Deb’s Dish on Work Life
“Don’t exaggerate your professional profiles on social networking sites because you’re much more interesting JUST the way you are! ” . . . Deb Kloeppel, CEO, MSCCN
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Deb’s Dish on Work Life
“If you constantly begrudge the success of others – you’ll never enjoy the company of great minds”
. . . Deb Kloeppel, CEO, MSCCN
Read Deb’s latest articles at www.msccn.org
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Army Wife Network & Blue Star Families
I have heard that this is the best time to look for work. Many candidates slow down or stop their job search because of the holidays. So, you have a better chance of making network connections (holiday cheer), getting an interview, and even getting hired. So it’s time to network and get the word out that you are looking for a job.
This time of year you can also find a stepping stone position as a temp or seasonal worker. Treat your temp or seasonal work like it is your dream job. Work your schedule, do a good job, be a problem solver, do a more than what is asked of you, and make a lasting impression. A seasonal job can become a permanent position. Great places to check out are department stores, packing agencies, doctor’s offices, etc.
For additional ideas of jobs check out this week’s Find Work Anytime. All the 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 Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- Driver Helpers Seasonal, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 54397BR
- Customer Care Professional Any City, Alabama 54080BR
- Project Manager, Louisville, Kentucky 53329BR
- Part – Time Retail Sales Consultant Redlands, CA 55279BR
- Retail Sales Consultant, Bi-lingual Spanish, Garland, Texas 55273BR
- Store Seasonal Employee, Lowes, Mira Loma, CA
- Claims Professional Trne – IAP Sedgwick Claims Management Svs. , Inc. Riverside, CA
- Data Entry Clerk, Adecco, Fallbrook, CA
- Floater Teacher, Knowledge Learning Corporation, Hemet, CA
- Seasonal – Retail Sales – jewelry – Galleria at Tyler, Nordstrom, Riverside, CA
November 11th is Veteran’s Day and in honor of all of those who have served we will be dedicating all Find Work Wednesdays in November to Veteran’s Jobs.
If most troops are like mine, they have a steady paycheck, a job they love, and no immediate plans to get out, so they have not given much thought to what they will be doing after they get out. When probed they probably say “I will worry about it when the time comes”. In this economy, you need a plan. First, think of what you want to do. Once you have an idea you can research job requirements needed, experience, education, and certifications. Veterans need know local resources to choose from to get help, who to contact, and how to use their military experience to add skills to their resume to achieve career goals in the civilian world.
A common occupation area chosen by Veterans is law enforcement, because it is similar to their military training, duties, etc. Some specific job titles veterans look at are: private contractors, physical fitness trainers, security officers, overseas contractors, recruiters, weapons experts, etc.
If you are a veteran and need some assistance with finding job postings check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions 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 Opening with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
1. Sr. Industrial Security Spec., Goleta, CA 525523BR
2. Assistant COMSEC Custodian, El Segundo, CA 52527BR
3. Engineer I/II, Newport, RI 52539BR
4. Tanker, North Carolina 52255BR
5. Van Regional/OTR, Illinois 52242BR
6. Security Officer, AlliedBarton Security Services, Milpitas, CA
7. Government Services Security Officer, AlliedBarton Security Services, San Francisco, CA
8. Radio Frequency Engineer, ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, OK
9. Correctional Officer, Corrections Corporation of America, Woodville, MS
10. Personal Trainer, World Health Club, USA
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
You might have read that a satellite recently fell from space. I did hear NASA was going to cut back on the space program, but letting satellites and space stations fall uncontrollably to earth is a little extreme. I was wondering if NASA is still hiring and do you have to be a rocket scientist to work there.
Like many kids I dreamed of being an astronaut and what earth would look like from a tiny medal capsule in space. I remember the day when everyone gathered in 6th grade common room to watch as a teacher was allowed to travel up to space as part of the crew. I also remember the collective gasps and the dead silence watching the shuttle explode. I remember that the teachers quickly turned off the television and ushered us back to our rooms in confusion.
Today, we have sophisticated technology once only dreamed of. So when all of the outrage occurred over the satellite falling and no one being able to predict where, I thought back to the classroom so long ago. How soon we forget how far our technology has come in the last 25 years! Where will we be in the next 25 years, maybe you will be part of the next breakthrough!
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”.
- Opportunities for Disabled, Aerospace, Nationwide, 51892BR
- Intelligence Specialist, Aerospace, Huntsville, AL, 51891BR
- Director of Flight, Aerospace, Kern County, CA, 51890BR
- Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace, Santa Clara County, CA 51889BR
- Student Career Experience, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51888BR
- Technical Project Manager, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51887BR
- Proposal Manager BAE Systems (Sterling Heights, MI)
- Director, Proposal Operations BAE Systems (Sterling Heights, MI)
- Mechanical Engineering Intern- Junior Raytheon (Plano, TX)
- Systems Test – Systems Engineer I Raytheon (Tucson, AZ)
- Mechanical Engineering Intern-Sophomore Raytheon (Plano, TX)
- Mgr I Manufacturing Engrg Raytheon (Dallas, TX)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)