Happy Valentines Day from us at MSP!

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We want to take a moment on this day to say how much we love our recipients, recipient organizations and donors. Without each of you, Memphis Suit Project would not exist! Thank you and we wishing you a day full of love and happiness from those around you!

We LOVE Chick-Fil-A

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One of our community partners is @Chick-Fil-A Midsouth. Not only does Chick-fil-A Midsouth have the best tasting chicken and outstanding guest service around, but they are greatly involved in our community. Visit their website and browse the monthly calendar to see how you can get involved too!

These creative jobs are in high demand right now

by Carl Germann via @Monster

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Those of you who like to use the right side of your brain know that finding a job in a creative field—from writing and art to graphic design and production—can also mean having to get a little creative in your job search. For certain creative careers, though, that’s hardly the case.

Interested in a career in trucking?

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OCTI (Olympic Career Training Institute) now offers a commercial driver’s license training program! Instructors expect to train 500 truck drivers in the program’s first year, drawing Memphis-area job seekers — allowing students to pay expenses after landing a driving gig and a more promising career path.

Reflection Video: Destinee Woods

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Destinee, a recent program graduate from @STS Enterprises, is a very involved 10th grader at Bolton High School. In her Reflection Video, Destinee explains how she plans to better her life and her community. We really enjoyed getting to be with her last month.

What to Wear: "Professional" vs. "Business Casual"

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With a new job or internship on the horizon (or even as you attend meetups and networking events) it's important to put some thought into what you wear.

Reflection Video: Sainna Christian

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Watch Sainna as she explains how she plans to better her life and her communty. Sainna's home country is Jamaica, but the coaches and mentors at @STS Enterprises have taken her under their wing to help her grow and develop professionally. Sainna attends LeMoyne Owen College and is pursuing a career in finance. Sainna is a very motivated, young professional ready to take on the world!

7 Interview Tips That Will Help You Get Hired

by ALISON DOYLE via The Balance Careers

illustration courtesy of Catherine Song

illustration courtesy of Catherine Song

Even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count, job interviewing never seems to get any easier. With each job interview, you are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don't know. And, you need to stay upbeat and enthusiastic through it all. This can be a challenge, especially when you're interviewing for a job you would love to get hired for. That said, there are ways to make a job interview feel much less stressful. Just a little preparation time can go a long way.

Downtown startup to bring 700 jobs, $6.6M investment

image courtesy of JACOB STEIMER

image courtesy of JACOB STEIMER

Indigo Ag is planning a major expansion in Downtown Memphis, which could create more than 700 new jobs. Since August, the tech firm has increased its headcount in Tennessee from 60 to 175. It plans to add another 525 within the next two or three years, Perry said, with the other 175 new jobs coming after that.

Reflection Video: JaiMyiah Moore

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JaiMyiah is such an inspiration. Getting to know her during our cycle with Code Crew was such an honor. JaiMyiah is not only going through school at Code Crew, but is also a mom to three kids! Watch her in this reflection video she made recently at Apple Store Sadddle Creek. I know she will encourage you as she tells how she plans to better her community.

Suiting Event: Setting the Standard

We are so proud of the students from STS Enterprise Corporation! They work hard, look great, and are well on their way to SUCCESS. It was our pleasure to help them feel confident and credible as they pursue their goals! 

Thank you, Dixon Hughes Goodman, for making this possible for these students! #suitup901

Managing: How to groom a younger professional for leadership

by Alice Waagen via Memphis Business Journal

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In this article, Alice Waagen answers a question that relates to the up and coming young professionals that are eager to see promotions. She addresses the issue between too eager young professionals and the "develop and wait" ideology of the seasoned professionals. She gives great advice and to the managers that the up and coming professionals can learn from in order to handle this potential problematic situation.

7 personality traits of successful executives

by Greg Moran via Memphis Business Journal

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Strong senior executives don’t make it to the top by chance. As they work their way up the corporate ladder, they acquire the right mix of skills and experience to succeed in higher leadership positions. But why do some leaders plateau while others go on to become successful senior executives? It all comes down to core competencies, or the innate personality traits that drive a leader’s behaviors and motivations.

The Best Ways to Keep Eye Contact During an Interview

by Beth Winston via Chron

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Landing a job is about more than just your experience and your achievements. A big factor in how well you interview is your nonverbal communication. That includes your posture, your body language and, perhaps most important, your eye contact. Appropriate eye contact speaks to confidence and self-esteem -- important assets in any good employee.

The eyes can’t lie! 16 Tips about body language in job interviews

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Body language is important. Very important. You can say what you want during a job interview, but if your body language tells a different story, you may seem insecure, unreliable or arrogant.

FREE Ebook on how to help today's teens manage anxiety & stress

by Dr. Tim Elmore via Growing Leaders

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Research from Dr. Jean Twenge released in 2017 found that there has been a sharp rise in anxiety over the last five years. Today, the Center for Disease Control tells us that about one in five teens will experience an anxiety attack or some other mental health disorder. To help address this issue, @growingleaders wants to give adults practical ways to help teens overcome stress and anxiety.