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Rules for Career Climbing

Ebony Magazine (October 2013 pp 99-101) offers suggestions for climbing the Career Ladder in the article “7 New Rules for Making it to the Top.”

The suggestions are:

  1. Build key relationships
  2. Build a career story
  3. Develop the skill trifecta
  4. Tap into generational knowledge
  5. Build a personal brand beyond your job title
  6. Think like a “professional individualist”
  7. Be social media savvy.

Check out the article for more information.

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Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers

COMING SOON: Starting in the summer of 2012, newly streamlined programs will help students and recent graduates get started in the Federal workforce. Under President Obama’s leadership, the Federal government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates find job opportunities.



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Job Market History in U.S.

From http://www.OnlineColleges.net

The 10 Best Job Markets U.S. Grads Have Faced

This recession has gone on so long, it’s hard to even imagine a time when you didn’t have to beat out 50 other people to get that entry-level desk job. But there was a time, not even that long ago, when jobs for degree holders were plenty, pay was good, and hiring was strong. We’ve laid out the best times in history to graduate. Hopefully this will serve to reassure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need

Source:  Wall Street Journal Online

Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need:  The conventional wisdom is that our education system is failing our economy. But our companies deserve a lot of the blame themselves.


Everybody’s heard the complaints about recruiting lately. Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can’t find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting.

Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren’t giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn’t letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The list goes on and on.

But I believe that the real culprits are the employers themselves.

With an abundance of workers to choose from, employers are demanding more of job candidates than ever before. They want prospective workers to be able to fill a role right away, without any training or ramp-up time.

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EEOC issues guidance on using arrests, convictions in employment decisions

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission approved, by a 4-1 vote, updated guidance regarding employers’ use of criminal background checks titled, “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” This guidance, which will impact most organizations in the United States, became effective on the date of approval.

Please click on the below link to read this article in its entirety.



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City of Memphis Job Opening 5/23-6/4

City of Memphis job opportunity for May 23, 2012-June 04, 2012


  • Golf Foreman  (Parks/Neighborhoods)




POSITION:  GOLF FOREMAN(1 Opening) Annual Salary: $32,754.25 – $51,521.60; Bi-weekly: $1,259.78            

$1,981.60       Parks/Neighborhoods     J.O. #12-052


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  Works under the direction of an assigned supervisor in the overall maintenance of grounds and turf of City golf courses. Supervises, coordinates, instructs, and evaluates the work of subordinates engaged in all aspects of turf management, including irrigation, fertilization, dispensing and mixing chemicals, and in the use of turf equipment. Reviews work performed by contractors. Assists in plant selection for grounds.  Assists in the preparation of department budget. Orders supplies in line with approved budgets. Maintains records of daily work activities. Plans and develops procedures, materials, and safety standards applicable to the care and maintenance of golf courses, including utilizing knowledge of turf diseases, pesticides, mixing chemicals, and safety methods. Develops and organizes techniques used in the care and maintenance of turf, shrubs, trees, and other greenery.  Maintains soil treatments used to establish conditions conducive to the healthy growth of grass and other plants.  Establishes priorities of equipment repair. Oversees the equipment maintenance programs. Exercises cost control measures to keep operating and capital expenses in line with approved budgets.  Operates and maintains the equipment and tools used including turf equipment, tractor with attachments, irrigating systems, and high pressure pumps. Inspect and monitors overall turf condition of course to determine need for supplemental irrigation or fertilization.  Develops maintenance schedule for the golf course. Provides work direction, assignment of duties, evaluation of work performance, and discipline for assigned personnel through constructive and cooperative working relationships. Creates and prepares a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and reports by utilizing various computer applications. Interacts and communicates verbally and in writing with general public, vendors, contractors, government agencies, management, and other staff members on a variety of issues and concerns.



1.  May perform task of subordinates when situation demands it.

2.  Performs additional functions (essential or otherwise) which may be assigned.


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Requires ability to inspect golf course and to operate equipment used in maintaining a golf course such as mowers, tractor with attachments, etc.  Requires lifting (approx. 50 lbs), reaching, climbing ladders, stooping, kneeling, bending, and crouching for long periods of time. Requires the ability to traverse uneven ground to visually inspect property.  Must be able to communicate with staff, management, vendors and outside contractors.


TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:  Majority of work is performed outdoors and may be exposed to noise, dust, and chemicals. May be exposed to various weather conditions. May be required to work weekends.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  High school graduate or GED and six (6) years ground maintenance experience to include three (3) years in maintenance of golf courses, with one (1) of the six (6) years in a supervisory/lead capacity; or any combination of training and experience which enables one to perform the essential job functions.  Must possess a Tennessee pesticide and herbicide applicator certification, or ability to obtain certification before the end of 12 months of employment as a Golf Parks Foreman.  May be required to complete a job-related assessment as determined by Human Resources. Must possess a valid Driver’s License or obtain within six (6) months of employment as a condition employment.  (PROOF OF DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIRED)


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U.S. Department of Labor’s Summer Jobs+ Bank







Summer Jobs+ Bank is now LIVE!

Yesterday, I had the privilege to announce the Summer Jobs+ Bank, and it gave me a chance to think about my summer job experiences and what an important stepping stone they were to my career.

One of my first jobs was in a library — stacking and cataloging books and helping my classmates chose books to read.

I remember feeling very important. I also remember the dignity that came with that first paycheck.

I met role models who inspired me to become the first member of my family to go to college. They helped put me on a lifelong career path. And I wouldn’t be the nation’s first Latina Secretary of Labor — if it wasn’t for the summer work experiences I had growing up.

That’s what summer jobs can do for young people — especially in underserved communities. So keeping summer jobs programs alive and well isn’t just part of my job now, it’s personal.

The future of our country depends so much on the skills and experience we give our youth.

So I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the Summer Jobs+ Bank. Together with our partners — and with the help of online job sites big and small — this online job search tool will connect young people like you to summer opportunities nearby or wherever your interests take you.

In addition to traditional job opportunities, the Summer Jobs+ Bank also features innovative online training programs like Code Academy, and job shadowing and mentorship opportunities from non-profit groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America

But we didn’t stop there. A few weeks ago we launched the first-ever “White House Code Sprint” — challenging software developers to build their own applications using the Summer Jobs+ Bank. Today I’m happy to announce that what we got back was pretty amazing.

This is an opportunity to provide you with the hands-on training that comes with a summer job. So check out the Summer Jobs+ Bank today, the Code Sprint Apps, and get started on your future career path. Who knows, you may wind up sitting in my chair one day.



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by | May 4, 2012 · 8:31 AM

Hiring Our Heroes – Helping Veterans Find Employment

Nationwide initiative to hire veterans and their spouses.

Veterans Virtual Career Fair from March 27-29. Find the perfect job for you.




Media – The Today Show

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WIN Recruits – Workforce Investment Network


If you have an electronically available, professional resume and would like to be considered for employment opportunities that have come to the Workforce Investment Network’s attention, please go to www.WINrecruits.com to register.

Be prepared to provide current contact information and to upload a copy of your resume and any relevant certificates/licenses, such as National Career Readiness Certificate, Journeyman’s License, etc…  Your registration will not be completed if you do not upload a resume.  You will be asked to select a skill category that most closely matches your skills and prior work history.  You may only choose one skill set per visit to the site. However, you may revisit the site, log-in, and select an additional skill set and/or provide an updated version of your resume as it becomes available.

 THIS REGISTRATION PROCESS IS NOT A JOB APPLICATION. WIN does not guarantee employment or make hiring decisions, but rather matches skill sets to job opportunities as a service to job seekers and employers.  Based upon employer requirements and interest, you may be contacted to provide further information

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by | March 8, 2012 · 3:10 PM