Past Meetings

This section contains meetings we've held previously.

July 8, 2017

Topic: Insights from Human Resources and Recruiting Experts

Speakers: HR Panel - Sharon Crandall, Suzanne Gleason, Matt Levy, Stacey O'Leary

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Association

Get a fresh perspective on your job search as My Career Transitions goes behind the scenes with local talent acquisition professionals who will share their insiders’ views on the recruitment process.

Our panel of Human Resources and Recruiting experts will discuss current recruiting and onboarding processes and how to effectively connect with recruiters in a competitive job market. In addition, these talent acquisition leaders will share their experiences and what they look for during the various stages of candidate engagement. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What a recruiter looks for when considering a candidate
  • How to effectively prepare for an interview and the top questions to ask
  • Ways to best market and brand yourself 
  • The role corporate culture plays in job search
  • How to address gaps in your employment history
  • How to differentiate yourself by addressing key aspects often overlooked by other candidates
  • Tips and tricks to navigate the recruitment process with your recruiter

Don’t miss this opportunity to get inside perspectives on the recruitment process.

 

HR Panel Bios

Sharon CrandallSuzanne GleasonMatthew Levy, and Stacey O'Leary 


 

June 10, 2017

Topic: Creating Your Job Search Masterpiece

Speaker: Lisa Van Ess

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor/Location: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Association

Conducting a successful job search is an art not a science. Creativity is key. How will you design your masterpiece to get the career opportunities you want? 

Join us for our June career event to get fresh ideas that will inspire you and bring new color to your search. Talent acquisition consultant Lisa Van Ess will highlight inventive approaches for the various phases of job search – from assessing your goals and needs, to designing an effective plan, to preparing for a successful interview and more. Most importantly, you’ll have the chance to get answers to your hiring and recruitment questions and learn from other participants’ experiences.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • The creative methods for networking and job search
  • The critical aspects to consider when developing your search plan
  • How to customize and prioritize your job search activities based on your individual goals
  • How those individual goals – and your plan – relate to your networking and interview style and performance

 

Lisa Van Ess' Bio

Lisa Van Ess is an HR and training leader responsible for setting strategies and motivating teams in the creation and delivery of a variety of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Talent Development programs. She started her HR career in pharmaceutical recruiting, managed the recruiting teams for regional divisions of Entex Information Services and GE Capital Information Technology Solutions, and led the outsourced recruiting and HR operation for a local recruiting/HR consulting firm. Lisa has held the positions of Workforce Development Program Director and VP of HR - Global Operations for SEI, and Business Leader, VP of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) at the CBI Group prior to joining NIIT Technologies.   Click here to see Lisa's presentation.

 

May 13, 2017

Topic: Tricks to Using Body Language to Nail Your Next Interview

Speaker: Shelly O’Donovan

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Did you know that 60-93% of information is communicated nonverbally? More than half! Think about all the effort you spend on the words you’re delivering and yet totally unaware of messages your body is screaming. Shelly O’Donovan of Illuminate the Message, LLC, will show you how to be aware of those messages so that you can communicate your intended message and unlock your authenticity to get the job you want.

In a world so focused on the words we say, most people are missing out on how we say those words, the nonverbal behind the verbal. You can harness the power of nonverbal communication, revolutionize the way you present yourself, change your approach to client interactions, and utilize a unique skill set to become the best version of yourself.

Research has shown that the first impression happens within 20 seconds of someone meeting you, and many times in a job interview the first impression is over the phone. With some minor tweaks to your planned message and power posing before an interview, you can increase odds of a great first impression.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Understand your body language and what you are communicating
  • Unlock your presence
  • Increase your confidence as you prepare  
  • Learn some tips to help you nail that next interview

 

Shelly O’Donovan's Bio

With over 20 years of experience as a proven leader in the public policy arena, Shelly has helped industry-leading companies in the healthcare and pharmaceutical domains define and shape their corporate positions and strategic and tactical business plans. She has served as a key driver and facilitator of targeted policy initiatives, built and managed public policy strategic alliances, Interpreted and analyzed legislation, distilled complex issues into concise talking points for legislators, and served as primary liaison between commercial interests and government affairs.

Over the years she gathered experience and expertise in government relations, public policy, lobbying, grassroots advocacy, legislative and regulatory processes, and policy maker engagement. Along the way, she noticed that the brightest people often weren’t making the biggest impact, while others with less substantive messages were making huge strides.  Shelly really wanted to understand why this was the case and how it could be changed. She almost stumbled upon the answer after she received body language training prior to a lobbying mission at the state capital. By mastering her presence, she was transformed from just another face in the crowd to one of the most popular and magnetic leaders in the delegation. She felt a lot more confident, could read people better, and became empowered to achieve the outcome she wanted. 

Body language makes a huge difference! After seeing this firsthand, Shelly was hooked and she refocused her career to help others receive these benefits.  

Shelly completed a rigorous process -- through the Science of People, a leading behavior research lab -- to be certified as a body language trainer, corporate speaker, and executive coach. Through her company, Illuminate the Message, LLC, Shelly draws from her real-world experience and world-class training to help teams learn to use body language to increase effectiveness in advocacy pitches, negotiations, communication, leadership positions and interpersonal relationships.

 

April 8, 2017

Topic: Amplify Your Career Transition With EQ!

Speaker: Michael Brenner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

At first glance, jazz and career transitions don’t seem to have much in common.  But a closer look reveals fascinating commonalities: both are fundamentally about relationships, exploration, and navigating change.  In this unique presentation, international leadership consultant, speaker, and professional jazz musician Dr. Michael Brenner of Right Chord Leadership shares a new paradigm for those in transition—one based on the sounds, rhythms, and principles of this great American art form.  Leveraging decades of performance experience, Michael (with saxophone in tow) will demonstrate how viewing one’s career journey like a jazz musician opens new ways of thinking, engaging, and problem-solving. But Michael won't be the only one playing--the audience will get a chance to jam too!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • The four dimensions of emotional intelligence and the important role they play in career transitions
  • How to become more aware of self-limiting beliefs and overcome them
  • How to regulate emotions for better outcomes
  • How to increase the capacity to empathize with others
  • How to forge trusting, fruitful relationships through listening and engaged collaboration

 

Michael Brenner's Bio
As president of Right Chord Leadership, Michael helps leaders and teams at all levels strengthen the essential skills needed to achieve peak performance.  He achieves this by drawing on the lessons he’s learned as an international leadership consultant, executive coach, and educator for more than 16 years and as a professional musician for over 30 years.  Michael’s unconventional workshops, coaching sessions, and consulting services have helped his clients increase engagement, reduce turnover, and work together more effectively.

Michael has designed and taught courses in systems thinking, negotiation strategies, interpersonal relations, and organizational behavior at Immaculata University, La Salle University and Temple University.  He was 2014 president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Chairman of the chapter’s 2015 Regional Learning and Development Conference.  Michael has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences, and has delivered leadership programs in Sri Lanka and Australia.

Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and a master's degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.  In addition to consulting and teaching, Michael currently performs in two Philadelphia-area bands.  He lives in Broomall, Pa.

Click here to view Michael's presentation.

 

March 11, 2017

Topic: The Art of Interviewing

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The interview!  For most job seekers, it the proverbial gold at the end of the rainbow.  It is the reward for all of the networking, researching, cover letter writing, resume sending and applying.

Many job seekers have said, "If I could just get to the interview, I know I could get the job."  Yet, not everyone who gets an interview gets a job offer. Why not? It stands to reason that a prepared candidate who gets to the interview should be able to get the offer. 

This interactive, motivating, and informative session will look at the art of interviewing including; reasons job seekers don’t get offers, ways to show value, communication strategies, interviewing etiquette,  and strategies to use before, during, and after the interview. 

By attending this event, you will learn how to:

  • Determine employer needs before the interview 
  • Prepare for the various types of interviews
  • Apply strategies to use before and after the interview 
  • Utilize tips to anticipate and answer the tough questions
  • Use interviewing etiquette
  • Utilize communication tools to effectively connect personal value to scope of job and company culture
Cheryl Bonner's Bio
Cheryl Bonner holds a master’s degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 30 years of experience as a career program director and counselor, working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services. In this role, she provides counseling and programming services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. She also designs and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students. She has developed career- and work-related courses that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, “Your Career Planner.”
Cheryl was a founding member of the Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN), an association for career professionals serving alumni.  She has served as a leader in this emerging field and currently in her second term as president of ACSN. 

 

February 11, 2017

Topic: Career Reinvention is a Journey. Here’s Your Four-Part Roadmap

Speaker: Hollis Thomases

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Reinvention is a choice to deliberately pivot your career and alter your life...but, no one reinvents in a vacuum, no one reinvents alone. Reinvention is hard. Reinvention will test your sense of self, your limits, and your confidence in your abilities. And yet, in today's fast-changing world, reinvention is unavoidable because, as futurist James Lee puts it, "The future favors the flexible." Whether you’re stuck in a career rut, recently realized that you're not doing what you really want to be doing, but don't know how to start or where to move on to, or have you always had an itch to do something different and have finally worked up the courage to consider it, you’re a “Reinventionist” in-the-making. Just as a traveler must plan for a trip beforehand, so you should properly plan for your reinvention. This seminar will lay out the four-part roadmap of your reinvention journey so you can be more prepared for the (sometimes bumpy) trip ahead.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • How reinvention is different than mere career change
  • The five common work and life circumstances that often lead to a reinvention
  • What you should expect during the reinvention journey
  • The four phases of The Career Reinvention ContinuumTM
  • Methods to find your path

 

Hollis Thomases' Bio

A self-proclaimed “Reinventionist,” Hollis has iterated herself and her career multiple times. She turned her latest reinvention into an entire business venture called ReinventionWorks (http://www.reinventionworks.com).  ReinventionWorks is a purpose-driven business designed to empower people and businesses to take control of their next future through educational content, tools, and connections. To-date Hollis has conducted nearly 100 interviews of “Reinventionists,” ordinary people who have accomplished life-altering career reinventions, many of which were video-taped and are available for free viewing on the Webcasts portion of the ReinventionWorks website.

Prior to founding ReinventionWorks, Hollis launched her first company in 1998, a digital marketing & advertising firm, growing it over 15 years into a multi-million-dollar business serving a prestigious client portfolio including Nokia, Johns Hopkins University, NatureMade, and Four Seasons. In recognition of her pioneering accomplishments, in 2007 Hollis was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year representing Maryland State. Hollis was also a regular columnist for Inc.com along with several industry publications, authored a book on Twitter that is still in circulation (“Twitter Marketing:  An Hour a Day”), and was a frequent expert presenter at conferences and events.

 

 

January 14, 2017

Topic: Job Seekers Tool Kit

Speaker: Ford Myers

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern PA

A carpenter would never show-up at a construction site with only a hammer. A graphic artist would never interview for a design position without showing a complete portfolio. So why is it that most job seekers use only their resume as the cornerstone of their search?

Job seekers over-emphasize the resume because their other “tools” are weak or nonexistent. But the resume should actually be one of your least used job-seeking tools! Unfortunately, most people don’t know what these other tools are or how to use them.

By integrating these other elements into your job search – and not relying solely on the resume – you can add power, professionalism and flexibility to your efforts. Finding the right job and building a satisfying career is much easier when you have the right tools!

This is a practical seminar that is designed to provide tangible solutions, with “real world” case studies and examples. We will examine the specific tools you need and how to create them – not just to land the next job – but to master the search process and maximize your long-term career potential. Don’t miss this unique and helpful workshop!

By attending this event, you will learn how to:
  • Examine the specific tools you need and how to create them
  • Master the search process and maximize your long-term career potential
  • Integrate all the other elements into your job search
  • Add power, professionalism and flexibility to your efforts
  • Build a satisfying career by leveraging the right tools
  • Learn tangible solutions, with “real world” case studies and examples
Ford Myer's Bio

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and web sites, and he has conducted presentations at many companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs nationwide. He is the author of two books: “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” and “The Ultimate Career Guide.

 

December 2016

No Meeting

 

November 12, 2016

Topic: Selling Yourself: It's NOT an Option

Speaker: Todd Cohen

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation, professional speaker and author Todd Cohen will walk us through how to sell the most precious thing we all have – ourselves! In today’s tight and competitive job market being technically good is not good enough you get you the job you want.  You MUST be able to think about your job campaign as a sales campaign and using your skills to sell yourself.  Whether you are employed underemployed or in transition this is a must attend session and a “wake up call” to everyone to think differently about how you approach your career.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to be proactive about your job search campaign.
  • How to use sales skills and get the job you want.
  • How to create a sales value proposition that sells you.
  • How to create a virtual sales team that advocates for you.
  • How to create a Relationship Portability Index that works for you.

 

Todd Cohen's Bio

Todd Cohen works with all professionals who want to create a sales culture so that more sales happen. Since 1984, Todd has coached and led sales teams to deliver more than $500 million in revenue for leading companies including Xerox, Gartner Group, Pensare, Thomson-Reuters, and LexisNexis. 

As the Principal of SalesLeader LLC, Todd inspires, advises, and builds high per¬formance sales teams that produce outstanding results. He also provides strategic oversight and serves as executive sales coach and advisor to clients ranging from small, rapidly growing start-ups to well-established, large corporations. 

Todd has been active in the American Cancer Society as well as several other charitable organizations. Todd holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Temple University.

 

 

October 8, 2016

Topic: Strategic Research-based Approaches for LinkedIn

Speaker: Lynne M. Williams

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Did you know …

  • LinkedIn has over 433 million users worldwide and welcomes a new member every two seconds? 
  • The best time for thought leadership postings on LinkedIn to create engagement is Tuesdays between 10-11 a.m. and the best times for shares is 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.?
  • 94% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find job candidates and they spend an average of 6 seconds looking at either a resume or a LinkedIn profile? 

With statistics like these, how can you define your value proposition, optimize your LinkedIn profile, and leverage your competitive edge for career transition or career management?

This informative workshop will delve into a research-based philosophy and strategies to create a LinkedIn profile that is geared towards viewers with average attention spans of about 7 seconds. You’ll get insights into the role of cognitive neuroscience and how the evolution of the “digital brain” is central to what and how people skim online content. You’ll discover tips, tricks, and best practices to more strategically format your LinkedIn profile, optimize your use of key words, and differentiate your personal brand. 

By attending this session, you’ll learn:

  • Where in your profile to effectively incorporate key words, including those from new job descriptions
  • How to clearly brand yourself
  • How to develop your “secret sauce” to stand out
  • How to strategically format and streamline your profile
  • When, where, and why you need to engage in thought leadership

 

Lynne Williams' Bio

Lynne M. Williams, BS, MA, ABD, is the Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, which provides support and resources for those in career transition and those interested in career management. She is also the owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper, a virtual assistance business established in 1994 that provides support to people in career transition, solopreneurs, and small businesses with resumes, LinkedIn profiles, email marketing, and social media platform set up. An avid networker, Lynne does training workshops on LinkedIn and other social media and technology as well as career transition topics. She has also done extensive doctoral research and writing on Web 2.0 Social Media applications. Connect with Lynne on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lynnewilliams.

Click here to view Lynne's presentation.

 

September 10, 2016

Topic: Overcoming Age Bias In Job Search

Speaker: Charlene Holsendorff

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

Older workers bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, achievements and insight (Value!) that the fresh-faced college grad simply does not yet possess. This message is sometimes unrecognized or, worse, tarnished by the very person who needs to herald that message: the Older Worker! Throughout this workshop, we will validate that message through Internal Reinforcement and External “Brand” Promotion.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Avoid Resume Roadblocks
  • Overcome “Over-Qualified”
  • Recognize & Minimize “Generational Biases”
  • Utilize Solution Interviewing: Conveying One’s “Brand” to the Employer
Charlene Holsendorff's Bio
Charlene Holsendorff transitioned from corporate training & development to Job Search Strategist for the past 10 years, including managing a career center of 1000+ displaced business professionals. In addition to professional speaker, online content writer and webcast designer and presenter, she has authored an eBook entitled “How to Not Get a Job: 10 Pitfalls to Keep You Unemployed (Forever!).” She is a subject matter expert on topics including Resuscitate Your Resume; Solution Interviewing; Creating & Managing Your Brand. Charlene resides in Montgomery County, PA

 

 

August 2016

No meeting

 

July 9, 2016

Topic: The HR Angle on Recruiting and Hiring

Speaker Panel: Sharon Crandall, Karen DeLise, Mike Hendri, and Ford Myers

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

How would you like to hear about some insights from recruiting professionals on how to better your chances at getting noticed in your job search? In our July presentation we will have a panel of four recruiting and job search professionals with deep experience who will share their thoughts about what they are looking for in job candidates--from their side of the desk! In this wide ranging panel discussion, the panelists will present their points of view on a wide range of hiring practices and approaches and offer their suggestions on what you should consider in your search strategy.

By attending this session, you will:

 

  • Hear about a wide range of recruiting tips from a recruiter’s perspective
  • Learn about the different angles to which recruiters pivot towards and look to avoid
  • Discover search strategies that increase the possibility of gaining traction in the recruiting process
  • Engage in an open discussion about current trends in hiring approaches from multiple recruiting perspectives

 

June 11, 2016

Topic: Current & Emerging Job Search Tactics for the Experienced Professional

Speaker: Hank Boyer

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

In this workshop, participants will explore the most current and emerging trends affecting a job search/career change, and what’s behind the trends. Using the most current research derived from assessing two distinct job-seeking groups (experienced professionals/skilled workers and college students/recent grads), the workshop will present at least a half-dozen little known, but game-changing approaches job seekers are using to advance their careers.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What is causing a job search in 2016 to be so very difficult.
  • What emerging trends are going to affect job search in 2016.
  • What methods are job seekers, hiring managers, and recruiter relying on to fill 2016 openings.
  • Which social media networks will be the most effective ones for 2016.
  • Which unique strategies can an experienced worker use to further his or her career.
  • How to leverage the hidden job market.
  • Which alternative search strategies can cut weeks or months off your job search.


Hank Boyer's Bio

Hank Boyer works with some of America’s top companies, helping them implement best practice strategies and programs to improve their hiring, staff development, leadership effectiveness, and sales. Following a successful 24-year career as a corporate executive in technology and telecommunications, Hank founded Boyer Management Group in 1998. Hank has written a number of books, including two textbooks on career and job search that are now in their sixth editions. He advises senior managers in both the profit and non-profit sectors and is a frequent seminar speaker on job search trends. He’s authored more than 140 training programs currently utilized in North and South America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his business endeavors, Hank is a grandfather of three, serves as a Business Advisory Board member for Cairn University’s Enactus organization, and is engaged in a number of community organizations.

 

May 14, 2016

Topic: Put Your Mind to Finding Your Dream Job, NOW!

Speaker: Matt Levy

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

Wouldn't it be awesome to find not just any job but to find a job that perfectly aligns with your passions and talents?  It's that mystical dream job which, according to several surveys, less than 7% of us have yet to reach.

The good news is that you don't have to be in the majority who are toiling away in a career just going through the motions.  Your dream job is attainable!  How does Matt know?  Because he has created it for himself and he will explain exactly how you can do it, too.  And the good news is the formula isn't very complicated. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • Four simple exercises to uncover your career passion
  • Four questions to galvanize your thinking
  • Five stages of the dream job roadmap

If you are reading this and rationalizing that it is too much work - or that you can set aside your dreams for later in life when the timing is better - when you hear Matt's personal saga, you will think twice!  The call to action will be undeniable and possibly, if you allow it, life changing!

 

Matt Levy's Bio

Matthew Levy is Executive Vice President at Velocity Advisory Group.  Velocity is a human capital consulting firm focused on coaching, team dynamics and strategy planning.  Matt's prior experience includes twenty years in Fortune 500 strategic human resources leader roles at blue chip companies Merck, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson.  

His passion is coaching high achievers to reach ever loftier goals by challenging them to uncover their hidden genius and achieve what they thought otherwise was impossible.  

In addition to his full time work, Matt is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of GPSEG (Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group), a professional organization with over 1,300 executive members.  

As an avid networker, he encourages you to connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/matthewflevy.

Click here to view Matt's presentation.

 

April 9, 2015

Topic: Navigating Your Way to Re-employment

Speaker: Alex Freund

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

Did you know you can significantly improve your odds of getting the job you want by developing new job search skills and improving your personal motivation?

Whether you’re re-entering the job market, recently in transition or contemplating a career move, join us for our next engaging session featuring Alex Freund, “the landing expert.” Alex will highlight specific steps you can take to help you land your next career opportunity. You’ll get practical advice you can implement immediately to stand apart from the competition.

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • The value of job search resources available to those in transition
  • Where to find help and assess your readiness if you’re re-entering the job market
  • The two critical steps to getting a new job—and how to prepare in detail for each step
  • How to outshine the competition in the race for that coveted job
  • The key marketing materials to brand yourself and attract employers

 

Alex Freund's Bio

Known as the “Landing Expert,” Alex Freund has focused throughout his career on helping people land new positions or promotions. A former director with Fortune 500 companies, such as Honeywell, Sanofi and Tyco International, Alex has been personally involved in the hiring of hundreds of people. During the past eight years as a career and interviewing coach, he has helped more than 550 clients across different industries and job levels succeed in the interviewing process. Prominent in several on- and off-line job-search networking groups, Alex frequently presents and conducts workshops on effective resume development and LinkedIn use in the job search process.  In addition, he teaches a career development seminar and he writes a widely published blog specifically designed for job seekers. Alex maintains and publishes The Landing Expert List, a free directory of job-search networking groups via his web site at http://www.landingexpert.com.
Alex is a graduate of Cornell University, has lived on three continents and speaks five languages.
Click here to view Alex's presentation.

 

March 12, 2016

Topic: Stand out in the crowd! Show value to potential employers!

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Employers today are overwhelmed with applicants but underwhelmed with talent. The reality is that in a very competitive job market, employers are looking for solutions not warm bodies. 

There is an art to sharing our skills, knowledge, and expertise in a way that allows potential employers to see our immediate value. Join us for this interactive presentation where we will explore the ‘purple squirrel’ principle, the art of articulating value, and connecting employer needs with transferable skills. 

Participants will explore topics such as, understanding the needs of employers, articulating value, communicating transferable skills, writing effective resumes and social media profiles (including LinkedIn) and applying the “purple squirrel principle”.  

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Understand the difference between applying for a job and meeting the real needs of employers
  • How to articulate value and communicate transferable skills
  • Effective tools for resume writing, social media (LinkedIn) to convey value
  • Applying the “purple squirrel principle”    

 

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Bonner holds a master’s degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a career program director and counselor, working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services, a partnership program between the Penn State Alumni Association and Career Services in the Division of Student Affairs. In this role, she provides counseling services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. She also designs and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students.

Originally trained to be a special education teacher through her undergraduate degree, Cheryl continues her passion for education by serving as an adjunct professor at the both undergraduate and graduate levels and by frequently speaking 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. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, “Your Career Planner.”    

Click here to see Cheryl's presentation.

 

February 13, 2016

Topic: Knockout Networking 

Speaker: Michael Goldberg

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

When it comes to meeting important contacts and hiring managers, cold calling and direct mail (and even LinkedIn!) are NOT the answers. Especially today! So what IS the answer?  Networking!

Most people are not born networkers; they develop the skills and confidence through education, training, practice, and having a positive attitude. Whether you’re at a cocktail party, networking event, or other business function, it’s not who you know but who you want to know. Bottom line, networking is the most effective way to attract more prospects, generate more referrals, create more opportunities, and land the job!

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • How to overcome your fears and approach complete strangers with confidence.
  • The “Rules to Networking” – how to meet, greet, ask for business cards, and transition.
  • Places to network and best practices.
  • The “elevator speech” (with an opportunity to create one!)
  • How to work a room

 

 

Michael Goldberg's Bio

Michael Goldberg has helped thousands of sales producers generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of referral based business. His firm Knock Out Networking is focused on increasing the production, recruiting, and retention levels of firms in the financial services industry. Michael speaks at conferences, runs sales meetings, and delivers hard, actionable ideas that can be applied immediately! Michael writes for the Huffington Post and for numerous industry publications. He has been quoted in the Harvard Business Review and has spoken at the Million Dollar Roundtable and is a two-time TEDx speaker. Michael is currently an award winning adjunct professor at Rutgers University and frequently volunteers as a speaker at organizations focused on career search. His book Knock-Out Networking! is available now!

Click here to view Michael's handout.

 

January 16, 2016

Topic: Panel: Encouragement and Tips from Members Who Have Landed

Speaker Panel: MCT Members; Mark King, Catherine Neary, Mike Hughes, Howard Delfiner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

Please join us as we gain knowledge and ideas from MCT Members who have landed a job within this last year.  We will have prepared questions to ask them to gain great tips and we will have time for you to ask questions as well.  So please come prepared! 

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • Tips that have worked in landing positions
  • About time wasters that you should not spend time on
  • To experience viewpoints that may differ from our own
  • Knowledge that will help you to be successful in your search
  • How encouragement from those who have landed successfully can help you in your job search

 

Bios for Panel

Mark King

Mark King worked in the supply chain and logistics area for 25 years.  After his third position in eight years ended near the beginning of 2014, he decided to follow his lifelong passions for good stewardship of our resources and improving processes to seek employment in sustainability.  He was blessed to have a contract position in this new field with a former employer during 2015, but now he is back in transition looking to build on this positive experience to make a connection with the right person for his next opportunity.

 

Catherine Neary

Catherine Neary is a Marketing professional in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry using her communications and business development experience to plan and lead winning proposals. However, she has spent her entire career fascinated by the long, sometimes bumpy, sometimes harrowing (and often expensive) road to How We Make A Living. As a Marketing professional, she finds networking to be a thrilling perk.

Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes has a broad experience level in commercial banking, learning and development, executive coaching and higher education. Mike has successfully reinvented his career by leveraging his extensive corporate, executive and education experiences and credits MCT for providing the opportunity to develop the networking skills to navigate his career transition.

Howard Delfiner

Howard Delfiner is an IT Analyst whose passion is taking healthcare data to gain knowledge to improve patient outcomes and decrease medical costs. At a leading clinical lab company, he is responsible for informatics customer ad-hoc data delivery and support along with health effectiveness and clinical data analysis. He gets great satisfaction in helping others through networking find their next fulfilling career opportunity.

 

 

November 14, 2015

Topic: "Voice in Context" Navigating the Transition Process with Clarity and Conviction

Speaker: Mary Brunelle Simon

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Mary will discuss ways in which you can identify the most appropriate voice and context to use in the job search process.  The objective is to learn the ways in which each individual can adapt their voice and expression for more effective verbal communication.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Recognize the power of voice and expression in verbal communications
  • How to adjust voice and expression to fit the phase of their respective stage of job search
  • Develop a mindset to overcome adversity and commit to a more positive path forward of smart practices in career transition.

 

Mary Brunelle Simon's Bio

Mary Brunelle Simon is a Senior Executive Coach with 20+ years of international experience. Expertise in building and capturing professional legacy is the cornerstone of her business career. She has served as faculty/staff for The Wharton School MBA program, authored a book about negotiation strategies, and advised senior leaders in 15 industries.

As an executive coach and adviser, Mary has proven track record, a high degree of trust, and professional respect because of the results she has generated.

 

October 10, 2015

Topic: Salary Negotiation Workshop

Speaker: Anthony Gold

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA


Not negotiating your initial job offer could mean losing out on nearly $600,000 over your career. Compound that by every role you fail to negotiate, and the losses are staggering. 

One of the most challenging aspects of your professional career is ensuring you are fairly compensated. All too often women and men fail to appreciate their true value to an organization and how best to negotiate their total compensation package.

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • Negotiation techniques to create the best win-win for you and the company 
  • The psychology of negotiating 
  • Tools and tips for determining your value 
  • How to prepare for salary discussions (for both new and existing jobs)

 

This workshop will help you sharpen your negotiation skills and prepare you to effectively negotiate compensation for your next job offer or salary review. 

 

Anthony Gold's Bio
Anthony Gold is a serial entrepreneur, investor, author, advisor, and board member for several companies in the Philadelphia region - both for-profit and non-profit. He began his career designing supercomputers for Unisys, then created an open-source software and services startup that was recognized by the industry as the “largest open source systems integrator in the world.” Anthony was honored to be named one of the Top Leaders in Open Source Business by LinuxWorldmagazine. He has eight patents around enterprise hardware and software design, and his ES7000 enterprise server was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the largest number of concurrent gamers at the Dreamhack gaming conference.

 

He subsequently built and ran a healthcare company focused on connecting patients and caregivers around a model of collaborative health, partnering with some of the top physicians in the world. To help drive an improved startup ecosystem in the Philadelphia suburbs, Anthony launched Liberty Valley Initiative, a non-profit for connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, resources, and investors. His latest co-venture is a wearable tech company called ROAR for Good focused on reducing the incidence of attacks against women and addressing the underlying causes of violence. And in his blog, Anthony’s Desk, he shares insights for helping both young professionals and seasoned executives in their careers.
Here's the link to Anthony's website where you can request a copy of his presentation.

 

 

September 12, 2015

Topic: Exposing the Hidden Job Market 

Speaker: Abby Kohut

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

 

Although the economy is improving - this still isn't your Grandma's job market! Many of the jobs are hidden from plain view and unless you learn about the new way to job hunt, you'll be left out in the cold. Absolutely Abby will teach you how easy it really is to uncover the hidden job market.

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • Why the job market is hidden in the first place
  • 3 ways to hobnob with CTOs, CFOs and other C-suite members
  • How working for free can be the best idea you ever had
  • How to solve problems for companies who don't know that they have them
  • 3 ways to use social media to generate opportunities you didn't know existed

 

Abby Kohut's Bio

Abby Kohut, who is known on the web as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and the author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets”.  In the past 18 years in positions from Recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting, Abby is responsible for helping to hire 10,000 people in 8 industries from entry level to senior level. Abby's website AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won't tell you. Abby has provided recruiting tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, LinkedIn, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Abby is one of the “Top 100 Influential People Online” according to Fast Company Magazine. In 2014, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby one of the "Top 25 Women for your Job Search" on Twitter and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as "1 of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Job Seeker Should Follow". Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal. 

 

 

July 11, 2015

Topic: You’ve Lost Your Job, Now What?

Speaker: Amy Dinning

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Amy will share a creative and interactive process to develop your personal mind map by capturing your strengths, weaknesses, passions, motivators and helping you determine the types of jobs, types of organizations, and cultures that will fit you!

 

By attending this session, you will learn to:

  • Complete a personal mindmap
  • Determine individual strengths, weakness, passions, motivators and more
  • Create a dream team to give input to the personal mindmap
  • Determine types of organizations , cultures and positions that fit who you are 

 

Amy Dinning's Bio

Amy Dinning is a Senior Training and Talent Development Leader with extensive experience working with all organizational levels setting the strategy, creating, promoting, and delivering talent and training solutions designed to support the organization’s business plan.  Amy is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable environment that supports learning and growth.  Currently, Amy serves as Global Learning & Development Manager at ARRIS. She is responsible for all leadership, talent and people development for 6500 employees.  She created and is the Chief Facilitator of Jump Start Your Job Search Workshops offered twice/year for the last 6 years.  She serves as co-lead of the ATD Leadership & Organizational Development Special Interest Group, member of Community Activities Team for Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association, Board Member and Programming Director for My Career Transitions networking group.

Click here to view Amy's presentation.

 

 

June 13, 2015

Topic: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor: How to Ace the Interview in Order to Get the Job Offer

Speaker: Matt Levy

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The job interview: Pass or Fail.  Now or never.  It is one of the most intimidating and stressful few hours in our lives.   Wouldn’t it be great to have a game plan to execute where you can ace the interview?  In this engaging and thought-provoking presentation, Matt will teach you many of the tips, tricks and techniques necessary to impress the interviewer and land the job offer.

 

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Tackle the mental aspects of interviewing
  • Make a first impression
  • Deal with “curve ball” questions
  • Close the interview
  • Maintain momentum 

And many more interviewing hints from an expert, who himself, has conducted over 1,000 job interviews. 

 

Matt Levy's Bio

Matthew Levy is a human resources executive, career expert, keynote speaker and author.  He has more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical/biotech human resources. 

Matt is also President of The Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy (PSPS), a 300 person senior level HR professional organization and sits on the HBA Philadelphia Advisory Board. He regularly delivers speeches on career management topics and fields job search-related questions.  You can readily find Matt on LinkedIn and he invites you to connect with him.   www.linkedin.com/in/matthewflevy    Click here to view Matt's presentation.

 

 

May 9, 2015

Topic: Finding Your "Next!"

Speaker: Kelley Cornish

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

                 ** Conference Center (building on the left)

Whether you are inventing, reinventing, or jumpstarting your job search or career journey, one of the most challenging processes is determining how to position yourself for success or for consideration for your NEXT!  That opportunity could be your first job right out of school, or a career/job change for seasoned professionals, it takes a very intentional and effectively run plan to change directions in your profession.  This session will address how individuals can begin to shift their career goals, aspirations and thinking while gaining credibility. Participants will walk away with tools and resources to identify where they want to take their career, what they desire their NEXT assignment to look like, and what things they can being doing to achieve those goals.

By attending this session, you will learn:
  • How you can begin to shift your career goals, aspirations and thinking while gaining credibility. 
  • How to create tools and resources to identify where you want to take your career.
  • What you desire. 

 

Kelley Cornish's Bio

Kelley F. Cornish stays busy helping people move forward and into their NEXT!  Through her involvement in various professional and social organizations, Kelley has been focused for nearly 20 year on leading, coaching, and helping others.  As a Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Talent Leader, and Author, Kelley has served as the President of a leading HR trade organization.  She has also worked as a leader in healthcare for the past ten years.  With a Masters in Human Resource Management, a BS in Business Administration and a Certification in Diversity Management, Kelley has also consulted with numerous organizations across the country.  Recently, Kelley co-authored her first book (May 2014), “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up?” where she gives relevant advice on excelling in the workplace and in one’s personal life.

 

 

April 11, 2015

Topic: How to Use Social Media to Turbo Charge Your Job Search

Speaker: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

                 *Conference Center - Auditorium (building on the left)

You've been there...

Applying for jobs posted on internet job boards and never hearing a word.  Sending your resume around and not getting many nibbles. Statistics show that only a small percentage of jobs are posted and they attract hundreds of candidates.  It can feel like playing the lottery.  You wonder: how are you supposed to stand out?

You’d think it would be impossible, but it’s not. It doesn't have to be that way.  You just have to be a little creative…

By attending this session, you will learn

 

  • How to stand out from the crowd by using social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, email marketing and YouTube
  • Attract the attention of corporate recruiters, headhunters and hiring managers
  • Be considered for positions you were not aware were even open
  • Get more interviews so you can land your next great opportunity  

 

 

Theresa Hummel-Krallinger's Bio

Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is a well-respected corporate trainer and performance consultant, but it’s her work as a humorist and motivational speaker that sets her apart.  Known for her lively and interactive presentation style, she is a frequently requested speaker on topics of employee morale, professional development, performance improvement and workplace communications.  Her experience as a professional stand-up comedian enables her to add fun and humor to her consulting and training work.

No stranger to the corporate world, Theresa brings over 25 years practical business experience.  Currently President of High Five Performance, Inc., she is highly regarded for her ability to help organizations implement meaningful performance enhancement processes that improve morale and achieve financial results.

Click here to view Theresa's presentation.  Click here to view Theresa's handout.

 

 

March 14, 2015

Topic: Job Searching is Bad for Your Health: Tips and Techniques to Stay Sane and Healthy!

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

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 Bonner holds a masters degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 30 years experience as a career program director, counselor, and adjunct professor working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services. In this role, she provides counseling services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. Under her leadership, this office as become a nationally recognized leader in the provision of comprehensive career services for alumni. 

Originally trained to be a special education teacher through her undergraduate degree, Cheryl continues her passion for education by frequently speaking at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission, and calling. She has developed career- and work-related courses, seminars, and webinars that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, Your Career Planner. A Philadelphia area native, she now enjoys "college town life" in State College PA.

Click here to view Cheryl's presentation.

 

February 14, 2014

Topic: Knockout Networking! More Prospects, More Referrals, More Interviews!

Speaker: Michael Goldberg

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

When it comes to developing important relationships with referral sources and hiring managers, there's more to it than just Linked/n.  Especially today! So what IS the answer? Networking! Most people are not born networkers; they develop the skills and confidence through education, training, practice, and having a positive attitude. Whether you're at a cocktail party, networking event, or other business function, it's not who you know but who you want to know. Bottom line, networking is the most effective way to attract more prospects, generate more referrals, create more opportunities, and land the job!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to overcome your fears and approach complete strangers with confidence.
  • The "Rules to Networking" - how to meet, greet, ask for business cards, and transition.
  • Places to network and best practices.
  • The "elevator speech" (with an opportunity to create one!)
  • How to work a room

 

Michael Goldberg's Bio

Michael Goldberg is a speaker, author, (amateur boxer), and founder of Knock Out Networking, a nationally recognized sales consulting firm focused on helping sales producers make more connections. Michael is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and has been a TEDx speaker at Yale University. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences including Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). His clients include John Hancock Investments, Morgan Stanley, and Guardian Life. Michael is also an award winning adjunct professor at Rutgers University and volunteers as a speaker for meetings focused on career search. His book Knock-Out Networking! is available now. “Weigh in” at www.KnockOutNetworking.com for more information. 

Click here to view the handout that Michael provided.

 

January 10, 2015

Topic: Accomplishment Stories: Your Most Powerful Tool to Get the Job Offer

Speaker: Ford Myers

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

Remember a time when you heard a friend or colleague tell a memorable story? You can probably still recall some of the details about that story long after it was shared. Good storytelling creates a vivid picture and a positive response in the listener’s mind. Utilizing stories to enhance your job search is a skill that is often overlooked. Yet, without powerful accomplishment stories to tell prospective employers, you have almost nothing to “sell.” When you can effectively tie your accomplishment stories directly to the employer’s needs and problems, you will most likely get a job offer!

Many of us feel that the stories about our work life are not interesting. Others struggle to come-up with any accomplishment stories in the first place. This seminar will show you exactly how to identify and develop your own compelling accomplishment stories – stories that will become your most powerful “selling tools.”

By attending this session, you will learn to:

 

  • Master the structure and components of a good accomplishment story.
  • Succinctly tell a compelling accomplishment story.
  • Match your accomplishment stories directly with the company’s needs and problems.
  • Leverage accomplishment stories as the most critical tool in the job search process.
  • Uncover your own “hidden” accomplishment stories. (You will develop actual accomplishment stories at this workshop). 
  • Summarize your accomplishment stories into “bullet statements” for your resume.
  • Weave your accomplishment stories seamlessly into the interview.
  • Recognize the “prompts” to respond with an accomplishment story.

Ford Myers' Bio

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning Career Coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. Since 1992, he has been providing professional services in career consulting and executive coaching. After counseling thousands of individuals on their careers, Ford drew from his diverse experience to create Career Potential, LLC – a powerful new approach to career management. Through unique individual, corporate and government career programs, Career Potential, LLC helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of publications, and he has conducted presentations at many companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs. In 2014, Ford won the “Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year Award.” He is author of two books: “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” and “The Ultimate Career Guide.” More information is available at: www.careerpotential.com andwww.fordmyers.com.  

Click here to view Ford Myers' presentation.

 

November 8, 2014

Topic: Selling Yourself: It’s NOT an Option

Speaker: Todd Cohen

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation, professional speaker and author Todd Cohen will walk us through how to sell the most precious thing we all have – ourselves! In today’s tight and competitive job market being technically good is not good enough you get you the job you want.  You MUST be able to think about your job campaign as a sales campaign and using your skills to sell yourself.  Whether you are employed underemployed or in transition this is a must attend session and a “wake up call” to everyone to think differently about how you approach your career.

By attending this session, you will learn:

 

  • How to be proactive about your job search campaign.
  • How to use sales skills and get the job you want.
  • How to create a sales value proposition that sells you.
  • How to create a virtual sales team that advocates for you.
  • How to create a Relationship Portability Index that works for you.

 

 

Todd Cohen's Bio

Todd Cohen works with all professionals who want to create a sales culture so that more sales happen. Since 1984, Todd has coached and led sales teams to deliver more than $500 million in revenue for leading companies including Xerox, Gartner Group, Pensare, Thomson-Reuters, and LexisNexis. 

As the Principal of SalesLeader LLC, Todd inspires, advises, and builds high per¬formance sales teams that produce outstanding results. He also provides strategic oversight and serves as executive sales coach and advisor to clients ranging from small, rapidly growing start-ups to well-established, large corporations. 

Todd has been active in the American Cancer Society as well as several other charitable organizations. Todd holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Temple University.

 

October 11, 2014

Topic: The Art of Networking In Person and Online

Speaker: Lynne Williams

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Does the act of networking elude you? Don't know what to do, say, think, or discuss? Don't worry, as you're not alone. Like anything else, networking takes practice, but it also involves some know-how. Join us for a session for some hands-on practice and to learn:

  • What is networking?
  • Why network?
  • Networking attitude
  • Prepare to network
  • and much, much more…

 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Who you can network with
  • What to do and what not to do
  • When to do it
  • Where to do it locally and online
  • Why do it
  • How to do it

 

Lynne Williams Bio

Lynne M. Williams, BS, MA, ABD provides on-site local and virtual assistance supporting people in career transition, busy executives, solopreneurs, and small businesses in addition to her fulltime position as the Executive Assistant to Joan Docktor, President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors (a PSU grad). As the founder/owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper in 1994, Lynne provides social media, web marketing and administrative support, especially with LinkedIn. In addition, she is an experienced trainer, researcher, and writer. 

Lynne holds a BS degree in Business Administration Marketing from the University of Delaware and an MA in Educational Leadership along with doctoral coursework to ABD. Lynne has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; the Academy of Art, San Francisco; Right Management; SCORE; Joseph’s People, Neumann University; BENG; and many local libraries and Chambers of Commerce. Lynne does training workshops on LinkedIn and other career transition topics and has done extensive doctoral research and writing on Web 2.0 Social Media applications. Information on local networking and workshop events as well as career transition resources are posted on: www.lynnemwilliams.com, www.aroundtheclockexecs.com, and www.facebook.com/aroundtheclockexecs.  Connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lynnewilliams, @bonjour606 (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) or email her at lynne@aroundtheclockexecs.com.  

Click here to view Lynne Williams' presentation. 

 

 

September 13, 2014

Topic: Identifying Your Job Transferable Skills

Speaker: Jane Lowenstein

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

                 Room 130/131 - Main Building (on the right)

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

Everyone has transferable skills.  Brush off any self-limiting thoughts you may have that the skills you learned from previous job or life experiences don’t prepare you for your current job search.  This discussion will teach you how to breakdown your job abilities into potential job skill nuggets – ones that will showcase your true capabilities.  You will learn how to identify those transferable skills you have developed that can be applied to a job with another employer, another type of industry, even another sector of the economy.  The course instructor has successfully worked with many people in the job search market.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify your hidden skills.
  • How to develop a list of your transferable skills – both in writing and orally.
  • To explain your transferable skills experiences, exposures and backgrounds.

 

Jane Lowenstein's Bio

Jane Lowenstein is a partner in JanBara & Associates, an executive coaching, leadership performance and consulting practice. Her clients describe her as a perceptive and insightful mentor and coach who produces exceptional results.  For over 25 years, she has taught managers and executives how to lead others to reach organizational goals, solve people and performance problems, create an environment for high performance and develop an adaptable, competent workforce to handle tough issues.

Prior to JanBara, Jane was a partner in Career Mentor Associates, a career development services company.  She has led courses at Drexel University for the general public and for female veterans covering transferable skills, resumes, interviewing, conducting an effective job search and entrepreneurship.  For over 35 years, Jane has been coaching people in transition to identify what they want to do and what they are really suited to do.  She has delivered presentations on career development for organizations such as Rohm and Haas, the Society of Technical Communication, and Quest Diagnostics.   She has been a mentor for many years and received an award as Outstanding Mentor in 1991.

 

July 12, 2014

Topic: The Interview: You Are Onstage

Speaker: Alex Freund

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

This presentation is highly participative by the audience. It identifies the four elements that interviewers focus on and involves demonstration. Audience members mock interview. It is entertaining, and many unknowns get exposed and explained.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to think like an interviewer. 
  • How to understand what the interviewer is after when he or she is asking a question. 
  • What is behind the question?

 

Alex Freund's Bio

Alex Freund is a career and interviewing coach known as the “landing expert” for publishing his 80 page list of job-search networking groups via his web site www.landingexpert.com

He is prominent in a number of job-search networking groups; makes frequent public presentations, he does workshops on resumes and LinkedIn, teaches a career development seminar and publishes his blog focused on job seekers.

Alex worked at Fortune 100 companies headquarters managing many and large departments. He has extensive experience at interviewing people for jobs and is considered an expert in preparing people for interviews.
Alex is a Cornell University grad, lived on three continents and speaks five languages.

Click here to view Alex Freund's presentation.

 

June 14, 2014

Topic: Job Search Toolkit Workshop

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Join us as we guide you through creating your elevator speech and networking profile so that you get a great start on two important job search tools.  Your elevator speech is important for networking and even interviewing.  The networking profile provides a document that you can use to effectively network with others.  We will provide you with the opportunity to have time to work on both tools and to network with others in the group.
 
Bring some paper, some ideas for your elevator speech and a copy of your resume.
 
By attending this session, you will be provided with:

  • A model for an effective elevator speech.
  • A model for an effective networking profile.
  • Coaching as you work on your elevator speech and networking profile.
  • A start on both job search tools.

The volunteers of My Career Transitions will be guiding you through this process.  Click here to view the presentation for this event.

 

May 10, 2014

Topic: Writing Effective Resumes

Speaker: Amy Thul-Sigler

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

This hands-on workshop is an opportunity to learn about the latest techniques to help your resume stand out to employers.  Learn how to sell your knowledge, skills, and abilities while creating or updating an existing resume.  You will gain invaluable insight on what employers are looking for in resumes especially a professional image that demonstrates you are a viable candidate based on your qualifications.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to write a basic resume through various sample formats.
  • How to write basic resume content including Summary, Experience, & Skills.
  • Ability to identify different types of resumes including chronological, functional, curriculum vitae.
  • How to target and define your goals.
  • Current resume trends.
  • How to restructure an existing resume.

 

Amy Thul-Sigler's Bio

Amy Thul-Sigler currently works as the Assistant Director for Penn State’s Alumni Career Services Department.  Her primary responsibilities are delivering programs and services that support the career management of all Penn State alumni. Providing career counseling, workshops, and seminars on a variety of career related topics that are delivered in-person and on-line. Coordinating programs with and serves as a speaker for alumni groups in targeted metropolitan areas. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in counseling, and is currently ABD status within her doctoral program studying adult education.

 

 

April 12, 2014

Topic: Job Search for Introverts

Speaker: Michael Hendri

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Looking for a new job can be a challenge when you’re outgoing. If you’re shy, conducting an effective job search – and the networking that goes along with it – can be especially daunting. 

During this interactive, collaborative session, we’ll focus on interviewing and networking skills specially designed for introverts. You’ll discover:

  • Important steps for how to best prepare and present yourself in interview.
  • Secrets to networking that will enable you to be more comfortable and confident in a room full of people.

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you’ll learn more about introverts, how best to work with them as well as ways to create healthy and productive working relationships. 

 

Michael Hendri's Bio

Michael is an HR professional with 16 years of experience in recruiting, learning, employee relations and career development. A self-professed introvert, he can relate to the challenges of job searching in an extrovert world.

Click here to view Michael Hendri's presentation.

 

March 8, 2014

Topic: How to Use Social Media to Turbo Charge Your Job Search

Speaker: Matthew Levy

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA


Did you know:

  • Only  3% of jobs make it onto the big job boards…
  • An average of 500 candidates applies to those jobs…

AND

  • 75% of jobs are filled through networking…
  • Social media enhances your ability to network effectively…

Social media isn’t just for teenagers.  It can and should be leveraged by mature job seekers to differentiate themselves as subject matter experts in their field.

So shouldn’t you spend more time hanging out at the social media ”party"?!

In this lively, interactive presentation, you will:

  • Get an introduction to the “wireless world” of social media (including but not limited to: LinkedIn, Twitter, email marketing, YouTube and Blogging).
  • Learn skills and techniques to show you are current, relevant and technologically savvy
  • Learn how to use social media to augment your job search and effectively network your way into your next position!

 

Matthew Levy's Bio 

Matthew Levy is an HR Executive, career expert, keynote speaker and author.  He has more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical/biotech human resources and is President of The Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy (PSPS), a 300 person senior level HR professional organization.   You can readily find Matt on LinkedIn and he invites you to connect with him there.  For additional information about Matt, click here.

Click here to view Matt's presentation.

 

February 8, 2014

Topic: Strategic Planning for Your Career

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Resume - Check.  Linkedin Profile - Check.  Elevator Speech - Check.  Strategic Plan - WHAT?

At some point, job searches become reactive. As the new year begins, it may be time to regroup and refocus. During this interactive presentation, you will have the opportunity to take control of your job search by developing a strategic plan for your career. Rethinking your approach to finding a job or advancing your career will help you take a proactive approach, maintain control, and focus your resources.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • To state your dreams as goals
  • To connect your goals to specific actions
  • To new tools in your tool box to take charge of your career
  • How to start a strategic plan for your career

 

 

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Bonner holds a masters degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 30 years experience as a career program director, counselor, and adjunct professor working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services. In this role, she provides counseling services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. Under her leadership, this office as become a nationally recognized leader in the provision of comprehensive career services for alumni.

Originally trained to be a special education teacher through her undergraduate degree, Cheryl continues her passion for education by frequently speaking at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission, and calling. She has developed career- and work-related courses, seminars, and webinars that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, Your Career Planner. A Philadelphia area native, she now enjoys "college town life" in State College PA.

Click here to view Cheryl's presentation.

 

 

January 11, 2014 

Topic: How I Landed

Panel: Karen DeLise, Michael Hendri, Brian Magee and Kathy Snead

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Still struggling with your job search?  Wondering how others are landing?  In this interactive session, our panel will reveal:

  • Their learnings from their transition experience.
  • What worked well for them.
  • How they worked through their job search challenges.
  • What additional training or skills needed to be acquired while in transition.

This panel will share "their story" of how they landed.  Learn the techniques and tools that were used to land their current jobs.

This will be an interactive session.  A question and answer session will be part of this event.

 

Panel Bios

Karen DeLise has a broad based background as an entrepreneur, as well as extensive experience in human resources and operational management at a Fortune 100 company in California. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2011, not knowing a single person in the state, which presented additional challenges in her job search. Karen credits the training and encouragement provided by MCT volunteers with her successfully landing three compelling job opportunities.

Michael Hendri is a Human Resources and learning professional. His career has focused on talent acquisition, performance management, and learning and development. He has worked in education, healthcare, and the pharmaceutical industries.

Brian Magee spent most of his career working in the environmental consulting field with Weston Solutions, Inc., based in West Chester, first as a project engineer and then as project manager. He later moved into the role of Corporate Quality Manager. After the quality group was eliminated in early 2013, Brian landed a position in program implementation and change management with XL Group, an international commercial property and casualty insurer.

Kathy Snead started a business after getting laid off in 2009.  In 2011, when she decided to set the business aside, she temped in the Legal Department of a major corporation for two months, was then hired by a law firm to prepare audit letters, and then, two months after that, was invited to interview for a new position at a law firm where she had worked previously.  She is currently exploring transferring internally.

 

 

No meeting in December, 2013

 

November 9, 2013

 

Topic: The Self-Aware Leader

Speaker: Dan Gallagher

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

This program defines a framework for leadership reinvention. To accomplish this shift in thinking leaders are first called to develop a strong foundation of self-awareness. This self-awareness allows the leader to next define reinvention of self, reinvention of others, and reinvention of business. Reinvent Self teaches leaders how to grow new skills and leverage these on a larger platform on which imaginative ideas become substantive solutions. Reinvent Others teaches leaders how to use inclusion and collaboration as a tool for increasing productivity. Reinvent the Business creates a lens for leaders to look at their organization, projects, and decisions in terms of profits, products and people.

 
The final aspect of this work includes four key pillars prescribed as critical to successfully using this model: an above-average network and support system, a proficiency in critical and systems thinking, a savvy perspective of the political landscape, and a courageous drive for magis (more for the good of others). These pillars represent “the how” of the model. By growing self-awareness in each of these four areas, leaders gain clear direction on how the model will help their productivity and their career.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Which patterns middle managers often fall victim to
  • Why self-awareness propels leadership capabilities
  • What 4 specific behaviors increase self-awareness
  • How successful managers proactively reinvent

 

Dan Gallagher's Bio

Dan Gallagher has fifteen years of experience in leadership and organizational development roles with Comcast, Commerce Bank, Hay Group, Cahners Publishing, and Saint Joseph’s University. Since 2000, Dan has worked at Comcast and is now the Vice President of Learning and Development. In this role he is responsible for the training strategy for 15,000 employees.

Dan attended Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, served as The Hawk Mascot, and completed a master’s degree in training and organizational development.

In 2006, Dan co-founded Generous Generations, a non-profit organization that promotes generosity by connecting families with service opportunities.  Dan is a 2008 LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Fellow and has served on their board.

Dan initiated the first ever SJU National Day of Service (2008) which today attracts 1000 volunteers annually. In 2010, SJU presented Dan with the Ignatius Award for his ongoing commitment to service.

 

 

October 12, 2013


Topic: Keeping Your Job Search Vibrant and Effective

Speaker: Amy Dinning

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Join Amy as she walks us through the five stages in the job search funnel. You will discover the activities critical to each stage and the tools/resources you will need at each stage. This interactive workshop will give you new ideas, motivation and make your job search even more effective!

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • The five stages of the job search funnel
  • The critical activities to engage in during each stage of the job search funnel
  • The important tools and resources at each stage of the job search funnel
  • Some details about the tools and resources

 

Amy Dinning's Bio

Amy Dinning is a Senior Training and Talent Development Leader with extensive experience working with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering talent and training solutions designed to support the organization’s business plan.  Currently, Amy is serving as Manager of Leadership and Talent Development for Saint-Gobain North America.  She is responsible for leadership, talent and people development for 19,000 employees.  She created and is the Chief Facilitator of Jump Start Your Job Search Workshops offered in April and October.  

Click here to view Amy Dinning's presentation.

Click here to view some of the information that was gathered on the flip charts.

 

 

September 14, 2013

 

Topic: Achieving Success in Career Transition Through Mentoring

Speaker: Dr. Veronica Maria Godshalk

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The concept of mentoring will be discussed from the perspective of both personal and professional development. What is mentoring? How do you find a mentor, and how can you be a mentor? What is the role of networking and/or education? The outcome of the seminar is to develop a game plan for using mentoring to aid your career development.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Various kinds of mentoring relationships
  • Opportunities to use mentoring to develop your career
  • Pay it forward: what mentoring others does for you

 

  Dr. Veronica Godshalk's Bio

Veronica (Ronnie) M. Godshalk received her B.S. in Design & Merchandising from Drexel University, and her M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Godshalk earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Drexel University with a focus on Organizational Behavior and Strategic Management. Dr. Godshalk’s research interests include issues surrounding career management and mentoring. She has published over forty articles, books, and book chapters. In 2010, she published a 4th edition of Career Management, with Jeff Greenhaus and Gerry Callanan.

She is an active member in the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Godshalk had worked in the computer industry in sales and sales management prior to entering academia, and has been a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies.

 

 

July 13, 2013

Topic: Finding a “Fit,” Not Just a Job – Using DiSC Behavior Styles as a Job Search Tool

Speaker: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Job seekers are increasingly being asked to illustrate their transferable skills and how they fit into the corporate culture of prospective employers.  By understanding your own preferences, and comparing them to the needs of the employer, you are more likely to find a “fit.”  

So how do you assess your own style?  Or the style of the employer? 

Fortunately, you don’t need an advanced degree in organizational psychology to figure this out.  There are clues to look for and questions you can ask that will help you determine that information. 

Attend this program to learn how!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify your primary behavior style
  • How to determine the culture of an organization (not just what’s on their web page!)
  • Factors that determine the primary organizational style (and whether or not you are a fit)
  • Identify ways you can flex your style to better communicate with all kinds of people

 

  Theresa Hummel-Krallinger's Bio

Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is a well-respected corporate trainer and performance consultant, but it’s her work as a humorist and motivational speaker that sets her apart.  Known for her lively and interactive presentation style, she is a frequently requested speaker on topics of employee morale, professional development, performance improvement and workplace communications.  Her experience as a professional stand-up comedian enables her to add fun and humor to her consulting and training work.

No stranger to the corporate world, Theresa brings over 25 years practical business experience.  Currently President of High Five Performance, Inc., she is highly regarded for her ability to help organizations implement meaningful performance enhancement processes that improve morale and achieve financial results.

Link to supplemental document

Link to Theresa's Presentation

 

June 8, 2013

Topic: Finding Work You Are Passionate About In Organizations That Share Your Values

Speaker: Brian Fishbone

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The purpose of this seminar is to give you the tools to pursue work that you are passionate about and find organizations that share your values. 

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Use reflective thinking exercises to uncover your passion.
  • Define the look and feel of your ideal work experience.
  • Explore your personal values.
  • Find organizations whose values are in alignment with yours and in which you can thrive.

As a global educator who has taught management and human resources at the university level, and who has developed, delivered, and managed e-learning and facilitator-led learning programs for multinational corporations, Brian is at his best when he is helping individuals do, be, and feel better. He is passionate about education, community building, and entrepreneurship.

He has taught business and English classes in Seoul, Korea and now serves as an Instructional Designer for Vanguard, where he develops leadership and HR training.  In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor of business administration and human resources at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.


May 11, 2013

 

Topic: The Art of Networking

Speaker: Cynthia Ericson

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

We will explore what networking is and discuss examples.  We will also come to understand why is it so vitally important that we not only master networking but that we incorporate it into our daily lives.  We will learn how to develop the networking game plan which includes:  visibility, relationships, giving back, communication, diversity, the elevator speech, practice and contacts.  We will discuss why it must become a way of life which will include hello, multi-dimentional you, listen, share, stretch the comfort zone and no expectations.  Finally we will learn how to incorporate social media, specifically, facebook and linked in, into “The Art of Networking!”

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What is Networking?
  • Developing your Game Plan
  • Networking – A Way of Life!
  • Using Social Media /  Facebook & Linked In 

 

Cynthia Dawn Ericson is a lifelong resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Widener University with a B.A. in Political Science / Pre-Law, honors 1983 and 1984. She also received professional training from the Central Atlantic School of Commercial Lending and the Central Atlantic School of Banking at Bucknell University. With over 25 years of experience in marketing, within financial services in both banking and insurance, she began her own marketing consulting business "Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions" in 2008.  www.ericsonsms.com.  Her experience also includes CoreStates Bank, American International Group (AIG), and Continental American Life Insurance Company. In 2008 Cynthia developed two weekly radio shows on WCHE 1520AM, "This Week in Business" and "This Week in Service".  Cynthia also created The Stephen Chandler Ericson Foundation in December 2010, a non-profit focused upon youth education in memory of her brother Stephen.

 

 

April 13, 2013

Topic: Selling Yourself.  It's NOT an Option

Speaker: Todd Cohen

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

In this highly interactive and entertaining professional speaker and author Todd Cohen will walk us through how to sell the most precious thing we all have – ourselves! In today’s tight and competitive job market being technically good is not good enough you get you the job you want.  You MUST be able to think about your job campaign as a sales campaign and using your skills to sell yourself.  Whether you are employed underemployed or in transition this is a must attend session and a “wake up call” to everyone to think differently about how you approach your career.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to be proactive about your job search campaign
  • How to use sales skills and get the job you want
  • How to create a sales value proposition that sells you
  • How to create a virtual sales team that advocates for you
  • How to create a Relationship Portability ™ Index that works for you

 

Todd Cohen Todd Cohen's Bio

Todd Cohen works with all professionals who want to create a sales culture so that more sales happen. Since 1984, Todd has coached and led sales teams to deliver more than $500 million in revenue for leading companies including Xerox, Gartner Group, Pensare, Thomson-Reuters, and LexisNexis.
 
As the Principal of SalesLeader LLC, Todd inspires, advises, and builds high performance sales teams that produce outstanding results. He also provides strategic oversight and serves as executive sales coach and advisor to clients ranging from small, rapidly growing start-ups to well-established, large corporations. 

Todd has been active in the American Cancer Society as well as several other charitable organizations. Todd holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Temple University.

 

March 9, 2013

Topic: How to Manage Your Career Using Social Media

Speaker: Matt Levy

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

 

  • Because only 3% of jobs make it onto the big job boards . . .
  • Because an average of 300 candidates apply to the those jobs . . .

      AND

  • Because 75% of jobs are filled through networking . . .
  • Social media enhances your ability to network effectively . . .
  • I would rather spend more time hanging out at the social media ”party!”

In this discussion, Matt will provide an introduction to the “wireless world” of social media (including but not limited to: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Blogging) to augment your job search and therefore effectively network your way into your next position!

 

Matt Levy Matt Levy's Bio

Matthew Levy is a well-rounded HR professional, career coach, keynote speaker and author with fifteen years of broad experience in both specialist (e.g., recruiting) and generalist (e.g., HR business partner) roles at blue-chip companies, including Merck, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. 

Matt is founder and President of a career coaching practice, Corner Office Career Coaching.  Matt works one-on-one with professionals, executives and students providing them with customized solutions to their career challenges.  As a 20-year corporate HR professional with a large network who has also successfully conducted his own effective, cutting-edge job search, he is well qualified to help others reach their career goals.  His job seeker blog has received 60,000 visitors and his articles have been run by nationally recognized job search and career management websites and guides. 

Matt works full time as a Global Human Resources Lead for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development. Prior to J&J, Matt relocated his family to Southern California to take a position with Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company, where he led the talent acquisition function for Amgen’s commercial operations and corporate staff groups. 

Click here for Matt Levy's presentation.

 

February 9, 2013

Topic: 10 Vital Strategies To Maximize Your Career Success!

Speaker: Ford Myers

Location: Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

What if you could discover the "secrets" that determine who will reach full potential in their career, and who will not? That's exactly what this powerful presentation will reveal. Real success is achieved not just in knowing these "insider strategies," but in applying them in a consistent, systematic manner.

Career expert and author Ford R. Myers will show you exactly how to leverage these 10 powerful strategies, to help you move your career forward – no matter what level you've already achieved in your profession.

Ford Myers' Bio

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Career Potential also works with leading companies that are committed to developing and retaining premium talent. Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, and he has conducted presentations at numerous companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs across the country. He is author of two books: The Ultimate Career Guide and Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. More information is available at: careerpotential.com and fordmyers.com.

Click here for Ford's presentation.

 

 

January 12, 2013

Topic: News You Can Use: Job Seeking

Speaker: Brian Wiggins - Philadelphia Business Journal

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

The job market has changed: the PBJ can show you how to change your approach to uncover the “hidden” job market, something that employment experts estimate comprises over 70% of the entire market.  This seminar will show you how to find the jobs that aren’t listed.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to use the Business Journal as a job seeking tool
  • Best practices how to execute on the information in the stories
  • Strategies on how to make yourself stand out from the crowd

Brian Wiggins Bio

Brian Wiggins is the Audience Development Director for the PBJ, where he leads the outbound marketing efforts and social media strategies.  At the Business Journal, he started the Small Business Expo, now entering its third year, and other programs, such as the Social Media Stars Awards. Additionally, he has taught advertising at the collegiate level, and is a requested speaker on job-seeking strategies.  A graduate of La Salle University (BA) and Strayer University (MBA), he currently resides in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife, Joanne,  and their Labrador, Owen.  When not at work at the Business Journal, he can be found working the grill in his backyard or dangling off of a cliff somewhere in New York state.

 

No December 2012 meeting

 

November 10, 2012

Topic:  Unlocking Potential: Visioning Pathways to Positive Change

Speaker: Margaret Ruff

Location: Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Is your job search stuck? Are you feeling a little unsettled?  Do you need a little inspiration?  Get ready for a new perspective! This workshop will provide you with stories of transition transformations and show you how to conquer the natural instincts that we all possess to self-protect and resist change. Recast these instincts and regain your forward momentum!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Behaviors that undermine your career aspirations
  • Goal-setting strategies for getting to the core of what is most important to you
  • Inspiration for overcoming obstacles and finding passion in work and life
  • How your self-talk can impact your transformation
  • Where to turn for additional resources and support

 

Margaret Ruff's Bio

Margaret Ruff, M.S. Ed. is a consultant and Certified Immunity to Change ™ Coach via the Minds At Work Coach Certification Program. She is the owner of Margaret Ruff Consulting and provides adult learners with individual coaching and workshop seminars. Margaret is a former elementary education teacher, school administrator and graduate of University of Connecticut’s Executive Leadership Program. 

Margaret Ruff is no relation to our president Bart Ruff.

 

October 13, 2012

Topic:  The Ideal Employee: How to Hire One, How to Be One

Speaker: Dr. Denise Potosky

Location: Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

Despite different types and sizes of organizations, executives interviewed about the qualities they admire most in employees responded very similarly.  The Ideal Employee is enthusiastic, open to new experiences, adaptable, and honest. How are candidates best judged for these characteristics during job interviews?

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Characteristics of the Ideal Employee
  • Employers’ perspectives on screening job applicants and conducting hiring interviews
  • How job applicants can relate their best qualities to potential employers’ expectations
  • Communication strategies for interviewees

 

Dr. Denise Potosky's Bio

A professor at Penn State Great Valley and a Penn State alumna, Denise Potosky teaches courses in leadership communication, human resources and global intercultural management. Her research interests include staffing and selection, web-based assessments, leadership and cross-cultural adaption.  She has published her research in several leading journals and has won numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholar Research Award in the Alsace Region of France, during which she conducted the research that is presented in this talk.  She received a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from  Rutgers University, a masters in communication from the University of Delaware, and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.

 

 

September 8, 2012

Topic: Tools to Stay Organized During the Job Search

Speaker: J.B. Carl

Location: Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

A job search can be overwhelming. It’s easy to lose track of the people you’ve contacted, the jobs to which you’ve submitted applications, and all the follow-ups that go along with it. Join us to learn lots of easy tricks to keep your job search organized and productive while maintaining your sanity.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Ability to stay on top of all applications, follow-up activities, and status
  • Effectively track all recruiter referrals and communications
  • Understand the value of tracking target companies and setting alerts, and why you need to do both
  • Benefit of using templates to create the perfect resume and cover letter specific to each opportunity without reinventing the wheel each time
  • Tips to keep your sanity through the whole transition process

 

JB Carl's Bio

JB Carl is a proud member of My Career Transitions, and joined the group in August 2010 when she was unexpectedly downsized. All the tools and tricks shared in this presentation were developed during a four month transition period, in which her job search yielded 1,087 emails, 89 online job applications, 29 recruiter referrals, and countless phone calls. That’s a lot to manage, and these tools kept her focused and productive. JB is currently the Director of Corporate Marketing Services at a managed care organization in the Philadelphia area and serves as Program Chair on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association. Although happily re-employed, JB still finds tremendous value and comfort in the MCT community and continues to participate as often as possible.

Click here for JB's presentation. 

Click here for JB's sample recruiter tracking sheet. 

Click here forJB's sample application tracking sheet.

 

July 14, 2012

Topic: Choosing a Response to Workplace Change

Speaker: Richard McKnight, Ph.D.

Location: Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

This highly participative and engaging presentation will benefit anyone whose workplace is in the throes of change or who is dealing with the personal aftermath of workplace change.

Drawing lessons from 30 years of experience as an organizational consultant and executive coach, Rick McKnight spells out a simple choice: at work—or anywhere else—you can be a Victim, a Survivor, or a Navigator. Dealing with workplace change as a Victim means some form of fight or flight. Being a Survivor is better, but tends to lead to burnout. It’s the stance and behaviors of the Navigator that enable one to make the best of change. Come and learn how to function in the Navigator mode!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Stress, Organizational Change, And Productivity: How They Interrelate
  • Identifying Sources of Organizational Stress
  • Optimal Stress: What It Is and Why it’s Important
  • The Three Choices for Dealing With Change: Victim, Survivor, Or Navigator
  • Coping with the stress of change
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Action Planning

 

Richard McKnight, Ph.D.'s Bio

Richard (Rick) McKnight, Ph.D. is the author of Victim, Survivor, or Navigator: Choosing a Response to Workplace Change and co-author of Leading Strategy Execution. For the five years prior to founding McKnight • Kaney, he was VP, Organizational Consulting at Right Management. Rick is a member of The Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. He writes a regular column for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

 

 

June 9, 2012

Topic: How to Ace the Interview

Speaker: Sandra Ford

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

As both a career coach and former executive recruiter, Sandra provides a unique insider’s perspective on the best ways to master the interview process. She will offer key strategies, valuable tips, and practical ideas to help job seekers win job offers through successful interviewing techniques. Members will learn how to confidently present themselves, answer difficult questions, and anticipate roadblocks.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to be effectively prepared. The interview is much more than the time actually spent in the meeting.
  • Key ingredients of the interview and how to handle them
  • Know what to expect and how to conquer the process
  • How to manage different types of interviews
  • Critical questions you must be comfortable answering and key questions to ask
  • Style and presentation suggestions that will differentiate you

 

 Sandra Ford's Bio

Sandra Ford has over 15 years of experience in the career industry. She is currently Executive Vice President and Senior Partner with Kelleher Associates, a career transition and executive coaching firm.  Previously she was CEO for The Ford Group, Inc., a national “boutique” retained executive search and consulting firm, where her recruiting clients included some of the world’s top organizations such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Dell Computer, Johnson & Johnson, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Ford Motor Company, Ernst & Young/CapGemini, and MCI Communications/Verizon Communications. Prior to founding The Ford Group, Inc., Sandra was a Principal with Korn/Ferry International, one of the world’s largest retained executive search firms. Leveraging her first hand expertise in both executive recruitment and career consulting, Sandra’s clients in transition benefit from her unique perspective on conducting effective, accelerated job search campaigns.

Sandra’s earlier career included positions in senior management with the global management consulting firms of KPMG, Hay Management Consultants and Laventhol & Horwath,  She also began her career with KPMG as an auditor and is still a licensed, but not practicing, CPA.

Sandra earned her Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with highest honors, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (accounting emphasis) degree from Penn State University, graduating magna cum laude.  She is a die hard Nittany Lion fan and bleeds blue and white! She is also involved in various alumni organizations for Penn and Penn State, and has served on a number of Nonprofit and Community Boards. Most recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to view Sandra's presenation.

 

May 12, 2012

Topic: Job Search Tips from a Recruiter

Speaker: Marcia O'Connor

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor:  Penn State Great Vally Alumni Society

Are you confused about the role of recruiters and how best to work with them?  Marcia Zaruba O’Connor, Founder and Presedent of The O'Connor Group, a professional search organization, will explain the recruiters’ perspectives during job search.  People in job transition will be able to leverage this information to their advantage and work more effectively with these job-sourcing, job-placement experts. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • misconceptions vs. reality—what is actually entailed in being a recruiter
  • understanding the motivations of and points of interest to recruiters
  • how to (ethically) position yourself to be of interest to recruiters
  • how to use social networking sites to access high-quality recruiters
  • recruiting firms that are trustworthy and have integrity
  • step-by-step procedures for engaging and working effectively with recruiters

Attendees will leave the session with a solid understanding of and practical advice on better negotiating the process of utilizing recruiters to their advantage.  The result will be improved interactions and outcomes for both candidates and recruiters. 

 

Marcia O'Connor's Bio

Marcia Zaruba O’Connor is the Founder and President of The O’Connor Group, a leading provider of retained professional search, total talent and human resource outsourcing solutions.  In 2011, she was recognized the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses by the Philadelphia Business Journal.  In 2009 she was recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business.

Marcia is Past-President of the Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of SHRM. Marcia serves on the Accounting Advisory Board at Widener University and the Human Resource Development Advisory Board for Villanova University.  Marcia is also on the leadership committee for the United Way: Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow and on the board for the Great Guy’s Group, a non-profit that offers diverse assistance to patients and families burdened by cancer.

Marcia graduated from Widener University with a BS degree in accounting and an MS degree in human organization development from Villanova University.

Click here to open a copy of Marcia's presentation.

 

April 14, 2012

Topic:  Employment Transition: Preparing for Change, Maintaining Financial Security during Employment Transitions

Speakers:  Andrew Babson and Colin Law

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor:  Penn State Great Vally Alumni Society

 

People experiencing an employment transition will learn essential survival skills to keep their financial houses in order and preserve their current way of life as much as possible.

At this workshop, you will learn about:

  • Maintaining Financial security when unemployed
  • Securing your Health Insurance
  • Group/Personal Life Insurance options
  • What to do when you have a new job

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Develop Essential survival skills to keep your financial house in order
  • Create an action plan to retake control of your life
  • Preserve your lifestyle during a transition

 

Andrew Babson & Colin Law's Bios

Andrew and Colin both work at Independence Wealth Strategies.   Their business philosophies are to provide families and business owners with assistance in building their financial freedom. They have the skills, knowledge and experience required to help meet their client’s established goals. Their personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for each and every client.

Andrew and Colin are both licensed to sell Life & Health Insurance within the tri-state area and other surrounding states providing products and services including but not limited to various funds and annuities, various insurance products, and financial strategies.

Andrew is a Board Member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Business Advisory Council, Co-Chairman of the Gotham Networking Group, Philadelphia Chapter and Volunteer at PAWS.

Colin is a Member Swedesboro Woolwich Soccer Association and Financial Planning Association.

 

 

March 10, 2012

Topic: New Perspectives on Your Job Search

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Does it seem like there is nothing new under the sun?  Resumes, networking, interviewing… they still remain an important part of the job search.  Technology has simply added more ways of researching opportunities and building new relationships but employers now expect prospective employees to be well informed before the interview.  It is no wonder that a prolonged job search can take a toll on even the most resilient of people.  Even a single rejection can create subtle behaviors that can harm the success of the search.  This workshop will guide participants through the steps of assessing the effectiveness of their job search, make decisions regarding usage of resources, and set achievable goals for the Year.  Methods to maintain overall mental health during the job search will also be presented.  Participants will gain new perspectives on the process while regaining control and adding momentum.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to assess the effectiveness of their job search
  • How to set achievable goals and use resources efficiently
  • How to sustain their search by managing their emotional health

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Bonner has more than 25 years of experience as a career program director/counselor in various settings. She has spent the last eight years as the Director of Alumni Career Services at Penn State where she provides career counseling, job search and networking assistance to all alumni. She holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from Millersville University.

 

 

February 11, 201

Topic:  How Personality Type Affects Job Satisfaction

Speaker:  Sue Kaiden

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

If you're feeling unhappy with your job, you have lots of company.  In a time of high unemployment, a recent survey by the Conference Board showed just 45 percent of Americans said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their work, putting US job satisfaction at its lowest level in two decades.  The survey concluded that “Americans of all ages and income brackets continue to grow increasingly unhappy at work." 

There are many factors that affect job satisfaction, but research shows that being in a job or work environment that is a poor fit for your personality type is one of the most common reasons people are unhappy at work.  Being in the wrong work environment or occupation can be like writing with your left hand when you’re right handed – it’s doesn’t feel comfortable and it’s very hard to do. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How personality type affects job satisfaction
  • Identify your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • What type of work environments are the best fit for your personality type
  • What natural talents are typical for people with your personality type
  • Most common occupations for people with your personality type
  • Why you may have been unhappy in previous positions

 

Sue Kaiden's Bio

Sue Kaiden has 20 years management experience in the healthcare and non-profit sectors.  She holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS from Miami University (Ohio).  Sue is a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner as well as a Six Sigma Black Belt. 

In 2003, she founded GetWorks, a job search support group held at Media Presbyterian Church that is now a chapter of Joseph’s People, Ltd.  Through this program and her coaching practice, CareerEdge, she has helped hundreds of people find meaningful work.  

Sue works in close partnership with clients to provide personalized career guidance and practical approaches that will allow them to achieve their employment goals.  Focusing first on “the person, not the resume,” she utilizes a variety of tools to help individuals identify the career and work environment that fits their values, interests, personality and skills.

Click here to open a copy of Sue's presentation.

 

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January 14, 2012

Topic: Be Discovered.  Get Hired: Fully Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

Speaker: Matt Levy

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

There is no denying the importance of leveraging LinkedIn for one’s job search however; this is not just another LinkedIn presentation. According to Matt, "When someone reads your LinkedIn profile, your brand should immediately stand out to them.” This is what makes you unique and different and allows you to outshine your competition. If your LinkedIn profile is generic or ordinary, then you will be invisible to the hiring managers and recruiters that continually mine LinkedIn.”

During this interactive presentation, Matt will show you how to take your profile from invisible to highly visible:

  • Increase your profile views
  • Get discovered by recruiters
  • Increase your connections
  • Create a recognizable brand

 

Please note that this session is not a LinkedIn beginner’s session, but is meant for intermediate users.  If you feel that you are still a LinkedIn beginner or are unsure, we recommend that you review LinkedIn’s built in on-line lessons.  To get to the lessons, click the More option in the linked top menu, then selecting Learning Center.  There are a number of lessons available under the Resources area on the left side of the screen.  Or click this link.

 

Matt Levy's Bio

Matt is founder and President of a career coaching practice, Corner Office Career Coaching.  Matt works one-on-one with professionals, executives and students providing them with customized solutions to their career challenges.  As a 20-year corporate HR professional with a large network who has also successfully conducted his own effective, cutting-edge job search, he is well qualified to help others reach their career goals.  His job seeker blog has received 40,000 visitors and his articles have been run by nationally recognized job search and career management websites and guides.  He also regularly gives speeches on career management and job search.

Matt can be reached at mlevy@cornerofficecoach.com or www.cornerofficecoach.com.    Click here to open a copy of Matt's presenation. 

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November 12, 2011

Topic: How I Landed

Panel: Marc Gravez, JB Carl, Michele Ritchie, Robert Murray, and John McGuigan  

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

                 Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

This panel will share "their story" of how they landed.  Learn the techniques and tools that were used to land their current jobs.

The panel includes:

Marc Gravez: Senior Technical Writer at Draeger

Jacqueline "JB" Carl: Genex Services, Inc., Director of Corporate Marketing

Michele Ritchie: Genex Services, Inc., Marketing and Communications Manager

Robert Murray:  Gamesa,Strategic Sourcing Manager

John McGuigan:  Kyriba Corporation, Director of Sales Operations

This will be an interactive session.  A question and answer session will be part of this event.

 

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October 8, 2011

Topic: Interactive Networking to Help You Make Successful Connections

Speaker: MCT Volunteers 

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA
Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Networking is the process of creating mutually beneficial relationships. Regardless of your industry or profession, networking represents the greatest potential for learning about new opportunities and landing gainful employment.

This will be an interactive seminar where you will:

  • learn practical tips and techniques for successful networking
  • put those tips into practice by networking on-site with fellow My Career Transitions members
  • use these strategies to improve your future networking experiences

Please come prepared with a Value Proposition or Positioning Statement. These are brief statements describing the type of work you are passionate about and what you can offer professionally.  

 

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September 10, 2011

Topic: Re-Discovering Your Career Passion

Speaker: Ford Myers

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Do you ever feel like you've lost touch with the enthusiasm and excitement you once felt about your career?

Remember when you were just starting-out at your first job, or you were a recent graduate? You probably thought that any job would be available to you; that every employer would want to hire you. You were excited about your prospects and believed that you had something wonderful to share. 

But now that you’ve been in the work-world for quite a while, and have had a series of jobs with several different companies, have you become cynical or resigned in your work-attitude? Are you unsure as to which direction to turn next? 

As a professional Career Coach, Ford has found that this loss of career passion and enthusiasm is very common – and it’s one of his most troubling observations.

To address this problem, Ford came up with a set of simple exercise which he uses with my clients. It helps them understand why this has happened to them, and what steps they need to take to re-discover their career passion. 

If you’re thinking, “It’s too late for me,” Ford would like to challenge you on that assumption. Allow him to show you how you really can re-discover the career of your dreams!

 

Ford Myers' Bio

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, and he has conducted presentations at many companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs across the country. He is author of two books: “Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” (published by John Wiley & Sons), and “The Ultimate Career Guide.” More information is available at: careerpotential.com and fordmyers.com

Here is a link to the Passions Handout that Ford provided.

 

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July 9, 2011

Topic: New Ways of Networking, Land Your Next Job Faster

Speaker: Samir Joshi

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Connecting with other people still lands the majority of jobs. That's why networking is so important – both online and face to face. The social web makes expanding your network even easier.

This is a special workshop on building, cultivating, and leveraging your online and personal connections. You'll learn how to connect the dots between the two to create a more effective job search.

Discover new tools. Apply new techniques. And put them to practical use in a workshop that promises to be engaging and interactive. Help yourself and others land a great job with a unique approach. To fully benefit from this meeting, you’ll want to list your target companies and recent contacts you’ve made. You can then enter this into www.careerinter.com so you can connect with each other, before the meeting.

 

By attending this session, you will learn,

  • Your social media strategy
  • Techniques for selecting the right on-line tools specific to your style
  • How to use technology to make your job search more productive.

 

Samir Joshi's Bio

Samir Joshi, has many years of successful experience as a Program Manager and IT leader. He implements technology solutions within large corporations to drive growth and reduce costs. He managed the launch and implemented multi-million dollar programs for Wyeth and MBNA. Samir earned his Master of Science in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Drexel University.

Samir is launching a new online social tool to help job seekers exchange career leads, privately. You can access it free of charge at www.careerinter.com.

 

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June 11, 2011

Topic: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume that works in 2011

Speaker: Matthew Levy

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

The landscape has changed. With many millions unemployed and many more under employed, the “old” methods of finding a job or advancing your career no longer hold true. You cannot simply wait for a company to hire you directly from a campus interview nor can you sit back and apply for jobs online. The odds are stacked against you.

In the new economy, you need a great resume. Strike that. You need an extraordinary resume that incorporates the most cutting edge techniques while eliminating old, tired recommendations from five or ten or more years ago that dates you.

During this interactive presentation, Matt will show you how to create a dynamic resume including:

  • Interactive discussion around Style, Length and Sections of a Resume
  • Placement of education and Inclusion of prior jobs
  • Use of Key Action words
  • What not to do on a resume

 

Matthew Levy's Bio

Matthew Levy is a well-rounded human resources executive at Johnson & Johnson, and a career coach, author and keynote speaker. Additionally, he is President and Founder of a career coaching practice, Corner Office Career Coaching. Matt works one on one with professionals and executives providing them with customized solutions to their career challenges. Matt also is an Executive Board Member of the Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society. His blog has been visited by 25,000 job seekers. Matt can be reached at mlevy@cornerofficecoach.com or www.cornerofficecoach.com.

 

 

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May 7, 2011

Topic: Acing the Interview - Closing the Deal: Preparing for Your Interview Like A Pro 

Speaker: Sue Kaiden

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Many job seekers spend hours honing their resume but little time prepping for the all important interview. Your resume gets you in the door, but the interview “closes the deal”. Join us to learn techniques that will help you thoroughly prepare for upcoming interviews.

By attending this session, you will learn,

  • The Top ten interview mistakes
  • Focusing the interview agenda
  • Dealing with difficult questions
  • Building rapport with the interviewer
  • The five questions you need to be prepared to answer
  • Phone interview techniques

 

Sue Kaiden's Bio

Sue Kaiden has over 25 years experience as an executive and management consultant in the healthcare, IT and non-profit sectors. In 2003, in response to a community need, Kaiden founded GetWorks, a job search support group for unemployed and underemployed people in Delaware County. Through this program and her coaching practice, CareerEdge, she has helped thousands of people find meaningful work.

Sue holds an MBA from Cornell University and is a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner. Sue has appeared on Fox 29 discussing “Job Satisfaction and Personality Type” and is frequently quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer and other area papers on career and job search topics.

Ace the Interview presentation

Interview prep handout

Interview prep form

 

April 9, 2011

Topic: Negotiation Strategies and Employment Agreements

Speaker: Joann L. Drust, Esquire

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

Today's corporate culture of mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, and whirlwind personnel changes can leave people feeling vulnerable about the future. Many people will experience this volatility first-hand and will be sure to want to protect against it, either before change happens to them, or most certainly when the time comes for their next career move.

By attending this session, you will learn,

  • Basics of employment law in Pennsylvania (state and federal)
  • Basics of contract law vis-a-vis employment relationship
  • “Proactive” negotiation tips
  • Basics of restrictive covenants (i.e., non-competes, non-solicits, non-disclosure,etc.)

 

Joann L. Drust's Bio

Joann L. Drust, Esquire is a 2010 Top Lawyer of the Main Line with nearly 25 years of legal experience in the fields of employment, labor, corporate and healthcare law. A seasoned trial attorney, Joann has represented hundreds of individual and institutional clients in cases ranging from labor disputes to professional negligence to civil rights. As a principal in the employment law firm, Transition Strategies, LLC, Joann brings her formidable trial skills and expertise in employment and health care compliance programs to a wide range of corporate and individual clients. Joann, a member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is admitted to practice before Pennsylvania’s state and federal courts. A native of Wilkes-Barre, Joann graduated from Cornell University, cum laude, and in 1987 earned her J.D. degree from Dickinson School of Law.

 

March 12, 2011

Topic: How to Keep Your Job Search Vibrant and Effective

Speaker: Amy Dinning

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

 Join Amy as she walks us through the five stages in the job search funnel. You will discover the activities critical to each stage and the tools/resources you will need at each stage. This interactive workshop will give you new ideas, motivation and make your job search even more effective!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • The five stages of the job search funnel
  • The critical activities to engage in during each stage of the job search funnel
  • The important tools and resources at each stage of the job search funnel
  • Some details about the tools and resources

 

Amy Dinning's Bio

Amy is a Senior Training and Development leader with extensive experience creating and facilitating professional development training to all levels of an organization. She is currently finishing a two year contract with AstraZeneca in the Clinical Education and Learning Department. Amy is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable environment that supports learning. She is actively involved with My Career Transitions as a facilitator of the Orientation sessions. She is also the creator and chief facilitator of Jump Start Your Job Search Workshops, workshops to provide help and hope to those in job transition offered twice a year in the local area. Amy has her Master’s degree from Penn State in Instructional Systems and Design. 

Supporting documenation:

Sample Networking Profile 

Sample Professional Bio 

Sample Target Company List 

Sample Networking Newsletter 

Amy's Presentation from March 2011  

 

 

February 12, 2011

Topic: You Are A Brand

Speaker: Bart Ruff

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

You Are A Brand - Think Like One in Your Job Search

Like it or not, you are a brand - even if you disagree, don't want to be, or do nothing about it. And instead of a big advertising budget, you probably only have your reputation, network, and a resume. Do you really understand what your brand is? Why should a company pick you? If you don't have a very clear answer to these questions, you need to stop and rethink your positioning before inefficiently spending more of your time and other resources.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • A different perspective on you, the brand.
  • A better understanding of the key attributes you offer an employer and how they view your brand compared to their many other brand choices.
  • A basic understanding of brand management and brand marketing, starting with some fun exercises and then bringing them in closer to look at individuals as brands.
  • A template to help you refine your own brand and a go to market strategy that focuses on the right types of jobs.

Link here to a copy of the template Bart used in his presentation so you can complete one for yourself.

 

Bart Ruff

Bart Ruff's Bio

 MyCareerTransitions leader, Bart Ruff, steps into the speaker role this month for his seminar on why you need to think of yourself as a brand. He has been in marketing since he was six years old. He was a Campus Brand Manager for Miller Beer, Director of Field Marketing at HBO, and most recently is Sr. Manager, Brand Development and Consumer Insight for Retail Brand Group, a division of Sodexo that creates and executes restaurant brands. He has an MBA and BS in Marketing from Penn State. After going through his own career transition, he founded a career group to help others, and then merged it into and grew the group into what is now called My Career Transitions, a not-for-profit organization that helps professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area navigate job loss/transition. He's passionate about building brands, marketing, and helping others.

 

 

January 8, 2011

Topic: New Year: New Perspectives

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

 

New Year: New Perspectives

New perspectives on the job search process to regain control and add momentum for the New Year.

Does it seem like there is nothing new under the sun? Resumes, networking, interviewing… they still remain an important part of the job search. Technology has simply added more ways of researching opportunities and building new relationships but employers now expect perspective employees to be informed about all aspects of the opportunity before the interview. It is no wonder that a prolonged job search can take a toll on even the most resilient of people. Even a single rejection can create subtle behaviors that can harm the success of the search. This workshop will guide participants through the steps of assessing the effectiveness of their job search, make decisions regarding usage of resources, and set achievable goals for the New Year. Methods to maintain overall mental health during the job search will also be presented. Participants will gain new perspectives on the process while regaining control and adding momentum for the New Year.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to assess the effectiveness of their job search
  • Set achievable goals and use resources efficiently
  • Sustain their search by managing their emotional health

 

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Bonner has more than 25 years of experience as a career program director/counselor in various settings. She has spent the last seven years as the Director of Alumni Career Services at Penn State where she provides career counseling, job search and networking assistance to all alumni. She holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from Millersville University.

 

 

November 13, 2010

Topic: Sustaining a Successful Career Search

Speaker: Thomas Rhoads

Sponsor/Location:  Montgomery County Community College (Central Campus)

 

 Separating the Noise and Nonsense from the Effective, Efficient, and Essential

Traditional job search methods, including well meaning advice offered by “experts” have not provided timely or satisfying career search results for most job seekers. With few job openings, job seekers continue to search for a year or more and the frustration and desperation often give way to seekers settling, and never recovering to the prosperity or satisfaction once enjoyed. If your intention is to achieve extraordinary results, then this is a must attend presentation to understand what may be missing in your search to finally get to the results you want. For people just entering job search, you are in luck, you will hear what you really need to hear to prepare and sustain your job exploration with a sense of control to produce efficient and effective results.

Attendees will obtain:

  • An understanding of ineffective and inefficient guidance and activities that are often promoted by job seeking websites, career counselors, and well-intentioned friends.
  • Insights to what job seekers can control and master that really does shift job search results.
  • Where to look to understand one’s true worth and value in the marketplace, and how this can change everything and exponentially increase possibility
  • Why traditional job search methods are failing job seekers in the “job-less” recovery.
  • The most important and imperative dialogues to master if one is truly accountable for their career search results.
  • How to become more charismatic and extraordinary at enrolling contacts in networking and interviewing.
  • How to sustain momentum in the search process.
  • Practices that eliminate noise, and practices that accelerate results.

Thomas Rhoads' Bio 

Thomas Rhoads has a unique perspective and ability to speak to job seekers that aligns their understanding, planning, and search to the results they truly want. He has enjoyed a 25year career that spans technical, management, and executive positions consulting myriad organizations: Federal (US EPA, US Navy, US Forest Service), State and local government and as a trusted advisor to leading organizations, for example, Clorox, Pepperidge Farm, Anheuser Bush, Harley Davidson, John Deere, IBM, XEROX). Tom has also founded an engineering consulting firm and several educational non-profit organizations. The silver thread throughout Tom’s career has been his enthusiasm toward mentoring, coaching and leadership development as he has consistently served as a champion for individual and organizational improvement. Tom’s transition into executive coaching was a natural response to fulfilling his passion for helping individuals and organizations achieve their potential. Tom serves as Chairman of the Chester County Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on the Board of Joseph’s People, an ecumenical volunteer support organization for job seekers with 10 members congregations across 5 area Counties. He is an advisor and executive coach to Franklin and Marshall College, Drexel University, and other educational organizations. Tom is Vice President of Innovational Services Career Transition Division, leading clients through the exploration of their innate abilities, passions and goals while providing executive coaching to unlock potential and cause breakthrough results in career transition and development. Tom has coached executives and professionals across the US and overseas.

Tom recently met with Governor Ed Rendell, PA Secretary of Labor and Industry Sandi Vito, and fellow members of the PA Workforce Investment Board. An innovative initiative championed by the Chester County WIB, the “Hire One” campaign was highlighted at the Legislative Update convened October 21 at Penn State Great Valley in which Undersecretary of Labor and Industry, Dr. Garraty announced a $300,000 Grant to support the Hire One campaign’s rapid response measures for dislocated workers. He can be reached at TRhoads@InnovationalServices.com

 

October 16, 2010

Topic: Regional Job Market: 2011 and Beyond

Location:  Eastern University, McInnis Auditorium, St. Davids, PA

Speaker: Phil Hopkins of Select Greater Philadelphia

 

Are you lovin’ your job or looking for one? A consultant in careers and employment, or charged with building your company’s workforce? Whatever your situation, our region’s job market will impact you. Get a glimpse of the future as Phil Hopkins, Vice President of Research for Select Greater Philadelphia tells us what is on the horizon!

We are pleased to announce the October My Career Transitions meeting will be in cooperation with Eastern University.

The event will be held in the McInnis Learning Center Auditorium (#19 on the map; first building after the bridge).

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September 11, 2010

Topic: Speed Networking!

Location:   Penn State, Brandywine Campus, Commons Bldg., 2nd Flr.

 

For our September meeting, we are excited to be holding our first full networking meeting. During the first part of the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet individuals with your area of expertise as we break down our large group into smaller groups. In the second half of our meeting, we will hold a speed networking workshop, where you will have the opportunity to speak with 10-12 people during the session. We encourage you to come prepared with a Value proposition or an Elevator speech for effective networking. Value propositions and elevator statements are brief summaries about the type of work you are passionate about and the value you bring to an organization.

First Session:

This will be a freeform format, where you will have the opportunity to interact freely with people within your area of expertise and related functions, such as Sales/Business Development, HR/Training/ Education, Scientific/Engineering and other groups. You can meet and share any information about recent events, trends, or networking opportunities.

Second Session:

During this workshop you will be given the opportunity to put your learnings about networking into practice. Speed networking is a series of brief, yet meaningful introductions where two individuals will be paired up and have the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak for about 3 minutes each. After time is up, the participants will move onto the next person and to new introductions. After the session is over, you will have had the opportunity to speak with approximately 8-12 people.

Many Thanks to our host, Penn State Brandywine in Media for providing our meeting space!

 

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July 10, 2010

Topic: Interviewing Skills

Speaker: Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu

Guest Host:  Cabrini College Alumni and the Cooperative and Career Development Department at Cabrini College

Location:  Cabrini College,  Widener Lecture Hall

 

The job interview is your own personal sales meeting. This session offers:

  •  practical advice on how to excel in a variety of different types of interviews including phone interviews, panel interviews, situational interviews, and behavioral interviews.
  • success strategies that should be incorporated into your interview documents.
  • discussion how to practice answering tough questions will be provided.

 

Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu's Bio: 

Meloney J. Sallie-Dosunmu is the Director of Training & Development for Thermo Fisher Scientific. BioPharma Services Division in Center Valley PA. in this global role, she and her team are responsible for training and development for 6,000 employees in the US, UK, Switzerland, India, Latin America and China. ThermoFisher Scientific, the world leader in science, provides analytical instruments, lab equipment, software and services to the scientific and pharmaceutical industries.

For over a decade, Meloney served as Senior Manager of Organizational Effectiveness & Talent at Just Born in Bethlehem, PA. In this capacity, she was responsible for oversight of Talent Management, which includes the employee life cycle from pre-hire to retire. Additionally, she served as the HR Business Partner for the Brand Development & Corporate Services Division, Direct to Consumer Division and the Finance Division.

In addition to her role in corporate leadership, Ms. Sallie-Dosunmu serves as an Adjunct Faculty for DeSales University, teaching both in the classroom and online in the ACCESS Program, which is an accelerated degree completion program for adults returning to school.

As an avid community activist, Meloney serves on the governing council for the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the United Way, the president of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School and president of the Liberty Bell Rotary Club in Allentown. Meloney is past president of Eastern PA Chapter of ASTD and co founder of the annual CEO Forum. Additional volunteer activities include SHRM of the Lehigh Valley, YWCA of Bethlehem Women Achieving New Directions (WAND) program and Union Baptist Church.

In 2009 Meloney received two prestigious awards including the Women of Distinction Award for Community Service from Girl Scouts, Greater Northeast Council and the Learning Leader Award for making an impact on Workplace Learning and Performance in Eastern Pa from the Eastern PA Chapter of ASTD.

Meloney has an MBA from Rosemont College and a Bachelors Degree in Counseling from Wilberforce University.

Link to Meloney's handout

Link to Meloney's presentation

 

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June 12, 2010

The MyCareerTransitions Meeting scheduled for June has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. A communication will be sent to our members via e-mail and an announcement through the LinkedIn group. Please check the MyCareerTransitions website in July for further details on the next meeting.

 

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May 8, 2010

Topic: Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring

Speaker: Ford R. Myers

Location: Villanova University, CEER Bldg., Room 001 (downstairs)

 

Today’s job market is the toughest since the Great Depression, and many of the challenges are here to stay. Even so, you CAN get the job you want – IF you apply fresh approaches to the search. Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring is a powerful seminar based on Ford Myers’ best-selling book by the same name.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to land a good job in the midst of an economic crisis
  • How to address the realities of this job market with real-world, actionable steps
  • How to see this economic downturn as a positive career opportunity
  • How to seize on job opportunities that aren’t posted yet
  • How to make yourself an instant asset to potential employers
  • How to clearly stand-out as the best candidate
  • How to “recession-proof” your career for the long term
  • And much more ...

Join career expert and speaker Ford R. Myers, while he maps the new world of job search and reveals essential strategies for your career success.

 

Ford R. Myers' Bio:

FORD R. MYERS is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles and interviews have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, and he has conducted presentations at numerous companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs across the country. He is author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, published by John Wiley & Sons. More information is available at: careerpotential.com and fordmyers.com.

 Link to Ford's Presentation

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April 10, 2010

Topic: Making Linked In Work For You

Speaker: Oliver Picher

Location:  Penn State, Brandywine Campus, Commons Bldg.

 

It’s easy to get started with LinkedIn. You add in a little bit of information about yourself and your past jobs, invite a few colleagues or perhaps accept a few invites, and there you are on LinkedIn.

So, what do you do next? How do you get beyond “being on LinkedIn” to “being successful through LinkedIn”?

In his presentation, Oliver Picher will share the three critical success factors that make a difference in your experience with LinkedIn. You will learn what makes a successful LinkedIn profile. You will understand the value of building LinkedIn connections that are aligned with your goals. You will see that most people fail with Linked because they fail to actively use it to build relationships.

Oliver will also discuss some ways you can use LinkedIn’s tools and features to accomplish your professional goals. You will come away from the presentation with a list of specific ideas that you can implement immediately.

Oliver Picher's Bio:

Oliver Picher helps people tell their story.

Oliver is founder and president of Visible Influence, LLC, a network of professionals dedicated to helping businesses, executives, and professionals make themselves more visible and attract more business.

Oliver has most recently been active in Content Marketing, using targeted and compelling original content to reach and engage potential clients and partners. His work with Basecamp Business and the Mid-Atlantic Capital Alliance has created a ground-breaking business events calendar “network” targeted at entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and professionals.

Oliver is also active in professional networking, conducting training and coaching sessions on LinkedIn and writing a regular column on Philadelphia networking at funwithnetworking.com.

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March 13, 2010

Topic: Develop Your Value Proposition

Speaker: My Career Transitions Team

Location:  Villanova, CEER Building, Room 001

 

This meeting of MyCareerTransitions will be all about YOU! In this crazy and competitive job market, you MUST have a compelling value proposition and this is much more than what is on your business card!

Come and be part of highly interactive and FUN series of workshops led by the entire MyCareerTransitions team that are all about helping YOU develop a winning value proposition and advancing your competitive edge.

Do NOT miss this one time chance to develop refine one of the most important components of your search-YOU.

 

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February 13, 2010

Topic: Franchising - Is It Right for You?

Speaker: Dan Citrenbaum

Location:  Villanova, CEER Building, Room 001

Dan is a franchise consultant, working with experienced business people to help them explore options in franchising.

His presentation will cover:

What are some different ways of owning your own business?

How to determine if franchising is right for you?

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of franchises?

Are there franchises that are safe to start in this type of economy?

What are some common misconceptions about franchising?

 

Dan Citrenbaum's Bio:

Dan has been involved in advising small business owners and managers for more than 25 years. He has helped thousands of business people realize their dreams of business ownership and controlling their own destiny.

Dan has a B.A. in Economics from Dickinson College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance.

 Dan's Presentation to MCT

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January 09, 2010

Topic: I Have Landed ...

Speaker: Come Learn How 5 Outstanding Professionals Found a Great Job

Panel:  Joe Chera, Syd Weinstein, Jerry Block, Sandy Sloyer, and Jerry Hampton

Location:  Villanova, CEER Building, Room 001

Link to meeting highlights...

Joe Chera's Bio:  Joe Chera is an accomplished sales, marketing, and business development executive, with over twenty five years of demonstrated success in growing Healthcare and Technology businesses. He is currently a Global Account Executive for Microsoft's Health & Life Sciences business. Prior to that, Joe held various senior management positions with such stellar companies as GE, Philips, Siemens, Acuson, BTG, and Covidien. He has been through 3 career transitions due to corporate restructuring, and lived to tell about it. Joe’s complete Linked In profile

 Syd Weinstein's Bio:  Sydney S. Weinstein brings over 25 years of technology and IT experience as a senior IT executive and strategist with the entrepreneurial experience necessary to grow companies. He was formally the CTO of SevenEcho, LLC, CIO for Patron Solutions, LP (A Comcast-Spectacor Company) and the founder of Datacomp Systems, Inc. and Myxa Corporation. With over 30 years experience in the IT field, he has helped start-ups and mid-sized companies develop IT strategies, architect products, and build manageable datacenters and global networks.

Syd was a pioneer in network security, firewall design and development, and business to business e-commerce. Along the way he has assisted Primavera Systems, CDNOW, Inside-the-Web, Looksmart, Half.com, Planalytics (Weatherplanner), Lenox, The Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and many others.

Syd is an adjunct associate professor at Villanova University. He has written on Networking, Security, Software Development and Systems Administration and holds a green belt certification in Six Sigma. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and the Society for Information Management.

Jerry Block's Bio:  Jerry Block is a Sales Director/Vice-president with BNY Mellon Wealth Management, where he actively works within the community developing and maintaining long term relationships. Utilizing his entrepreneurial spirit, prior to BNY Mellon, he managed his own consulting firm, which specialized in developing and executing effective business plans. Earlier in his career, he led sales organizations ranging in size from $2 million to $500 million, where he managed over 100 people and served as a company officer. His business acumen has provided a unique background for working within the financial sector.

Jerry is currently a professional member of and contributor to The Chester County Estate Planning Council, The Delaware County Estate Planning Council, the Business Leaders Network, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, and the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Sandy Sloyer's Bio:  Sandy Sloyer joined this recently merged food processing company in 2009. Previously, she led finance and accounting for divisions in ARAMARK’s Sports and Entertainment group. Prior to joining ARAMARK, she was the CFO for various national and regional organizations, mostly recently Cottman Transmissions, a national franchise organization with over 400 locations. Her career includes leading these companies through major initiatives, ownership changes or restructurings.

She began her career with the New York office of Price Waterhouse and is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her BA in Accounting and Music from Taylor University in Upland, IN and MBA from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Jerry Hampton's Bio:  Jerry Hampton is an accomplished employee benefit consultant. Since 1981 Jerry has helped clients maximize their investment in their human capital, working with leading companies including NutriSystem, Marsh McClennan, Swiss Life and AIG. His career has included work throughout the US, in Asia, the Caribbean and Europe, for companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to start-up organizations.

In May 2009 Jerry joined Innovative Benefit Planning to focus on medium sized companies and their employee benefit needs in the health, retirement and wealth creation areas. He is active in numerous associations including the Society For Human Resource Management and Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group.

Jerry resides in Moorestown, NJ with his wife and two children.

 

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December, 2009

No Meeting


Topic: Interview Mastery - Unveil Your Brilliance

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November 14, 2009

Speaker: Karen Huller, Charesume

Location:  Cinema in the Connelly Center at Villanova

Unlearn tactics that can increase interview anxiety, often requiring memorization, evasion or deception. Learn the strategies that improve your level of comfort and confidence, maximizing your chances of being offered favorable opportunities AND compensation packages. We will examine the agenda and perspective of the employer so that you can understand the intention of the interview and how to optimize the outcome.  Come prepared with the interview questions that have tripped you up in the past or the ones you fear the most.

Karen Huller Bio

Karen Huller founded Charésumé in 2006 to apply her six years of recruiting and executive search experience and other corporate experience to help job seekers develop their own true job security – their ability to transition.  The interaction Mrs. Huller had with candidates and hiring managers supplied an insightful education on how employers, including Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical and Financial Services companies, identify talent out of a vast pool of candidates. She gained deep familiarity with the phraseology and behavior that consistently aided candidates through the placement process to accepting an optimal offer. The coaching she provides is practical and procedural. Her clients are active participants, ensuring that they acquire the life skill of transitioning and confidence in their ability to manage their own career.

Since beginning Charésumé, Mrs. Huller continues to engage a variety of mentors and coaches, many of who are among her team of experts available to compliment Charésumé’s suite of services. She is a member of the Career Management Alliance and is certified by the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches as  a CPRW (Certified Professional Résumé Writer). Of most value to her clients, however, are her strategic partnerships with over 35 select recruiting firms and dozens of human resources professionals within hiring organizations.  Through these relationships, Mrs. Huller not only stays ahead of the curve of transition trends, but she is also able to make powerful recommendations for her brilliant clients.

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October 10, 2009

Topic: Philadelphia Business Journal 

Speakers: Bernard Dagenais & Lyn Kremer

Location Villanova University, CEER Bldg., Room 001

Philadelphia Business Journal Publisher Lyn Kremer and Editor Bernie Dagenais will show you how to navigate the paper to get a jump on job openings before they hit any other job hunting resource. Each week, the paper reports on local companies that are growing despite the economy, people moving on to bigger and better opportunities leaving job openings in their wake, and events and activities that help job seekers stand out from the crowd.  
This workshop will provide: 
- A how-to guide to finding leads for new and expanding businesses
- Insight that will help you look past the news to find openings before they’re announced
- Online and print tools to make great first impressions and build relationships with potential employers
- Archival research that will help you draft an informed cover letter or prepare for the interview better than the competition 
 
About the speakers:
Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal, has worked with newspapers for nearly 25 years. He reported and edited papers in Vermont before leaving for Washington, D.C. He worked for The Washington Times for six years and joined American City Business Journals, Philadelphia Business Journal’s parent company, in 2000 as editor of a technology journal. Since arriving in Philadelphia in November 2002, Bernie helped redesigned the paper, beefed up coverage government news and expanded web-based operations. The newspaper has won numerous awards under Dagenais, including the 2009 Society of American Business Editors and Writers “General Excellence” award.  
Lyn Kremer has been the publisher of Philadelphia Business Journal since January, 1992. She oversees the total operations of the paper including the advertising sales, editorial, circulation, production and finance. Under her leadership, the paper has introduced “Corporate Philanthropy Summit” and South Jersey 25 and Women of Distinction programs. Before joining the Philadelphia Business Journal, Lyn served as sales manager for Crain’s Chicago Business, the country’s largest regional business newsweekly. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Lyn has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from University of Florida and a master’s in Library Science from Florida State University.

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September 12, 2009
Topic: Personal Branding - You Are A Brand – Think Like One – with Bart Ruff
Speaker: Bart Ruff 
Location:  Villanova University, CEER Bldg., Room 001

Like it or not, you are a brand - even if you disagree, don't want to be, or do nothing about it. And instead of a big advertising budget, you probably only have your reputation, network, and a resume. Do you really understand what your brand is? Why should a company pick you? If you don't have a very clear answer to these questions, you need to stop and rethink your positioning before inefficiently spending more of your time and other resources.  
By attending this session, you will get:

 
A different perspective on you, the brand. 
A better understanding of the key attributes you offer an employer and how they view your brand compared to their many other brand choices 
A basic understanding of brand management and brand marketing, starting with some fun exercises and then bringing them in closer to look at individuals as brands 
A template to help you refine your own brand and a go to market strategy that focuses on the right types of jobs 
About the Speaker: 

 MyCareerTransitions leader, Bart Ruff, steps into the speaker role in September for his annual seminar on why you need to think of yourself as a brand. He has been in marketing since he was six years old. He was a Campus Brand Manager for Miller Beer, Director of Field Marketing at HBO, and most recently is Sr. Brand Manager for Retail Brand Group, a company that creates and executes restaurant brands. He has an MBA and BS in Marketing from Penn State. After going through his own career transition, he founded a career group to help others, and then merged it into and grew what is now called My Career Transitions, a not-for-profit organization that helps professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area navigate job loss/transition. He's passionate about building brands, marketing, and helping others.

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August, 2009

No meeting

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July 11, 2009

 

Topic: How to Stand-Out in a Very Competitive Job Market
Speaker: Ford Myers

The subtle differences in every step of the job search process determine who ultimately lands the job and who does not. This is especially true in a bad economy, when unemployment is high and the job market is so competitive. Learn key strategies to help you succeed in your job search. Discover tools to gain access to your target market. Delve into the planning process, and learn how to properly communicate your value to prospective employers. This presentation will show you how to stand-out as the candidate of choice, and get the offer!

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. Since 1992, he has been providing professional services in career consulting and executive coaching. After counseling thousands of individuals on their careers, Ford drew from his diverse experience to create Career Potential. Ford has served on the staffs of three prominent career management firms - Right Management Consultants, Manchester, and Lee Hecht Harrison, where he was Vice President, Director of Professional Services. In recognition of outstanding business contributions, both Right Management Consultants and Lee Hecht Harrison honored Ford with professional service awards - including the prestigious "President's Award." He is author of two books: "The Ultimate Career Guide" and "Get The Job You Want - Even When No One's Hiring" (John Wiley & Sons, May 2009). Ford's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development. He has studied extensively with The Coaches' Training Institute and National Training Laboratories. Ford is also a certified consultant for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis, Personal Directions and other career assessments.

SPONSOR: This month's meeting is sponsored in honor of the late George "Jordy" Weber.

If you would like to sponsor a meeting or honor someone, just let us know at mycareertransitions@gmail.com

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June 13, 2009

"Career Development & Social Media"

Speaker: Speaker Valeria Maltoni
 
What does it mean for a professional seeking career opportunities to have a blog and an online portfolio? How can companies recruit candidates in a more meaningful way? How do smart recruiters use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to find top talent?

Social media is perfect for career development as it allows professionals to show what they know and think, interact with peers and build connections, learn from others, find mentors, and build a personal brand - to be known. Recruitment can be an outcome of this involvement. Recruiters and to a lesser degree companies are starting to use social media to spot candidates. But it's not an overnight thing, it's a slow process. And it can be messy, if one is not careful or does not have a personal brand strategy and goals.

Speaker Valeria Maltoni helps businesses underst and how customers and communities have changed marketing, public relations, and communications - and how to build value in this new environment. Her

Conversation Agent is recognized among the world's top online marketing blogs. As a communicator with 20 years of experience, 10 of which online, she specializes in marketing communications, customer dialogue, and brand management. She built one of the first online communities affiliated with Fast Company magazine - Company of Friends Philadelphia - one of MyCareerTransitions sponsors. Valeria’s deep experience across a broad array of mid-to-large sized companies in the technology, health care, manufacturing, risk management consulting, non-profit and public sectors provide a wealth of experience and insights.

 

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May 9, 2009

“A View from the Recruiters Seat”

With Adam Berman
Manager in Kreischer Miller’s Human Capital Resources

Join us for the May program of My Career Transitions as we welcome Adam Berman of Kreischer Miller!
Adam will share with us his view and perspective of the current job market and how professionals in career transition can best prepare themselves for the job of job search!
Adam will speak about the current thinking and methods of job search and share his tips and thoughts on how to make the best of this time.

Adam Berman’s Professional Bio:

Adam Berman is a Manager in Kreischer Miller’s Human Capital Resources group focused on building the Interim Executive Practice as well as assisting with executive search and other human resources consulting services. His commitment is to customer success, delivering the desired results in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Adam brings nearly a decade of professional staffing experience in a variety of roles to Kreischer Miller. Prior to joining Kreischer Miller, Adam’s role was leading the business development function in a firm focused on contract and direct placements within the pharma/biotech, engineering/construction and clinical research market sectors. He also ran the organization’s search group, developed business opportunities for engineering consultants and recruited for key clients. Prior to his staffing experience, Adam held a variety of leadership positions in higher education within student affairs divisions.
Adam is a board member of the Philadelphia Human Resources Planning Society and holds a leadership position with the Institute of Management
Accountants local chapter. He also actively participates in the Association of Corporate Growth and the MAC Alliance. He is frequently an invited speaker on Interim Executive Consulting to groups including Chempharma, the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, Execunet, The Financial Executives Networking Group, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

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April 18, 2009

Legal Aspects of Employment and Severance 
Speaker: Todd Ewan 
Speaker: Partner, Fisher & Porter, LLC 

Todd is a nationally known labor attorney. He will address the things that we as employees should be looking at and watching out for as we move through transition, and re-engagement in the labor force. He will offer tips and advice on how to evaluate separation and severance agreements. Todd will also talk with us about what rights we have as workers and how to make sure we protect ourselves.