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 2022 Central Kentucky Job Club schedule. Due to the outstanding success and reach in offering Job Club in an online format, this schedule and future schedules will be offered both in-person and online. For more information about UK’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, please visit The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service office is a UK facility, and all in-person attendees will be required to comply with UK’s COVID-19 policies while in the space.

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. at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington, KY. Business attire is encouraged. Convenient, free parking is available. 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 recordings from previous Job Club meetings and testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at:

Severe Weather Policy: In case of inclement weather, watch the Fayette Cooperative Extension website ( to determine if Job Club will meet in person or only be presented virtually.

Job Club Meeting Schedule:

August 9: Pathways Forward for Job Seekers: Overcome What's Keeping You Stressed, Struggling or Stuck

Presented by Debi Powell, MS, Founder/Owner, Breakthrough Consulting

Job seekers are in the midst of change. Some have been thrust in a new career direction by circumstances beyond their control. Some have chosen to explore new career possibilities. In this presentation, Debi uses real-life examples to identify roadblocks that slow us down or take us on unnecessary detours. These roadblocks include counterproductive thoughts, feeling and actions. Once we see them, we can avoid them. The best part? We don't have to do all the hard work alone. In fact, it's easier with others in our corner. We'll wrap up by exploring strategic pathways that can move us forward with direction and confidence.


August 23: Career Wellness Practices

Presented by Carla Hunter, President, Career Span, Inc.

Career wellbeing is imperative to thrive in today's chaotic and ever-changing world of work. It is strongest when one does “work” that achieves a purpose and engages you. Simply put, how we feel about work, current employment and future career prospects, can have a huge impact across our lives. We will discuss best practices to thrive in your career.


September 13: Kentucky’s Economic Outlook for Fall

Presented by Mike Clark, PhD, Director, Center for Business & Economic Research, Gatton College of Business & Economics, UK

Discover more about Kentucky’s economic recovery and how it impacts the workforce, employment, and state economic indicators.


September 27: How to Become a Job Whisperer: Effective Strategies to Engage Employers

Presented by Kimberly Wickert, MRC, CRC, RETAIN KY Director, Organizational Partnerships, Human Development Institute, UK

Learn how to communicate with employers through informational interviewing, job shadowing, employer and industry-based terminology and career mentoring.  This session will define the hidden job market and practices to learn about job openings before they are available to the public. 


October 11: Job Search Tips & Strategies from a Panel of Regional Recruiters and HR Professionals

This popular session will feature a panel of local HR professionals and recruiters. Acquire job search tips and strategies directly from those involved in the recruiting and hiring process. Use this opportunity to get your job search, application, and hiring inquiries answered, so come prepared with questions for the panel.


October 25: Strategies for Answering the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

Presented by Sarah Madison, MSHR, Talent Development Consultant, Coastal Cloud

Ace your next interview after this useful review of the most common interview questions you can face, giving you the perspective from the other side of the table. From what you say, to how you say it, the little things make a big difference!


November 8: LinkedIn Networking Tips: Making Meaningful Professional Connections to Grow Your Network

Presented by Ramla Osman, External Partnerships Associate, Lewis Honors College, UK

Maintaining a strong network is critical during the job search. Learn how to connect authentically and design a professional profile using LinkedIn. Tips on how to connect with those you don't know, but want to meet, and keyword searching will be included.


November 22: Salary Negotiation Strategy

Presented by Amanda Schagane, MSEd, CCC, CCSCC, CCTC, Associate Director, Alumni Career Services, UK

Don’t leave money on the table when you receive a job offer. Join us as we discuss negotiation conversation tactics, behavioral strategies, and share additional resources to negotiate your desired salary.


December 13: Be Strategic When Choosing Your Professional References

Presented by Caroline Francis, Ed.S., CCC, BCC, CCSP, CPRC, Director of Alumni Career Services, UK
Job seekers and career changers typically spend a great deal of time and effort on their actual job search but neglect strategically choosing and coaching their references. Learn how to put the icing on the cake and seal your next deal.

Job Club Resource Packet

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Previous Job Club Session Recordings

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LinkedIn Sharing Community

Join the "Central Kentucky Job Club – Sharing Community" on LinkedIn. As we receive timely job postings, we post them here. Employers and job seekers are also welcomed to join the community and post job leads.

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