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MONDAY, JULY 13th, 2015

14 afternoon workshops beginning 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 Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Doug Thrasher, District Superintendent of Atlanta-Roswell District of North GA United Methodist Conference
Evening workshops beginning at 7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker – Kit Cummings – 8:00 p.m.  – Fellowship Hall –
“Attitude Science for your Job Search”

Kit CummingsKit Cummings is an international speaker, teacher and the founder of Power of Peace Project, Inc. and author of four books. Kit has worked with Non-Profits and Fortune 500 companies over his 25 year career. Kit spreads a much needed message of peace, power and positive change all over the world. Kit inspires people to see things differently, adjust their attitude and reach new heights. Prepare to be inspired, entertained and transformed.

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 – 8 pm. 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!

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.

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 guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Doug Thrasher.

Doug Thrasher
Doug is a  native of Decatur, Georgia and a graduate of UGA with a BA degree in Psychology. He graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1979 with a Master of Divinity degree and graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1994. He has served as pastor of churches in Cumming, Gainesville, Rome and Athens. “God has laid upon my heart a calling to connect people to Jesus Christ. I seek to do that each and every day.”

Workshop #1 – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Crossroads Career Workshop. Crash course – Fast Paced. “Maximize Your Career in the New World of Work.” Led by Steve Naughton. A donation of $5.00 is appreciated for the cost of materials. Room B 233 – 237 “Dining Room”.

Workshop #2 – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. –  How to Change Negatives to Positives during Transition.  A polished resume, improved interviewing skills, a quality LinkedIn profile and more networking mean nothing if people sense you are frustrated with your job search.  Learn how to replace those emotions with hope, faith and trust so you will positively impact your job search efforts.  Leverage some simple, easily applied methods that can be used immediately.  Led by Dr. Phil Sidwell.  Room B 246 – 248.

Workshop #3 – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Discover 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 Career Survival 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 how to prove you are more marketable than candidates from younger generations. 
Room B 123 – 125.

 Workshop #5 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – The Art of Buying the Right Business. A Business Ownership Bootcamp. 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 ½ 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 – Trinity Café.

Workshop #7 — 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. – Get That Next Job. Web research techniques for the job search.  Led by Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt .  Room B 131.

Workshop #8 – 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. – Networking For Life.  The Real Network.  Led by Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt.  Room B 131.

Workshop #9 – 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.Get Noticed Through all the Noise! – Led by Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt. Room B 131.

Workshop #10 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Networking Your Way to the Top. Learn the techniques and skills necessary to open the “right” doors, place your resume in the “right” hands and then interview with the “right” person. You will learn how to use your time to meet the decision-makers and land that next opportunity. Led by Steve Beecham. Room B 242 – 244 – Trinity Cafe.

Workshop #11 – 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. – Hot Jobs / Many FREE Boot Camps for Job Training.
This workshop is hosted by Emory University representative, Hamid Arjmand. Learn how to leverage these potential government funded training opportunities to move to a new job or industry. Room B 239.

Workshop #12 – 3:45 to 5:00 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 #13 – 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. – “You Landed the Interview…now what?” *Prepare or Plan to Fail: Presented by Paula Pope, Senior Career Consultant, The Frontier Group. *Seal the Deal…Make the First Impression a Lasting One: Presented by Michael Q. Parker, CEO & Founder, “Dressed”. *What HR Managers Won’t Tell You About the Interview, But I will: Presented by Julie Mizer, SPHR, Retired, Senior HR Manager, Automatic Data Processing, Lazarus Department Stores (now Macys), Saks Fifth Avenue. Room B 123-125

Workshop #14 – 4:00 to 5:00 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.

7:00 to 7:55 p.m. – Evening Workshop Activities

Employers & Educators – (E&E) – Learn about open job opportunities and educational programs 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.

Mock Interview Program. Meet with experienced business personnel. Has it been a while since you interviewed for a new job? Come and spend some time going through the interview process and receive some great advice on how you did — it should help you GET THAT JOB! Sessions offered in Rooms KZ 202, 203, 206, 211.

Resume Writing Workshop. Al Smith will lead his workshop in the best practices for getting selected via your resume. Room B 131.

Interview Workshop. Richard Kirby leads this practical and “do not” miss interactive workshop on interviewing. Room B 125.

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 B 123.

Introduction to LinkedIn. Join Brandy Nagel to learn how to get started with LinkedIn as a job seeker. This class is perfect for people who are just starting with LinkedIn as well as those who have an account and just don’t know how to get started. Led by Brandy Nagel. Room B 126.

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 #30.

Finding Hidden Jobs. Join Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt who will guide you in finding these jobs. Room B 239.

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, let us know! Fellowship Hall Table.

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 3rd Floor Chapel.

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 20s)
2. Entrepreneurs Accountability Group (By appointment only)
3. Entry Accountability Group (Beginning accountability)
4. Masters Accountability Group (Graduate accountability)
Consider joining an accountability group. Learn the details and join one at our next meeting. We have volunteer facilitators to ensure everyone stays on track. To get information about these groups see Charlie Brown at Fellowship Hall Table #13 immediately after the dinner segment.

Industry Guide Access 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Sign up to connect with one of over 100 Industry Guide volunteers to network with. 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”.

Workshop on How to Create Your Job Search Strategy by Gary Shaar. 7:30 – 7:50 p.m. Room B 236 – 237 “Dining Room”.

LinkedIn Photos. Is your LinkedIn photo in need of an overhaul? Photographer Bruce Kromer will be on hand to make that LinkedIn headshot look professional. KZ Room 208.

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 “Trinity Cafe”.

Our Last Meeting – Over 339 job seekers, employers, educators and volunteers participated as Milton Crabapple kicked off our dinner program. We had 117 first time visitors to the program. Attire to Hire outfitted 30 job seekers. The evening ended with keynote speaker, Steve Hines energizing job seekers with tips and information for the job search.

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 jobseekers 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 July 13th.

Jay Litton,

Volunteer Leader

Do you have questions about the ministry? Please contact Karen Griggs at or call directly at 770-261-1739.

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