1ST ANNUALBISHOPINDIAN EDUCATION SUMMIT
- CERRO COSO COMMUNITYCOLLEGE
“Employment Ideas and Issues, including Job
Readiness; Obtaining Jobs; Staying on the Job;
Moving on from a Job; Upward Mobility; and, if
needed, TERO Assistance”.
• Short Version
• Gary Bacock is the TERO Manager working for the Bishop Paiute Tribe to manage the
TERO Department. Gary has over 30 years of top management municipal government
experience, working 20 years for two cities in California (Assistant City
Manager/Personnel Officer), the City of South Gate and City of Cypress, and working
over 10 years at the Town/City of Fernley (Town Manager, then City Manager) in
Nevada. Gary has also worked for over 5 years for 3 Tribal governments (Big Pine
Paiute Tribe, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, and the Bishop Paiute Tribe) working as
Tribal Administrator (for all 3 tribes), Tax Director, and now TERO Manager. Gary has
an AA Degree in Fire Science from Pasadena City College, and, a BS Degree in
Business Administration and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration, both from Cal
State University, Long Beach. Gary is Paiute, Shoshone, and Karuk, and is a member
of the Bishop Paiute Tribe.
WHY IS MY BACKGROUND
• Over my life and career I have had many challenges to
address and I believe that there is a need to share the
ideas in this presentation.
• Each person may be interested in one or more parts, or
some may not be interested. It still needs to be shared.
These are merely comments and recommendations.
• TERO Department and Benefits – I will share at the end of
the presentation information about the department and the
different ways that TERO can assist someone. Depending on
the person, it is possible that a person may not need TERO
assistance and that would be great.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AND WHERE DO YOU WANT
TO GO WITH YOUR CAREER?
• There is no right or wrong way to live your life, it is your life and you will determine
• If you want to be a politician and want to seek out the Presidency, go for it.
• If you want to be a Professional (Attorney, Engineer, Architect, etc.,…) , go for it.
• If you want to be a Teacher or a Maintenance Worker, go for it.
• If you want to be an Administrator or Manager, go for it.
• If you want to be a Truck Driver or a Carpenter, go for it.
• If you want to raise a family and not work outside the home, go for it.
• What YOU want to do will determine how YOU live your life.
OBSTACLES – ALONG THE WAY, YOU WILL FIND THAT
LIFE IS NOT EASY
• There will be many mountains to climb and doors to
pound on to get them opened. There are a number of
resources available here in Bishop and at other locations
to help you from time to time.
• Negative Influences – This is not a short topic, and there are a number of issues
to overcome, but, in today’s society, there are many bad influences. The choices
that you make will either help or hurt your chances for success.
• Study Time – If you want to learn about a subject for a High School class,
College work, or a career, to get ahead:
• Do you want to watch “Non- Reality TV”? (Do you want to act like those “Stars”?
Do you want to talk like them?)
• Do you want to have so much fun with your friends that you make mistakes with
your body? (forcing you into early familyhood, or turning you on to drug
• Do you want to be so attached to your phone that you are constantly looking at it,
texting useless comments back and forth?
• Do you want to sit around and do nothing?
Obstacles – Moving Forward
• What you do and how you perform as a young person to a
young adult, and thereafter will determine your future, or
at least make you prepared for your future.
• No matter what you have done in the past, in order for
things to get better, YOU must make
the right choices to have a better future.
• You may not care about what happened to me, but I am relaying this
to tell you that you can make your way even if you have to do it the
hard way. I would be considered a LATE BLOOMER, early on being
average and getting smarter and smarter as I was growing.
• High School – I was just an average student, however I was involved
in many outside activities such as being in a Marching Band, Boy
Scouts (Eagle), Sports, and Hunting & Fishing in the Bishop area. I
was always busy and I made the right choices, including NO
SMOKING AND NO DRUGS.
• Career Day Intro – Fire Fighter – Sounded great. That was my new
• Pasadena City College - I earned an AA degree in Fire
Science and worked to get some general experience.
Took Exams, Exams, Exams!
• Auto Mechanic – BIA relocation program – 1 year course
in South LA. Worked as an auto mechanic and hated it.
• UCLA – Thru Native grants, attended UCLA. My goal was
not to get a degree, I was waiting to be a Fire Fighter,
however broke leg and dropped out of school and
eventually changed directions.
• Challenges to LA City Fire Dept. – EEOC had pending
claims of not employing minorities. The end result that my
top score and opportunity to be a Fire Fighter, was
cancelled and I had to start all over. When I reached the
top again, going thru a background, I was disqualified due
to not currently living within the City Limits. At that time I
was married and lived just outside of the L.A. City limits.
A few years later it was ruled unconstitutional to require
residency. I should have sued. My Loss
• Time to pick a new career
• Still bouncing around with ideas, I finally landed.
• C.E.T.A. Program – I started with the City of South Gate to
administer the CETA Program, a Federal Jobs Program
and realized that I needed to finish my college education.
• CSULB – During the day I worked very hard for the City
and at night and over the weekend I worked on my
Bachelor’s Degree. As I earned my BS Degree I
continued on and earned my Masters’ Degree and this
education made a difference in my life.
• WHY IS MY EXPERIENCE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR
• As a result my challenges, I worked very hard, overcame
all of my obstacles, and worked as a Professional
Manager for over 35 years.
• Yours will be different and will be done your own way, but
you can also overcome obstacles.
• You do not have to have your goals set in concrete, they
can and should change over time, depending on the
• What can you do? Make good choices and overcome
JOB READINESS AND OBTAINING JOBS
• Now, let’s talk about:
• 1. Getting a job,
• 2. Picking the right job,
• 3. Being on the job,
• 4. Moving on from a job, and,
• 5. Working to get a better job.
Completing applications/Resume building
• If you apply for work you need to complete your application
neatly and completely. You also need to have any required
documents (Drivers’ license, SS card, Tribal ID, etc.,…).
• If you are applying for higher level work you must have a good
resume. Not too long, not too short, no exaggerations.
[Education, Experience, and other notes about yourself]
• If you use Facebook and other means of e-communication, you
need to assume that what you say will stay forever. Employers
may ask to access your accounts, what do you want them to
• When you apply, be presentable and professional in your
actions. If you look sloppy, they will believe that you are
When you interview
• Learn about the job in advance
• Prepare/answer questions in advance
• (Q’s regarding Clerical, Maintenance, or Supervision, or your
• Practice interviewing (with yourself, a friend, family, or with a mentor)
• Be presentable (e.g. No Tee Shirts & Flip Flops, no matter how clean
• Be confident and shake hands (make eye contact)
• Be honest
When you interview
• Be friendly
• Use proper language
• NO PHONE - Either don’t bring your phone or turn it off (e.g.
Don’t let your phone make noises, No Texting)
• If you are being interviewed, you should want the job or at least
act like you really want the job.
• To be successful your answers should reflect what the
employer is recruiting and trying to hire (tell the interviewers
about yourself and your skills, don’t make your answers too
The Right Job
• There are many ways to search out careers, on-line, via
colleges, and other resources, you need to find something that
you want to do for a career.
• If you have a high paying job in a career that you hate, you
should look for a different career.
• Preparing for a career, you should try to seek out jobs that are
part of that career and/or career ladder.
• If you want to be an Engineer, try to get an entry level job in an
Engineering Firm, and so on,…
• Let’s face it, it may take a few tries to land the right job.
Staying on the Job
• Holding a Job - Job Performance – Work ethic, working with a team,
enjoying success, honor, and character building. You should explore
these concepts over time and if you embrace them, you will be a better
• Once you get a job, if it is the right job, great. Hopefully it will be for an
employer that you can advance and complete your goals. If not, work at
that job until you prepare yourself for a better job.
• While on the job, be a good employee and this also means to be a good
person. Co-workers need to trust you and they should enjoy working
• Volunteer for any assignment. At times this may be difficult, however it
will make you smarter and a better employee.
• Be a Team player and a loyal employee. It will also make you a better
Staying on the Job
• DON’T CUSS - Use Proper Language – [e.g. Unfortunately in
today’s society there is too much cussing,…] Learn to talk right
and don’t talk like you are texting.
• DO NOT BE A PERSON KNOWN TO CREATE DRAMA! (e.g.
do you want that reputation?)
• DO NOT BE A BULLY! If you are, someone should report you.
If someone bullies you, report them.
• DO NOT BE A GOSSIPER – Most jobs require that the
employees treat their information as confidential. Don’t violate
personnel policies and don’t pass on other info that is gossip.
Staying on the Job
• As you work hard your employer will notice that and you
will be in a better position to advance if the opportunity is
• When you are prepared to advance, start applying. You
should tell your supervisor so that they know about your
• If they are proper supervisors, they will know that you will
need to move on in your career and they need to be part
of your reference, which should be a good reference.
Also, they may look for other benefits and opportunities to
keep you on the job.
Moving on from a Job
• When you are ready to move on, do so with honor and
your employer will appreciate you as a good employee.
• Don’t burn bridges – What does that mean? Leave a
good record, maybe you may go back to the same
employer, or you need a recommendation from that
employer, don’t leave a bad mark. You will not benefit
from bad mouthing your prior employer. If they were a
bad employer, it will still not benefit you by bad mouthing
• With any past employer, take that experience and make
your new job a better experience.
• As you find the right job or are still looking for the right job, do things
to give you an edge over the competition.
• Always be a good employee for any job, even if it is a basic job.
• When available, take advantage of employer training, or training
opportunities in the area.
• Choose Higher Education courses and programs to get you the
college degrees that you are seeking. If you need to, go to school at
times outside of your work schedule (at night or on the weekends)
and this will prepare you for the upper level positions that could be
• The value of continuing education. College work – What is it worth to
you? It should make you better as an employee and get you more
MOOLA ($) [a technical term].
Defending Yourself on the Job
• Defending yourself - Conflicts on the Job – Why is there
workplace DRAMA? Don’t be intimidated by a Bully! Report
• What do you want out of a job? Is staying on the job worth it?
• How do you handle issues on the job?
• When to move on and when to appeal issues? (e.g. Gambler -
• Understand your rights as an employee (grievance
procedure/discipline appeal/other appeals).
If TERO Assistance is Needed
• If you are working at a good job and advancing in your
career, you probably don’t need TERO services.
• However, there are a number of services that we perform
and we could provide assistance to you, if you need it.
TERO Training Offered
• Training – Throughout the year we hold various types of
training classes to assist our clients and employers
• Proposed Trainings for 2016:
• Beginners Carpentry Framing Roofing Landscaping
• Heavy Equipment TrainingDrywall Electrical & Plumbing
• Asphalt/concrete Resume & Interview classes
• Clerical Skills Customer Service
• Housekeeping Business Writing
• Trainings In Progress for 2016:
• Flooring-Tile & Carpet (end of March)
• Microsoft Excel (Beginning of April)
• Microsoft Word (Beginning of April)
• Indian Business Development (Kick-off in February, classes in Spring)
• Trainings Completed for 2016:
• CPR/First Aid
• Collaboration with GRID Alternatives, EMO, & TERO – Orientations and 5 installs
More TERO Services
• Temporary items needed to start a job – For those that
are unemployed and get a new job, if you need things,
such as work boots, uniforms, a CDL, or other things for
that new job, we offer up to $200 in assistance to pay for
• Job Referrals – As we work with contractors or Tribal
Employers, we refer qualified applicants to them (with
clients from our Job Skills Bank).
Filing a TERO Complaint
• If you work on Bishop Tribal Trust Land, the TERO
Ordinance, has protections established for employees.
• First you need to address your issues with your employer.
• If all administrative processes are exhausted with an
employer, you can seek help via the TERO Ordinance.
TERO - Who Are We?
• TERO Organizational Chart
Who Are We?
• TERO COMMISSION (5 Members)
• Vice-Chair – Heidi Hart (Acting Chair)
• Commissioners –
• Peggy Vega
• Thomas Mitchell
• Pat Howard
• One Vacancy
Who Are We?
• Wasuyaa (Susie) West, TERO Office Coordinator - To
coordinate the daily activities inside the TERO office,
including overseeing Office activities, such as
maintaining all of the records of the office, as well as
coordinating & facilitating training programs.
Who Are We?
• Kayla Stone, TERO Office Assistant – Assisting staff with
basic clerical and office work, including receptionist
assistance, filing, contacting clients, preparing TERO
referrals, and assisting in our training efforts.
Where Can I get TERO Info?
• You can get a wealth of information about TERO at our
• You can also get to the website via the Bishop Paiute
Tribe’s website, going to Departments and clicking on
• There are many documents that can be downloaded and
we have photos of various locations and projects on the
If you need help, where are we?
• We are in the Bishop Paiute Development Corporation
building at 270 See Vee Lane.
• We are open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday
• Gary’s Famous saying (1st part was someone else’s)
• “YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER,
• HOWEVER, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO
• This means that it is up to YOU to use this
• 1. YOU make the choices that will impact your future.
• 2. YOU can make a difference in the workplace.
• 3. YOU can make and change your goals (and change
• 4. YOU make and can change your ATTITUDE.
• - If YOU need assistance, contact the TERO Office.
• - If YOU don’t need assistance. Great!
• - If YOU are in the right job. Great!
• Thank you
• Gary Bacock, TERO Manager
Please visit our website.
Are there any questions?