Skill Builder

Do any of these sound like you?

  • You haven't looked for a job in the past 2+ years and don’t know where to start
  • You've been applying for jobs but rarely get called for an interview
  • You haven't updated your resume or LinkedIn profile in a while
  • You are feeling overwhelmed with all there is to do
  • You think networking is difficult or awkward, or you avoid or put it off routinely
  • You are not an active user of LinkedIn
  • You don't want to "sell yourself"
  • You are uncomfortable asking for help

Skill Builder Workshops will help with all of the above, and more. Once you complete this series, you will be in FAR BETTER SHAPE to pursue your career transition with greater efficiency, effectiveness, and confidence!
 

Keep reading to learn what workshops are offered, when, and what they cover.

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Workshop Calendar

Skill Builder Workshops are held online, on the 1st four Wednesdays of each month, from 10 - 11:30am, as follows:

Skill Builder Workshop Generic Calendar

View and Download PDFs of the Workshops Here

  • Week 1: Networking 101 - Learn how to make networking painless (and even fun!)
  • Week 2: Job Search Strategy 101 - Create a plan and stop spinning your wheels
  • Week 3: Resumes 101 - Learn how to tell your career story in the most impactful way
  • Week 4: LinkedIn 101 - Learn how create a profile that showcases your strengths

No workshops are held during holiday weeks or on the 5th Wednesday of any month.

Zoom Information

To join a workshop: https://lakegrovepres-org.zoom.us/j/86974544638?pwd=ajJWV3dpSC90TmdielBLNU43ZmhGdz09

Meeting ID: 869 7454 4638
Passcode: 686979

Networking

Networking 101

Did you know most jobs are secured with the help of networking? That's why maintaining and nurturing your network is so important. When you cultivate relationships, you can learn more about an industry or position, gain perspective, get the inside scoop on a company or hiring manager, or hear about potential new opportunities before they're posted. Even better, you are likely to gain lifelong professional colleagues or friends, and ultimately cultivate allies who will advocate on your behalf, even when you're not around!

This workshop offers concrete, practical steps to get you started on what hopefully becomes a new life skill -- networking. The good news is, the more you reach out to others, the more you learn, the easier it gets, and the stronger your network becomes.

Spoiler alert: Soon others will come asking you for a networking meeting!

Content for this workshop: Networking 101

Job Search

Job Search Strategy 101

Managing a successful job search is not rocket science, but it does require organization and a little bit of discipline. When done well, a well-run job search, like a well-run project at work, flows smoothly.

This workshop will introduce you to some important tools to keep your job search on track and easy to manage. In doing so, you'll be able to proceed with the confidence that you are paying attention to the "urgent" items (like, getting those thank you notes sent), as well as the "long term important, but no less urgent" ones (like researching a potentially interesting industry or reaching out to some new people who can help you learn more).

Once you have a system in place, the nitty gritty of job search administration will be easier and easier, so you can focus on the more important aspects of research, networking, telling your stories, and finding the right job for you.

Content for this workshop: Job Search Strategy 101

Resumes

Resumes 101

A good resume addresses both strategic and practical realities. It should present you, your talents, your experience, and your skills in the best possible light, such that your accomplishments and success stories come across as impactfully as possible. It also needs to be readable, able to score high when scanned by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), and easy to customize.

This workshop covers not only the basics of resume building, but it also helps you communicate your stories and strengths like a pro!

Content for this workshop: Resumes 101

LI Network

LinkedIn 101

LinkedIn is one of the most strategic tools you have in your arsenal. It has become essential to all business professionals, not only when looking to transition jobs or change careers, but also for lifelong networking and learning, even while employed. Successful professionals use LinkedIn as an ongoing, and very useful tool -- whether or not they are currently employed.

This workshop will help you understand the value and benefit of a strong LinkedIn profile and presence, offer best practices for how to optimize your profile, and share how best to give and get recommendations on LinkedIn.

Content for this workshop: LinkedIn 101

Want more?

  • Move on to LinkedIn 201 for how to actually build relationships and strategically use LinkedIn for your job search
  • Read this Networking on LinkedIn guide. It complements and augments LinkedIn 201.