Jump start your job search

Human resources professional Amy Dinning is no stranger to layoffs -- she has laid people off and she's been laid off herself. So she knows first hand the initial shock to the system, particularly when someone hasn't had to look for a job in several decades.

That's why she has teamed up with several outplacement professionals to produce a day-long, low-cost ($15) seminar at Villanova University's Garey Hall on Saturday Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The title explains it all: Jump Start Your Job Search. Deadline to register online is noon Oct. 26. See registration information below.


The day begins with two general sessions, one led by Ford Myers, an author of several books about job searching. He'll talk about the job searchers tool kit -- what job seekers need to begin their search. Presenter Mike Hughes will follow with a session titled "Reinventing Yourself -- Yes You Can."

After lunch, participants can choose three out of five mini-sessions: Cover letter writing, resume writing, using LinkedIn, networking and interviewing skills.

The last session of the day is about personal motivation, with the goal of pumping participants so they can survive, if not thrive, through what can be a daunting and discouraging process.        

Bring your lunch, business cards and dress professionally, because a volunteer photographer will shoot a headshot suitable for LinkedIN.

Register on-line at the Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association website, click on the events menu and click on upcoming events and pay with a credit card. Please note that on-line registration will close on Wednesday, October 26 at noon. For more information, contact Amy Dinning at amydinning@juno.com or Brenda Grove at Brenda.Grove@villanova.edu.