Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Come Out and See Our New Designers!

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Fashion Show Coordinator has Requested Your Help

The 2010 Shades of Black Runway Show is scheduled for February 2010, and they are seeking up-and-coming designers, as well as volunteers to work as dressers, ushers, etc. The event will be hosted at Hotel Palomar and coincides with NBA All-Star weekend.

Check out the press release HERE, and if you are interested, please email Tonisha Johnson at dentries@sobmagazine.com.GOOD LUCK!

The Great Chef Nina Hunter Does It Again!

Chef Nina Hunter, Pastry Chef Instructor here at The Art Institute of Dallas, won the Gingerbread House Competition at North Park Mall. One of her students and Ai student, Ashley Moyer also placed third.

DMagazine covered the story and you can read more about it here. Just scroll down to find the article.
Chef Hunter's 1st Place Gingerbread House

Ashley Moyer's Gingerbread House

Chef Hunter's house (front) and Ashley Moyer's house (back)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Should I Write A Thank You Note After An Interview?"

Writing a thank you letter after an interview is a must!

Plan to send out your thank you letters as soon as possible (preferably within twenty-four hours) after your interview.

Customize Your Thank You Letters

Writing a thank you note, it is best to keep your audience in mind. How about creating a “leave behind” thank you note?Some surveys suggest than hiring managers like hand written thank notes. When you're not sure what to write, review sample of thank you letters on the internet to get ideas.In addition to thanking the person you talked with, the thank you letter reinforces the fact that you want the job. Note: Even if you do not want the job, write a thank you letter respectfully withdrawing your application-- you never know what the future holds so don’t burn your bridges? Think of your thank you letters as follow-up "sales" letters. You can restate why you want the job, what your qualifications and skills are, how you might make contributions, and so on. This thank you letter is also the perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that the interviewer forgot to ask or that you neglected to answer as well, as you would have liked.

Please, Please, Please Don’t Forget to Proofread!

You must check spelling, grammar, typos, etc. Please have one or two people proofread your thank you letter, too. If in doubt about the correct names, spellings or titles of your interviewers, call the office to double-check. Your efforts will be worth it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!

For all of you that don't know, we have a new neighbor here at The Art Institute of Dallas - Gordon Biersch Brewery. Below is an open invitation to anyone that wants to attend GB's first seasonal event. Read below for more info!

Come celebrate with us on December 3rd from 5:30-7:30.
We will be tapping our first seasonal celebration, Winterbock!

· There will be an Ugly Sweater Contest-wear your most hideous holiday sweater for a chance to win great prizes.

· Bring an ornament to help decorate our Christmas Tree, prizes will be awarded to the most creative entries.

· In addition to the contests, we will have periodic raffles, a complimentary sampling of great food, and a passing of “Das Boot”.

Make plans to spend this Thursday 12/03 at Gordon Biersch. Stein Club and Passport Members, your first Winterbock at the party is on us!

I sincerely look forward to tapping this beer. I am certain that you will enjoy it as much as I do. If you have a moment when you are in on Thursday, please introduce yourself, I would greatly enjoy meeting you.

Raymond Plasek

Now Hiring: US Census Workers

From Aol.com...

Now Hiring: US Census Workers
Posted Nov 25th 2009 3:01PM
by Ed Orum for AOL Find a Job

If you need a job and are good with people and numbers, the government might have work for you. The U.S. Census Bureau just began the process of hiring more than one million temporary workers for its 2010 population count. If hired, you'll get good pay, flexible hours, paid training, mileage reimbursement and the sense of doing something to help out your country. Best of all, you don't have to go very far - the jobs are right where you live.

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau takes on the massive project of attempting to count every person who lives in the United States. While most get forms mailed to them, not everyone fills them out properly or at all. You'll go door-to-door in your community to encourage people to fill out their questionnaires and help them with any questions they might have. You will also conduct brief interviews with some residents to help learn more about them for the survey.In exchange for your hard work, you'll earn anywhere from $10 to $20 an hour. The Census Bureau has a neat interactive map on its website where you can see how much the job pays near you. Be prepared to work anywhere from 20 to 40 hours a week and mainly nights and weekends - after all, that's when people are home. The length of the job depends on how much work there is to be done in your area.If this all sounds good to you, you're not alone. Nabbing a census job might not be easy in this current economic slump. There's a deluge of qualified workers - many with years of professional experience and degrees - also applying.

Here are the qualifications, according to the Census website:
You are able to read, write, and speak English.
You are a U.S. citizen.
You are a legal permanent resident, or non-citizen with an appropriate work visa, and you possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens.
You are at least 18 years old.
You have a valid social security number.
You take a written test of basic skills.
You have a valid driver's license.
You pass a background check.

You commit to four days of training. You will be paid for training days. Training can be held either during daytime hours or during evening and weekend hours.

There's also a multiple-choice test you'll have to pass. It quizzes your reading, clerical, number and organizational skills. You can take a practice test on the Census Bureau website. Being bilingual can also help your chances of landing the job.

Ready to apply? Just head to the Census Bureau website, print and fill out the appropriate forms and then call your local census office to schedule an in-person interview and test. Good luck!

TODAY! Free Workshop!

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Today, Tuesday, December 1st
Noon to 1pm
Room 204 - The Art Institute of Dallas