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.

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.

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.

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.