SPRING CAREER FAIR
Looking for a new job? Want to meet with local employers? Check out the Career Fair!
Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19th Clarion Hotel
(I-65 and Jonathan Moore Pike)
Great Career Opportunity
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE & IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS! Are you interested in a challenging yet fulﬁlling career? Do you feel good when you see others advance and reach their personal goals? Then perhaps DSI is the employer for you! We have degreed and non-degreed Positions available. The exciting thing about working at DSI is that there are many types of jobs that are needed to support those we serve. Regardless of the job task or position, every employee is part of a unique and cohesive effort that has been praised and emulated by successful businesses and other organizations throughout the ﬁeld. BENEFITS: Besides the opportunity to work in a professional yet comfortable setting, DSI offers many excellent beneﬁts: Flexible Work Schedule Paid Training Travel Reimbursement Paid Leave Time (increases with seniority) Paid Holiday Time Health Insurance for Employees working 30 hrs or more 125K Flex Plan Short Term Disability Employer Paid Life Insurance Direct Deposit
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The Republic Career Fair Wednesday, March 19th from Noon-5pm.
We will have HR Professionals on staff at the fair to speak with job seekers one-on-one. If you are unable to attend the event, please apply in person at:
2920 Tenth Street, Columbus, IN 47201 or apply online at: www.dsiservices.org EOE
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Also inside Digital interviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Job-search mistakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 In a new workplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Update your image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Resume tips page 4
Preparing for interview page 9
Challenges for mature workers . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Appropriate attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 How to get ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Reassess your style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tell story of your career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Be likable page 14
Value of experience page 16
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It takes a world class team to build a world class car. Passion, dedication and a commitment to excellence are just some of the qualities we look for in our associates.
Material Handler MACtac is accepting applications for 2nd/3rd shift. Starting at $12.75, with appropriate shift differential applied. At least one year of mfg. exp. is preferred, but not required. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and be at least 18 years old. We offer excellent benefits and a quarterly bonus program in a safety conscious environment.
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Now ACCeptiNg AppliCAtioNS Mon-Friday from 8-5:00 2576 Norcross Dr., Columbus, iN email- MACtacresumes@bemis.com Fax 812-341-2737- eoe We are always looking for good talent to be part of our Logistics, Maintenance and Engineering team. Previous experience in these areas are preferred.
join our team We are now accepting applications in Safety and Supply Chain Management. Applications will be accepted only at www.indiana.honda.com
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Use key words, keep resume readable By Marvin Walberg Scripps Howard News Service
YOU THE AGE OF
H A S B EG U N
It’s your time to shine – and to reach your full potential. Manpower ® has the connections and experience to find job opportunities that fit your skills, interests and goals. Whether you’re starting out or starting over, you’ll achieve more than you ever imagined. Contact us to see what’s humanly possible. 2145 W Jonathan Moore Pike • Columbus • 812.376.4111
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Peter Bowes, BBC News, Los Angeles, contributed the following: Getting a job never has been more difficult; and with online applications and social networking to contend with, the world of job seeking has changed dramatically in a short time. So you have to have the best possible resume. It can be on paper or even on your own website, but you have to remember that everything that can be found about you online could be the thing that gets you the job or gives it to one of your competitors. Here are a few resume tips: n Put the most important information first — your best career achievement. It might have happened 10 years ago, but you want it to be at the top. n Stick to two pages. If you can’t condense everything into two pages, you’re going to give employers the impression you have had too many jobs. n Most resumes are read initially by a computer, so key words are important. Look for the job ads, see which words they are using most and make sure you pack your resume full of those words. n Font style and size are important. You want to make it readable. Make it easy on their eyes. Put the most important things in bold. “These days you’re so much more than just your resume on paper,” says Lisa Johnson Mandell, author of “Career Comeback — Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want.” She should know. At age 49, Johnson Mandell lost her job when the website she worked for closed down. As a writer, broadcaster and film critic based in Los Angeles, she had years of experience, but whenever she applied for a new job, it went to someone else. “I took off all the work experience that was 15 years or older because nothing was relevant after that,” she said. She also removed the year of her college graduation and focused on her current skills. Her resume became age-anonymous and, in its new form, produced instant results. Johnson Mandell now coaches jobseekers on how to give their resumes a makeover. “Nobody has time to really dig into a resume and look at the details. They want to know right at the beginning, ‘What can you do for me?’ “
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How to wow in a digital interview By Diane Stafford The Kansas City Star
If you attend virtual meetings or have digital job interviews, you need a polished presentation. I recently spoke with Paul Bailo, a digital marketing and technology expert, who has written “The Essential Digital Interview Handbook.” His tips can help you look and sound better online. His advice, plus a bit from me: n Use a name-brand Web camera and a name-brand microphone. Know how to properly use that equipment as well as your software, such as Skype, GoToMeeting or Google Hangouts. n Set up three natural, soft spotlights, two clipped to your tabletop off camera, one at your right and one at your left, both pointed toward you but not into your eyes. Try to remove shadows on your face. Put the third light on the floor behind you to light your backdrop. Have a neutral background, no photos or collectibles. n Sit the proper distance from the microphone and camera. The lens should be at eye level — and clean. Look directly into the lens. Do a test run with a friend or family member to check your audio and video clarity. n Try to stay still. Don’t sit in a swivel chair. Foot- or finger-tapping and leg-shaking may show up on screen, even if you’re just doing head shots. n If you need time or script reminders, post a clock or cue cards directly behind the camera, but refer to them as sparingly as possible. n Beware of shiny skin. You don’t want to look sweaty or oily. Your face and hair should be clean. Men: Don’t be afraid of face powder. Women: Choose your lipstick and eye makeup carefully; subtle is better. n Wear solid colors. Avoid neon hues and plain white. Dress to impress — no sweats or T-shirts, no clothing with logos, words or illustrations. Men: Collared shirts are best. Women: No cleavage or heavy jewelry. n Don’t eat, drink or chew gum while on camera. And try not to cough or clear your throat.
• Entry level and experienced CNC machine operators • Experienced machine tool maintenance personnel • “Hands on” Manufacturing Engineering Technicians Quality Machine & Tool Works, Inc. offers competitive salaries along with an excellent benefit package. We are a growing local company that has provided steady employment to our employees for over 30 years.
1201 Michigan Ave. Columbus, IN 47201 812-379-2660 Come see us at The Republic Career Fair on Wednesday, March 19th at the Clarion Hotel
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Avoid common job-search mistakes By Marvin Walberg Scripps Howard News Service According to specialized staffing firm OfficeTeam, even small mistakes on job-search materials can send hiring managers running. “Hiring mistakes are costly, so it doesn’t take much to spook employers in today’s job market,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Companies are cautious when making hiring decisions. Even a minor resume misstep or questionable online comment can take an applicant out of the running.” We offer these tips to avoid five common job-search blunders, compliments of OfficeTeam: n A frightening attitude: Confidence is a good thing; an overblown ego is not. Rather than telling hiring managers you “know more about technology than any person on earth,” point out your expertise with specific operating systems and software. n Terrifying typos: Ghoulish grammar and scary spelling errors frighten off most employers. They assume if you’re careless now, you could be a nightmare on the job. Make sure you proofread your application materials carefully before submitting them and ask others to review them as well. n A resume that screams “generic”: Using the same resume and cover letter for every job you apply for will not make you stand out. Customize your materials for each opening by explaining how you can address a company’s specific needs. Share anecdotes that illustrate the impact you made in previous roles and give insight into your personality. n A spooky Web presence. What kind of trail have you left with your online activity? Make sure your digital footprint doesn’t horrify employers. Always use
discretion and appropriate privacy settings when posting updates, comments and photos, so you’re shown in the best possible light. n Hauntingly personal details. The fact that you won a pumpkin pie-eating contest or have a pet llama doesn’t matter to hiring managers. Only share information relevant to the job you want.
YOUR FUTURE TODAY
PMG INDIANA IS SEEKING QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS TO MEET ITS GROWING CUSTOMER DEMAND. PMG HAS BEEN A LEADING GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENT MANUFACTURER IN COLUMBUS SINCE 1989.
SKILLED PRESS OPERATOR GRINDING AND LATHE OPERATOR PRESS DIE SETTER Ideal Candidates must have strong mechanical aptitude, good work history, able to work 2nd or 3rd shifts, willing to work overtime, previous experience in a fast-paced manufacturing setting. PMG offers excellent benefits for full-time employees that include major medical, dental, vision, prescription drug card, vacation, 401K, company paid uniforms, and a great working environment. Wage is based on previous experience and skills. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm at our facility at 1751 Arcadia Drive. Or resumes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Finding your way in a new workplace By Marvin Walberg Scripps Howard News Service Changing jobs is a big decision, and you should never make an impulse decision to leave after a short time. The following advice is from Doug Shade, principal consultant at WinterWyman: n Take time to get to know the company. Give yourself a period of new job adjustment of 100 days to learn all you can about the company, your boss and your colleagues. n Your manager isn’t a mind-reader. Talk to him. You need to be able to communicate with the manager/supervisor and express where your discomfort lies. n Grab lunch with someone who matters. Whether it’s your boss or your boss’s boss; getting in front of the people who matter is key. Wait a month until you get comfortable in the office and then invite one of these people to lunch. And certainly pick up the tab. n Figure out the company dress code. After your first week, treat yourself to a few new outfits that fall in line with what is acceptable for your office. n Learn the culture. Fitting in and being seen as a team player during the early days is critical to helping the new kid on the block feel like part of the gang. n Make a friend in high places. After a few weeks, it’s likely you will have a better idea about who the top players are in your group or division. Make it a point to seek out one or more of those people to get their take on the company and any advice they would give to someone just starting out. n Ask for an honest assessment. After your first two weeks, ask your manager to sit down, off the floor, to discuss your progress. Schedule this ahead of time so that you can prepare for the meeting. Ask for constructive feedback on your performance and set goals for what you will do in the coming months.
n Set up a 30- to 60-day review. Hopefully, you will have at least one conversation early on with your manager about what’s expected of you in your initial months. n Make yourself indispensable. If there’s a task you see in your group that no one else will do, claim it as your own.
Founded in 1960, AWS mission is to assist people with disabilities in improving their lives in the direction of their choosing. The corporation was founded on the beliefs that life is enhanced by the opportunity to become a productive citizen and that all people should be given the opportunity to become included in the fabric of society.
Come meet us Wednesday, March 19th,
at the Career Fair hosted by The Republic. You may also apply online at www.awsusa.com or fax your resume to 812-376-7158, Attention HR Dept. EEO/AAE
Competitive Wages, Incentive Bonuses, Proﬁt Sharing Plan Beneﬁts Including Health Insurance, 401K, Paid Leave Time/Paid Sick time, Paid Life Insurance, Mileage Reimbursement, 125/Flex Plan, Direct Deposit. Current openings include full time/part time/weekend, Direct Care positions located in the following Southern Indiana areas:
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Don’t be afraid of change
By Aimee Blanchette Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
COLUMBUS/GREENSBURG RESTAURANTS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. Aramark is searching for energetic customer focused, food service team members. Experience in food service preparation, catering setup and service, and customer service is preferred.Various full and part time positions are available Send Resumes To: email@example.com or come by and see us at the Career Fair, Wednesday, March 19th at the Clarion Hotel in the Ballroom.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Kathie Ritacco swooned over a compliment she got at work recently. It didn’t come from her boss for the good job she did. It came from a much younger female co-worker who liked her new Sperry shoes. “I am very concerned about my look and image in the workplace as I get older,” said the engagement manager at FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business. The 49-year-old mom said she wants to appear professional, stylish and relevant, but worries that what looks good on her younger co-workers might look ridiculous on her. Aging workers are staying in their jobs longer and making latecareer changes more often than in generations past. With millennials flooding the workforce, competition is fierce. Along with learning new technologies and embracing social media, personal style has become a key component to survival in the workplace. “People make instantaneous judgments of the competency of a person based on their appearance,” said Kelly Gage, assistant professor of fashion and apparel at St. Catherine University. “Right or not, it’s absolutely culturally ingrained in us to think this way and has been since the beginning of time.” But should the way we dress really matter? Do Michelle Obama’s sleeveless dresses make her a better or worse first lady? Does Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s signature hoodie deserve such criticism? In a perfect world, employers in every industry would judge people simply by their performance. But that’s not the reality, said Alice Sydow, image consultant and wardrobe stylist. Sydow, who also speaks to companies on the importance of image in the workplace, said a person who dresses above average and looks put together is likely to get promoted faster than someone who’s just as talented but lacks personal style. “You are in charge of your own brand and need to market your brand wisely,” she said. Personal brand — or the way you choose to present yourself — can affect your career. Employers and colleagues are consciously and unconsciously influenced by your appearance. Image experts say your clothes, accessories, hair and makeup should express your creative energy, talent and expertise. There’s plenty of scientific thought behind the style over substance theory. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology observed a peculiar phenomenon: Wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a doctor, and you’ll be more focused. Wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a painter, and your focus will not improve. In another study at Northwestern University, researchers found that it’s possible that people not only look more professional in what they’re wearing, but subconsciously feel more professional. In other words, the clothes may literally make the man (or woman). With workplace dress codes becoming increasingly ambiguous, what to wear to work can be the toughest decision of the day. In some cases, it might also be the most important. As a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, John Smith, 63, wears a traditional suit to fit the formality of his job, but admits he often sticks out among a generation of younger workers who are prone to dress more casually. “It gets to the point where wearing a suit can sometimes be viewed as overkill and makes one stand out like a piece out of time,” Smith said. “As times change, it is more difficult to know what to wear.”
Getting ready for a job interview?
Consider crayon colors By Darrell Smith The Sacramento Bee
You’ve studied the company and its mission, polished your elevator pitch and honed your answers to a razor’s edge. You’re ready to have the interview of your life. Then a question comes out of left field: “You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?” Um, periwinkle? Cornflower? Burnt sienna? Can you repeat the question? The folks at job listings site Glassdoor.com feel your pain. They’ve compiled their annual list of Top 25 Oddball Questions, the year’s biggest stumpers, puzzlers and head-scratchers as uttered by hiring officers at companies across the country. (The crayon question? No. 16 on the list, courtesy of retailer Urban Outfitters.) Glassdoor.com says the annual list is based on “tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year” to help job seekers prepare for whatever an interviewer may throw at them. And the pitches came from every direction: Xerox wanted to know why tennis balls are fuzzy. New York-based consultancy McKinsey & Co. took the long view: “If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” Yahoo went the desert island route: “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would they be?” And online shoes site Zappos.com loves a parade. Its question topped the list at No. 1: “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” But Glassdoor executives say there’s a lesson behind the offbeat questions. “While job candidates should be prepared to take on challenging and oddball questions during the hiring process, they should also be ready for anything, which includes answering common interview questions like, ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’ ‘Why do you want to work here?’ and ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ ” said Allyson Willoughby, a Glassdoor senior vice president, in a statement announcing the list. Being ready for anything means just that, Glassdoor says. And that takes practice, in front of a mirror or with friends and family members. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview, Glassdoor experts say, is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions — even the downright weird. Glassdoor has an even longer list of the most common questions — 50 in all — from old saws about strengths and weaknesses, to whether you are willing to relocate, how you’ve handled a difficult situation and why there was a gap in your employment. Career Fair 2014 9
Mature workers still face hiring obstacles By Marvin Walberg Scripps Howard News Service Recent data show that the unemployment rate for those age 55-plus is approximately 5 percent — a fraction of the total U.S. unemployment rate. This statistic will no doubt come as a surprise to older job seekers who are still struggling to find work. Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring,” finds that mature workers offer experience and skills that younger workers cannot offer employers. “Mature workers are more likely to stay put for longer than their younger counterparts, thus reducing turnover, which lowers the costs associated with hiring and training,” says Myers. Regardless of the benefits mature workers offer employers, many face age discrimination when searching for a new job. Myers suggests the following four strategies to increase the chance of landing a great job at any age: n Maintain a high level of energy and project real vitality. This allows you to take on challenging projects, keep up with the fast pace of business and get things done efficiently. So make sure you exercise to stay fit, show up early, move fast throughout the day and work hard. Bring a sense of urgency to everything you do. n Leverage technology skills. Employers are much more likely to hire mature workers who can demonstrate strong computer skills and possess a demonstrated comfort level with technology. n Pay extra attention to your personal image. Make a deliberate, consistent effort to present yourself in the best light. Now is the ideal time to take stock of your appearance and adjust your look to be more current and stylish.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins employs approximately 46,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations.
Please stop by our booth at: THE REPUBLIC CAREER FAIR Clarion Hotel • Wednesday, March 19th • Noon-5pm We look forward to seeing you there! Cummins is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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n Pursue a temporary, part-time or contract position. Volunteer, provide pro bono work, take on a consulting contract or complete an internship or apprenticeship. This will show that you’ve been engaged and productive, even during periods of unemployment. “You can’t change your chronological age, so don’t waste mental energy thinking about it. Older workers who understand that their maturity and expertise are assets are more likely to land the job they want in the long run,” adds Myers.
Dress like you mean business at work By Marvin Walberg Scripps Howard News Service I don’t like it, or approve of it, but I will accept that we’re living in a time when casual dress is apparently OK in upscale restaurants, churches, synagogues, too many workplaces, and even weddings and funerals. “Appropriate” doesn’t seem to matter to many people when preparing to meet the public, but it should. Dressing appropriately still makes an impact and shows respect for yourself and others. Many years ago, when “dressy casual” first made an entrance in the workplace, studies showed that dressing down in the workplace made differences, such as: n Increased absenteeism. n Increased tardy cases. n Increased extended breaks and lunches. n Increased accidents. n Increased harassment cases. n Decreased productivity. Yet in spite of the negatives, the casual beat goes on. It is interesting, however, that when the economy really dips, many employers suddenly decide that dressing like you mean business might be a good idea. Do what you feel is right for you the next time you go out to mingle with the public, but for the sake of your working future, pay attention to how you make first impressions. When your next job interview is scheduled, make an effort to find out how others dress in that workplace. Visit the place of business, or even ask the person who arranges your interview. If potential co-workers wear suits and ties,
don’t show up with an open-collar shirt and a blazer. If they wear dressy slacks and blouses, don’t show up in jeans and flip flops. Find out what is expected in that workplace, then dress a step up. Many employers suggest completing an employment application in the reception area of the business. Even though you probably won’t get interviewed then, you will be seen, and quite often a receptionist’s impression is passed on to a hiring manager. First impressions last forever. Make yours count.
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We are growing at a record speed, opening on average 10 new stores each year. Apply now at www.ruralking.com/careers We offer excellent beneﬁts and an amazing Associate Shares Purchase Plan! We have part-time and full-time openings through the Midwest and also in Florida Currently looking for cashiers, sales associates, and all levels of managers. Stop by our booth at the Career Fair on March 19th at The Clarion.
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get ahead in business
By Tali Arbel The Associated Press NEW YORK — Hey twentysomethings, dreaming of trading in the safety of a regular paycheck to start your own business? There’s no secret sauce. Instead, founders of three companies have obvious tips: Work hard, network and ask for help. Chicago venture capitalist Bruce Barron, who has invested in companies including food ordering service GrubHub and pet products website doggyloot seconds that. He counsels young entrepreneurs to be open to advice. Some young company owners “wanted us to write a check and just get out of the way. Those qualities don’t
bode well for us. We want to see people who are collaborative,” he says. Three entrepreneurs who successfully raised money for their companies underscore the importance of hard work, of course — and making friends and playing nice.
Homejoy FOUNDERS: Adora Cheung, 30, and her brother Aaron Cheung, 25 STARTED IN: Mountain View, Calif., July 2012 THE BUSINESS: Now based in San Francisco, Homejoy’s website connects more than 100,000 house cleaners with customers in about 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada
MONEY RAISED: $40 million BIG BACKER: Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal Coming out of the University of Rochester, which had no entrepreneurial community that she was aware of, Adora Cheung wanted to learn how startups work. She joined a Bay Area company, Slide, which was started by PayPal cofounder Max Levchin. — IMPRESS THEM: Slide didn’t have many employees when Cheung came on board. “I got to work closely with Max, and he came to know a lot of how I work. He and I work on a very similar sleep schedule,” she says. They would find themselves talking shop at 4 a.m. — FOLLOWING FRIENDS: After Cheung left Slide,
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she and her brother spent three-and-a-half years trying to come up with a business. They participated in the Y Combinator accelerator program, which helps startups launch. Friends who had been through the program recommended it. — KEEP IN TOUCH: The Cheungs were in debt and needed money for Homejoy. Levchin was the first investor. “It was very helpful that Max knows me and I think he trusts me. He saw numbers that were going up and to the right. He gave us a bit of money,” Cheung says. After that, other investors wanted in.
Sweetgreen FOUNDERS: Former Georgetown University schoolmates Nicolas Jammet, 28; Jonathan Neman, 29; and Nathaniel Ru, 28 STARTED IN: Washington, D.C., August 2007 THE BUSINESS: Twenty-two shops and 600 employees selling salads, wraps, soups and juices, in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland and Virginia MONEY RAISED: $40 million BIG BACKER: Steve Case, co-founder of AOL The trio launched Sweetgreen the summer after their senior year of college. Over the years, they raised $17 million from about 100 people before landing their first investment from a financial institution in December:
$22 million from AOL co-founder Steve Case’s Revolution fund. — OLD FRIENDS: When the three had nothing but a business plan and a possible location, they raised their first chunk of money — $375,000 — from 25 friends, friends of family, former bosses and classmates. — ASK NICELY: When approaching potential advisers and funders, “meet on their terms” and make it “painless,” Neman says. Give the restaurant where you are meeting your credit card before the potential investor arrives so that the person’s meal or drink is taken care of, and he cannot fight to pay. — FIND LINKS: Case initially invested in Sweetgreen — personally, not through his investment funds — about a year ago. One of his employees, Evan Morgan, was a friend of the three founders who had also invested in Sweetgreen. Morgan told Case about Sweetgreen and set up a meeting with the founders.
Blue Apron FOUNDERS: Matt Salzberg, 30; Ilia Papas, 32; and Matthew Wadiak, 35. STARTED IN: New York, August 2012 THE BUSINESS: Delivers about 300,000 boxes of ingredients and recipes for home cooks every month. Blue Apron has 130 employees.
MONEY RAISED: $8 million BIG BACKERS: Jason Finger, co-founder of restaurant delivery website Seamless, then known as SeamlessWeb and Bob Goodman, partner at venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners. Matt Salzberg knew in college that he wanted to run his own business. So he deliberately went to work first for a venture capital firm, Bessemer Venture Partners. He met key advisers there. — PERSONAL CONNECTION: Salzberg had conversations with Jason Finger, then an entrepreneurin-residence at Bessemer, that went beyond the investment opportunities they worked on together in the office. Finger was the first person who said he would invest in Salzberg’s venture. With Finger’s encouragement, Salzberg left Bessemer before he came up with Blue Apron. A former boss of his from Bessemer, Bob Goodman, was also one of the first investors in Blue Apron. — KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES: Salzberg had worked in finance and needed people with technology and food expertise. He brought on Papas, who had e-commerce experience, and Wadiak, a chef. — IN PERSON: “It’s really important when you’re raising capital to have people who believe in you,” Salzberg says. And it’s easier to sway them with your passion face-to-face. “It’s hard to convey that through PowerPoint or on the phone. Often it’s through body language.”
Full- and Part-time Positions.
Applications accepted for all positions Licensed and unlicensed, Part- time and full- time Comparable benefits available Vacation benefits increasing with tenure.
SIHO Insurance Services is a regional health insurance carrier providing services covering several states in the central Midwest. SIHO is seeking talented prospects to fill our job openings in a variety of positions and departments. Come speak with us at the job fair on March 19th at the Clarion Hotel, and discuss your opportunities.
Some of the many jobs available within SIHO include: Claims Analysts Facilities Coordinator Information Technology Business Analyst Information Technology Systems Developer Member Services Representatives
Please stop by to fill out an application during normal business hours. 3550 Central Ave. Columbus 379-9669 willow-crossing.com
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Suggested requirements for most positions include: • Possess a passion for customer service. • Excellent communication skills (oral and written). • General knowledge and understanding of health insurance • Post-secondary education or two years of experience in a related ﬁeld Call (812) 378-7000 with questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org Apply online at siho.hirecentric.com
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Pay attention to
your likability in the job hunt By Reid Kanaley The Philadelphia Inquirer Job-seekers worry how they will be perceived in person by employers, and for good reason. Likability, charisma, and — if you are ever so lucky — the “halo effect” play a major role at a job interview. n Becoming more likable is the goal of many jobseekers, or should be, according to this Q&A with the author of the book, “Likeonomics,” at Jobs.aol.com. The book’s author, Rohit Bhargava, says likeonomics can be learned and comes naturally to some figures, such as Bill Clinton. He advocates trying to connect personally with job interviewers. But it can be tricky: “Politics,
Stone Belt is a non-for-proﬁt organization that provides education and support for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. We made a covenant to provide quality services and empower individuals with disabilities to fully engage in the life of the community. We value our tradition of excellence and leadership in the ﬁeld that is founded on our belief that everyone deserves dignity, self-worth, and the right to self-determination. If you are searching for a job or career with the intent to give back to the community, we encourage you to apply for a position with our self-rewarding organization. The following below is a list of open positions within our company:
House Manager - Oversee the daily operation of a group home
on weekdays. Will teach clients daily living skills, assist with program goals, supervise staff, maintain house & resident records, monitor ﬁnances & comply with all state & federal regulations.
Associate House Manager - Oversee the daily operation of
a group home on weekends. Will teach clients daily living skills, assist with program goals, supervise staff, maintain house & resident records, monitor ﬁnances & comply with all state & federal regulations.
Direct Support Professional - Assist with activities of daily
living and encourage attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion. A DSP may provide supports to a person with a disability at home, work, school, church, and other community places.
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religion and sports tend to polarize people. But you can share a passion without having to say, ‘I hate everybody who doesn’t share my views,’ ” Bhargava says. http://goo.gl/QORd6l n Yes, likability plays a big role in a job interview. In this post at Business2Community.com, consultant Robert Cordray warns employers to look for signs that they may be letting an applicant’s likability get the better of them. The figurative “Hire me” sign on an applicant needs to be examined critically. Cordray says interviewers need to ask themselves if they’re being blinded by this “halo effect” — an aura of suitability, if not perfection — rather than true qualifications. http://goo.gl/r3n2IA n Tips to “make the job interviewer like you better,” at the SimplyHired.com blog, are sensible tactics for job-seekers, including: “Take an interest in the other individual,” “Be confident in who you are,” “Be honest.” Writer Ken Sundheim, himself a recruiter, says, “A charming personality can’t make up for a terrible resume, but when all things are considered equal, the individual who is liked better on a personal basis will get the job.” http://goo.gl/aZwv9g n Getting “behind the mask” is the recruiter’s goal, says Matthew Gordon at SmartRecruiters.com. “As charming as someone may be, it’s the interviewer’s job to see past that and hire the best person for the company. Trust me — it’ll save you a lot of money,” Gordon tells the recruiters. He suggests an initial phone interview: “Most people will be more charming in person than on the phone.” http://goo.gl/BshfK9 n If an employer offers you a job interview via phone, Skype or videoconference, you may be in trouble, according to this post at Phys.org, a science and tech news site. It cites a study from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, where researchers found that “job applicants interviewed through video conferencing come across as less likable.” And it’s the same for interviewers. “On the other side of the webcam, candidates also rated their interviewers as less attractive, personable, trustworthy and competent,” the post says. http://goo.gl/hineDf
To gain credibility at work,
reassess your style By Liz Reyer Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
QUESTION: I’d like to advance in my career but don’t feel like people take me seriously. I’ve also received feedback that I am too casual and don’t command respect. What should I do? ANSWER: It may be time to assess your communication style and appearance so that your presence matches your aspirations. THE INNER GAME: Have some fun with this — you have a chance to do some reinvention, refreshing your style while staying true to yourself. Set aside a little time, take some good deep breaths to relax and get ready. If you find that you’re anxious or resentful about the potential change, think through the reasons that you’re concerned so that these feelings don’t cause self-sabotage. There are two areas to explore. One is your appearance. A lot of people don’t update their look when their circumstances change. If this is the case for you, you may still look like a college student. This includes clothing, hair, accessories and, if you use it, makeup. The great thing is that defin-
ing your new style is in your court, so you don’t need to become someone else. The other area is your communication style. If you sound tentative, you’ll be treated as though you don’t know what you’re talking about. Assess your demeanor and ask someone you trust to observe and give you feedback. If you’re not sure where to start, there are lots of good models to follow. Look around your office and learn what you like — and don’t like. TV and movies also can give you ideas. The key is being open to change. THE OUTER GAME: When it comes to changing your look, you may well have some of what you need. You’ll want to be strategic about obtaining the rest, especially if budget is a concern. The key is knowing what you want to buy and why. Here are some ideas to help you move forward: n Find a style-oriented friend or talk to a personal shopper at a department store to develop an approach (they’re free). n If retail prices are a challenge, hit consignment stores. n For hair, ask for a consultation at a salon to
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chassis parts and plastic injection parts for automotive companies in the United States as well as other parts of the world.
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We have the production capability of manufacturing virtually any automotive component you may require…whether it be metal or plastic…automotive parts of proven reliability. Our metal stamping technology has made us a leader in the production of chassis parts, body panels, and suspension parts among many others. Recognizing the important role that lightweight plastic parts play in design and construction, we are constantly developing our capability to design and produce high quality injected molded plastic parts for diversifying markets. Located in Shelbyville, Indiana, in the United States, PK U.S.A., Inc. occupies a 317,978-square-foot facility built on a 66 acre site. At the Job Fair, PK U.S.A. is seeking qualified Die Maintenance Technicians: • 4 yrs tool & die related experience • Proficient use of tool room equipment (mills, lathes, grinders, etc.) • Experience with casting dies. • Arc and tig welding knowledge, hand grinding a must • Strong math, print reading and communication skills • Able to use precision measuring instruments • Ability to work with little or no supervision • Safety conscious For other open positions at PK U.S.A. or for more information about PK U.S.A., please visit our website: www.pkusa.com
get ideas of alternatives, keeping in mind maintenance and daily effort so that you get a match. n Do the same for makeup — it’s not necessary, but does send a message for some people. And remember, it doesn’t all have to happen at once. For communication, identify some opportunities for improvement. If you have verbal mannerisms that undermine your authority, adopt a more firm tone of voice or confident phrasing. Own your ideas. Consider your body language, too. If you tend to slump or appear withdrawn, people may question your engagement. Don’t try to fix everything at once; select one area and spend a month or so focusing on improvement. Once that’s securely under your belt, then move on to the next one. For both areas, continue to get feedback from people around you and monitor your own performance. And remember to celebrate your successes. THE LAST WORD: You change and become more effective when you learn new skills; you can also change other aspects of yourself to achieve your goals.
CL isTech Inc. hiring for the following positions:
• Press Operators • CNC Lathe Operators • Set-Up Technicians CNC positions available range from entry level to set-up technician positions. Company provides entry level training. Candidates with experience on 2 & 3 axis lathes with Okuma, Fanuc & Haas controllers preferred. Job duties include tooling maintenance, ability to use micrometers, offset adjustments, inprocess inspection & process improvement. We currently have openings on First, Second & Weekend shift, with overtime available.
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Don’t be the
office dinosaur By Jeff Strickler Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
MINNEAPOLIS — Linda DiCicco is 53 going on 20. She works at a computer store in Southdale mall, in Edina, Minn., where many of her customers are half her age, and so are her co-workers. “I went to a training seminar in Atlanta where my roommate was 22,” she said. “I was looking for people my own age to hang out with, but I couldn’t find any.” Fortunately for her, she’s comfortable around younger people and is excited about learning things, especially involving technology. It’s an attitude that not only serves her well now but will be an even bigger factor in the future. As they move into the latter stages of their careers, baby boomers are discovering that the norms that applied to previous generations no longer hold sway. While their parents were able to rely on experience accumulated from decades on the job, today’s older workers are seeing their jobs change around them — and sometimes disappear out from under them. Equipment and processes are evolving quickly, rendering useless much of
the knowledge and skills they spent years amassing. As a result, older workers can end up feeling like the office dinosaur: outdated, irrelevant and obsolete. But it doesn’t have to be that way, say career counselors, educators and people like DiCicco who refuse to be intimidated by the situation. There’s still a need for experienced employees. “It’s all about adding value, at any age,” said Michelle Love, chief marketing officer for MRA, parent company of the human resources consulting firm Trusight. “It’s the total package: having the skills, having the confidence, and then also understanding that the same rules apply when you’re in your 50s as when you’re in your 20s. At the end of the day, those who add value to the organization are highly sought after.” Baby boomers are rewriting the book on how age affects lifestyle, including their roles in the workforce. The number of full-time employees 60 and older is higher than it’s ever been, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and predictions are that it will continue to rise as the remainder of the generation charges toward what used to be retirement age. Instead of lamenting that things aren’t like they used to be, older workers should embrace the changes, Love said. “Where we are in our 50s is so different from where people were in their 50s just 30 years ago,” she said. “We have people who are vibrant, interested, active — not even just active, but on the leading edge — despite age. 16 Career Fair 2014
And it is all about attitude. The mentality is ageless.” Stereotypes are one of the biggest hurdles faced by older workers, but not just the labels assigned to them by younger workers; the bigger danger is that older workers buy into typecasting and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Our society is hung up on statistical averages and overgeneralizing based on age or generation,” said Verna Monson, an educational psychologist who is founder of Fifth Wave Evaluation Consulting in Minneapolis. “There’s a lot more individual variation in ability and motivation. Not all twenty-somethings are interested in learning technology, and I’ve met 80-year-olds who can whip out their iPhone to look up stock prices.” A person’s mind-set is crucial. “It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about technology or sports or playing the piano,” she said. “If you believe that you can or can’t do something, you likely will be right either way.” Stephen Brookfield has spent nearly 40 years studying the supposed barriers to older-adult learning, and the professor in the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas has come to the conclusion that most of them are overrated. “That idea that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is an absolute myth,” said Brookfield, whose research has focused on adults who go back to school, often as a result of needing more education to keep current in their professions or being forced to learn something new because their jobs have evaporated. Mental acuity changes as people age, but not always for the worse, he said. On the contrary, some of the changes are for the better. “There’s a difference between what’s called ‘fluid’ and ‘crystallized’ intelligence,” he said. Fluid intelligence is mental nimbleness, and that can decrease with age. Crystallized intelligence “deals with taking skills and concepts and applying them. If anything, that improves with age.” More important than age is the perceived usefulness of the subject matter, he said. “Grandparents who don’t even know what a (computer) mouse is learn how to Skype when they discover they can use it to keep in touch with their grandchildren,” he said. “On the other hand, people don’t intrinsically want to learn a new skill set that doesn’t seem to be of any utility. Why complicate life when the old system is working?” Experience still has a place in the workplace. “The greatest gift an employee can bring to the table is experience and knowledge,” Love said. “I’d much rather hire someone who is self-sufficient than someone who needs a lot of training.” But lording that experience over others is a quick way to be pegged as an old-timer. A common error made by older workers is chastising younger workers for suggesting things that were tried and rejected long before the younger workers were on the scene, said Marj Bergstrom, a training supervisor and senior career counselor for Trusight. Sharing information about past experiences is good because it shortens the learning curve for younger workers. But the tone and words used to do so are critical, she said. “Don’t say, ‘We did that before and it didn’t work,’” she said. “I’ve coached my clients to say, ‘In the past it has been my experience that this has been the case. I’m certainly open to hearing what you have to say, and certainly times change, but this is what has been my experience.’”
There also are little things one can do to stave off the appearance of being an office dinosaur, Love said. “This might be controversial, but I’m going to say it anyway: If you’re still carrying around a flip phone, that’s part of the problem,” she said. “If you’re carrying a smartphone or tablet or both, that’s a visible demonstration that you want to remain relevant.” She’s not arguing that it’s all you have to do. “It’s way beyond just getting a smartphone, but that’s one of the basic things,” she said. “Get a smartphone and make sure you know how to operate a tablet — that’s how business operates today. And don’t tell people that you’re not connected. That’s the kiss of death right there.” DiCicco has spent her life around technology, including 31 years as an air traffic controller, most of it at Los Angeles International Airport. Facing mandatory retirement, she moved back to her native Bloomington, Minn., but not to rest on her laurels. “Yes, I learned a lot of this before, but I’m still learning because technology is changing every day,” she said. As for getting along with her young co-workers, she acknowledges the age difference but doesn’t kowtow to it. “I don’t try to act their age,” she said. “Sometimes I have to play the mom role, and I’m OK with that.” She also treats them with respect. She doesn’t hesitate to ask them a question if she thinks they have a better understanding of the issue than she does. “This never came up when I was an air traffic controller because we all were about the same age,” she admitted. “Sometimes you just have to adapt.”
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Writing your work narrative By Rex Huppke Chicago Tribune
If you are a worker or a job seeker, I suggest you figure out the story of your career. I’ve touched on this issue before, but let’s take a moment to revisit it. The idea is that the work you do, the degrees you earn, the blog posts you write all weave into a narrative that tells the world your professional story. Our careers are no longer contained on a one-page resume. As Pamela Slim writes in her new book, “Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together”: “Like it or not, Google is telling a story about you right now. Go ahead, Google your name. Hopefully you have narrated part of your story and are happy about what people have written or shared about you. If you aren’t, the good news is that you can change it. Words, images and videos make up a multicolored tapestry of your life on the Web. … As you create your body of work, you need to package it, to illustrate it, and to tie it together in a cohesive story.” Now take a deep breath, because this is not as complex as it sounds, and not everyone’s career story will be an elaborate multimedia tale. The core point is to examine what you have done in and around your professional life. Treat those experiences
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like chapters. Then ask, “How do I put those chapters together in a way that makes sense?” Slim wrote about a friend who was laid off and struggling to find a new job. The friend had been a manager at a consulting firm and a project manager for IBM who had “interest in research and thirst for learning.” She also had previous experience in the nonprofit arena, overseeing children’s camps. Her resume wasn’t connecting any of these experiences or highlighting specific stories from those experiences that might appeal to employers. The friend looked back and identified examples of times she had solved significant problems, then “built strong stories around those examples.” With a common theme identified and the stories woven into resumes and cover letters, the friend had three job offers within a month. Step back for a moment and think about how we communicate with friends and family. We tell stories and relay anecdotes of our successes and failures. But our work lives tend to be one-dimensional side notes. I asked Slim why she thinks people fail to discuss their careers in a narrative way. “I think it’s the way that we are socialized and the way we think about career tracks,” she said. “We think of work as something that’s there to support us so we have a strong, secure foundation. This is your job and your vocation and not so much your craft or a part of who you are.” To think that way now, she said, is to risk losing control of your story: “If you choose to say that (telling your career story) isn’t important, that’s making a choice that your narrative will be controlled by other people or by a lack of information, which in today’s job market is actually a detriment.” A few of the key steps Slim offers for establishing what she calls your “body of work” include: n Define your root. (Figure out whom you want to help, what kind of changes you’d like to make in the world and what ideas drive you emotionally.) n Name your ingredients. (These are your skills, life experiences and ideas — the things that make you unique.) n Choose your work mode. (Think about the work you’ve done and when you’ve been at your best, and then consider what you want to be doing in the next phase of your career.) These are important things to think about, whether you’re job-searching or happily employed. If you don’t examine where you’ve been, you’ll struggle to chart a sensible path toward where you’d like to go. We no longer live in a working world where careers unfold at one company. People job hop, suffer layoffs and other setbacks, find new and unexpected paths to follow. Careers, more than ever, are journeys, and it’s incumbent on each of us to monitor and faithfully keep up on our work travelogues. In Slim’s book, she wrote: “No one is looking out for your career any more. You must find meaning, locate opportunities, sell yourself, and plan for failure, calamity and unexpected disasters.” That sounds a bit foreboding, but it’s accurate. So figure out your work story. It may take time, but it will help.
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Published on Mar 11, 2014