The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Kentucky (UK) Alumni Association, and UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment are pleased to announce the fall 2020 Central Kentucky Job Club schedule. In an effort to continue to provide Job Club, an important community resource, while practicing responsible social distancing during the evolving COVID-19 situation, the fall schedule will be offered online via Zoom Webinar.
The purpose of 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 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 9:00–10:15 a.m. Job Club is for you if you are a motivated professional 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 Office at 859-257-5582 or UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment at 859-257-9555, Option 2. Additional information including testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at:

Job Club Meeting Schedule:

August 25: Game-Changing Job Search Strategies

Presented by Caroline Francis, Ed.S., CCC, BCC, CCSP, Director, UK Alumni Career Services & Amanda Schagane, MSEd, CCC, CCSCC, Associate Director, UK Alumni Career Services
Is COVID-19 stalling your job search efforts? Now is a great time to step up your game. Join our nationally certified career counselors as they share best practices for the job search.


September 8: Talking Talent: What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?

Presented by Audrey Bachman, Training Specialist, UK Human Resources
What are your strengths and weaknesses? This question can strike fear into the hearts of even seasoned job seekers. Knowing what you do best and why can help reduce the panic you feel when answering this common interview question. By the end of this session, participants will be able to create an inventory of talent, construct a summary statement of talent and discuss talents more effectively in workplace communication.


September 22: It's Not Me... It’s You" - Preparing for the Interview Process

Presented by Brad Patrick, Former Chief Human Resources Officer
Most job candidates thoroughly prepare for an interview by learning about the company, the job, and predicting the interview questions. We will discuss how consistently bad and poorly prepared most companies are in their hiring processes. If that is the case, what are the implications for this?

October 13: Know Your Worth! Negotiating Salary and Benefits

Presented by Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Career Coach, Your Career Collaborator
In this session, you will learn how to think strategically and to prepare a tactical plan for negotiating effective outcomes in a number of areas of your life, including your salary! You will
learn the importance of researching the parties and objectives, to use persuasive
communication, and to bargain for the desired outcome. This session will focus on the
importance of the emotional and substantive preparation before negotiating, on anticipating
and calibrating your interactions for an improved result, and how to handle deviations and
various obstacles to reach a successful conclusion. You will also learn the principle of “win-win”

October 27: How to Write a Job-Winning Resume
Presented by Caroline Francis, Ed.S., CCC, BCC, CCSP, Director of UK Alumni Career Services & Amanda Schagane, MSEd, CCC,CCSCC, Associate Director, UK Alumni Career Services
This presentation will help the audience build a solid resume foundation by addressing preferred
resume formats and how to target resume/skills to the specific position. Learn strategies to get
through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and highlight accomplishments.

November 10: Creating and Managing Meaningful Content on LinkedIn (& Other Career-Focused Platforms)

Presented by Drew Giovanazzi, Talent Acquisition Partner, The Forcht Group of Kentucky
This presentation focuses on how to maximize the efficacy of LinkedIn as a job seeking tool
while sharing greater insights to social media use from the perspective of a recruiter.

November 24: The Benefits of Working in Temporary Positions
Presented by Nicole Waite, Employment Specialist, UK Human Resources
This presentation is intended to give an overview of why working in temporary positions is
beneficial. Short-term and long-term benefits, goals, interviewing, and success stories will be

December 8: Thriving While Searching for Employment
Presented by Ann M Bassoni, LCSW, UK Work+Life Connections
Our jobs are much more than just the way we make a living. They influence how we see
ourselves, as well as the way others see us. Our jobs give us structure, purpose, and meaning.
That’s why job loss and unemployment is one of the most stressful things you can experience.
We will talk about ways to stay positive and keep your spirits up during a job search as well as
suggestions for coping with the stress of searching for a job.

Job Club Resource Packet
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Financial Resources

Managing Financial Stress
Protect yourself from COVID-19 scams
Trimming Expenses When Income Is Tight
Navigating Financial Uncertainty
Where Does Your Money Go?