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31 posts from June 2009

06/29/2009

Don't give up: Rickey C. Cooper

Rickeycooper  Interview: I have a interview tomorrow and I will reveal the source if granted a opportunity with the agency.  I was so excited to receive a call from a HR representative in which this has been foreign language to me.  I don't want to jinx my chances tomorrow so I will remain calm and try not to get over excited about my possible opportunity to obtain employment.  For the remainder of the evening I will concentrate on how to present myself and remain focused about the interview.  Also for the remainder of the evening I will exercise on my bike with a ride to Joe Pool Lake and back.  This will free the mind of all thoughts and generate fresh Ideals on how I will present myself.  Till next time stay focused,positive and keep your head up and Don't Give up on Your Search. (Praise the Lord) Regards, Rickey C. Cooper

06/27/2009

The Postcard: Nancy Wood

Nancywood I love receiving picture postcards from places I’ve not been.   I enjoy the postcards so much I have every postcard sent to me from my world travelling daughters.  I have most of the postcards received from friends and family too.  I appreciate the thoughtfulness and the words “Wish You Were Here” often expressed on the postcard.   As I complete my second week of employment, “I wish you were here”.  I want for you to experience the satisfaction of obtaining a job and earning a living.  Having eliminated the isolation of job-hunting, it has been replaced with having someplace to be, people to meet and greet, and things to do.   Much like the essence of that picture postcard, it is refreshing to embark upon unfamiliar territory everyday.  Design your own postcard with your place of employment on the front.  Now turn it over to the other side.  You see it says, “I wish you were here.”  Stay strong and focused.  Nancy L. Wood

06/23/2009

So Long: Nancy Wood

Nancywood Everyday I pretended a group of you were watching my job-hunting efforts.  I worked at this endeavor as though I was going to receive a 90-day performance evaluation from you.  I tried to connect with you as a fellow job hunter exploring the obstacles and opportunities involved in this pursuit.  I attempted to pass along things I learned at my Jobs Now Program and quietly give advice that was given to me.  It was important to me to represent the “boomers” as a vibrant, experienced, intelligent and versatile group.  I had to acknowledge the lingering “age discrimination” in the workforce although I did not tie age discrimination to the ever moving full retirement target of 66 years old now.  I shall not digress to my views on the retirement age. As many of you, my internal clock has always been set to arise between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.  Throughout my job search sometimes the time I would arise readjusted itself to 5:30 a.m.  On a few occasions associated with my anxiety, I awoke between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to start my job search day.  Once it set in that I am employed again, my internal clock readjusted itself once again.  Several times last week I slept until 7:00 a.m. and on Friday I slept until 8:00 a.m. I thank each of you for following my blog and telling others about my ranting (smile).  I have been pleasantly surprised that my blog was read by employers and the employed too.  Foremost, I thank the Star-Telegram’s Scott Nishimura and Steve Kaskovich for selecting me as a blogger.  It gave me an audience that in turn kept me diligent in my job-hunting endeavors.  An unexpected bonus of this blog was the improvement in my writing skills and a boost to my confidence from unexpected and welcomed compliments.  Thank you.  As I prepare for the first week of working and learning again, I invite professional, above average and experienced RNs and LVPs (LPNs) to visit NurseCore in the Arlington office where I reside.  I believe you will find a fulfilling professional experience with us and a flexible work schedule.  For those with private insurance (or private pay) requiring outstanding medical care for you or loved ones, check us out.  If you are a medical facility with supplemental staffing needs, please give our NurseCore offices a call at 817-795-0567.   Visit our Website:  www.NurseCore.net   Tell NurseCore you heard about them in my blog.  As a new employee, I could use the “brownie points”. This is so long and not goodbye.  This is so long from the ever growing group of the unemployed.    While I may not know you on sight (nor you me), when I am not at NurseCore, I’ll be walking the trails of Legacy River Park, at the pet store, at scrapbooking conventions, doing genealogy research, tutoring at Arlington Reads, or in the fresh produce section of your favorite grocery store.  Please know that I understand thoroughly your struggles for employment and the desire to resume your lifestyle. My sincere best wishes to each of you to connect with employers.  In all that you do, please stay strong and focused.  - Nancy L. Wood

Looking for contacts: Rickey C. Cooper

Rickeycooper U whooooo I'm back with some jobs below that I posted on-line today.  If there is anybody out there working in HR or the Hiring Manager with the below companies I would like a response( rccooper43@yahoo.com ). I am ready and available for immediate consideration. Well let's see if this generates any responses as you know you will be informed if I am presented with a opportunity.

(1) Congratulations! You've applied for: Information Technology Manager Fort Worth, TX 76110 MedStar Area Metro Ambulance Authority

(2) Congratulations! You've applied for: Implementation and Training Analyst Fort Worth, TX 76102 Autostar Solutions, Inc.

(3) AAFES:AAAFESAFES  VACANCY #    JOB TITLE    EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY    LOCATION    JOB STATUS    DETAILS   C1-000928-2009 SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR III (ZOS) Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-001030-2009 TELECOM ANALYST TECHNICIAN I Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-000859-2009 SUPERVISOR PRODUCTION SUPPORT Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-000881-2009 FORECAST ANALYST I(SD) Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-000882-2009 FORECAST ANALYST II Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-000821-2009 PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR I (CTI) Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-000853-2009 DATABASE ANALYST III Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-000813-2009 HELP DESK SUPERVISOR II Regular Full Time DALLAS , Texas Open C1-001030-2009 TELECOM ANALYST TECHNICIAN I Regular Full Time DALLAS, Texas Thank you for applying. Your application has been received.   I will continue to keep posting for job openings on-line and keep the faith alive that I will gain employment soon. Regards, Rickey C. Cooper 

06/21/2009

Employers, candidate providers swap info at chamber Job Links meetings

Bettyharvey Here's our story on the Fort Worth Chamber-backed Job Links Excelerator, where employers and candidate providers trade information over monthly invitation-only breakfasts. Note: Individual jobseekers not invited.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 

 

(Photo: Chamber's Betty Harvey)

Happy Father's Day: Callie M. Vivion-Matthews

Calliematthews I realize it has been a couple of weeks since I've blogged anything. I took a break last week because there was not much to report and I hate to blog just for the sake of blogging.

This past week I received an email from a recruiter to whom I sent my resume back in December. I didn't even remember sending it. As we began to chat, the recruiter tells me that business on their end has been slow. Not much placement going on, however, she did send my resume out to a contact, just on the off-chance that they might be interested.

I also had three "thanks, but another candidate has been selected" return emails. Yikes! I applied for two of three jobs almost 6 months ago, so I hadn't really thought much about them, but still, getting those emails was no fun.

My husband and I evaluate and re-evaluate what our situation is, how we can make things work, find ways to be resourceful, and we depend on each other for support every day.

On this Father's Day, I'd like to say: thanks to my Dad, who's never but a phone call away and is always willing to help. I know I can count on you always.

And secondly, to my husband, Russell, without whom I would be a basket-case on any given day. He is FOR SURE, one of the best Dad's I know. Our boys are fabulous kiddos and there is no doubt they are that way because of Russell. I love you, honey. Happy Father's Day.

Until next time, I remain,

The traveling lawyer- Callie M. Vivion-Matthews

06/20/2009

Just Another Day of Unemployment : Emily Allen

EmilyGAllen Hmmm. Just noticed my birthday blog didn't get posted... I think I have my email to blame.

Anyway, another birthday has come and gone - still unemployed. So much for that goal... although, as I previously mentioned I was technically employed ON my birthday thanks to a week-long temp job working as a receptionist in an oncology clinic.

Apparently they enjoyed having me.

If only I could save all of those compliments and send them to recruiters. I guess that would be considered a reference letter - now I may have to call my supervisor back and ask her if she'd be willing to help me out.

One of my professors from TCU has been emailing me various job postings over the last few months, but one stood out recently. It's a production assistant job with the same station I interned at in San Antonio - PERFECT.

Sure, it's parttime and not exactly the production job I'd hoped for, but I know that a 21 year old college grad should not expect to be hired as a newscast producer in a top 50 TV market (San Antonio is market 37) fresh out of school.

This is my opportunity to learn additional production techniques as a more knowledgable employee than I was two summers ago.

If I land this job, I'm throwing a party

Emilyallen Hmmm. Just noticed my birthday blog didn't get posted... I think I have my email to blame. Anyway, another birthday has come and gone - still unemployed. So much for that goal... although, as I previously mentioned I was technically employed ON my birthday thanks to a week-long temp job working as a receptionist in an oncology clinic. Apparently they enjoyed having me. If only I could save all of those compliments and send them to recruiters. I guess that would be considered a reference letter - now I may have to call my supervisor back and ask her if she'd be willing to help me out. One of my professors from TCU has been emailing me various job postings over the last few months, but one stood out recently. It's a production assistant job with the same station I interned at in San Antonio - PERFECT. Sure, it's parttime and not exactly the production job I'd hoped for, but I know that a 21 year old college grad should not expect to be hired as a newscast producer in a top 50 TV market (San Antonio is market 37) fresh out of school. This is my opportunity to learn additional production techniques as a more knowledgable employee than I was two summers ago. If I land this job, I'm throwing a party.

06/19/2009

Father's Day Weekend: Rickey C. Cooper

Rickeycooper June 19, 2009 and it's the bottom of the week.  It's Father's Day Weekend and I have a suggestion for the Unemployed Dads, have your children pool together and finance your Favorite Dinner at the restaurant of your choice.  This is a great stress reliever since we can no longer afford to frequent these establishments, this will also be a great time to renew some of your old habits when you where employed.  My favorite restaurant and meal is Red Lobster ( Steak and Lobster ) can't beat it.  I received some disturbing news today also: ''The jobless rate in Fort Worth-Arlington rose more than one-half percentage point to 7.1 in May from April, matching the state’s seasonally-adjusted rate as Texans continue to face a tight job market''.  Wow is what I said but I am writing to you today to encourage myself and yourself to stay focused and on track to gain employment.  Today I will be traveling to Denton, Texas to attend a 80's Denton High School Reunion coordinated by Sherri McDade ( Denton Resident ).  I will be using this event to turn up the Heat with my Networking Skills.  Let's see who's who in America at this event.  I will inform you of the outcome.  Regards, Rickey C. Cooper

06/18/2009

Still no prospects: Rickey C. Cooper

Rickeycooper It is June 18,2009 13:25:34 and still no prospects on obtaining employment.  Good News for the week is that Cisco Systems is building a new data center in Allen, Texas: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/42559.  But this will be quite some time before it's open for operations and I need to acquire employment before then.  I received feedback from Capital One in the form of the following:  ''Rickey, Thank you for your interest in the Prod Support Specialist, Sr (Req 610982) position at Capital One. We carefully reviewed your background as it relates to this position, and we have identified other candidates who more closely meet our requirements. Please know this does not affect your candidacy for other positions for which you may have applied or wish to apply to in the future. We will keep your information active in our system for 6 months, and we may consider you for future openings that match your skills, experience and interest. If we identify your skill set as a potential fit for future opportunities, we will contact you promptly for further discussion.   If you wish to pursue other employment opportunities, we encourage you to use the link below to search our available positions.'' The above is so familiar to all of us seeking employment that I have labeled this message as the (Inbox Message To Continued Unemployment).  Until next time keep trying,keep your head up and God Bless. Regards, Rickey C. Cooper

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