Archive for March 2012

Looking for Something to do this Week to Improve your Job Search?

March 26, 2012

Look no further!

The Nashville Career Advancement Center, NCAC, hosts networking meetings called Career Connections once a week! Every Tuesday in  Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson County, an employer or community leader will volunteer their time to address trends in their perspective sectors as well as provide vital information that will help you improve your job search. Remember to dress to impress! During the meeting, you may be connecting with employers who may select you to interview for an open position at their company.

This weeks Career Connections and topics are listed below:

Davidson County

Laura Paddock with Propex Operating Company will address “Resume Writing, Interviewing and Networking”

Coffee and Networking beings at 9:00 a.m. Presentation beings at 9:30 a.m.

NCAC Workforce Campus
621 Mainstream Drive, Suite 210
Nashville, TN 37288

Call (615) 862-8890 for more information.

Rutherford County

Nakeda Kirby with Suncrest Home Health will address “Trends in the Local Healthcare Industry and Jobs for Nurses”

Coffee and Networking begin at 9:00 a.m. Presentation begins at 9:30 a.m.

Rutherford County Career Center
1313 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Call (615) 898-8081 for more information.

Wilson County

Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto will address “Staying positive and Motivated During the Job Search”

Begins at 10:00 a.m.

Wilson County Career Center
155 Legends Drive, Suite M
Lebanon, TN 37087

Call (615) 444-9355 for more information.

All events are subject to change without notice.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto will speak at Career Connections tomorrow

March 26, 2012

When: Tuesday, March 27th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Wilson County Career Center 155 Legends Drive, Suite M, Lebanon, TN 37087

Who: Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto will be speaking at Career Connections. He will be speaking to job seekers about staying positive and motivated during the job search.

What is Career Connections: A networking meeting with employers and community leaders who volunteer their time to address trends in their perspective sectors as well as provide vital information that will help job seekers improve their job search.

Arrive early to make sure you get a seat. As always, don’t forget to dress professionally.

 

Call (615) 444-9355 for more information. All events are subject to change.

 

Connie’s Corner: Is your dream job just a dream?

March 23, 2012

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

Is your dream job just a dream?

 

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

 

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

Dear Looking for My Dream Job:  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 www.princetonreview.com and click on the tab at the top “College” and in the middle of the dropdown you will find “Career Search.”  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 www.assessment.com 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 www.CareerBuilder.com and www.Jobstar.org

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 ConniesCorner@Nashville.gov

Yates Services Job Fair!

March 20, 2012


YATES SERVICES JOB FAIR

Where:
Wilson County Career Center
155 Legends Drive, Suite M
Lebanon, TN 37087
When:
Wednesday, March 21st, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 28th, 9:00am-4:00pm

JOB LOCATION IS AT THE NISSAN ASSEMBLY PLANT IN SMYRNA, TN

Qualifications:
*Must be at least 18 years of age
*Must have a valid driver’s 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)
*High School Diploma or GED equivalent
*Main Line Production prefer 6 months industrial experience (High volume Manufacturing environment)
*Please note that if you have interviewed within the past 6 months you will not be eligible
*Pay progressions 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; auxillary aids and services are available upon request.

March 13, 2012

Join us for a HEALTHCARE FORUM

This is a great Networking opportunity for those of you looking for a career in the Healthcare Industry in Nashville. Even if you’re not interested in Healthcare, this is a great opportunity ask HR professionals questions about your job search.

This is an event you DO NOT want to miss!  

Healthcare Forum

Thursday, March 15

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

Forum begins at 1 p.m. 

Workforce Campus

621 Mainstream Dr.

Nashville, TN

Panelist Represented: Vanguard, Dialysis Clinic, Emdeon, Tek Systems and Vanderbilt

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (615) 862-8890

Event topics and speakers are subject to change.

Happening This Week

March 12, 2012

NCAC Upcoming Events

March 12 – March 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:

Workforce Campus

March 13 (9:30-11 a.m.)

Layne Cagle

VACO Staffing 

Rutherford County

March 13 (9:30-11 a.m.)

Teauna Upshaw

Workforce Initiatives

Wilson/Trousdale Counties

March 13 (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

Walter Tieck

Eagles Soaring

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. For more information visit our ‘Calendars’ page on our website. http://www.nashville.gov/ncac/calendar/index.asp

“Getting Unstuck”
Workforce Campus
Tuesday, March 13th 11:00 a.m.
 
“Attitude: Are you Hitting the Target or Missing the Mark?”
Wilson County
Tuesday, March 13th 11:00 a.m.
 
“How to Master the Interview-Your Professional Image”
Wilson County
Thursday, March 15th 10:00 a.m.
 
“Interviewing”
Rutherford County
Tuesday, March 13th 11:00 a.m.
 

Upcoming Special Events

Healthcare Forum

Thursday, March 15

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

Forum begins at 1 p.m. 

Workforce Campus

621 Mainstream Dr.

Nashville, TN

Panelist Represented: Vanguard, Dialysis Clinic, Emdeon, Tek Systems and Vanderbilt

Event topics and speakers are subject to change.

The “Don’ts” of an Interview

March 9, 2012

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER 

Q:  Dear Connie:  I am worried about going on an interview.  I have practiced answers to difficult questions with my friend and feel confident I can represent myself well in the interview.  Is there anything else I need to do at the interview? 

A:  Dear Ready to Go:  I am glad that you are practicing how to answer questions regarding your skills and abilities for your upcoming interviews.  Here at theNashvilleCareerAdvancementCenter, we give our customers a list of questions they may be asked during an interview so they can do the exact preparation work that you have done.

The one thing that is overlooked many times is what should not be done before, during and after an interview.  You will be observed from the time you enter the building until you are offered or denied the position you are applying for with a company.

Two things to avoid before the interview are arriving late and being rude to the receptionist.  If you arrive late, you are really saying, “The possibility of working for your company really isn’t that important to me.”  When you arrive and are rude to the receptionist you are saying, “I am not easy to get along with and you are not important enough for me to try to get along with you.” 

During the interview you want to be original, ask questions, stand out and be professional.  If you answer every question with standard responses you are really saying, “I have nothing original to say about myself.”  If you do not asked questions about the company and the position you are applying for, you are conveying that you are not really interested in the company or the available job.  When asked the standard question “Tell me about yourself,” this is your time to shine and stand out.  Tell the employer what makes you special.  Using inappropriate language during the interview says,” Just imagine how unprofessional I will be as one of your employees.”

Your job is not finished when the interview is over.  If you do not thank the interviewer, you are saying, “I did not really value your time and I have no manners.”  Finish the interview process in style and write a personal Thank You note to every interviewer you met with during the interview process.

Interviewing is a process.  Be prepared for what you should and should not do and you will come out the shining star.

 

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