Goodwill Job Fair, December 2, 2014, 10am to 3pm


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by | November 25, 2014 · 10:40 AM

How to Handle Rude Questions in a Job Interview

“Have you thought about losing weight?”

Wow! That’s a rude question, but that hasn’t stopped someone from asking it in a job interview, says Barry Maher, a career consultant and motivational speaker. In the situation he observed, it came from an inexperienced member of a panel of interviewers and was targeted at “a heavy-set, but certainly not obese, female applicant.”
What would you do if you were that candidate? How you handle those impolite inquiries can determine whether you get the job or not, so consider practicing some of these strategies.

Keep a sense of humor

The quick-thinking candidate who was asked about her weight fired back the perfect response with a big smile on her face: “Only every time I look in the mirror — which is why I try to avoid looking in mirrors.” By showing a sense of humor, she turned the awkward situation around — and landed the job. (The interviewer got some coaching on better interviewing techniques, says Maher.)

Respond with a compliment

You can frame the answer to some rude questions as a compliment to your prospective employer. Chris Delaney, an interview coach and the author of The 73 Rules for Influencing the Interview using Psychology, NLP and Hypnotic Persuasion Techniques once had an interviewer try to trip him up by slamming his current employer: “Isn’t everyone who works at that company lazy?”
If you’re presented with something like this, Delaney suggests you reframe the interviewer’s opinion to create intrigue and likeability by saying something like “I agree, everyone who works there is lazy, which is why I am leaving to work for a company like yours with good work ethics.” Bonus points if you can find a way to do this without expressing agreement with the negative assessment of your current or former employer.
Turn the question to your advantage
When presented with a rude or odd question, you can always change it up and use it to showcase some of your good qualities. John Paul Engel calls this answering like a politician. For example, if asked about a scar, the founder of boutique management consulting group Knowledge Capital Consulting suggests, “Funny you should ask. I got that scar working on a family farm. Growing up I learned the importance of putting in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.”
Engel has a few go-to stories ready that showcase good traits — such as work ethic, creativity and executive presence — and can adapt almost any question to fit with one of them.

Refuse politely

Whether your interviewer is testing you, inexperienced and nervous, or truly socially clueless, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to. If you’re presented with a question that you do not want to answer under any circumstances, then don’t. Just keep in mind that the way in which you refuse may salvage the interview.
The key is to be prepared beforehand and know how to refuse rude questions, says Donna Flagg, author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations. “It is perfectly acceptable to make light of something and just brush it off as personal. Or if it is something more intimate in nature, you can just say something like, ‘Oh gosh, I never talk about that — especially in a job interview,’” she says.

Problems happen when people are caught off guard by these questions. They feel pressure to answer, so they do and then resent it. Or they don’t get out of answering very tactfully because they simply weren’t expecting the question, she added. If you anticipate odd questions, they won’t be a big deal.

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Job Fair – Dodge’s Southern Style Chicken – 11/21/14

DodgesDodge’s Southern Style Chicken

Recruiters On-Site!
• Up to $500 Referral Bonus
• Earn up to $13 Hourly
• Earn up to $27,000 Annually
Held at the Hilton Garden Inn
6671 Towne Center Loop
Friday, Nov. 21st 9AM-7PM
Join our rapidly growing
Dodge’s Stores Family!
To apply visit our website:   (Memphis positions listed as well.)

Source: JobsArkansas

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Manager of Embark – New Memphis Institute

New Memphis Institute

New Memphis is a not-for-profit organization committed to attracting, developing, activating and retaining talent in order to forge a prosperous and vital new Memphis. Embark is our three-month, cohort-based leadership program designed to support and engage our city’s promising 20-somethings. Over its six classes, Embark participants develop their own capacity to contribute and lead, create lasting connections with peers, and become familiar with the myriad of ways they can get involved in our city’s forward momentum. In sum, Embark at New Memphis is charged with honing participants’ personal potential so that Memphis may reach her full potential. You can find more information at:

Title: Manager of Embark

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Coordinate engaging programming
  • Monitor feedback from participants/stakeholders and translate that feedback into program improvements
  • Recruit young professionals from corporate, education and other sectors into the Embark program
  • Incorporate Embark participants into New Memphis’ existing network
  • Develop and implement comprehensive alumni engagement strategy
  • Liaise and support Alumni Board
  • Manage Embark Coordinator
  • Support team’s efforts to solicit and steward funders of Embark

Job Requirements

  • 2-5 years relevant experience
  • Outstanding organizational and follow up skills
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging diverse groups of high-performing young professionals
  • Skilled in:
    • Managing multiple and competing priorities
    • Communicating professionally, written and verbal
    • Collaborating with a diverse staff team
    • Taking initiative and managing work with minimal oversight
    • Delivering excellence in a fast-paced environment
    • Extended hours, including evening and weekend time
    • Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Windows proficiency
    • Adaptable to other applications, like Salesforce
    • Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants should send resume and cover letter by December 2nd to Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Arkansas Promise Connector in Crittenden County

Arkansas PromiseArkansas PROMISE seeks applicants for Case Managers in 12 Counties

We have a connector position in Crittenden County.

For more information contact the Regional Director at 870-552-0189.

Arkansas PROMISE in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, invites applications for the position of PROMISE Case Manager in Pulaski, Jefferson, Craighead, Mississippi, Miller, Garland, Lonoke, Crittenden, Greene, Ouachita, Sebastian, and Crawford Counties.  

Each Case Manager, called PROMISE Connectors, will be responsible for coordinating PROMISE grant activities for 20 youth and their families. PROMISE has already hired 13 Connectors and will hire 37 more in the coming year.

Job duties include coordinating recruitment efforts in the first 2 years to enroll 2000 youth in the program; working with administrative staff to schedule and execute monthly events for youth and families in the region; keeping the youth and family connected to available supports and services, to their personal support networks, and to the PROMISE project; introducing youth and families to VR transition specialists, UA training staff, service providers from other collaborative agencies; identifying barriers that youth and families face and addressing those barriers; developing a trusted relationship with youth and families, meeting face-to-face with families regularly at home, work, and community locations; setting goals for self-efficacy and self-sufficiency using a person centered approach and working with transition specialists to include those goals into the youth’s educational and vocational plans; assessing the family’s needs and connecting the family to resources to address their needs; creating resource maps for families detailing services available and resources in families’ personal and community networks; planning and executing monthly training events with Regional Directors and Training Staff; attending PROMISE events after hours and on weekends as needed; maintaining detailed case files for youth and families and entering data into the PROMISE MIS system to track out comes and monitor progress.

Preferred Qualifications: Extensive knowledge of state agency service provision, special education, career education and youth employment; familiarity with local resources, service providers and trust brokers; four years of experience working in rehabilitation, education, social work, workforce services or a related field; five years of similar case management experience; demonstrated history of working with families and organizations in the targeted geographical areas; demonstrated knowledge of community resources and supports in the targeted areas; experience working with SSI youth in the local area in the field of employment, education, rehabilitation, counseling, health, human services or a related field.

Please visit to apply and for more information about the position.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender,(including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.  ————————

Arkansas PROMISE

Toll-free: 1-855-649-0022



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Aerotek Job Openings



Aerotek is hiring 300 new employees Aerotek has over 300 openings for Repair Mechanical Assemblers including many openings for computer repair, computer tester, quality auditor, material handler, receivers, general labor, as well as certified forklift drivers for their warehouse in the east Memphis area.

Ideal candidates for these Aerotek jobs should have previous experience in repair, testing, quality control or forklift operation. Repair tech candidates must have an A+ certification, 2 or 4 year degrees, a degree from a technical school or 2 plus years of experience. These positions also require the candidate to stand for long amounts of time, working in a fast paced environment.

Candidates will go through a drug screening and a seven-year standard background check. A job fair was held Thursday, Nov. 20. If you were unable to attend the job fair, you can also apply by sending an email with a resume or letter of interest to Mario Velasco at, or call 901-800-5216 / Jasmine Shipp at, or 901-800-5249  You can also apply online at;  

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Social Work Case Manager Opening at CareMore

caremore1                            WellPoint 

Job Title: Social Work Case Manager (LCSW required), Memphis, TN

Summary/Job Description:

CareMore is a proud member of the WellPoint family of companies. As a leading healthcare system specializing in providing a complete, pro-active health care experience to Senior Americans, our vision is to significantly improve the lives of Medicare recipients by employing a dedicated staff of professionals who are passionate about changing lives.

At CareMore, we are working together to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Bring your expertise to our innovative culture where you will have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, and to take your career further than you can imagine. Be More with CareMore.


Responsible for performing social work case management services by making integrative psychosocial assessments, developing, implementing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating social work goals designed to optimize member’s access to social services across the care continuum and ensuring member access to services appropriate to their psychosocial needs.

Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:

- Conducts psychosocial assessments to identify individual needs and a specific social services/psychiatric needs to address objectives and goals as identified during assessment.

- Implements social work goals by advocating for members’ needs.

- Networks with other community resources.

- Provides referrals within benefits structure.

- Develops and implements a metric system that tracks baseline levels of functioning throughout course of social work services by constructing necessary instruments that focus on identified psychosocial needs.

- Coordinates specific psychosocial resources to meet members’ identified needs.

- Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of the social work goals.

- Interfaces with Registered Nurse Care Managers and Management on the development, implementation, and progress of social work goals, and the members’ responsiveness to resources rendered.

- Evaluates members’ ability to independently manage self and locate alternative resources when limitations are identified.

- Provides guidance to members seeking alternative solutions to specific social, cultural or financial problems that impact their ability to manage their healthcare needs.

- Evaluates members’ strengths related to health self-management, develops strategies to support healthcare needs and implements plans in support of case decisions.

- Facilitates and coordinates behavioral health resources as individual member needs are identified.

- Participates in social work case audit activities and assists supervisor with management of day-to-day activities, such as monitoring and prioritizing social work task-list workflow.

- Serves as first line contact for conflict resolution.

- Develops a medical social work module of training for staff social workers.

- Develops training materials, completes quality audits, performs process evaluations, and tests and monitors systems/process enhancements.

- Serves as a team lead, manages the most complex cases, assists in policy and procedure development, and leads projects with cross-functional teams or serves as a representative on enterprise initiatives.



- Requires a Masters (at minimum) in Social Work

- 3- 5 years of experience in case management in a health care environment; or combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background

- Current unrestricted LCSW (or equivalent) license in applicable state.

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7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer

by 11/19/14


“Do you have any questions for me?” is the inevitable question you’ll hear at the end of any interview. You should always ask the interviewer questions at that point to show that you are truly interested in the job. Asking the right questions can impress the interviewer — it can make you look thoughtful and enthusiastic. And don’t forget that interviewing is also a two-way street: it’s your chance to find out if the company is the right fit for you.

1. Can You Tell Me About Your Experience at the Company?

This is a great question, as people love talking about themselves, which will make your hiring manager think more positively of your conversation. In fact, brain scans actually show that talking about yourself activate the parts of the brain related to the pleasure you get from things like food and sex. In short, giving your interviewer a chance to talk about themselves will make them happy. At the same time, her answer will clue you into what it’s like to work at the company and how your career progression may look at the firm. Other variations of this question include, “What do you like most about working here?” or “What has kept you at the company for so long?”

RELATED: 10 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Job Hunt

2. Why Is This Position Available?

Perhaps this position has been newly created or the person who had the job left for another company or another position within the same firm. This will help you figure out your expectations for the job. If the employee who held this position moved onto another position in the same firm, this shows that mobility and growth is possible within the company. If the person left, it could be that the position didn’t offer the growth she was looking for or she got a better offer elsewhere.

If the position has just been created, you may be hitting the ground running once you start. This means you may have less guidance with this role, as it could be a position the company is unfamiliar with.

3. What Are Some Challenges the Team Is Facing, and How Do You Hope the New Hire Will Help in Those Obstacles?

This question shows that you’re serious about doing what it takes to succeed if you get hired, and the interviewer’s answer will help you get a better idea of what to expect at this role. This will also help give you a sense of current situation of the team and the company to see if your skills and experience match what they are looking for.

RELATED: 5 Rules For Following Up After an Interview

4. Other Than Learning the Ropes, What Should Be My Top Focus For the First Few Months?

With this question, you’re not just asking the interviewer what they are looking for in a candidate — that’s obvious from the job listing. You are getting to the specifics and finding out what they are hoping the new hire will accomplish at the start of the job. This shows your enthusiasm for doing a good job, and the answer will help you figure out if the company is a right fit for you.

If you get an offer and decide to take it, the interviewer’s response will also help you come up with a game plan for the first few months that will impress your new employer.

5. How Would You Describe the Company Culture?

This is a good question because it not only shows your interest in fitting in, but you can also figure out if you’ll be happy in the working environment.

RELATED: 10 Essential Steps to Take Before the Interview

6. From What I’ve Read, You Are Working on a New Venture X or Putting More Focus on Y. [Insert Specific Question About X or Y.]

This shows that you’re paying attention and are interested in getting started. You will also learn more about the company and figure out if the direction that it’s taking is in line with what you are looking for. And if you can’t find information about the company, you should ask questions about projects it’s are working on and goals it hopes to achieve this year.

7. [Insert Your Own Unique Question.]

Don’t just repeat the questions you find on this list or others you find online. Come up with your own question based off the answers from your interviewer. This shows that you are paying attention and quick on picking up details — both great traits for an employee. Coming up with questions that are tailored to your conversation with the interviewer requires a lot of active listening, which you should be doing throughout the interview.

RELATED: Here’s How to Craft an Email to Catch a Google Recruiter’s Eye

And finally, don’t forget to ask your interviewer what the next steps are, or you may be left hanging. Of course, if your interviewer doesn’t give you a clear answer, you may be able to get more details after you send your thank-you email.

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by | November 20, 2014 · 3:14 PM

Central Defense Staffing Job Openings

 Central Defense



WHEN: November 20 – December 5

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 6084 Apple Tree Drive, Suite 1, Memphis, Tenn.

INFO: CDS is seeking candidates to fulfill on-site staffing positions through its Central Defense Staffing division.

All applicants should be at least 18 years of age, with a high school diploma or verifiable GED. Applicants should be prepared to complete an employment application and participate in an informational interview with a Central Defense Staffing representative.

Qualified staffing candidates are needed for pick/pack, janitor, dockworkers, forklift operators, shipping & receiving, billing, heavy load & unload/light load unload positions in various locations throughout Memphis and Desoto County.

Staffing candidates should be able to perform the essential tasks of position and be capable of working in a variety of environments.

If chosen for an interview, the employment process for candidates includes immediate drug and background screenings. Central Defense Security and Central Defense Staffing are equal opportunity employers.

CONTACT: For more information, please call (901) 473-6385 or visit


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8 Words and Phrases You Should Eliminate From Your Resume

They’ll make your resume stand out — but not in a good way.


By Catherine Conlan

Monster Contributing Writer


When you’re putting your resume together, you want to look professional, present the best image possible and find ways to stand out. There are several common words and phrases that many people think fit the bill, but aren’t as great as they seem. In fact, they make hiring managers and recruiters cringe.

Here are eight words and phrases you should eliminate from your resume.


This term is one of the worst, HR experts say. “People use this term in lieu of telling giving me specifics,” says Liz D’Aloia, founder of HR Virtuoso.

Career consultant and data analyst Carl Forrest agrees, adding that the term itself is nebulous and doesn’t say anything. “It implies that the reader should just take your claim at face-value.”

Both D’Aloia and Forrest recommend focusing on specifics instead. “Give me a brief summary of the project that demonstrated your strong drive for results, how you achieved them, and most importantly, metrics so I understand the scale and impact of the results,” D’Aloia says. “This should be one of those stories that you want to share when I interview you.”


High technical aptitude

This phrase is especially grating on a marketing resume, says Wes Lieser, marketing recruiter at Versique Search and Consulting. “It’s just not something that needs to be said. It actually makes me assume that you don’t fully understand what you are doing. This is comparable to a baseball pitcher telling someone that he or she can throw a baseball. It goes without saying.” Instead, talk about the specific programs and applications you excel at using.


Ninja, rockstar and other quirky titles

You may see words like “ninja” or “rockstar” in a hiring ad, but if you don’t, definitely don’t use them in your resume. It makes you sound pretentious, says Josh Goldstein, co-founder of “It demonstrates that the person doesn’t get it and probably lacks creativity. Instead of saying you’re good at something, show it.”



“Assisted” is one that workforce development consultant Frank Grossman doesn’t like. “If you assisted with something, there’s something you actually did. For example, if you ‘assisted in

keeping the facility clean,’ what did you do to assist? Did you clean the kitchen? Did you sanitize 24 restrooms before opening each morning? If one of your accomplishments was to ‘assist the CEO,’ what did you do for her? Did you make her travel reservations, write her press releases, fly her jet or drive her car?” Use specifics to describe your experience.


Strong work ethic

This is the one phrase Kimberli Taylor hates. As the office manager for Conover & Grebe, she is the first person to read through resumes when the firm is hiring, and “strong work ethic” will not impress her. “I hate this because it is not a skill or an asset. It is an expectation of any employee. Listing it as a skill tells me that the candidate believes work ethic is optional for some jobs.” Frequently “strong work ethic” is simply a space-filler on resumes for people with no other skills to list.

Disruptive, cutting-edge and other trendy adjectives


Stick to plain English when describing your accomplishments, says Dennis Tupper, corporate recruiter at Eliassen Group. “Do not try to impress the recruiter or hiring manager with words like ‘disruptive,’ ‘cutting-edge’ or ‘ground-breaking.’ You are not reinventing the wheel, but chances are you are accomplishing some great things. Keep it simple.”



You may think this term makes you look like a productive, eager employee, but it doesn’t necessarily come across that way. “‘Self-starter’ is generic, and as an adult if we have to motivate you then you are probably not someone we want to bring into our organization,” Tupper says. Instead, list projects that show your leadership or initiative.



This is another term that should be thrown out, Tupper says.“We expect all people we hire to pay attention to detail,” he says. Again, find ways to show your skills in catching mistakes others miss or your extraordinary abilities to find problems in complex issues.

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American Queen Steamboat Hiring Event,November 22, 2014 – 10am-1pm


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Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work.  Today, 96 percent of libraries surveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs…. Click for more

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Recovering Warrior & Caregiver Virtual Hiring Fair 12/9/14

Recovering Warrior & Caregiver Virtual Hiring Fair  

Join Hiring Our Heroes on December 9th from 10am-2pm CST for a virtual job fair specifically for recovering warriors and caregivers.

Developed in partnership with the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Virtual Job Scout gathers the resources and opportunities of a live event and puts them directly at your fingertips. T

o date, there are more than 5,000 veterans and military spouses signed up searching for employment.

Virtual Job Scout is open 24/7 so sign up today!

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UPS is Hiring

Apply online at for current openings at United Parcel Service (UPS).

Examples of Openings:

Driver Helper Memphis, Tennessee
Automotive Fleet Supervisor Memphis, Tennessee
Seasonal Automotive Mechanic TNOAK Memphis, Tennessee
Seasonal Automotive Mechanic TNOAK Memphis, Tennessee
Dry Van OTR CDL A Tractor Trailer Truckload Driver (HazMat REQ) Memphis, Tennessee
Inside Sales Representative Based in Greenville SC Memphis, Tennessee
Flatbed OTR CDL A Tractor Trailer Truckload Driver (HazMat REQ) Dedicated Memphis, Tennessee
Driver Helper Memphis, Tennessee
Driver Helper Germantown, Tennessee
Driver Helper Bartlett, Tennessee
Driver Helper Cordova, Tennessee
Driver Helper Olive Branch, Mississippi
Driver Helper West Memphis, Arkansas
Driver Helper Millington, Tennessee
Driver Helper Collierville, Tennessee
Driver Helper Arlington, Tennessee
Driver Helper Hernando, Mississippi
Driver Helper Tipton, Tennessee
Driver Helper Atoka, Tennessee
Driver Helper Oakland, Tennessee

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