Position Available for Certified Nursing Assistants

My wife and I operate a senior services business (Always Best Care Senior Services); whereby, we send out caregivers to care for seniors in their place of residence.
We are actively seeking caregivers to work in various parts of Cobb County, Sandy Springs and Norcross.
Qualified candidates should be CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistants)
Hours are part time.
Shifts range from a few hours up to 24/7 live-in.
Must have:
Valid CNA license
Current TB test
CNA / First Aid Cert preferred
Valid DL, insurance and transportation
Have assignments that could start as early as this Friday and this Weekend!!
Thanks,
Todd Smiley
smileyfox@bellsouth.net
Co-owner
Always Best Care
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Here are 12 tips your career counselor hasn’t told you.

By Katherine Goldstein

Over the last five years, I’ve read something like 500 applications for entry-level media jobs. Over time, I’ve spotted many talented people, including a number of recent college graduates who are now valued Slate employees. Slate is a small company, so when it’s time to make a hire, a list of three great HR-approved candidates does not magically appear on my desk. I write the ads (like this one) and read all of the responses myself—and after scaling mountains of cover letters I’ve developed some opinions I can no longer hold back.

The most important one is this: Many young people seem to have no idea how to apply for a job. What I see time after time from young media hopefuls are not the classic no-nos, like misspellings and typos, but what appears to be a fundamental lack of understanding of how to sell oneself to a prospective employer. While I certainly don’t speak for all media folk or even all of the editors at Slate, allow me to offer some guidance to current college students and recent grads. Some of my advice may sound familiar, but based on the applications I’m seeing, there are plenty of green job-seekers out there who could use these pointers.

Focus on the cover letter. It is not uncommon for me to get 100 applications for one spot, so I’m constantly looking for reasons not to advance a candidate to the interview round. Writing a good cover letter is your best shot at getting noticed. If I hate a cover letter, I won’t even look at the résumé.

Keep it short. I started putting word limits on cover letters because I couldn’t stand, nor did I have the time to read, the epically long letters I’d receive. I’m going to give your letter maybe 30 seconds of my time. If you are interested in a job in journalism, you should be able to tell me about yourself and why I should hire you in less than 200 words. I’ve never hired someone with a longwinded cover letter. Same goes for résumés. No one with fewer than four years of full time work experience needs more than a page. Your summer lifeguarding job does not need five bullet points.

Avoid awkward phrasing and attempts to be overly formal. Introductions like “With this statement, I declare my interest in the position you have advertised on your website” are clumsy and should be avoided. Start with a strong but simple opener, like “I’m excited to be writing to you to apply for the blogging position at Slate.” Conversational is much better than stilted.

You are your best advocate. It’s not uncommon for me to get a cover letter that opens with, “I am sure you are getting many qualified applicants for this job, many of whom are more qualified than I.” If you don’t believe you are the best candidate, why should I? This letter is your chance to sell yourself. Don’t plant the seed in my mind that you aren’t the best candidate for the job. You don’t want to be overly cocky, but I’ll take confident over meek any day.

Show me that you read my site. It’s common for cover letter writers to say, “I love Slate,” but that doesn’t stand out to me. Be more specific. Who are your favorite writers? What are some recent articles you enjoyed? Detailed flattery well get you further, because it shows you’ve done your homework. Ninety percent of the cover letters I read for our news blog, the Slatest, mention nothing specific about that particular blog. Here’s what one applicant for a recent position wrote (spoiler: I hired him): “I’m particularly drawn to a dynamic news outlet like the Slatest. I appreciate its blend of politics and current affairs, as well as its ability to consistently sniff out the most compelling news pieces and narratives. I dig its sense of humor, too—I can’t resist a news blog that picks up on the latest North Korean, pigeon–eating propaganda pieces.”

Explain how selecting you will benefit me. This is where candidates often get it totally backward. I frequently read lines like: “I am applying for this paid internship because I think working at Slate would be highly beneficial for me, and would do a lot to help my future job prospects for a career in media for after I graduate from college.” I know how working at Slate would strengthen your résumé. But I am looking to you, candidate X, to solve a problem for me. My problem is that I need good interns. Explain to me how choosing you will solve my problem. Here’s how one candidate convinced me that his skills were pertinent to the role I was hiring for: “From my editorial experience as managing editor of 34th Street Magazine here at Penn, to my experience in news and culture blogging at LAist.com last summer, I’ve picked up the tools I need to perform as a Slatest intern with excellence.”

I’m not interested in anything you did before college. Leave anecdotes like this out: “I am a born storyteller, and I’ve loved writing ever since I won an award for playwriting in the third grade for my series of puppet fairytales.” If you are early in your college career, then hopefully you still have relevant experiences and interests to write about. If you don’t, know that you’ll be competing with upperclassmen, college grads, and graduate students who do.

I’m not interested in your life journeys. This includes your experiences studying abroad, even if you had an amazing time. I get too many letters with paragraphs like: “I’ve wondered to myself, how can I translate my natural talent for the written word into a life path that is interesting and meaningful? I asked myself this question many times during my study abroad in Morocco. I loved working with the Moroccan farmers in helping feed their families, but I also longed for a way to feed my own passions for books, literature, and writing. As I enter my senior year, I think more and more that my true calling could be to be a journalist.” Save these musings for late night dorm room chats with your best friend.

When I read “senior thesis” my eyes glaze over. Despite the fact your academic advisers have convinced you these are really important, most people don’t care about them in the real world. Be wary of dwelling on what your topic is and PLEASE do not attach a chapter with your application. Writing a senior thesis has nothing to do with journalism. I’ll never open it, and I’ll resent you for sending it.

I don’t really care what classes you’ve taken, either. I’m much more interested in what you’ve done that relates to the skills needed for the position than I am in what you’ve studied. An interesting Tumblr account, a vibrant Twitter presence, or a personal blog on a topic you are passionate about is 10 times more compelling to me than your course load.

Your college and GPA aren’t as important as you think. This may be the biggest blow to you, grasshopper. In general, I don’t care about your GPA or whether you went to an Ivy League school, so definitely don’t expect this alone to swing open any doors for you. Of all the entry-level people I’ve hired, the one that went on to have the most successful career in media never finished college. If you are still in college, you should mention where you go and what you study. But the further out of college you are, the less I want to hear about where you went or how you did there.

Follow the application instructions to a T. I often give really specific instructions in the job posting, listing a word limit on cover letters, requesting exactly two writing samples, and noting a firm deadline for when applications are due. This is my first test in how good you are at taking direction. If you send four writing samples rather than two, that doesn’t make me think you are overqualified, it makes me think you can’t edit yourself or aren’t good at doing what is asked of you. Small mistakes like this help me figure out who to eliminate, so tread carefully.

If you follow these instructions, you should have a good shot at making it to the top of the pile. It might not be long before you’re on the other side of the desk, reading cover letters yourself. Good luck.

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FedEx Ground Hiring

FedEx Ground in Kennesaw has sign out “Now Hiring”. Call 678-290-7117.

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5 Ways to Meet New Professional Contacts

-Mike Fishbein teaches a video course on meeting and building relationships with awesome people via Udemy. You can connect with him at twitter.com/mfishbein.
Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/meet-new-professional-contacts/#64HAaQKPaDadQyis.99

A referral through someone in your network is a highly effective way to land a job. Sometimes, it’s not just what you know, but who you know. An endorsement from someone the hiring manager trusts is an extremely powerful means of influence. People in your network are also a great source of information about relevant job openings, and may be able to provide advice about how best to position yourself to the company. Sometimes, the best opportunities don’t reach job boards or recruiters because people within the network of the hiring company get to it first. For these reasons, I highly recommend continually putting in time and effort to building a strong professional network. Below are five ways to meet new professional contacts:

Conferences And Events
Attending a conference or event is a great way to meet a large group of professional contacts. Professional events are often publicized through industry newsletters and blogs. Try to find a guest or speaker list to determine if the event is worth attending.  This will also allow you to be productive with your time if you do attend. Conferences relevant to your industries of interest or skill sets may generate the most opportunities. Ideally, the conference will also offer great speakers and some educational value. Introduce yourself to people at the event engage in casual conversation about the topic and your professional interests. If you’d like to stay in touch, get their business card or contact information and send a thoughtful and personalized e-mail the next day. Remember, people attend conferences and events for the same reason you are – to expand their networks.

Introductions Through People You Know
Looking within your network for introductions is one of the most effective ways to generate new professional contacts. Ask people you know for contacts in the industry, at specific companies you’d like to work for, or even specific people within a  department.  Use LinkedIn to identify individuals you would like to meet, and look at your shared connections. If you’re changing roles or industries, scheduling “informational interviews” with people is a great way to learn, get advice, and obtain more relevant introductions.

Cold Reach Outs
If there’s someone you would really like to meet, and you don’t have a strong connection, you’ll have to reach out cold. Your success rate will vary depending on the role of the person you’re reaching out to, and the value you offer. An effective cold e-mail is short, personalized, and clearly describes how you can help the person and why they should meet with you. You can engage with the person on the public social networks that they engage on, such as Twitter, Quora, or their blog, to “warm up” your cold e-mail.

Personal Interest Groups
Interacting with someone around shared interests outside of work is a great way to build rapport and get to know someone. Find groups around your interests such as politics, religion, volunteering, or hobbies such as an intramural sports team or a book club. Personal interest groups aren’t the most focused approach to meeting professional contacts, but casting a wide net is important. You never know who you’ll meet; remember these people bring a network to the table as well.

Private Events, Groups, And Parties
Private events, groups and parties can also be helpful for business networking, to enhance your personal interests such as poker, or strictly social. Have a friend bring you to a party where you won’t know anyone. People often spend time with people of similar strength, so if you like your friend, it’s likely that he/she will know other good people. Team up with a colleague to host your own small event. Have each organizer invite a few people. You could even tell the people you invite that they can bring people. Before you know it, you’ll have a large group!

Conclusion
If there isn’t a group or event for your particular interest, organizing that event or group can be a great way to become a thought leader in a particular space. If you have a certain expertise, you might consider making yourself available to speak at an event. Getting started is the hardest part, but over time your network will start growing exponentially faster as the people you meet start introducing you around.

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6 Biases you don’t know you have

6 biases you don’t know you have

NYU assistant professor Adam Alter takes a look at the biases and hidden forces behind some of our decision-making in his new book, Drunk Tank Pink and Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave. It’s an easily digestible journey through some of the shadowy areas of our subconscious – more Gladwell than Kahneman in style and tone.

Inspired by Alter’s book, here are six biases that may be affecting your day-to-day professional life.

1. Name bias

“Names are far more important than we might assume based only on intuition,” Alter writes. There are some ugly undercurrents to name bias – as we recently saw yet again in the viral story about a man who found it much easier to get a job as “Mr. Kim O’Grady” than merely “Kim O’Grady” – but there are also some unconscious biases at work.

For instance, you’re statistically more likely to donate to disaster relief if you share a first letter of your name with the disaster; people with K-names donated 150% more to Hurricane Katrina than previous disasters, and the results are consistent across other hurricanes.

If your last name starts with a letter near the end of the alphabet, you are statistically more likely to act quickly when presented with a limited opportunity (“free pizza in the break room”) – in part because you are conditioned to waiting your turn in roll calls and classrooms.

2. Symbolic bias

Our brains are constantly collecting data. Even when we’re “focused,” we’re processing information from the periphery – and that can have a direct impact on our work output. Research teams briefly exposed to the Apple logo before tackling a creative task were shown to definitively outperform teams exposed to the IBM logo.

“Merely exposing people to a symbol that implies creativity for less than a tenth of a second can cause them to think more creatively, even when they have no idea that they’ve seen the symbol,” Alter says. In other words, even if you’re doing all the right things to groom yourself for inspirational and collaborative magic, your efforts may be diminished by exterior forces you don’t even notice.

Exposure to meaningful symbols – flags or religious symbols, for example – can have a powerful impact on everything from morale to decision-making. If you have a healthy company culture, your very own logo may inspire goodwill and remind employees of your mission statement.

3. Geographical bias

People tend to think that northbound commutes are worse than southbound commutes. Why? Because southerly journeys feel “downhill” to us.

4. Hypocritical bias

We are quick to judge colleagues – and especially strangers – harshly for their (relatively) minor transgressions like leaving old food in the office refrigerator or double-parking in the company lot. Our brain is very, very good at tricking ourselves into pointing fingers while simultaneously justifying or excusing similar behavior from ourselves or our inner circles.

5. Competitive bias

When we’re able to compare our so-called good deeds to the deeds of our neighbors or officemates, we’re more likely to work harder for those accomplishments; homeowners who see how their utility usage compares to the neighborhood norm are more likely to take steps to actually reduce their usage. Few people would cite competitiveness as the main influence behind their shorter showers and reduced AC hours – “I’m trying to save the environment” would be a more popular explanation – but it’s demonstrably a key factor.

6. Confirmation bias

This happens famously in politics (especially in this age of niche audiences), but it happens in the workplace as well: we seek out people who validate our own opinions, then, as the seemingly unanimous “evidence” mounts, we start thinking of our opinions as “facts.” This can be especially poisonous in companies with departmental silos; if the director of Department X thinks Department Y is the scapegoat and there is little meaningful cross-departmental interaction, you can bet that the feeling will spread (and be affirmed).

 

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Home Depot Connection Available from Career Connections Alum

I work for HomeDepot.com and they are hiring for seasonal help soon.  Anyone interested can send me an email to my work address as a referral and I will send over information as to where to apply.
Email me at karen_e_aliff@homedepot.com.  I will forward emails as referral to HR prior to application.  Pay is $12.50 per hour in their call center on Chastain Meadows Blvd in Kennesaw just north of the WalMart off Barrett Parkway!
Karen

 

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Help Wanted

Heard on media that AMAZON is offering 7000 jobs in the near future–“better than the usual warehouse position”. Check with their website/local outlet.
 
Cabela’s ‘World’s Foremost Outfitter’ is bringing 200 jobs to Acworth’ at its Acworth store on Hwy 92 at I-75, and ‘hopes to open by fall 2014. [Cf. Sunday MDJ ‘CobbBusiness’ sections page 4B] These jobs will be “a mix of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions all in the MANAGEMENT and SALES areas.
 
J Christophers (restaurant) still has not opened in Eastlake Pavilions (Marietta), yet. Check in at the Powers Ferry location–next door to MicroCenter.
 
Job Listings from MDJ Want Ads:
 
Administrative P.T.-in Kennesaw. // F.T. Fin/Membership & Admin. Assist. to Sr. Pastor of E. Presbyterian Ch.
 
Automotive, Construction, Customer Service & Clerical (Billing, A/R A/P, Clerical, Sales Desk) for Wholesale Distributor, Drivers, Finance (Tax/Accounting CPA), Flooring, HVAC, Floor Installer, Legal (exp in 3rd party billing), Maintenance–golf course, also with Sodexo, Medical Assist., Pest Control, Plumbing, Production (temp to hire), Restaurant servers & support staff at Canoe Rest., Warehouse (also forklift for lumber co.)
 
For Details, reply immediately, or check Sunday’s http://mdjonline.com

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Help Wanted

Career Connectors: Here are some job listings as of Sunday 7-21-13….

Admin Assist.– (P.T.) Various requir./skills-Email Kathi3550@gmailcom EOE (F.T.) for busy environment. Fx 770-428-0857 or email arthurm@randallowe.com

Auto Parts, etc.– (Recruitment tomorrow 7-23!!) (P.T.) Merchandising specs., delivery, P.T. retail-parts service specs.-apply online www.corporate.oreillyauto.com/onlineapplication/positions/store GA Dept of labor will help O’Reilly A.Pts. fill p-t jobs from 10a to noon on July 23 (TOMORROW) at the Cobb-Cherokee Career Ctr, 465 Big Shanty Rd. in Marietta. O-R will be recruiting, interviewing & hiring for those positions, but prior to recruitment, must apply online (above). Positions for stores in Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, & Woodstock. Bring resume, dress for interview. Bkgrd. ck & drug screening will be conducted. For more info, go to http://www.dol.state.ga.us/

Childcare– P-K & afterschool in N.Cobb E.Wdstck area. Child exp. req.Call Mikki or Melissa @ 770-552-8877 Custodial/Janitorial– (P.T.)

Maintenance/Custodial-starting August nights & wkends in E. Cobb aram@etzchaim.net (P.T. & F.T.) Janitorial-in Lithia Springs http://www.lacostaservices.com/ and click on employment.

Hospitality– Motel Front Desk Clerk-Start $8hr. Must pass drug test, bkgrd ck. Hours are Sat 2-11p.m., Sun. 10a-6pm Mon 2-11p.m. Email SUPERIORCREEKLODGE@yahoo.com fax to 770-426-3623

Legal/Atty– From article in “Cobb Business”-‘Bring me your unemployed’ Lawyers (and legal assist?) to staff a Justice Café downstairs of The Manely Firm, P.C. to open Aug. 1 at 211 Roswell St. Marietta; offering ‘affordable’ legal services “ranging from divorce, custody or legitimization issues, estate planning, adoption, succession planning for mom-and-pop businesses and other issues.”

Real Estate– Realtor relations/admin. assist.-Fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. Email Blair@AtlantaCommunities.net Restaurant/Food Service– J Christophers-various; check with J.Christophers on Powers Ferry Rd. (next to MicroCenter) Shillings on the Square-Servers/bartenders. Apply in person A.M.s only S on the Sq. (770) 428-9500 Canoe Restaurant, Vinings-Host (PT or FT), prev. exp. required; long-term post. Apply in person ONLY M-Thur 2-4p.m.

Warehouse/Forklift, etc.– Forklift, drivers, packers, trailer unloading $10 hrs. Nts. or days. Bkgrd check, drug test. Full bens. Apply in person at 4350 Ball Ground Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 Wrhse, production, forklift(several openings)-Paulding & Lithia Springs. Call Victory Staffing (770)-445-7702 ” – visit http://www.expertpersonnelsolutions.com/

Other positions listed in this MDJ: Construction (carpenters, etc.), Drivers, Flooring, (Pool) Maintenance, Mechanic (heavy equip.), Plumbing, Sales (land dev.)

KSU Career Training Expo (July 25)

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will have a Career Training Expo from 6 to 8:30 on THURSDAY at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. in Kennesaw. The open house will provide info re. 45-plus courses designed to provide training/education for high-demand careers. Also info like benefits for vets, financial aid and registration discounts will be offered.

-John Morgan

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5 Public Speaking Tips That Will Prepare You for Any Interview

BY HOLLEY MURCHISON

Landing a job interview is incredibly exciting –- and often terrifying. But fear not. There are clever ways to transform your angst into nerves of steel. After all, a good interview should feel like a conversation, not an interrogation. Here are five essential key tips from the world of public speaking that’ll help you look just as awesome in person as you do on paper.

1. Know Yourself
Most people dread the moment when their interviewer utters the words – “So, tell me about yourself.” But it’s actually the simplest question to navigate once you get down to the root of what’s being asked. “Tell me about yourself” really translates to: “What can you tell me about how your personality, interests, work habits and background will help you rock this position?”

Before you answer, rewind back to when you applied for the job -– the moment you decided that you and the position would be a solid match. Usually, the reasons that ran through your mind before you chose to apply are the answers the interviewer is looking for. Since you’re the most well-versed on the subject of you, this is your moment to paint the picture of what you bring to the table and why you’re the most dynamic and capable person for the job.

2. Bridge the Gap Between Confidence and Enthusiasm (Then Marry the Two)
How many times have you been confident in your ability to perform a task but not necessarily enthused about doing it (or vice versa)? Confidence speaks to the way you perceive you, while enthusiasm is more indicative of your feelings about something or someone other than yourself — in this case, the gig.

To make sure there’s a healthy balance between the two, draft a list of reasons you’re confident about your ability to perform the job, and pair each one with a reason why you’re enthusiastic about showing up. You should be able to clearly communicate these reasons during your interview.

Example: “In over 15 years as a graphic designer, I’ve mastered a number of software programs and techniques. Those skills have helped me contribute to some great work, but the best part of the experience, for me, is collaborating with a team to build something that clients can fall in love with.”

3. Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Practice
The last thing you want to do in an interview is regurgitate your resume or Linkedin profile. Instead, take a look at how you described your role at previous jobs and practice how you might integrate these into an actual conversation. In other words: if your resume bullet points were complete sentences describing how your experience is relevant to the new job, what would they sound like?

To prepare like the pros, do a mock interview with a friend and video record your answers. Ask yourself, “Can I really see myself saying this?” to gauge the authenticity of your delivery.

4. Know When to Wrap It Up
Big audiences don’t like a Chatty Cathy -– and neither do busy interviewers. To avoid coming across as a rambler or bad listener, always be mindful of the length of your answers. Even if the interviewer doesn’t give you validation in the form of a nod, smile or laugh, don’t be afraid to simply stop talking once you’ve answered the question.

If you can effectively communicate a point in five words, don’t use 25. Trust that if they want to know more, they’ll ask.

Need a little practice on this? Do a search for the “most asked interview questions” relevant to the position you’re applying for, jot down the ones you struggle with and practice answering them. Open-ended questions sometimes require lengthier responses, but typically, you should be able to provide a thoughtful answer to most interview questions in under 60 seconds.

5. Be a Team Player
The letter “I” stands alone. Unless you’re applying for a position that requires you to work independently, the reality is that stellar results (no matter the industry) require team effort. Be sure to incorporate “we” language to show your ability to work well with others. This doesn’t mean refrain from sharing your individual responsibilities and accomplishments, but be clear about how those things benefitted your team.

When in doubt, stick to this equation: What my team does + How I do my part to make sure we get to the finish line = Victory

Of course, no two interviews are the same, but if you apply these tips, you’re guaranteed to boost your odds of getting a call back. Knock ‘em dead!

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