The University of Kentucky (UK) Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services, and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce the winter/spring 2018 Central Kentucky Job Club schedule.

The purpose of the 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. at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way (formerly Red Mile Place), Lexington, KY. 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 office at 859-257-5582, or the UK Staff Career Development Office at 859-257-9416. Additional information including testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at:

Job Club Meeting Schedule*:

January 9: Central Kentucky Job Club Anniversary Keynote Address – Presented by Kim Knopf, Sleep Outfitters Founder & CEO

*Central Kentucky Job Club 5th Anniversary Celebration*

Start the New Year off with inspiration from University of Kentucky alumni and Sleep Outfitters founder and CEO, Kim Knopf. The motivating story of Knopf’s success will provide insights on work-life balance and valuable career tips.

January 23: Transferable Skills - Presented by Diane Kohler UK HR Staff Career Development and Caroline Francis, UKAlumni Career Services

Not sure how to repackage and sell your years of career and life experience? Switching jobs or industries and want to be competitive? Attend today’s Job Club meeting to learn how to better identify your transferable skills and translate those into marketable talent for today’s world of work.

February 13: Update Your Resume for Todays’ Market– Presented by Caroline Francis, BCC, MCCUK Alumni Career Services

Has it been awhile since you have written a resume? Is your resume getting the results you want? Attend today’s workshop and learn how to craft and fine tune a resume that will make an impact with today’s employers.

February 27: Getting Noticed from a Recruiter’s Perspective - Presented by Greg Lyles, SPHR, Senior Consultant, Hanna Resources

Today’s presentation will take job seekers on a tour through LinkedIn and other social media platforms that are essential to success in today’s job search and world of work. Attendees will learn more about how important it is to have social media working at the optimum level.  Our speaker will also highlight some key areas of resume writing, particularly the “Summthary” and the “Objective.” 

*FREE resume reviews immediately following Job Club*

March 13: Pink or Not – Does the Color of the Slip Really Matter? – Presented by Brian Simmons, SHRM-CP, PHR, Senior Human Resources Advisor, CMI Human Resources Consulting

For nearly a century, American workers from all walks of life have lived in fear of one day receiving "pink slips" from their employers.  Today, some employees do not receive actual written notification of termination, dismissal, lay off or downsizing. This session will help those that have been “pink slipped” to learn the strategies and skills needed to succeed in the job search market. We’ll focus on managing the transitions and life events after an employment loss, regardless of how the relationship with the organization ended.

March 27: Social Media and Your Career – Presented by Madison Osborne, Senior Staffing Manager, OfficeTeam at Robert Half

Despite the popularity and continual growth of social media channels, misperceptions about these tools are common, especially when it comes to leveraging them for professional purposes. This presentation offers a crash course in using social media to advance your career. It provides specific tips on using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for business purposes; how to build and maintain your online networks; the finer points of social media etiquette; and how social media can help – or hurt – your job search.

April 10: An Insider Viewpoint on the UK Hiring Process– Presented by Sarah Bowes, Employment Director, UK HR

Guest presenter Sarah Bowes, from the University of Kentucky Human Resources Employment Department, will share strategies for applying to jobs at the University of Kentucky and how to more effectively utilize UK’s applicant tracking system.

April 24: Searching For Your Next Career Opportunity –It’s a (temporary) Full-time Job - Presented by Jon Caldwell, Senior Director, Talent Management & HR, Valvoline

Making a job or career change can be overwhelming.  However, if you treat your search like your day job, you’ll find the familiarity and discipline that comes with a routine to be helpful.  This session discloses how the behaviors that lead to success in the workplace – planning, analysis, communication, relationship building – also foster an efficient and effective search. 

May 8: The Hard Facts about Soft Skills - Presented by Greg Coker, President/CEO, The Institute for Soft Skills

While today’s employees are technically competent, they often lack what is commonly referred to as Soft Skills- Work Ready skills such as: communication, problem solving, customer service, teamwork, and conflict resolution. Employees know “things” but not “people.” They’re good at the “what” but not so good with the “who.” In fact, the most common feedback from employers, workforce development professionals and employment agencies is that while today’s employees are technically competent, they often lack the important “soft skills.” Now, more than ever, those in the workforce need a crash course on the Soft Skills!

May 22: 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.

* Snow Policy: If Fayette County Public Schools are closed or on a delay, Job Club will not meet.