Archive for October 2012

Connie’s Career Corner

October 26, 2012

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

 

“Leaders need to know what their teams really need.”

 

Tip for the day:  If you carry everyone else’s problems, they will never learn to carry them for themselves.

Q:  Dear Connie:   I have just been promoted to Team Leader.  I really want to be successful but this is my first time in a lead position.  Can you give me some tips to help me be successful?

A:   Dear New Team Leader: Congratulations on your new position.  It can be a big challenge to start a new position where one has no prior experience.  It is said that 70 to 80 percent of high performers who are promoted had no training when made supervisors.  So, you are not alone.

 

Since your company promoted you for the position, you can feel confident that the leaders in your company have identified that you have the abilities needed to be a Team Leader.  Many of the traits you have exhibited in your past will serve you well in the future.

 

It is important for your team to understand the company goals, how the team fits into those goals and for the team to be committed to achieving those goals.  You will want to become the person in your team to help bring the company and team together.

 

Your job as a leader is to give your team the tools they need to accomplish those goals. SkillPath Seminars www.skillpath.com suggest some areas to make sure your team’s needs are met:

  • Technical skills training
  • Human relations skills training
  • The need for challenging work
  • The opportunity for achievement
  • Recognition
  • Belonging
  • Fair pay
  • Incentives beyond regular pay
  • To be heard

 

Read books, attend seminars and watch what other team leaders who have positive results are doing in your organization to increase your skills.  When it comes to leadership, copying positive behavior until it becomes your own is acceptable.  Always try to leave everyone’s self-respect in tack when you are confronted with negative situations.  Remember, you were hired to move your team forward in a positive direction.  Take the challenge and good luck!

 

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

Job News Nashville Career Fair at Titans

October 22, 2012

Job News Nashville Career Fair at Titans Stadium TOMORROW (10/23) 10am-2pm This is the final multi-industry career fair for the year. Over 2,000+ jobs available in the greater Nashville area. Job seekers can pre-register online at http://www.jobnewsnashville.com.

Questions about seasonal employment?

October 22, 2012

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

 

“Seasonal Employment”

 

Tip for the day:   When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

 

Q:  Dear Connie: With the holidays approaching, I am thinking about getting a part-time job.  Where do I start?

 

A:  Dear Happy Holidays: If you want to get a job working during the holiday season, the first of November is the time to start applying.  There are usually a lot of temporary jobs available during the month of November and December.  Most companies are given a hiring schedule so they can add additional employees each week throughout the holiday season.

 

Before you put in your applications, there are a few facts that you may find helpful regarding seasonal employment.  Some businesses will work around the hours you have available.  It is very important to let the employer know what hours you can work and then stick to being available during those hours.  Think about your commitments with your family and organizations before you apply for a position so you will be able to tell the interviewer exactly what hours you can work.

 

You should also keep in mind that in retail if the business is open you are expected to work if needed.  This means that on the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, they expect you to work.  This is the most profitable time of the year for many retail businesses, and it is important that they be well staffed to serve their customers.

 

When you go to pick up an application be sure and dress neatly.  Do not make the common mistake of thinking you will run in and get an application and dress up when you bring it back.  It is not uncommon for the receptionist to take you to the hiring manager and introduce you and even interview you on the spot.  So, if you want the job, do not go in dressed in your jogging suit because you can not make a second first impression.

 

Seasonal work is a great way to brush up on your skills and to get out and meet new people.  It is also a great way to have some extra income during the gift buying season.  Who knows, you may enjoy yourself so much that you will want to look for a permanent job after the holidays.

 

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

Management Hiring Event for Starbucks is

October 19, 2012

Management Hiring Event for Starbucks is taking place October 22nd from 8 am – 2 pm

Starbucks Cafe
4514 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Starbucks is seeking top performing Managers in the Nashville and Surrounding areas. if interested please visit starbucks.com/careers to submit an application.

Don’t forget about the Customer Service

October 18, 2012

Don’t forget about the Customer Service and Hospitality Employer Forum TODAY (10/18) at the Workforce Campus

Networking and Registration begins at 12:30 PM

Panel of experts will include:
– Starbucks
– Ajilon
– Kingery & Associates
– Central Parking
– Staffmark
– Volt

Call (615) 862-8890 for more information

Job News Nashville Career Fair at Titans

October 17, 2012

Job News Nashville Career Fair at Titans Stadium Tuesday, October 23rd 10am-2pm This is the final multi-industry career fair for the year. Over 2,000+ jobs available in the greater Nashville area. Job seekers can pre-register online at http://www.jobnewsnashville.com.

Management Hiring Event for Starbucks is

October 17, 2012

Management Hiring Event for Starbucks is taking place October 22nd from 8 am – 2 pm

Starbucks Cafe
4514 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Starbucks is seeking top performing Managers in the Nashville and Surrounding areas. if interested please visit starbucks.com/careers to submit an application.