As a repair technician for many years, this occupation has many attributes that are transferrable towards administrative/management.
Office Support Specialist/ PW Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – February 9, 2014
My work life, for the most part has been centered around making some type of technical repairs. Whether it be electrical or mechanical, this has been my life's' work. I began as a young child, fooling around with small gas engines. Then as time passed, I became interested in the NHRA. The opportunity to get educated, began when vehicles transitioned to solid state components, and then computers. Most of my education had been learned from my father (Air Force aviation mechanic) who had a repair shop. For a long time working on cars was just a hobby, then I started working on other vehicles when shops would turn them away or the repairs were too expensive for whomever. After about 8 or 9 years of management, I decided to get some formal training, because I made more money on the side than I got paid as a manager. I have worked in other areas, because I really didn't like to get dirty. While attending technical school, I would work on school bus driver's vehicles during school, in the evening I worked a some aftermarket. My jobs have always had some direct contact with the public, until I began to work for entities that were fleet based.Most of my working life has consisted of overlapping workloads,night and day.I put down the wrenches for a few years and drove Class A. At one point in time, I became a single-parent father. I was trying to juggle 3 small children and continue to work my two jobs. Things got a little hectic so I had to take time to care for my family the best way I could. I received help from my family members, then I was able to resume my regular routine in workingmore... dual occupations. An opportunity came to apply for the City of Minneapolis. I took action to apply as a truck driver, also the benefits were good and I had three children to be concerned about. I started out in the Solid Waste Dept. for the City. While there I received three offers to become a automotive repair technician. This opportunity took me straight to top pay-scale(no steps). We were working plenty of over-time, which paid well, there was not a need to have to work overtime anymore. The thing that I liked best about working for this municipality was how it brought new challenges everyday. This occupation is an excellent position to have, because nothing about the work is redundant, it was always something new or a different riddle to be solved. With over a hundred different makes and models, which ranged from emergency response to heavy On & Off Road, to passenger, to the non self-propelled equipment. There is always something going on. My children were returned to their mother and I just continued to work. Working at the City of Mpls, gave me the time I needed to return to school after 21 years. The schedule was flexible enough where I coordinated my classes within my work schedule. I received my AA Degree in May of 2012.My intent is to pursue my BA in HR/Labor Relations. I had been a very active member within the union and volunteered to become a Union Steward. There were Leadership that was required prior to becoming a steward. I took courses on Saturday's at the University of Minnesota. I have only had a few jobs, but the skills that I received from school and work are transferable. I believe that I would be a excellent candidate for this position, because of my education, years of overall technical repair, managerial skills and working with the Union, its' members, and the contractual language that a person would need have an understanding of how that works.
In summary: I possess the qualities that this position calls for, the management, great employee and vendor rapport, administrative skills, inventory knowledge and experience, the technical analyzing; diagnosing, troubleshooting steps, skilled repairs, and IDEAS.less
This company has opened my eyes to the responsibilities of an office assistant. I really enjoy being able to interact with constituents over the phone and occasionally going out in the community to research different situations or complaints. Being able to network with different offices and being able to communicate with different department has helped me understand the corporate world and the bigger picture.
911 Emergency Operator City of Minneapolis. Typical 8 hour shift, average 1 emergency call every 40 seconds. Triage and route call to proper dispatchers (ambulance, fire, etc...). Holidays are busier, 4th of July (and surrounding week or so) is an outlier with shots fired calls and Shotspotter activity combined with fireworks. Constant activity including occasional shift on bait car. Excellent, high energy, high pace operational tempo in a real world overlay. Every second counts.
Near-sighted, too politically motivated management
CPED (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, mn – June 30, 2014
Sr Managers, and many City Council Members, are more concerned about how they and CPED appear to the public; rather than on hard economic development. The city's lending programs are not so effective in creating living wage jobs. Many projects subsidize co-lenders and developers in wealthier areas of the city. Many staffers don't know how to sell. Broader marketing of the city is left to be done by Council Members and the Greater MSP organization.
Professional but fun workplace with great coworkers.
COLLEGE INTERN (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – October 8, 2013
I had a lot of fun working with this company. Even though we had to keep our job professional, my coworkers and I had a lot of fun laughing and chatting on the job. We even had potlucks every once in a while. My manager was great as well. She didn't mind that we had a little fun just as long as we got our work done. I kind of saw my coworkers and manger as friends. Sometimes we would all take a lunch break together.
Project and Public Engagement Coordinator (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – March 1, 2013
Challenging work place. Work rewarding. However management/leadership need to be educated and held accountable for fairness and respect in the work place. Very unethical environment, employees of color treated differently. Serving the public is the most enjoyable part of the job.
Video Production Intern (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – May 24, 2012
I was an intern that got to use Avid editing software as well as work with hi end digital cameras and work on video shoots. The work itself was kind of dull (then again, most video shooting is), but the environment was low key enough so that I was able to get hands on experience with video editing and filming coverage.
I really enjoyed working for the City of Minneapolis because everyone there was so kind and I learned alot. There was some challenges but I am a very ambitious person and it made the job more interesting.