Category Archives: Career Advice

A Networking Plan

A contributing writer to the Memphis Business Journal provides seven tips for networking that job-seekers can use when at a conference or an event.

The seven tips are:

  1. “Purpose
  2. Prepare
  3. Target list
  4. Navigating the conference
  5. Social activities
  6. Following up
  7. Networking is hard work”

The article has a wealth of advice on these seven tips.


Source and to read full article: Paper, C. (2017, May 8). Pack this 7 point networking plan before a conference or event. In Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from

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Work/Life Balance Seminar – 5/10/17

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For more information please call 901-415-2700.

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Tips for Career Changers

An article in the Memphis Business Journal points to three steps career changers can take to reinvent their careers.

Here are three steps:

See what you want.  I call this the creation stage. Most of us think in images. There’s no question that even if you are not a visual person, and perhaps more a feeling, or hearing type, you can use the power of visualization to reinvent your business, career and life.

Top-performing athletes, entertainers and high achievers all understand the power of visualization. This is one of the primary ways we can, “fake it til we make it.

Feel what you want.  I call this the commitment stage. Once you see something and you begin visualizing it, the next step is to feel what it will be like seeing the new you. Again, even though most of us are visual, we also feel things, unless you’re a psychopath. Feeling things makes seeing them more real.

Like with visualization, you have to practice feeling your way into the new you. Never stop practicing! Another element of this is being able to quiet your mind and listen to your heart. Meditation and mindfulness practices can be a great way to achieve this.

Trust you will get what you want.  I call this the execution phase because this is where you’ll be trusting your plan of action to get where you’re going next. This is where the work really begins; doing.

Life is a game of confidence. Everyone has fear. One of the primary differences for people who get what they want is they have an inordinate level of confidence, even if they have to fake this, too, for a while.

Trusting is knowing that what you see and feel for the new you is going to happen, even if what you want next doesn’t happen exactly on the timeline you originally intended. Trusting is knowing that if you maintain your vision and keep feeling the new you, doing the work, you will be successful.

While these three steps may seem simplistic, my experience is people come up with all sorts of reasons to not do the work. Or people tell me they can’t meditate. Baloney! If you learned what you know now, you can learn to quiet your mind without becoming a monk.

Also, you can’t reinvent yourself just by visualizing and feeling something you want. You have to trust that you will get there if you follow people who have been where you want to go. I call these people pathfinders. We can take you where you want to go safely, because we’ve been where you want to go.”

Source and to see full article: Jones, C. (2017, May 2). How to reinvent your business, career and life in 3 simple steps. In Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from

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CLIMB Job Fair @ Riverside Baptist 4/28/17

CLIMB Spring 2017 Job Fair Flyer

C.L.I.M.B. Job Fair 4/28/17 -Press Release


Confirmed Vendors

  • Waffle House
  • Shelby County Schools
  • Seedco
  • Central Defense Staffing
  • Olympic Career Training Institute
  • TN Dept. of Corrections
  • Northwest Research Inc.
  • Durham School Services
  • Flash Staffing
  • Central Defense Security
  • Aerotek
  • Big League Movers
  • Homecare By Wesley
  • Provide Staff
  • Staffline
  • Versant Supply Chain
  • FedEx Express
  • Concorde Institute
  • Memphis Police Department
  • Coca Cola
  • Mid-South Food Bank
  • Christ Community Health Services
  • People Ready
  • FedEx Ground
  • Workforce Investment Network
  • Maximus
  • Fresenius Medical
  • XPO Logistics
  • KM Cleaning
  • The Peabody Hotel
  • SMX
  • SRVS
  • Methodist Healthcare
  • Advanced Services Inc (ASI)
  • Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-Entry
  • Automation Personnel Services
  • Colonial Life
  • Stellar Cares
  • Axcess Staffing
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Manpower
  • Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church
  • K-Power
  • Lebonheur Parent Warm Line
  • Simos
  • Randstad
  • Regions
  • Vibe Barber College

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Job Training & Career Conference 4/29/17


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by | April 24, 2017 · 9:23 AM

Interview Tips to Land a Job

1. Practice

Review common interview questions and prepare your response

2. Research

Find out as much as you can about the company

3. Dress professionally

4. Arrive early and prepared

Bring resumes and reference sheet [it is helpful to have 3 to 5 names of references typed of people who have said to you they will be your reference]

5. Be confident, respectful and concise

6. Be prepared to ask good questions

Ask sound questions about the job and benefits

7. Show what you know

Tell them all of the reasons you are qualified for the job

8. Put your cell phone away until after the interview

Never text or look at your phone

9. Be focused – Make good eye contact

10. Thank the interviewers and send a follow-up thank you note


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Health, Career & Education Fair @ DHS Jackson 4/25/17

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by | April 6, 2017 · 2:39 PM

Memphis Black Expo Teen Seminar & Job Fair April 1-2 

“The Workforce Ready Seminar is Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Youth Summer Job Fair is Sunday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both events are free. To register, go to If you have questions, email

Confirmed employers for the job fair include Panera Bread, the Memphis Police Department, McDonald’s, Plato’s Closet, IHOP, Captain D’s, Popeye’s, Starbucks, Walgreens, A-1 Empowerment and Malco Theatres. Hamilton High School is located at 1363 E. Person Ave.”

Source for complete article: MBX Teen Workforce Seminar, Job Fair April 1-2 – Memphis Daily News

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Social Security Benefits & Employment 4/18/17

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by | March 27, 2017 · 2:18 PM

Recruitment Event @ New Tyler AME- Young Adults 18-24 4/7/17

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The Need to Acquire Job Skills and Where to Get Them

In today’s job market where the job landscape is changing, it will be helpful for people to acquire new skills.

It will help job-seekers to reach out to employers and, as Terry Brock states, “Find those skills that employers need and learn those skills” (Brock, 2017).

While readers have often heard that advice many times, there frequently seems to be a knowledge gap in where to find new skills.  However, the good news is, in the digital age in which we live, there are a variety of websites, some free and some fee-based, where people can acquire new skills.

A scenario would be that a job-seeker has done some informational interviewing with an employer, and the employer has told the job-seeker the skills that are needed to work in the company.  Based on that conversation, job-seekers can look through the websites below to acquire new skills or refresh old skills.  Even if you have not done informational interviewing but you know the type of skills your industry needs, the Web sites below can help you acquire those skills.  You can then list the classes you have successfully completed on your resume to show to employers, or network with employers and tell them you have completed industry-specific courses.

Lynda can be accessed for free through the Memphis Public Library by using your library card.  There are over 3,400 courses covering many topics at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.  Topics include, but are not limited to, Business, Design, Developer, Information Technology, Marketing, Web, Photography, and Video.  At the end of some courses you can print a certificate.  There are also exercise files to practice your learning.

Subjects range from Microsoft Office and Email to Reading, Math, Workplace Skills, and more.  There are over 180 topics, over 2,000 lessons, more than 800 videos, and more than 55 interactives and games.  All of this learning is free.  Learners can complete entire courses or view tutorials.  Classes are accredited and the program is accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training.  Users can earn an Achievement of Completion certificate after viewing every page of a self-paced tutorial.  Then, the user can download and print that certificate.  The Achievement of Completion certificate is different than the Certificate of Completion learners would receive from the Online Class Program, which is accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training. 

Alison offers a variety of free online diploma course, Business and Enterprise Skills, Digital Literacy and IT skills, Personal Development and Soft Skills, Languages, Schools Curriculum, Health and Safety and Compliance, Health Literacy, Financial and Economic Literacy, and others.  There are free study groups available; however, there are optional fees for add-ons such as certifications and ad-free services.  You can download the learner record for free and show it to employers and keep it for yourself.  Though you may have to pay a fee for the diploma certificate, achieving this certificate will show your interest and skills in the subject to employers.

Udemy is an online platform where users pay a fee to take online courses to gain skills.  There are over 45,000 courses taught by experts.  Content areas are Development (Web, Software, E-Commerce, etc.), Business, IT & Software, Office Productivity, Personal Development, Design, Marketing, Lifestyle, Photography, Health & Fitness, Teacher Training, Music, Academics, Language, and Test Prep.

Coursera is an online platform where users can pay a fee to take courses to gain technology skills that can aid them in their job search.  Coursera partners with well-known and respected universities in the U.S.  At the end of each course the learner receives a certificate that s/he can share with employers.  Courses are in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Life Sciences, Math & Logic, Personal Development, Physical Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, Language Learning.

Tutsplus is a Web site where learners can take courses on Design & Illustration, Coding, Web Design, Photo & Video, Business, Music & Audio, 3D & Motion Graphics.  How-To tutorials on those courses and tutorials on Game Development and Computer Skills are also accessible to users.  Users pay a small fee for each course.  There are over 900 video courses, expert instructors, no ads, and learners can receive instruction on their mobile devices.

This platform has over 15,000 classes in the areas of Design, Business, Technology, Photography, Film, Writing, Crafts, and Culinary.  Users can also teach a class.  Scholarships are available to take courses.  There are also a variety of free classes.

This site offers learners to learn how to code … for free.  The Web site is heavy on technology and offers coding courses on making a Web site, Rails, AngularJS, SQL, Java, HTML & CSS, and others.


Source article: Brock, T. (2017, March 23). How to acquire the skills you need now and in the future. In Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from


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YouthWorks & Memphis Urban League-Apply by 4/7/17

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Kroger Youthworks 2017: Apply Today! | Memphis Urban League


Thank you for your interest in the Kroger Youthworks program! Youth between the ages of 16 and 17 are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Please print both documents and return all paperwork (including the required typed essays) to our office before 4:30 PM on Friday, April 7th, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

We are located at 413 North Cleveland Memphis, TN 38104.

Kroger Youthworks Cover Sheet and Essay Instructions 

Kroger Youthworks Demographic Form 


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by | March 24, 2017 · 9:10 AM

Seven Traits of Better Networkers

Ivan Misner, the visionary of “the world’s largest business networking organization” (Misner, 2017), provides seven traits for people to become better networkers.  These tips can be used by job-seekers in the local or national job markets.

Here are the 7 traits:

  1. “Good listener.”  Here, Misner stresses that, “… success in networking depends on how well we can listen and learn” (Misner, 2017).  Listening is the first step to understanding what the person with whom you’re speaking needs from you.  If you can fulfill an employer’s needs, then tell that person you will be able to fulfill those needs.  Provide an example on how you will provide solutions to those needs.
  2. “Positive attitude.  The first thing that people see from you is your attitude…. Positive business professionals are like magnets.  Others want to be around them and will send their friends and family to them” (Misner, 2017).  Relative to the job search, while you may not feel 100% confident in yourself while you are job searching, smiling to a networking contact, even if you do not know her or him, and speaking confidently about your skills will show to that person that you have a positive attitude.
  3. “Helps others/collaborative… A willingness to collaborate and help others is essential as it builds trust and helps establish a strong relationship” (Misner, 2017).  Think about that for a moment.  At the foundation of any working relationship is trust.  Without trust, people will be suspicious of your work products and whether you want to actually help people.  So for the job-seeker, if you have a skill you know you can provide, state it, and along with that statement tell the employer that you can collaborate and help that person by providing your skill.  This step lays the foundation for a strong relationship.
  4. “Sincere/authentic” (Misner, 2017).  While in a networking event with potential employers, it will help the job-seeker to be interested in the employers and believe that he or she can make a difference for those employers.  This belief will help the job-seeker project sincerity and authenticity to the employer and establish a connection.
  5. “Follows up” (Misner, 2017).  If you are a job-seeker, it is absolutely critical that you follow up with a potential employer after a networking event.  Saying you will get back to the employer, when in reality you do not, is equivalent to a broken working relationship.  The employer is not likely to talk with you again because you let her or him down the first time after the two of you met.  Instead, believe in yourself that following up matters, that it will help your networking skills, and potentially land that job you want.
  6. “Trustworthy …. When you refer someone, you are putting your reputation on the line.  You have to be able to trust your referral partner and be trusted in return” (Misner, 2017).  Here, it will help the job-seeker to trust the networking contact and believe that any referral that the networking contact provides is legitimate.  In reverse, the networking contact needs to trust that the job-seeker will contact the people that the networking contact has given the job-seeker.
  7. “Approachable …. people “will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel”” (Misner, 2017).  When a job-seeker attends a networking event, he or she needs to be open to meeting a variety of people.  Even if a person you meet is not in the line of work you are looking for, she or he may know someone else who can help you find that line of work.  Since you never know about that person until you start talking with her or him, it is best to be approachable so the person feels at ease when talking with you.

“Each one of the characteristics above ties into the notion of “farming,” not “hunting.”  It’s about building mutually-beneficial business relationships.  Only then will you succeed in creating a powerful personal network” (Misner, 2017).


Source and to read the full article: Misner, I. (2017). 7 characteristics of better networkers. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from


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Twenty-Five-In-Demand Jobs

The Memphis Business Journal released a list of 25 in-demand jobs with high salaries.

“”As every business morphs into the digital version of itself, the demand for workers with highly technical abilities is increasing far faster than supply,” said Indeed Senior Vice President Paul D’Arcy …. This demand, in turn, leads to the explosion in listings for tech roles.”

Here is the full list, “with average annual base salary as cited by Indeed” [note figures will likely be different for the metropolitan Memphis area]:

  1. Full stack developer, $110,770
  2. Data scientist, $129,938
  3. Development operations engineer, $123,165
  4. Salesforce administrator, $89,702
  5. IT engineer, $85,563
  6. Salesforce developer, $108,089
  7. Quality engineer, $71,111
  8. Digital project manager, $73,169
  9. Cloud engineer, $118,878
  10. Management consulting analytics manager, $90,944
  11. Project architect, $75,666
  12. Penetration tester, $115,557
  13. Senior audit manager, $118,692
  14. Civil engineer, $74,994
  15. Infrastructure engineer, $103,963
  16. Oracle HCM manager, $113,107
  17. Machine learning engineer, $134,306
  18. Patient experience manager, $99,198
  19. Commercial project manager, $80,155
  20. Registered nurse, $71,317
  21. Computer vision engineer, $127,849
  22. Revenue manager, $82,611
  23. Operations lead, $72,396
  24. Construction superintendent, $81,055
  25. Continuous improvement manager, $85,786


Source:  Arnott, D.A. (2017, March 22). Everyone wants full stack developers — and these other 24 in-demand jobs. In Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from

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Career Fair @ First Baptist-Broad 3/25/17

First Baptist Broad Career Fair 3-25-17

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by | March 21, 2017 · 2:02 PM