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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.com

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.

GCFLearnFree.org

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.com 

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.com

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.org

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.com

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.

Skillshare.com

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.

Codeacademy.com

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 http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/growth-strategies/2017/03/how-to-acquire-the-skills-you-need-now-and-in-the.html

 

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City of Memphis Jobs

Apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/memphistn

City of Memphis job opportunities for Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Contract Analyst
  • Planning & Mapping Analyst
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Emergency Technology Manager
  • USAR Grant Manager
  • Fire Material Specialist
  • Industrial Monitoring Manager
  • Alarm Data Specialist

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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 http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/marketing/2017/03/7-characteristics-of-better-networkers.html

 

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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 http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/news-wire/2017/03/22/everyone-wants-full-stack-developers-and-these.html?ana=e_ae_set6&s=article_du&ed=2017-03-22&u=7AFEoj9ZpwPZB39vYu49Hw0827bd77&t=1490284997&j=77721111

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Madison Hotel Hiring for Room Attendant

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Eighty3 Restaurant Hiring for Utility Steward/Dishwasher

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Madison Hotel Hiring for Sales Coordinator

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Madison Hotel Hiring for Laundry Room Attendant

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Madison Hotel Hiring for Houseperson

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Madison Hotel Hiring for Experienced Housekeeping Lead Supervisor

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Eighty3 Restaurant Hiring for Experienced PM Line Cook

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Eighty3 Restaurant Hiring for Experienced AM & PM Servers

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Twilight Sky Terrace Hiring for Experienced Cocktail Servers

Candidates can apply in person Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2 pm or by emailing resume to hr@madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Finch-Henry Job Corps Looking for Residential Advisor

The Finch – Henry Job Corps Center is currently accepting applications for the following position:   Residential Advisor  Interested applicants should apply in the Office of Human Resources at the Finch – Henry Job Corps Center or your local MINACT, INC. facility Human Resources Department. Further information regarding qualifications, job description, salary, etc. is available in the Human Resources Office. Be advised that your application will not be considered if you fail to meet the required deadline.

Only applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for interviews.   No qualified applicant will be discriminated against due to race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, religion, veteran status, disability, or a handicapping condition.  MINACT, INC. reserves the right to limit the interview pool based on review of requirements and number of applications submitted. You may email your cover letter and resume to the attention of Sonyama Jackson, Human Resources Specialist at the email address listed below.  EOE/AA Employer & M/F/Disability/Vet

Jackson.Sonyama@jobcorps.org

Positions Open/Posting Date: March 20, 2017                     

Positions Closing Date:   March 26, 2017

Department:  Social Development

Classification: Non-Exempt

SOC Code: 39-9041

Status: Full – Time

Reports To: Dorm Supervisor

Salary: Contact Human Resources

Dates of Posting: 03/20/2017 – 03/26/2017

GENERAL FUNCTION:

Provide guidance, direction and supervision to students in assigned dormitory in accordance with PRH Chapter 3; 3.16 Residential Living.  Assist students in achievement of academic, career technical training, and employability goals. Assist students in development of self-management, independent living and community living skills.  Model workplace expectations, and mentor and monitor students in achieving the Career Success Standards competencies.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

High School Diploma or equivalent required.   Education above the high school level with experience working with youth in a residential setting preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Effective organization skills.

Effective interpersonal skills.

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATIONS:

A valid Regular Driver License is required.

NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE:            

Sun & Mon: Off; Tue 10:45 pm-7:45 am; Wed 11:45 pm-7:45 am; Thu 11:00 pm-7:45 am; Fri 3:00 pm-10:45 pm; Sat 11:15 am-10:45 pm

Interested applicants may forward a resume and appropriate credentials to:

Finch-Henry Job Corps Center

Attn: Human Resources

821 Hwy 51 South

Batesville, MS 38606

Visit our website at http://www.minactjobs.com

An Equal Opportunity Employer

M/F/Veterans/Disability

MINACT is a federal contractor and desire priority referrals of protected veterans

 

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MLGW Hiring for Computer Software Specialist

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