Archive for May 2012

Connie’s Career Corner ‘There is Value in Having a Strong Work Ethic’

May 31, 2012



“There is value in having a strong work ethic.”


Tip for the day:  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” (Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer)

Q:  Dear Connie:  My boss keeps talking about new employees not having a strong work ethic.  What is he talking about?  I have not seen anyone stealing from the company. 

A:   Dear Searching for Ethics:  In the 1950’s, my parents and their generation were known for having a very strong work ethic.  The old-fashion definition of work ethic is a dependable, honest, and hard worker.

Some employers have expressed concern that they are having trouble finding strong work ethics in their younger workers.  As a young worker, you will want to impress your boss with a strong work ethic by performing well on the job.  In today’s job market, managers are often expected to do more with less staff.  If you are the employee who is seen as dependable, your chances of success are greatly increased.

Until the past few years, ethics seemed to have little connection with success.  Young people could site examples of CEO’s, CFO’s, and politicians who were not held accountable for making unethical decisions and yet were extremely successful.  We have witnessed a shift in the value of work ethics.  Politicians are being removed from their positions; companies are vanishing because of unethical financial decisions that were made by the company’s management.

In Stand Out, Andrew J. DuBrin gives some tactics that are characteristic of people with strong work ethics.  You can start improving your work status by practicing these suggestions:

  • Demonstrate competence even on minor tasks
  • Assume personal responsibility for problems
  • Assume responsibility for free-floating (non-assigned) problems
  • Get your projects completed promptly
  • Accept undesirable assignments willingly
  • Follow through on tasks
  • Submit timely information
  • Be willing to work beyond the standard 40 hours per week
  • Look busy

If you take each job you have seriously by being on-time, dependable, honest and a competent hard worker, you will be giving yourself an advantage that leads to success.

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


Financial Forum TODAY

May 17, 2012

Join our Panel of experts from: Regions Bank, CFS Staffing, LBMC, Office Team, Central Parking and Jackson Financial

TODAY (5/17) at the Workforce Campus. Networking and Refreshments begin at 12:30 p.m.

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

2012 MDHA Summer Youth Enrichment Initiatives Program

May 10, 2012

2012 MDHA Summer Youth Enrichment Initiatives Program

Descriptions of Programs


AAOC Summer Camps.  Enrichment camp for youth age 6 to 17 years from North and East Nashville.  Youth will study social and business etiquette, academic enrichment and character education.  Youth will perform community service activities.  CONTACT:  Caroline Davis 289-3148 or 289-2716


Backfield in Motion  Summer Program for boys age 10 to 18 years of age from East, North and South Nashville focusing on academic enrichment, life skills and sports.

CONTACT:  Marva D. Bicknell 227-9935 x 21


Bethlehem Centers of Nashville (Slammin Jammin City Camp)   Enrichment camp for youth in grades 5 to 8 from Davidson County, with emphasis on Andrew Jackson Court, John Henry Hale Homes and the surrounding areas.  The camp will offer academic enrichment, sports, recreation, prevention education, character education, community service and health/fitness activities.  Youth will take field trips to various fun and educational landmarks and enjoy various educational speakers.

CONTACT:  Steve E. Fleming 329-3386 x 230 or 775-7704


Bethlehem Centers of Nashville (Vocational Success)   Program for youth aged 14 to 17 years from Davidson County, with an emphasis on youth from John Henry Hale Homes, Andrew Jackson Courts and surrounding communities.  Participants will learn about various aspects of employment through job-readiness skill training.  The youth will then interview with local businesses in the Nashville area and have a 6-week work/internship experience.

CONTACT:  Steve E. Fleming 329-3386 x 230 or 775-7704


Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee  Enrichment program for youth age 6-18 years from inner city Nashville.  The program will provide educational enrichment, computer/technology experience, arts/creative activities, nutrition/fitness education and character education.

CONTACT Darryl Griffin  983-6804


The Charles Davis Foundation.  Multi-disciplinary enrichment program for low income youth ages 6 to 8 from the J. C. Napier and Sudekum neighborhood.  The program will provide academic, athletic, cultural and economic development activities.  CONTACT:  Toni Francis Davis 582-1751 or 254-0396


Christ Centered Ministries, Inc. (CCM Leadership Academy)  Program for youth age 6 to 16 years from Sam Levy, Cayce Homes and Riverchase  communities.  The program will include character education, leadership development, communications/public speaking, educational guidance, fitness, reading activities and field trips.  CONTACT:  Darrell Caldwell 262-0048 or 810-6630


Christ Centered Ministries, Inc, (Why We Can’t Wait).  Program for boys aged 13 to 17 years of age from the Sudekum Homes and Napier Place neighborhoods.  Activities will include job training, social/emotional skills education, swimming/fitness activities, service projects, college tours, twice-monthly overnight stays and family nights.  CONTACT:  Darrell Caldwell 262-0048 or 810-6630


City of Life Corporation Summer camp for lower income youth age 13 to 15 years from the Bordeaux, Whites Creek and North Nashville area, including Cumberland View and Cheatham Place.  Youth will participate in skills development service learning, college preparation, cultural development, and learn effective communications, conflict resolution and other life skills.

CONTACT:  Brenda N. Ramsey 299-0520


Family Affair Ministries, Inc.  Four week summer youth enrichment camp will serve youth ages 6-12 years from East Nashville, Dickerson Road, Ewing Lane, Vailview and Creekwood neighborhoods.  The program will include math and reading skills enhancement; recreational activities and character development.  CONTACT:  Mrs. Vera Williams-Davis  228-0125  or 975-1743



Fannie Battle Day Home  Academic enrichment program for youth age 6-12 years of age with emphasis on East Nashville.  The program will include tutoring, art, science, music, dance, swimming lessons, P.E., computer and enrichment outings.  CONTACT:  Sara L. Longhini 228-6745


Fisk University Intensive program designed to improve performance, retention and college readiness for boys entering grades 5-10 in the Fisk/Watkins Park community.  Youth will have applied, hands-on learning in computers, mechanical principles, engineering, research, reading, writing and oral skills.  CONTACT:  Isaac Thompson 329-8605 or 972-4447


Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (TRAC Job Readiness Program)   Job readiness program for youth age 14 – 18 years from Davidson County to include basic computer skills, budgeting, team building and fundamental work ethics.  Students will have an opportunity to earn First Aid and CPR certifications and participate in public speaking activities.

CONTACT:  Debbie Grant 346-1237


Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (Work Program)   Jobs program for disabled youth age 14-18 years of age in Davidson County.  Each child receives intensive job coaching to learn job skills and good work attitudes and receives placement on a summer job.

CONTACT:  Debbie Grant 346-1237


The Joe Gilliam Football Camp   Week-long football camp for lower-income youth age 10-17 from Davidson County.  This is a non-contact camp where children will learn fundamentals and techniques of football, while also gaining knowledge of conflict resolution, anger management, nutrition, exercise and weight management.

CONTACT:  Joe Gilliam 352-6429


Martha O’Bryan Center   Summer Program focused on academics, career development, social skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, leadership and civic engagement for youth age 8 to 18 from the James A. Cayce and surrounding neighborhood.  CONTACT:  LaRhonda S. Magras 254-1791 x 258


McNeilly Center for Children  Enrichment program for youth age 6 to 12 years from East Nashville zip code 37207.  Youth will experience academic enrichment, recreational sports, tutoring, computers, and character education.  They will take field trips during the summer.

CONTACT:  Shellie Fossick 255-2549


Metropolitan Board of Parks & Recreation (Community Pools).  Swimming program for youth aged 9-14 years from South Nashville and East Nashville, with emphasis on Edgehill homes, Napier/Sudekum and Levy communities.  Youth will have lessons in swimming and water safety.  Some can achieve lifeguard certification to create future job opportunities.  Participants can also take part in competitive swimming activities.  CONTACT:  Bill Troup 862-8400


Metropolitan Board of Parks & Recreation (Kirkpatrick).  Enrichment program for youth age 6 to 14 years from the Kirkpatrick Park neighborhood.  Metro Parks will provide recreation, social activities, cultural arts activities, and field trips.  Youth will learn self-expression, healthy living habits and participate in service learning and daily outings.  CONTACT:  Henderson Kelly 862-8400


Moves & Grooves, Inc.  Dance Program for youth age 7 – 14 years from the Edgehill/Glencliff area as a proactive means against childhood obesity.  Youth will also study science, math, nutrition and Pilates.  Youth will receive sex education, learn video/camera techniques and perform in a dance showcase.  CONTACT:  Emerald Mitchell  554-1809


Oasis Center  Summer program series targeted to small groups age 10 to 18 years  from East Nashville, Inglewood area surrounding Bailey Middle School, North Nashville area surrounding John Early Middle School, and the South Nashville/Nolensville Road area.  Programs will include Summer of Ali for boys, Youth United for youth impacted by violence in their neighborhoods, Your Story Continues for refugee/immigrant youth, YEP for youth from Bailey and John Early Middle Schools, and Oasis Bike Workshop and Wellness Program.  CONTACT:  Judy Freudenthal 327-4455


Rocketown  Summer program for youth age 9 to 18 from Davidson County, with special emphasis on J.C. Napier/Sudekum Homes.  Youth will participate each morning in film-editing, music/songwriting, dance, art or skateboarding.  The afternoon offers electives to experience additional artistic activities.  At the end of each week, participants demonstrate new skills at a community showcase.  CONTACT:  ReGina Newkirk 843-4005.


Salama Urban Ministries  Program for youth age 6 to 18 years of age from the Edgehill neighborhood, North/South/East Nashville and Antioch.  The program will include academics and performance arts, with older students exposed to college and career preparation.

CONTACT:  George Crook 251-4050 ext. 114


Samaritan Ministries   Summer program for youth age 7 to 11 from Cumberland View Housing Development.  Children will get exposure to academic enrichment, and cultural/behavioral/social training.  Children will study the American democratic electoral process and citizenship.

CONTACT:  Donna Hamby Priester 742-8905 or 329-1523


Tennessee Thunder   Basketball program for youth age 9 to17 years of age from North Nashvillle.  Youth will learn and practice the fundamentals of basketball and of athletic competition.    They will travel to out-of-state competitions.  Youth will also attend workshops in ACT/SAT preparation, AIDS/sex awareness, drug abuse prevention, anger management and conflict resolution.

CONTACT:  Hendren E. Merritt  485-7717


Village Community Development Corporation.  Healthy living program for youth age 8 – 15 years from East Nashville.  Children will learn about cooking, nutrition, physical fitness, drama, martial arts, and African drumming/dance.  CONTACT:  Rico X  438-3185


YMCA Youth Development Center  Enrichment program for youth age 13-18 years from North and West Nashville. Covering money management, financial literacy, sports, fitness, technology, ACT preparation and college visits.  Youth with have mentoring.

CONTACT:  Dantriel McWilliams 341-0101 or 557-0115


Youth Encouragement Services  Enrichment program for youth age 6 to 18 years from West Nashville.   Youth will learn reading, math, and language skills.  They will learn job skills and take field trips.  CONTACT:  David Estes 350-1140 or 587-6282


Youth Life Learning Center   Summer enrichment program for children in grades K-8 from South, East and West Nashville.  The program will provide activities for the children in academic enrichment, recreation, creative arts.  CONTACT:   Lindsay Daly 333-7672


YWCA.  Summer enrichment program for girls age 9-15 years from the Bordeaux area.  Girls will participate in activities in arts/crafts, physical education, economic literacy, career preparation, pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention and violence prevention.  They will hear guest speakers and go on field trips.  CONTACT:  Donna Dant 983-5149

Recruiter Forum This Thursday (5/10/12)

May 9, 2012

Rutherford County

Recruiter Forum

Network with local Recruiters and discover how to get hired! 

Thursday,  May 10th@ 1 PM

The   Tennessee Career Center

1313   Old Fort Pkwy.

Murfreesboro,   TN 

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

Join   our Panel of Recruiters from theses companies:

ADP,   DELL, AEGIS, Healthcare Management Systems, Metro Industrial and more….


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

PHOTOS: 2012 Healthcare Diversity Forum: Matters of Faith in the Workplace

May 7, 2012

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Job Fair for Saks Fifth Avenue TODAY till 3:30p.m.

May 7, 2012

Job Fair Happening in Murfreesboro and Nashville

Click below for more information

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Job Fair May 5th and 6th

May 3, 2012

5 – 6 May (Hilton Garden Inn, Clarksville, TN) AECOM Government Services provides full spectrum maintenance and logistical services in support of the Department of Defense global contingency and sustainment operations. Current missions in Afghanistan are experiencing significant growth and we are currently seeking experienced candidates for the below listed positions.

Our Recruiters will be hosting a Hiring Event on the 5 – 6 May at the Hilton Garden Inn, 290 Alfred Thun Road, Clarksville, KY 37040. We will be interviewing candidates for the positions listed below between the hours of 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily for both days. Please bring updated resume, DD 214 if military, passport and other documents if available for Recruiter review. We will be making offers on site.
Interested candidates with experience/education in the following areas are highly encouraged to visit the event:
*Aircraft Mech (UH60/64/47/58) Movement Control Transportation Coordinator Small Arms Repair Howitzer Repair Communications Elec Repair CCTV Operators RTCH/Heavy Drivers Fire Control Repair Heavy Equipment Mechanic Logistics Analyst RPAT Operations SAMS-E Welder (AWS preferred) Wheel Tech Inspector Safety Coordinator Property Specialist Security Lead System Administrator Quality Control Specialist Senior Mechanics Maintenance Managers Power Generator Mech Logistics Manager RPAT Lead Retrograde Specialist

*(Aircraft positions include MS/ME/MEA/MW/IN/NDT)

All position will require a completed NACI or Security Clearance prior to deployment. Candidates selected will process through deployment center and must meet all prescribed medical/dental and background investigations.

For additional information or to get additional information requirements visit AECOM at