Job Club announces Winter/Spring 2020 schedule

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce Job Club’s 2020 winter/spring schedule. The purpose of the Central Kentucky Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. The free group is open to the public and meets at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington, Kentucky. Business attire is encouraged. Convenient, free parking is available.

Job Club is for you if you are motivated and currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and introduced to Job Club attendees. For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette Cooperative Extension Services office at 859-257-5582 or the UK Human Resources Staff Career Development office at 859-257-9416. Additional information, including testimonials from former Job Club participants, can be viewed at www.ukalumni.net/jobclub.

Job Club Winter/Spring Meeting Schedule:

Jan. 14: Job Search Q&A Session — Presented by Diane Kohler, manager, UK Human Resources Career Development; Caroline Francis, director, UK Alumni Career Services; and Amanda Schagane, associate director, UK Alumni Career Services.
Now is a great time to step up your job search. Join our nationally certified career counselors as they share tips for the job search and answer your burning questions. Bring your job search-related questions for this session.

Jan. 28: Are Job Offers Negotiable? How Much Are You Leaving on the Table? — Presented by John Kirn, negotiation professor, UK Gatton College of Business & Economics.
If you do not negotiate job offers, over the course of your lifetime you could be leaving 1000’s of dollars on the table. Attend this session to learn how to get the most value out of your expertise.

Feb. 11: Lifelong Learning 2020 — Presented by Bob Callen, assistant manager, Lexington Public Library.
Remember the days when we sat in classrooms to learn a topic? Or had to travel to a special place to see a great speaker? It’s 2020, and all we need now an internet connection and a device to view content that helps us build our skill sets on topics from writing well to mastering software. Soft skills like conflict resolution and customer service are often just a click away. We’ll cover a few of these sites with an emphasis on free resources you can use to build your portfolio.

Feb. 25: Rad Resumes: Be Seen, Get the Interview and Rock Your Skills — Presented by Amanda Huddleston, executive vice president, People Plus Inc.
Wonder why you send resume after resume and never get a call? Ever wonder if it might just be your resume? With over 15+ years of reviewing resumes and candidates, Amanda will share tips on what to do, and what not to do, to take your resume from sad-to-rad! Join us as we have some fun and discuss tips and tricks to help set your resume apart from the rest of the job search pack.

March 10: LinkedIn, “WIIFM” What’s in It for Me? — Presented by Rodney Worrix, technical recruiter, TEKSystems.
During this presentation, we will discuss the benefits of an updated LinkedIn Profile and how to use LinkedIn to its fullest extent. We will discuss how to build a robust profile that stands out, fostering meaningful connections and industry news and trends.
*Free resume critiques for attendees immediately follows Job Club.

March 24: Presenting Your Best Self: Interviewing with Confidence — Presented by Zach Fuqua, Cooperative Education Program director, UK College of Engineering.
Do you get nervous about interviews? Do you feel you don’t always present yourself in the way you wanted? Let’s talk about that in this interactive session where will discuss tips and strategies to develop confidence and make sure you are able to present your best self.
*Free LinkedIn headshots for attendees immediately follows Job Club. 

April 14: How to Play the Job Search Game — Presented by Everett Bracken, CEO, VOLO Careers International Inc.
Did you know that external executive recruiters rarely post confidential and executive-banded recruiting assignments? Join us to learn how to play the job search game. Interview strategy will also be discussed.

April 28: Job Search Tips & Strategies from a Panel of Regional Recruiters and HR Professionals — This Job Club meeting will feature a panel of local HR professionals and recruiters. You will learn job search tips and strategies directly from those involved in the recruiting and hiring process. This is an opportunity to get your job search, application and hiring questions answered, so come prepared with questions for the panel.

May 12: Working for State Government: Insights into the Job Application Process — Presented by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.
Careers in public service are diverse, interesting and rewarding. They can allow you to truly make a difference in the communities that you serve. If you have a passion around serving your community while you grow your skills and your career, join the many employees across the Commonwealth who are finding perfect work opportunities and getting the satisfaction of touching lives and making a lasting impact. Please join the Division of Career Opportunities Overview of the external application process.

May 26: Panel of Job Club Success Stories — Back by popular demand, this annual program will be sure to inspire. Hear from former Job Club attendees on how they made successful job or career transitions, landed interviews and kept their spirits up during their search.


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