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Laptops for Checkout at All Memphis Public Library Locations
By: Marcey Evans
Books aren’t the only things library customers can check out. Now, the “smartest” card in your wallet offers access to laptops which can be checked out for internal use at any library branch system wide.
No line. No waiting. Customers needing to use computers no longer have to wait on the next desktop computer. They can use these printer-ready laptops equipped with current software such as Microsoft Office 2010.
“Come, check them out, and use them,” advised JobLINC Services Manager Robyn Stone, who helped to secure the mobile computers for public use. “We are expanding access with these laptops. While we have hundreds of computers, they were not enough. We have WiFi access at each (library) location, and we have the resources to satisfy our customers’ need to know.”
More than 170 laptops were purchased for Memphis public libraries through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a federal grant meant to increase access to health information, workforce development training, financial literacy resources, and job search assistance in urban areas. After state government secured federal dollars, the City of Memphis also contributed to the fund, which totaled more than $200,000. This gift was given to the Library system to “bridge the gap between Tennessee’s impoverished and unemployed,” as outlined in the grant’s overall objective.
To reach this ambitious goal, each laptop has icons that are connected to websites on the aforementioned topics, along with a hyperlink to the JobLINC web page (http://www.memphislibrary.org/joblinc). Connecting people to employers and other resources, this web page offers job readiness information, career planning and assessment, classes and workshops, facts for small businesses, test preparation and practice, computer tutorials, and connections to several other opportunities.
To check out a laptop, customers must be 18 years of age with a Library card and valid Tennessee driver’s license or government-issued picture identification. Users must complete a one-page laptop registration form and review the checkout policy with a librarian.
“We’re here to help you,” Stone said. “We just want customers to take advantage of this opportunity to become familiar with this technology.”
For more information on how to check out a laptop, call your local library branch or visit any circulation desk. At Central Library, laptops are available on the third floor in the Business/Sciences Department.
“We only ask that you bring a flash drive, if you’re working on your resume,” Stone added.
— Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm.
Memphis, TN – December 19, 2012 – Leadership Memphis is launching a campaign to encourage high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications in January. The goal of the campaign is to increase the total number of FAFSA completions in Memphis/Shelby County by 20 percent in 2013.
The campaign includes a number of hands-on “Fill out the FAFSA” events from January 10-27, 2013 at various locations around the city. (See list of dates, times, locations below.)
The sessions are for students and parents who want help completing the forms.
DATE TIME LOCATION
1/10 3pm – 7pm Whitehaven Library Career, Coach Mobile Unit
1/12 10am – Noon Southwest Tennessee Community College (Whitehaven, Corner of Airways and Brooks)
1/12 10am -2pm Whitehaven High School, Career Coach Mobile Unit
1/13 10am – Noon Southwest Tennessee Community College, Macon Cove Campus
1/14 3pm – 7pm Benjamin Hooks Main Library, Career Coach Mobile Unit
1/15 6:30 – 7:30pm Benjamin Hooks Main Library
1/16 5pm – 7pm EMC Foundation, Inc., 594 N. Second Street
1/19 10am – Noon Southwest Tennessee Community College, Union Campus
1/25 3pm -7pm Urban Youth Initiative, 1548 Poplar Ave
1/26 10am – 2pm Urban Youth Initiative, 1548 Poplar Ave
1/27/2013 2pm-4pm EMC Foundation, Inc., 594 N. Second Street
For updated site information and/or to sign up to be a volunteer at one of the sites, please go to: http://www.tn.gov/collegegoalsunday
This help is made possible by the Memphis Talent Dividend (MTD), one of several Leadership Memphis action initiatives that focus on increasing college attainment. MTD involves more than 100 organizations working together to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis metro areas.
“Difficulty in completing the federal student aid forms has been identified as a major barrier to many students pursing college entry,” said Fred Turverey, Director of Memphis Talent Dividend. “About 5,500 students completed FAFSA applications in 2012. The goal is to increase that number to more than 6,600 in 2013.”
For more information, please contact Jacqueline Oselen, Program Coordinator at 901 278-0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeanette McKinley-Bowen, Urban Youth Initiative, email:Jeanette@uyimemphis.org or 901-725-3127.
Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to empower the community to step up and make Memphis great. Leadership Memphis is dedicated to helping the city fulfill its potential by advancing the values of diversity, connectivity and inclusion, and leveraging the power of collaborative action. Founded in 1979, the organization has trained and graduated more than 2,000 leaders from its signature programs: Executive, FastTrack and Grassroots. Its Action Initiatives are Memphis Talent Dividend/Graduate Memphis, Imagine Memphis and SUCCESS High Schools.
For more information about Leadership Memphis visit our websites:
All workshops are from 10:30 am – 12:30pm
Tuesday, January 15 — Levi
Tuesday, January 22 — Whitehaven
Saturday, January 26—Central/Sciences L-56
Tuesday, February 12 — Cordova
Saturday, February 16– Frayser
Tuesday, February 19– Randolph
Tuesday, March 12 – Gaston Park
Saturday, March 16– Crenshaw
Tuesday, march 19– Hollywood
Tuesday, April 9 — North
Tuesday, April 16– Raleigh
Saturday, April 20—East Shelby
Handyman (Need experience, reliable transportation; Call and leave message at 1-424-263-0338)
Horse Groomers, Rossville Farms, Rossville, TN (Need some experience; Fax resume to 761-1741)
Maintenance, Presidential West Apartments, 5459 Hudgins Rd., Memphis (Need EPA certificate; Call 346-6814)
Warehouse (Email resume to email@example.com)
Bookkeeper (Need computer skills; Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tax Preparers (Will train; Email resume to email@example.com)
Service Technician, Landers Nissan (Need experience; Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Warehouse, SIMOS, 4205 Hacks Cross Road, Suite 114, Memphis (Apply in person Wed., Dec. 5 – Tues., Dec. 11)
Construction – Form Setters (Need experience; Call 1-501-499-6705 ext. 2006)
Customer Service (Call 881-0694)
Maintenance, Woodchase Apartments, 1946 Williamswood Rd., Memphis (Need own tools and transportation; Apply in person Tues. – Fri. 10 am – 3 pm)
Avon (Call Florence Chamberlin at 572-7343)
Hair Stylist, East Memphis (Please call 438-3236)
School Bus Drivers, Durham School Services, 1384 Farmville Road or 1681 Getwell Road, Memphis (Apply in person)
Receptionist, Studio LaRue, 5131 Wheelis Drive, Memphis, TN (Apply in person with resume to Magen)
Groundskeeper (Need valid driver’s license; Apply online at http://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com and select “Join Our Family”)
Warehouse, Scansource, Inc. (Apply online at http://www.scansourceinc.com)
Hotel Desk Clerk/Asst. Manager (Email resume to email@example.com)
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic/Technician (Need experience; Apply online at http://www.baxter.com/careers)
Courier (Need car/covered truck/van; Call 521-8282 ext. 1034)
Warehouse/Forklift, Select Staffing, 6635 Quince Rd., Suite 107, Memphis (Apply in person 8 am)
Customer Service/Vehicle Attendant, Avis Budget Group (Apply online at http://www.avisbudget.greatjob.net)
Warehouse, Talent Force, 2899 S. Mendenhall, Suite 1, Memphis (Apply in person 8 – 11 am)
Appraisal Assistant/Trainee (Need computer skills, reliable transportation; Email resume and cover letter to Tnappraisal@gmail.com)
Commercial Roofer, Tremco, Inc. (Need experience, valid driver’s license, reliable transportation; Call 1-888-657-7490)
Carpet Cleaning Technicians (Need experience; Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Job Matchmaker! Call 1-888-862-9540, free job placement service provided by the Commercial Appeal
Reach/Picker/Lift Operators, Prologistix (Need certification; Call 1-662-655-0485)
Customer Service/Laborer (Call 881-0702 or 881-0713)
Warehouse/Labor, Talent Force, 2899 S. Mendenhall, Suite 1, Memphis (Need two forms of ID; Apply in person 8:30 am – 12 pm Mon. – Thur.)
Forklift, Paramount (Call 367-888 ext. 2707)
Packer/Sales/Warehouse/Maintenance/Production/Technicians/Distribution/Trade Jobs, Workforce Investment Network (WIN)(Go online to view jobs and submit resume at http://www.WINRecruits.com)
Dealer/Server/Staff/Cook/Bartender, Gold Strike Casino (Apply online at http://www.goldstrikemississippi.com)
Pickers/Packers/Warehouse/Forklift, PSP Solutions, 8705B Northwest Dr. #10, Southaven, MS (Apply in person 9 am – 1 pm)
Forklift Drivers, Kelly (Need experience; Call 398-9386)
Customer Service (Call 730-8946 for East Memphis, 881-5465 for Arlington)
Help Wanted (Call 324-4199)
Carpet Technician, Stanley Steemer (Need good driving record; Call 937-8863)
Collection/Disconnect Tech (Need truck or van; Call 214-4358)
All Positions, Resorts Casino Tunica (Apply online at http://www.resortstunica.com)
Window Cleaners (Call 624-4558)
Production Workers, Guardian Fiberglass, 7046 Stateline Road, Mineral Wells, MS (Regularly accepts applications 8 am – 5 pm)
Material Handlers/Pickers/Forklift/Operators, Axcess Staffing Services, 6073 Mt. Moriah Road Ext., Suite 19, Memphis (Apply in person 9:30 am – 2 pm)
Forklift/Warehouse, Kelly Services (Need some experience; Call 1-877-535-5992 for warehouse, 1-901-398-9386 for forklift)
Jobs/Education/Training/Grants, Tennessee Career Center, 444 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Memphis Area Transit Authority Terminal, Memphis, TN, 38105 (Apply in person or call 545-2240)
Production Control/Scheduling Clerks, Technicolor (Need warehouse/production experience; Apply online at http://www.technicolor.com)
FedEx Ground (Company does not hire ex-offenders; Apply in person at 555 Compress Drive, Memphis, or call 948-0045)
Customer Service (Call 546-9161)
All positions, Sam’s Town (Apply online at http://www.boydcareers.com)
General Employment, Baptist Memorial Hospital (Call Job Hotline 226-4500)
Hourly worker, O’Reilly Auto Parts (Call 1-888-OREILLY)
Air National Guard (Call 1-800-TO-GO-ANG)
Air Force (Call 1-800-423-USAF)
Army (Call 1-800-USA-ARMY)
TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
Clerical/Customer Service/Warehouse, Express Employment, 6100 Primacy Parkway (Apply in person or call 680-1933)
Reach/Picker/Lift Operators, Prologistix (Need certification; Call 1-662-655-0485)
Warehouse/Pickers/Forklift, Simos, 4205 Hacks Cross Road, Suite 114, Memphis (Need Forklift Certificate; Apply in person)
Pickers/Packers/Warehouse/Forklift, PSP Solutions, 8705B Northwest Drive # 10, Southaven, MS (Apply in person with two forms of ID 9 am – 1 pm)
Order Selectors/Machine Operators/Forklift, PSC Staffing, 3731 S. Mendenhall or 1979 S. Third Street (Apply in person)
Forklift Drivers, Kelly Services (Need valid driver’s license; Call 398-9386, ext. 213)
Warehouse, Talent Force Staffing, 2899 S. Mendenhall, Suite 1, Memphis, (Apply in person 8:30 – 11 am with two forms of ID)
Warehouse, Swift Staffing, 2715 Kirby Parkway, Suite 13 (Apply in person)
Warehouse/Laborers, All In A Day Temp Services, 6084 Apple Tree Drive, Suite 8, Memphis (Apply in person or call 375-4797)
Warehouse, Unlimited Staffing Services, 2590 Lamar (Apply in person or call 791-2929)
All positions, Allied Forces, 6759 Winchester (Apply in person or call 546-7524)
Paramount Staffing, 5888 Distribution Drive, Memphis (Need HS Diploma or GED, experience; Apply in person Tue. – Thur. starting at 9 am or call 367-8888 ext. 2707)
Laborers/Sales/Service/Maintenance, Labor Force, 3834 E. Shelby Drive (Fax resume to 372-1810, apply in person or call 542-0002)
Warehouse/Foodservice/Manufacturing, LSI Staffing (Call 526-1111)
Warehouse, Randstad (Call 766-9305)
Warehouse/Assemblers, Manpower (Call 761-3232)
HOUSEKEEPING / JANITORIAL
Housekeeping (Email resume to email@example.com)
Janitorial/Housekeepers (Call 800-385-8800)
Home Cleaner, Zoom n Broom (Need own vehicle; call 356-9581 10 am – 2 pm)
Host/Food Expo/Server/Dishwasher/Food Prep/Barback/Assistant Manager, Local Gastropub, Downtown Memphis (Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Line Cook/Bartender/Server, River Oaks Restaurant, 5871 Poplar Ave., Memphis (Apply in person 3 – 5 pm, Mon. – Fri.)
All Positions, Five Guys Memphis (Apply online for Memphis location at http://www.jublieerestaurants.com)
Servers/Hostess/Bartenders/Bussers/Cooks, TGI Friday’s at the Doubletree Hotel, 185 Union Avenue, Downtown Memphis (Apply in person 2 – 4 pm)
Cooks/Servers, Resorts Casino Tunica (Apply online at http://www.resortstunica.com)
Help Wanted, The Peabody, 149 Union Avenue (Apply online at http://www.peabodymemphis.com)
All Positions, Backyard Burgers (Fax resume to 381-4312 for all locations)
Pickers/Packers/Warehouse/Forklift, PSP Solutions, 8705B Northwest Dr. #10, Southaven, MS (Apply in person 9 am – 1 pm)
Production Workers, Guardian Fiberglass, 7046 Stateline Road, Mineral Wells, MS (Apply in person 8 am – 5 pm)
Package Handlers, FedEx, 8505 Nail Road, Olive Branch (Apply in person Mondays at 5 pm)
Warehouse, All-In-A-Day Temp. Services, 3360 Goodman Road, Southaven,
MS (Apply in person)
Warehouse, Peoplelink, Olive Branch (Call 877-323-5627)
Truck Driving Students, ASU, Marked Tree, AR (Call 870-358-2117)
Schneider National (Will train; Call 1-800-447-7433)
Local Training in Jackson, TN (Call 1-800-423-2730)
USA Truck (Call 1-800-237-4642)
Truck Drivers (Call 1-877-893-1539)
Sales (Need computer skills; Email resume to email@example.com)
Family Service Advisors, Memorial Park Funeral Home (Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sales, Landers Auto (Call Jerry Bryan at 1-662-549-8941)
Sales (Call 881-0694)
Manager Trainees, RSM (Call 335-6747)
Sales (Email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to email@example.com)
1. What’s the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year? Does your group feel like the recession is over and things are getting better, or are things still pretty bleak? What’s the plan to handle either scenario?
2. If I get the job, how do I earn a “gold star” on my performance review? What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?
3. What’s your (or my future boss’) leadership style?
4. About which competitor are you most worried?
5. How does sales / operations / technology / marketing / finance work around here? (I.e., groups other than the one you’re interviewing for.)
6. What type of people are successful here? What type of people are not?
7. What’s one thing that’s key to this company’s success that somebody from outside the company wouldn’t know about?
8. How did you get your start in this industry? Why do you stay?
9. What are your group’s best and worst working relationships with other groups in the company?
10. What keeps you up at night? What’s your biggest worry these days?
11. What’s the timeline for making a decision on this position? When should I get back in touch with you?
12. These are tough economic times, and every position is precious when it comes to the budget. Why did you decide to hire somebody for this position instead of the many other roles / jobs you could have hired for? What about this position made you prioritize it over others?
13. What is your reward system? Is it a star system / team-oriented / equity-based / bonus-based / “attaboy!”-based? Why is that your reward system? What do you guys hope to get out of it, and what actually happens when you put it into practice? What are the positives and the negatives of your reward system? If you could change any one thing, what would it be?
14. What information is shared with the employees (revenues, costs, operating metrics)? Is this an “open book” shop, or do you play it closer to the vest? How is information shared? How do I get access to the information I need to be successful in this job?
15. If we are going to have a very successful the year after next in 2014, what will that look like? What will we have done over the next 12 months to make it successful? How does this position help achieve those goals?
16. How does the company / my future boss do performance reviews? How do I make the most of the performance review process to ensure that I’m doing the best I can for the company?
17. What is the rhythm to the work around here? Is there a time of year that it’s “all hands on deck” and we’re pulling all-nighters, or is it pretty consistent throughout the year? How about during the week / month? Is it pretty evenly spread throughout the week / month, or are there crunch days?
18. What type of industry / functional / skills-based experience and background are you looking for in the person who will fill this position? What would the “perfect” candidate look like? How do you assess my experience in comparison? What gaps do you see?
19. In my career, I’ve primarily enjoyed working with big / small / growing / independent / private / public / family-run companies. If that’s the case, how successful will I be at your firm?
20. Who are the heroes at your company? What characteristics do the people who are most celebrated have in common with each other? Conversely, what are the characteristics that are common to the promising people you hired, but who then flamed out and failed or left? As I’m considering whether or not I’d be successful here, how should I think about the experiences of the heroes and of the flame-outs?
These 20 questions are taken from the following newsletter.
A privately held manufacturer and marketer of sausage, beef jerky, hot dogs, corn dogs and other processed products, is looking for a high energy, results oriented Corporate Controller. Headquartered in Memphis, TN, the Company operates four processing plants employing nearly 1300 team members. Recognized as a great place to work by the Memphis Business Journal, the Company has also been recognized on INC Magazine’s annual list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth year in a row.
Reporting to the CFO, the Corporate Vice President and Corporate Controller will manage an organization of 10 managers and team members. Direct reports include the Sr. Director of Accounting and Finance, Director of Financial Analysis and Planning, and the Accounting and Treasury Analyst.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
• Experience in manufacturing and multi-plant operations, food processing preferred
• Strong cost accounting principles
• Small company or privately owned business experience
• Experience in Mergers and Acquisitions analysis and transactions is a plus
• Proven record of building strong teams
• BS in Accounting or Finance, CPA or CMA required, MBA preferred but not required
Specific responsibilities include:
• Direct activities of the accounts receivable and accounts payable department, including the preparation of financial budgets, forecasts, and financial statements for the Company.
• Maintain the existing excellent banking and investor
relationships. Manage all external financial reporting, tax, internal controls, internal audit and policies and procedures. Ensure compliance with GAAP, FASB, and other regulatory requirements.
• Ability to read, interpret and write abstracts of various legal documents and agreements.
• Provide solid and effective leadership to effectively utilize team members.
If you meet the position requirements and are interested, please follow the instructions below:
1) Register at www.WINRecruits.com and upload your resume. In the Additional Information box put the job title.
2) Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the job title and the date of this email in the subject line.
By now, we should all know that it’s dangerous to lie on a resume. But you know what? In the job search conversation between employers and candidates, a bit of fibbing sometimes happens on the employer side, too.
We asked some recruiting experts to name the biggest lies recruiters tell, so you can spot the untruths and be ready to deal with them.
Recruiters meet a lot of people. And most of them have huge candidate databases. Often when they speak this untruth, they mean it: They are keeping your resume on file. Just know that they’re doing so in a gigantic filing cabinet, and that out of sight often means out of mind.
How to Handle: Don’t assume that “no” means “never.” Once you’ve started a conversation with a recruiter, don’t let the conversation end just because you’re not offered one job. Stay in touch via professional networking sites, and stay abreast of goings-on at the company so you can be aware of opportunities before they’re posted.
Just remember that there’s a fine line between “staying in touch” and “stalking.” So contact the recruiter only when you have a genuine reason to do so. And as with all professional contacts, don’t just look for favors to ask — also look for ways to be of service.
2. “Salary depends on experience.”
Usually, the company has a ballpark figure in mind. If a recruiter asks for your salary requirements or expectations, he’s trying to see whether you’re in that ballpark.
How to Handle: In general, it’s better to wait until a job offer is on the table before moving onto salary negotiations — but recruiters sometimes use salary requirements as a way to thin out the candidate pool.
In this case, your best defense is having done thorough research. Make sure you know what’s competitive for the position, the industry and the region, combined with what’s appropriate for someone with your background. That way, you can answer the question in terms of what your research has uncovered (not in terms of what your specific needs are), and then you can add something like, “But of course a conversation about salary makes more sense when we’re discussing a job offer.” Don’t lowball your number, but perhaps let the recruiter know that you’ll weigh nonsalary compensation (vacation days and other perks, for example) with the actual salary offer.
3. “You’ll hear from us either way.”
The truth is that you might never hear — or you might not hear when you expect to. The reasons vary, but a lack of communication after an interview can indicate indecisiveness on the part of the hiring team.
How to Handle: Tackle this lie pre-emptively. Always leave a job interview knowing when you can expect to hear from the hirers. That way, you won’t torture yourself wondering whether it’s too soon to call them back. If they say they’ll get back to you by next Friday and they don’t, send a friendly email to check in. You can even use this check-in email as a chance to continue selling yourself as a candidate. If you’ve had any further thoughts about issues raised in the interview, now is a great time to touch on them again. If they need more time, give it to them — but be firm and friendly about following up.
As for a company that never follows up with you after an interview — even to say “no thank you” — that could be a sign that something is wrong at the company. Smart employers know that treating candidates as well as customers is the right way to do business.
4. “We aren’t finished interviewing yet.”
Sometimes this is true. Sometimes this means you’re the company’s “Plan B” candidate. But this statement makes it sound as if the company has at least settled on a solid group of contenders, and that’s not always the case. Sometimes recruiters use this line as a stalling tactic when they’re still looking for someone more perfect than anyone in their current candidate pool.
How to Handle: Look at this statement as an opportunity to prove yourself. If your post-interview wait time is being extended because the hiring team is “reviewing other candidates,” ask questions like, “Do you have any specific questions or concerns about my ability to handle any aspect of the job? I’d love to address them and demonstrate that I’m the perfect candidate.”
Every interaction with a recruiter or hiring manager is an opportunity to persuade them that you’re the right person for the job. If you’re getting mixed messages, asking direct questions and staying focused will help you understand what’s really going on.