Local hospital recruiting for Springboro, Dayton positions

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:24 PM


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Dayton Children’s Hospital is hosting a job fair next week to recruit for its main campus and Springboro campus.

The pediatrics hospital will host the recruitment event from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Marriott at the University of Dayton.

Positions include staff nurses, clinical support, clerical support, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, environmental services, patient access, pharmacy and others for both the south campus in Springboro and the main campus.

Attendees can talk to recruiters and hiring managers at the 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. event and can RSVP for the event online.

Companies drop liquor at holiday parties amid sexual harassment saga, study says

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

What to Do If You're Sexually Harassed at Work

As sexual harassment scandals remain at the forefront of the nation's collective conscious, many companies across the United States aim to cut down on any possibility of such occurrences at holiday parties by removing alcohol from the festivities.

RELATED: Sexual harassment in the workplace: What is it, how to report it and more you should know

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based consulting firm, conducts an annual survey of American companies and their holiday party plans for employees. This year, the survey noted a dramatic 13 percent drop in companies planning to serve alcohol during their holiday festivities.

Just under 49 percent of the 150 companies included in the survey plan on serving alcohol this year, compared to 62 percent in 2016. Last year's percentage was the highest since the consulting firm began the survey a decade ago, while this year's survey is the first to record a dip in companies planning to serve alcohol.

"Employers are currently very wary of creating an environment where inappropriate contact between employees could occur," Andrew Challenger, vice president of the firm, said in a statement included with the findings.

"One way to create a safer environment is to limit the guest list, hold the party during the workday, and avoid serving alcohol," he added.

Challenger believes that companies have taken notice of the news reports regarding sexual harassment.

With high-profile sexual harassment allegations making headlines, from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, to Alabama judge and politician Roy Moore, to actor Kevin Spacey and President Donald Trump, among a long list others, workplace sexual harassment has also been thrown into the spotlight.

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In a 2015 survey of 2,235 full-time and part-time female employees, Cosmopolitan found that one in three women experienced sexual harassment at work during their lives. While many remain silent about harassment, fearing repercussions, recent media attention and high-profile cases have emboldened many women – and some men – to come forward with their own stories.

As a result, companies across the nation are taking extra precautions in the workplace and during their seasonal gatherings.

"[The company party] should boost morale and let workers know they are valued. It should not put anyone in an uncomfortable situation," Challenger said, explaining that human resources departments definitely don't want the holiday season to be "marred by a disturbing workplace party experience."

Although recent allegations of sexual harassment may increase companies' concerns, steps to avoid uncomfortable and inappropriate situations have been encouraged for years. For instance, the National Federation of Independent Businesses has recommended for several years that companies stop hanging mistletoe at holiday parties, according to TIME.

Some companies have decided against having open bars, offering limited drink tickets to employees instead. Many also specifically ask bar tenders, security guards or designated employees to keep an eye on how much individuals are drinking and monitor their behavior towards others.

While these steps help create a safer environment, employees should also be more aware and monitor their own behavior as well. A recent study conducted by Data marketer Brionna Lewis with auto company Instamotor found that many men aren't really clear on what constitutes sexual harassment.

One in three respondents said they don't think catcalling is sexual harassment, and two in three respondents said they don't think repeated unwanted invitations to dinner, drinks or dates is sexual harassment. At the same time, 45 percent of the men said they've witnessed someone being sexually harassed, with 50 percent of respondents reporting such incidents occurred at work or at a party/bar/nightclub.

RELATED: Woman says she lost work hours after reporting sexual harassment

If you're unclear on what sexual harassment is and/or are wondering how to get help in case you've been harassed, here's a breakdown:

  • The US labor department defines two types of sexual harassment: 1) if an employment decision (such as promotion, assignment or keeping your job) is made based on submission to the sexual harassment, and 2) sexual harassment makes workplace hostile, intimidating, abusive or offensive.
  • Harassment can include (but is not limited to): unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature and non-sexual but offensive remarks about a person's sex.
  • Harassment is illegal when: conduct is unwelcome, conduct is based on the victim's protected gender or sexual orientation status, subjectively abusive to an affected person, or severe and pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would find hostile.
  • The gender or position of the individual doesn't matter. A harasser can be a man or a woman as well as a CEO, manager, co-worker, client or customer.
  • According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the law doesn't prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents that are "not very serious."
  • But when teasing becomes frequent and severe, creates an adverse or hostile work environment, or results in an adverse employment decision, it then becomes illegal.
  • If you are sexually harassed you should immediately tell the individual the attention is not welcome. You should then inform your manager, employer or HR manager of the situation.
  • For those who find speaking out too difficult, individuals can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), which includes free services and confidential support.

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Feeling crafty this holiday season? 5 artsy ideas that can bring in cash

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 4:27 PM

The following jobs may start you off as a volunteer or part-time, but with potential for advancement Package handler for UPS Bell ringers for Salvation Army Retail cashiers or warehouse work Santa's helpers for photography companies Gift wrapper at department stores Shelter servers in your community Delivery drivers for Lyft or Uber

The most wonderful time of the year could be a wonderful time for your wallet as well. 

If you're a pro at arts and crafts, the Christmas season opens up opportunities to showcase your talents and develop a lucrative holiday business.

RELATED: 7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

"Christmas is one of the busiest times for me as a graphic designer," said Tonya Wright, an award-winning, Georgia-based creative consultant and owner of Wright Touch Designs. "Creatives who don't capitalize on this time of year are missing out on a lot of freelance projects that make money. I've been in this industry for more than 15 years, and people still appreciate original gifts. In December, I rake in around $1,500-plus from designing and selling digital holiday cards and promotional merchandising."

The following jobs can produce real money and crafty workers can use them to jump start creative careers during the holiday season:

Turn your creative hobby into a gift-giving profit for yourself during the holidays.

Graphic design

Merging art and technology, seasoned graphic designers can take an idea and bring it to print or digital life for editorial, marketing and advertising projects.

  • Holiday How-To: During the holidays, exercise this design skill by creating custom-made Christmas cards and letters that families and friends can use for e-blasts, social media posts and printed keepsakes.

Cake decorating

With steady hands to apply confetti, icing and, at times, out-the-box embellishments onto cakes, pies and pastries, cake decorators give personality to their sweet masterpieces. 

  • Holiday How-To: Before the holiday season begins, start baking breath-taking winter wonderland-themed desserts worth sharing on social media like Pinterest and Instagram. Not only will you attract followers, but you'll start collecting orders for your extravagant baked goods in time for Christmas and the new year. 

Window painting

These artists know how to dress up a storefront by telling a visually engaging window story using paint. 

  • Holiday How-ToVisit local businesses to see if they have any cool holiday promos or campaigns going on. Then pitch them on how you can artfully illustrate their theme or project to woo Christmas shoppers and passersby. 
Creatively collaborating with local businesses during the holiday season could earn you extra cash and kick start a new career for the new year.

Lifestyle photographing

Creatives in this category know how to capture ordinary people in natural settings to create memorable images. 

  • Holiday How-ToBuild a relationship with venues and area companies in need of original, festive stock photography. Then contract with them annually to capture local images of scenic events and holiday shoppers.

Seasonal copywriting

If you're skilled at effectively stringing words together that make people want to ring in the new year, consider copywriting throughout the Christmas season.
  • Holiday How-To:Collaborate with skilled graphic designers and illustrators to develop authentic, punchy postcards and party fliers that individuals and companies can use to promote events or thank partners, sponsors and colleagues. 

Here's what your astrological sign says about your career path

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 5:17 PM

When faced with personality tests, here's what you need to know They're used as a screening tool to help determine which job candidates will stick around and succeed on the job Asking a polite, professional question or two about the test can also glean some telling information about the company Experts recommend not overthinking the questions and instead going with the first answer that comes to mind The more sophisticated tests have built-in checks that can detect inconsistencies

Whether you're thriving in your career or constantly struggling to come to terms with your workplace situation, maybe you were born this way.

Just like Meyer's Brigg personality tests or any number of other workplace prognosticators, your zodiac sign may influence your career values and motivations. Horoscope astrology is based on the idea that our identities and the events that shape our lives are influenced by astronomical events by week and by year, explained career horoscope astrologer Lucien Holm. (Yes, there actually is a job titled "career horoscope astrologer!")

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Your sign analysis can reveal a lot about your temperament, qualities, flaws and how compatible you are with other astrological signs, which can help you improve your odds of success and happiness at work by guiding your career choice.

And if you're super skeptical, put the whole exercise down to good, clean fun.

Here is how astrologer Kelli Fox of TheAstrologer.com sees each sign in terms of what kind of employee you are, what makes you do well in your work environment and what careers will make you the most successful, as reported in Marie Claire.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Natural born leaders, Aries can transition easily into being the boss but are not the best at working for the boss, especially one prone to micromanagement and restriction. Ideal careers: CEO or management professional jobs that allow you to be in control and anything competitive or physical. Think outdoor guide or personal trainer, athlete or working for a sports organization.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Grounded and practical, Taurans can segue from leader to follower in any situation, and their hard work and dedication make them great team players (though the well-known stubborn nature of this sign can put off co-workers and bosses, so you'll need to pick your battles.) Jobs like flower arranging, food industry jobs or luxury sales provide Taurus with much-valued beautiful things and a steady routine. The sign also tends to be great with money and practical financial advice, so banking and finance careers are a plus.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Geminis thrive in workplaces that offer them a fast pace, variety and a chance to interact with many different things, from people to applications or diverse environments. Note: this also indicates a tendency to get bored easily. Teaching and communications are perfect for Gemini, as well as careers in PR and publicity or jobs that involve project management.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The most traditional, nurturing sign, Cancers lead by example and handle responsibility with ease. Ideal careers include childcare workers and nannies, social workers, human resource employees, lawyers, teachers and executives.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Leos love inspiring others to be their best, so teaching and politics are top picks for this sign. They're also good at being the boss, once they get past the tendency to be high maintenance and win over their team. Leos also do well in entertainment fields and make magnetic leaders.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Ever the perfectionist and a compassionate, considerate, natural follower, a Virgo is basically the ideal employee. Virgos have strong memories and know what to do when emotions run high. Good career choices run the gamut from the service and care industries to anything that requires mass amounts of research or stats — think fact-checker and editor, technician, translator or detective.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Social and talented at bringing people together, Libras are great at careers that involve mediation, in and out of the office.

Working with others is crucial to their happiness — think hospitality, customer service, diplomats, travel agents and even wedding planners. Careers in justice and law enforcement are also natural fits.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Secret-keepers to the core, Scorpios thrive in positions that require discretion. Scorpios are ideal in the surgery room or as a secret agent, as well as working in crisis management. They're also great with resource management and logistics and would make outstanding CFOs.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A Sagittarius has a knack for conversation, inspiring morale and working hard as a team player. Any job with travel is good for these upbeat people, as well as teaching, youth program leaders or working for a nonprofit.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Serious, practical and organized, Capricorns are still charismatic and are good at rung-climbing careers. They also make great engineers, architects and design-adjacent employees.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Hardworking with an out-of-the-box attitude, ideal careers for the Aquarian include science or tech (where they can explore new theories or applications), graphic design or photography and even project management. They are also ideal entrepreneurs or independent contractors.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

Pisces are as flexible as they come in the workforce, and ideal careers include anything having to do with healthcare, the arts or a combination, like working in arts programs that help troubled teens.

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7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

The following jobs may start you off as a volunteer or part-time, but with potential for advancement Package handler for UPS Bell ringers for Salvation Army Retail cashiers or warehouse work Santa's helpers for photography companies Gift wrapper at department stores Shelter servers in your community Delivery drivers for Lyft or Uber

Some holiday gigs require treating naughty shoppers nice. Others demand that you bring joy to the world in the midst of melancholy weather.

If you're up for the challenge of fast-paced, unpredictable seasonal work with a good attitude and work ethic, you might set yourself up for a potentially permanent position.

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The following popular brands may start you off as a volunteer or part-time employee, but if you perform above standard and prove to your boss you're reliable, your next step could mean career advancement:

Package handlers: Across the nation this time of year, UPS hires a barrage of part-time package handlers to help carefully load/unload trucks, sort packages and work in teams. 

How to advance in this job: Learn your team members and pick up their slack when opportunities open. UPS proudly shares on its site that many of its senior managers started as college-age package handlers. Find out who these folks are, and prove to them you're willing to get the job done in order to move up the corporate ladder after the holiday season ends.

RELATED: UPS hiring 95,000 workers nationwide

Salvation Army volunteer bell-ringer Linnya Richardson greets shoppers at the Kroger store on Stroop Rd. in Kettering Monday. JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

Bell ringers: Simply register to ring for The Salvation Army during the holidays, and your volunteer efforts will help raise money for those in need via the international charitable organization's Red Kettle Campaign

How to advance in this job: This cold-weather gig teaches patience, hones people skills and sharpens fundraising abilities. The cool part: You come across so many influential holiday shoppers who respect your effort as well, so if they have business cards on hand, take one. Once the holiday season campaign is complete, add this fundraising experience to your resume. Then research the organization's employment opportunities across the nation. Apply for a full-time job in line with your temporary experience (ex: a Red Kettle coordinator).

Don't count out part-time or volunteer holiday work to advance your corporate or creative career. Seasonal jobs are some of the easiest ways to get your foot in the employment door.(For the AJC)

Retail cashiers: Have an evergreen eye for visually restocking a store for the holidays? Maybe you're great with numbers and swiftly ringing up customers. If so, join a brand like Target, which stays in the Christmas shopping fray and offers fun gigs such as visual merchandising and working as a beauty team member. Consistent seasonal warehouse work is also available to help move merchandise. How to advance in these jobs: After you've gotten your foot in the door with temporary work, look into the company's store and corporate careers that match your newly acquired skills but in long-term leadership roles.

Santa's helpers: If you have the ability to make people laugh, consider working for photography companies that need assistance with putting genuine smiles on faces. Companies like sweet treat producer Hershey's Chocolate World have openings for museum or mall-like photo ops with Santa.

 How to advance in this job: After developing key on-the-job soft skills — becoming adaptable to fussy little ones, confident with posing people, enthusiastic about coming up with new ideas and flexible with scheduling — make plans to apply and upgrade your position to other areas that demand innovative thinking.

Good, old-fashioned hard work, networking and a sincere season's greeting could become the difference between temporary holiday work and a permanent position with big brands across the nation.(For the AJC)

Gift wrappers: Neat, crafty and hot-with-the-hands job seekers should give Santa's workshop settings a holiday shot. Businesses like Macy's and Neiman Marcus encourage such talent to work as seasonal retail gift registry advisers and gift wrap associates. A creative gig that always alleviates customers' post-holiday shopping, professional gift wrapping tests your customer service and focus skills. 

How to advance in these jobs: Prominent retail brands are constantly on the lookout for savvy retail employees, whether in beauty, personal shopping or sales, for permanent hire. Maintain a good rapport with management during the seasonal work, and inquire regularly about new opportunities that extend beyond the bustling holiday period.

Shelter servers: Bring a little holiday cheer to those lacking basic needs in your community. National nonprofits such as Feeding America offer opportunities to help end hunger on local to national levels through food banks and pantries. These volunteer experiences personally push you to relate and care for those in difficult situations and from diverse backgrounds; build strong networks with like-minded individuals; and ultimately are fulfilling because you're contributing to global initiatives. How to advance in this job: Cultivate professional connections, learn the logistics of community outreach and understand the personal stories beyond these movements during holiday efforts. Doing so will strengthen your portfolio and make you a standout candidate when organizations have leadership positions available at food banks and within corporate offices.

Delivery drivers: Capitalize on giving holiday shoppers and tourists a Lyft or Uber ride to places like the grocery store, post office and major festive events. Providing a safe, smooth riding experience to and from venues guarantees fast cash and establishes an instant clientele. 

How to advance in this job: Maintaining a steady flow of fares during and after the holiday season could easily make this line of work a lasting labor of love. You will start transporting so many individuals from interesting traveling backgrounds. Who knows? That next airport fare just might become your career ticket to a full-time transportation or customer service position offering more pay.