Archive for ◊ January, 2012 ◊

• Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Nominations now open for Employee of the Month

Shout out the hardest workers in the DMV!

More than 711,000 employees make Washington, DC run efficiently, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia, and the number grows to more than 1,000,000 people who drive business, revenue, and services in, and around, the nation’s capital. We seek to sing the praises of many of these hardworking and talented employees in our new article series, Employee of the Month on

In order to make Employee of the Month a success, your nominations – and spreading the word about the friendly competition – are vital.

Submission Process and Guidelines

Anyone may submit a nomination for consideration for Employee of the Month, including those who wish to self-nominate. Eligibility is based on two criteria:

1. The nominated employee works in the metropolitan Washington, DC area (i.e. the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia – Fairfax County, Prince William County; Montgomery County, MD; Prince George’s County; Howard County, MD)

2.  The nominee must work for a company, nonprofit organization, federal/local government, or educational institution; be support staff, a manager, executive director, administrator, intern, or anyone who works there; and, be a part-time or full-time employee of the company

Winners are selected based upon how well the nominator documents the employee’s contributions to the workplace. Nominations should be sent in Microsoft Word, and contain no more than three paragraphs. Include the nominator’s AND nominee’s name, telephone number, and email address.

Tips for writing a successful nomination:

  • Include specific contributions to the workplace
  • Indicate nominee’s work title and employer
  • Specify why the nominee should be selected asEmployee of the Month

Employee of the Month Submissions

Email nominations to Winners will be featured in an upcoming article on

For complete details and submission guidelines, visit Follow us on Twitter @KesiStribling or @CareerConnectDC.

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• Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

A day ON, instead of a day OFF

We kicked off this year’s Martin Luther king, Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, January 14, when we presented The Essential Job Search Toolkit (youth edition) to Washington, DC area high school students participating in the Leaders in Training (LIT) program, sponsored by Gap Buster, Incorporated.

Gap Buster Founder Dr. Yvette Butler, front left, with LIT program youth

During the workshop, participating youth learned how to create personalized cover letters for their dream jobs and internships, the elements of a great resume, pitfalls to avoid when creating cover letters and resumes, and detailed online job and internship resources.

They also discussed job categories (corporate, nonprofit, educational institutions, local and state government, and federal government), and identified which potential jobs were most appealing to them.

Feedback from The Essential Job Search Toolkit workshop:

…the students enjoyed your presentation tremendously. It was very informative and vital, since many of the students are on the verge of college; and internships are a great way to get experience and a head start on their competition.” – John, Gap Buster, Inc.


LIT students during the workshop

The students, most of whom are in their sophomore or junior year, also conducted a self-assessment to help them identify personality traits, skills, and interests that may aid them in their career pursuits.

They also learned how to identify their KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities), best tips for effective use of social media sites, and strategies for creating their (appropriate) online brand.


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• Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Remaking America: Tavis Smiley, Suze Orman, Michael Moore talk poverty, the economy, and jobs in DC today

Tavis Smiley brings Remaking America to DC tonight

Talk show host and commentator, Tavis Smiley, brings his latest initiative, Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity, to Washington audiences tonight. Smiley, who will moderate the discussion, is bringing some notable heavy-hitters to the table to discuss the nation’s poverty, the economy, and jobs.

Panelists for tonight’s event include Princeton professor Cornel West; financial advisor and author Suze Orman; Academy Award™ winning filmmaker Michael Moore; Director of The Earth Institute and New York Times best selling author, Jeffrey Sachs.

Remaking America will be held today, January 12, at the George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, or to view live streaming of the program, visit the Remaking America website.

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