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.

Happy Thanksgiving from MSP!

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Memphis Suit Project has much to be thankful for this year! We are incredibly thankful to all of our participants and the tremendous job they are doing to better their lives and their communites! We could not be more thankful to all of our donors that help make MSP make such a large impact in the Memphis and surrounding areas! Thank YOU! Everyone have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Tent company stakes hiring pipeline to high school program

by Michelle Corbet via Memphis Business Journal

 IMAGE COURTESY OF COURTESY MAHAFFEY TENT & EVENT RENTALS

IMAGE COURTESY OF COURTESY MAHAFFEY TENT & EVENT RENTALS

In this article, one of our recipient organizations, Project S.T.A.N.D., is highlighted for its partnership and employment opportuinities with Mahaffey, a Memphis-based tent and event rentals company. The students were trained and worked through the month of May, delivering tents, tables and chairs in the local market. Seven of the seniors have since expressed interest in working for the company long-term.

Thousands turn out for Chick-fil-A’s Labor Day 5K

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Your Labor Day may consist of pool lounging, burgers and shopping, but did it include a workout? Nearly 2,000 people got a run in first thing on Labor Day morning at the 16th annual Chick-fil-A 5K. Chick-fil-A Mid South is dedicated to giving back to their community in many ways. We love our partnership with them and enjoy seeing the other ways they give back to Memphis!

The Four “What Not To Do’s” When Seeking a Job on LinkedIn

by Joe Mullings via LinkedIn

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There are lots of great “What To Do” pieces that are written about securing your next job. However, a “What Not To Do” is clearly needed in the world of job searching.

High School Seniors and Juniors: Jumpstart your career path to law enforcement with The Blue Path!

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The Memphis Police Department is looking for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in police work to join the Blue Path program! This program gives high school students the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree from college and become a police officer for the Memphis Police Department.

How to sound like a confident professional

by Kyra Kudick via Memphis Business Journal

 Image Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

Image Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

You might look the part, and your message might be exactly on point, but if you don’t sound like a confident professional, your message will be misunderstood or ignored.

Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll

by Toni Lepeska via Memphis Daily News

 Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit organization, recently released its first month of statistics since rolling out the 60-station, 600-bicycle transportation system. Nearly 3,000 residents and visitors had taken 6,423 rides. The estimated carbon offset, or reduction in carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions, totaled 26,078 pounds.Officials said the system exceeded expectations the first month. They hope Memphis is on a pathway to improve health and community connectivity through affordable transportation.

'Turn the interview process on its head': A Facebook director shares 3 questions to ask in every job interview

by Abby Jackson and Arielle Berger via Business Insider 

 Image courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Image courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Job interviews can often feel like interrogations, with hiring managers drilling applicants on their work experience and best professional qualities. But successful candidates typically know that the best interviews are conversations rather than a one-sided questioning. Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, visited Business Insider and provided some advice on how to take the reins from the interviewer. 

What holds you back most is...you

by Clifford Jones via Memphis Business Journal

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Image courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (JOHNNY VALLEY)

What’s the solution to getting out of your own way? First, you have to accept the fact you don’t know what you don’t know. Then, you have to decide if you’re willing to get out of your own way and get help; the right help, someone who has been more than once where you want to go. 

Promote respect, reduce risk through workplace civility training

by Ed Zalewski via The Business Journals

 Image courtesy of Getty Images (CHAGIN)

Image courtesy of Getty Images (CHAGIN)

Workplace civility training is not new. In recent years, employers have implemented such training in response to concerns about bullying and other conflict in the workplace. Even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recommended that employers provide general civility training to help prevent harassment.

MSP Loves Chick Fil A Midsouth

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Our partners at Chick-fil-A Midsouth are a huge part of Memphis Suit Project's Suiting Events! At the end of each cycle with our reciepient organization, friends, family, mentors and coaches all gather to see our students show off their new professional attire. After the "fashion show" and charge to the students, everyone gets to eat the #1 voted best fast food chain, Chick-fil-A! We appreciate our local partners and love to keep up with their local events via social media.

Forget Schmoozing, Here’s How To Get Influential People’s Attention

by Selana Soo via Fast Company

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Image Courtesy of Rawpixel

You probably know that powerful people receive dozens, if not hundreds, of unsolicited requests every day. And at networking events or speaking engagements, the most influential folks in the room usually have to fight back a scrum of people hoping to get a word in or hand off a business card. To get on their radar, you have to do more than cold email and hope for the best, or push your way to the front of the line at industry mixers. If you want to meet them–and break through and build a lasting connection–the best strategy is to make them come to you.

Kingsbury High grows health and entrepreneurship with city’s first student-led farmers market

by Cole Bradley via High Ground News

It’s 8 a.m. on a balmy Monday in July, but the team arriving at Kingsbury High School doesn’t need coffee to help waking up. They’ve got plenty of youth and passion to fuel them. These students are budding gardeners and entrepreneurs who are working this summer to launch Shelby County Schools' first farmers market organized and run by the students themselves. The coalition of organizers and educators advising the students hopes they learn what it takes to run a business and how they can begin addressing some of the greatest challenges in the Graham Heights community. 

17 Simple Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day No Matter What

by Christina DesMarais via Inc.

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Whether they're for your physical condition, emotional outlook, or level of productivity, the things you repeatedly do every day define your quality of life. Here are the daily habits several executives credit for the success they have achieved.

Attention All MSP Recipients: Opportunity Memphis Career Fair this weekend!

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2018 Opportunity Memphis Career Fair is coming up this Saturday! Mayor Jim Strickland and the City of Memphis are holding a FREE career fair to connect job seekers with companies hiring locally. Go get 'em!