almost 3% this year.

Click here to see all 11 Comeback Cities for 2011

Job Fair To Be Held Wednesday At LP Field

April 18, 2011

Dell, FedEx, Bed Bath & Beyond To Attend Job Fair – April 18, 2011 – WSMV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Job seekers will have a good opportunity to find a position this week.

Job News Nashville will host a job fair Wednesday.

Employers looking to hire include Dell, FedEx and Bed Bath and Beyond. Openings will range from entry level to management.

The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at LP Field.