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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 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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2013 Job Skills

The Wall Street Journal

  • November 18, 2012

Must-Have Job Skills in 2013

To win a promotion or land a job next year, experts say there are four must-have job skills:

1. Clear communications

2. Personal branding

3. Flexibility

4. Productivity improvement

For full article please visit The Wall Street Journal Online

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Job Openings @ RISE Memphis

RISE Foundation

2650 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Suite 2400

Memphis, Tennessee 38118



RISE Foundation, Inc. Position Announcement – Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Title:                              Director of Development

Location:                              2650 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 2400 Memphis, TN 38118

Division/Department:    Administration

Status:                                  Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:                         President and CEO

Recruitment:                     External-Open Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Closing Date:                      Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

Projected Start Date:     July of 2012

How to Apply: Email or mail a cover letter, resume and three professional references (name, contact information) in one email to humanresources@risememphis.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.  All correspondence sent via the US Postal Service must be received by Tuesday, June 26, 2012.  ONLY QUALIFIED APPLICANTS NEED APPLY.



A partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Memphis Housing Authority and the United Way of the Mid-South led to the creation of RISE in October 1999. With its original mission to help public housing residents achieve financial independence, and on a first year budget of only $22,000, RISE served 48 families and helped them create assets of $83,000.

Since that time, RISE has provided over 450 families with financial information that has assisted them with purchasing their first large assets, encouraged over 500 youth to excel in school, improved the money management skills of over 1,600 area employees, and brought together more than 130 organizations to address predatory lending practices and educate citizens about ways to avoid costly alternative lending traps. To date, RISE’s work has created over $5.9 million in assets in the City of Memphis. Simply put, RISE empowers people to stand on their own feet financially and have long-term financial sustainability. For more information, please visit http://www.risememphis.org.



Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting RISE. In partnership with the President and CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and marketing activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build RISE’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $2M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, and corporate support. The Director of Development will expand and diversify RISE’s donor base and work closely with the Board of Directors as they take on a more active fundraising role. It is expected that the amount raised by RISE will increase in future years as the Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. Additionally, the Director of Development will be responsible for integrating marketing into the development plan supporting the programs and activities of the organization.



Support and partner with the President and CEO and board members on all major fundraising and marketing initiatives.  Meet regularly with the President and CEO to provide leadership on vision and strategy for resource development.  Develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual, corporate, and foundation support, as well as communications efforts.  Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to develop and implement RISE’s financial and program strategies.  Actively work with board members to engage them in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts. Research funding sources and trends to help position RISE ahead of major funding changes or trends. Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.  Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.  Provide supervision of development and marketing support staff.  Perform other duties as assigned.



Five (5) years or more experience in development and marketing.  Proven track record in major gift fundraising.   Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.  Experience working with boards and senior management.  Self-motivated, strong team player, highly organized, high energy.  Strategic thinker.  Ability to prioritize.  Passion for RISE’s unique mission and work.   Willingness to travel locally.  Willingness to spend the majority of time meeting prospective donors or otherwise building relationships.  Knowledge of marketing and communications.  Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent), CFRE preferred.  Knowledge of traditional fundraising software.  Raiser’s Edge knowledge is a plus.


Compensation:  Commensurate with experience. Base salary $50K-$55K annualized.




CONTRACT POSITION:               Trainer


RISE Foundation, Inc., a local nonprofit, empowers individuals to build and sustain financial assets.  We are interested in contracting with experienced teachers/trainers to teach basic personal money management skills to adults and youth in group settings.  Classes are scheduled days, evenings and weekends.


  • Excellent oral and written (spelling, punctuation, grammar) communication skills.
  • Degree in Communications, Education, Finance, Training and Development or related field.
  • Minimum two years full-time experience teaching workshops.
  • Experience working with low to moderate-income citizens.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software applications (PowerPoint, Excel, Word).
  • Ability to work independently and make sound decisions as needed.


  • Access to an operable automobile with state-mandated insurance.
  • Access to a personal laptop computer.


If you are interested and have experience, please submit a resume to humanresources@risememphis.org by Tuesday, June 26, 2012.  No phone calls please.

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Job Openings at Wolfchase Honda and Nissan

Job Openings at Wolfchase Honda and Nissan

We are currently seeking several Internet Sales Team Members “E Center Associates” for our Iternet Department at Wolfchase Honda and Wolfchase Nissan.  Full and/or Part Time, E Center Associates are responsible for answering all internet and phone leads to generate appointments with customers who contact the dealership for new/preowned vehicles, handling phone calls, setting appointments and making follow up phone calls.

The E Center Associate will be expected to deliver a premium customer experience by responding to customer inquiries in a prompt, professional and courteous manner.  Through the use of lead management tools and CRM software, you will be expected to manage our inquiry flow, update customer data, learn and understand our products and services and keep updated on our inventory, financing and incentives.  Ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, strong computer skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and must be willing to work evenings and weekends.

We are family owned and operated and offer a competitive pay structure and excellent benefits package.  If you would like to be considered for a personal interview, please email your resume to fmack@wolfchasehonda.com  or reply and attach.

Wolfchase Honda
2982 N. Germantown Rd.
Bartlett, TN 38133
(901) 255-3700

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