The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky (UK) Alumni Association, and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development are pleased to announce the Winter/Spring 2020 Central Kentucky Job Club schedule.

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 (formerly Red Mile Place), 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 the UK 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 Meeting Schedule*

January 14: Job Search Q&A Session
Presented by Diane Kohler, MA, CCMC, Manager, UK Human Resources Career Development, Caroline Francis, Ed.S., CCC, BCC, CCSP, Director, UK Alumni Career Services & Amanda Schagane, MSEd, CCC, CCSCC, 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.


January 28: Are Job Offers Negotiable? How Much Are You Leaving on The Table?
Presented by John Kirn, MBA, 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.


February 11: Lifelong Learning 2020
Presented by Bob Callen, Assistant Manager, Lexington Public Library
emember 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.


February 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 immediately following Job Club for attendees.


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 immediately following Job Club for attendees.


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