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tatiana mcdonald at all levels. ... If a person looks Hispanic or Vietnamese, even if they were born here, they are being called ‘illegals.’ There is a lack of understanding that people who look like me can be U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization.” Through her own experiences and by seeing the difficulties faced by other immigrants, McDonald was motivated to make a difference. “When you get to a (new) country, you really don’t understand what your rights are or what you can do to make your life normal,” McDonald says. “During my work with immigrants, I realized that immigrants, with or without documents, need a voice, so they can be heard.” McDonald has been a CCIC caseworker since April. “My job is to find out what I can do for each person,” she says. “We help a lot of victims of domestic violence as well as victims of crimes. We encourage people to report any incident they have and to not be afraid of the police. We also give presentations on knowing your rights. Whether you have documents or not, you have rights in this country.” Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic is located at 200 N. Congress St., Suite 100. For more information, call 601-948-2635, or visit catholiccharitiesjackson.org. —Dustin Cardon
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Tatiana McDonald had modest beginnings when she arrived in the United States from Bogota, Colombia, eight years ago. “Before I entered the nonprofit world, I was always trying to make a living cleaning or babysitting, like most of us do when we come to the United States,” McDonald says. “My first job in the nonprofit (as a legal assistant) was what made me want to do more. I was always trying to know more and more about the struggle immigrants face once they get here.” Today, McDonald works for the Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic, where she devotes her time to helping immigrants adapt to life in the United States and understand their rights. McDonald, 37, attended Unitec University in Bogota, where she received a diploma in hotel management, and was a travel agent there. She first came to Jackson while on vacation to visit a friend who had also lived in Colombia. She ended up staying after meeting her former husband. Like many immigrants, McDonald encountered difficulties after her arrival in the United States. “I have experienced racial profiling and have been undermined by clerks at stores or at gas stations,” McDonald says. “One of the greatest difficulties facing immigrants here is ignorance of the immigration laws
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Kristin Brenemen Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dystopianism. Her Zombie Survival Kit now has a life sized cut out of Jack Sparrow. That helps, right? She designed the cover and many pages in this graphic-heavy issue.
R.L. Nave Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Contact him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote Talks and GOOD features.
Elizabeth Waibel Reporter Elizabeth Waibel grew up in Clinton. In May, she received her journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. She wrote Talks and GOOD features. Send her news ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601.362.6121 ext. 13.
Andrea Thomas Advertising Designer Andrea Thomas is a native of Ridgeland and is a proud Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry in her free time. She would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Sharon Dunten Sharon Dunten came to Mississippi as a journalist to cover Hurricane Katrina. She visits Mississippi often to write and photograph the state and its distinctive culture, which captured her heart. She wrote an arts feature for this issue.
Anita Modak-Truran Film reviewer Anita ModakTruran is a southern convert, having moved here from Chicago more than a decade ago with her husband and son. She loves the culture, cuisine and arts in these parts. She wrote film reviews for this issue.
Jessica Mizell Jessica Mizell’s interests include watching “Love & Hip Hop,” crawfish boils, couponing and her poodle Lola Belle. She is the current JFP New Orleans liaison. She wrote a book review.
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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
In the Flow of Good Work
y obsession with the spirituality and science behind “good work” started innocently enough. We were about five years into publishing this newspaper and were working so much that I didn’t have time to think about, well, work. I was certainly busy trying to change the world, and our city especially, for the better, but I hadn’t considered slowing down to think about what it meant to come to work every day. I was decent at teaching writing and reporting and getting people to work hard, but I hadn’t done research into what really makes human beings want to do good work. Or how to help those who want to but are blocked in various ways. Then one day I got a call from Millsaps professor Raymond Clothier who directs an outfit there called the Lilly Interns and Fellows program. He wanted to send me a fellow—essentially an intern they would pay—who wanted to explore how we do journalism. Specifically, I would learn, the Lilly Foundation offers Millsaps students (and others around the country) the “opportunity to make connections between academic learning and personal, professional and spiritual growth.” The fellows go into workplaces they believe do “good work”—meaning good works in the community in some way—so they can observe it close at hand and then discuss and think about it to explore how it’s done. Yes, I was flattered that anyone would put the JFP in such company. But more importantly, these fellows (I’ve had a string of them since then, including one who helped create this GOOD Ideas series) taught me to look at work in a more spiritual way. In many ways, the Lilly program changed my life. For one thing, it made me evolve the way we manage and teach our interns. I copied the reading list from our first Lilly fellow (the fabulous Luke Darby), and I dove into much of it, reading about collective mentoring and using spirituality (not religion necessarily) to make one’s work more personally meaningful, and a greater experience for employees, interns, clients and, in our case, readers. I redesigned my workshops with much more emphasis on conversation and big ideas, and I started asking more questions—the ageold Socratic method of getting students to come up with the answers themselves. Luke’s reading list led me quickly to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (CHICK-sent-me-high) who co-authored (with Howard Gardner and William Damon) a book called “Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet” (Basic Books, 2001, $17.50). The book explores the moral and ethical questions behind “good work” in the fields of journalism and genetics—industries that have suffered from ethical lapses and in journalism’s case, corporatization that waters down our potential to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable as needed. That book inspired me and gave me strength to deal with the challenges that inevitably come our way. It addresses media outlets’
tendency to water down the truth in deference to advertiser concerns (something we’re known for not doing); the fake “objectivity” that keeps good information from getting out; and the lengths many media outlets will go to in order to please politicians. It talks about crime sensationalism and the negative effects bowing to blood thirst inevitably brings to a community. The book takes a long view of our profession, and others, and calls for us to do the right thing and wait, so to speak (a phrase my partner Todd Stauffer adopted years back to deal with inevitable attacks when we reveal something some “power” would rather we didn’t). Near the end, the authors call for any reader, regardless of profession, to be “good workers”—meaning ethical and focused on the greater good. If invited to write a letter to young workers, they say they would urge revisiting principles behind what’s good in specific professions, not to mention the core of their spiritual beliefs. Young workers should seek the support of others who share a higher work purpose. Find allies, on or off the job, or become a social entrepreneur and start your own workplace for “good” (what we did in 2002). They then write: “But having strong principles and support may not be enough. You will also need a third vital ingredient—the resolve to stick by your principles. Knowing what should be done and having the means to do it are useless without personal commitment. In the last analysis, no one else is responsible for upholding the values of your work. Either you live up to the implicit covenant that justified professional status, or you do not.” They promise that “the joy we derive from doing our best work, according to high standards, is rewarding enough, even if we must
sometimes struggle in lonely confusion.” Now, all that may seem like spiritual mumbo-jumbo to many of you, but here’s the wrinkle: Turns out it’s also science. Remember that I said above that the Lilly folks turned me onto both the spirituality and the science behind good work? Five years ago, I had no clue what was going on in the world of neuroscience. But the reading path Luke and his fellowship sent me down landed me at the door of discovery that is brain science. Now, I admit that I’m a tad obsessed with it. When applied to the workplace, recent brain science has revealed so much about how we can work and manage better. My favorite discovery was the concept of “flow,” which Csikszentmihalyi discovered some years back and that about every brain-science expert quotes repeatedly. Detailed in his book, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” (HarperPerennial, 1990, $14.99), it’s powerfully simple: People are happiest at work and at leisure when we are in “flow”—fully focused on a challenging task at hand, whether playing sports, writing a story or figuring out how to re-organize the dang garage. It is mindfulness on steroids. It also means that we humans cannot effectively multi-task (this includes talking on a cell phone and driving: not safe) and that we will continue to be agitated if we cannot focus completely on the task at hand. “Flow” is potential work (and leisure) nirvana. Yes, it takes practice, but so does anything worth doing. My suggestion is to turn the phone off, mute the constant email alerts, close your door and allow yourself to sink into whatever you need to do next. And if it’s work to make our city and world a kinder, gentler, more compassionate place, all the better.
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Friday, Dec. 16 Mississippi Highway Patrol welcomes 51 new troopers at a graduation ceremony. â€Ś Controversial writer Christopher Hitchens dies at age 62 from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal throat cancer. Saturday, Dec. 17 The U.S. Senate passes a $1 trillion-plus budget bill. â€Ś Czech playwright and politician Vaclav Havel dies at age 75. The anti-communist dissident became president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 after the end of communist rule there, and later became the first president of the Czech Republic. Sunday, Dec. 18 The last U.S. troops leave Iraq, ending the eight-year war. They ride into Kuwait. â€Ś Kim Jong Il, dictator of North Korea, dies of heart failure at age 69. Before he died he named his son, Kim Jong Un, as his successor.
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Monday, Dec. 19 The FBI reports that violent crime continues to fall in the United States. Property crimes are also down despite the bad economy and conventional wisdom. â€Ś The U.S. International Trade Commission rules that an Apple patent covers features in smartphones, even some in Google Androids.
Tuesday, Dec. 20 President Barack Obamaâ€™s approval rating rises to almost 50 percent. â€Ś Afghanistan frees a woman imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her. President Hamid Karzai intervened on her behalf.... Gov. Haley Barbour proposes 2.9 percent cuts in his budget. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.
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Elephant in the Hotel Room
he Rev. Ronnie Crudup ended the Dec. 16 Jackson Redevelopment Authorityâ€™s special meeting on a positive note. â€œWe believe we are going to get a convention center hotel very shortly,â€? he said, soon after the JRA board voted to decline all existing proposals on the table. On Friday, Dec. 16, the JRA rejected in executive session the only two submitted proposals, one from TCI Investments, the Dallasbased company that owns the land across the street from the Convention Center, and the other from Journeyman Austin Holdings, also based in Texas. JRA and the city of Jackson will issue a new request for proposals in the first quarter of 2011. Essentially, the board did not want to rush into making a decision without looking at the layers of complexity of the project and the financing. Crudup said that the board took into account the financial obligation to the city, the short time frame of the two-week submission period and a multitude of potential legal concerns that not even all the lawyers agreed on. It all resulted in the board saying no to both developers. With Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds ending Dec. 31, manyâ€”including TCI representativesâ€”wanted to take advantage of that public funding. Journeyman Austin, however, said that while it would like the benefits of such a program, its proposal wasnâ€™t contingent on GO Zone bonds. Journeyman Austin offered three dif-
Thursday, Dec. 15 Republican presidential candidates participate in another debate, this time in Iowa. â€Ś Farmers in southern China rebel over a government land grab and death of an organizer. Residents of Wukan, a village in Guangdong province, drive off officials and police.
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ferent sites and options in its proposal. One includes an unoccupied City Centre tower at 200 S. Lamar St. that Parkway Properties
The Jackson Convention Center lacks a hotel.The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will request proposals early in 2012.
owns. All three Journeyman options had plans for 300 rooms, parking, retail space, extended convention meeting space and local involvement. â€œThis is our mainstay business, delivering convention center hotels,â€? said Robert Gallup, vice president of Journeyman Austin. The developer has built 10 convention center hotels
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Wednesday, Dec. 14 The Euro falls as the U.S. dollar rises. â€Ś The National Transportation Safety Board says that states should ban drivers calling or texting on cellphones while on the road. â€Ś President Barack Obama makes remarks to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., about the end of the Iraq war.
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in the 12 years. He mentioned some examples of completed projects: the Austin Hilton, Austin Hilton Downtown, Denver Hyatt, San Antonio Hyatt and hotels in Omaha, Neb., and Vancouver, Wash. Journeyman is also involved with developing a convention center hotel in Savannah, Ga. That cityâ€™s convention complex is across the river from its downtown with not much else happening in the vicinity. â€œEvery time I go to Savannah, walk in the convention centerâ€” and no one is there,â€? Gallup said. â€œIt makes me sick. It is sitting there.â€? Gallup said the funding for the Jackson project should involve private investment. The company is not asking for 100 percent financing from the city. At least 10 percent would come from private sources. Don Hewitt represented Advance Technology Building Solutions, a Jackson-based firm working with Journeyman. His company is renovating the old Regions building downtown, the Jackson Free Press reported in August. Hewitt said Journeymanâ€™s hotel project would include as much local participation as possible. He stressed that Journeyman has criteria for hiring minority subcontractors. One of the board members asked if it was necessary to have GO Zone bonds. â€œIt is not a deal killer,â€? Gallup responded. TCI, on the other hand, says it needed the GO Zone bonds to proceed. Hewitt pointed HOTEL, see page 8
Six Jobs You Donâ€™t Want to Have on Christmas Day
Cashier at national drugstore chain â€“ Last-minute gift shoppers will blame you personally for the storeâ€™s depleted inventory of popular sleeved blankets and canned pumpkin.
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Online Tax Debate Looming
idewalks, busy sidewalks. In the air, to U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and Lamar Alexander, thereâ€™s a feeling that the economy might Republicans from Wyoming and Tennessee, finally be picking up momentum if respectively, expressing support for a bill they trends during the holiday shopping sea- authored that would allow states to collect son are any indication. sales tax on online purchases. â€œWeâ€™re up over last year,â€? said Julia Daily, â€œFifteen years ago, when e-commerce executive director of the Craftsmenâ€™s Guild of was still a nascent industry, it made sense to Mississippi, which operates the Mississippi exempt startups like Amazon.com from colCraft Center in Ridgeland. â€œIn this economy, lecting and remitting sales taxes in states where we consider that a banner year.â€? they had no facilities,â€? Barbour wrote. â€œToday, Despite a national economy that contin- e-commerce has grown, and there is simply no ues to claw out from a recession, people are longer a compelling reason for government to doing a surprising amount of shopping. continue giving online retailers special treatThe National Retail Federation reported ment over small businesses.â€? national retail sales for November, bolstered by storesâ€™ offering holiday promotional deals, grew 4.5 percent over 2010. Calling the numbers stronger than expected, the Washington, D.C.-based trade group said Americans spent $52 billion during Black Friday weekend, the period from Thanksgiving Day through the following Sunday. The NRF did not sepaWhen large online retailers do not collect state sales tax, it rate sales from those in brick- hurts cash-strapped states and small business owners like and-mortar shops from those artisans at the Mississippi Craft Center (pictured). of online retailers but did show sizable year-over-year increases for electronics, clothing and accesNot only should states be allowed to sory stores, sporting goods, hobby, book and collect taxes however they see fit, Barbour music stores, all of which are popular items to said, he added that failure to â€œlevel the playpurchase online. ing fieldâ€? could put Main Street retail operaWhile booming sales figures are welcome tors out of business. for online retailers and politicians, itâ€™s not so That Mississippiâ€™s notoriously anti-tax great for local and state governments that ex- Republican governor called for what some perienced unprecedented revenue shortfalls consider a tax increase understandably raised during the economic downturn. States donâ€™t eyebrows and distanced Barbour from notable collect sales taxes from most online purchases. members of his own party. The problem is so dire in Mississippi that Republican Phil Bryant, Barbourâ€™s Gov. Haley Barbour weighed in on the issue lieutenant governor and successor, balked on his way out the door. at the idea. In late November, Barbour wrote a letter But local retailers such as the Mississippi
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out that other bonds would be available from state agencies, including the Mississippi Business Finance Corp. Alfred Crozier represented TCI at the meeting, but wasnâ€™t prepared for a formal presentation. In his impromptu address, he said he had given a presentation already to a committee the day before and didnâ€™t have all his consultants on hand Friday. He stressed that TCI has been working on the project for years, even before the 2008 economic dip. The company assembled parcels equaling four city blocks across from the convention center. â€œWeâ€™ve gone through the gambit to massage this to a level we find comfortable,â€? Crozier told the board. He said that TCI is in final negotiations with Sheraton to become the â€œflagâ€?
hotel. Itâ€™s the same mixed-use plan TCI had presented before. â€œWe are prepared to close by the end of the year to utilize GO Zone,â€? Crozier told the board. JRA board member Beneta Burt asked Crozier: â€œIf you donâ€™t get the GO Zone (funds), will you move forward?â€? Crozier talked around her question, at which point she interrupted. â€œThat would be a no,â€? she said. Before the board went into executive session, Crudup commented on a story in The Clarion-Ledger that examined connections several JRA consultants on the project had with TCI. The story mentioned Malachi Financial Products, law firm Butler Snow, law firm Chambers and Gaylor, and Swerdling and Associates, a hospitality real
Craft Center, which runs an online store of its own, now has to compete with much larger Internet companies for consumers who want hand-crafted goods. Daily, the Mississippi craft gallery director, echoes Barbour in the need for online operations to charge a sales tax. â€œIt would make things more fair across the board,â€? she said. One the worldâ€™s largest online retailers also agrees with Daily and Barbour. Speaking to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Paul Misener, a vice president for Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc., said the company â€œstrongly supports enactment of a federal bill with appropriate provisions.â€? The bill would exempt online companies making less than $500,000 per year in sales. Misener argued 1 percent of Internet sellers make $150,000 a year. In 2010, online retail sales grew 13 percent to $176 billion in the United States. Sales are on pace to grow 12 percentâ€”to $197 billionâ€”in 2011, according to forecasts from technology and market research firm Forrester Research. Even if the federal online legislation becomes law, the next battleground will be in state legislatures. Anticipating a budget fight with Mississippi House Republicans, new state Rep.-elect David Baria, D-Pascagoula, said lawmakers will face the decision to cut teachers or raise local taxes to make ends meet. â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s anything that weâ€™re going to vote on thatâ€™s going to raise revenue,â€? Baria said. The state Department of Revenue recently reported $4.9 million less than expected in tax receipts in November. Marty Wiseman, director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, called the prospect of an online sales debate a potentially interesting standoff between industry and local government. â€œItâ€™s certainly something thatâ€™s beginning to impact Main Street Mississippi,â€? Wiseman
said of the loss of state tax revenue. â€œItâ€™ll be an interesting discussion between business and industry and local governments in Mississippi. It deserves a thorough discussion before it goes down.â€? Comment at www.jfp.ms.
estate firm. The article said that TCI gave Porter Bingham, CEO of Malachi, $65,000 in retainers and that Malachi could make $1.57 million in fees.
It should not reflect on personal integrity of board members.â€? After he made the comments, the board voted to go into executive session to discuss the two proposals. When they reopened the meeting, they voted down both developers. The fifth floor meeting room in the Warren Hood Building slowly cleared. In the elevator going down, Gallup said Journeyman Austin would definitely submit another proposal. â€œWe are competitive,â€? he said. When the elevator door opened, Crozier from TCI was standing in the first-floor lobby with his legs crossed and arms folded, but he turned and walked away without commenting on his companyâ€™s future plans. Want the history? Go to jfp.ms/hotel for details. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
â€˜That would be a no.â€™ â€”Beneta Burt
Crudup, who is chairman of the JRA board, said he found it â€œmost worrisomeâ€? that the story in the paper might leave readers with the suggestion that JRA board members had done something wrong. â€œThat is absolutely not so,â€? Crudup said. â€œNone of us receive a dime. This whole issue of liability is an elephant in the room.
Local Fights Back
tacy Mitchell, a senior researcher with The New Rules Project, an initiative of the Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance, examined how local businesses have fared compared to their national competitors in recent years. She compiled information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Economic Census, National Association of Chain Drugstores, American Booksellers Association, American Independent Business Alliance and other sources. Hereâ€™s some of what she found. To see the full report, published in March 2011, visit http://www. newrules.org/retail/news/localism-index.
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Supremes Question Kemper
Residents near a planned 582-megawatt coal plant protested the project that threatens to raise their electric rates by 45 percent.
n all the pages of court records regarding a dispute between environmentalists and an electric utility company—pages that one Mississippi Supreme Court justice characterized as the most voluminous he has seen in his eight years on the court—one important piece of information eluded the justices. What changed between April and May for the Mississippi Public Service Commission to reverse itself and allow Mississippi Power Co. jack up the cap on a 582-megawatt Kemper County coal plant by $480 million dollars? “So far I don’t find anything in the commission’s order itself—and haven’t yet found in the record—what it is that would help me understand that the commission is justified in making this factual conclusion that the risks are now balanced,” presiding Justice Jess H. Dickinson said last week. Brandon Presley, the PSC’s northern district commissioner, has an idea. Presley voted against fellow commissioners Lynn Posey and Leonard Bentz, of the central and southern district respectively, on the cap increase. “The only thing I saw change was letters came in from Barack Obama’s energy secretary and Haley Barbour,” Presley said. Last summer, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Gov. Barbour wrote letters asking Presley to reconsider his opposition to Mississippi Power raising the price tag of the plant, which is now under construction. Presley balked at the idea, calling the project a bad deal for consumers. “If President Obama or Governor Barbour like this plant so much, let them come up with a way to pay for it,” he told the Jackson Free Press last week. Presley, along with consumer and en-
vironmental advocacy groups, has fought to oppose the plant, albeit for slightly different reasons at times. “I have no problem whatsoever with clean coal technology,” Presley said. “I have a problem with asking the people of Mississippi to be guinea pigs.” The Sierra Club opposes the 582-megawatt plant because it is slated to use experimental internal gasification combined technology to burn low-grade lignite coal. As the basis for its lawsuit against Mississippi Power and the PSC, the suit before the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Sierra Club also argued that the commission failed in its obligation to publicly explain its rationale for the reversal. On April 29, 2010, Commissioners Posey and Bentz issued a decision limiting the ratepayer cost of the plant to $2.4 billion. Mississippi Power stockholders of Company would have to pick up any costs above $2.4 billion, they said at the time. The Atlanta-based utility complained that it should be able to pass any additional costs down to the ratepayers, and warned that it could not afford to build the plant if not allowed to pass on all the costs, including those above $2.4 billion. Less than one month later, the commission revised its decision May 26, allowing the company to charge ratepayers up to $2.88 billion for the plant. Mississippi Power did not publicly release the amount of the rate increase customers would shoulder as a result. After being pressed by justices at the hearing, Sierra Club attorney Robert Wiygul said he obtained confidential information showing that ratepayers’ energy bills could rise as much as 45 percent. Since the hearing, the justices are reviewing the remainder of the court documents and could bring the parties back to clarify some points before the three-judge panel or the full nine-member court. From there, they can remand the issue back to the PSC for review or strike provisions of the deal. PSC Commissioners Posey and Bentz did not return calls by press time. “I’m not counting any chickens before they hatch,” said Louie Miller, state director of the Mississippi Sierra Club. “I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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he long-delayed Old Capitol Green downtown development project drew a little closer to fruition Monday when the Hinds County Board of Supervisors agreed to negotiate with developers to appropriate $13 million from a $20 million Mississippi Development Authority loan. In August 2010, supervisors approved a tentative agreement with the city of Jackson and New York City-based developers
Full Spectrum Inc. establishing financial support for infrastructure related to the proposed Old Capitol Green development in downtown Jackson. Under the agreement, the county would provide Full Spectrum $20 million, using a loan from the MDA, while the city would install water and sewer infrastructure to support the proposed mixed-use development. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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living, though Schloegel, who chaired the committee, said right now, the cost-of-living adjustment that retirees get each year is set at 3 percent— higher than the actual rate of inflation. The commission recommended freezing costof-living adjustments for three years and tying future adjustments to the Consumer Price Index with a 3-percent cap. If Gov. Haley Barbour’s PERS Study Commission called for changes to public employees’ retirement benefits. the Legislature adopts the commission’s recommendations, new retirees ick Anderson shook his head as would not receive a 13th check for the first Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel three years after they retire. and Gov. Haley Barbour detailed Funding from PERS comes from three proposed changes to the Public Em- sources: Employers, employees and returns on ployees Retirement System during a press investments. conference last week. Anderson, a local artist The commission is calling for the Legand retired teacher, said he has been to almost islature and the PERS board to make other all the PERS study commission meetings and changes to the system, such as lowering the doesn’t like what he has heard. Anderson said amount PERS expects to get back on its inthe commission should have had more public vestments from 8 percent to 7.5 percent. employees, such as retired teachers like him, The Legislature passed a bill to raise benwho will feel the impact of cuts. efits through PERS without providing fund“What angers me about that study com- ing several years ago, Schloegel said. That, mittee is (that) they met, they had an agenda; combined with the recent stock-market dewhen they leave they’re done,” he said. “Noth- cline, created the “perfect storm” for PERS. ing that they do or propose or suggest will have “In the short term, PERS can pay its benefits,” any impact or influence on them whatsoever. he said. “However, unless the Legislature takes They’re gone.” action, the long-term sustainability and afAfter a four-month wait and much fordability of PERS is at serious risk.” speculation, a commission studying PERS has Anderson said his insurance costs will recommended freezing the cost-of-living ad- continue to go up whether his cost-of-living justment paid to retirees for three years. adjustment does or not, and he thinks teachBarbour appointed the 12-member ers and public employees might leave the state commission in August to make recommenda- and look for a better deal elsewhere. tions for PERS’ improvement. Much of the Barbour sees the PERS issue from a difcontroversy surrounding the commission has ferent perspective. He said public employees stemmed from concern that it might recom- and retirees should be concerned that the sysmend changes to the so-called “13th check,” tem is not sustainable. or cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. “I think that the public, I think the emThe 13th check is money state retirees ployees, I think the retirees ought to be beatget every year to account for the rising cost of ing on the door of the Legislature, saying we
cannot accept this,” he said during the press conference. “It’s not fair to the younger retirees, much less the current employees, to have a system that we know is in this bad of shape.” The Legislature will have to approve any changes to PERS. In past discussions about the study commission, legislators have been reluctant to take such an unpopular step as reducing the 13th check. “Charlton Heston said it would be very hard to get the gun out of his hand unless he was dead,” Rep. Diane Peranich, D-Pass Christian, said in September. “That’s how it’ll be if they come after state retirement.” The commission has recommended an additional one-year study period and fiscal analysis before modifying PERS, and Schloegel said it will be difficult for the Legislature to make changes to the system. “There’s a lot of hype out there because people are so scared,” he told the Jackson Free Press. “It’s going to be real difficult to calm the masses down so the Legislature can give it a real objective look, but I hope they’re able to (overcome) that.” Schloegel said he hopes now that the report is out, people will be reassured that the commission does not have the authority to make any changes and that legislators will “do what’s right for the future.” Read the full PERS report online at governorbarbour.com. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
PERS Study Highlights • Tie the cost-of-living adjustment to the Consumer Price Index with a 3 percent cap. • Freeze the COLA for the next three years, or for three years after retirement. • Raise the normal retirement age from 60 to 62. • Lower the investment return assumption from 8 percent to 7.5 percent. • Study adding a defined contribution component to the state’s retirement program. • Study the Supplemental Legislative Retirement Plan to determine whether that benefit for legislators and the lieutenant governor is appropriate.
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meet any budget shortfalls. Under his college consolidation proposal, which he floated in previous budgets, Jackson State University would absorb Mississippi Valley State University and Alcorn State University; Mississippi University for Women would join Mississippi State University. All of the campuses would remain open, but the mergers would save the state $10 million, Barbour said. Barbour recommended budget increases for a few areas. In addition to a 35.6 percent increase for the state crime lab and a Gov. Haley Barbourâ€™s 2013 budget plan calls for merging Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Alcorn State University, all historically black universities, and Mississippi University for Women. 41.1 percent increase for the state medical examinerâ€™s office, Barbour wants to hire n his final budget recommendations beâ€œIf we reduce ours to the national avmore auditors to collect what fore leaving office, Gov. Haley Barbour erage, we would save $24 million a year,â€? he said is the 5 percent in state taxes that put everything from Mississippi Pub- Barbour said. He added that consolidat- go uncollected. lic Broadcasting to the Egg Marketing ing some school districts would improve â€œIâ€™m not for raising peoplesâ€™ taxes, but Board on the chopping block Tuesday. the quality of education. If school districts I am for collecting the taxes that are owed This week, in his $5.48 billion state- overspend, he said that those districts would to us,â€? Barbour said. spending plan for fiscal year 2013, Barbour be able to borrow money from the state to Comment at www.jfp.ms. called for a 2.9 percent average funding reduction to various state agencies. â€œWe need to return to discipline,â€? said (EREÂ´S A SNAPSHOT OF "ARBOURÂ´S RECENT BUDGET PROPOSALS Barbour, who will leave office in January. !REA &9 &9 #HANGE As part of that discipline, Barbour said -XGLFLDU\ -XVWLFH that community colleges should learn how ([HFXWLYH $GPLQLVWUDWLYH to self-fund athletics programs and that 3XEOLF(GXFDWLRQ Mississippi Public Broadcasting should take 3XEOLF+HDOWK a lesson about how to be profitable without +RVSLWDO +RVSLWDO6FKRROV government help from Nickelodeon and $JULFXOWXUH other broadcasting entities that provide (FRQRPLF'HYHORSPHQW programming for children. &RQVHUYDWLRQ His $2.1 billion appropriation for &RUUHFWLRQV K-12 education represents a 1.4 percent 6RFLDO:HOIDUH decrease, achieved primarily by reducing 0LOLWDU\3ROLFH 9HWHUDQVÂś$IIDLUV administrative expenses and consolidating 0LVFHOODQHRXV school districts. Barbour said that while 'HEW6HUYLFH nationally K-12 schools spend 7.6 percent 7RWDO6WDWH6XSSRUW on administrative costs, Mississippi spends 8.8 percent.
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s we move into the fourth or fifth year of the Great Recession (depending on whose measurement you use), it’s more and more difficult to divorce anything from its ability to make money and create jobs. Education isn’t exempt. Parents and students want to know that schooling will help on the path toward good, stable work and a decent salary, one that will at least allow grads to eat while paying back those exorbitant student loans. Measured in economic terms, the purpose of education is to fill the workforce pipeline. With any luck, you and your kids will pick the right specialization to make it in the “real world,” whether it’s business, technology or Japanese. That’s the problem with looking at education from an economic-only viewpoint: Unless you’re psychic, choosing the “right” specialty can be a lot like spinning the roulette wheel. Few could foresee the explosion of technology 30 years ago. Twenty years from now, or maybe 10, today’s skills will be obsolete. Some specialties, like medicine, will always be useful. Pundits once said the same thing about law. Until recently, a law degree, especially one from a top school, guaranteed a successful, moneyed future. These days, job-placement counselors are encouraging law-school graduates to lower their expectations. Like nearly every other industry, the law has more applicants than positions. Not so long ago, education was a privilege, not a right. Thank God those days are over, right? Truthfully, it hasn’t taken long to bend even something as seemingly benign and beneficial as education into fodder for commerce. Ask Gov. Haley Barbour in whose interest it is to keep a quarter of Mississippians impoverished and ignorant. Such a savvy, business-oriented leader would move the dial on prosperity, health, and education if those were necessities for car manufacturers, port operators or strip mines. But they’re not. When education is a commodity, leaders will funnel students into whatever most benefits the narrow interests of the marketplace. Prison-industry analysts look at how Mississippi’s third-graders are doing to predict how much capacity they’ll need in 10 years. Pre-K education and a prosperous, egalitarian society is not in that multi-billion dollar industry’s best interest. To lift all Mississippians, we need school programs that emphasize soft skills—organization, socialization and cooperation—at all grade levels. Instill confidence, love of learning, and striving for excellence by challenging kids with music, art, languages, philosophy and logic. Not every youngster will bite at the apple, but 20 years from now, people with complete (dare we say liberal) educations and flexibility will be ready to take on the challenges we can’t even name today. Lawyers may need remedial retraining. Instead of rushing to produce more workers, let’s shift education toward producing well-rounded, thinking adults. And let’s begin now with 3-year-olds.
The Dirty Lowdown
December 21 - 27, 2011
ongressman Smokey “Robinson” McBride: “Citizens of the Ghetto Science community: I am honored to host the premiere broadcast of ‘Christmas at Clubb Chicken Wing Holiday Television Special.’ “The Ghetto Science Team’s Christmas Holiday Committee produced this program to uplift the depressed spirit of the Ghetto Science community. They noticed homes in poor and middle-class neighborhoods are without Christmas lights because many unemployed homeowners faced mass foreclosures by the finance pimps. Because of the widespread summer layoffs, office Christmas parties have fewer employees. “Corporations and purchased politicians thumbed their noses at the poor and middle classes—the scorned 99 percent all across America and the world— so they occupied public parks and town squares to protest corporate greed and blatant disenfranchisement of common people. “To sum up this holiday season, I’ll paraphrase singer Boz Scaggs: Poor and middle-class Americans have faced the sad truth, the dirty lowdown. “Now it’s time to drown our societal sorrows with some holiday cheer on the ‘Christmas at Clubb Chicken Wing Holiday Television Special.’ Look out for some great musical performances by the Vegetarian Church Tabernacle Christmas Choir and the Good God Gospel Quartet (from Rev. Cletus’ Car Sales Church broadcast). The Sausage Sandwich Sisters will electric slide to music of the late Donny Hathaway’s ‘This Christmas.’ Rev. Preacher, Sister Encouragement, and representatives from the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Squads will share their special messages of peace, good will and culture. 12 “Happy holidays and welcome to ‘Christmas at Clubb Chicken Wing.’”
ur children are our greatest commodities. It is our responsibility as parents, as teachers and adults to protect and nurture them so they can grow to be productive citizens. Now more than ever, our young people are faced with obstacles that neither you nor I may have envisioned during our childhood. More of our kids are being born into poverty. More of our kids are homeless. More of our kids are experiencing failing school systems with nonchalant instructors who just want to make it to Friday every week. With that said, as a society, we need to begin doing a better job of shielding our children from those ills that can ruin them at an early age. We must let our kids be kids, yet we must give peace of mind to parents and guardians like me who suffer from the anxiety of holding a child’s life in our hands. I’m saddened at the recent rash of incidents involving adults molesting children. It’s sickening, quite frankly. Gone are the days where youth coaches could be trusted completely—those surrogate mothers- or fathers-away-from-home whom you thanked for whipping your kid into shape and for teaching them about sportsmanship and hard work—no more. In light of all these cases, we may distrust teachers whom we once revered. Sure, not all coaches or teachers are pedophiles. In fact, the majority of them aren’t. But those guilty few have made it much harder for parents like me to ever feel comfortable entrusting the safety of my kids to anyone else. Literally. It scares me to death that we can’t be in several places at once. It scares me even more that at first glance you can never tell if someone aims to do harm to your kid. What do you say to a Green Elementary student who had his trust betrayed by an adult who should have been caring for him? What if the acts were re-
vealed to other adults, and they, too, swept them under the rug? What do the parents do? How can they continue to have faith? What does a father do when watching a video of his child being assaulted on a school bus and sees that an adult watched from only a few feet away? What if that adult, the bus driver, felt he’d be reprimanded for “touching” a child if he tried to break up the assault? We have a problem if we can’t distinguish between sexual assault and breaking up a fight. How do you discipline two teenaged mothers in Alabama who leave three toddlers at home unattended, left to fend for themselves? How do we send the message that we are serious about not harming children and make it stick? Can parents keep their sanity while being leery of day-care providers, baby sitters and summer-league coaches? Can our kids lead productive lives if we keep them from hanging out with friends in the neighborhood because we’re afraid some adult nearby will cheer on a scuffle instead of breaking it up? As a father of four, I’m disappointed where our society has gone as it relates to our children. It is paramount that we keep them not only safe, but also warm, fed, educated and supplied with the proper tools to survive in a fast-paced world. Call me paranoid, but I lose sleep and sanity any time my kids are not under my wing. And although I’m sure my parents had similar concerns, they had to have a level of comfort that we modern parents will never achieve. Observation, proper planning, research and prayer are the best tools we have to save our kids from predators and bullies. Let’s love these kids, whether they are yours or not. It still takes a village. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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ome people just seem to have it all: work they are good at, love and great personal lives, too. How does this happen? People grow and thrive given the right climate and conditions. When you are growing wiser and becoming a better person, you are in the right job. If your career meets your needs, uses your signature strengths and has you making better choices, the work is right for you. Consequently, you create a fulfilling life because what is most important to youâ€”those things that other people just donâ€™t seem to get around toâ€”are front and center. If youâ€™re feeling numb, burnt out, overworked, underutilized or just stale, the first thing to do is to get crystal clear about why you work. Find the purpose behind why you do what you do, whether you work as a solo business owner, in the executive suite, as an employee or at home. The more powerfully connected you are to the purpose and meaning of your work, the more clear you are about your vision, the more energy you will have to create the right climate to thrive. Your practical steps will be purposeful and fall more easily into place, whether those steps lead to the security of a warm home, or to the freedom that comes from doing the work of your heartâ€™s calling. When you use your signature strengths and values in service of your purposeâ€”your big pictureâ€”you put forth your best, most effective efforts. We can all make a significant lasting impact, or can choose to, within the sphere of our influence. Sometimes that impact is unintended but desirable, and other times it is unintended and undesirable, so you might as well go for the big outcomes you want. This takes courage. Courage comes from being clear and unwavering about the impact you want to make. The best way to be clear and unwavering, especially in the midst of an uncertain climate, is to have a plan, deeply anchored in who you are at your core and what is most important to you. People who have that kind of plan take actions they otherwise would not, even in challenging circumstances. They persevere. The ultimate reward is this: careers they love and sustaining, nurturing relationships. The callings of their hearts, not just their to-do lists, show up each and every day. Even if you do not have your dream job, yet, when you are connected to the purpose behind why you work, you will have a greater ease in getting your job
done well. Are you ready to make your work be as good as it can be in 2012? Use these four questions to start making your plan. 1. What do I most deeply want to feel and experience in my life? Know that, and you know the reason why you do what you do (or what you really want to do, as the case may be). Youâ€™ll be positioned to make the best use of your time, money and resources. Money is a means to achieve things you want, but not the compelling desire or final outcome. It might represent access to dance classes, or braces or food on the table. 2. What it is I most want others to experience? How does my work allow me to give them this experience? The answer to these questions further clarifies who you are at your core and what you are here to do. It might be a greater sense of connection by joyfully providing a life rich with experiences for your family. 3. How can my work support these experiences? In other words, this is what your life has prepared you do, which may or may not be about money. This is the work you are capable of doing when you are at your best and boldest, because it grows from your signature strengths and is aligned with your core values. If the answers bubbling up make you excited or nervous, you are on the right track. 4. What will give me the courage to reach for more? This is less about pride or hubris, and more about the impact you most sincerely want to have in your corner of the world. It is what will help you find your swagger, your strut. Maybe you intend to be the finest role model for your child. Or maybe you are fed-up feeling overstressed and under-rewarded by a demanding boss, spouse, colleague or friends. When you get clear and really dig in, things happen. Maybe not always in the time frame you would like or in the way you hope, but they do happen. You get the outcomes you want when you take specific actions that build from your strengths, are supported by your attitude and are rooted in the impact you want to make. That is the best work. Deirdre M. Danahar is a personal coach who helps busy people with complex lives focus on what matters most. She owns InMotion Consulting and Coaching LLC, based in Jackson. Reach her at deirdre@inmotioncc. com or visit her website at inmotioncc.com.
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tâ€™s no wonder that economics is called the â€œdismal science.â€? Regardless of what motivated Thomas Carlyle to coin the term (some say it was a prediction that the worldâ€™s resources could never keep up with population, while others say it was a negative reaction to ending slavery), no one can call economics an exact science. The arbitrary nature of economic theory surfaced once again on the heels of President Barack Obamaâ€™s September unveiling of the American Jobs Act, a comprehensive package of tax cuts, credits, and relief designed to stimulate job retention and creation. Thirty-four economists weighed in on the plan in a Bloomberg survey published in late September, about a month after the presidentâ€™s announcement. On the high side was Mark Zandi of Moodyâ€™s Analytics (1.9 million jobs retained or created); on the other end of the spectrum was State Street Global Market LLC, which predicted a net loss of 30,000 jobs (a gain of 340,000 jobs in 2012, followed by a loss of 370,000
in 2013). The median average for the 34 economists was a gain of 288,000 jobs over two years, lowering the unemployment rate by about 0.3 percent. Bloomberg didnâ€™t include John Irons of the Economic Policy Institute in its survey. EPI is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank created in 1986 â€œto broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers,â€? according to its website. Irons predicted â€œthe package would increase employment by about 4.3 million jobs,â€? including a â€œboostâ€? of 2.6 million jobs and retention of 1.6 million jobs. One fact is not in dispute: Americans need jobs now. The official U.S. unemployment rate is stubbornly stuck at around 9 percent nationally, and 46.2 million Americans live in poverty. Mississippiâ€™s poverty rate is the highest in the nation at 22.6 percent, and its unemployment rate for October was 10.6 percent statewide, with nearly 138,000 collecting unemployment insurance benefits.
In the Jackson metro, 22,900 people were officially unemployed in October. The unofficial numbers could be twice as high, given that many have exhausted their benefitsâ€”and their energy to find jobsâ€”while others have taken part-time or lower-level work out of desperation. No one officially counts the chronically unemployed or the underemployed. Congress wonâ€™t pass every facet of the act, nor will it leave parts it passes unchanged, but, as Deborah Sweeney wrote in Forbes magazine, â€œIt is all too easy to step back and poke holes in these plans, citing all the â€˜what-ifsâ€™ and variables inherent in this type of legislation.â€? For many Americans, Congress just poking holes and doing nothing is not an option. Following are highlights of whatâ€™s in the American Jobs Act as proposed by Obama in September and the estimated benefits for Mississippi where available. (Find a fact sheet on the act and the full text at whitehouse.gov.)
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homas Davis is passionate about beef jerky. An aficionado of jerky himself, he invested in his own business. But this isnâ€™t your average filling station dried meat. â€œIt is great beef jerky. Itâ€™s tender, tasty, and itâ€™s good for you,â€? said Davis, who pays about $12 a week for his own online portal through which he can sell jerky and about seven ounces of the product. He wishes he could invest more in the company, but the jerky business is just the latest in a series of jobs heâ€™s had to string together to get by. And even if the business venture doesnâ€™t work, he says, â€œAt least I got some jerky to eat.â€? As industrious as Davis is, he isnâ€™t alone. Some 7.3 million Americans, about 5.2 percent of all workers, engage in what the U.S. Labor Department calls multiple job-holding. Others simply call it moonlighting or running a side hustle. To people who hold second and third jobs to supplement their incomes, itâ€™s called basic survival. In the middle of the most challenging economic climate since Franklin D. Rooseveltâ€™s administration, youâ€™d think moonlighting would be on the rise. That isnâ€™t the case. In fact, the rate of multiple jobholders in the U.S. has remained steady over the past two decades. It peaked, ironically, in the more economically robust mid-1990s at just above 6 percent. Still, unemployment remains palpable. Some employers complain of difficulty finding enough workers to fill vacancies, making now an ideal time to launch a secondâ€”or third, or fourthâ€”career.
here are the jobs? Everybody should move to North Dakota, where there are more jobs than people and more people than housing. But you donâ€™t have to go so far as Fargo to find work. While Mississippi has more folks out of work than a lot of other places, growth is happening here, too. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security projects job growth of close to 13 percent from 2008 to 2018. So the jobs are thereâ€”if you know where to look.
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Good Schools=Good Jobs by Elizabeth Waibel
or a healthy economy that can compete on a national and international level, job training begins earlyâ€”very early. Children are preparing to find jobs later in life even as they learn to stack blocks, count toys and read picture books. While government incentives and tax breaks can bring in new industry, some Mississippi business leaders are pointing to education as an important component in attracting and keeping good jobs in the state. Business leaders released Blueprint Mississippi recommendations in October insisting, among other things, that businesses donâ€™t just want incentives; they want an educated work force that can compete and innovate on a national level. Blake Wilson is president of the Mississippi Economic Council, which helped develop the recommendations. He said business leaders from around the state tell him that education is important to business. Companies can train workers, but employees need to have basic skills that come from a solid elementary education. â€œIt just comes up consistently when you talk to business leadersâ€”that fourth-grade testing scores are so critical,â€? Wilson said. If students donâ€™t learn what they need to know early on, they will spend the rest of their school years trying to catch up and wonâ€™t enter the work force able to compete, he said. Wilson added that a lack of education contributes
to high teenage birth rates and poverty: â€œItâ€™s across the board, and why is this happening? Education, education, education.â€? A good education often pays off in the form of a good job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that high-school graduates earned $182 more per week than those who did not graduate high school. Those with a bachelorâ€™s degree earned $594 more per week. The figures came from the median weekly
earnings in 2010. The bureau also found that in 2010, those with higher degrees were much less likely to be unemployed. The unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma was 14.9 percent, while the rate for high school graduates was 10.3 percent. Those with a bachelorâ€™s degree saw an unemployment rate of only 5.4 percent, almost three percentage points below the national average at the time.
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A Great Ride by Ronni Mott
December 21 - 27, 2011
At midlife, weâ€™re frequently empty nesters and often single career library. Make a list of possible and interesting matches, again (or for the first time). Often, our passions have cooled for even if they sound implausible. big money and power. Itâ€™s natural to become more reflective, Â„ 4ALK TO PEOPLE ALREADY IN THOSE JOBS OR CAREERS Ask what interested in simplifying and making a lasting impact. they love and hate about their job, how they got where they If youâ€™re considering a are and if they can offer any career change, here are tips advice. for a successful transition: Â„ ,EARN NEW SKILLS Itâ€™s never Â„ 4AKE INVENTORY Make lists too late to go back to school. of your accomplishments, You may need to brush up competencies and satisfacon some things, need special tions. â€œAffirming your valucertification or even a differable experience and successes ent degree. helps ground you in your Â„ /FFER TO WORK FOR FREE OR strengths and remind you of TAKE A PAY CUT if you can what you do well. It serves afford it. An internship is a as a compass and provides great opportunity to try out a refueling for the journey new career. Also look for inahead,â€? writes Ellen Ostrow tra-company opportunities. Resources: on About.com. If you find Â„ .ETWORK Go to where â€˘ About.com Job Searching (jobsearch.about.com) yourself struggling, ask your people in your desired career â€˘ Forbes magazine â€œMaking a Midlife Career Change.â€? â€˘ midlife-career-change.com family and friends to help network, including profesâ€˘ careerchangepathways.com with your lists. sional association meetings Â„ #LARIFY YOUR VALUES Whatâ€™s and chambers of commerce. important to you in your Mine your contacts for inworkâ€”creativity, autonomy, intellectual stimulation, power, formation. In addition to face-to-face networking, donâ€™t forget money, making a difference? social networking sites such as LinkedIn. Â„ 7HAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO What if money were no object? I Â„ 2EWRITE YOUR RESUME to highlight the skills you have aclove yoga, for example, and I love to teach. I combined the two quired throughout your career that are relevant and transferable and learned how to teach yoga. It doesnâ€™t pay much, especially to your new job. because I only teach a couple of classes a week, but I enjoy it. Â„ 2ELAX AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY Nothing is written in stone. Â„ 'ATHER INFORMATION Once youâ€™ve narrowed down whatâ€™s Changing a career can be scary and frustrating, but it can also important, itâ€™s time to figure out what kinds of jobs or careers be invigorating, exhilarating and liberating. If you can embrace might match. Check job sites and classified ads. Visit a college it, this can be one of the most rewarding times of your life. FILE PHOTO
fter nine years with one company, I got a pink slip. It was inevitable. The company had been sold several times, and with each takeover, my departmentâ€™s budget and staff shrank. Nonetheless, when the day arrived, it was a blow. With more than 25 years of experience in marketing and related fields, I knew finding a job to replace the one I lost would be difficult. A few months later, I had probably sent out hundreds of resumes, resulting in exactly one interview. I didnâ€™t get an offer. It was time to try a different approach. Honestly evaluating my strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, dreams and goals, I quickly realized that I didnâ€™t want to spend another minute marketing other peopleâ€™s stuff, but I wasnâ€™t clear what my options were. One afternoon at Lemuria Books, Julia Cameronâ€™s â€œThe Artistâ€™s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativityâ€? (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002, $16.99) kind of jumped into my hand. I had considered myself an artist once upon a time, but that was long ago. Perhaps, I thought, what I needed was a jump-start back to that way of thinking. I paid for my copy and began reading and following Cameronâ€™s suggestions that very day. Long story short, that book was the beginning of my journey to change careers. At the tender age of 50, I began an internship with the Jackson Free Press that, five years later, has me in the managing editorâ€™s spot. Itâ€™s been great fun and hard work. Best of all, Iâ€™ve learned more in the past five years than in the last 10 years of my previous career. Changing careers at mid-life isnâ€™t all that unusual. Sometimes, as in my case, a change occurs because of a layoff or a company closes its doors. Other folks just reach the point where they find their work boring and unsatisfying. AARP reports that about 6 percent of workers over 50 re-evaluate their 18 jobs and careers.
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sites, you might come closer to hitting your target if you post on a site aimed to your field or industry. For example, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants offers accountant job seekers a place to post resumes at careers.ms-cpa.org. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (sme.org/jobsconnection) and Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (msra.org) offer similar services. Donâ€™t forget your collegeâ€™s alumni association or other organizations you belong to. Chances are those groups have websites that allow you to post a resume.
or many fields, the 21st century job seeker benefits from having an online resume. First, get a blog. Blogger and WordPress are free online hosts for blogs where you can post your resume. Have pages that link to different projects or a page of great comments from your references. Focus the content toward your ideal job. Take advantage of LinkedIn, a site perfect for job seekers. List your experience and education, then connect with people you know in your field. Itâ€™s essentially a virtual resume. Checking your references can be instant and interactive. A little time invested can lead to introductions to other professionals at a company you would like to work for. Study your prospective employer. You might be interviewing with an old-fashioned firm that expects a hard copy of your resume on heavyweight paper. Or your potential boss might expect a cellphone bump to instantly download your stats. Be prepared for any possibility. Along the same lines, have several versions of your resume available. Tailor one resume to emphasize your skills and knowledge, and another one that is a traditional chronological list of your experience. Always have an extra copy of your resume when you go to an interview. CNET.com suggests a free software program that can help. It gives its highest rating to JobTabs Job Search and Resume 2011, a program that helps you write a resume and even organizes your job search. You can get a 14-day free trial. Download at www.jfp.ms/work/resumes. The Internet offers many online resume builders. Some are free. Also, many employers such as the U.S. government have online resume builders targeted specifically for particular jobs and career fields. To see how it works, start a profile at usajobs.gov. While you can post your resume on Monster.com or other similar
Beyond a resume, job seekers and all professionals need a platformâ€”a modern word for brand. If this seems overwhelming, companies such as FirstDigital are popping up to help you create your personal branding. The company helps you with resumes, online multi-media presentations, job aggregation from multiple sites plus a snazzy website. Even if you decide not to use the service, take a tour of the site at firstdialog.com/home and get some ideas you can use when developing your platform. A platform is part mission statement, part personal vision. It is a combination of your social media presence, your professional demeanor and your future aspirations. To build your personal brand, choose how you wish the world to see you as a professional. Become an expert. Then consider teaching classes, writing magazine articles, blogging or being a guest speaker. â€œEmerging is when you use a platform to come into your own,â€? marketing guru Seth Godin writes on this blog at sethgodin.typepad. com. â€œMerging is when you sacrifice who you are to become part of something else.â€? Scott Ginsberg, who calls himself NameTag Scott, suggests authenticity and approachability as key concepts in creating a personal brand. â€œIf someone canâ€™t approach you, how can they get behind you?â€? Ginsberg asks. He wears a nametag as part of his philosophy. When developing your brand and your platform, Ginsberg says to follow the three Cs: credibility, consistency and commitment. These qualities show in your work, your tweets and your personal interactions. You can read more of Ginsbergâ€™s tips at hellomynameisscott.com.
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1. Be a well-rounded, likeable person people want to hire. 2. Get out of the house and meet people constantly. 3. Get everyoneâ€™s business card or email address and drop a quick â€œwonderful to have met youâ€? note within 24 hours. (Or be creative: JFP events coordinator Shannon Barbour sent me a note, a signed book and a Barbie doll to get my attention when she was interviewing with us.) 4. Help other people as often as possible and however you can. They will, in turn, pass on opportunities to you. 5. Get involved in any alumni organization you can. 6. Be organized about your search: have a list of places and people to check in with regularly. 7. Call someone you admire, in a field you want to work in, and ask for an informational interview to learn more about what they do. Ask lots of questions. 8. To get someone to like (and want to help) you, ask them lots of questions about themselves, then listen intently. Humans canâ€™t resist people who do this well. 9. Take classes in areas you want to work in to increase your skills and your network. Then stay in touch with the teacher and other students afterward. 10. Do volunteer work; it often leads to great jobs and references.
1. First, research the company and its management like mad. Follow it on social media; learn what matters to its management. 2. Write an amazing cover letter targeted to the job. The resume is important, too, but the letter is your chance to make a good first impression and tell them how great they (and you) are. 3. Donâ€™t make errors in your letter or resume. Show you took time to get it right. If youâ€™re shoddy before youâ€™re hired, well ... 4. Figure out what skills they need and start learning or improving them. If they need you to know a certain software program, sign up for a program or a webinar. 5. Be clear that youâ€™re not just looking for a job, youâ€™re looking for a career with their companyâ€”today and five years from now. 6. Donâ€™t be negative about a former boss under any circumstance. 7. Over-dress a little for the interview even in â€œcreativeâ€? offices. It shows youâ€™re a professional. 8. Do not ever walk into an interview smelling like cigarette smoke or strong perfume. Or pot. 9. Have great questions to ask about the company; show youâ€™re dying to work there and will overcome hurdles to get the job. 10. Follow up immediately with a thank-you email and in a day or two, a handwritten note. Extra points if itâ€™s a cool arty card.
1. Be who you said you are in your interview. Follow through. 2. Be a problem-solver and action person. Go to your boss with problems and possible solutions. 3. Be enthusiastic about learning new skills and taking on new challenges on the job. 4. Never â€œdelegate back upâ€? to a boss by not finishing a job and expecting them to, or not checking your work so someone else has to catch your mistakes. Grrr. 5. Be positive every day; compliment people (like hairstyle and shoes, not their figure); praise others; say good morning, goodnight, thank you, please. 6. Own your mistakes and show you are determined to fix them. 7. Look everyone you talk to in the eye; study and use good body language. Have a firm handshake. 8. Be your bossâ€™ favorite person to turn to in a crunch so they believe they canâ€™t do it without you. 9. Donâ€™t constantly overwork, but make your deadlines. 10. Manage your time and be organized. Never have to be reminded about your responsibilities.
1. Demonstrate from day one that you want to learn and teach those around you. 2. Project confidence in your skills; one way is to praise others, even your manager. 3. Admit mistakes fast and fix them immediately. Donâ€™t take feedback personally; itâ€™s just feedback. 4. Surprise people because youâ€™ve done things before being asked. This makes managers happy. 5. Be someone who lifts up the whole team with your enthusiasm and passion. Participate in office activities from events to Dirty Santa. Be a company loyalist and family member. 6. When someone expresses a problem, immediately suggest how to fix it and/or help communicate it to those you can. 7. Be an innovative idea machine. 8. Show youâ€™re not allergic to workâ€”that you, in fact, enjoy and thrive on focused work 9. Radiate a can-do attitude. If you canâ€™t do it, explain why calmly. 10. Demonstrate regularly that you can delegate, teach and mentor, and enjoy doing it.
1. Know that the last thing you do is the first thing your employer will remember. Always. 2. When possible, warn your employer well in advance that youâ€™re thinking about leaving. Then it becomes a partnership in making your exit work well for everyone. 3. Professionals show they value their contribution by offering good notice. Saying â€œtwo weeks is standardâ€? makes you sound like a service worker who doesnâ€™t take your job seriously. 4. Donâ€™t think your boss will consider your vacation and holidays as real â€œnotice.â€? Count notice days as they do: how many days youâ€™ll be fully employed in the office, prepping for replacement. 5. Tie up every loose thread, and do everything you say you will. 6. Make checklists for your replacement, and mentor them well. 7. Never make negative statements about the company and employees to the replacement. They always tell what you said. 8. Take every personal item you brought to the company. 9. Never goof off and utter or think the phrase â€œWhat are they going to do, fire me?â€?; actually, they will just decline a reference. 10. Always write a personal note thanking your employers for what they taught you; then stay in touch with them to stay fresh in their minds for references.
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