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To Get Ahead at Work, Ditch the Flip-Flops PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:45
Businesses are Again Moving Toward More Polished Attire

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg aside, for many men, the days of wearing hoodies and flip-flops to work are over.

After a decade of increasingly casual office dress requirements (inspired by Zuckerberg’s 1990s Silicon Valley predecessors), CEOs began demanding a more polished look beginning with the 2001 recession. By 2002, more formal dress codes had been reinstated by 19 percent of companies with more than $500 million in revenues, according to a Men’s Apparel Alliance survey.

“The 2001 recession gave Americans a taste of the tougher job market,” says Darnell Jones, a  business professional and creator of TUKZ Undergarments for men, (www.TUKZ.com), which have clasps that ensure shirts stay tucked.

“Then along came the Great Recession in December 2007 and, with it, the layoffs and high unemployment we’re still experiencing. Today, if you want to get hired and if you want to get promoted, you’ve got to look like you mean business.”

Jones notes that it’s not just corporate leaders who want a more professional-looking workforce. In a 2012 survey by Salary.com, nearly 25 percent of respondents said their workplace’s dress code is too lenient. Less than 10 percent said theirs was too strict.

“Right or wrong, how much care you take – or don’t take – with your appearance communicates a lot about you,” Jones says. “If you take pride in how you look, you probably take pride in the work you do. If your outfits are thrown-together or dated, you may be reckless with details and not up on the latest in your profession.”

If you’re ready to give up your office hoodie, but aren’t sure what to replace it with, Jones offers these tips:

• Get a navy blue or gray blazer or suit coat: Solid colors are best, although pinstripes are fine, too. Get the best material you can afford. If wearing a jacket all day doesn’t fit with your workplace vibe, keep one in your office or cubicle to have handy just in case. Whether it’s a surprise visit from a client or an unexpected meeting with the CEO, slipping on a jacket is an easy way to make a good impression.

• Watch your feet: Invest in a good pair of lace-up shoes -- brown, black or, better yet, both. (The color should complement your trousers and match your belt.) Avoid square-toed shoes -- they’re dated. Be sure your shoes are polished, and replace the heels when they get run down, particularly if you’re going on a job interview or attending an important meeting. Of course, you’ll need socks, too. They should coordinate with the color of your trousers – and with each other!

• Avoid the peacock effect: Your shirt should be a solid color – no patterns and no hot pinks. Be sure it’s pressed. An undershirt is a must; it helps prevent unsightly perspiration stains and unwanted views of underlying body parts. If you’re not wearing a tie and leaving the top button or two undone, make sure the T-shirt collar is not visible at your throat. If you’re wearing a coat, about a half-inch of shirt cuff should be visible at your wrist.

• Flatter your face with a V-neck: A good-quality gray, V-neck pullover sweater worn over a blue dress shirt is a great look for business casual. The bottom of the sweater should stop at your belt line.

“You’ll be amazed at how much more seriously people take you when you look the part,” Jones says.

“The best thing is, dressing well makes you stand taller and feel more confident. That’s really a winning look.”

About Darnell Jones

Darnell Jones is the founder and president of TUKZ Undergarments, LLC, specializing in a unique functionality that prevents shirts from becoming un-tucked. He earned his bachelor’s in health with an emphasis in management at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. Jones’ vision is for TUKZ Underwear to reside in every household to improve appearance and build confidence in men and women of all ages. He currently serves as an investor and a Region Manager for Olive Medical Corp.

 
Loebsack Statement on the Debt Ceiling Vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:08

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House voted to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling. The bill also sets in motion legislation that would withhold the pay of Members of Congress if they do not pass a budget.  Loebsack was the second cosponsor of the No Budget, No Pay Act in 2011 and is an original cosponsor of similar legislation this Congress.

“While today’s vote temporarily moves us away from the threat of defaulting on the debt our nation has already incurred, it does nothing to address our most pressing problem – growing the economy and setting our country on a sustainable path.  Today’s vote is just another example of Congress kicking the can down the road without actually dealing with the issue at hand.  Even though I believe we should provide more long-term certainty for our economy and job creators, I cannot allow the ineptitude of Congress to affect adversely small business owners and the pocketbooks of Iowans.  Defaulting on our loans would simply be kicking the economy when it is already down.

“Further, it is unacceptable that Members of Congress continue to be paid without carrying out one of their main duties – passing a budget each year.  It is time for Members to do their part, and that is why I strongly support the No Budget, No Pay Act to hold Members accountable for getting their job done.”

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Vista Career Fair Offers Global Opportunities for QC Job-Hunters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:37

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Looking to leverage your experience and skills with competitive benefits and excellent salary potential? Most people might need to hire an employment agency to find such an extraordinary position, or spent months or even years sending out countless resumes. But according to Teresa Johnston, Communications Director at Vista International Operations, many qualified Quad-City residents will discover exceptional positions at an upcoming Vista Career Fair.
“Vista has many positions which may need to be filled very quickly,” Johnston said. “We are gearing up to begin work on multiple potential contracts, and may have to fill hundreds of jobs, locally and abroad. It’s a very exciting time for both Vista and the Quad-Cities. For many individuals who are unemployed or dissatisfied with their current positions, the Career Fair will provide outstanding opportunities.”
The Vista Career Fair will be held 1 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, Riverfront 103-104, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL. Employment opportunity presentations will be held at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Vista International Operations is a global provider of enterprise-level information technology (IT) services, logistics management, and engineering support services to government and private industry. Vista is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC), which was formed in 1972 as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
According to Johnston, available positions with Vista include Call Center Associate, Computer System Support Specialist, Database Administrator, LAN Administrator, System Administrator, Web Developer, Email Administrator, and Application Programmer. The Career Fair will also include positions with Vista Technical Services, another BBNC subsidiary.
High-Paying Positions Here and Abroad.
“Many of the positions will be based locally, while others are overseas positions,” Johnston said. “Vista is a global company, with 348 employees worldwide. The average salary is about $64,000.” She added that in the last three years, Vista has paid more than $16 million in payroll to Quad-Cities employees.
In addition to Vista’s work in the United States, the corporation also performs information technology and logistics on behalf of the U.S. Government overseas. Locations include Kuwait and Afghanistan and have salaries ranging from $100,000 to $190,000, depending on the position. For stateside opportunities, salaries will range from $45,000 to $95,000, depending on the position and location. Benefits offered by Vista include:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents
  • Cafeteria plan for dependent care/flex accounts/HSA accounts
  • Short-/long-term disability, company paid
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Annual leave: Two weeks first year, increases after five years
  • Sick leave: One week first year, increases after five years
  • $5k spouse, $2k child life insurance, company paid
  • Life/accidental death insurance, company paid
  • Emergency leave
  • Civic leave: Jury duty/voting
  • Educational assistance
  • 401(k) company match
  • Additional profit-sharing plan, contribution to 401K
“At the Career Fair, people will get to meet and talk with the actual hiring Project Managers,” said Johnston, “so each attendee will have the chance to meet their potential boss, face to face. We encourage career-minded individuals to come to the event, get to know Vista, and check out the opportunities we have available.”
For more information on Vista International Operations and the Career Fair, call Teresa Johnston, Communications Director, at 563-823-6657, or visit www.viops.com.

 
Retired Hy-Vee CEO receives top industry honor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ruth Comer   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:58

Today, retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens received the supermarket industry's most prestigious honor -- the Food Marketing Institute's Sidney R. Rabb Award, recognizing an individual for excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry. The award was presented to Ric at FMI's Midwinter Executive's Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

To read more about the award, and view the video shown during the presentation, visit the FMI website:

http://www.fmi.org/news-room/latest-news/view/2013/01/21/hy-vee-s-jurgens-receives-food-retail-industry-s-highest-honor

 
Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) February 11, 2013 FREE Seminar & Business Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kat Riley   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:43
The Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will hold a FREE
Seminar on Monday, February 11, 2013 at MRA, 3800 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 100 in Moline, IL.
The speaker will be Monica Poe, MVA, GVA, Founder and Owner of MoPoe & Associates. Monica
will be presenting “Virtual Meetings, Virtual Teams: How the Move to Virtual Is Affecting Admins”.

Following the presentation, a Chapter meeting will be held.

Networking/Gathering begins at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM (reservation is required – meal cost is $8.00) and the speaker will begin at 6:30 PM.

To register, please contact Stephanie Noyd by 11:00 AM on Friday, February 8, 2013 at (309) 764-8354 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For More Information, go to our website at http://www.iaap-quadcity.org.

IAAP is the world’s largest international association of administrative professionals. IAAP offers professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities for administrative professionals. IAAP is a non-profit, volunteer association.

Joining a professional organization demonstrates your commitment to your career. Work is most rewarding when we do it with enthusiasm and give it our best. Through IAAP you will gain knowledge, confidence and contacts that will help you advance professionally. IAAP works to build a professional image of administrative professionals in the workplace.

IAAP membership is open to all persons working in the administrative field, along with business educators, students, firms and educational institutions. There is no test of sponsorship required. Through IAAP qualified professionals can test for the certification rating, the benchmark of excellence in the administrative profession.

For more information please contact Kathy Riley at (309) 786-2705

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