Partnerships That Help Nevadans Get Employed

Everyone familiar with The Applied Companies knows the owner and staff are strong supporters of the community. This includes, but is not limited to, operating a healthy business that employs Nevadans and supports local businesses, putting job seekers to work and volunteer service. In the effort to find qualified candidates of all levels for our clients, which strengthens our community, we come in contact with organizations that work hard to achieve that same goal.

Today we’re proud to feature one of Applied Staffing Solutions partners, the Lyon County Employment Partnership (LCEP), a division of Lyon County Human Services. Established in 2009, LCEP works primarily with Lyon County residents to remove employability barriers and help unemployed citizens find work. Over 500 job seekers have utilized LCEP to find employment and more are being referred every week.

Although not a placement service, LCEP helps with employment strategy, referrals to open positions, pre-screening, and serving as part of a “team” with unemployed or underemployed participants by assisting them with finding jobs that match their skills and experience levels.

Resume writing is one of the largest services LCEP provides. Whether it’s updating, reformatting or writing a resume from scratch, employment specialists provide the job seeker with a resume that has been very successful in getting job seekers into interviews. Clients are assisted with job searching strategies to maximize the possibilities of finding employment. Interview preparation and tips are provided to make the best impression possible at job interviews.  Workshops in all of these areas are also available throughout the year at various locations within Lyon County.

LCEP provides more direct assistance on a case-by-case basis for those who meet income eligibility and residence guidelines. This assistance ranges from referrals to employment service agencies, assistance with interview or work clothing requirements, gas vouchers to help people get to interviews or start working, all the way to a two-month wage subsidy for employers that hire official clients of LCEP. Eligibility for these expanded services is limited to Lyon County residents whose income falls at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.

For those who do not meet income guidelines, LCEP counselors will assist with resume creation or updating, job searches, and referrals to agencies or non-profit companies that may be able to assist with employment or other needs. LCEP’s goal is to help people – regardless of location or income – get working again.

For more information on the Lyon County Employment Partnership, or to download the forms for enrollment, visit the Employment Partnership page on the Lyon County website or e-mail John Karadeema at jkaradeema@lyon-county.org

Written by John Karadeema, Human Services Specialist and Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Karadeema has worked over 8 years in career counseling and employment assistance within the military and civilian sectors. Fix has worked 16 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

National Volunteer Week

2012 National Volunteer Week is April 15 – 21. What a great time to acknowledge and honor the individuals who give so much of their time, energy and hearts to our community.

According to most sources, Richard Nixon, was the first president of the United States to sign a proclamation (on April 20, 1974) establishing National Volunteer Week. Calling “the spirit of voluntarism one of the hallmarks of American life,” Nixon designated the week of April 21 be observed by “seeking out an area in their community in which they can give to a needy individual or a worthy cause by devoting a few hours, or more, each week to volunteer service.”  He also called on communities to recognize volunteers with “special ceremonies.”  [Proclamation 4288 – The American Presidency Project]

One of the benefits offered at The Applied Companies is the ability to give back to the community through our paid volunteerism policy. An option offered to our employees during National Volunteer Week is helping our partner in education, Risley Elementary School. Our staff will be manning computers to help with spring registration.

Would you like to showcase your company or organization’s volunteer efforts during National Volunteer Week?Nevada Volunteers will post your stories, comments (a short sentence or two) and photos to their blog and Facebook/Twitter audiences. Contact Lindsay Bridges at Lindsay@NevadaVolunteers.org for more information.

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

King Tut Has Arrived in Reno, Nevada

Okay, King Tutankhamun himself is not in Reno.  However, the spirit of his reign has been captured by the Wilbur D. May Museum where more than 130 replicas of artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb are on display. We recently posted the “Why I Love Reno” video on our website and we’ve found “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb is our newest reason to love Reno.

Anubis_Shrine_Websize_2-5-12.jpgWe were graciously allowed to photograph the Anubis Shrine and the Golden Canopic Shrine & Tutelary Goddesses for this blog. The Anubis Shrine, mounted on a carrying sledge, was found at the entrance to the treasury of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The shrine contained the pharaoh’s ritual embalming equipment. The Golden Canopic Shrine housed an alabaster canopic chest containing the embalmed viscera of the young pharaoh.

The original treasures are rarely, if ever, seen outside of Egypt. Save yourself a plane ticket to the Valley of the Kings and experience the wonder of one of the world’s most famous discoveries in this kid-friendly exhibit. The bejeweled royal mummy elicited exclamations of, “Ewww, how cool is that?” from excited children.

Artisans from the Pharaonic Village in Giza, Egypt spent over ten years creating reproductions of many of the Pharaoh’s sacred and personal belongings. The replicas are dead on accurate when compared to photos of the original relics. In addition to the mummy and shrines, visitors will see the famous funerary mask, a chariot, beds, thrones, statues and jewelry. A video, detailing British archaeologist Howard Carter’s extraordinary find, is enjoyed inside an area set up like a tent in the desert.

For hours, admission and more information visit the Washoe County/The Wilbur D. May Center website. Plan your excursion now – King Tut departs May 23, 2012. 

Written by Susan Fix, The Applied Companies Community Liaison Partner. Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business.

Pay It Forward – The Corporate Challenge

Jim Annis, CEO and President, of The Applied Companies hosts Corporate Pay It Forward Event.

Jim Annis, CEO and President, of The Applied Companies hosts Corporate Pay It Forward Event.

Once upon a time we were encouraged to “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Inspired by the concept, Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote a book called Pay It Forward. The movie Pay It Forward (2000) is based on the book, as is the Pay It Forward Foundation. By bringing the author’s vision to classrooms internationally, the Foundation educates and inspires students to change the world. Students and teachers formulate their own ideas of how they can pay it forward. Hyde did not copyright the phrase “pay it forward” – the idea is in the public domain for everyone to promote the concept. 

 

Reno residents, Robert and Lesslie Bauer, bypassed “random” and created a targeted, deliberate act of kindness and brought it to the business world. Pay It Forward (PIF) Parties partners with local companies and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to increase donations to feed those in need. Knowing how difficult it is for people to work full-time – take care of family and home – and find time to volunteer – the Bauer’s came up with a plan to combine charity work with the workplace.

 

PIF gives businesses an opportunity to assist the Food Bank with its Back-Pack Kids Program. Relying entirely on donations (with no government funding) the program provides bags of food on Fridays to about 700 children in Washoe County that would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. The children are living in motels, cars and completely homeless.

 

Where better to kick off the first Corporate Pay It Forward Event than at The Applied Companies? Jim Annis is a dedicated and committed supporter of the community.  Approximately 20 employees packed 200 bags in less than ten minutes. After lunch, the employees went back to work stimulated, energized, and ready to follow the example of the book/movie – challenging three of their clients (local businesses) to accept the invite to launch their own company Pay It Forward luncheon.

 

“The benefits of this activity are enormous.” Jim said. “There’s team-building, community service, fun, and helping children. We understand the balance of life is important and giving back to the community is part of the balance of life.”

 

Details of how to host an event is on the Pay It Forward (PIF) Parties website.