Posts tagged ‘Career’

Resumes! Resumes! Resumes!

A quick notice to everyone who hasn’t already finished and maybe to those who have. Resume’s are due soon! Thats right, you need to have a completed resume enlisting everything you have done (jobs, school, etc.) up till now. It sounds hard, but it really isn’t. It just takes a little time and dedication to finish it.

So, for the people who have never written a resume, there are a few things to know before you start. You do not need to have a “real” job to have a resume. Extracurricular activities and internships (like the one youre currently in. *Hint Hint*) will work fine on an entry level resume to potential jobs. Not everyone has tons of work experience, but showing that you’ve done something and that youre trying to achieve more will make your resume look as good as any other professionally made version.

There are many resume formats (or templates) out there that are made for people like you, who may not know how to make it. Well, here are a few examples and I’ll give you a website as well. If you’re looking for anything above an Entry Level Template, well… you’re looking at the wrong blog.

P.S. If you have Microsoft Word, then it holds resume templates in the program.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleresumes/a/templateentry.htm

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SYEP Pay Day!

My team and I went around asking the other summer youth some questions to find out about their pay. Did they have issues? Are they saving? Did they spend it all? Plans for the future? Heres a small video showing what we found out!

Paycheck Eve

Want Some Cash?
Well, you’ve toiled and sweat and toiled some more…okay, not really, but you’ve been employed for a few weeks and what do you get from a job after you’ve worked for a period of time?! That’s right, a paycheck.  Tomorrow, July 21st, summer  youth employment program workers will be rolling in the dough…okay, you won’t really be rolling in the dough, but close.

Your paychecks will be for the first two weeks that you worked, June 28 – July 10.  Remember, the money will be electronically added to the Visa debit cards that were mailed to you either before the program began or right after you started working.  If you have any problems (forgot your PIN number, lost the card, etc.) when you get ready to use your card, contact ADP/Visa directly at 1-877-237-4321.  If you believe that the amount of your paycheck is incorrect, contact Ms. Kristina Swann or Ms. Tania Williams and they’ll look into it.

Otherwise, spend wisely and try to put a little something aside for a rainy day! Your savings can really add up over time, so even $25 stashed away from every paycheck can make a huge difference!

Remaining Pay Dates

Payroll Calendar Pay Period               Pay Date
July 11th through  July 24th                   Wednesday, August 4th
July 25th through August 7th                Wednesday, August 18th
August 8th through August 17th           Wednesday, September 1st

Learning How Government Works

Just like any other workforce, DCRA has prepared mandatory weekly meetings  for the summer youth employees. In these meetings we will learn the skills that are needed in the professional world.  Our first session was entitled “Understanding Government Structure and Operations”.

We heard  from guest speakers Paul Waters from the Enforcement of Legislative Reviews and Eric Rodgers, manager of the enforcement division.  Both Waters and Rodgers talked about their passions for government and what it took to get them where they are today 

“Ive been working in the government for ten years.  Im bascially the guy with the heavy hand who says, ‘hey you me money’,” says Rodgers. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Waters had this to say, “I’ve been working with government for 25 years and in order for you to really enjoy this job, it has to really be something you enjoy doing.”

Eric Rodgers

Paul Waters

Summer Youth

Spotlight On: Jeremy Bennett

Here at DCRA’s Summer Youth Program we have a lot of good workers, so we decided to show off one in particular! His name is Jeremy Bennett and this is his second year working with us. In this interview we are asking questions about how he’s spent his time here and what has changed from this year to last year. Enjoy!

Abatement Team Hard at Work!

DC ‘s summer youth program has been working in different departments developing  much needed work skills. The Abatement team has been going around cleaning up different neighborhoods giving help to the elderly.

More Clean up!

Cleaning up old grass and weeds!

These guys are hard at work!

Lending a helping hand!

Two Weeks In!

Leah Britton

Hi! My name is Leah Britton. Today, my colleague and I, Jason Barnes, interviewed some of the 2010 Summer Youth Employees. On our adventure, we came across a lot of different people, but one that stood out to us the most was a veteran DCRA Summer Youth  employee in the Zoning/Structual department, he looked like he was  really having a blast and he was.

Because of the major differences and changes that were made, like the new building and the new way things were being managed, he told us that he was enjoying working this year a whole lot more than last year. After leaving there we made our way to the Office of Information Systems to find more summer youth workers. After a bit of looking  and searching around we managed to find a group of workers. Their ages ranged from 14 to 20.  One thing they all agreed on was that  they all enjoyed their jobs. They loved  the work they were  being  given  and the lessons that they were being taught while having fun.

– Leah Britton