Friday, October 30, 2015



BETWEEN  6:30AM TO 6:30PM Monday-Friday





Dania M. Martinez
Employer Specialist 
CareerSource South Florida
5825 SW 68th Street 
Miami, FL 33143 
P: 305-284-0936 | F: 305-284-0933 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hiring Job Fair, October 28 @ 11 am : Macy's Dadeland

Macy’s Dadeland
Holiday Hiring Job Fair!
Wednesday, October 28

11am to 6 pm

We’ll be conducting individual interviews during this event, so we recommend that you plan on approximately 1-2 hours to complete the application and share your skills and experience with us during the interview.

Contact Dania Martinez 305-284-0936 ext 308 or via email at 
for additional information and referral to this event

Recruitment: Nov 3@ 10 am ...Material Handlers

Friday, October 16, 2015

Candidate Center: October 2015 Helping for a better hiring process

As a Chamber of Commerce, we receive a large number of job applications throughout the year.   

Every month, we will share with you the applications that will allow us to help you find the right people for the right positions.  

In our process, all the candidates fill out a form online and provide relevant information such as type of visa, type of position desired, field of activity, professional and educational background, etc. Based on these forms, we create a monthly document, assigning a reference number to identify each candidate.  

When you are interested by a candidate, you can send us an email at mentioning the reference number.  

Thus, we will be able to send you the contact and the resume of the candidate.   

Review the profiles on our website:



100 Biscayne Boulevard I Suite 1105 I Miami, FL 33132

Please feel free to contact us for an appointment

Thursday, October 15, 2015

USDA is hiring...

From the Office of 
Rene Logo

Please feel free to reply to this message with any comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. For more information, please call the district office at
305.364.3100 or visit my official Florida Senate website at 

Best regards,

The Office of State Senator Rene Garcia

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Final Chance to Get Informed on the Employer Internship Program : October 28, 2015

A Joint Collaboration Between FCBF and the Miami-Dade College School of Business

 After Years of Preparation We are Proud to Present to you the
 Employer Internship Program

Hire a Miami Dade Intern and Bring a Revitalizing Force to Your Team this Fall

Join FCBF & Miami Dade College on October 28th at 9:00 AM to learn how to create employment opportunities for students that will support your organization.
  • What is an internship and the benefits of having this program in your organization.
  • Begin in developing an internship opportunity at your organization
  • Tools to support you as an employer.

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Registration: 8:30am
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
FCBF Members: $25
Potential Members: $45
Location: FCBF Office 8228 NW 14 St Doral, FL 33126

Please fill out the registration form and scan or fax to the FCBF Office at or 305-499-9491

Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.
Ph: 305-499-9490 |

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

JOB Fair at Miami Norland Senior High : October 20, 2015

 Pirtle Construction in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Office of Economic Opportunity  will be hosting a JOB FAIR at Miami Norland Senior High on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Please note, all individuals referred to us and are seeking to be employed on this project must pass the Jessica Lunsford Background Screening.

Below, please find a list of the specific trades that will be seeking labor/workforce.

1.     Skilled Laborers
2.     Air Condition Pipe Fitter
3.     Ductwork Insulators
4.     Low Voltage Installer
5.     6G-Pipe Welder
6.     Electrical Apprentice and Journeymen
7.     Sidewalk form Carpenters
8.     Concrete Finishers
9.     Skilled Painters
10.  Drywall Finishers
11.  Ductwork Mechanics
12.  Roofers

Michelle Y. Hicks-Levy
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Office of Economic Opportunity
1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue - Suite 428
Miami, Florida 33132
305.995.3003 Office ~ 305.523.0739 Fax

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reasons You Should Turn Down That Job Offer (

Just Because You Got the Offer Doesn't Mean You Should Accept It

The good news is you got the job. Which, in this still-reeling economy, is quite an accomplishment. But the bad news is you're worried you might be settling for a position that isn't the right fit for you. So where do you go from here?

Look, the honest truth is there are times when you'll have to take any job you can get, even if you know it's a bad fit. Maybe your house is about to be foreclosed on, you can't make rent, or you have a family depending on you for income. We completely understand there will be times when finding ANY job is a priority over the PERFECT job.

But then there's the flip side of that coin, which is taking a job just for the sake of having a job even if you have the luxury of holding out for something better. Maybe you're frustrated because your job search has taken far longer than expected, or you graduated college and you're the last of your friends to find steady employment. Those situations aren't ideal, but neither is taking a "filler" job that won't really benefit your career.

To help guide you, here are some very valid reasons to reject a job offer.


When It's a Dead-End, Not a Detour

Sometimes we travel a broken career road, but that's not all bad. Many success stories include colorful chapters where the hero bravely works his way up to corporate glory. But what about the sad dramas where the heroine ends up pausing her career indefinitely in a so-so job that moves her off-target and out-of-sight of her hopes and dreams? 

Consider: Will the circuitous route still allow some sort of progress in your chosen direction? Or will the filler job effectively block the path to your desired destination? The best filler job will still allow you to grow skills and experiences that are resume-worthy, and easily applied at your next position. The worst ones can spiral you into a black hole from which you gain no additional skills or experience, essentially trapping you with no hope of escape.

When It Costs You Opportunities

Most jobs are found through networking. A job organizing office supplies in a backroom or basement will offer you few opportunities to rub elbows with anyone save the occasional lost soul seeking a restroom. On the other hand, a retail job selling business apparel might give you the inside scoop on unposted job listings. Remember, the clear majority of today’s employment opportunities are unadvertised.

Consider: If volunteer work or community service puts you in touch with a growing number of business contacts, it might be worth fueling that momentum rather than cutting yourself off with a short-term, bill-paying position. Obviously, if you’re in debt and behind on your bills, you may not have the luxury of timing. However, be certain that wherever you spend your 9 to 5, you remain in the vicinity of connections to your chosen career goals.


When It Hurts Your Professional Reputation

On the other hand, while assembling sandwiches in a company cafeteria will likely put you in contact with key decision-makers (even CEOs have to eat lunch), do you want to be remembered for a cheddar cheese mishap when you finally land that interview?

Consider: It’s one thing to wait tables as a new college graduate in search of that elusive first job. However, a displaced IT manager refilling iced teas is doing nothing to enhance that image of technical prowess. There is nothing wrong with honest labor. But aim for labor that won’t contradict your status and reputation as a professional. To wit, waiting tables would be consistent with a hospitality manager looking for her next gig. Web design work might be a better fit for the on-hold IT manager. 

When It's Soul-Crushing

How tough is your spirit? Can you retain essential hope and focus while working in the potential filler job? Some people own the sort of resilience that will not be trampled by janitorial duties or irate customers at a fast food establishment. Others have a tendency to link identity to work and their self-worth will deflate like a leaky balloon.

Consider: Know thyself. The purpose of a temporary job is to equip you -- financially and possibly experientially -- for the real deal. If a filler job is likely to grind down your self-image, perhaps you need to look a little longer. Find employment that will pay your bills without costing you your confidence and breaking your spirit.


 When It Goes Against Your Morals & Values

The nature of your temporary work shouldn't make you feel like you're compromising who you are or your beliefs. Obviously you should avoid anything illegal, but beyond that black and white is a lot of grey. For instance, a vegetarian meat-packer, an environmentalist working for big oil, or a personal privacy advocate making telemarketing calls. These are scenarios that will pit self against self.

Consider: You will be ineffective and personally miserable in any position that requires you to ignore core values. Selling something that is personally disagreeable is a blow to your integrity. How will you sell the professionalism of someone willing to turn a blind eye to his own convictions?

 When It Costs You Your Family

A great paycheck that takes you out-of-town -- or out of family life by nature of the sheer number of hours required -- may be a risk to your family connections. Yes, getting behind on your mortgage payment could strain family loyalties as well, but be sure you and your spouse (or significant other) are on the same page regarding expectations.

Consider: How "temporary" will temporary be? Are there other options that might provide a better balance to the financial vs. family stability equation? An indefinitely timed strain on familial relationships (and connections to your support system) should be approached with caution. Do you work to live or live to work? Just remember, no one on a deathbed ever wished they spent more time at work.


When the Money Isn't Good Enough

Sometimes, it really is all about the money.

Most of us work to live. We have mortgages, rent, utilities, car payments, daycare and more to pay for, and we're working to foot the bills. So if you're presented with a job that doesn't even come close to making all the ends meet, it might be worth holding out for something more lucrative if that's feasible.

Consider: Be clear about pay structures and costs of employment -- especially for commission-based work -- before grabbing a temporary position. The word "temporary" can ascribe less value to the details tied to these jobs. These details should matter, however, because you are making a trade of your job search time. Be sure it’s a worthwhile exchange.

When the Money Is TOO Good

Whoosh. That’s the soul-sucking sound of a lucrative paycheck pulling talent from a long-term goal. It happens. The pay is so good you stay on a little longer. And a little longer after that. Next thing you know you're completely hooked on your fat paycheck, 10 years have gone by, and you’ve forgotten you used to have other dreams.

Consider: If you’re a "work to live" personality with a goal of retirement, this may not be a deal-breaker. But if your goals are for professional achievement, be wary of temporary jobs that could lull you into career complacency. "Umm, I got busy and forgot" isn’t going to sit well with a bored, stagnated version of yourself, wondering about the untapped potential of your youth.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Improv Training Is Making Management Throw Away the Script

The next consultant to visit your office may not be from McKinsey.
Second City Works managing partner Steve Johnston
Second City Works managing partner Steve Johnston

Ali Khan is a corporate ninja. He has a black belt in Lean Six Sigma, an amalgam of two hypermethodical management systems developed by Toyota (Lean) and Motorola (Six Sigma).

Khan is all in: To get his belt, he had to pass 13 exams proving he could read a Pareto chart and use Kanban analysis. As a Lean Six Sigma process director at Sun Life Financial in Toronto, he teaches the stuff. But he recently had his mind blown by another, more unusual corporate tool: improvisational theater.

In April, a team of actors from The Second City, the Chicago theater company that launched Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner, came to Sun Life to help lead part of a three-day training session. At one point, an actor mimicked putting something imaginary at Khan’s feet and said: “Here is a box. What’s in it?”

“There’s a flower inside,” Khan said.

“What do you want to do with it?”

“I want to give it to you.”

Khan, 43, describes the simple exchange in tones of the sublime, as though it changed his life. And in fact, it did, he says. In another exercise, everyone clapped whenever a Sun Lifer said something. “You know it’s not real, but it feels awesome,” Khan says. And it led him to this: “Instead of judging your co-worker, you collaborate. You build on each other’s capabilities.”

Few hard-charging business leaders have put imaginary boxes at their employees’ feet (or paid anyone else to), but they should, says Steve Johnston, managing partner at Second City Works, the theater’s corporate-training subsidiary. Clients, including Google, Farmers Insurance, and Dow Chemical, are using improv techniques to foster communication, collaboration, and creativity. These are not necessarily skills MBAs are learning in business schools. “They come out really strong on the quant skills,” Johnston says, “but not so much on the soft ones.”

Trainers and executives from Second City Works do an improv exercise called repetition.
Trainers and executives from Second City Works do an improv exercise called repetition.

So what is improv, exactly? Say the word to later baby boomers and Gen Xers and you conjure memories of comedians on TV’s An Evening at the Improv. Almost none of that was improv, though. It was performers doing jokes they had rehearsed for months. True improv was born during the Depression in the slums of Chicago, where a woman named Viola Spolin used what she called theater games to help immigrant children assimilate.

Her son Paul Sills and two friends appropriated the games and turned them into a comic art at The Second City, a theater they opened in an old Chinese laundry in 1959, aiming their split-second satire at Eisenhower, suburbia, and fallout shelters, according to The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater, by Mike Thomas. A year after the founding of the theater, The Second City started a workshop for training its actors. In 1985, it started training anyone willing to pay tuition.

One of the first people to use improv to loosen up corporations was Gary Hirsch, a Portland, Oregon, artist who plies his craft on local stages. In 1996, he was selling T-shirts inked with his work and caught the eye of a British advertising executive named Robert Poynton, who called Hirsch for a meeting the next day and asked him what else he did.

It’s not hard to see how Poynton would be taken with Hirsch. Built like a bald fireplug with a well-used gym membership, the 50-year-old has enough energy to power a Tesla Model S. He paints, he illustrates, and, as he told Poynton that day, he does improv.

“Can you do it with 90 people at a large ad agency in two months?” Poynton asked. Sure, Hirsch said, and he did. Shortly after, the pair started On Your Feet, an improv-based corporate-training firm.

From there, Hirsch and a group of improv believers under his direction took the show to other companies: Intel, Nike, Disney, Daimler. They’ve even done sessions at General Electric’s vaunted Crotonville, New York, center, the Shaolin Temple of corporate training.

Lori Heino-Royer, director of business innovation at Daimler’s truck unit in Portland, brings in OYF six times a year to work with executives, leading them through games like Swedish Story, in which they’re told to spin a yarn on the fly with words that people shout from the audience. It forces people to think quickly.

Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is showing up. Hirsch says improv works because you have to really show up—and pay attention. “Being relentlessly present is a survival mechanism for life, but people don’t remember it,” Hirsch says. “They don’t think about it, and they spend a lot of time preparing for things that don’t happen and being freaked out by things that do.”

Improv’s promise is that being present will mean noticing more and listening better, which in turn will lead to richer communication and, ultimately, better collaboration and more creativity. That’s the trifecta. 

On Your Feet has a game called Three Favorites, in which participants list three things they like a lot and then combine two of them to form new business ideas. Mashing up Bollywood music and grocery stores led one group of clients to imagine a sound system on which mariachi bands play in the Mexican food section and cows moo in the dairy case.

There’s also Phone a Friend, in which a group brainstorms about a topic, like compensation. Then everyone in the group gets 15 minutes to reach a friend who works in a different industry and ask how he or she handles it. In one session, on staffing, a participant called a friend at the National Basketball Association, who told him about the 10-day contracts teams use to try out players. The person went back to the group and proposed that companies could use them, too.

The Second City got into the market in 2002. In the decades since its founding, it had built a nice little business doing entertainment for corporate parties. Then the Sept. 11 attacks happened, and that market dried up. The Second City found itself competing with Neil Diamond impersonators for scarcer dollars. So it, well, improvised.

Andrew Alexander and Len Stuart, the Canadian co-owners of the company, started a division to use improv to craft advertising campaigns. They hired an ad man named Tom Yorton to run it. Yorton, too, pivoted, pushing the company into something else entirely: corporate training. The division became Second City Works. It now has 35 full-time employees and taps a further 150 improv teachers, writers, actors, and directors. Second City Works also makes corporate-training films, called RealBiz Shorts.

“This all comes from our core—using the tenets of improvisation,” Alexander says. Altogether, The Second City has annual revenue of $50 million and is growing quickly.

Improv is one of hundreds of methods used to train people these days. Leaders and their workers are coached, lectured, numbed with PowerPoint presentations, and taken into the wilderness. Richard Olivier, son of Laurence, uses Shakespeare plays to teach leadership through a system he calls Mythodrama.

They are all essentially trying to get people to the same place. But Daniel Pink, author of a series of management books, including the best-seller To Sell Is Human, says improv is uniquely suited to our times. National Cash Register succeeded in the late 1800s because founder John H. Patterson required salesmen to memorize scripts that had proven results. These days, Pink says, anything that can be scripted can be automated. All that matters now is the unscripted stuff—unexpected questions, personal connections. “There’s only one technique out there for what to do when you don’t have a script: improv,” he says.
The improv folks keep things simple. Simple games, simple equipment, simple concepts. They don’t talk about even one sigma, much less six.Second City distills the whole practice down to “Yes, and ….” In improv, that’s how scenes build. One actor says, “An alligator came out of the swamp.” The next one says, “Yes, and the saddle in my garage just happened to fit him.” Saying “no” or “but” is out of the question in improv.

“‘Yes, but’ is just ‘no’ in a tuxedo,” says Alan Bernick, chief legal counsel at the window maker Andersen. He brought Second City in to help communicate the company’s code of conduct to its top 100 leaders in a memorable way.

For Hirsch, improv comes down to “everything is an offer.” In his book Do Improvise, Poynton (who now grows olives and teaches in Spain) writes: “To see everything as an offer means to regard everything that occurs as something you can use. To do that, you need to really notice what’s there, not just cruise through life thinking about lunch.”

All of improv is aimed at getting more ideas out of people’s minds and into the room. When it works, it’s brilliant. There’s a story that improvisers love to tell. While shooting Raiders of the Lost Ark in Tunisia, Harrison Ford got dysentery. On the day he was supposed to fight a scimitar-wielding assassin, he could barely stay out of the bathroom. So Ford improvised. After his opponent twirls and tosses his blades, Ford, looking spent, just shoots him. It’s one of the most memorable scenes in the movie.

Hirsch and Johnston say such genius is bottled up in every worker, and you don’t need Pareto charts or Kanban analysis or any other Lean Six Sigma method to tap it. Ali Khan agrees—and he knows what those things are. He can also see flowers in imaginary boxes, which may be a more valuable skill.