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Thank you for making HRSouthwest a "Super" event!

posted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:42 AM

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What a “Super” event this year!  Thank you to the conference volunteers and staff for all of your hard work to produce yet another wonderful event.  The 2010 HRSouthwest Conference, “Super Heroes of HR”,  was an exciting event with great keynote speakers and fantastic breakout sessions.  Our community of Texas HR professionals wrapped up the conference with not only new concepts and ideas to build upon but also with great solutions that can be implemented effectively in our workplaces.

The pre-conference sessions on Sunday were jam packed with HRCI credits to get the conference rolling.  We had engaging breakout sessions including the “The Cultural Fit Factor” and “Implementing Change in the Workplace” where attendees earned Strategic and Global recertification hours.  And of course, they held the PHR/SPHR Study Crash Course for those HR professionals needing to learn as much as possible before sitting for the exam.  Sunday evening was followed up with a celebration at the “Super Sunday” reception that encouraged attendees and exhibitors to network and enjoy yummy treats.

Kicking off the general conference on Monday was opening keynote The Passing Zone also known as
Jon Wee and Owen Morse. Jon and Owen delivered a unique perspective on the importance of teamwork and interdependence while emphasizing the process of recovering from setbacks and working together as an effective team. The day continued with the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall, Silent Auction and many educational sessions.  Monday evening attendees had a night out in Sundance Square enjoying the restaurants and fun the area offers. 

Keynote Chad Hymas inspired us during his presentation on Tuesday morning to overcome our mental and physical barriers that we confront.  Tuesday was a wrap up in the Exhibitor Hall with great vendors such as O.C. Tanner, Lee Hecht Harrison, Novotus, HLP Solutions and TheMIGroup just to name a few of the many exhibitors.  The SHRM Shack was also located in the exhibit hall and a great place for HR Professionals to learn about the Texas State Council, SHRM and the 36 SHRM chapters across Texas .  The day concluded with a fun and relaxing “Time to Be a Hero” reception for all attendees to enjoy where one of our favorite clients, Aaron McWilliams with The Fort Worth Club, won the hula hoop contest!  

The conference concluded on Wednesday morning with closing ceremonies including an encouraging and uplifting keynote presentation from Nancy Brinker.

We also want to thank everyone for stopping by our Jobing booth – we loved seeing you!  Congratulations to the following attendees who won items at our booth: Kelly Stringer from Everest Group won our iPad; Robyn Smith with Abilene Christian University won our Social Media Consulting package; Debbie Splinter with Texas Spine & Joint Hospital won our Job Type Sponsorship package and Laura Cadahia with Colonial Savings won our JobingVideo package.

If you missed the conference, or simply want to relive all the fun, check out what people had to say on Twitter with #hrswc10 or view our photos on Flickr.  Be sure to follow @hrsouthwest and “Like” their Facebook page to stay connected and up-to-date on conference info throughout the year. 

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"Who's Hiring Now" Professional Career Event on July 22nd

posted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:29 PM

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Looking for a job? Want to use your networking skills? Need to practice your 30 second commercial? If so, the "Who's Hiring Now" Professional Career Event on Thursday, July 22nd is where you need to be from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas. This event is presented by the Prudential Insurance Company of America and sponsored by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Hiring companies include: Citi, Wells Fargo, DFW Airport, Verizon and more! Bring copies of your resume, dress professionally, and be ready to talk to hiring managers. Please RSVP online at (under events). Jobing will be there as well so we hope to see you too! This event is free for job seekers and open to all.

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"Soaring Over the Culture Chasm" presented by DFWHHRA

posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:16 PM

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Join Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association for their full-day workshop, "Soaring Over the Culture Chasm: Unlocking the Leadership Secrets Needed to Implement Sustainable Culture Change", on Wednesday, August 25 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Las Colinas Country Club.

This year's event features Captain Steve Harden. During the event, Captain Harden will use interactive case studies, dynamic exercises and experiential learning to equip participants to use these same skills and become full partners with their organization's leadership team. He will use lessons learned from the remarkable improvement in safety achieved by the U.S. commercial aviation industry and the specific actions aviation leaders took to create the safest transportation system in the world.

Captain Harden is an author, speaker, safety consultant and airline captain. As a pioneer in the application of aviation's best practices to improve patient safety, he has developed a national reputation for his insight and experience helping health care institutions improve the quality of their care. He is the president and co-founder of LifeWings - a team physicians, nurses, pilots and safety system specialists that teach health care organizations how to eliminate medical mistakes and errors.

Register online at

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DFW Employers to Host Job Shadow Students

posted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 11:14 AM

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Job Shadow is a year-round effort to introduce young people to the world of work through job shadowing experiences. Each year, the program is kicked off on Ground Hog’s Day. This year, Dallas/Fort Worth area students will spend time at local area employers getting to know what it’s really like to work in that company, industry or profession.  Job shadowing gives kids a chance to explore various careers beyond what their parents may do for a living. Job Shadow also provides an opportunity for students in at-risk situations to be exposed to various career options they otherwise might not have the chance to explore.

The National Job Shadow Coalition was formed in 1997 to encourage participation in a shadowing initiative across the United States. The goal was to help young people explore firsthand the skills and education needed to succeed in today’s and future job markets, and to encourage the development of relationships between students and caring adults. Given the current economy, students need these valuable experiences more than ever.

Job Shadow is coordinated by the Job Shadow Coalition, which consists of America’s Promise, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Other sponsors include AT&T; Cisco; the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). and the Jobing Foundation support Job Shadow Day by encouraging local employers to get involved. Contact your local Job Corps office, youth workforce center, or school counselor to offer your site as a place of learning. For more information, visit Please share your company’s success stories with us here. Your best practices will help more companies understand the benefits of investing in the Dallas/Fort Worth future workforce.

Tags Tags workforce development, job shadow day, february 2nd

Top 10 Reasons to become our fan on Facebook

posted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 10:41 AM

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Here are the top ten reasons to become a fan of facebook/dallasjobs and facebook/fortworthjobs
1. You can see jobs first.  Sometimes we announce positions first to our Facebook fans before we post them on our website, giving you the opportunity to be ahead of your competition.

2. Unique career advice.  You will receive job search tips on our Facebook page that you can't find anywhere else.

3. Relevant videos.  You will have the opportunity to watch videos and learn what it's like to work at specific local companies, find out whose hiring, and hear career advice from local experts.

4. Get an "inside look" at Jobing.  We will post pictures of the Jobing team in our office and out and about in the community.  We will also keep you posted on when Jobing is highlighted in the media and around town.

5. Communicate with Jobing team members.  Our DFW team is dedicated to engage with you on our Facebook page.  We will provide you with insight on a weekly basis to the industries that we serve.

6. Give us your feedback.  This is your chance to provide us with your feedback on and share with us any concerns or questions you may have.

7. Expand your network.  Connect with other fans to expand your network.  Share your job search related advice, lessons learned, and your success stories.  Encourage others and provide support!  Pay it forward and you will be amazed at what is returned.  

8. Ask questions and learn This is a forum to ask your job search related questions and learn from others. They will be answered by the local Jobing team or other Facebook fans. 

9. Resume help.  We have a tab called JResume that helps you create, design, and market your resume.  You can start your new resume right from our facebook page.

10. New products & announcements.  We will let you know about new job seeker products and services that will help your job search.

See you on Facebook -  become a fan today of Dallas or Fort Worth!

Buffy Wehner is the Community Relations Director for in Dallas .  She twitters under @JobingDallas, and you can find her on Facebook under

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What will your resolutions include for 2010?

posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:47 PM

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January = a time for new beginnings, new year and resolutions. What will be included on your resolution list this year? Maybe something with getting more organized, staying connected with friends and family, donating more time or committing to a healthier lifestyle (I know I always crack up at how crowded the gym is in Jan and Feb then returns to normal by March) - do those sound familiar? If donating your time/volunteering is one that makes your list, have you thought about becoming a mentor? January is not only the first month of the year but for the 9th year in a row it is also National Mentoring Month. People that have served as a mentor often say it enriches their lives as much as the mentee. If you are not sure where to begin, the National Mentoring Month Campaign has some tips on what you can do:


1. Become a mentor in your community (enter your zip code on this page for organizations in Dallas/Fort Worth that can use your mentoring skills!)

2. Learn more about mentoring.

3. Partner with a mentoring organization.

4. Tell 5 friends about National Mentoring Month.

5. Think about the mentors in your life and post a tribute to them online.

6. Watch videos of celebrities such as Quincy Jones, Sting, Cal Ripken, Jr., talk about the mentors in their lives.

7. Read the latest research and find resources on mentoring.

8. Go to YouTube on "Thank Your Mentor Day" (January 21st) and make the National Mentoring Month videos the most popular of the day!

9. Serve your community on MLK Day of Service by deciding to become a mentor.

10. Make a donation to a mentoring organization in your community.

If you want to learn more about the history of National Mentoring Month, visit their website at


Buffy Wehner is the Community Relations Manager for in Dallas.  She twitters under @JobingDallas, and you can find her on Facebook under

Tags Tags january 2010 mentor month, mentor month, national mentoring month

Complementary HR Leadership Seminar in Irving 12/3/09

posted Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:46 PM

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There are over 350 definitions of Leadership. Most dynamic leaders agree it’s about influencing others in order to reach new heights. However, along the way many mistakes are made and some are career ending. Make plans to attend this complimentary session presented by Jack Smalley, SPHR, as he reviews the "Lessons Learned from the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes" on Thursday, December 3rd at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas at 6655 Deseo, Irving, TX 75039 (off Riverside Dr., just north of Royal Lane).

Great leadership can move men, women and mountains but the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes can cause irreparable damage to our followers and our mission. Excellent leadership begins long before we enter our career and continues well beyond our retirement through our mentors and who we decide to mentor.

This detailed and interactive session covers the following leadership mistakes with real life stories and examples such as:
• Too Much Talking and Not Enough Walking
• Assuming Your Best Employees Require Little Recognition
• Accepting Mediocre Performance

Our employees play a major role in delivering our successes or allowing us to fail. By avoiding and learning from these mistakes our employees will stand by us through the challenging times ahead and 100% support us in overcoming all obstacles along the way.

Event Information:

3.0 Hours of HRCI Credits (Pending Strategic Approval)
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: Registration : 12:30 – 1:00 PM; Session: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
6655 Deseo, Irving, TX 75039; (Off Riverside Dr, just north of Royal Lane)
Cost: Complimentary to invited guests
RSVP: To register, go to, or send email to:

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Holiday Networking Tips

posted Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:10 AM

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The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. Many put their job search on hold during the holidays, yet there are so many prime opportunities to further your career and to learn about new opportunities during this busy season. It's all about focus, being social with friends, family and colleagues, and best of all having fun! The holidays present a great opportunity to get out and network. Here are a few special tips for networking during the holiday season.
  • Be open to invitations. The holiday parties or social events put on by your friends, neighbors and your professional affiliations are often a great way to mingle with professionals who you wouldn't otherwise see on a regular basis. These are often the most attended events of the entire year.
  • It's not about you. I say that a little tongue in cheek because yes, you want to eventually turn your network into your greatest resource for your next career. However, if you find an interest in another person, they will naturally find an interest in you. Always start conversations with people at networking events with questions about them. What's new in their lives and their careers? What do they see for 2010? Are there any challenges they'll be facing? The conversation will eventually turn back to you for your turn. I promise.
  • Be ready to brag... a bit. Be ready with just a few stories that really demonstrate real accomplishments. When asked about what you've been up to, be sure to answer with more than just "Work has been really busy."
  • Share your goals. If one of your goals is to obtain a new post as an Accounting Supervisor, then share it. You never know who might be able to help you accomplish your goal. Find out from each person you talk to who in their organization is responsible for that type of work. Ask whether you can follow up and receive an introduction.
  • Be a source of professional cheer. Go ahead. Be the life of the party... within reason. Your behavior at social events will reflect on your professional life too. Be a resource to others, bring joy and good cheer. They will remember it later.

Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy this Holiday Networking Season!

Buffy Wehner is the Community Relations Manager for in Dallas.  She twitters under @JobingDallas, and you can find her on Facebook under

Tags Tags job seeker tips, networing tips

Job Seekers Want to Hear from You!

posted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:10 AM

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As part of my job here at I receive a lot of feedback and comments from job seekers.  The number one comment lately has been a lack of communication from employers.  People who interview for positions aren’t hearing back from the employers.  Often times, the interviewee has been told, “We’ll follow up with you either way.”  These job seekers use words like frustrated, insensitive, demoralizing and inconsiderate.  Most of them would love a simple note saying the position has been filled.

We’ve all been stretched at work recently as companies must find ways to become more efficient.  Sending out a quick email to everyone who interviewed for the position isn’t that tough.  It could come from HR or the hiring manager.  The job seekers don’t care.  They just want to know.  If the fear is starting a confrontation use a no reply email address.  Better yet, tap in to the potential of your ATS and let the technology work for you.

This little bit of goodwill can go a long way for your company reputation, referrals and even the bottom line.  

Buffy Wehner is the Community Relations Manager for in Dallas.  She twitters under @JobingDallas, and you can find her on Facebook under

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Why Social Media Matters in Recruitment

posted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:08 AM

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This is a post by Social Media Manager, Brett Farmiloe.  Thanks Brett

In case anyone was wondering what the fuss is with social media, here it goes.

What is social media?

Social media is an integration of words, pictures, video and/or audio with an element of human interaction. (Essentially, the words, pics, videos are the "media"...the human interactivity of commenting on a Twitter status update, tagging someone in a Facebook photo, watching a video on Youtube and forwarding on to your friends...that's the "social" element of the umbrella term, 'social media'.)

A couple other fun stats to throw around about social media:

3 out of 4 Americans use social technology - Forrester Research, 2008 (Meaning, not just Gen Y. This means that my mom and my dad are my friends on Facebook.)

Visiting social sites is more of a popular online activity now than checking personal email, Nielson 2009

93% of social media users believe a company should have a presence in social media (meaning, users are open to being a fan of your company on Facebook. It's not intrusive if your company is on 300,000 businesses have found out on Facebook (currently, 300,000 business have Facebook pages)

Of the 4,000+ tools that can be grouped into the growing 'social media' bucket, there are only about 4 or 5 that matter when it comes to recruitment.

1) Facebook. The reason it matters in recruitment?

There are over 300 million users on Facebook.

There's no other social media site or tool that's better to brand your company. On a fan page, you can share video about what it's like to work at your company, show them what it's like to work at your company with photos, and you can post status updates that go directly to a fan's home page. Plus, there are a couple recruitment applications that integrate your jobs into Facebook and allow fans to share these jobs with their friends (Jobing offers this application, plug intended.)

2) Twitter. The reason it matters in recruitment?

You have to look at Twitter as a chat room and as a listening tool. You listen to the people you're following, and you chat with the people who are talking about your company by monitoring with tools such as Tweetdeck or Twitter Search. All Twitter is good for is for your company to interact with potential candidates so it positively impacts your brand.

3) Linkedin. The reason it matters in recruitment?

Allows recruiters to mine a database of resumes (aka Linkedin profiles) to find potential candidates.

4) Youtube. The reason it matters in recruitment?

Video arguably is one of the best branding tools for a company. Youtube is one of the largest search engines on the internet. Put the two together and you've got a winning social media site.

5) Myspace. The reason it matters in recruitment?

Myspace is the forgotten son of social media. The other week I was in Texas and asked a woman who was the HR manager for a call center if she had looked into using Myspace to recruit. She responded by saying that Myspace was full of pedophiles and teenie boppers...which may be true, but it still doesn't change the fact that more people go to Myspace than Twitter and Linkedin. The numbers and traffic alone make Myspace a tool to keep in the tool belt.

Whew! Those are the tools that are slowly changing the world of recruiting...

Brett Farmiloe is the social media manager for He'd love it if you became a fan of Jobing on Facebook, and a follower on Twitter. Ecstatic, actually. Also, feel free to contact and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or by good ol' email (brett(at) for any social media questions.

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Veterans Only Job Fair, "Hire a Vet", tomorrow in Arlington

posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:57 PM

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All Veterans searching for employment be sure to attend the job fair tomorrow, October 29th, especially for you!

The Hire a Vet Regional Job Fair will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 10am - 3pm at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Parking and admission are free. Only Veterans will be admitted.

Note to Vets: The uniform of the day will be business attire. Bring plenty of resumes with you.

Sponsored by:

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Texas Workforce Solutions, Workforce Solutions for Greater Dallas and the Veterans Commission.

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Congratulations to our Wii Winner at HR Southwest

posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:57 AM

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Congratulations to Shelby Bentley, Regional Manager of Human Resources - TJ Maxx, for winning our Wii giveaway.  Shelby, an attendee at the HR Southwest Conference, visited our booth in the Exhibit Hall, left her business card for the drawing and won! You can view all of the photos from her winning moment here.

Shelby joined TJX in 1994 as a Field Assistant Store Manager for TJ Maxx.  In 2001 she moved to a position at their corporate headquarters as a Field Associate Relations Specialist, which started her career in HR.  Since that time, not only has she supported the TJ Maxx and Marshalls divisions in the corporate environment, but also worked as a generalist in the Marshalls division which moved her back to the field.  In 2007, she started her current position supporting 121 stores in 13 states.  In her roles, she has had the opportunity to develop new training programs, educate all levels of the field in various labor law compliance issues, and ensure the company's culture is maintained.

Thank you to Shelby and to all of the attendees for visiting our booth at HR Southwest. What a wonderful conference and we look forward to seeing you next year! Receive all updates about the 2010 conference on Twitter @HRSouthwest.

You can keep in touch with Jobing on Twitter @JobingDallas and @JobingFortWorth and become our fan on Facebook in Dallas or Fort Worth.

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Shop & Support the Dallas Concilio on Saturday, October 17th

posted Friday, October 16, 2009 1:58 PM

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The Red River Rivalry is not the only exciting event happening in Dallas this weekend! Shop and support one of our community partners, Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations, at Barnes and Noble this Saturday, October 17th. From 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Barnes and Noble Booksellers will be hosting an event to spotlight the Dallas Concilio at their 7700 West Northwest Highway location. On this day, for any purchase (books, magazines, CDs, food, etc.) made at any Barnes & Noble, anywhere in the United States, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hispanic Role Model program (at Dallas ISD’s Woodrow Wilson High School sponsored by the Dallas Concilio). All you need to do is mention the Dallas Concilio when you make your purchase. To learn more about the Hispanic Role Model program, please visit

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Highlights from the 2009 HR Southwest Conference

posted Friday, October 16, 2009 2:00 AM

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The 2009 HR Southwest Conference has been an exciting event this week with great keynote speakers and fantastic breakout sessions.  With this year’s theme, “HR Rocks!” our community of Texas HR Professionals are wrapping up the conference with not only new concepts and ideas to build upon but also with great solutions that can be implemented effectively in our workplaces.

The pre-conference sessions on Tuesday were jam packed with HRCI credits to get the conference rolling.  We had engaging breakout sessions from the “The ‘Cutting Edge’ Employment Law Update” and “A Slice of Life” with over 6 credits in the morning sessions, to “How to be Ready for the IRS” and “Why Did We Hire That Guy” in the afternoon.  And of course, they held the PHR/SPHR Study Crash Course along with two other full-day pre-conference sessions.  Tuesday evening was followed up with a celebration at the “Rockin’ Around the Jukebox” reception that encouraged attendees and exhibitors to network and enjoy yummy treats.

Kicking off the general conference on Wednesday was opening keynote, Victoria Labalme, with her entertaining presentation of “Crazy, Busy, Nuts: Getting off the Conveyor Belt of Life” that provided practical advice to help us to manage the many responsibilities, and sometimes bit chaotic, aspects of our lives.  The day continued with her book signing in the bookstore, the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall and many educational sessions throughout the day.  Wednesday evening attendees enjoyed a night out in Sundance Square and the restaurants and fun the area has to offer. 

Keynote Mike Rayburn sparked our Thursday with the engaging question of ‘What If and Why Not?” as he kicked off the second morning of the conference.  Thursday was a wrap up in the Exhibitor Hall with great vendors such as O.C. Tanner, Zerorisk HR, HRSmart,,, TheMIGroup and just to name a few of the many vendors that exhibited at this year’s conference.  The SHRM Shack was also located in the exhibit hall and a great place for HR Professionals to learn about the Texas State Council, SHRM and the 37 SHRM chapters across Texas. Check out the "rockin" time they had in the SHRM Shack and if you had your picture taken you can find it here. The day concluded with a fun and relaxing “Disco Fever” reception for all attendees to enjoy!

Closing out the HR Southwest Conference on Friday morning will be keynote “The Fonz”, a.k.a Henry Winkler as he provides insights from an expert on a life richly lived.  If you did not get an opportunity to join us this year at the HR Southwest  Conference, be sure to mark your calendar to attend next year’s 2010 conference, October 10th – 13th “ Super Heroes of HR”  for another great conference!

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Benefit Concert on Oct. 14th to Support Veteran Employment

posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:30 PM

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Mason Douglas, country music national recording artist from Nashville, Tennessee, will be performing live Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 8.0 Restaurant and Bar on Sundance Square in downtown Ft. Worth at 111 East 3rd Street. As a friend to the Society for Human Resource Management’s Texas State Council, and, and as the son of an Air Force pilot honoring his father and country, Mason is donating his time and talent to help kick-off and to support efforts in Texas to assist our military veterans’ secure employment through Hire-A-Veteran – “Operation JobMatch™”, and to bring awareness and financial support to Snowball Express - a charity started in 2006 to support the children of our fallen military heroes.  To find out more about these two organizations and the programs they support, visit their websites: SHRM Texas State Council at and Snowball Express at

The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and concertgoers are encouraged to donate $10.00 at the door. All donations will be given directly to Snowball Express to help support the kids and families of our fallen heroes and to support Snowball Express IV being held in Dallas, Texas December 9-13, 2009. Sponsors of the live, benefit concert are 8.0 Restaurant & Bar – Ft. Worth, Texas, Harrington Strategies,, American Airlines, My Private Driver, and Intelligent Compensation, LLC.

Tags Tags texas state council, hire-a-vet, mason douglas, operation job match

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