Archive for February 2012

The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC)

February 24, 2012

The Mayor’s Youth Council Application is attached at the bottom—this opportunity is for Davidson County Students in the 11th grade.  Also attached is the Mayor’s Youth Council NSPA Scholarship Application for 12th graders.

ABOUT THE Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) 

32 high school juniors and seniors from public and private schools
Council holds monthly meetings and meets quarterly with the Mayor, participates in citywide community service events, including the Mayor’s 5k walk, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, Mayor’s Frist Day, as well as hosting student forums to for the youth.
Meetings are at the OASIS CENTER 1704 Charlotte Ave, Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37203
To recognize the abilities, accomplishments, and contributions of young people in their communities
Applications are due by March 30, 2012

MYC Application 2012-13

NSPA Scholarship Application

Tip for the day: Silent and listen are made up of the same letters.

February 24, 2012


“Learn how to listen for the real question.”


Tip for the day:  Silent and listen are made up of the same letters.


Q:  Dear Connie: I have been to several interviews and am afraid that the answers I am giving are not answering the questions that the interviewer wants me to answer.  What am I doing wrong?


A:   Dear What Did You Say:  You may need to develop your ability to listen.  Your interviewer is trying to gain specific information from the questions he is asking in order to properly evaluate your skills, abilities and personality.  If you do not listen well you will miss the point of the question.

A few tips for effective listening are:

  • Give      undivided attention
  • Listen      carefully to what the person is really saying
  • Allow      silence for reflection
  • Use      restatement to clarify messages

It is important to listen to the whole question the interviewer is asking and concentrate on what the speaker is saying not on the answer you are planning to give.  If you start formulating the answer when you hear the beginning of the question, you may not hear the complete question.

Watch the interviewer’s body language.  You may be able to pick up on his expectations by the signals he is sending with his body language.  If he looks extremely serious when asking a question, he more than likely wants a thoughtful answer with no joking inserted in the answer.  If he is smiling and rares back in his chair, he is probably hoping to hear an answer that shows the lighter side of your personality.

Notice the words that are used and how many parts there are to the question.  Repeat some of these same words in your answer.  If the question has three parts to it, it is very important that you address all three parts of the question in your response.

Remember to give yourself time to think the question all the way through before answering.  This is not the time to “wing” it.  You want to sound intelligent and taking a few seconds of silence to gather your thoughts will help in this area.

Using restatement can help you focus in on the right answer.  Do not use restatement the same way that you might in a normal conversation by saying, “What I hear you saying is ….”  You use restatement by leading off your answer with part of the question.  If the question is, “Tell me how you work in a team”, you might say, “Working in a team is one of my greatest strength.”  Then proceed to explain how you are a strong team player.

By using these tips you should become a better listener which will in turn make you a better interviewee


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Veteran’s Resume Writing Bootcamp

February 22, 2012


NCAC is partnering with Tennessee State Career Centers to offer a Veteran Resume Writing Bootcamp workshop that is now being offered at a Career Center near you! Coming up at the end of this week a workshop designed specifically for you will be offered at four Tennessee State Career Centers: Rutherford, Wilson and both Career Centers in Davidson County. At this work shop you will not only learn resume writing techniques but also will specifically get one-on-one assistance in taking your skills from the service and transferring them into job skills that employers are looking for. This is a two-hour workshop. The first hour, one of NCAC staff will be teaching resume writing tips. The second hour you will be modifying and improving your resume – an NCAC Career Coach available for assistance. A Veteran Representative will also be present at the workshop to assist with any additional questions related specifically to service.

Date, time & location are listed below. Please register at the front desk of the Career Center that you wish you attend the workshop.


Thursday, February 23

10:00 AM – Noon

Nashville South

3763 Nolensville Road

Nashville, TN

Phone: (615) 741-3556



Thursday, February 23

10:00 AM – Noon

Rutherford Career Center

1313 Old Fort Pkwy.

Murfreesboro, TN

Phone: (615) 898-8091


Thursday, February 23

10:00 AM – Noon

Wilson Career Center

155 Legends Dr.

Lebanon, TN

Phone: (615) 444-9355


Friday, February 24

10:00 AM – Noon

Metro Center Career Center

2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Nashville, TN

Check back each month for dates & times.

Networking Opportunity: TOMORROW

February 15, 2012

Sales and Administrative Forum

Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 1PM

Join our Panel of experts from:

The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club,

Comcast, Job News Nashville,

Synergy Systems and TW Telecom

NCAC Workforce Campus

621 Mainstream Drive, Suite 210

Nashville, TN

Registration and Networking, start at 12:30PM

Call 615-862-8890 for more information

What’s Happening at NCAC This Week?

February 13, 2012

NCAC offers different classes and workshops each week. Each event offers job searching advice from professionals and great networking opportunites .

Career Connections

Davidson County

February 14 (9:30-11 a.m.)

Sharon Bosworth

Affordable Housing Resources

Rutherford County

February 14 (9:30-11 a.m.)

Cathy Mitchell


Wilson/Trousdale Counties

February 14 (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

Nakeda Kirby

Suncrest Home Health

Upcoming 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. Please check our website calendars for dates and times.

Upcoming Special Events

Sales and Administrative Forum

Thursday, February 16

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

Forum begins at 1 p.m.

Workforce Campus
621 Mainstream Dr. Suite 210
Nashville, TN

Panelist Represented: The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club, Comcast, Job News Nashville,Synergy Systems and TW Telecom

Event topics and speakers are subject to change.
For more information please call (615) 862-8890 or visit our website at

Customer Service Forum

February 8, 2012

Rutherford County

Customer Service Forum 

Network with local professionals and get insights on what it takes to get hired!

This Thursday, February 9th at 1 p.m.

The Tennessee Career Center

1313 Old Fort Pkwy.

Murfreesboro, TN

Registration and networking begin at 12:30 p.m.

Join our panel of professionals from these companies:

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Nurture Nook Day Spa, Wiser Co. and Murfreesboro Automotive, LLC.

For more information please call (615) 898-8081 ext. 147 



CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER “What is in a name?”

February 7, 2012


“What is in a name?”


Tip for the day:  When making decisions in life, consider your options, make your best choice and do not second guess yourself.


Q:  Dear Connie:  I have been working on my career for 10 years.  I am now planning on getting married.  Should I change my professional name to my husband’s last name?


A:   Dear engaged:  You are facing a problem that is common these days to many females.  Many women today choose to establish themselves in a career before considering marriage. Since women are waiting longer to get married, they have established themselves by their maiden names in the job market.

The concern many women have regarding changing their last name is that they will lose all of the networking that they have established in the past.  They are concerned that clients will not be able to reach them since they have changed their name.  If a person is in sales, she may worry that her clients will not take her calls since they may not recognize the new name.

Within the office environment, changing a name can present a problem because it is difficult to locate a person on e-mail when the last name is not the same.  If someone has been called by the same last name for 10 years, it may be a challenge for someone to remember the new last name.

There are many official documents that will have to be updated if you do not keep your professional name.  If you decide to change your last name, you will have to change your official name on everything from your electric bill to college transcripts and professional designations.

You have several options to consider.  You can change your last name to your husband’s last name which is considered the traditional approach.  You can use both your last name and your spouse’s last name with a hyphen.  You can keep your current last name or you can use your maiden name at work and your husbands name the rest of the time.

The problem presented with using a hyphenated last name is that it is difficult for people to remember two last names.  If you decide to have children, it is also a long name for children to learn and to write.

The new movement is for a woman to leave her last name the same as her maiden name in her profession and use her husband’s last name for her personal life.  This is simpler if you have children since in your personal life your friends and acquaintances will know you by the same last name as your husband and children.

Whatever you decide, there are women using all options.  Make your decision and proceed with confidence.


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