Daily Archives: October 12, 2017

Interviewing Tips

The Commercial Appeal provides some tips on what to do when you and the potential employer just don’t hit it off during the interview.

  1. “Find Common Ground …. Google the interviewer to learn more about their professional background, education, and clubs or organizations they belong to.  Look for any similarities you may share.  Maybe you worked for the same employer, both played [the same sport] in college, or have another shared passion.  Leverage that information during your interview.  Not only will you be able to connect on something, you’ll also show them you did your due diligence.  [If that approach does not work], try to get the interviewer to talk about himself or herself.  “Ask the interviewer why they like working at the company (aside from the people) and about work-life balance.  Simply showing them that you’re interested in something other than the job can be a way to overcome some awkwardness.
  2. “Grin And Bear It …. “Make a mental note like, “Hmmm, we don’t seem to have chemistry,” and then proceed pleasantly and professionally …. Acknowledge it in your head and push through it by staying focused on the questions at hand.  Your primary role during the interview is to sell your coveted skills and experiences
  3. “Keep Your Cool”  Stay calm if the interviewer starts pressing you with questions.  “Remain calm, cool, and collected.  Don’t get defensive …. breathe deep and rely on your talking points that highlight your top skills and experiences.  Respond to the question, not the emotion.  Show them you can execute even when feeling pressured.

“Whether or not you click with your interviewer, the key is telling yourself you’re going to ace the interview anyway.  And then, after the [interview], regroup and assess whether or not you still want to proceed if you get a job offer.”


Source: Salemi, V. (2017, October 8). What to do when you and an interviewer just don’t click. The Commercial Appeal, p. 4C.

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Director of Dining Services

“Kirby Pines Retirement Community, Memphis, TN

“The Director of Dining Services will be responsible for the day to day food service operations including recruitment, staffing, budgeting, strategic planning, and vendor negotiations.  The successful candidate will assure high standards of quality and service including menu development, catering and retail venue management.  The Director of Dining Services is responsible for the overall satisfaction of the dining program, adherence to regulatory requirements including modified diets and standards of nutrition, sanitation and safety, and training.

“Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Food Services Technology or related field; or A.A. Degree plus 5 years of directly related experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in retirement or senior housing preferred
  • 5 plus years of direct food service operational management experience in a fine dining/hotel/country club setting, with inventory, purchasing knowledge and control
  • Excellent knowledge of food and catering trends with a focus on quality, production, sanitation, food cost controls, and presentation
  • Excellent customer service skills and experience
  • Experience with P&L accountability highly desirable
  • ServSafe Certified
  • Certified Dietary Manager certificate desirable

“Applications & resumes accepted in Human Resources Department Mon-Fri, 8:00A-4:30P, or send resume to: Kirby Pines Road, Memphis, TN 38115.  Fax: (901) 365-9796.  Email: srichmond@kirbypines.com

“EOE M/F/H/V.  Drug Free Workplace”


Source: The Commercial Appeal. (2017, October 8). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(281), p. 4C.

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Construction Specialist with St. Jude-ALSAC

The Dream Home Construction Specialist will be responsible for program management and implementation of the national St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program, with specific focus on residential construction.  www.stjude.org/careersalsac


Source: The Commercial Appeal. (2017, October 8). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(281), p. 4C.

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Software Engineer Position

“Support customers through support and enhancement of Tangoe’s software solutions, participate in product development and debugging of Tangoe’s software applications, implement product improvements with performance tuning, usability and automation enhancements, and support and assist with Tangoe’s applications.

“Minimum requirements: Bachelors degree in computer engineering or computer science plus three years of experience in Java, Spring Framework, Oracle or PostgreSQL technology, TCP/IP Technology and Linus or Unix Shell Scripting.

“Respond to: Human Resources, 6410 Poplar Avenue, Suite 200, Memphis, TN 38119.  www.tangoe.com


Source: The Commercial Appeal. (2017, October 8). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(281), p. 4C.

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Security One Security Officer Jobs


“Armed & Unarmed



  • Great Health Benefits
  • Paid Vacations
  • FREE Uniforms
  • Free state Training

“APPLY TO: 5685 Quince Rd, Memphis, TN 38119″


Source: The Commercial Appeal. (2017, October 8). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(281), p. 4C.

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Kirby Pines Seeking Full-Time Drivers

“Kirby Pines is seeking to ramp up for our upcoming busy season.  We are in need of  full-time drivers.  Our drivers perform the following duties:

  • Pick up and drop off individuals at scheduled locations following strict time schedules
  • Maintain knowledge of first-aid procedures
  • Assist individuals in and out of vehicle
  • Secure wheelchair and passenger with tie downs (van)
  • Deploy portable lifts or ramps (van)
  • Display courteous, helpful and patient customer service at all times
  • Operate hand held device to communicate with dispatch center
  • Maintain quality service expectations set forth by the company

“The Best Qualified Applicants will have the following:

  • Strong verbal communication skills and positive, outgoing demeanor
  • Must have temperament to deal professionally with seniors
  • Valid driver’s license/ CDL with P Endorsement
  • Ability to pass a criminal and driving record checkk, drug screen and DOT medical exam

“Kirby Pines offers:

  • Flexible work schedule split shift available occasional weekend required
  • Positive work environment
  • Trained professional who facilitate on-site paid training
  • Opportunity for growth

“Applications & resumes accepted in Human Resource Department Mon-Fri, 8:00A-4:30P, or send resume to: Kirby Pines Road Memphis, TN 38115 | Fax: (901) 365-9796 | Email: srichmond@kirbypines.com


“Drug free workplace”


Source: The Commercial Appeal. (2017, October 8). Localfieds. The Commercial Appeal, 176(281), p. 4C.

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Staff Line Hiring Event October 13


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City of Memphis Job Opportunity

Job Title: Senior Systems Programmer (Part-time) – 2 openings

  • Job Type: Part-Time 
  • Salary: $30.00 Hourly
  • Closing date: 10/23/2017
  • Location:  Memphis, TN
  • Job number: 2017-00533

Works under the general direction of the Police Information Technology Manager. Provides senior level support of technical functions within Information Systems to include developing, evaluating, implementing, monitoring, maintaining and upgrading the Police Division Information System’s software and hardware. Performs all phases of application systems’ development and support. Serves as a technical authority for all programming disciplines utilized within the installation of software. Designs, codes, tests, debug, and documents complex programs. Modifies and builds existing programs and reporting systems. Provides support to Programmer Analysts, and accountable for systems generation. Develops, creates and updates reports and databases with diverse Reporting Programs such as Crystal Reports, Inform Records Management System (Inform RMS), Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Structured Query Language (SQL) Server Reporting Services, and Arc geographical information system (ArcGIS). Provides integrity, and security of Police Department data, and develops and monitors the effectiveness of teleprocessing software.

Apply online by going to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/memphistn


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JCPenney Set to Hire Seasonal Workers

The Memphis Business Journal reports that JCPenney will hire 750 seasonal workers “in Tennessee.”

The “first-ever National Hiring Day” will be on “Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 2-8 p.m.”

“Management will hold in-person interviews and be hiring people on-the-spot for customer service and support positions, including cashier, replenishment specialist, beauty consultants and more. All skills levels are welcome.

Individuals are encouraged to apply online at jcpcareers.com or in-store at one of the applicant kiosks prior to attending the event….

“JcPenney has two Memphis locations: at Wolfchase Galleria, 2756 N. Germantown Parkway, and at Centennial Commons, 7700 Polo Grounds Boulevard.”


Source: Perry, E. (2017, October 11). JCPenney hiring 40,000 seasonal associates. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2017/10/11/jcpenney-hiring-40-000-seasonal-associates.html?ana=e_me_set3&s=newsletter&ed=2017-10-12&u=e2alCZc71ntMVkXjXKpIbw039b4305&t=1507817949&j=78979131

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MIFA Hiring for Family Housing Advocate


Job title: Family Housing Advocate
Reports to: Rapid Rehousing Program Manager

Compensation level: Professional C
Full-time:  40 hrs. wk. Non-Exempt

Opening date: October 11, 2017

Closing date: October 25, 2017

Position Summary

The Family Housing Advocate (FHA) assists literally homeless families enrolled in MIFA’s Rapid Rehousing program to obtain and retain permanent housing. FHAs conduct in-depth family assessments, connect families to supportive services, assist families in the search for housing that meets their needs, help families secure housing of their choice, conduct Housing Quality Standards inspections of prospective housing units, and develop and maintain relationships with landlords and other community resources.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in social service or related field
  2. Three years of case management experience in a social service environment working with clients in basic needs and/or safety net programs
  3. Proficient in using technology to serve clients, including operating communication systems (computers, email, laptops, telephone, faxes, scanners, and presentation equipment), Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel), and various database systems

Major Responsibility and Related Tasks

  1. Assist all eligible families with identifying, securing and retaining stable permanent housing
  • Conduct in-depth intake assessment to help identify community resources and client needs
  • Act as the direct liaison with management of rental properties; mediate acceptable rental and payment terms for the tenant
  • Perform HQS and lead paint inspections of all RRH rental assistance units; re-inspection of failed property as reasonable
  • Preform property tax checks, property ownership verification, and rent reasonableness determinations for all units
  • Complete all inspections and documentation in the established time frame
  • Identify barriers to retention of permanent housing with families and assist them in developing a plan to remediate barriers to the extent possible
  • Coach families on how to be a lawful tenant (adhere to lease agreement, paying rent etc.) so not to lose housing
  • Document contacts and conduct at least one monthly home visit during assistance period
  • Document progress and case notes in HMIS and CoactionNet, as applicable


  1. Support families in gaining and maintaining employment
  • Coach and support families in finding employment by determining needs and skills, and assist in addressing barriers to employment
  • Refer families to employment resources, employment training resources, and job readiness resources
  • Refer families to community and social service resources, as determined by specified family goals, and other services as needed
  • Document referrals, progress and case notes in HMIS and CoactionNet, as applicable


  1. Counsel and guide families in developing a working plan for financial independence
  • Assist families with developing a household budget
  • Assist families with credit checks and resolving credit issues
  • Source and refer children and families for appropriate services
  • Assist parents in finding resources for needed children’s services
  • Identity and verify that all children and youth receive appropriate benefits and services such as Head Start and Families First
  • Advocate that children are able to continue to attend their school of origin, and receive appropriate educational resources for homeless children


Other Responsibilities

  • Welcome and respect people of diverse ages, races, household compositions and persons in crisis
  • Handle client and donor information confidentially and discreetly
  • Work with program manager to meet or exceed Continuum of Care Rapid Rehousing performance benchmarks
  • Prioritize duties, and maintain a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends to accommodate families’ needs
  • Demonstrate strong technology skills, including the ability to use technology for electronic filing of documents
  • Demonstrate effective problem-solving, decision-making and negotiation skills
  • Maintain accurate, complete client records in the hardcopy file, and in any required database(s). Ensure proper attention to detail in follow-up, paper work and case notes
  • Assist with reports, audits or other reviews as needed
  • Maintain knowledge of community services by networking, with a goal of maximizing external collaborations to deepen program impact
  • Work to build strong relationships with leasing landlords
  • Work as an engaged member of the housing team to continually explore and implement best practices for services for homeless families.
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the MIFA Emergency Services and housing teams
  • Attend all meetings as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Assist in identifying ways to engage volunteers to increase program efficiency and impact.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Reports to

Rapid Rehousing Program Manager; Full-Time (40 hours per week)/Non-Exempt Starting Rate per hour $17.00 -$19.26   

 Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk (or means to transport oneself); sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 15 to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision.

Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high. Position may also require ongoing or periodic exposure to high crime environments. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moderate to high levels of stress during peak periods, and atypical work hours are periodically required.

MIFA full-time benefits: MIFA employees may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs on or before the 90-day trial period:  Medical and dental insurance plans, short-term disability, long-term disability, employee assistance program, paid time-off (PTO), employer sponsored life insurance, paid holidays, and MIFA’s matching 401k plan after a year of service.

MIFA employment guidelines

MIFA is an equal opportunity employer.

MIFA is a non-smoking facility.

Employment documents: (1) Application and/or resume; (2) I-9; (3) Form W-4; (4) Official transcripts verifying education if education is a requirement of the job.

Employment authorization and identification: Current federal law requires that documents be presented which verify both employment authorization and identification. One or more of the following documents must be presented before employment: Social Security card, state driver’s license/identification, U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, other U.S. government document.

Please note that it is the practice of MIFA not to allow the employment of relatives or of those living at the same address other than in the job classifications of special, temporary, or substitute.

To apply

Mail or forward resume or application to MIFA Human Resources, 910 Vance Ave, Memphis, TN  38126 or email to hrcoordinator@mifa.org. prior to the closing date.  No phone calls, please.


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