Daily Archives: January 6, 2017

Career Advice from The Commercial Appeal

By Jim Pawlak
Career Moves

“Happy New Career.  Every year people make New Year’s resolutions.  Every year they break more resolutions than they keep.  Why?  Keeping resolutions requires a mindset tuned to change and mental discipline, while breaking resolutions requires no effort at all.  We are what we do.  Success is a product of habit.  So is living in a humdrum rut.

Are you stuck in a career rut?  Climb out.  How?  By making a commitment to change today, and living that commitment every day.  Here are eight resolutions for a Happy New Career.  You can’t afford to break them this year, or any year, if you’re truly committed to managing your career.

  1.  Do what you are.  Make sure your written game plan targets opportunities that fit who you are and what you want to do with your worklife.  Too many people are dazzled by dollars and not the job itself.  The job, not the money, makes the difference between Monday morning and Monday moaning.
  2. Expand your skills.  Interpersonal communications heads this short list.  Achievement ties directly to communication.  Why?  No one can be successful without working with others.  Input from them helps us understand various perspectives.  Computer literacy comes next.  Become proficient at word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and contact management software.
  3. Become a time manager.  Set time aside for using the Internet and the library, networking, and keeping up with who’s who and what’s what in the things you’ve targeted.  Use a planning/productivity app, a daily planner or Outlook to keep you on track.

An organized schedule brings a disciplined approach to reaching career goals and leaves ample time to enjoy life, too.  But make sure your weekly schedule is realistic.  Doing too much will be overwhelming, too little makes you lazy.  Your goal is to ‘find’ one hour each day to spend on building the career you want.  It’s there.  Maybe it’s at lunch; maybe it’s listening to educational CDs during your commute.

  1. Be patient. Plans require time to gel. Set short-term, ‘baby-step’ objectives at first.  As you achieve these, your confidence in your plan and yourself will start to grow.

If your career plan doesn’t seem to be working, don’t give up.  Examine what’s not working and develop a different approach.

  1. Form master-mind groups. People who share your interests in various projects on which you’re working will be your biggest coaches and cheerleaders, but only if you’re candid about your plans, progress and problems. The more you talk, the more insight you’ll gain. If they know you value their input, they’ll respond with suggestions, support and constructive criticism.
  2.   Join a professional and/or an industry association. Making and maintaining contacts is a building block for every career. Associations are great forums for meeting your peers and discussing what’s happening in your field.
  3.   Read, read, read. Read the business section of the newspaper and business books.    Subscribe to industry and professional publications. Read them cover to cover. Use the information to obtain more info about companies and products in which you’re interested. Catalog the information and share it with your network.
  4. Help others.  Do volunteer work for a non-profit or a church.  I guarantee you’ll be welcome.  And they’ll be flexible about your schedule.  By helping others, you’ll help yourself.  You’ll make networking contacts, too.

Clip this column.  Review it Friday of each week, along with your written game plan, as you plan the next week’s activities.  These will remind you of the resolutions you must keep.  Remember: Changing outcomes requires changing input.”

Source:  Pawlak, J. (2017, Jan 1). Getting out of a career rut requires making changes. The Commercial Appeal. 176(1), p. 4C.


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YRC Freight Hiring for Linehaul Supervisor

Linehaul Supervisor – (1600AZ)

Primary Location: US-TN-Memphis
Shift: Day


The Linehaul Supervisor will manage activates of the road/sleeper drivers. Manage driver performance and training to maximize effective utilization of resources and to ensure customer satisfaction.


  1. Communicate company safety program enforces safety rules and compliance with all government regulations. Maintain a safe work environment at all times.
  2. Dispatch drivers and equipment to ensure efficient utilization and minimum delay time. Maintain communication and ensure employees have adequate knowledge and resources to accomplish assigned duties while promoting safe work processes.
  3. Manage work assignments, monitor performance and provide training on duties, policies and procedures.
  4. Handle customer service calls to answer customer questions and communicate the status of customer freight to the customer.
  5. Utilize work method programs for training and education to motivate employees to improve performance and quality of work.
  6. Communicate clear performance expectations to ensure high-performance work environment and proactively provide specific, balanced and timely coaching/feedback to reinforce and encourage high performance and promote a culture of teamwork.
  7. Coordinate equipment repair with appropriate maintenance staff to reduce mechanical failures and delays.
  8. Complete necessary paperwork/data entry accurately and in a timely manner to ensure an efficient and steady flow of information.
  9. Maintain knowledge of applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA).
  10. Communicate with Central Dispatch Office (CDO) for proper driver and equipment positioning throughout the distribution
  11. Interact with facility Dock & Yard Operations, along with clerical personnel, to properly service customer shipments in a timely/cost effective fashion.


  1. High Levels of Integrity and Trust – Adheres to moral, ethical, and professional standards, regulations, and organizational policies; keeps commitments to promised actions.
  2. Composed in Extreme Pressure Situations – Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (e.g., experiencing time pressure, conflict, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
  3. Prioritizes Key Tasks – Identifies more critical and less critical activities and tasks; adjusts priorities when appropriate.
  4. Focused on Customers – Ensuring that the internal or external customer’s perspective is a driving force behind strategic priorities, business decisions, organizational processes, and individual activities; crafting and implementing service practices that meet customers’ and own organization’s needs; promoting and operationalizing customer service as a value.
  5. Effective Planner – Plans work for team and self to create efficiencies.
  6. Great at Motivating Others – Motivating increased employee effort by communicating a compelling view of the organization’s purpose and its future state in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and feel how outcomes will be different when progress is achieved.
  7. Effective Time Management – Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  8. Perseveres Through Difficult Times – Demonstrates an understanding of own emotional triggers, strengths, and development needs as well as the impact of own behavior on others.
  9. Highly Effective Communication Skills – Conveying information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals or groups in an engaging manner that helps them understand and retain the message; listening actively to others.
  10. Skilled Problem Solver – Has operational capacity that allows an understanding and ability to work through the challenges of the position.
  11. Goal Oriented – ambitious in nature, working to better the team as a whole by exceeding key metrics.
  12. Delegates Effectively – Identifying and leveraging opportunities to accelerate results and build capability by assigning tasks and decision-making responsibilities to individuals or teams with clear boundaries, expectations, support, and follow-up.
  13. Develops Subordinates – Planning and supporting the development of individuals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities so that they can fulfill current or future job responsibilities more effectively.
  14. Action Oriented – Ability to learn quickly and apply learning when decisions need to be made and work is being accomplished.



  1. High School graduate or equivalent.
  2. Effective organizational, planning and prioritization skills.
  3. Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  4. Demonstrated Leadership and supervisory capabilities.
  5. Must be flexible, willing to work any schedule, including weekends and holidays, in all types of weather


  1. Bachelor’s degree in transportation, business or related area.
  2. Knowledge of local applicable collective bargaining agreements.
  3. Proven knowledge of computer applications (MS office).
  4. Knowledge of company policy, procedures and applicable collective bargaining agreements


This job operates in a professional office environment indoors. Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.


The position requires the ability to spend long hours sitting or standing while using office equipment and computers. Ability to perform repetitive tasks such as typing and keying. Continually speaking and hearing, giving and receiving directions. Occasional lifting, pushing/pulling, carrying 10 lbs of supplies and materials is required. 

To apply, click here

YRC Worldwide is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans

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Who’s Hiring Memphis Career Fair Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Start the New Year with a New Career. Who’s Hiring Memphis Career Fair, is Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the The Esplanade, 901 Cordova Station Ave, Cordova, TN 38018 from 10AM to 3PM. The Esplanade is located right off Germantown Parkway between Fischer Steel and Macon Road  Click here for location

Who’s Hiring Memphis is FREE and is open to the public. There will be over 40 employers to speak with and more than 2500 jobs available.

Pre-registration is not required, however it is encouraged as it will speed up the registration process the morning of the career fair. Applicants should bring copies of your Resume, dress in Business Professional Attire and be prepared for On The Spot Interviews.  Applicants can Pre-Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whos-hiring-memphis-career-fair-january-17-2017-tickets-30586458922

More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/whoshiringamerica/app/307339332686535 or by calling 901-729-9469.

For more information, click here

A partial list of employers. There will be over 40 employers and more than 2500 available.

FedEx Express

FedEx Ground

Enterprise Car Rental

The Peabody Hotel

Elvis Presley Enterprises

Massage Envy Spa



Shelby County School Nutrition Services

Durham Schools

Big League Movers

Home Care By Wesley

Poplar Oaks (Formerly Dove Health & Rehab of Collierville)

The Village at Germantown

LSI Staffing

Automation Personnel


Waffle House

Dairy Queen

Cordova Bowling Center

C & S Solutions

New Horizons

Financial Education Services

Work Force Investment

Legal Shield



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Tennessee Management Group Needs Computer Systems Analyst

“Computer Systems Analyst needed at the Tennessee Management Group in Collierville, TN.  Must have a Bach. of Comp. System Engineering, Software Engineering or related field.

3 yrs. exp. in: Cisco device configuration, testing, troubleshooting, configuration of data networking equipment, & repairing IT related issues incl. troubleshooting telephonic hardware & patching issues on DDF; Utilizing LINUX and Windows Operating Systems; Utilizing wireless networking technology including access & security; & Installing & maintaining network devices incl. switches, routers and hubs.  Fax resumes to Salman Noordin (ref CSA) at 877-446-9307.  EOE M/F/D/V.”


Source:  The Commercial Appeal. (2017, January 1). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(1), p. 2A.

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NIKE Seeking Technical Engineer

“Technical Engineer – IT Operations, NIKE USA, Inc., Memphis, TN.

Maintain Manhattan Warehouse Management for Open Systems (WMOS), Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI) with bundled Cognos 10, Enterprise Integration Services (EIS) and Labor Management (LM).  Provide technical design, development and maintenance of databases and associated master files for accessibility, security and integrity of company data.  Required travel 1 week per year to NIKE Headquarters in Beaverton, OR.

Apply at www.jobs.nike.com  (Job #IR82).”


Source:  The Commercial Appeal. (2017, January 1). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(1), p. 2A.

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Nucor Steel Memphis Seeking Engineer

“Nucor Steel Memphis is accepting resumes for a Level 1 Automation Engineer to maintain the company’s steel production computer systems including its Level 1 Automation Systems and Manufacturing Execution Systems for the melting and casting operations; manage Programmable Logic Controllers, Human Machine Interface systems, associated communication networks; and utilizing program software including Wonderware and Control Logix.

Additional duties include troubleshooting, specialized process control support, and maintaining associated hardware systems including field devices.

Minimum requirements are a US Bachelor or foreign equivalent in Electronics Engineering (or related field) and three years of relevant experience in Programmable Control Logic and Level 1 Automation with Allen Bradley systems in a steel-making environment.

Send resumes to:

Nucor Steel Memphis, ATTN: Level 1 Automation Engineer, 3601 Paul R Lowry Road, Memphis Tennessee 38109”


Source:  The Commercial Appeal. (2017, January 1). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(1), p. 2A.



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Woodchase Apartments Looking for Maintenance Job Seeker

“Must have exp. in plumbing, electrical & appliance repair.  No HVAC required.  Must have own tools & transportation.  Benefits package incl. major medical insurance, 401K plan, rental discount & uniforms.  Starting pay $15-17/hr.  EOE.

Apply in person:  Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am till 12 noon & 1 pm till 3 pm.

Woodchase Apartments, 1946 Williamswood Rd,” Cordova TN 38016


Source:  The Commercial Appeal. (2017, January 1). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(1), p. 2A.

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Woodchase Apartments looking for Leasing Consultant

“For large, local apartment managerial firm.  Minimum 1-yr. apt. leasing experience required.  Salary $12.00 per hour plus monthly bonus.  Benefits incl. major medical insurance & 401K plan.  EOE.

Apply in person:  Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am till 12 noon & 1 pm till 3 pm.

Woodchase Apartments, 1946 Williamswood Rd”, Cordova TN 38016


Source:  The Commercial Appeal. (2017, January 1). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(1), p. 2A.

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MC Express Looking for Drivers

“MC Express is looking for drivers that can get the job done!

  • No Canada or Mexico
  • No Loading/ Unloading
  • No HazMat

Great Benefits”

http://mcexpressinc.com/ or call 800-872-8548


Source:  The Commercial Appeal. (2017, January 1). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(1), p. 2A.


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