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Reaching out to help

These days, Amy Dinning has a job, but the senior training and talent development professional personally knows the pain of unemployment. That's why she is reaching out to help others.

Reaching out to help

These days, Amy Dinning has a job, but the senior training and talent development professional personally knows the pain of unemployment. That's why she is reaching out to help others.

For the last few years, Amy has put together a day-long, reasonably priced seminar to help the unemployed re-energize their job searches. Topics include using social media for job hunting, preparing for job interviews, finding the hidden job market through networking and maintaining momentum. 

I met Amy when doing my series "Looking for Work," profiling 100 unemployed people in 2011. Click here to read her story. Since this was written, she landed a fulltime job, but her commitment to helping others who haven't been as fortunate has not changed.

"You volunteer to help other people so that you are not focused on yourself," she said. "People get depressed when they are looking for a job."

It's also professionally fulfilling, she said. "There is something really gratifying about being able to help other people develop in their careers and learn something new."

To learn more about the seminar, scheduled for May 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rosemont College's McShain Hall, click here. Bring your own lunch and lots of business cards.   

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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