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National Apprenticeship Week Nov 13-19

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National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeship. NAW also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices in their community. The weekly events highlight the benefits of Apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.

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Useful Career Websites

Whether you’re a young adult leaving high school and planning for a career, a student in college preparing for a career fair, an adult creating a LinkedIn profile, or navigating tech hubs, the websites below can help you.

  1. Career Planning for High-Schoolers: https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/career-planning-for-high-schoolers.htm
  2. Navigating the College Career Fair: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-career-fairs/
  3. The Ultimate LinkedIn Guide: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ultimate-linkedin-guide/
  4. Navigating Silicone Valley and Emerging Tech Hubs: https://www.computerscienceonline.org/cutting-edge/tech-hubs/

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Job Club on Federal Employment – Nov. 8

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by | November 6, 2017 · 4:18 PM

Job Club on Federal Employment – Nov. 8

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by | October 31, 2017 · 3:38 PM

Veterans Resource Event November 11

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by | October 31, 2017 · 10:12 AM

BHG Resource Event October 24

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by | October 18, 2017 · 1:36 PM

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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11 Things to Help Your Job Search

  1. Apply for jobs that seem a little out of reach but are not that far above your abilities and accomplishments
  2. Get to know people through LinkedIn who work in places where you want to work
  3. Instead of talking about how much you know, talk about how you can solve problems that potential employers have.
  4. Your pre-existing network of support, which includes your friends and family, can help you and provide networking connections.
  5. Create a specific resume and cover letter for each job you apply to.  Don’t just use the same resume and cover letter for every job.  Writing in the keywords from the job description into your resume and cover letter is critical to landing an interview.  Companies use applicant tracking systems that scan your resume for keywords, so the more of them that show in your resume, the higher your chances of getting an interview.
  6. Prepare for each job interview and speak from the heart during the actual interview.  This helps you project your authentic problem-solving abilities to employers.
  7. When writing thank you letters after the interview, which you should always do, try to connect with the interviewers based on a nugget of personal information they provided or how they provided useful information about the job to you during the interview.  This technique helps you connect with them.
  8. Approach each company as a problem solver.  You want to tell them what you can do for them.  Always prepare for the interview ahead of time.
  9. When on the job, don’t settle for mediocrity.  Be willing to stretch yourself and be “willing to learn a new role.”
  10. Listen to what you think about each job rather than what your friends or family tell you about it.  Keep in mind that you’re the one who will be doing the work, so your opinion is really the only one that matters.
  11. “Do work that builds you up most of the time.”  Your skills, talents, and strengths can point you in the right direction.  Making a list of your skills, talents, and strengths will better prepare you to find work that is suitable to that list so that the job will be a good fit for you.

 

Source: Kalish, A. (2017). 11 things I wish I’d known when I started job searching, according to Muse readers. In The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/11-things-i-wish-id-known-when-i-started-job-searching-according-to-muse-readers

 

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First Baptist Chelsea Career Fair September 30

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by | September 27, 2017 · 1:01 PM

Memphis Business Journal Releases “Largest Public Company Employers”

The Memphis Business Journal has released a list of the largest public company employers Memphis and surrounding cities.  These companies are ranked according to “local full-time employees”

  • “FedEx Corp – Memphis
  • The Kroger Co. – Memphis
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc. – Memphis
  • XPO Logisitics Supply Chain – Memphis
  • Technicolor – Memphis
  • Nike, Inc. – Memphis
  • International Paper Co. – Memphis
  • Tenet Healthcare Corp. dba Saint Francis Healthcare – Memphis
  • Smith & Nephew Inc. – Cordova
  • ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. – Memphis
  • United Parcel Service Inc. – Memphis
  • First Horizon National Corp. – Memphis
  • Cummins Inc. – Memphis
  • AutoZone Inc. – Memphis
  • UTC-Carrier Corp. – Collierville
  • AT&T Inc. – Memphis
  • Medtronic Spinal – Memphis
  • Walgreens – Memphis
  • Caesars Entertainment dba Horseshoe Casino & Tunica Roadhouse – Tunica Resorts, MS
  • MGM Resorts International dba Gold Strike Casino Resort – Tunica Resorts, MS
  • Accredo Health Group Inc., a subs. of Express Scripts Holding Co. – Memphis
  • The Home Depot Inc. – Memphis
  • Electrolux – Memphis
  • ABB Electrification Products – Memphis
  • DHL Supply Chain, a subs. of Deutsche Post DHL Group – Southaven, MS
  • Target Corp. – Collierville
  • Regions Financial Corp. – Memphis
  • Dollar Tree Stores/Family Dollar Stores – Memphis
  • Flex Ltd. – Memphis
  • Lowe’s – Memphis
  • Penn National Gaming Inc. dba Hollywood Casino Tunica, Bally’s Casino Tunica, Resorts Casino Tunica, Tunica Resorts, MS
  • Fred’s Inc. – Memphis
  • McKesson Corp. – Memphis
  • Kuehne Nagel – Southaven, MS
  • Macy’s Inc. – Memphis
  • Hilton Worldwide – Memphis
  • Hino Motors Manufacturing USA Inc. – Marion, AR
  • YRC Freight – Memphis
  • Brother International Corp. – Memphis
  • Unilever – Covington, TN
  • Helen of Troy – Southaven, MS
  • Kellogg Co. – Memphis
  • CBRE Inc. – Memphis
  • Comcast Corp. – Memphis
  • Wright Medical Group N.V. – Memphis
  • Dillard’s Inc. – Memphis
  • MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. – Arlington, TN
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises – Memphis
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, a subs. of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. – Memphis
  • Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. – Memphis
  • PFSweb Inc. – Memphis”

Source:  Memphis Business Journal. (2017, September 8-14). Largest public company employers. Memphis Business Journal, 39(22), pp. 10, 11.

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First Baptist Chelsea Career Fair September 30

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by | September 18, 2017 · 8:45 AM

Using Your Network to Find a Job

The majority of jobs are found through networking, not online.

Here are some networking tips to help when you’re looking for work:

  1. Create the right mindset – speak highly of your skills and abilities to your networking contacts
  2. Make sure your social media profiles are clean, meaning there are no offensive words or pictures on them.  Also, make your profiles private so that potential employers cannot see them.  Enter your name into a search engine to see if there is any surprising information about you online.
  3. Start networking with people you already know, which are family members, friends, and existing business contacts.  You can do this in person and also through LinkedIn and other social media sites.  Tell these people the exact position you’re looking for and request these people to notify you of suitable openings they may find.
  4. Talk to other connections including neighbors, professional associations, customers from past jobs, and community organizations such as churches or non-profits.  They may be able to give you referrals for jobs.
  5. There are three ways to get in touch with contacts.  The first way is by calling networking contacts and asking for their assistance; this way helps build a relationship and these people are likely to help you.  The second way is to set up an appointment to reconnect to people; preferably, you want to have this appointment in person.  The third way is to reconnect on social media or email; build a relationship using this method before asking for job-hunting help and referrals.
  6. Go to companies for which you’d like to work.  Go to your professional associations to get referrals from them.  Ask your networking contacts if they know any employees at companies you’d like to work for and if the networking contacts will refer you to those employees.
  7. Research prospective employers through the library.  Library staff are equipped to refer you to valuable information about companies, both in print and online.

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Salary Negotiation Workshop Presented by Angela Copeland September 8 in Central Library

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Angela Copeland of Copeland Coaching will present a workshop on salary negotiation for job seekers on Friday September 8 in the Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Room L-56, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

“Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.

“Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

“Angela has received recognition for her work, including 10 Resume Writers We Love by Recruiter.com, Top Career Website by Career Igniter, Best Career Blog by Credit Donkey, and Top 25 Resume Builder and Top 25 Inspirational Career Advice Bloggers by PersonalIncome.org.

“Angela provides job coaching at all stages of the job search process, including finding the right job, interviewing, and negotiating.

“Angela’s areas of expertise include:

  • “Resume and cover letter development
  • Personal branding
  • Creative job seeking
  • Networking
  • Interview skills
  • Post interview follow up
  • Negotiation strategy”

 

Source: Copeland Coaching. (2017). About Angela. Copeland Coaching. Retrieved from https://www.copelandcoaching.com/about-angela-copeland/

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Salary Negotiation Workshop Presented by Angela Copeland September 8 in Central Library

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Angela Copeland of Copeland Coaching will present a workshop on salary negotiation for job seekers on Friday September 8 in the Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Room L-56, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

“Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.

“Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

“Angela has received recognition for her work, including 10 Resume Writers We Love by Recruiter.com, Top Career Website by Career Igniter, Best Career Blog by Credit Donkey, and Top 25 Resume Builder and Top 25 Inspirational Career Advice Bloggers by PersonalIncome.org.

“Angela provides job coaching at all stages of the job search process, including finding the right job, interviewing, and negotiating.

“Angela’s areas of expertise include:

  • “Resume and cover letter development
  • Personal branding
  • Creative job seeking
  • Networking
  • Interview skills
  • Post interview follow up
  • Negotiation strategy”

 

Source: Copeland Coaching. (2017). About Angela. Copeland Coaching. Retrieved from https://www.copelandcoaching.com/about-angela-copeland/

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Salary Negotiation Workshop Presented by Angela Copeland September 8 in Central Library

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Angela Copeland of Copeland Coaching will present a workshop on salary negotiation for job seekers on Friday September 8 in the Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Room L-56, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

“Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.

“Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

“Angela has received recognition for her work, including 10 Resume Writers We Love by Recruiter.com, Top Career Website by Career Igniter, Best Career Blog by Credit Donkey, and Top 25 Resume Builder and Top 25 Inspirational Career Advice Bloggers by PersonalIncome.org.

“Angela provides job coaching at all stages of the job search process, including finding the right job, interviewing, and negotiating.

“Angela’s areas of expertise include:

  • “Resume and cover letter development
  • Personal branding
  • Creative job seeking
  • Networking
  • Interview skills
  • Post interview follow up
  • Negotiation strategy”

 

Source: Copeland Coaching. (2017). About Angela. Copeland Coaching. Retrieved from https://www.copelandcoaching.com/about-angela-copeland/

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