Month: October 2011
I have hauled out the plastic orange pumpkins and decked the halls with skeletons and spiders. I donned my “Supermom” cape to create a Pirate Cheerleader costume. (Don’t ask – I really don’t know how to define it.) The porch light has been changed and I have stocked up on the most evil of all Halloween essentials – the snack sized Snickers. Unbeknownst to me, Clark Griswold moved in to the house next door over the summer and has happily festooned and bedazzled his front yard with no less than 15 ten foot high inflatable monsters. All this in anticipation of the onslaught of pint sized ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches, warlocks, pirate and princesses.
So, in honor of the scariest night of the year, we thought we’d focus this edition of Find Work Wednesday on creepy careers. Now, confession time: as much fun as Halloween is for the kiddos, the darker side of the underworld sets the hair on the back of my neck on edge. Some people are just naturally drawn to the creepy, frightening, macabre world of the undead. I am not one of them. It took me 5 trips to Disneyworld before I would go into the Haunted Mansion – as an adult. One episode of “Fantasy Island” when I was seven scarred me well into my teenage years. I can’t sit around the campfire and tell ghost stories, I have happily passed over the whole Stephen King genre, do not understand the whole “Twilight” fascination and those “ghost hunter” shows on television just freak me out.
It’s a safe bet that you won’t find me pursuing a career as funeral director or a cemetery caretaker. However, what we consider as “scary” or “creepy” is, admittedly, relative. One person’s phobia can be another person’s fascination. What may repulse one person may just be all in a day’s work for another. We need people in the world to study spiders, control the pest population, keep the bats out of the attic, and clean up the animals along the side of the road who lost their race with oncoming traffic. We don’t often think about it, but someone has to clean up crime scenes, write obituaries, and perform autopsies. We need crime scene investigators and coroners and medical detectives, taxidermists, and people who watch over our cemeteries. They might not be the career choices for everyone, but, if you can get beyond the “fear factor,” they might just work for you.
All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- 52819BR Morgue Assistant, Houston, TX
- 52818BR Phlebotomist, Tampa, FL
- 52817BR Medical Tech/Blood Bank, Fort Worth, TX
- 52816BR Blood Bank Medical Technologist, Cambridge, MA
- 52812BR Veteran’s Cemetary Caretaker, Hardin, KY
- Forensic Photographer City of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
- Crime Laboratory Analyst MyFlorida (FL)
- Branch Commercial Pest Control Service Representative – 7090 ServiceMaster Family of Brands
- Dental Hygienist Aspen Dental
- Personal Effects Specialist II Capstone Corporation
- Mortuary Affairs Specialist Army Reserve
- Animal Care Technician MPI Research
- Pathology Lab Supervisor II Johns Hopkins Hospital
We recently changed cable providers. This was my husband’s idea as, I suspect, he was tired of listening to me complain about how expensive our other provider was getting. So, he signed us up for one of those “first customer introductory rates.” So far, I am not a fan. While I was painfully aware of our previous provider’s inadequacies, at least, they were familiar inadequacies. I had made friends with the remote control, memorized how to find my favorite channels and could, for the most part, find my way around the menu selections. Now, I have to start all over again.
The reality of starting over hasn’t been completely unfamiliar to me in the last few years. Like so many, I lost my job a few years ago – a casualty of the economy and corporate politics at the upper echelons at the company I worked for 10 years. The thought of having to start over in a new career or with a new company can be daunting. In truth, it can be paralyzing. We can become so overwhelmed with the “where do I begin” emotions of starting over that we don’t move forward at all. It can be an intimidating thing when that ladder of success slips out from under you and you have to start climbing back up from the bottom again.
But, starting over also gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves…to wipe the slate clean and to ask that proverbial question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” And, not just ask that question, but begin moving towards that goal whether that means
volunteering, going back to school or starting in an entry level position in a new career.
This week’s Find Work Wednesday focuses on our partnership with Convergys and their work from home program and call center programs. Convergys offers entry level or call center opportunities, supporting many fortune 500 companies in a customer service, light sales or technical support in a “work from home” format or at various call centers located across the country.
While it’s not for everyone, a work from home option is a great opportunity for military spouses or anyone looking for the stability of a full time job but the flexibility of a career that can be boxed up and moved to various duty stations or based around the needs of a family at home. The time and money saved on a daily commute, meals out and work wardrobe can be used for more important things in life.
The flexibility of working from home also means less interruption or hiccups in career advancement that often comes with frequent moves. Your seniority, training and expertise moves with you. Just because you may start in an “entry-level position”, that doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Not only does Convergys allow employees the option of working in the comfort of their own home, they also offer opportunities for career advancement within Convergys and possibly beyond.
If you have this special niche and want to take on a real challenge check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday position and thousands of other position for military affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- CenterCustomer Service Assoc, FedEx, Kansas City, MO 52685BR
- Center Customer Service Assoc, Denver, CO 52681BR
- Center Specialist, Chapel Hill, NC 52679BR
- Center Customer Service Coord, West Jordan, UT 52674BR
- Sales Customer Service Spec, San Diego, CA 52613BR
- Sales and Servie Rep II, Convergys, Valdosta, GA
- Manager, Operations-Call Center, Convergys, Denver, CO
- Cust Serv & Problem Res Rep I, Jacksonville, NC
- Insurance Sales Representative, Wichita, KS
- Cust Service & Sales Reps Now Hiring $10.00/hr, Chattanooga, TN
Today, I have been tagged, poked, IM’ed, pinged, dinged, and friended. I have updated my status, tweeted, blogged, surfed, linkedIn, liked, Skyped and Googled. I think I even had the opportunity to “Digg” something but I have no idea what that means.
Do you ever stop to wonder what our forefathers would have thought of our culture today? If Mr. Merriam and Mr. Webster were alive today they might think they were plopped into a foreign country with some of the terms we use today. It’s a bit mind-boggling to think that in 250 years we’ve progressed from lanterns in windows (and I don’t mean the Microsoft kind) as a means of communication to being able to broadcast our thoughts, feelings, and emotions across the world in an instant from a hand held electronic device. After all, according to evolutionary theory, it took a few million years just for us to stand upright.
It can get a bit ridiculous, really. I mean, thanks to social media (a term that didn’t even exist 20 years ago), we can, in 144 characters or less, ponder life’s greatest mysteries, wish “Happy Birthday” to someone to whom we would ordinarily never remember to send a card, share celebrations, tragedies, and life’s funniest moments. But, unless you are offering to do my laundry or inviting me over for dinner, I don’t really need to know that you checked in at the local “Clean ‘N Suds” or making tacos for
And yet, we are hooked. They don’t call it a “Crackberry” for nothing. My husband just reminded me, I am the pot calling the kettle black. I have a minor panic attack whenever my iPod is out of arms reach. But, mostly, this is because if I can’t find
it, it means it is probably in the hands of a precocious 3 year old who is taking pictures of the carpet or dunking it in the toilet. It’s happened. Trust me.
Love it or hate it, social media, is here to stay. So, embrace it. As military families, where would we be without email, Skype, and instant messaging during times of long separations? We can also use it to our advantage to build networks, search for jobs, and highlight our skills and abilities. If you can’t beat it, join it. Knowing your way around the internet and the social media world will be an asset that many future employers are looking for. More and more, we can “find it on Facebook” or “follow it on Twitter” as companies are expanding their presence on social media sites to enhance and grow their business. They need people who know how to tweet, blog, post, poke, like, and youtube it. Why not you?
All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first fifteen opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- Software Engineer Generalist, Facebook, Seattle, WA52453BR
- DataCenterConstruction Manger, Facebook, Prineville, OR 52452BR
- Recruiting Coordinator-Contract, Facebook, Seattle, WA52451BR
- Strategist Market Solutions, Facebook, Los Angeles, CA 52450BR
- Manager Measurement Solutions, Facebook, Chicago, IL52449BR
- University Risk Operations Analyst, Facebook, Austin, TX 52448BR
- Sales Manager, Facebook, Atlanta, GA52447BR
- Account Manager, Facebook, Direct Sales, New York, NY 52446BR
- Mobile Apps Analyst, Facebook, Palo Alto, CA 52445BR
- Account Executive, LivingSocial, Raleigh, NC52241BR
- Social Media Specialist, Bader Rutter, Brookfield, WI 52240BR
- Sr Social Media Analyst, Bosch Automotive, Broadview, IL 52239BR
- Associate Media Director, Razorfish, Chicago, IL52195BR
- Director of Corporate Communications, EventBrite, San Francisco, CA 52191BR
- Event Evangelist, EventBrite, Atlanta, GA52188BR
- Computer Geek or Guru Gold Pure Food Products Inc., Co. (Hempstead, NY)
- Customer Engagement Manager, Atlanta Sears Holdings (Atlanta,GA)
- Web Editor Village Voice Media (Phoenix, AZ)
- Huffington Post News Editor, Trends AOL (New York City, NY)
- Local Editor, Cuyahoga Falls Patch AOL (Work From Home, OH)
- Social Media Representative (Call Center) Taylor Corporation (North Mankato, MN)
- Manager, Social Media Getty Images (USA)
- New Media Manager Americans for the Arts (Miami, FL)
- Social Customer Support Specialist eBay (San Jose, CA)
- Writer, Staff NMM (Multi-Media) Tribune (USA)
- Assistant Director for Communications and Student Engagement (Unclassified MSUAASF) MNSCU (Moorhead, MN)
- Blog Writer II Thomson Reuters (Eagan, MN)
“Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-ring-a-ling too…come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you…..” Okay, I know. You can say it. “Not yet!”
Ordinarily, I would argue that it is much too early to think about the holiday season. As much as I love it, I am never eager to start of the holiday season. Maybe it’s because I have a profound reluctance to release my grip on summer. I love my state, but, winter is only fun in Michigan if you enjoy outdoor, winter sports. I do not. Maybe it’s because I am firm believer that “Christmas” (or whatever December holiday you celebrate) is meant to be celebrated AFTER Thanksgiving and not BEFORE Halloween. Nothing
irritates me more than listening to holiday music while shopping for Halloween costumes.
Maybe it’s just because I know I’ll have to start remembering to write a new year on my checks. I don’t know. Whatever the reason for my reluctance to enter into the holiday season, now is the perfect time to consider jumping into the job search.
Right now, many employers across the country are patching up their inflatable snowmen, downloading every rendition of “Winter Wonderland” known to man, and untangling miles of Christmas lights. They are also gearing up for the busiest and most important time of their fiscal year. Many companies depend on the holidays to put them in the black and rely on seasonal employees to shore up their ranks to meet the needs of a busy, lucrative holiday season. While we often think about retailers as the primary source of seasonal employment, other industries such as restaurants, hoteliers, airlines, and shipping companies also gear up in anticipation of travelers and shoppers.
Employers often use seasonal (temporary) employment as a litmus test to judge the strengths, skills, and abilities of potential employees to determine who they may want to keep permanently. Let’s face it, if you can maintain your composure during a holiday rush and still thrive after listening to “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” for 8 hours a day. You can pretty much do anything!
All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first four opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- Retail Sales Consultant, Verizon, Port Richey, FL 51876BR
- Center Customer Service Coord, Franklin, TN 52019BR
- Club Manager, Las Vegas, NV, 52050BR
- Full Time Language Assist (Spanish) Retail Sales Consultant, Denton, TX 50945BR
- Administrative Assistant-S, H&R Block (USA)
- Marketing Coordinator-Seasonal, H&R Block (USA)
- Retail Store Seasonal Assistant, Sprint (Roseville, MI)
- Retail Store Seasonal Assistant, Sprint (Amherst, NY)
- Lands End Sales Leader, Lands’ End (Watchung, NJ)
- Part-Time Warehouse Generalist/Forklift Operator (Seasonal)
- Scholastic (Raleigh, NC)
- Seasonal Athlete Nike (Greenland, NH)
- Ski Valet – Seasonal Destination Hotels & Resorts (Stowe Mountain Lodge- Stowe, VT)
- Seasonal On Call Massage Therapist Destination Hotels & Resorts (Miramonte Resort – Indian Wells, CA)
- Surveyor – Heavenly – PT Vail Resorts (Lake Tahoe, CA)