Upcoming MCT Meetings

April 11, 2020

My Career Transitions presents

Topic: Tips & Techniques to Manage Stress During Your Job Search

Speaker:  Cheryl Clark Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:  Zoom virtual event 

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

No registration needed.  To join this virtual event, click here Or copy this URL into your browser*: https://psu.zoom.us/j/830430309   For PCs, we recommend using Google Chrome. 

Use a headset or dial in: 1-646-876-9923 meeting id 830430309# or 1-312-626-6799 meeting id 830430309#

Job seeking is bad for your health. Stress resulting from uncertainty, rejection, always being “on”, constant self-promotion, and juggling multiple tasks can take a toll on even the most put together person. This presentation will give you some new tools to use to maintain your health during a stressful season. You will be prompted to dust off some old techniques and practice new ones. For good measure, some job search tips will be added to the presentation to reframe your approach.   

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply techniques you have successfully used in the past to your current situation
  • New tools to use to manage stress and maintain overall health
  • Strategies to overcome “stinkin’ thinking” and regain a positive approach

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Clark Bonner, M.Ed., is a career program director and a counselor.  She has over 30 years of experience working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges.  She is currently the Director of Alumni Career Services at Penn State University where she provides services to meet the career/life management needs of alumni and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students. 
She is a founding member of the Alumni Career Service Network (ACSN), the professional development organization for this relatively new field. As a part of this organization, she has the opportunity to be a part of a team of experts who support the professional development of providers of career services to college alumni including the development of conferences, webinars and other training opportunities. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission and calling.  She has developed career and work related courses that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. 

May 16, 2020*

My Career Transitions presents

Topic: How to Develop Successful Job Search Strategies

Speaker:  Lynne M. Williams

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA 

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

You must register to attend this FREE event. NOTE: Registration will end at noon on Friday, May 15th.

*Note: This event was rescheduled to the third Saturday.

Having a plan with multiple job search methods will help you find positions faster if you are currently in career transition. Preparation is key. Lynne Williams will share some key strategies, tactics, and career resources to help you reach your goal, focusing on a few essential strategies in depth - keywords, ATS, LinkedIn database, Word Clouds, and portfolio presentation. If you are currently employed, it’s always better to be proactive than reactive, so engage in career management so you are always prepared.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Have a list of some key job search strategies, tactics, and career resources 
  • Know how to research your best keywords for both your resume and LinkedIn
  • Know how to take your base resume and customize to match keywords in a job description before applying through the ATS
  • Be able to prepare a portfolio presentation to differentiate yourself from others at a job interview

Lynne M. Williams' Bio

Lynne M. Williams, Ed.D. Candidate is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for: 1) jobseekers in career transition, including veterans and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. In addition, Lynne is also the owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper, a writer of resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Lynne presents unique research-based workshops on LinkedIn, resumes, the Applicant Tracking System, the Art of Networking In Person & Online, and other career-related, social media, and technology topics. She is currently working on writing her doctoral dissertation and is a contributing author to Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?. In addition, she writes a weekly career column in Vista.Today Montco.Today and Delco.Today and other publications with LinkedIn tips and more. Connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lynnewilliams with a personalized message and visit the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group website at https://greatcareersphl.org.