Archive for December 2011

What’s Happening at NCAC This Week

December 5, 2011

Upcoming Events at NCAC – December 5 – December 9

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 6 (9:30 – 11 a.m.)

Tamasine Singer

Corporate Recruiter with OHL

Rutherford County

December 6 (9:30 – 11 a.m.)

Matt Leblanc with ADP

Wilson/Trousdale Counties

December 6 (10 – 11 a.m.)

Rick Haynes with Permobil, INC


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.


Tuesday, December 6 at 11 a.m.

Helpful Hints for the Mature Job Seeker

Learn how to age-proof your job search

NCAC Workforce Campus

Thursday, December 8th 10 a.m. to noon

Enrichment Thursday: Researching the Employer

Find and target the companies that fit your skills

NCAC Workforce Campus


Tuesday, December 6th at 11 a.m.

Linked In Photos

Opportunity for individual photos available

Murfreesboro location


Tuesday, December 6th 11 a.m. to noon

Attitude Workshop

Lebanon location

Thursday, December 8th 10:00 a.m. to noon

Enrichment Thursday: Resume

How to prepare a Marketable Resume

Special Events

Recruiter Employer Forum

Thursday, December 8

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

Forum begins at 1 p.m.

Panelists represented:

Comcast, Kelly Services, EMIDS Technology

Murfreesboro Career Center

1313 Old Fort Parkway

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Network Nashville

Wednesday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m.

“Empowering Yourself!” Presented by Renee Bobb with RBI Enterprises and Consulting

Nashville South Office

Event topics and speakers are subject to change.

Visit for more information and to view our full calendar.

Live and Learn

December 2, 2011


“Live and Learn”

Tip for the day:  The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.

Q:  Dear Connie:  I have an interview coming up, and I am extremely nervous because I have not had one in twenty years. Do you have any good tips for me?

A:   Dear Nervous:  First, take a deep breath and relax. If you come into an interview feeling nervous and afraid, it will often be reflected in your answers. The best defense is a good offense – prepare and practice your answers as much as possible before the interview so that you will go in feeling more confident.

You also need to keep in mind that it is often not what you say that is important, but what the interviewer hears.  If you tell the employer how much you disliked your former employer, the interviewer may actually be hearing that you are negative and angry. If you complain that you could not get along with certain co-workers, the interviewer may be hearing that you are not a team player and cannot get along with others.  Imagine how you would respond to certain answers if you were the one conducting the interview and tailor your answers from that perspective.

“Can you tell me about yourself?” is one of the hardest questions to answer because many job candidates immediately start talking about their personal lives. When you are interviewing, remember not to get too personal with your answers. Although you may be proud of your grandchildren, the interviewer probably could care less.  The better approach to this type of question is to speak of your career and professional milestones and skip stories about your personal life.

You may want to consider setting up a mock interview with someone who is experienced in interviewing. That person can ask you common interview questions and give you feedback about what areas you need to work on. This will also make you feel more relaxed because you will now have some interviewing experience under your belt. You may also want this person to critique your body language in order to ensure that you are not sending negative signals to the interviewer.

Finally, remember that each interview is a learning experience. If you make a mistake, just be sure not to repeat it the next time you interview.  Interviewing is like a sport, the more you practice at it, the better you will become.

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.

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.

Free Coupon Workshop offered today at Murfreesboro location

December 1, 2011

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Coupon Workshop- December 1 2011