Posts tagged ‘Profession’

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

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

Take Me Seriously!

If you have any questions about what’s appropriate to wear to work, look no further!  DCRA staff and fresh on the job summer youth employees joined forces to give you an idea in a fashion show extravaganza.  Some DCRA staff truly stepped out of their normal element and for that, we thank them.  Enjoy!

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

Getting to Know Co-Workers

Charday Green

Today is the first day of the District’s Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs summer youth employment program. We decided to visit with some of our fellow youth employees to ask them questions that may help the DCRA staff get to know them better. We asked 16 year-old Laurence Cross what his favorite part of the day was. He told us that seeing his supervisor again was what he enjoyed most. Laurence has experience working with the “Support Services Division”. Last year helped give him people skills and now he’s brilliant at his job. There’s another thing that Laurence is really good at, football.  He says for as long as he can remember he always loved football. Now, he’s playing football for Ballou Senior High School. His goal is to attend college and become a professional football player.

We also talked to 16 year-old Leah Britton. Her favorite part of today was the lunch break. She didn’t expect the DCRA summer youth program to be this fun. Leah’s goal is to learn how to communicate with others. After her summer job with DCRA is over, Leah plans to communicate with a lot more people. But, during the program she told us she will be saving the majority of her money and going on a shopping spree.

Next, we ran into 20 year-old Latoya Pannell. She loves getting to know others. She said she’s been having fun from the moment she walked into the building. She even wants the opportunity to learn more about DCRA as she shares her time with the staff. Her work in the communications department will help her be more confident when she attends Everest College this Fall.

– Charday Green