DID YOU KNOW:
If a prime contractor pays a subcontractor late or less than agreed upon, the contracting officer can take them to task, and even reduce their CPARS ratings.
Section 125.3(c)(5) of the proposed rule deals with Section 1334 of the Jobs Act, and requires that a prime contractor notify the contracting officer in writing whenever a payment to a subcontractor is reduced or is 90 days or past due, when the Federal agency has paid the contractor, including the reason.
Similar to the other rules we’ve discussed, the SBA final rule now gives the small business the right to address the contracting officer directly and raise an objection when prime contractors pay slowly or reduced amounts. And the CO can report those late payments, which means the prime contractor will be deemed to be out of compliance in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). The contracting officer can really take the prime to task properly on this issue.
We’re still faced with the reality that none of this will have any effect if the contracting officer doesn’t take action. But if they do use their newfound right to talk to the prime about late or reduced payments, or reduce their CPARS ratings, then this rule will begin to have a real and strenuous effect.
American Indian Resources
If you are looking for a job, this could be the place your looking for, grants are awarded to this organization to assist you in becoming successful, and if you would like assistance in enrolling and paying for school or a trade school, clothing required for a job, certain tools needed, boots and bus passes to get and maintain gainful employment, If you are seeking to place a member of your family or yourself into the Youth Build program, you may want to check with Chris Molle at the AIC to see if they have any youth build grant money left available to get you into a job that allows for OJT and job skills training! Even the organizations Director, Chris Molle has used the program they offer to assist her own children to graduate from Haskell Indian Nations University!
The American Indian Council was formed in 1972 to promote economic self-sufficiency, cultural awareness and preservation for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This employment and training system establishes and maintains educational, cultural, economic, recreational and health conscious programs for American Indians.
The American Indian Council sponsors Christmas dinners, Toys for Tots and Back Pack Day for the American Indian community. On these occasions, the attendance is more than 200 American Indian families.
The Heart of American Indian Center was formed in 1971. It operates as the Kansas City area’s largest social service agency for Native Americans. It has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operated Native American center (of 46 such operating centers) in the nation. The Center began as a social club called the Council Fires of Greater Kansas City. With funding from the Great Society under President Lyndon B. Johnson, the center became a nonprofit entity in order to receive federal, state and local grants for poverty-oriented social programs.
Its my understanding that there is a stocked multi-cultural food pantry at the center.
Seafarers International Union
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1. Developing a marketing plan that facilitates the Tribe’s advantageous use of marketing principles and research so that they can determine who needs products or services, how much they may be willing to pay for them, how the Tribe will compete for their business and what the Tribe’s share of the total market might be (in sales revenues);
2. Performing a preliminary feasibility study that explores the startup and operating costs of the business and assists you in determining whether the realistically projected sales revenues will be sufficient to cover the enterprise’s costs, repay its debts, and sustain its growth;
3. Preparing a business plan that clearly and concisely presents the Tribe’s strategies for meeting the financial, managerial and technical requirements of the planned business venture; and
4. Securing business financing that will serve the short-term and long-range needs of the Tribal enterprise with the most favorable terms available from creditors.
Exercises and Worksheets
The Indian Business Owner’s Guides include a number of exercises to help you explore ideas, assess business opportunities and practice new planning skills as you acquire them. The Guides also contain a number of worksheets to assist you in developing marketing strategies, deter- mining your startup and operating costs, and predicting the financial performance of your business.
You might want to photocopy the exercise and worksheet pages so that you can experiment with different ideas and assumptions about your business. The completed forms will become internal records of your business planning and research efforts. Because you will be researching many different aspects of your business and gathering information from any number of sources, you might want to get in the habit of writing things down – not only your findings but also the sources of information. It may take several months to plan your business, and relying on memory alone is bound to result in unnecessary backtracking. The planning process offers a good opportunity to develop information gathering and record-keeping skills that will serve you well as a business manager.
Variety of Business Examples
In developing The Indian Business Owner’s Guides, the author has used a variety of fictitious examples to illustrate financial and other considerations typical of broad categories of business. In The Indian Business Owner’s Guide to Developing a Marketing Plan, the basket maker’s example typifies handcraft businesses, the building contractor’s example typifies construction companies and the professional gardener’s example typifies service businesses. In The Indian Business Owner’s Guide to Performing a Preliminary Feasibility Study, the tribal convenience store example typifies retail businesses. The alfalfa grower’s example in The Indian Business Owner’s Guide to Preparing a Business Plan typifies agricultural/field crop projects.
Sample Business Plan
If you are anxious to start your business, the information gathering and recordkeeping tasks involved in planning may test your patience, especially if you have not had the opportunity to review a well-prepared business plan. Prospective business owners sometimes become frustrated by what seems to be an endless checklist of “information needed” because they do not understand how the prescribed research will be incorporated into the finished business plan. The experience is a little like trying to locate parts for a printing press without ever having seen one – it is hard to maintain a high level of motivation when the goal is impossible to envision.
The Sample Business Plan at the end of the Guide to Preparing a Business Plan helps to illustrate how your research into the marketing, production, managerial and financial requirements of your business will be translated into a well-written plan. Due to space limitations, the Supporting Documents have been excluded. While the Sample Business Plan is fictional and for illustrative purposes only, it nevertheless makes “real” the necessity of all the research that went into it. Hopefully the prospect of developing an even better plan for your own business will help you maintain your enthusiasm throughout the information gathering and record keeping process.
Job Search Toolkit –
The AIEBC recognizes that the pursuit of a full-time position can be a lengthy process. It is worth noting that the actual job search process can provide as much of a learning experience as the job itself. The primary function of the Job Search Toolkit is to facilitate the job search process by providing structure and organization, while offering various resources to help you market yourself effectively to prospective employers.
The Job Search Toolkit contains the components described below. It is recommended that you also save supplemental materials such as job descriptions and copies of written correspondence in a binder to best help you keep track. You may use the toolkit in its entirety, or select those sections that are most applicable to your needs.
Resume/CV Tips and Samples
- Most employers spend less than 20 seconds scanning a resume before making a preliminary decision about the candidate. Put yourself in the reader’s position and think about what they are looking for in an employee
- Margins should never be smaller than .5″
- Use easy to read fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, Calibri or Times New Roman
- Avoid over formatting text. Only use italics or underlines if necessary. Make your section headings bold.
- Use active phrases instead of passive
- Entry-level candidates should limit their resume to one page. Mid-career and experienced candidates may have a two-page resume. Do not go over two pages.
- Use 10-12 point font. Avoid very small or very large text.
- Do not rely on your computer’s spell check function. Review each word carefully. It is easy to miss typos when you are familiar with the content of the document.
- Have at least two other people review your resume for spelling, grammar and other errors
- Do not lie about your experience. Augmenting your credentials with a little fiction might help you get the job but you can easily lose it if you are found out. Many employers conduct background checks.
A step by Step Guide to a Winning Resume
E-Resumes and Resources
General Resume Tips
Make Your Resume POP (CareerSpots Video)
Stand Out Resumes (CareerSpots Video)
Resume – Business Administration 1
Resume – Business Administration 2
Resume – Business (Non-Business Degree)
Resume – Civil Engineering
Resume – Communication
Resume – Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Software Engineering
Resume – Electrical Engineering
Resume – Engineering Physics
Resume – Federal Government
Resume – Logistics
Resume – Homeland Security
Resume – Human Factors
Resume – Maintenance
Resume – Maintenance
Resume – Management 1
Resume – Management 2
Resume – Master of Aeronautical Science
Resume – Master of Aerospace Engineering
Resume – Mechanical Engineering
Resume – Meteorology
Resume – Military Transition
Resume – Space Education
Resume – Space Physics
Resume – Technical Management
Curriculum Vitaes (CVs)
CV Samples, Examples, and Templates
General Academic/Research CV Tips
International CVs and International Resumes
Guide to Writing a Curriculum Vitae
The CV Doctor – Academia
References and Letters: Example and Tips
Sample References – Professional
Sample References – Personal
Strong References (CareerSpots Video)
Cover Letter Tips
Action Verbs: A handy list of verbs to help you describe yourself and your skills/experience
Cover Letter Basics
Cover Letter – Model
How to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
The Cover Letter (CareerSpots Video)
Cover Letter Examples
Cover Letter – Air Traffic Management
Cover Letter – Business Administration
Cover Letter – Communication
Cover Letter – Computer Software
Cover Letter – Engineering
Cover Letter – Engineering 2
Cover Letter – Flight
Cover Letter – Homeland Security
Cover Letter – Human Factors
Cover Letter – Interdisciplinary Studies
Cover Letter – Maintenance
Cover Letter – Meteorology
Cover Letter – Military
Cover Letter – MS Aeronautics
Cover Letter – Safety
Cover Letter – Entry Level
Cover Letter – Experienced
Cover Letter – General
Letter – Acceptance
Letter – Apology
Letter – Decline
Letter- Informational Interview Request
Letter – Recommendation Guideline
Letter – Recommendation Sample
Letter – Thank You
Portfolios: What You Need to Know
A portfolio is a job seeking tool that helps to give employers a complete picture of who the candidate is. Employers can be skeptical of the claims job seekers make on their resumes, especially since competition is fierce. A portfolio provides much more content than a cover letter or resume can, thus giving the candidate credibility. While portfolios are a tool commonly used by those in creative professions, even those in non-creative fields can use a portfolio to make a memorable impression over their peers (remember, in this job market, the key is standing out!). Developing a great portfolio takes time, so do not rush the process and make sure your portfolio is impressive!
Online vs. Print Portfolios
Online portfolios are an emerging trend, however the importance of a print portfolio should not be diminished. A candidate can have a portfolio in both formats, as they serve different purposes. A print portfolio is typically used during a face-to-face interview, while an online portfolio would usually be viewed by an employer before or after the interview. Career experts suggest that job seekers develop an online portfolio after they have made a hard copy portfolio.
Print portfolios should be kept in a three-ring binder — with an organizational system such as tabs or dividers — and include a table of contents. Online portfolios can be in a variety of formats, such as a website, blog or a PowerPoint presentation
Regardless of the medium, the most important thing to remember is that content is more important than design. Over-designing a portfolio can make it seem confusing or difficult. However, the design still plays a role in how organized and easy to follow the content is. Likewise, online portfolios must be easy to navigate.
What to include/not to include
Just like your resume, keep your portfolio professional. Do not include anything personal (such as marital status, family, friends, religious or political values) and leave out your hobbies. Photographs are best left out as well, however online portfolios are more likely to include a photo, but keep in mind the possibility of discrimination if you choose to include one.
In Latin, the word portfolio means “to carry artifacts.” So think of your portfolio as a collection of artifacts that solidify your work. Some suggested items to include:
- Index/Table of Contents (typically not needed in an online portfolio)
- Summary of goals, professional philosophy, or mission statement: a description of who you are, what you stand for and what you want to do
- Skills and abilities: give a more detailed explanation than what is included on your resume, take the opportunity to explain your background, or any special experiences that contribute to your success in each area
- List of accomplishments
- Samples of your work: papers, reports, projects, presentations, brochures
- Performance reviews: from past jobs or even a review a professor gave you on a project
- Letters of recommendation
- Reference list: three to five people (include name, title, address, phone and e-mail). Make sure they are professional references (not your mom) who can speak about your strengths and abilities
- Transcripts, degrees, licenses, certifications
- Awards and honors
- Professional development activities: conferences and workshops participated in or attended, associations you belong to
- Extracurricular activities: volunteer work, clubs, sports (focus on leadership roles held)
Everyone’s portfolio will be different and the above list in no way indicates everything that can be included in a portfolio. If an item does not fall under the do not include list and you think it will be useful in highlighting your marketability, include it!
How to use a portfolio
Once your portfolio is built, make sure to take it with you to all interviews. There are several different times it can be utilized during the interview process at the beginning, middle and end. At the beginning of the interview, if the interviewer asks the traditional question, “Tell me about yourself,” the portfolio can be used as a reference while the candidate is explaining his/her background and accomplishments. During the interview, the portfolio can be used to help answer specific questions about work problems or situations by highlighting an example of a topic or question. At the end of the interview, the portfolio can be used as part of the candidate’s summary/closing statement by suggesting the interviewer take a look at the portfolio for further examples of his/her work.
Remember, a portfolio should never be a substitute for a resume. Recruiters still want to see a well-formatted, appropriately written resume so that they can quickly assess a candidate’s qualifications; portfolios simply take too long to look through. So, think of your portfolio as an additional tool to help you seal the deal and impress the interviewer.
Interviewing is a key component for success in the job search. Review this section of the website to learn about interview formats and styles, preparation tips, general guidelines for interviewing, sample questions, resources and more. This section provides just a few of the many resources available. Typing “Interview Tips” into an Internet search engine will yield a wealth of information, as well.
Review the following resources to gain insight into successful interviewing techniques and preparation:
Helpful Resources for Special Populations
Different job seekers have different needs. We recognize that you may be in a special situation that impacts and influences your options and your decisions. Please visit the links below to review those resources which best pertain to you.