Archive for June 2012

Connie’s Career Corner: To Date or Not to Date??

June 28, 2012



“To Date or Not to Date”


Tip for the day:  Past performance is the best indicator of future performance.

Q:  Dear Connie:  I work with a guy that I would be interested in dating.  What is your opinion of dating someone at work?

A:   Dear Dater:  The decision to date a co-worker is a personal one, but you do need to be aware of some issues that may arise from doing so.  Dating relationships in the workplace can lead to some very sticky situations.  Many people argue, however, that work is where they spend most of their time so the workplace may be the only place where they can meet other single adults.

You need to first look at your employee handbook to see if your company even allows employees to date one another.  Many companies will not allow these types of relationships at all. Some companies may allow employees to date, but only if they work in different areas or departments of the company.  Know what your company’s policy is before you decide to move forward.

You did not mention what type of working relationship you have with this individual. Are you his supervisor at work? Is he your supervisor?  Dating someone who is your subordinate can open another “can of worms” altogether. There have been many cases where someone has been sued for sexual harassment after ending a relationship with a subordinate at work.  Sexual harassment can be difficult to prove under these circumstances, but it is not impossible.  Also, if you try to pursue a relationship with a co-worker who is not interested in dating you, you may also be accused of harassment.

One other thing to consider is what will happen if you date this person and then break up.  Will you see this person everyday? Do you have to work in close proximity with this person?  Many relationships do not last, and you do need to consider the aftermath if you do break-up.  You do not want your boss to have to choose between you and your co-worker because you may end up on the losing end.

On a brighter note, there are many “happily ever after” stories from people who met their spouse or significant other at work.  If you do decide to pursue this relationship further, proceed with caution and be discreet.  Be aware that this relationship may make your co-workers uncomfortable so act professionally at work.

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Wilson County Job Fair!

June 26, 2012

The Tennessee Career Center at Lebanon and Wilson County Mayor’s Office are hosting the Wilson County Job Fair. The event will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School, 1213 Leeville Pike, Lebanon. Attendees are encouraged to dress for success and to bring copies of their resume. For more information please contact Ron Hammontree at (615) 741-8892.

Here is a list of employers that will be attending the job fair (subject to change without notice):

  • MetoKote
  • American General Life & Accident Insurance Co.
  • TADD Wholesale Supply
  • Orchid International
  • Abacus Staffing
  • US Marine Corps
  • Genesco LDC
  • US Air Force
  • Superior Driver Source
  • R E West
  • Rue21
  • Yates at Nissan
  • Steves & Sons, Inc.
  • Wilsom County Transportation Dept.
  • L & W Engineering
  • Sharp Transit
  • TN Army Nat’l Guard
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • TRW Automotive
  • Best Drivers
  • Elwood Staffing
  • LifeWay Christian Resource
  • OHL

Open Position at NCAC:

June 25, 2012

Open Position at NCAC: Youth and Community Service Coordinator and Disability Navigator –  Application deadline 6/29/12. Please see link to information on how to apply.



“Why do I need a résumé to get a job?”

June 15, 2012



“Why do I need a résumé to get a job?”


Tip for the day:  Do not think about something too long before moving to action or the opportunity may pass you by.

Q:  Dear Connie:  Why do I need a résumé to get a job?  You are going to have to fill out an application anyway.

A:   Dear I do not want to write a résumé:  If you planned to walk three miles you would take time to put on the best walking shoes you own.  You might complete the walk in high heels or with bare feet, but it would be a very painful experience.  You may get a job by only filling out an application, but a résumé gives you the advantage of presenting yourself to a potential employer from the very best viewpoint.

Many companies expect a person to present a résumé to complete the picture they get from the information provided on an application.  Applications provide facts.  The employer wants specific information and he gets to ask that on the application.

By contrast, a résumé provides how those facts came to be and what you accomplished along the way.  Your résumé is what you want to tell the employer about the skills and abilities that you can bring to the company.  This is your opportunity to “toot your own horn.”  A résumé will also provide you the opportunity to connect information that may show no connection on your application.

If a hiring manager evaluates you based on the application only, he will know where you worked, your job title and the years you worked at the company.  If he has a résumé to supplement that information, he may notice that as “Office Manager” you did not just restock supplies and sign timesheets, but you negotiated building leases, maintained facilities, and were responsible for offices in three separate buildings instead of just one.

Many decisions in business are often made purely from observing the data.  You may have seen excellent workers downsized along with workers who were underperforming because someone in management had to make a decision on the “bottom line” and decides to dismiss a whole department.  You can avoid this same dismissal of an application by using your résumé to make your facts and figures come alive and belong to a real person—YOU.

Writing a résumé is time consuming and causes many people to have to think about their specific skills and accomplishments over their work life.  Because most people want assistance from experts when writing their résumé, the Career Center offers a résumé writing informational session to assist in this process. Take the time to adequately prepare yourself to job search before you begin applying for positions by writing a good résumé.

Here are a few tips for writing a “good” résumé:

  • Be sure you use correct spelling and grammar
  • Keep your résumé to one or two pages at the most
  • Be concise and avoid repetition
  • Toot your own horn
  • Be honest

When it comes to getting the job you want, give yourself an advantage by writing a good résumé.

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