Thursday, December 31, 2009

Join Us at The Hardwood Classic, Jan 1st 2010 at HOOPs for UofL/UK Alumni Basketball Game

It's known as one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball, the University of Louisville Cardinals vs. the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  Now former players from both the basketball and football squads will return to the court to benefit children with disabilities.The Hardwood Classic 2010; Cards, Cats, Crusade.

Former U of L and UK standouts along with local celebrities will participate in the Hardwood Classic on Friday, January 1, 2010 at Hoops, 12101 Sycamore Station Place.  Tip-off for the game is 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets are only $10 and reserved tickets are $25. They can be purchased at the following locations: HOOPS, 12101 Sycamore Station Place, 502-81-HOOPS; "Divine Cuts", 1103 Larchmont Avenue, 502-749-9589; and WHAS Television and Crusade for Children offices, 520 West Chestnut Street, 502-582-7711.

This year, the H ardwood Classic is happy to announce that contestants from; "Can You Duet" on CMT's vocal competition will perform at the game.  Holly Jackson and Josh Glauber will sing the National Anthem and you can  log on for additional information on our special guests.

Stay tuned daily to WHAS-11 News and Sports as they announce this year's participants.  You can also log onto and  This event promises to be a night of fun for the entire family can enjoy. 

The Hardwood Classic is made possible because of the financial support and sponsorship by the following company supporters:The Corporate Playbook, WHAS11 Television, HOOPS, WHAS Crusade for Children, VIPP Communications Inc., McDonalds, Kyle and Prime Lounge.  If you w ould like to setup an interview and/or cover the event on January 1st please contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or by email at

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Job Seekers Holiday Card

Happy Holiday’s December grads! As you step off campus you’ll face the toughest job market seen in decades. With the jobless rate for 20-24 year olds hovering at 16% you’ll have to be creative and take every opportunity to make your pitch. That said, job seekers are often tempted to sideline the search during the holidays but this is the perfect time to make your pitch with a Holiday Card.

The Job Seekers Holiday Card:

A recent grad and former Yale softball player recently sent me an excellent example of this. She really leveraged the Holiday Card to update her professional contacts and send out a signal. Rather than just sending out a blanket Happy Holiday message she took the opportunity to update her contacts on her background, internship experience and next steps. She used the following format to get her message across:

· A brief personalized (hand written) message at the top.

· Followed by a succinct typed out message that talked about her recent graduation, her relocation to a new city, recent internship experiences & job interests.

· Then closed with another brief hand written message at the bottom.

This message did a great job of letting her contacts know how to help. The message was personal, yet to the point. It tied together where she was both geographically and within her job search. As a professional contact I’m reminded that she is job searching and now know enough about her background to point her to the right contacts. One quick reminder is keeping the message clear and succinct leave room for a personal note and don’t forget to include your contact information on the card.

Happy Holidays and Happy Job Hunting!

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Hiring Site

Chad Pinkston

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The Annual Review: 2009’s Top 10 Workplace Trends

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:34 PM PST

Countdown_1The year is almost over, which of course means it's time for a completely unprecedented, unexpected-in-every-way "top 10 of 2009" list…

Here, I give you my list of the 10 biggest trends we saw this year in the world of workforce management.  (Notice anything I missed? Let me know in the comments section below!)


  1. Social Media Specialists made their way to corporate America. Recognizing the value in using social media as both a branding and recruiting tool, companies like Comcast, General Motors and JetBlue Airways,  began hiring professionals specifically for the sake of managing and monitoring their social media sites.  (Even Britney Spears got in on the action.) 
  2. Internships made a comeback…in various forms. In the tightened economy, internship positions became more competitive among job seekers– as well as an attractive alternative for employers looking for cheap labor and a way to "test" new employees before hiring them full-time. One position that stood out was Pizza Hut's "Twintern," an intern responsible for posting updates on – and monitoring – the company's Twitter account. The experiment turned out to be a success on both ends – come fall, Pizza Hut offered the twintern a full-time position. Similarly, 2009 also saw the rise of virtual internships made possible through improving technology and the growth of social media, and enabling employers to expand their pool of candidates while saving money on office overhead. 
  3. Older workers were forced to rethink retirement. Nearly 60 percent of workers aged 65 and older reported that they were postponing retirement due to financial strains, according to a March 2009 CareerBuilder survey. While employers may be worried over how they will manage this aging workforce, multigenerational workforces are actually an asset to employers; they simply need to be "proactive in devising new strategies to harness and harmonize the multigenerational workforce," advises BusinessWeek's Roselyn Feinsod.
  4.  "Qwittered" entered the American lexicon…joining the prestigious ranks "Facebook fired." Stories abounded this year of employees getting reprimanded for posting inappropriate comments or – as we saw in this year's most infamous case - videos on online social media sites. Even celebrities were not immune to this trend, as ESPN's Sports Guy recently found out.  What can we learn from these stories? For one thing, having a well-thought out and clearly stated social media policy in place can eliminate these sorts of incidents. Make sure employees are aware of the policy and that what they say can be grounds for punishment. (For tips on creating a social media policy, check out Sharlyn Lauby's excellent post on 10 Must-Haves for Your Social Media Policy)
  5. Medical cost-cutting efforts got more creative. As health care costs soared, businesses began looking for ways to reduce medical coverage expenses with a new sense of urgency. Whole Foods, for instance, began offering workers incentives for losing weight and improving their overall health to ultimately reduce medical coverage costs; while other employers started expanding their employee assistance program offerings to include counseling – a less expensive alternative to therapy obtained through company medical coverage… Then of course there were those companies making the case for legalizing medical marijuana, saying the move could save them money on drug costs.
  6. Thursday became the new Friday. Taking a cue from Utah’s institution of a four-day workweek for state workers, employers nationwide began to follow suit – hoping to generate the same benefits Utah saw as a result of its experiment.  Not only did the state successfully reduce energy and help workers save money on commuting costs, as it had hoped, but workers took fewer sick days and state services improved, as well. 
  7. Women made workplace history. As layoffs hit men at a disproportionate rate, the ratio of women to men in the workforce evened out. As of September, women held half of the nation's jobs – for the first time in our nation's history.
  8. Sex at the office became a hot(ter?) topic: While sex in the workplace is nothing new, the debate – both in the media and at the water cooler – over if and when it's ever okay reignited after David Letterman admitted to having an affair with a "Late Night" staffer – and gained even more steam when two other, high profile sex-in-the-workplace stories surfaced soon after. (Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it's always good to have a refresher on the rules regarding sex in the workplace.) 
  9. Year-end bonuses, gifts and holiday parties disappeared. No surprises here: Fewer businesses planned office parties this year – whether due to budget concerns, or out of mindfulness of the hardships clients and employees' families are experiencing. In the spirit of the season, however, some employers are organizing company-wide charitable events as an alternative. As is the case with holiday parties, the economy is also preventing many businesses from offering the typical year-end gifts or grant bonuses…but that doesn't mean they're not trying to appease their employees and clients with alternative gifts, such as car washes, choice parking spots and complimentary breakfasts.  
  10. Office personal space became scarcer. In efforts to trim costs and boost productivity, many employers nationwide began reducing per-employee office space – from removing cubicle walls to create open floor plans, to eliminating assigned workspaces for employees who spend a lot of time away from their desks. Despite employers’ good intentions, however, some employees are finding that the closer quarters disrupt their work flow and increase tensions, according to the Wall Street Journal. (The lesson? Know your audience: While some people may thrive in tighter quarters, it can be distracting to others. Help your employees by giving them the option to work remotely or make sure you arrange the office in a way that maximizes the available space.)

What trends did you notice popping up this year? (And what do you anticipate we’ll see more or less of in 2010?)

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