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February 6, 2017
by serena
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Ticket Services Associate

Job title: Ticket Services Associate
Company: Seattle Symphony
Industry: Music
Location: Seattle, WA
Employment: Full Time
Function: Customer Service
Compensation: DOE

Job Description: Position Overview: This full-time position supports the various aspects of Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall ticketing processing and procedures. Essential Job Functions: Process subscription and single ticket purchases and exchanges in person, by phone, mail and internet in a helpful, friendly, accurate and timely manner. Be aware of and provide current information to all patrons in a proactive manner for all concerts at Benaroya Hall, which includes Seattle Symphony performances, Live@ Benaroya Hall concerts, National Geographic Live lectures and various rental shows. Support Seattle Symphony customer service policies by solving patron problems and special needs in a courteous and diplomatic manner. Staff day of show concert Ticket Office including ticket sales, will-call, providing ticket replacements and receipt of donated tickets. Responsible for accurate sales reconciliation. Participate in all training sessions in a positive, willing and thoughtful manner. Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills & Experience: Qualifications: Strong communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to prioritize, and the desire to work in a fast paced environment. Ability to complete all tasks on schedule, thoroughly and accurately. Excellent customer service skills required. Computer experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Tessitura and TicketMaster desired. Willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Previous ticket office experience a plus

Company Description: The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launch= ed its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement:The Seattle Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@seattlesymphony.org
Application deadline: February 15, 2017

February 6, 2017
by serena
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Software Engineer for Gemalto

Job title: Software Engineer
Company: Gemalto
Industry: Computer Software
Location: Austin, TX
Employment: Permanent
Compensation:
Job ID number: 17000099

Summary: Under general supervision, conducts research and development leading to new or improved products to maintain the company’s competitive position and profitability. We are looking for people that want to work in a dynamic, open-plan and highly collaborative team. This is a 100% agile team with weekly sprints. We work on Enterprise scale web security technologies – primarily a system to manage virtual machines. * Experience in one or more of the following: Python, C++, JavaScript, Ruby/Rails – as important is a willingness to learn new languages * Basic knowledge of Git, Jira, and Jenkins or Teamcity. * Use an IDE that you prefer and other tools that makes sense * Flexibility to think outside the box to solve solutions * Write test scripts for automation of unit and integration tests If you like to work on different things – like to sit in an open space – want to have input in every aspect of the product – enjoy learning and problem solving – then we’re ready and waiting to hear from you. Qualification Requirements: Education: Bachelors in Computer Science or equivalent experience can be substituted for degree (ie. 4-6 year’s experience) Experience: 5+ years development experience Essential Duties & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: • Implement code in a timely fashion and with high quality, consistent with standards for the group • Unit test software components to ensure module-level functionality and data structure consistency. • Resolves issues found during engineering test and QA in a timely manner, taking risk into account • Provide documentation as appropriate including design documentation, comments in code, inputs for external specifications; system requirements specifications and end user documentation • Consistent use of group tools such as Jira, Confluence and Git for management of responsibilities and of code • Participates in design and implementation/code reviews of other team members • Seeks assistance when required in a timely manner • Remains abreast of current technological progress to ensure company’s products remain marketable and competitive • Other duties as assigned

Company Description:

Diversity & Inclusion Statement:Diversity Our employees come from 117 countries and form an o?pen and diverse workforce. We believe our teams should reflect both the global nature of our business and the diversity of our customers, giving us the experience to explore new markets in an unbiased, open and intelligent way. Our diversity strategy means fair and equal employment and career development practices. It means acceptance, respect and understanding – for both colleagues and customers. It also gives us a global vision, since our employees work in collaboration with talents from diverse backgrounds, whether in terms of age, nationality, education, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion. It is through fostering diversity that we create a platform where our employees can demonstrate their full potential to exceed our customers’ expectations. In 2015, women represented 41% of newly recruited staff, and 30% of Gemalto’s professional workforce. We also recruited close to 1,200 people across 52 countries for exempt positions, representing 14% of our entire exempt workforce.

Please click on the link to apply directly to the position: https://gemalto.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=17000099

February 6, 2016
by serena
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Registered Nurse II for Medical University of South Carolina

Job title: Registered Nurse II
Company: Medical University of South Carolina
Industry: Nursing
Location: Charleston, NC
Employment: Permanent, Full Time

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Medical Center has an immediate opening for a Registered Nurse II. Staff will provide individualized, goal-directed patient care to families and patients at the competent level utilizing the principles and practices of the nursing process; delivers safe and effective care and interacts with other members of the health care team to achieve desired results.

Minimum qualifications include graduating from an accredited school of nursing and one year experience as a registered nurse. Licensure as a registered nurse by the South Carolina Board of Nursing or a compact state. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) required, either a certification from an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers (or AHA recognized equivalent) or an American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider. Some positions require certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Company Description: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package in a progressive environment. All interested applicants should complete an on-line application at www.muscjobs.com.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Promoting Workplace Diversity
An Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply here: www.muscjobs.com

May 14, 2013
by Paul Freiberger
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Stir the Ingredients for a Career Change

Julia McWilliams, by no means a household name, was born in California in 1912 and graduated from Smith College in 1934. Then she moved to New York City, worked as a typist and wrote advertising copy for W. & J. Sloane, then a major home furnishings reseller. By 1942, the United States had entered World War II, and Julia put her career on hold. She wanted to enlist; but both the WACs and the WAVEs put limits on the heights of enlistees, and they disqualified a 6-foot-2-inch Julia.

Undaunted, she signed on with the Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the CIA. Toward the war’s end, she was posted to China and Ceylon, serving as Chief of the OSS Registry.

So far, then, Julia had worked as a typist, as a copywriter and, depending on one’s willingness to romanticize her wartime career, as a secret agent. In Ceylon, she met the man she would marry and whose name she would take, Paul Cushing Child.

As Julia Child our heroine suddenly becomes recognizable. She had changed jobs again, going on to a whole new career as a TV personality and author of best-selling cookbooks.

Julia died in 2004, but her image lives on, and she is remembered today as something of a force of nature. On live-to-videotape TV, she rolled with the punches, a glass of wine in hand and potential disasters – like the chicken that slipped from platter to studio floor – met with cheerful insouciance.

In today’s job market, a change in career is not always voluntary, but it has become common. In Julia’s day, people were likely to stay in a career for their entire working lives. The average worker today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, changes careers three times.

Job Interview Challenges

While career change may not be rare, it is still something that an interviewer will question. Why are you making this move? What went wrong? Are you changing because you are desperate, or are you driven by a heartfelt desire?

Applicants should be well prepared for this line of questioning, bearing some key topics in mind.

Transferable Skills

Take a close look at the requirements of a new job in light of the skills you applied in the past. If specific skills apply, emphasize them by all means, but remember that general skills are often transferable from job to job. Managerial and organizational skills are of value anywhere. Effective communication always has a place.

For Julia, typing was the skill she transferred from advertising to espionage. She started her OSS career as a typist of index cards. In time, superiors noticed her education and intelligence, leading them to assign her to more responsible positions. Even a minor skill can open doors.

Eliminate the Negative

If your explanation focuses on the things you hated about your past career, interviewers will be all too ready to share your negativity. At that point, you have increased the odds that they’ll take a skeptical view of your alleged enthusiasm for this new career. You don’t have to paint a picture of the past that’s overly rosy, but emphasize the positives of your new career, not the frustrations of your old job.

Here lies the secret of Julia’s success. When she left the OSS, she and Paul moved to France. She fell in love with French food, studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu and started teaching cooking in her Paris apartment. Her career change was motivated by the very forces emphasized by career guides. Find something that you love to do. Then find a way to make money doing it.

It sounds so simple, but it’s no easy task in real life.

The point is not that an applicant must wait for divine inspiration before submitting a resume. Instead, try to communicate genuine enthusiasm. Julia’s enthusiasm was entirely sincere, but not everyone is lucky enough to be in that position. Some of us must learn to act the part.

Choice, Not Compulsion

If you can’t quite sell your interviewer that you are driven by an irresistible passion for your new career, you still have to make it clear that you are here by conscious choice.

Here, you may want to acknowledge a negative aspect of a previous job, but tread carefully. When Julia applied to the OSS, she explained that she was leaving her job as a typist because, by that time, she had “typed over 10,000 little white cards,” according to her personnel file. She was ready for something new. That makes for an easily understood motive, and she did so without disparaging her old boss or her previous workplace.

The idea that you are making a conscious choice applies to both the new field and the new company. Be sure to demonstrate familiarity with current industry events. You know about important recent developments and are versed in the forces that are shaping the field.

In order to convince an interviewer, however, be prepared to add concrete evidence of your sincerity.

Julia covered this base when she applied to the OSS. At the time, she had a “good reading knowledge” of French, but she let the OSS know that she was taking private French lessons three times a week. Adding that to her resume made her commitment concrete.

Apply the same reasoning to the company itself. You applied because you knew what that company was all about. You knew its strengths and weaknesses. You understood its culture. You are here because this is where you want to be, and you expect to make a valuable contribution. Be prepared to elaborate on those contributions. Be as specific as you can.

In addition, be prepared to deal with differences between your past life and your present ambitions. If you worked at a large firm, will you thrive at a small one? If you were in a back-office role and rarely saw the light of day, how will you fare in a very customer-focused position?

The key is the ability to see through employers’ eyes. If you were the interviewer, what would worry you about this career-changing candidate?

Accentuate the Positive

Employers can be wary of applicants who are changing careers, and that attitude can influence the applicants themselves, making them too defensive about their choices. It’s easy to forget that there is a positive side to changing careers.

Career change requires flexibility and, since you’ve established that your change is a deliberate one, it takes courage. After all, you would not be changing careers unless you had thought long and hard about the move. Your presence in the interview, even your willingness to plunge once more into the job market, speaks to your commitment to this new opportunity.

These qualities are all rather abstract, and abstractions don’t resonate with interviewers. As part of interview preparation, an applicant should find ways to tie those qualities to specific situations. Turn the abstract into the concrete and interviewers will take notice.

In the face of a potentially skeptical interviewer, don’t ignore the positive side of the very qualities that led you to a career change – and this interview – in the first place.

Paul Freiberger is the author of When Can You Start? How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job (Career Upshift Productions, 2013). He is also the President of Shimmering Resumes, a career counseling and resume writing company in Northern California. For more information, please visit www.ShimmeringResumes.com.

February 3, 2013
by heathersmith
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Youth unemployment at 11.5%, even higher among minorities

Generation Opportunity, a national advocacy organization for Millennials ages 18-29, has released its Millennial Jobs Report for December of 2012. According to the report, youth unemployment was at 11.5% in December, up from 10.9% the previous month. As Matthew Faraci, Senior Vice President for Communications at Generation Opportunity, put it, “2012 marked yet another year in which Millennials were unable to find real opportunities in the vocations for which they trained and are qualified.”

Looking even more closely at the statistics, Generation Opportunity found that the unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African Americans was at 22.1% (non-seasonally adjusted), while the rate was 12.2% for Hispanics. In addition, Generation Opportunity calculated that 10.4% of women were unemployed as of December 2012.

Another interesting piece of data put forth by Global Opportunity concerns the declining labor force participation rate. This has created another 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed.” This means that the U.S. Department of Labor does not consider them to be part of the work force because the Millennials have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.

Of this crisis, Faraci said, “As Washington argues over short-term fixes, Millennials are wondering why their elected leaders continue to ignore critical issues such as unprecedented youth unemployment as well as the larger concern of addressing the nation’s underlying fiscal challenges.”

Source:

Grado, Terence. (2013, Jan. 4). “New December Jobs Report, Same Bleak Story.” Retrieved from http://generationopportunity.org/2013/01/04/new-december-jobs-report-same-bleak-story/.

February 3, 2013
by heathersmith
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Employment up or down for Latinos? Maybe both, says NCLR

The National Council of La Raza, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving prospects for Hispanics, has released their year-end report on employment of Latinos. While the unemployment rate for Latinos has dropped from 9.6% to 8.5%, the growth in the number of Hispanics not in the labor force was nearly equal to the increase in Hispanics in the labor force. In the report, the NCLR cautions against reading too much into the statistics provided. However, the organization also states that it is still important to consider the data when building a sense of Latino employment.

Among the statistics the NCLR reports are the industries that could grow during the next year, based on their growth in 2012. These include professional and business services, which grew 3% in 2012, leisure and hospitality, increasing 2.3% in the last year, transportation and warehousing (2.1%), education and health services (2%), and retail trade (1.2%) among others.

While the growth of these industries is promising, the NCLR states that good jobs are still scarce. Among the industries which grew in Latino employment in 2012, many of them are low-wage occupations. Additionally, Hispanic workers have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities. In the hotel industry, Latino women have the highest on-the-job injury rate in the United States, being 10.6 per 100 workers, a number nearly twice that of White housekeepers.

Source:

National Council of La Raza, (2012). Monthly Latino Employment Report. http://www.nclr.org/

index.php/publications/a_review_and_a_preview_monthly_latino_employment_report/.