After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

by Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report via PBS

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The decades-long national push for high school graduates to get bachelor’s degrees left vocational programs with an image problem, and the nation’s factories with far fewer skilled workers than needed. 

Job Opportunity: JCPenney hiring 40,000 seasonal associates

Brooklyn, New York's JCPenney COURTESY OF JCPENNEY

Brooklyn, New York's JCPenney


A national retailer is hiring 400,000 seasonal workers, including 750 in Tennessee. 

To prepare for the holiday shopping rush, JCPenney plans to hire 750 seasonal associates throughout Tennessee on its first-ever National Hiring Day Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 2-8 p.m.

Management will hold in-person interviews and be hiring people on-the-spot for customer service and support positions, including cashier, replenishment specialist, beauty consultants and more. All skills levels are welcome.

Individuals are encouraged to apply online at or in-store at one of the applicant kiosks prior to attending the event.

The company offers seasonal associates a full associate discount up to 25 percent, as well as flexible holiday scheduling. 

JcPenney has two Memphis locations: at Wolfchase Galleria, 2756 N. Germantown Parkway, and at Centennial Commons, 7700 Polo Grounds Boulevard.

The New Memphis: Do You See It?



The New Memphis is all around you. Our city is built from the old and made for the now. We are rich in history and committed to a bright future. 

We are the New Memphis.

Written & Directed by Edward Valibus

Starring Syderek Watson and the City of Memphis

Visuals provided by:
Edward Valibus
Sean Davis
Carla McDonald
Benjamin Rednour
Cat & Fish Creative
Aaron Baggett
Kevin Brooks
Memphis Grizzlies
Joey Miller
Kyle Taubken
Crosstown Arts
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Title Artwork by Eso Tolson

Animation by Chris Koelsch

Audio Recording by Michael Hunkele

Audio Mixing by Nate Reisman 

Edited by Edward Valibus & Benjamin Rednour

Thanks to: 
Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission
Malco Theatres
Jade Primicias (Project Motion)
Boo Mitchell (Royal Studios)
Side Street Steppers
River Arts Festival
Levitt Shell
Stax Museum
Faizah Jones (Mbabazi House of Style)
Damon Drew
Kat Gordon (Muddy’s Bakery)
Craig L. Robinson, MEd. (Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary)
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Isaac Rodriguez, PHD (SweetBio)
Clean Memphis
Eli Gold
Tameka Greer (Artistik Lounge)
Tierinii Jackson
Al Kapone
Soulsville USA Festival
University of Memphis
Kong Wee Pang & Jay Crum
Mid-South Pride
Beale Street Flippers
AutoZone Park
Carpenter Art Garden
Marcellous Lovelace
Derrick Dent & Birdcap

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity

By Dr. Travis Bradberry via Huffington Post

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Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you. 

Memphis airport vendors seek many more employees



via Memphis Business Journal

Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) will host its second job fair. The inaugural event drew in excess of 200 job seekers.

At least 17 different airport employers ranging from concessionaires and janitorial services to the airport's largest tenant, FedEx Corp., will be on hand looking to make hires.

The Oct. 18 job fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the airport's Project Center at 4225 Airways Blvd.

Participating airport employers ( more may be added prior to the job fair):

The do’s and don’ts of presentation openings

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While that phrase is typically about relationships, it’s true for business presentations as well. Yes, the first 30 seconds of your presentation are the most important 30 seconds. 

Next week is a good week to get HIRED!

Hiring events on tap to fill jobs at FedEx, airport, Bass Pro, ServiceMaster, elsewhere

by Wayne Risher via Commercial Appeal

Photo: Stock image

Photo: Stock image

Need a job?

Memphis companies are holding job fairs to connect with you.

  • FedEx and Workforce Investment Network will be at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday seeking to fill 60 positions at FedEx Trade Networks.
    • Applicants are asked to apply online for senior express clearance operations coordinator positions. FedEx Trade Networks is the company’s international trade specialist.
  • Seedco has scheduled a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, to find workers for FedEx, Sheraton Hotel, Bass Pro Shops, ServiceMaster, Answering Advantage Call Center and others.
  • Memphis International Airport will hold a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the airport’s Project Center, 4225 Airways, to connect people with jobs at the airport.

Employers include Air General; Budget Rent A Car; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; FedEx Express; HMS Host; Interstate BBQ; ISS Janitorial Services; Lenny’s Subs; Airport Authority; Paradies Lagardere; PrimeFlight Aviation Services; Sam Adams Brewhouse; Summerfield Associates Inc.; SP+; Transportation Security Administration; United Ground Express; and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

7 mistakes men often make when wearing a business suit

When you dress up, you want people to pay attention — in a good way. A networking event… more IMAGE PROVIDED BY GETTY IMAGES (BAONA)

When you dress up, you want people to pay attention — in a good way. A networking event… more


Men often make mistakes as they don their business suits for interviews, business meetings and networking events — especially young professionals entering the workforce. Some mistakes are downright cringeworthy, such as leaving the jacket on and buttoned when sitting, which causes the shoulders to rise to the ears. 

Losing isn’t the opposite of winning — it's part of winning

Harvey Mackay via Memphis Business Journal

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Your goal should be to improve in areas where you have weaknesses and seek challenges that will stretch you and help you grow. A good competitor will help you point out your mistakes and weaknesses, so pay attention.

Delta Streets Academy wins funding

T. Mac surrounded by eighth-graders at Delta Streets Academy in Greenwood, Miss.(Chuck Cook/Genesis)

T. Mac surrounded by eighth-graders at Delta Streets Academy in Greenwood, Miss.(Chuck Cook/Genesis)


Voting in July and August was the closest ever, but a late surge made Delta Streets Academy (DSA) in Greenwood, Miss., the overall winner in 2017 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion. By earning the most votes, DSA receives a grand prize of $15,000!

Congratulations T.Mac and the men of DSA- we are thrilled for you!!



Williams-Sonoma hiring for 2,000 seasonal jobs in Memphis

Williams-Sonoma is considering a major industrial lease in far northeastern metro Atlanta  MARK ELIAS

Williams-Sonoma is considering a major industrial lease in far northeastern metro Atlanta 


by Jacob Steimer at Memphis Business Journal

Williams-Sonoma Inc. is hoping to hire 2,000 Memphians for seasonal work at its three local distribution centers, the company announced Tuesday.

The open positions run from September to the end of December for three shifts of work, seven days a week, according to a news release.

Hiring events, which include on-the-spot interviews and drug testing, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7755 Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

Suit Gifting: Introducing the Seniors of Memphis Catholic High School

This suit will not only progress me a servant leader but also as a young black male who wants to show off his potential. I personally consider my family members as part of my community and try my best to make them and everyone who looks up to me proud. As a senior in high school, it is my job to set the example to everyone younger than me and show them how they should conduct themselves. Children and many adults are visual learners, and look at appearance first, which plays into the favor of having a suit to motivate them. As previously stated, if I get a job by wearing the suit gifted to me then I am already contributing to my community by becoming a well-rounded citizen.
— Tommy Coleman, Senior

On Tuesday, August 22, Memphis Suit Project had the honor of gifting suits and business attire to the 38 seniors at Memphis Catholic High School. We dressed the men from head-to-toe in brand new suits and the women looked beautiful in their clothes from our partners at Dress For Success

Surrounded by their peers, families, teachers and mentors, the recipients shared how these suits made them feel more confident as they complete their work-study program and move into the workforce. 

"After we did this project I actually went in to put in job applications," said senior Carria Smith. "And I have an interview in two weeks!"

The seniors at Memphis Catholic are working hard to improve their lives, and now are relieved of the worry of “What to wear?”

"Each of these young people- looking professional, sharp and ready to take on the world- encourage and inspire me," said Meghan Heimke, executive director of Memphis Suit Project. "I know that their futures are full of promise. Dreams waiting to be fulfilled. We want them to go in confidence knowing that we are rooting for them every step of the way."

Watch out world….here they come!