--A Member of the Career Transitions Network
Program Leadership: Michel K. Cade, Lisa Coleman, Fabrice Bonvoisin and John GrubbsWeekly meetings are held on Mondays from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Harding Room at St. Chrysostom's Church, 1424 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610.
The meetings normally have a guest speaker on a relevant topic and include networking sessions. The current activity program is listed to the right. New job postings, when available, will be reviewed at all sessions. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is affiliated with the Career Transitions Center of Chicago (CTC): The Center is a not-for-profit organization providing career transition and job search assistance. Located at 703 West Monroe in Chicago, the Center hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In addition to weekly job search skill-building seminars and networking sessions held on Thursdays from 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, services include individual job search coaching, desks with telephones, computers with Internet access, laser printers, copier, fax machines, library resources, job listings, practice interviewing, and career interest testing and coaching. There is a quarterly registration/membership charge for the services provided by the Center. A modest fee is required for various assessment instruments such as Myers Briggs. Special courses are also offered for a fee. For more information, please contact Anita Jenke, Executive Director or Eileen O’Shea, Center Manager, at 312-906-9908.
For more information on the CTC go to: http://www.ctcchicago.org
May 6: Topic: What Turns On or Off a Seasoned Interviewer, whether He/She is an Outside Recruiter, an HR Executive, or the Hiring Manager. Our speaker will be Michael B. Lowe who has an executive coaching practice, including an association with Lee Hecht Harrison. He was Executive Vice President, Human resources for BMO Harris Bank, a member of the Montreal Group of Companies with over 30,000 employees. In addition to his line responsibilities, he oversaw due diligence, implementation and coaching activities related to over 30 acquisition targets, divestitures and outsourcing.
Michael serves on the boards of The Career Transitions Center of Chicago, Trilogy Behavioral Health and TimeLine Theater.
May 13: Topic: Seven Obstacles to a Successful Job Search. Our speaker will be Jim Fitzgerald, Principal of James Fitzgerald and Associates, Executive Outplacement Consultants. Jim is a former Chairman of the Board of CTC and used to head the Chicago Office of Right Management Consultants, one of the top outplacement firms in the country. Jim is also an author who writes a monthly column in Irish American News and participates in radio programs dedicated to the job search process.
May 20: Topic: Building Trusted Relationships. Drawing on the book, Put the Win Back in Your Sales, master coach and trainer Bob Lambert will outline a fundamentally different approach to selling. Using science-based decision models and real world case studies, Bob will reveal ways to develop long-lasting relationships with prospects and customers. After all, a job seeker is selling himself/herself to a prospective employer. While many of us are competent professionals, it’s essential to learn how to sell ourselves to the hiring manager in order to land the job.
Bob will discuss how to build trusted relationships by increasing your understanding of what is important to the hiring manager and providing him/her what they really want. Through that process, you can create credibility and trust, changing their perception of you to seeing you as a valuable resource and trusted asset.
Bob will discuss six keys to building trusted relationships:
- What is trust
- Current state of trust
- The “Hoe and Why” of trust
- Four cores of trusted relationships
- 13 key behaviors leading to building trust
- How to demonstrate trustworthiness
Bob is a founding partner of Samurai Business Group LLC©, a leading training and consulting firm. He has over 35 years of experience in strategic business development, marketing, sales, and sales management training for Global 50, Fortune 500 companies as well as being a founder of four successful entrepreneurial start-up companies.
Speaking engagements include Harvard Business School alumni Club, Wharton Business School Alumni Club, University of Chicago – Booth Roundtables, University of Michigan, Ross Graduate School Alumni. He has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars for private and public companies, professional associations and business groups.
May 27: No session due to Memorial Day holiday
New job postings, when available, will be reviewed at all sessions.