Daily Archives: January 17, 2017

Fixing the Mismatch Between Jobs and Education

In today’s Memphis Business Journal, Ken Cook wrote an article on how to bridge the gap between jobs and education.

Mr. Cook surveyed business leaders in the manufacturing industry to get a sense of current job openings for which employers cannot find skilled laborers.  The job titles and salaries were as follows (note that these job titles and figures may be different in the Memphis metropolitan area):

  • “Electronic assembly technician — $28 an hour
  • Mechanical assembly technician — $28 an hour
  • Mechanical inspector — $24 an hour
  • Lab technician — $15 an hour
  • Field service engineer — $60k to $80k a year
  • E1 or E2 licensed electrician – $50k to $70k a year
  • Control systems engineer — $90k a year”

Employers state that while they get a lot of applications for these jobs, the applications they receive do not have the proper “skill and experience … to do the jobs.”

“I then saw a video by Kevin Fleming and Brian Y. Marsh titled Success in the New Economy …. In a little more than 10 minutes, this video clearly demonstrates the underpinnings of the problem the manufacturers are having finding qualified people. There is a distinct mis-alignment between education and the workforce requirements in demand today.”

Mr. Cook states the traditional statement of wanting more money requires a higher-level degree is not supported by “the current economic workforce requirements”.  He says, “The education for all philosophy is underlying the misalignment between job requirements and workforce capabilities.”


“In the Fleming and Marsh video, they illustrate the difference with the ratio 1:2:7. For every one job requiring a masters degree, there are two jobs requiring four-year degrees. Most significant, there are seven jobs requiring a one-year certificate or two-year associate degree.

The mis-alignment is clear. If 64 percent of high school grads go on to four-year degree programs, yet seven of 10 jobs require more focused training, you can see why so many employers have openings going unfilled.”


There is a shift among “many state economic development agencies” to “increased emphasis on community colleges and the certificate and degree programs they offer.  These programs are more focused in their curriculum, aligning the education with the economic need. That’s a great step in the right direction.”

Also helpful to people looking for work is for people who will soon graduate from high school to think about how their interests match career pathways.  Going through a “self-exploration process” that uncovers what a person likes and where his or her passions lie can help a person find a career that matches those qualities.

“Success in today’s economy screams for alignment between education and economic need. When the workforce becomes more aligned with the job requirements, employees are able to pursue their passions and employers find the skilled talent they need.”

To read the full article and see the video by Fleming and Marsh, click here


Source: Cook, K. (2017 January 17). How to fix the mismatch between jobs and education. The Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/growth-strategies/2017/01/how-to-fix-the-mismatch-between-jobs-and.html


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Hiring Event @ Urban League 1/20/17

Memphis Urban League

The Memphis Urban League will host a Hiring Event at 413 N. Cleveland Street for Walmart Neighborhood Markets. The Hiring Event will be held Friday, January 20, 2017, for Hourly Supervisors, Assistant Managers and other Management career opportunities.

**Please contact the Memphis Urban League immediately to schedule an appointment.

For more information please call 901-272-2491.

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A & H Glass Immediately Hiring for Full-Time Positions

A& H Glass is looking for 4-6 Permanent Full Time Employees (NOW)

Will train for Glazier Position (Glass & Aluminum Frame Installers)

Must Speak English for Training Purposes

2-Weeks Paid Vacation

7-Paid Holidays

100% Paid Employee Health Insurance

Email: accounting@ahglass.com or call 901-382-6133 for application

A & H Glass, Inc., 2005 Thomas Rd Memphis, TN 38134

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Salary and Job Satisfaction Are Not Related

Dana Manciagli in The Memphis Business Journal writes that a study by Sokanu, “a career-discovery platform designed to help people find their ideal careers,” shows there is no correlation between salary and job satisfaction.  Other categories that play an important role in a person’s job satisfaction are, “[s]kill utilization, work environment, personality fit, interest, and overall fit.”

The data collected by Sokanu from their surveys of more than 35,000 people allowed Sokanu to create “a ranked list of nearly 300 careers with the highest and lowest levels of satisfaction.  The authors found that a higher salary did not correlate to job satisfaction.  “…careers that don’t necessarily promise wealth often end up making us happier.”

Here is the list of the 10 jobs with the highest “career satisfaction:

1. CEO
2. Film director
3. Author
4. Singer
5. Entrepreneur
6. Art director
7. Filmmaker
8. Career counsellor
9. Industrial designer
10. Musician

The common denominator between the careers that ranked highest seems to be creative expression and a high degree of control. By way of contrast, careers that ranked lowest were found primarily in service and clerical professions. Here is the list of 10 careers that ranked lowest (starting with lowest-ranked):

1. Janitor
2. Quality control inspector
3. House cleaner
4. Retail salesperson/ cashier
5. Delivery service driver/food delivery truck drive
6. Bank teller
7. Food server
8. Financial clerk
9. Shipping/receiving clerk
10. Barista”

What can be learned from this information?  As the president of Sokanu suggests, choosing a career means taking time to research many career paths, using many tools like the Internet and libraries to locate information.  Think about your career interests, but also think about other work factors such as “environment and personality fit.

“It’s important not just to research these differences, but to be honest with yourself about your personality strengths and weaknesses and the kind of environments you thrive in. The best career fit tends to come from a match of what interests you, what you are good at, and what the market needs.”

For more information and the list of “Satisfaction by Career”, see the entire article here


Source: Manciagli, D. (2017 January 17). Study shows there’s no correlation between salary and satisfaction. The Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/human-resources/2017/01/study-no-correlation-between-salary-satisfaction.html

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Ways to Be More Visible On LinkedIn

If you’re using LinkedIn for your job search, there are two ways you can increase the chances of employers viewing your profile and hiring you.

An article by John Nemo in the Memphis Business Journal states that LinkedIn users can figure out which audiences they want to reach by targeting a few of those audiences.  Translation to job-seekers:  your audiences are employers.  Know what you have to offer in terms of skills, knowledge, and abilities, and then pursue some key employers who want those skills, knowledge, and abilities.

A second way to get noticed on LinkedIn, reports Nemo, is to “become … an expert on a certain type of service or product that appeals to clients in numerous industries.

A great example of how this can be done successfully is taking a look at high-level business coach and consultant John Hawkins.

Rather than targeting a few industries or audience types, he decided to dominate the “leadership” niche and appeal to a wide variety of audiences — from casinos to churches to companies and individuals — looking for leadership consulting and coaching.

“When you provide a service and you help people where they’re at, with what they need, versus what you think they need, all kinds of doors get opened and all kinds of people become interested,” Hawkins told me during a recent podcast conversation. “I’ve worked with casinos, auto manufacturers, schools, hospitals, churches and more.”

To see the full article, click here

Source: Nemo, J. (2017, January 17). 1 simple strategy to make you stand out on LinkedIn. The Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/marketing/2017/01/1-strategy-to-make-you-stand-out-on-linkedin.html

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Dave & Buster’s to Come to Memphis Toward End of 2017

The Commercial Appeal reported that Dave & Buster’s, the restaurant and gaming place for adults, will open near the end of 2017.  The site of the building will be in the space formerly occupied by Sports Authority in “The Commons of Wolfcreek”.

For more information, see:  Bailey, T. (2017, January 13). Dave & Buster’s headed to city. The Commercial Appeal, 176(13), pp. 1A, 2A.

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New Restaurant Opening on Highland Street

According to the Memphis Business Journal, Newk’s Eatery will open a location at 431 S. Highland St.on Monday, January 23, 2017.

For more information, see the full article here


Source: Nichols, M. (2017, January 12). Opening announced for Highland Row restaurant. The Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2017/01/12/opening-announced-for-highland-row-restaurant.html?ana=e_ae_set3&s=article_du&ed=2017-01-14&u=7AFEoj9ZpwPZB39vYu49Hw0827bd77&t=1484679394&j=77074261


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Job and Career Readiness Conference 2/25/17 – Gaston Park

Registration is Open for the

The 2017 Job and Career Readiness Conference @

Gaston Park Community Center

1046 S. Third @ Walker · Memphis, TN 38106

Saturday, February 25, 2017  9 am – 3 pm

The conference is facilitated by the Gaston Park Library and the JobLINC Mobile Career Center. Meet and learn from employment recruiters and experts in the workforce development field. Call 415-2765 or 415-2769 to register


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