02-13-2017 Monday Memo

Help Wanted—Who Knew?
The signs are LITERALLY everywhere around us advertising employment opportunity, and if you know where to look, they become a lot easier to see.  Of course that is assuming one wants to look for such opportunities. 
Our topic this morning isn’t about motivation, but to contradict the belief by some that there aren’t any available jobs in this area.  That simply isn’t the case in this community or in our region.
We will be the first to admit that there might not be that PERFECT job for everyone, but if you’re an individual that is willing to work, there are a lot of opportunities to find a well paying job and turn it into something that can be perfect for you.
It’s also important to note that finding a perfect job also has a lot to do with a couple of key factors, and those are:
  • Do you have the right skills that match up with what area employers need?
  • Can you demonstrate and provide proof of those skills?
  • Do you have a resume that lists references and your work history?
  • Can you pass a drug test?
It’s certainly possible that an individual in our area may not know of all of the places to look for employment, but if an individual is actively searching, we think the telltale signs on finding a good job are all around us.
Here are our top ways to increase your job seeking efforts and if you’re not looking yourself, we would hope you will share these ideas with any one you know who is actively seeking employment. 
  • Spend some time looking over the list of employers listed a bit farther down in this Monday Memo to see if there are employment opportunities you are not aware of.
  • Go online and look at the Facebook sites of Shawnee Area Online Job Postings and Shawnee/Surrounding Jobs.
  • Visit the Workforce Oklahoma location at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center located east of Harrison here in Shawnee.
  • Visit the FIND A JOB link on the SEDF’s website and look through the information that exists in that location.
  • Spend some time visiting the larger employer’s websites to determine what they do, how they accept applications, if they are hiring AND if what they do is something that you are qualified for and might like to do.
  • And if all of that is too much work, simply take a drive around the community and look at the help wanted signs that are everywhere.
There are so many positions available that it’s impossible for us to list them all, or even know about all of them, and the truth is that there isn’t one single format or method to discover them all. 
While you don’t have to be a detective, you can find employment in Shawnee and the region, IF you will apply a little effort and look in the right places.
Finally, if you are unable to find a job or keep one, the harsh reality you may need to face is that you might not have the right skills that an employer is seeking. 
That can be rectified by paying a visit to the local Career Tech facility to learn how they can help you obtain a higher level of skills that can propel you toward a higher income level and greater employment opportunities.
And the first place to start in all of this is you have to want to find a job.
Educators Notes:
This past week we had the pleasure to visit with the leadership of the Jim Thorpe Academy here in Shawnee and discuss why the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation believes there are wonderful opportunities for students in their classrooms and for students in classrooms in the surrounding area, the Career Tech Campuses and the two universities that call Shawnee home.
We are starting to see a strong level of activity in a wide variety of areas in this community that includes retail employment, government jobs, manufacturing positions, the health care field, aerospace professions, education, medical services, construction occupations and even the early stages of a resurgence in energy related opportunities. 
All of those activities equate to a growing optimism among the economic development professionals in the area that we are starting to see an upward employment trend that will place even greater emphasis on the availability of those under your tutelage.
And if there’s one thing that economic developers love, it’s job growth, low unemployment rates and increased capital investments in the region.  So why is that important to you?
As you continue to expand the wisdom of those who are in your classrooms, be sure to share with them that the opportunity for a great job might just be in the place they now call home…  We think the future looks bright for them indeed.
“We Like ‘Em A Lot”
Over the past 107 Mondays, we have had the pleasure of sharing the names of individual who are making a difference in our area and who we think others may wish to emulate.  
We’ve drawn attention to those with a lot of awards, accolades and plaques on their walls to those who you’ve never heard of, who for the most part have never received a pat on the back.
We’ve emphasized a fairly equal ratio of women to men, had a husband and wife duo mentioned, drawn attention to a pair of brothers, accentuated the vital role an alternative school principal and her instructors play and even provided our positive thoughts on those who provide a community service to our citizens each and every day.
This past week we learned of a group of individuals who volunteered their time, talents and even financial resources of their employer to undertake demolition to the façade of a public school, build a new entrance feature, paint the building, and even install some seating areas for the students and faculty.  Thank you Lowes and your wonderful employees.
Not to be overlooked is another group of individuals who helped design new landscaping for the facility, and when the weather is conducive, will transform their ideas from a piece of paper to reality.  Thank you Christine Brown and Darrick Ellis.
And to Randy’s Signs for helping with the new Jim Thorpe Academy Sign, which is putting a bow on the wonderful new look of the facility.
Thanks to all of you, as your collaborative efforts have brightened up the facility where so many great things are taking place.
We wish we could name every one of the individuals who helped in the facility upgrade, but since that isn’t possible, you will have to take our word for it that we are thankful for caring individuals like this in our community, and wish we had more people like them.
A-1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency:  Visit http://www.a1staffingok.com/apply-now.php or contact Brandy Helm at brandy@a1staffingok.com or 405-788-0001
Absentee Shawnee Tribe:  http://www.astribe.com/astribe/?reload
BancFirst-Shawnee:  Contact Deloris Page at dpage@bancfirst.com
Black Hawk Casino:  Contact Shirley McCormick at shirley.mccormick@blackhawkcasino.org
Blue Zones:  Send resumes to jon.werger@healthways.com or visit https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=sharecare&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US#
Buckle:  Apply online at http://corporate.buckle.com/careers following application contact the store to schedule interview at 405-878-0920 
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online only at http://www.work4cfashawnee.com/
City National Bank:  Visit https://www.cnb1901.com/ or contact 866-385-3444
City of Shawnee:  Visit http://www.shawneeok.org/jobs
Citizen Potawatomi Nation:  Visit http://www.firelakejobs.com/
Daliyah Greek House:  Contact Mazin at 580-235-8999 to set up an appointment and interview.  Restaurant located at 2033 N. Harrison, Shawnee OK.
Dickson Industries:  Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Enviro Systems:  Visit http://www.enviro-ok.com/careers/job-opportunities/ or email Personnel@enviro-ok.com
Express Employment Professionals:  Visit http://www.expresspros.com/ or contact David Kitts at 405-275-7575
Extreme Inflatables:  Visit http://extremeinflatables.com/EI/index.php.  To apply, contact us in person at 301 N. Oklahoma, Shawnee OK, call 405-878-0747or email apply@extremeinflatables.com
Farmers Insurance:  Contact Tim Seelig at 405-377-6671 or tim.binman@farmersagency.com
First United Bank:  Contact Paul Bass at 405-273-6100 or paul@firstunitedbank.com
Freedom Personnel:  Contact Janet or Hyla at 405-275-9675
Gateway Pipeline LLC:  Visit http://www.gatewaypipeline.com and contact Kristin Paule at 405-275-0954
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery:  Submit resume to Amy Walton at awalton@gatewaytoprevention.org
GE Oil & Gas:  Visit http://www.ge.com/careers or contact Kimberly Topps at 405-395-0404
Georg Fischer:  Visit http://www.centralplastics.com, email Dani.Shields@georgfischer.com or call 405-878-3978
Global Production Solutions:  Visit http://www.globalproductionsolutions.com and contact Kristin Vinson at kvinson@gps-us.co
Indaco Metals:  Visit http://www.indacometals.com/ or contact Jordan McLaughlin at 405-273-9200
Jindal Films: Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/q-Jindal-Films-l-Shawnee,-OK-jobs.html or send resumes to careers@jindalfilms.com
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma:  Visit http://kickapootribeofoklahoma.com/ and contact Vasant Hanratagorn at 405-964-2075 ext. 107, 405-605-9390 or itoffice@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Mills Machine Company:  Send resume to Mills Machine Company at 201 N. Oklahoma Ave., Shawnee OK 74801 or email it to chuck@millsmachine.com
Oklahoma Baptist University:  Visit http://www.okbu.edu/businessaffairs/hr/jobs.html
Primrose Retirement Community:  Visit www.primrose-careers.com
Red Lobster:  Apply online at https://www.redlobster.com/employment/
Shawnee Milling Company:  Visithttp://www.shawneemilling.comand call Jane Lewis at 405-273-7003 ext. 314      
St. Gregory’s University:  Visit http://www.stgregorys.edu/about-us/employment Development Director and Systems Analyst – All interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and references to hr@stgregorys.edu.
TDK Ferrites:  (Workforce Oklahoma representing TDK) Contact Malisa Daniel at 405-275-2100 ext. 397 or by email at malisa.daniel@us.tdk.com
United Dynamics, Inc.:  Visit http://united-dynamics.com/ and contact Michelle Needham at 405-275-8041 ext. 280
Vyve Broadband:  Visit http://www.vyvebroadband.com/careers.html, call Angela at 914-234-8325, email employment@vyvebb.com and send resumes to career@vyvebb.com
Wolverine Tube:  Visit http://www.wlv.com/ and contact Express Employment Professionals  at 405-275-7575
HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4
OBU –     Contact Oklahoma Baptist University and send them your job postings.  They can screen them and will be happy to
                  share them on their website.  – Visit their job board at https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/
OSU –      Finding talented employees to drive your organization’s success can be challenging, but Oklahoma State University
                  Career Services can help.  OSU’s outstanding academic programs cultivate America’s brightest in a wide array of fields,
                  while Career Services (HireOSUgrads.com) helps make hiring OSU interns, recent grads, and alumni easy.  Available
  • Free Job Postings and Resume Browsing
  • Career Fairs and Networking Events
  • Employer Information Sessions and Tables
  • Faculty Connections
  • Customized Recruiting Strategy Assistance
Contact the Shawnee area Employer Development Coordinator Alicia Jackson (alicia.jackson@okstate.edu, 405-945-
8617) today to develop your personalized recruiting plan to Hire OSU Grads!
Shell Building Information:  http://sedf.biz/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Shell-Building-Flyer1.pdf
Downtown Façade Grant Program – The Historic Shawnee Alliance Is Now Accepting Applications
For a complete list of guidelines and the application, visit the HSA’s web site at: www.historic- shawnee.com or contact HSA member and city planning director, Justin DeBruin, at 878-1616.
February 20:  SEDF Office Closed for President’s Day
Additional Dates: 05/29/17 Memorial Day; 07/04/17 Independence Day; 09/04/17 Labor Day; 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
February 21:  Small Business Development Classes – Small Business Social Media Marketing
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
February 21:  The Shawnee Educational Foundation 17th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet
6:00p at The Geiger Center, Oklahoma Baptist University.
For questions, please contact President Debbie Bosch at 405 585 412-(drdebbiebosch@gmail.com or any Board member.
February 28 & March 1:  Blue Zones Focus Group
Located at the Heart of Oklahoma Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK
For a complete list of topics and times, visit http://go.bluezonesproject.com/pottawatomie_county_rsvp?hs_preview=TvTHAPxg-4651151921
March 7:  Small Business Development Classes – Dollars and Sense:  Basics of Business Finance
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
March 8:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  4/12/17; 5/10/17; 6/14/17; 7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
March 23-25:  Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
8am at Cox Convention Center, OKC
For more information, visit http://www.firstinspires.org/
March 31:  Mobile Smiles Unit
9am-3pm at The Community Market, 120 S. Center, Shawnee OK 74801
For more information or to make an appointment call 405-878-1528
April 19:  Small Business Development Classes – Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map with Google
11:30am at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
Third Friday Each Month:  Downtown Block Party, presented by the Shawnee Art Guild
5-8pm in historic downtown Shawnee.  For more information, call 405-432-4131
Shawnee Senior Center Events:
Savvy Seniors: http://savvysenior.org/seniorresources.htm
English as a Second Language Class
6-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, Pioneer Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801.  Call Janie Davis at 405-273-3334 to register.
Yoga In The Park
6:30pm Every Tuesday at Sister City Park located at the intersection of Legacy and Airport Drive, Shawnee OK
Shawnee Little Theatre:
For show listings and more information, visit http://www.shawneelittletheatre.com or call 405-275-2805
C-Bar Horsemanship
We offer many opportunities to work with children and adults with special needs through our educational and therapeutic horsemanship classes.  Visit us at www.cbarhorsemanship.org or contact us at charla@cbarhorsemanship.org.
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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