Archive for December 2011

This weeks Career Connections

December 19, 2011

Upcoming Events at NCAC – December 19- December 23

All offices will be CLOSED Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26. Offices will reopen Tuesday, December 27.

Career Connections

NCAC offers a series of networking meetings known as Career Connections which provide insight and knowledge about the world of work from career and job search experts in the community. Below is a list of the upcoming Career Connections at the agency’s locations:

Davidson County

December 20 (11:30 – 1 p.m.)

Celebrate Success!

Join us to hear from former NCAC clients who are now back at work. Come hear their success stories. This will be a great networking opportunity.

 

Rutherford County

December 20 (9:30 – 11 a.m.)

Get Coached UP for 2012 presented by NCAC Rutherford Career Coaches

 

Wilson/Trousdale Counties

December 20 (10 – 11 a.m.)

Get Motivated! Presented by NCAC Wilson Career Coaches

 

Event topics and speakers are subject to change.

Visit http://www.nashville.gov/ncac/index.asp for more information and to view our full calendar.

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Be thankful for your career

December 19, 2011

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

“Be thankful for your career”

 

Tip for the day:   Count all the wonderful people in your life.  You may be surprised how great your life really is.

Dear Connie: I have a co-worker who has been so helpful to me during a difficult time in my life.  How do I thank her?

Dear Thankful: Life would be so much harder without the kindness of other people.  This is so true in our work life.  During this Holiday Season take the time to tell the people who have helped you get to where you are in your career Thank You.

When a co-worker lends you a hand to keep you going during a difficult time you want to let them know you recognized their kindness.  One thing you can do is to be sure that you take back all of your responsibilities as soon as possible.  Be sure and say, “Thanks for all of your help.  I really appreciate it.”  It is important to acknowledge the efforts of your co-workers who assist you.

This is also a good time to stop and make a phone call or send a note to present and past acquaintances that have helped you advance and mature in your work life.  Think of the coach who taught you the meaning of teamwork, or the teacher who taught you how to make and execute a plan.  How about showing your gratitude to the person who helped you learn concepts that were difficult for you to comprehend or the person who inspired you to study in the area you are now working?

Think of all of the people who have mentored you during the years you have been acquiring your skills.  Let those people know how they impacted your life and how their help assisted you in advancing in your career.

You would not be as smart or as wise as you are today without the kindness of others.  Express your gratitude to the people who have helped you in your career.  Remember to extend the same kindness to others and maybe one day soon you will receive a note of appreciation.

 

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

 

Tennessee Career Center is a publicly funded agency that provides career resources to job seekers and employers in Wilson County.  To find out about the free services available, job seekers should attend Resume Writing held each Tuesday at 9 am or call 444-9355 ext. 222.

Networking Opportunity

December 14, 2011

Join us for a Recruiter Forum!

NCAC is hosting a Financial Forum, Thursday, December 15th at the Workforce Campus (621 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37228)

Come meet local finance professionals 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. This will be an open forum, so come prepared with questions.

Registration and 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!

Join our panel of experts from:

  • CFS Staffing
  • Kingery and Associates
  • Regions Bank
  • Snelling of Nashville
  • Mark Myers with Nashville Financial Networking Group

Call  615-862-8890 for more information.

What’s Happening at NCAC This Week

December 12, 2011

Upcoming Events at NCAC – December 12- December 16

Career Connections

NCAC offers a series of networking meetings known as Career Connections which provide insight and knowledge about the world of work from career and job search experts in the community. Below is a list of the upcoming Career Connections at the agency’s locations:

Davidson County

December 13 (9:30 – 11 a.m.)

Britt Cumbie

Financial Search Consultant with LBMC Strategy Staffing, LLC

Rutherford County

December 13 (9:30 – 11 a.m.)

Alumni Day

Join us as we catch up with former Career Connection participants and find out what worked in their job search.

Wilson/Trousdale Counties

December 13 (10 – 11 a.m.)

Bob Buckman

Regional Coordinator with Mid-Cumberland Human Resources Agency (MCHRA) Transportation Services

Workshops

NCAC provides workshops for job seekers to give them the ability to develop a plan of action. Each location offers unique workshops tailored to its customers’ needs. A few of the varying workshops offered the weeks of December 5-16 are listed below. Please check our website calendars for dates and times.

Davidson

Tuesday, December 13th at 11 a.m.

Resume Writing

Learn how to write a winning resume

NCAC Workforce Campus

Rutherford

Tuesday, December 13th at 11 a.m.

Interviewing

What to do before, during and after an interview

Murfreesboro location

Wilson

Tuesday, December 13th 11 a.m. to noon

Networking

How to develop and grow your network

Lebanon location

 

Thursday, December 15th 10:00 a.m. to noon

Enrichment Thursday Workshop: Linked In

Create your profile and get discovered by employers

Lebanon location

 

Special Events

Financial Employer Forum

Thursday, December 15th

Registration and Networking begins at 12:30 p.m.

Forum begins at 1 p.m.

Panelists represented:

  • CFS Staffing
  • Kingery and Associates
  • Regions Bank
  • Snelling of Nashville
  • Mark Myers with the Nashville Financial Networking Group

Call 615-862-8890 for more information

NCAC Workforce Campus

621 Mainstream Drive, suite 210

Nashville, TN 37228

Network Nashville

Wednesday, December 14th at 10:00 a.m.

“All About Employment” presented by Staffmark.

Nashville South Office

Event topics and speakers are subject to change.

Visit http://www.nashville.gov/ncac/index.asp for more information and to view our full calendar.

What constitutes a great resume?

December 12, 2011

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

“What constitutes a great resume?”

 

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.

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?

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.

 

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

 

Tennessee Career Center is a publicly funded agency that provides career resources to job seekers and employers in Wilson County.  To find out about the free services available, job seekers should attend Resume Writing held each Tuesday at 9 am or call 444-9355 ext. 222.

Yates Services Job Fair!

December 9, 2011

Where: Murfreesboro Career Center

1313 Old Fort Parkway

Murfreesboro, Tn 37129

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011 (9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m. )

Job location: Nissan Assembly Plant – Smyrna, Tn

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid drivers license and second form of ID
  • Must be able to speak, read and write fluent English
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check (NO felonies)
  • Must be able to pass drug screen (Zero Tolerance)
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Main Line Production prefer 6 months industrial experience (High volume manufacturing environment)
  • Please not that if you have interviewed within the past 6 months you will not be eligible

Pay progression starts at $12.50 and can go up to $18.50

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is an equal opportunity employer/program; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request.

Click HERE to view article posted in the Daily News Journal about the upcoming job fair.

 

Networking Opportunity

December 7, 2011

Join us for a Recruiter Forum!

NCAC is hosting a Recruiter Forum, Thursday, December 8th at the Murfreesboro Tennessee Career Center (1313 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro TN)

Come meet local Recruiters 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. This will be an open forum, so come prepared with questions.

Registration and 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!

Join our panel of experts from:

  • Comcast
  • Kelly Services
  • EMIDS Technology
 

Call  615-898-8081 ext. 147 for more information.