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12 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
Evening workshops beginning at 7:00 pm
8:00 p.m. – Tom Darrow, Founder and Principal of Talent Connections, LLC –
Topic – “Job Search Best Practices in 2015″

Tom Darrow is the Founder and Principal of Talent Connections, LLC ( Since 1999, the Atlanta based professional services firm has specialized in recruiting – including recruitment process outsourcig (RPO), executive search, HR consulting and contract recruiting. Current and past clients include the Coca Cola Company, Habitat for Humanity International, Cingular, ADP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Newell Rubbermaid, Microsoft, McKesson and Emory Healthcare. Talen Connections was named in 2007 and 2008 to the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies for realizing 1700% revenue growth.

In March, 2009, Tom teamed with nationally recognized recruiting and career transition experts to launch Career Spa, LLC ( The career transition company is revolutionizing the way unemployed and misemployed workers are equipped to assess and proactively manage their career transitions.

First time or newer to RUMC Job Networking? Don’t miss the “Orientation Fast Start Session”5:00 p.m. Feedback we receive tells us it can be overwhelming to a first time or newer attendee at our Job Networking events as we do offer a great deal of information. Deciding what activities to take advantage of can be a task — one that we want to help you understand. We will help you to resolve this issue by offering our Orientation Fast Start Session at 5:00 p.m. Dining Room, Room B 233 – 237.

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!

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, and then enjoy the conversation focused on the speaker’s message led by a volunteer table host.

7:00 – 7:55 p.m. – Evening Workshops

7:00 – 7:55 p.m. New Offering – Employers & Educators – (E & E)Learn about open job opportunities and educational programs for job seekers from employers and educators. – Fellowship Hall

Detailed Agenda Below:

Notice: Bonus Afternoon Workshops prior to dinner and starting as early as 12:30 pm. 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 pm – 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 pm   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 pm – 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 pm – Boomer Career Survival Strategies. This workshop is a must for job seekers age 45+. Amazon Bestselling Author, Al Smith, demonstrates how to uncover hidden objections, overcome “ageism” (age discrimination), how to Get Found for those elusive Hidden Jobs and explain how to use your “Value Proposition” to prove you are more marketable than candidates from younger generations. Room B 123 – 125. 

Workshop #5 – 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 B242 – Trinity Café.

Workshop #6 — 2:00 to 2:45 pm  Find That Hidden Job.  A discussion centered on the answer to finding that hidden job.  Led by Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt .  Room B 131. 

Workshop #7 – 2:45 to 3:45 pm – Networking For Life.  The Real Network.  Led by Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt.  Room B 131.

Workshop #8 – 3:45 to 5:00 pm – Get Noticed Through all the Noise! – Led by Bruce Dreyfus and Bob Sandt. Room B 131.

Workshop #9 – 3:30 to 5:00 pm    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, 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 #10 – 3:45 to 5:00 pm – 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 #11 – 3:45 to 5:00 pm – “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, Appearance Advisor, Dress to Deal and Attire to Hire Wardrobe Consultant. *What H.R. 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 #12 – 4:00 to 5:00 pm – 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.

4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – “Attire to Hire” Interview Ready Clothing. If you need an outfit for an interview or simply need one piece for an 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!


7:00 to 7:55 pm – Evening Workshop Activities

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.

Resume Writing Workshop. Tim Morrison 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.

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 are being offered in Rooms B 200, 202, 203 and 211.

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.

Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile.  Now that you’ve established your LinkedIn profile, how can you leverage it?  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.

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 #6 immediately after the dinner segment.

Industry Guide Access and Workshop on How to Create Your Job Search Strategy by Gary Shaar. 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. Stay for Gary’s workshop on creating your job search strategy. Room B 233 – 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.

Finding Federal Government Jobs. We have an authority on some of the best ways to assist you in this huge marketplace. KZ Room B 206.

Free Training (Govt. Funded) for Your Next Job. 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. KZ Room B 214.

God is Talking to you…..Really.  Join a Bible study 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 450 job seekers and volunteers participated as Rev. Eric Lee kicked off our dinner program. We had 127 first time visitors to the program. Attire to Hire outfitted 38 job seekers. The evening ended with the ‘mini’ job fair with 29 employers represented.

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. CrossroadsCareer 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 January 12th!

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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