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11 Afternoon Workshops starting at 12:30 p.m.
Attire to Hire – 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Fast Start Orientation – 5:00 p.m.
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Dinner Speaker, Sonia Simon
15 Evening workshops 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Al Smith – “New Changes to LinkedIn Revealed”

Al Smith, President, Managing Partner
Transition Sherpa LLC

LinkedIn has changed how you navigate their site. Key features once easy to find are now hidden under new menus. New capabilities have been added. Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn will keep the changes coming so don’t get caught behind. Join Al Smith as our keynote speaker to help us put all of this together for us so it works to our advantage.

Just having a LinkedIn profile is not enough. Your profile must be found within the first few pages when recruiters search for someone like you or else you never get a call. Al Smith will teach you step-by-step how to get found including real life “HIRED! Stories”. You will laugh (and groan) while learning invaluable lessons on how to get found, get interviews and get HIRED!

Al is co-author of the Amazon #1 Top Rated Job Search Manual, HIRED! Paths to Employment in the Social Media Era and has been an executive for seven companies in five industries. He has over 35 years of management, sales, marketing, training and coaching experience.

His proprietary “Words-to-WorkTM” keyword discovery methodology is the surest way to make it through the “Black Hole” of online resume submissions or applications while exponentially increasing profile views for the elusive Hidden Job Market. “If you don’t have the right words, in the right quantity, you won’t find work!”

Al’s creative presentations communicate complex material in readily understandable terms. Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” If correct, few know how to help candidates secure employment better than Al Smith.

Al is an engaging keynote speaker whose topics are numerous, entertaining and packed with insight.


First Time or Newer to RUMC Job Networking? Don’t miss the Orientation Fast Start Session. Our Job Networking events offer a great deal of information, which we know can overwhelm newcomers. We can help you understand what we have to offer and decide which events you’d like to try in our Orientation Fast Start Session at 5:00 p.m. Room B 233–237 “Dining Room”.

Attire to Hire – Interview Ready Clothing4:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you have an interview and need one piece for an outfit or an entire outfit, be certain to stop by the “clothing store” located on the lower level of Building B. There is no cost involved. Come and see what we can do to help you look your best!

Dinner Program –  Seating begins at 5:15 p.m. with serving to start at 5:30 p.m. Our dinner program is focused on developing your spiritual resume so you are not conducting your search alone! A donation of $3.00 for the dinner is appreciated; however, for those who are unable to contribute, the meal is on us. Our buffet may close around 6:15 p.m. so come early to hear our dinner speaker, Sonia Simon.


Detailed Agenda Below:

Notice: Bonus Afternoon Workshops prior to dinner and starting as early as 12:30 p.m. Pick one or two! No reservations needed. Also, reservations are not needed for dinner or other evening events.

Workshop #1 – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  – Crossroads Career “Mini” Workshop. Fast Paced, Dynamic and Comprehensive. Are you new in the job search process, or is your search stalled and you are not sure how to proceed? This session is for you! We will guide you through a 7 step process for seeking and finding a job, using the most effective and competitive methods. The content addresses both the spiritual and practical aspects of navigating a crossroads in your career. A donation of $5.00 is appreciated for the cost of materials. Led by Craig Simons and Wally Anderson. Room B 233–237 “Dining Room”.

Workshop #2 – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. – How to Change Negatives to Positives During Transition. Learn how to take care of yourself during the stress of job transition. We will arm you with proven tools for increasing and sustaining your resilience, motivation, and optimism. You will be provided with ways to minimize the “Big Three” – anger, anxiety and depression – that are often part of job search and career transition. In fact, you can replace negative thinking with faith, hope and trust. Led by Dr. Phil Sidwell. Room B 246-248.

Workshop #3 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Revolutionize Your Competitive Edge. Move your search from stalled to competing for opportunities. Learn the secret formula for jobs. Led by Reed Harvey. Room B 126.

Workshop #4 – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Boomer & Gen. X Job Search Strategies. This workshop is a must for job seekers age 45+. Amazon Best Selling Author, Al Smith, demonstrates how to uncover objections, overcome “ageism” (age discrimination) and explain how to use your “Value Proposition” to prove you are more marketable than candidates from younger generations.  Led by Al Smith, Room B 123-125.

Workshop #5 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – The Art of Buying the Right Business. A Business Ownership Boot Camp. Business ownership is not for everyone; choosing between an existing business or acquiring a franchise requires a proven process. There are over 4,000 different franchises, therefore, learning how to find the best match for your future is key. Led by Bill Williams. Room B 239.

Workshop #6 – 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. – How to Win in Your Job Search Every Time! This is a fast paced, hands-on, in your face workshop that produces results and job offers. HR people hate to be sold a candidate, but they love to buy winners. In a mere 1 1/2 hours you will acquire and have practiced with the tools and triggers that reassure employers that YOU are who they want to buy! You will WIN no matter the competition. Led by Dan Jourdan. Room B 242–244 “Trinity Café”.

Workshop #7 – 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. – Ten Steps to Building a Career You Can be PASSIONATE ABOUT!  Here is your chance to put it all together. You will learn to paint a picture and prepare yourself for what your next meaningful career move should be and then build a common sense game plan to get you there. You will leave this session pumped with enthusiasm, a new attitude and knowing you are truly in it to win it. Led by Dave Reddick. Room B 242-244 “Trinity Café”.

Workshop #8 – 3:45 to 4:50 p.m. – Why Should I Hire You? – The person with the most laser-sharp, crystal clear, powerful, dynamic, value laden, hypnotic, irresistible answer to that question is the one who is most likely going to get the job. You will learn how to answer that question. It is a brutally honest, straight forward….and funny presentation. You will come away with a different point of view….guaranteed! Led by Hal Coleman, Room B 246-248.

Workshop #9 – 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. – Hot Jobs / Many FREE Boot Camps for Job Training. This workshop is hosted by Emory University representativeHamid Arjmand. Learn how to leverage these potential government funded training opportunities to move to a new job or industry. Room B 239.

Workshop #10 – 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. – Learn About the Marketing Document! This is a most important tool in the marketing phase of the search process. Led by Reed Harvey. Room B 126.

Workshop #11 – 5:00 to 5:40 p.m. – First Time or Newer to RUMC Job Networking? Don’t miss the “Orientation Fast Start Session”. Our Job Networking events offer a great deal of information that we know can overwhelm newcomers. We can help you understand what we have to offer and decide which events you’d like to try in our Orientation Fast Start Session at 5:00 p.m., Room B 233-237 – Dining Room.


7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Evening Workshops

Employers & Educators – (E&E) – Learn about open job opportunities and educational programs available for job seekers from employers and educators. Fellowship Hall.

One-On-One Resume Review. Join with us in this session to have your resume reviewed by Career Management Consultants, Hiring Managers and Human Resource Professionals. Room B 246-248.

Interview Workshop. Richard Kirby leads this practical and “do not” miss interactive workshop on interviewing. Room B 239.

Resume Writing Workshop. Richard Morgan will lead this workshop teaching best practices for getting selected via your resume. Room B 131.

One-on-One LinkedIn Profile Review. Bring a pdf printed version of your LinkedIn profile (there is a pdf icon on your LinkedIn profile under Edit Your Profile). A robust profile increases your chances to be found for employment opportunities. Keith Warrick leads his team of LinkedIn Reviewers. Room 126.

Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile. Now that you have established your LinkedIn profile, how can you leverage it? This presentation is perfect for people who have completed their profile and want to understand how to use LinkedIn to amp up their job search. Led by LinkedIn Profile Review Team. Room B 123.

Mock Interview – Small Group Session (limited to 5 people). Join Cindee Sapoznik in a small group workshop designed for people who are starting, or who are already interviewing. Attendees are those looking for feedback at a personal level, through a round table discussion led by a facilitator, where job seekers help each other with their knowledge and experiences. Room KZ B 217.

Small Group Networking. Network with your peers in the main room for networking in your profession. We will have Sales, HR, IT and other groups for you to be a part of. If we are missing your group, please let us know! Fellowship Hall Tables.

Facilitator Led Accountability Groups.
RUMC has reorganized the Accountability Groups and added a new group. The Accountability Groups are now organized into three major groups: Specialty (1-2), Entry (3) and Masters (4):

  1. 21 / 29 Group (For those in their twenties).
  2. Entry Accountability Group (Beginning accountability).
  3. Masters Accountability Group (Graduate accountability).

Consider joining an accountability group. Learn the details and join one at our next meeting. For more information about these groups, meet with Charlie Brown at Fellowship Hall Table #13 immediately after the dinner segment.

Finding Federal Government Jobs. The government has jobs and we have an authority, Rick East, on some of the best ways to assist you in this huge marketplace. KZ Room B214.

Industry Guide Access. Sign up with Jim Hallberg to connect with one of over 100 industry guide volunteers to network with you. You pick one of them to follow up with after our meeting, based on the industry and company they are employed with. Room B 236-237 “Dining Room”.

God’s Talking Workshop! Join a workshop where you will be able to see how God is trying to talk to you. Have you ever thought about the Bible being full of people in transition and God was trying to talk to them? We have a strong leadership team to guide you through an interactive discussion. Room B 242-244 “Trinity Cafe”.

Chapel Time with our Prayer Ministry Leaders. We encourage everyone to keep God in your search. A job search is easier when He is included. Dedicated prayer partners are waiting in the Chapel during this time to pray with you. This could be the most important time you spend with us. B Building – Chapel – 3rd Floor. 

LinkedIn Photos. Is your LinkedIn photo in need of an overhaul? Photographer Bruce Kromer (and his team) will be on hand to make that LinkedIn head shot look professional. Room KZ 212.

IT Answer Man – Cliff Riviere will provide one-on-one answers to your computer questions so you don’t have IT problems holding back your job search! Fellowship Hall Table.

8:00 p.m. – KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Al Smith, Fellowship Hall.


For information and directions please go to Our meeting is located in Building B on the church campus. We have signs on the street to direct you. The best parking will be at Building A and at Building D. You’ll find it only a short walk to Building B. Review our website, for maps of the campus under the link “Directions.”

Gain Access to Do you need another reason to attend? We will be discussing the #1 website for job seekers that combine their job search techniques, strategies and faith together. Crossroads Career is a unique site that will walk you through the Seven Steps in your Job Search. This website is a one of a kind resource that we are pleased to share more with you when you attend Monday. Hope to see you February 27th!

Jay Litton,

Volunteer Leader

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