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ATR Gains ISO Quality Recertification

Posted by ATR International on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

ATR International is pleased to announce our recent ISO 9001:2008 quality recertification. This milestone represents our 20th year as an ISO certified company. Achieving ISO recertification clearly demonstrates ATR’s company-wide commitment to supporting our customers with a quality service. This commitment starts with our senior management and is fully embraced by all ATR International personnel.

“The ISO quality standards and resulting certification are really the foundation on which ATR’s world-class service is built,” said President and CEO Jerry Brenholz. “I am proud and thankful to all of the ATR employees that make this important part of our strategic business plan possible.”

ATR undergoes a stringent, annual reevaluation process that includes quality management system and documentation reviews, a gap analysis, internal audits, and the clearance of non-conformances, all of which work to identify corrective actions and eliminate non-conformance to the quality management standard. Although there is no requirement in our industry for an independent quality certification, we have one done. It’s the best way to ensure that our processes result in world class service and meaningful improvements to those processes are made where they are needed.  

ISO is the Geneva-based, internationally recognized series of quality management standards issued in 163 member countries to date. Their standards are based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement. Using ISO principles helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services.

It’s no coincidence that ATR has been ISO certified for 20 years and successful in business for over 25. We’ve done it by being scrupulously committed to doing the best for our clients, being the best that we can be, and never being content with the ways things are; we remain vigilant and innovative so that we can continue to bring our clients the highest quality service.   

 

Our Path to MBE Success

Posted by Angelique Solorio on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Smart companies appreciate the benefits of a diverse supplier base, and are recognized for their supplier diversity initiatives. There are different levels of supplier diversity programs at these corporations but almost all Fortune 1000, and many other businesses of various sizes, have some sort of program from basic to comprehensive. As an MBE, a corporate program can be a valuable source of information, and the type of program and support that they provide can also be a clue as to their level of commitment to working with diverse businesses. Sometimes working with a company as they embark on implementing diversity goals, develop a program, and begin to identify MBE suppliers can lead to opportunity, while other times it is more beneficial to work with a more established program and reap the benefits of their experience, advice, and assistance.

One way an MBE can distinguish themselves is by developing their own program, putting together a coordinated effort that includes measurable initiatives around certification, participation in the MBE business community, sharing knowledge and learning from others, and your own MBE to MBE spend and other goals. As your business grows, consider how your initiatives promote or match up with the ultimate goals of Supplier Diversity. The development of smaller, startup MBEs into thriving business partners shouldn’t rest solely on the shoulders of global corporations.

You can learn and improve your business, and your ability to be a valued partner to companies looking for diverse suppliers, and your own program can help demonstrate that readiness. I’d like to share with you how our efforts have grown over the years from the simple establishment of our MBE certification, to focused efforts at outreach, to a full blown comprehensive program that helps us to continue to grow our business as well as support other MBEs and the diversity community at large.

We started out as a small company, a Class 1 MBE, but over the course of 27 years in business we’ve grown and are now a Class 4. You may be thinking that a program is something only possible if you are a larger MBE like us, but as you can see from the different phases outlined in the chart below, our efforts started out rather basic and grew in scope and focus as our company grew. You may not start out able to sponsor your local council’s events or to target a significant spend with other MBE’s, but your efforts can grow as your company does.

That’s how our program grew, over time. We started by obtaining the minority certification itself and then began to take advantage of all that is offered through the NMSDC to grow our business. Eventually, we were in a position to have one person within ATR focus on our efforts and participation in the diversity community. Each time we moved into a new phase, we continued the good things we’d been doing, and added additional ones. It didn’t take long before those efforts brought value and opportunity. From the small steps in the beginning to our increased and more widespread support in recent years, we’ve developed a comprehensive program that we continue to evaluate and enhance. We’re also mindful of our responsibility, especially now as a senior member of the community, to give back and support other MBEs, so our goals include that.

As long as there are goals in place, even if they are modest, and you are making a concerted effort to achieve them, a formal program can pay dividends. It gives small suppliers the opportunity to show larger, and multinational corporations that they are serious about doing what is necessary to succeed as an MBE and be a successful corporate partner. What are you waiting for? Start your program today.If there’s anything I can do to help, contact me. I’m happy to do so!

Angelique Solorio
Corporate Outreach Manager

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9 Absolute DON'Ts for Your Resume

Posted by ATR International on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

We see a lot of resumes here at ATR.

A lot.

Our recruiters look at hundreds if not thousands of resumes in a year.  We’re in the business of finding people jobs, so that’s not a surprise.  Because of this, they’ve seen some of the best and worst practices when it comes to resumes and this puts us in a great position to share some important advice on resume DON’Ts.

DON’T:

  1. Have a 10 page resume.  Only if you are a very senior level person should your resume be more than one or two pages long, and even then, think carefully. Believe us, we’ve seen people make this mistake (even more than 10 pages!) and it is a surefire way to turn off anyone reviewing your resume.
  2. Use an unusual font. Now is not the time to break out one of the handwriting, calligraphy or other funky styles that programs offer. When it comes to resumes, simple, sans serif fonts like Verdana or Arial are best. Avoid serif fonts like Times or Cambria to minimize the possibility of errors when your resume is scanned by ATS software.

  3. Color your text. Please don’t use blue, or green, or magenta or any color other than black or dark gray. It is hard on the eyes and looks unprofessional, highly unprofessional. Don’t overuse bolding either and be very careful about italicizing words. Not only is this nicer for the person reading it, it will make it easier for screening software to read as well.

  4. Submit a screenshot of your resume. This might seem like a timesaver and a great use of the technology available today but it is NOT.  Given the availability of cloud storage and the ease of sending files from a phone or other mobile device, you should be able to access a proper doc or pdf version of your resume to submit.

  5. Use fancy graphics or a funky layout. Unless you are a graphic designer or an artist (and even then be cautious), your resume should not include text running longitudinally, shadow text, geometric shapes, or gradient color fill. In short – no special effects!  Certainly not in the business sector.

  6. Repeat the same information multiple times. If you’re proficient in Microsoft Office you only need to say it once. If you know C++, Java, .net, or Visual Basic, include this in your summary or a technical skills section, don’t list them with each and every one of your past positions where you used them. It’s unnecessary and repetitive and takes up space that could be better used on other information.

  7. Start with an Objective section. The Objective is an outdated relic of resumes past. It is redundant and uninformative. Of course you are looking for a position, otherwise you wouldn’t be submitting your resume, and telling someone what kind of job you are looking for in no way shows them how you are suited for the job, which is what matters to them.

  8. Use buzzwords that are so overused they are almost meaningless. Avoid creative, strategic, driven, passionate, motivated, track record, innovative, extensive experience, dynamic, expert, responsible, and organizational at the very least. These words are like nails on chalkboard for recruiters who see them again and again.  Your resume will stand out if you demonstrate that you are these things instead of just stating it using stale words and trite phrases.

  9. Lie or exaggerate. It just isn’t worth it. Pretty quickly, people will find out the truth.  A good recruiter can spot things that don’t add up sooner than the average person but eventually your information – past employment, education, etc. – will be confirmed.  Sometimes the hiring company would not have cared about the lack of a degree or the fact that you have a gap in your employment but the fact that you lied about it is what prevents them from hiring you.

Our recruiters have seen it all and they want to help make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes. Your resume is usually the first impression that you make on a hiring manager, internal or external recruiter. You want to ensure that it is a good one that moves you to the next step, an initial interview. If you avoid the don’ts listed above, you’ll improve your chances of getting through.

If you want to know what you should do in your resume, download our free eBook, The Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Next Job.

 

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Social Media Privacy Settings and Your Job Search

Posted by Jeff Monaghan on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

It is now commonplace for people to share all aspects of their lives online. Events like birthday parties, vacations, job promotions, holidays, and even an evening out at a local restaurant, get photographed, video recorded, written about and then shared online; sometimes privately but often publicly. This has all made us more connected with friends and loved ones, which is why social media is so popular. But there is a downside to all this activity, especially if you find yourself in the market for a new job. One wrong photo or comment found by a potential employer can upend your prospects of ever working there.

Over 80% of employers “Google” job applicants. Your resume might get their attention, but your online presence may determine whether or not they invite you in for an interview. Let’s briefly discuss the most popular sites and how they can affect your job search.

LinkedIn
Take full advantage of LinkedIn. Your profile will often be the top result when an employer searches your name online. This gives you the opportunity to immediately present yourself in the best light possible. At a minimum, be sure your profile includes your name, current title, industry, location, a completed summary, two past positions if possible, education, three listed skills, at least 50 connections, and a professional photo. LinkedIn will give your profile All-Star status if you provide all of this information.

Once you have a complete profile, mouse over your image at the top right and activate a drop-down menu where you will select Privacy & Settings. Next, under Helpful Links, click on “Edit your public profile.” You will now see a column of checkboxes to the right where you can pick and choose which sections of your profile that you want to be public. Select picture, headline, and summary at the very least. You can add more if appropriate to your job search.  

Other Sites
Unless you are in a creative field where displaying your artistic taste on Pinterest or photographs on Flickr will help with your job search, it’s best to adjust your privacy settings on all other social media to private. Keep in mind that privacy changes involving search engines can take a few weeks to go into effect. Also, you can change your settings back once you land a job. Here’s how to go private for the most popular sites.

Facebook
There are certain things associated with your Facebook profile that are always public and there is nothing you can do about it. These are your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, networks, age range, and country. Make sure these items are accurate and there is nothing that might scare off an employer.

When posting updates, any item you share using the “Public” selection for the audience selector tool is available for anyone to see. It is possible to go back and convert “Public” updates to “Friends” if needed. When in doubt, play it safe and make updates “Friends” only. Also, be aware that if other people share info about you, even if it’s something you shared with them but did not make public, they can choose to make it public. You may want to contact your friends and request that they make any content about you private or “Friends” only during your job search. Also when you comment on other people’s public posts, your comment is public.  

Something else you should do is limit search engine indexing of your Facebook activity. You can do this by clicking the small arrow at the top right and then clicking on Settings in the drop-down menu. From the menu on the left, select Privacy. The last item on this page will say “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?” Click on that and make sure the box labeled “Let other search engines link to your timeline” is not checked. Facebook checks this box by default.

Twitter
Unless you are Tweeting about your industry or job related subjects, make your Tweets private so that only your approved Twitter followers can see them.  

Pinterest
A very easy option with Pinterest is simply changing your name and/or using a profile picture of something other than your face. Doing both of these will make it virtually impossible for employers to find and view your Pins. You can change things back once you find a job.

Instagram
By default, anyone can view your profile and pictures on Instagram. However, you can change the setting to Private so only your approved followers can view them. This change must be done on your mobile device, not a desktop or laptop computer.

- Go to your profile

- Tap for iOS or for Android

- Turn on the Private Account setting

YouTube
Videos posted to YouTube have three options for Privacy Settings:Public, Private, and Unlisted. Make sure all of your videos are marked Private or Unlisted (only viewable to individuals with the direct URL). Also, you can click on your avatar and select YouTube settings. Then go to Privacy. Here you will be able to change or update all of your YouTube privacy settings.  

Vine
When Vine was launched, everything posted using the service was public. However, in 2013 Vine gave their users some privacy options. iOS users can view their profile and then tap on the Settings button. Android users can tap on the menu button in the top-right corner and select Settings. Then tap on "Your Content." Here you will be able to protect your posts so that only your Vine followers will be able to see your content.

Flickr
To select the privacy settings for newly posted photos and videos, go to the Flickr
privacy page and choose your settings. This will not apply to photos or videos posted before you changed your settings. To change the privacy settings for previously uploaded content, click on a photo or video, find the “Additional info” section, beside “Viewing this photo,” and select the appropriate privacy setting.

Conclusion
Ultimately, it’s about presenting yourself in a way that is appealing to employers, or at the very least, in a way that doesn’t scare them off. Before you send that resume, log out of all of your social media accounts and “Google” yourself. Would you hire the person you see?


Jeff Monaghan
Director of Marketing
ATR International, Inc.

 

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8 Free Tools to Enhance Your Job Search

Posted by ATR International on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

There are so many resources to help with your job search. But which one’s are best and free at the same time. We’ve talked to our recruiters and here’s what they recommend.

1. Resume Templates
There are numerous places to find resume templates. A simple Google search will turn up more than you’ll know what to do with. But don’t just search for “resume templates,” be more specific and search for “marketing resume templates” or “software engineer resume templates.” The more targeted you can be, the more useful your search results will be.

Another good place to find general resume templates is in Microsoft Word. Open Word, click on the File tab at the top left, select New, and then in the Office.com Templates search field type “resume.”

2. Indeed Job Alerts
Indeed is a great place to look for a job. It aggregates job postings from across the Internet resulting in a single, comprehensive job search. But that’s not where the goodness ends. Indeed also offers job alerts. Simply create an account and set up your search parameters. It can alert you to new jobs at certain companies, in a specific town or city, by keyword, by salary level; there are many ways to focus and sort the results. Indeed will then email you each morning with new jobs that match what you are looking for. This free feature couldn’t make finding a job much easier.

3. Staffing Firms
The services of a staffing firm are always free to job seekers. The key is to find a recruiter that specializes in your field of work and send him/her your resume. The recruiter will then match your resume to their current openings to see if there is a match. Recruiters get paid when they place qualified candidates for their clients so they will often go the extra mile to make sure your resume is formatted correctly and that you are prepared for any interviews. Free advice and services that some people pay for. You can send your resume to multiple recruiters too.

4. LinkedIn Profile
You have a LinkedIn profile, right? Right? Be sure it is optimized for your job search. LinkedIn has produced a video that explains how to do this.

How to Optimize Your Profile for Job Search Success

5. LinkedIn Network
Instead of starting your job search with job posts, consider starting it with the people in your network. Take a look at where they work and who they are connected to. Also look to see what companies they have worked for in the past. Are any of these companies of interest to you? Can your contacts provide introductions or advice that can help?

Another great feature offered by LinkedIn is their Job Search. Click on the “Jobs” link at the top of the page and then scroll down to “Jobs in Your Network.” These are companies that are hiring where you have a LinkedIn connection. It’s a great tool.

6. PayScale
Ever wondered what you are worth? Using crowdsourcing techniques, PayScale has compiled the worlds largest database of salary information. With over 40 million data points, PayScale offers a number of tools that help you figure out exactly what a position should pay, and it’s free.

7. Glassdoor
This popular site is unique in that it allows employees and former employees to rate their company and the company’s management. It’s a great resource for getting an inside peek at the inner workings of any company. You can find out the good, the bad and the ugly, which can be helpful in your search, but remember that everyone’s experience at a firm isn’t the same. Take things with a grain of salt.

8. Jobscan
Jobscan claims to triple your chances of getting an interview. I’m not sure if that is completely accurate, but it is a very handy service. Simply paste your resume in Box #1 and paste a job description in Box #2. Jobscan will analyze both and give you suggestions for keywords that are missing in your resume. In other words, it helps you optimize your resume for the position. This technology is based on the omnipresent Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that are used by most companies these days. Jobscan claims to help get your resume through the technology gate-keeper and in front of human eyes. You get 5 free scans per month. There is a fee for more.  

(Bonus) 9. Dice
If you are a technology professional, Dice is a must for your job search. It is the single, go to site for companies looking to find technical talent. Other job boards will have technical jobs, but Dice is widely considered the “career hub” for technical talent.

 

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Cyber Security A Must For MBEs

Posted by Angelique Solorio on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

I was recently invited by a leader in Supplier Diversity, Richard Chacon – Director of Supplier Diversity and Development for Union Bank, to attend a Business Matchmaking (BMM) event held in San Jose. Union Bank is very active in the MBE community (I know Richard through the NMSDC) and they support a variety of organizations, including being a sponsor of BMM. If you’re not familiar with them, BMM supports procurement opportunities for small businesses in every industry, producing regional face-to-face selling events, plenary seminars and workshops, online training and collateral material for MBEs. This was my first time attending one of their events and I must say I was very impressed by the efforts of the many corporate sponsors and participants that made this event so informational and thus successful.

In addition to Richard and his colleagues from Union Bank, there were many professionals from leading corporations such as Norton, HP, Lockheed Martin, PAR, PG&E, SoCal Edison, Nova Group, and other resource partners. They participated in a morning panel session that educated entrepreneurs and businesses about the importance of protecting your business from cyber threats and provided tips and best practices for doing so. The panel discussion was followed by scheduled matchmaking sessions

The panel focused on cyber threats and the related crime that affects businesses every day. Now for some of you, this may not seem like it would apply to your business; you might not think you have data that criminals want. The truth though, is that you most likely do and there are people out there waiting to hold your data hostage. It was great to hear from experts, right here in the technology capital, and get some practical advice on an issue that we should all be concerned about.

If you are an MBE looking to do business with a corporation, or really any business, you need to be aware of the issue and protect your data, not only for your own good, but so that the companies you do business with know they are protected as well. Many of the recent data breaches have occurred because of a weakness in a partner or third party supplier’s security. Companies need to know that you are not a threat to their business because of lax protocols; it is your job to prove that you have done all that is needed to protect yourself, your customers, and your business partners from cybercrime. 

The discussion and advice given during the session covered a variety of topics such as:

  • Fishing and Hacking – How cyber criminals get you on the hook to spend money with tax related calls, emails asking for personal info verification, etc.
  • Wiring money – Do you do business overseas? There are people monitoring emails that can see who you do business with and will pretend to be your legitimate business partner and try to get you to wire them money, and once you do, it is gone.
  • Countering the threats – How having a pre-arranged fax number for payments can be helpful, as well as a dedicated computer and email that is used solely for business banking. This will help prevent you from getting hacked into easily.
  • Education – How educating your employees about threats, how to recognize and prevent them by following the right protocols and processes, will help you avoid problems.

This is just a small sampling of the information shared but I think it shows how helpful the session was and could be for you. They are taking this cyber threat topic on the road and holding similar events in cities across the U.S. If you are interested, consider attending one in your area. They also have information available about cyber insurance for small businesses. Finally, they cover many other interesting topics, so if this one doesn’t appeal to you or doesn’t come to your neck of the woods, check out their other offerings. I’m sure something will appeal to you and the matchmaking opportunities are very worthwhile.

I believe the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” also applies in the business world. It takes companies like Union Bank who are willing to genuinely educate and empower businesses by actively helping them to grow by supporting events such as this. It is invaluable to have businesses that are willing to share their knowledge and experience, in this case on the topic of cyber threats. MBE participants can improve and grow stronger and more ready to do business with large corporations as a result. It’s good for everyone: MBEs become better companies and corporations get better suppliers and business partners

I want to thank Business Matchmaking for hosting this great event, Richard Chacon for inviting me and introducing me to this organization, and Union Bank, and the other corporations, for giving their time and support to helping minority businesses learn, improve, and grow our businesses. Thanks again!

Angelique Solorio
Corporate Outreach Manager, Supplier Diversity 

 

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3 Things Job Seekers Can Learn From Leonardo Da Vinci's Resume

Posted by ATR International on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

DaVinciResumeIf you’ve had a job, chances are good that you’ve written a resume. They are pretty much mandatory these days, and have been since about the 1940’s, when they often included information that is now taboo such as marital status, religion and weight. The first resume? Leonardo Da Vinci is usually credited as having created it in 1482. Surprised? He invented just about everything else so why not the resume!

Clearly over the past 500 or so years resumes have evolved and improved, moving with the times from quill and ink, to the typewriter, the computer, and Microsoft Word. The job search itself has changed since DaVinci too, dramatically with the advent of the Internet, job boards, social media, and LinkedIn. You might think that there’s nothing to learn from Da Vinci’s resume, that the world has changed too much, but you would be wrong.

Da Vinci’s resume is surprisingly modern in many ways and there are lessons that job seekers and other professionals can learn from it. (view the full english translation)

1.  He is focused on the needs of his prospective employer
The Duke of Milan is interested in warfare, of necessity and by design, given the warring nature of the Italian city states in general as well as his own political aspirations. He is thus looking for any advantage he can gain in this arena. Leonardo appeals directly to this desire, this need when he writes things like

“I have also types of cannon, most convenient and easily portable, with which to hurl small stones almost like a hail-storm; and the smoke from the cannon will instil a great fear in the enemy on account of the grave damage and confusion.”

And

“I have plans for very light, strong and easily portable bridges with which to pursue and, on some occasions, flee the enemy.”

Or this one

“Should a sea battle be occasioned, I have examples of many instruments which are highly suitable either in attack or defence, and craft which will resist the fire of all the heaviest cannon and powder and smoke.”

Note how he is focused on what the Duke of Milan needs, how he can meet those requirements, and the results the Duke can expect. He doesn’t just list his past jobs and accomplishments. He points out how he can solve the Duke’s problems, whether on the offensive, or in retreat. He shows The Duke how his specific talents can be used to accomplish his goals.

Employers today are no different – they want to know what you can do for them. They need to feel confident that you will produce what they need.

2.  He tailors his resume to the job that he is applying for
Notice how he modifies his resume to the position, barely mentioning his painting and sculpting talents since the Duke isn’t looking for those skills. Da Vinci was a wildly accomplished man, a genius, who excelled at numerous intellectual, mechanical, and artistic pursuits but he checks his ego and largely leaves them off. When he does mention a skill, it is always in service of the issue important to the Duke.

“Should the need arise, I will make cannon, mortar and light ordnance of very beautiful and functional design that are quite out of the ordinary.”

“In time of peace I believe I can give as complete satisfaction as any other in the field of architecture, and the construction of both public and private buildings, and in conducting water from one place to another.”

“Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze and clay. Likewise in painting, I can do everything possible as well as any other.”

He pitches a peacetime role for his inventive skill sets but it is still focused on mechanical and engineering ideas and only at the very end does he quietly mention his artistic abilities. The man who would go on to paint the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, under the Duke’s patronage, doesn’t focus on those skills in this resume. He is focused on getting the job at hand, the one the Duke needs someone to do now.

Today’s job seeker MUST tailor their resume each time they apply. It is simply not enough to just list your skills or talk about past glory. You need to connect the dots for them. Explain how what you know how to do is relevant to their business problem and how you will use your skills and experience to solve it. Use the appropriate key words, phrases and technical terminology; even the exact same ones as in the job description when it makes sense to do so.

3.  He includes his technical skills and experience prominently
Look at how he specifically mentions the technology that he is familiar with

“I know how, in the course of the siege of a terrain, to remove water from the moats and how to make an infinite number of bridges, mantlets and scaling ladders and other instruments necessary to such an enterprise.”

“Where the use of cannon is impracticable, I will assemble catapults, mangonels, trebuckets and other instruments of wonderful efficiency not in general use. In short, as the variety of circumstances dictate, I will make an infinite number of items for attack and defence.”

He makes sure his prospective employer knows that he is familiar with these instruments and techniques and how he will use those to achieve certain goals, goals the Duke cares about. He ties his technical knowledge to the practical nature of getting the job done. He uses phrases that are specific to warfare and weaponry; he speaks the right industry language.

Modern resume writers need to do the same. Managers want to see people who have similar experience in similar situations as the job they are being hired for. Underscore how your experience fits the bill by using terms they will be familiar with and that will instantly demonstrate your ability to fit in quickly and hit the ground running.

Conclusion
That’s three lessons that the modern resume writer can learn from Da Vinci’s resume.  The man truly was a genius and though we needed no additional proof, this review of his resume shows that he was forward thinking in more things than just the plans for a helicopter or armored vehicle. Emulate the master from 1492 to write a truly great modern resume!

 

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VTO Spotlight - Carolyn Bramley

Posted by ATR International on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

ATR's VTO, or Voluntary Time Off, program gives each internal ATR employee 5 paid days each year that they can use to work at a charitable organization(s) of their choosing. This week we are focusing on Carolyn Bramley and her work with Sacred Heart Community Service.

VTO Spotlight
There’s an old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” These are powerful words for ATR employee Carolyn Bramley who makes an effort every year to spend her Volunteer Time Off helping out at Sacred Heart Community Service.  

“I just love what they stand for,” said Carolyn. “There are so many nonprofits that hand out food or clothing, which is great. But Sacred Heart not only provides those services, they take that extra step to teach people how to be self-reliant.”

Carolyn likes to help out each year during the holidays when the demand for Sacred Heart’s resources is at its peak. She has done everything from helping to feed people during Thanksgiving to assisting with their annual toy drive for Christmas. “There are so many families that need help and this is just my way of giving back,” said Carolyn.

Sacred Heart was founded in 1964 in an effort to feed hungry families. Today, they have expanded to providing essential services to individuals and families in need. The organization has also evolved into a respected and innovative provider of programs that assist families in achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency. From help with employment and housing, to courses in financial management and understanding taxes, to preschool and homework help for kids, they provide a wide array of services that put families on the right path. In other words, they teach people how to fish.

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The All-in-One, Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Next Job

Posted by Jeff Monaghan on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

job_seeker_coverFinding a new job can be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider. What should my resume look like? What content should be in my resume? Where should I look for a new job? And what about my LinkedIn profile? These, and many other questions, all need to be answered if you want to have a successful job search. Where do you find answers?

If you are like most job seekers, you spend a significant amount of time on Google searching, reading, and searching some more. All of the information you need is out there, on the Internet, somewhere. Usually in more than one place which means you need to find it and then sort through it all. It’s a time consuming task that we felt we could fix.

At ATR, our recruiters have been placing talent at leading companies for many years. They know what makes the perfect candidate. They know what makes the perfect resume. And they know what makes the perfect LinkedIn profile. It’s what they look for and coach job seekers on every day. That’s why we sat some of them down and asked them to share their best advice for job seekers. The result is The All-in-One, Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Next Job.

This free eBook puts it all in one place. It saves you the wasted time and effort of having to search for answers and allows you to get right to your job search. You will find vital information on questions about:

  • the must know tips for interviewing
  • how to make social media part of your job search
  • optimizing your resume
  • how and when to follow-up
  • our favorite resume template
  • and much more

To find the best job, you need to have the best information. The All-in-One, Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Next Job provides you with just that. Download it today and save yourself the time of looking for job search information and start looking for a job instead.

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Applying For The NMSDC's Supplier Of The Year Is A Must For MBE's.

Posted by Angelique Solorio on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

nmsdc_awardI recently co-presented a workshop sponsored by the Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council and wanted to share a little about it since I think there were some great takeaways from this exclusive session that provides a good example of how certifications with councils can be very helpful for your business.

It is the time of year for the Supplier of the Year (SOTY) Awards process. This is where MBE’s are nominated by corporate members for awards in four revenue categories; the local winners of each council will then compete for the regional award and regional winners compete for the national awards in the fall.

Our home council offers an annual workshop that highlights the benefits of participating and has previous winners provide tips on the process. As the Class 4 Regional SOTY winner for 2014 we at ATR International, along with the Class 1 National SOTY MBE Magazine, were featured guest presenters and shared our experience.

The webinar provided:

  1. An overview of the application template and checklist and advice on how to present your story and statistics in a compelling fashion that keeps the reader interested.

  2. How to get good letters of recommendation from your clients, an important section in the application.

  3. What should be done throughout the year to ensure you have a strong package?

  4. Guidance on presenting your information in the most visually exciting manner.

This was the third time attending this annual workshop, and obviously the first as a presenter! It’s amazing to look back to three years ago when I could hardly have imagined that I would be representing my company such a short time later. And I can attest that one of the reasons this happened is because I attended the workshop. It was incredibly helpful to learn about the process, understand the effort that went into preparing a submission package, and hear from past winners. I was so happy to be able to share our perspective and tips with this year’s attendees.

My advice to any MBE with any NMSDC affiliate council is that simply participating in the process, whether you win or not, is a great opportunity to get your company in front of many local and national corporate members and showcase your success! Having more people recognize your name and know what your company does is a benefit and will help you to develop relationships that lead to more business.

It’s also a great exercise to take stock of where you are as a company and completing the application requires you to compile information about your company’s beginning, growth, community participation and MBE spend, among other things. It was fun and nostalgic to revisit the story of our founding, and a real learning experience for an employee like me who wasn’t around then! Seeing the statistics and information that we assembled also underscored the hard work and efforts of so many that brought ATR to this point in our history. I think you’ll find it a similarly good experience

If your local council doesn’t offer this remember the benefits of the Subscription Service; this is a perfect example of a situation where an MBE would take advantage of it. Each council is in tune with the distinctions that different regions have when it comes to business climate, industry focus, and other local nuances. Not every council offers the same thing which means you can expand your potential knowledge base if you consider what other councils are offering.

If you are participating in the process this year, or plan to at some time in the future, and have any questions, please contact me with your information and we can connect and I’ll share the details of ATR’s experience.

Angelique Solorio
Corporate Outreach Manager

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