Previous NCJS Meetings

These are previous topics, speakers, and resources North Coast Job Seekers provided for its members. The first meeting of each month (on the Second Monday) is ordinarily a Networking Meeting.  The other monthly meeting involves a speaker and presentation. Join us in future meetings to sharpen your job seeking skills, interact with well-connected professionals, and learn from some of the North Coast's best job skill leaders.

Networking Meetings

Second Monday of Each Month

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

NETWORKING AND JOB SEARCH "JOYS & CONCERNS"

 

Job seekers are invited to join with other NCJS members and leaders for constructive networking, job search troubleshooting, sharing what's going well and what is not, and collaborating on job leads.

Networking is part of "Job Search 101," yet many job seekers lack the actual network of "people with connections" during a time of job transition. Networking is one of the cornerstones of North Coast Job Seekers and we are very intentional about providing face-to-face time to explore connections, be introduced to new contacts, discover new opportunities, and share the people resources that YOU have to help another job seeker.  Join with other NCJS members for this face-to-face time of constructive networking, job leads, and issue sharing.

Monday, April 8, 2019

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "15 Keys to Staying Positive During Your Job Search"

Speaker:  Marsha Friedman

There are times during everyone’s job search that the glass looks half empty instead of half full.  How do you remain optimistic, creative and joyful during an extended job search?  How do you maintain a cheerful demeanor when you didn’t land the interview or the job?  How can you boost your self-confidence and your own self-image?  How do you prevent lashing out at your family and friends when you are frustrated or just disappointed? Get the answers to these questions and more during this engaging presentation.

 

Marsha Friedman is an Organizational Effectiveness professional and Leadership Coach with more than 30 years in corporate America. Marsha brings a broad range of business experience from finance to customer service and from operations to organizational development.

 

Marsha is passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to their full potential. As a leadership coach, she helps leaders bring out the best in every employee, reduce workplace drama, and drive business growth. Through her company, MEF Consulting Group, Marsha serves the healthcare, nonprofit, telecommunications, nuclear power, and legal industries.

 

Marsha is a lifelong learner with a BS in Accounting from Miami University and a Masters Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. She holds certifications as a Registered Corporate CoachTM, a Master Trainer, a Myers Briggs and DiSC facilitator, and a Distinguished Toastmaster. Marsha co-facilitates Summit Networking Group for executive level job-seekers in Summit County and is a facilitator for the Corporate University at Kent State.

 

Marsha is an active member of Athena International, the International Coaches Federation, and Toastmasters International. She serves as treasurer of Beth El Congregation and co-chairs Knitzvah (knitting & crocheting for local charities).

Monday, March 25, 2019

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Are You On the Right Path?"

Speaker:  Jim Folger

Are You On the Right Path?

 

Jim has been using behavioral sciences to help clients make better hiring decisions by aligning the right people with the right jobs for almost 2 decades. In Jim’s volunteer work with job seekers he has also used these tools to help job seekers understand whether they are pursuing the right jobs. You will be given an opportunity to take a self assessment tool to identify your behavioral style as well as the things that motivate you. In a group presentation Jim will give an overview of the different behavioral styles and motivators that drive us to action, and how they relate to our jobs.

 

In This Session You Will:

  • Receive a FREE instrument that details your behavioral style and motivators (a $240 value).

  • Gain a better understanding of yourself, how you interact with others, why you do what you do, and how your behaviors and motivations align with your career.

  • Understand how to read others and adapt your style to improve communication effectiveness.

Jim Folger is the President of OneSource Technical, Inc., a retained search firm specializing in recruiting for Engineering, Management and Sales positions throughout the United States. As a certified behavioral analyst and certified values analyst Jim designed the company’s processes to not only uncover passive candidates, but also identify the candidates who have the capacity for superior performance in the role using a methodology called Job Matching.

 

Jim is an Engineer with 2 decades of industry experience prior to founding OneSource Technical in engineering, management and customer facing roles. Jim’s background as a hiring manager, and as a recruiter provides a unique perspective that covers both sides of the hiring desk. Jim is on the board of advisors for the North Coast Job Seekers, and has been volunteering his time with various job seeker help groups for the last 20 years.

 

Should you be in a position in the future to make an important hire where having an excellent fit is important to the organization, consider giving Jim a call for an overview of their unique process.

 

Jim is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at LinkedIn: Jim Folger.

Monday, January 28, 2019

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Working with Recruiters"

Speaker:  Dan Toussant

Working with job recruiters can be a very effective way to land your next position. But it can also be a tricky dance. Recruiters are looking for talented candidates to fill positions and YOU are talented. So it is a match made in heaven, right? Well... it might be. Or it might not be.

 

Dan Toussant is a recruiter who places executives and professionals in some of the best organizations in the nation. He will be sharing tips and skills from his own experi-ence of how to best work with recruiters.

 

Dan expects this to be an interactive talk, and will provide you with ideas and tips as well as stories about good (and bad!) working relationships between recruiters and talented candidates. He will help you discern whether working with a professional recruiter might be a good option for you to explore in your own job search.

 

Dan Toussant, president and owner of Dan Toussant & Associates, a Sanford Rose affiliate, recruits executive, managerial and professional talent for organizations based or conducting substantial business in Ohio and contiguous states.  With the 2015 affiliation and membership in the Sanford Rose Associates network of offices, Dan Toussant & Associates became a part of the tenth-largest search firm in the world, and broadens its service reach from the primary focus of Ohio-based companies to a national and global footprint.  With eight years in the executive search business and over 30 years as a Human Resource executive and internal chief recruiter, Dan and his team source and vet professional talent from the perspective of an external recruiter/partner. Two benchmarks of their metrics-oriented service business: speed and reliability.  Speed? Two-vetted-and-qualified-candidates-in-14-days; Reliability? Every candidate offered a position accepts the offer.

 

Active as a leader and mentor within Toastmasters in northeast Ohio, Dan has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award.  He serves on a non-profit board serving people with re-entry and/or homelessness issues, and visits a detention center for incarcerated youth on a regular basis to share Toastmasters with the inmates, and as a church ministry.  He lives with his wife Colleen in Canton, Ohio, and are parents of three grown children, and grandparents of three children.

Also on Monday, January 28, 2019:

North Coast Job Seekers has arranged for professional photograher David Orr (davidorrimaging.com) to be at our next NCJS meeting to take LinkedIn profile shots.

 

Monday, January 28, 2019

7:30pm

Cost: $10.00 (cash or check)

David will take the photographs on Monday evening, do his professional magic to them, and then deliver them to you via email. He will provide a hi res jpeg image and a LinkedIn-ready image for your use. Your privacy is assured - he will not be using the photographs for any other purposes.

 

David will begin at 7:30pm and continue taking photos until all who are interested have been photographed -- first come, first served.  You will still be able to participate in Monday evening's meeting.

 

Wear appropriate attire, wear your best smile, bring $10 cash or check, and be prepared to step in front of the camera to improve your LinkedIn image.

Monday, December 10, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Program:  "You're Invited!  A Primer for Mixing Job Seeking and Party Mingling"

Hosted by the NCJS Leadership Team

You’re Invited! A Primer for Mixing Job Seeking and Party Mingling


It’s a recurring nightmare:  You’re at the Holiday party trying to balance a drink and a plate of tasty hors d’oevres when you realize the person you’ve been angling to meet for 2 months is headed straight for you.  You break into a sweat as you realize there’s no place to put the glass or the plate and your mouth is full and Mr. Right is barreling toward you.  And then you hear yourself open your mouth and try to gobblety-speak...  You snap straight up in bed, swearing you’ll get this figured out BEFORE the next party.


Join NCJS for a dress rehearsal Holiday party replete with appetizers and glasses to practice where to put what, safe mingling techniques, and tips for working in your elevator speech, because this is, after all, yet another opportunity for networking.

 

Black Tie Optional

Monday, November 26, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Interviewing for Success"

Speaker:  Nancy Miko

Nancy Miko has spent the past ten years as the Clinical Recruiter for Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT.  There she was responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding and retention of both experienced RNs as well as New Grads and Student Nurse Interns.  In this role she actively recruited student nurses throughout New England often meeting them as freshman or during their pre-requisite period and following up with them through graduation.


Ms. Miko spent 30 years in Human Resources and recruitment in both corporate and nonprofit organizations.  Nancy previously taught at Sophia University in Japan and was the Executive Assistant for Personal for Fordham University, Graduate School of Business.
 
Ms. Miko is the past president of the CT Healthcare Recruiters Association as well as a member of the National Association of Healthcare Recruiters.  She received a BA in International Relations from Good Counsel College in NY and studied for a Masters in East Asian History and Political Science at Purdue University.  Additionally Nancy received a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Fairfield University.

Monday, October 22, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Mastering LinkedIn for Your Job Search"

Speaker:  Susan Brophy

Susan Brophy is a nationally and locally recognized career transition, workforce development, LinkedIn and resume expert with over 23 years of success in the Career Transition Arena.

 

Susan holds a Master of Science in Higher Education with an emphasis and thesis in: Career Development, Retention and Leadership. She is unlike typical"newly certified”, (only 1-5 classes and no professional experience ) resume & career coaches because of her many years of professional experience and successes with all levels of job seekers all areas of employment. 

 

Susan’s expert LinkedIn and career transition advising has been nationally recognized with presentations, workshops, panel discussions, articles and consulting.

 

Susan’s professional experience includes work with The Department of Labor, Workforce Development Consulting Firms, The Department of Education and at Ivy League and top tier universities and colleges and work in the corporate work space. 

 

Susan’s career counseling, LinkedIn & workforce development experience has also included the development and renovation of career and job seeking training a& development for over 55 workforce development centers around the country.

 

Susan is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at Susan Brophy.

Monday, September 24, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Resumes: Current Trends"

Speaker:  Katherine Burik

Katherine Burik is the founder and owner of The Interview Doctor, helping candidates and employers navigate the job search with a plan, interview coaching, and tools to help people tell their stories and make a great match.

 

Job search is tough under any circumstances, whether you are the hiring manager or a candidate. You need a combination of inner strength, good skills, and the strategic ability to know what you want and why you should have it. Being pretty good is not good enough.

 

It is essential to start with the right tools: Career Coaching, Resumes, and LinkedIn.  You need to be strategic with a job search. It is “More than a Resume.”  You must tie your resume to LinkedIn for effective job search.  Then you can create a job search or career marketing plan to grow your career.  Using Linked In and networking, you can turn job ads into networking experiences so your search is more than sending off a resume to a black hole.  But having that well-crafted resume is essential, and what worked a decade ago won't necessarily work in today's job market.  In this presentation we will explore current trends in resumes and offer practical tips and strategies to best position your resume in front of hiring managers.

 

We look forward to welcoming Katherine to North Coast Job Seekers and learning from her experience.  Her LinkedIn profile can be found at Katherine Burik.

Monday, August 27, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Conducting An Effective Job Search"

Speaker:  Gary Szelagowski

Gary Szelagowski knows what it is like to go through a long job search.  Drawing on his personal as well as professional experience, he will present a way of going through job transition that addresses more than just resumes and interviews. Gary will encourage job seekers to "feed your soul," manage time and priorities, and find a workable "rhythm."  Networking is essential, of course, and Gary will offer a unique way of tending to your job search network.

 

Gary Szelagowski is a seasoned HR professional who has delivered game-changing results as a subject matter expert, as well as in generalist roles supporting business line clients.

 

Between 2010 and 2012, Gary managed a protracted job search at the height of the great recession.  He learned the value of networking, perseverance and working a plan, while keeping a positive attitude and remaining flexible.

 

Gary is currently an assistant vice president in the Human Resources Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of enterprise-wide succession planning, performance and change management, talent development, recruiting and employee engagement.

 

Prior to joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank in 2014, Gary served as vice president of performance management at PNC Financial Services, in Cleveland. He also held senior human resource positions with National City Corporation, and he has served in technology and sales management at KeyBank.

 

He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Gary Szelagowski.

Monday, July 23, 2018

7:30 - 9:00pm

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Is Your Network Not Working?"

Speaker:  Mark Gonska

Mark Gonska is Executive Vice President and leads the outplacement practice of Dise & Company.  Also known as America's Career Coach, Mark has has assisted well over 8,000 job seekers moving forward in their careers.  His advice and counsel has led not only to new jobs but also to successful salary and benefits negotiations.  His methods intentionally combine People, Process, and Passion.  Mark's NCJS presentation will challenge you to do a reality-check on the current state of your job search network, and provide tangible techniques for making your network WORK  for you.

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Panel Discussion & Forum: NCJS Recently Landed Panel

If you had the chance, what would you ask someone who recently landed a new job?

  • So what was your secret -- how did you land your new job?
  • What kept you motivated during your job search?
  • How did you find the right person to talk to in the company?
  • How important was LinkedIn for your recent search?
  • In what ways did North Coast Job Seekers help in your process?

 

Some of the best "experts' are the ones who have been in your shoes and have successfully found their next job.  This panel of NCJS veterans will share important aspects of their most recent job search including tools, tips, techniques, and the all-important coping mechanisms.

 

Bring your questions as this will be an open-conversation forum. You will be able to learn from some of our own members who have just recently landed their new jobs.

 

Invite a friend.  If you have friends, neighbors, colleagues, or people in your network who might benefit from this panel or NCJS in general, this would be an excellent meeting to bring them.

Monday, April 23, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting
Presentation:  "Creating and Using Your Job Search Marketing Plan"

Speaker:  Mike D'Amico

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"Creating and Using Your Job Search Marketing Plan"

One way to look at the job search is a process of marketing yourself to prospective employers.  Marketing professionals can tell you that it takes more than a nice looking ad (or resume) to land the job or account.

 

A job search marketing plan is an excellent tool for helping you conduct an effective and efficient job search.  Using some of the best techniques and methods from the world of marketing, you can create such a plan for yourself.  In this presentation Mike D'Amico will help you learn how to create and use this tool for your search.

 

Mike D'Amico has worked as a management consultant, and is currently employed as a Financial Analyst with a Cleveland-area software company.  He has offered personal assistance to job seekers for the past several years, and is on the Advisory Board of North Coast Job Seekers.

Monday, March 26, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting
Presentation:  "Are You On the Right Path?"

Speaker:  Jim Folger

Are You On the Right Path?

 

Jim has been using assessment tools to help clients make better hiring decisions by aligning the right people with the right jobs for almost 2 decades. In Jim’s volunteer work with job seekers he has also used these tools to help job seekers understand whether they are pursuing the right jobs. You will be given an opportunity to take a self assessment tool to identify your behavioral style as well as the things that motivate you. In a group presentation Jim will give an overview of the different behavioral styles and motivators that drive us to action, and how they relate to our jobs.

 

In This Session You Will:

  • Receive a FREE instrument that details your behavioral style and motivators (a $240 value).

  • Gain a better understanding of yourself, how you interact with others, why you do what you do, and how your behaviors and motivations align with your career.

  • Understand how to read others and adapt your style to improve communication effectiveness.

Jim Folger is the President of OneSource Technical, Inc., a retained search firm specializing in recruiting for Engineering, Management and Sales positions throughout the United States. As a certified behavioral analyst and certified values analyst Jim designed the company’s processes to not only uncover passive candidates, but also identify the candidates who have the capacity for superior performance in the role using a methodology called Job Matching.

 

Jim is an Engineer with 2 decades of industry experience prior to founding OneSource Technical in engineering, management and customer facing roles. Jim’s background as a hiring manager, and as a recruiter provides a unique perspective that covers both sides of the hiring desk. Jim is on the board of advisors for the North Coast Job Seekers, and has been volunteering his time with various job seeker help groups for the last 20 years.

 

Should you be in a position in the future to make an important hire where having an excellent fit is important to the organization, consider giving Jim a call for an overview of their unique process.

 

Jim is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at LinkedIn: Jim Folger.

Monday, February 26, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile"

Speaker:  De-de Mulligan

Too many times, people polish up their LinkedIn profile and then ignore it.  Not a good practice in this turbulent time for job seekers.

 

This session will help you master basic and advanced concepts about how LinkedIn works so you can be found! Hudson Job Search Advisor and LinkedIn expert, De-de Mulligan, will give you specific tips to make your profile stand out.

 

Learning Outcomes:

• How to find what you want through specific LinkedIn search tricks

• Optimize your searchability for new job opportunities

• Discover best practices for LinkedIn etiquette

• Answer all your burning questions about this channel

De-de Mulligan is President and Chief Content Specialist of Mulligan Management Group.  De-de leads an energetic team who deliver memorable design and content for websites, blogs and social media posts. She helps clients extend their marketing reach and add more value to the conversation surrounding their business. 

 

De-de is well known for her strong writing skills and ability to tell a compelling business story.  Establishing, conveying, and implementing clients’ vision is what she and her staff do best. Businesses tap her proven record of successfully launching digital marketing initiatives and creating name recognition for clients in highly competitive marketplaces. As a consultant, De-de works closely with major decision-makers to set digital communication goals, plan strategy and build long-term relationships.

 

She is a true professional with diverse experience in marketing, public relations, communications, program development and implementation.

 

De-de is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at De-de Mulligan.

Monday, January 22, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Happiness @TheSpeedofLife: Five Prescriptions for Living and Leading in a Turbulent World"

Speaker:  Jim Smith

This interactive talk will provide you foundational principles for living and leading a happier, more balanced life in a world gone crazy!  You will leave with five specific actions you can practice to improve the strength of your “positive emotional muscles” and increase your experience of happiness in life, work, and the search for work.  If you function as a leader in an organization, these practices will help you better engage others and build a more positive workplace.

 

You will also learn how much control you really have over your attitude, even in the worst of times.  Why is this important to you?  Hey, happier people make better partners, parents, and friends, as well as better leaders, coworkers, and job candidates.  It starts with you!

 

Jim Smith is The Executive Happiness Coach®, a global provider of executive coaching, and personal and workplace transformation services.  His passion is to create a Happier world and workplace, one Leader at a time.

 

Drawing on his 20+ years of executive experience as well as 50+ years as a Human Being, Jim has coached leaders from 28 countries and six continents. He works with leaders to better balance their lives, dramatically improve their leadership skills, and build more positive workplace cultures.

 

Jim is also the author of Happiness At The Speed of Life: 13 Powerful Strategies for Finding Happiness at Home and On the Job, and he has touched the lives of over 18,000 people through his work on Positive Emotion and Leadership.  He has used the 13 Principles of Happiness to raise his own family and to deal with work, life, love, and tragedy – and he will be sharing some of those practices with you.  

 

Finally, Jim wants you to know this: he worships Dark beer, Dark Coffee, and Dark Chocolate... and deeply believes that Happiness is a Decision, not an Event!

 

Learn more about Jim at www.TheExecutiveHappinessCoach.com.

Monday, November 13, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Program:  "You're Invited!  A Primer for Mixing Job Seeking and Party Mingling"

Hosted by the NCJS Leadership Team

You’re Invited! A Primer for Mixing Job Seeking and Party Mingling


It’s a recurring nightmare:  You’re at the Holiday party trying to balance a drink and a plate of tasty hors d’oevres when you realize the person you’ve been angling to meet for 2 months is headed straight for you.  You break into a sweat as you realize there’s no place to put the glass or the plate and your mouth is full and Mr. Right is barreling toward you.  And then you hear yourself open your mouth and try to gobblety-speak...  You snap straight up in bed, swearing you’ll get this figured out BEFORE the next party.


Join NCJS for a dress rehearsal Holiday party replete with appetizers and glasses to practice where to put what, safe mingling techniques, and tips for working in your elevator speech, because this is, after all, yet another opportunity for networking.

 

Black Tie Optional

Monday, October 23, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Increase Your Job Search Effectiveness"

Speaker:  Greg Reynolds

Increasing our job search effectiveness is why we're part of North Coast Job Seekers, right?  It's why we perfect our resumes, polish our "elevator speech," and network, network, network.  It's about building, practicing, enduring, and increasing. It's about working the job search process effectively.

 

This NCJS program is a bit different, though.  Greg Reynolds is a true pro and this program will be an opportunity to learn from his experience and his wisdom.  He's not one to boast about his resume or skills as a presenter and career transition professional.  So we will boast for him:

 

Greg Reynolds knows a few things about both the job search process AND North Coast Job Seekers. Professionally, Greg's LinkedIn profile says it all: "Executive Search | Retained Search | Outplacement | Career Transition | Head Hunter | Recruiter."  But for NCJS his resume runs even deeper.  Greg was one of the co-founders of the predicessor to NCJS - Chagrin Valley Job Seekers. When that group ended, Greg was among the ones who saw a vision for a new job seeker organization that would become NCJS.

 

You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear and learn from one of the best.

Monday, September 25, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Finding a New Habit: How to Develop the Networking Skill"

Speaker:  Dan Toussant

Finding a new job can be either like a painful and serious new health condition, or a ticket to an adventure of a lifetime.  If you find yourself believing this situation more a new health condition rather than an adventure, it’s time for a gut check on what you want next, and why. 

 

Dan Toussant experienced this ‘finding a new job’ dilemma a few times in his career, and discovered the secret to managing the ‘opportunity’ relies on the development of a new habit.  Dan will present the Why for this new habit, the Building Blocks to formulate a plan for the new habit, and the Steps to Acquire the new habit to get you to your next job/gig.

 

Dan expects this to be an interactive talk, and will provide you with ideas and tips as well as stories about how to navigate the job-seeker-waters whenever you find yourself in the position that you periodically must take to get to the next career-enhancing move.

 

 

Dan Toussant, president and owner of Dan Toussant & Associates, a Sanford Rose affiliate, recruits executive, managerial and professional talent for organizations based or conducting substantial business in Ohio and contiguous states.  With the 2015 affiliation and membership in the Sanford Rose Associates network of offices, Dan Toussant & Associates became a part of the tenth-largest search firm in the world, and broadens its service reach from the primary focus of Ohio-based companies to a national and global footprint.  With eight years in the executive search business and over 30 years as a Human Resource executive and internal chief recruiter, Dan and his team source and vet professional talent from the perspective of an external recruiter/partner. Two benchmarks of their metrics-oriented service business: speed and reliability.  Speed? Two-vetted-and-qualified-candidates-in-14-days; Reliability? Every candidate offered a position accepts the offer.

 

Active as a leader and mentor within Toastmasters in northeast Ohio, Dan has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award.  He serves on a non-profit board serving people with re-entry and/or homelessness issues, and visits a detention center for incarcerated youth on a regular basis to share Toastmasters with the inmates, and as a church ministry.  He lives with his wife Colleen in Canton, Ohio, and are parents of three grown children, and grandparents of three children.

Monday, August 28, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Your Resume: Demonstrating Your Unique ROI"

Speaker:  Kris McGuigan

Kris McGuigan believes that strength and confidence are the catalyst to professional growth. She prides herself on relentless resilience and approaches life with an attitude of abundance. Kris is grateful that her broad and inspiring background allows her to be an agent for significant change and advancement in the professional development of others.

 

Throughout her life, Kris has been engaged in the study of human potential and behavioral change. She graduated from Hiram College with a degree in organizational behavior and went on to obtain an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. The early stages of Kris’ career were spent cultivating relationships within the nonprofit sector. She supported fundraising efforts at Cleveland’s own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and went on to lead the development team at Brothers Big Sisters. Kris spent the next ten years in the healthcare arena quickly progressing through the ranks of Kaiser Permanente. She was recognized for her strategic anticipation of growth and alignment of resources to reach key deliverables. Kris’ ability to lead and empower human capital set her apart from her peers and led to a promotion into a senior leadership position with the largest hospital system in the state of Ohio, Mercy Health.

 

After fifteen years of driving results and leading employees within a corporate structure, Kris decided it was time to pursue her passion on a more personal level. She left her corner office to follow her dream of building strength and resilience in the people around her. Through Professional Courage, she leverages her strategic and operational leadership experience to give clients the confidence and courage needed to unleash their potential.

 

Kris is a Certified Career Management Coach and one of only three Academy Certified Resume Writers in the entire state of Ohio. She belongs to the National Resume Writers’ Association and is an active member of Toastmasters International. Kris resides in Broadview Heights, Ohio. She finds constant inspiration in her husband, Rick, and their two children, Claire and Matthew.

Monday, July 24, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Recruiter Hacks and Resume Tips"

Speaker:  Jim Folger

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"The 10 Second Resume"

Jim Folger is a successful headhunter who has been conducting professional and senior level management searches for over twenty years.  He will share techniques he uses to network including how to identify the right people to interface with.  Jim will offer tips to get phone numbers and email addresses of the people you want to connect with, as well as a methodology to initiate networking. Jim’s techniques can easily be adapted to your job search when you are targeting organizations and hiring managers.

 

Jim Folger, CPC, CPBA, CPVA is President of One Source Technical. Inc.  He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Jim Folger.

Monday, June 26, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "What Do You Do Now"

Speaker:  Janice Radak

Your resume is done. You have created a marketing plan and a list of target organizations which you have reached out multiple times. You have even had some networking meetings which at the time you felt were productive. But you still don’t have a job offer. What do you do now? Janice has been  in your shoes and will share what you can do to put your job search on track.

 

Janice Radak is a professional writer and editor specializing in medical content.  She has worked with Medscape, American Heart Association, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine among others.  She is a member of the NCJS Advisory Board and is active in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.  Her LinkedIn profile can be found at Janice T. Radak.

Monday, May 22, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Managing a Career Transition"

Speaker:  Gary Szelagowski

Gary Szelagowski knows what it is like to go through a long job search.  Drawing on his personal as well as professional experience, he will present a way of going through job transition that addresses more than just resumes and interviews. Gary will encourage job seekers to "feed your soul," manage time and priorities, and find a workable "rhythm."  Networking is essential, of course, and Gary will offer a unique way of tending to your job search network.

 

Gary Szelagowski is a seasoned HR professional who has delivered game-changing results as a subject matter expert, as well as in generalist roles supporting business line clients.

 

Between 2010 and 2012, Gary managed a protracted job search at the height of the great recession.  He learned the value of networking, perseverance and working a plan, while keeping a positive attitude and remaining flexible.

 

Gary is currently an assistant vice president in the Human Resources Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of enterprise-wide succession planning, performance and change management, talent development, recruiting and employee engagement.

 

Prior to joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank in 2014, Gary served as vice president of performance management at PNC Financial Services, in Cleveland. He also held senior human resource positions with National City Corporation, and he has served in technology and sales management at KeyBank.

 

He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Gary Szelagowski.

Monday, April 24, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: HR Panel:  "Your Job Search from the HR Perspective"

A conversation with a panel of HR leaders:

 

- Their BEST TIPS for the job search process.

- What is the best way to get noticed when going after a posted opening?

- Is there more I should be doing? Will my phone calls and emails help or hurt during the process? How much is too much?

- What is the best piece of advice an HR professional could share with you to make your search more effective?

- What burning question do you have that an HR professional could answer?

 

A panel of HR professionals with unique experiences in diverse organizations will share their job search insights and do their best to answer your important questions.

Monday, March 27, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

"Successfully Marketing Yourself to New Companies"
Speaker: Janice (Rzepka) Schenk

Janice (Rzepka) Schenk is a marketing professional in Northeast Ohio.  Her background includes marketing leadership roles with OEConnection, ProgressBook by Software Answers, Vendors Exchange, and now United Consumer Financial Services, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.  During her career, Janice has led corporate marketing initiatives as well as consulted with companies large and small, including working with a leading IT recruiting firm.  She’s applied her marketing experience to successfully market herself and others to new companies, and she’ll share her strategy and some LinkedIn tactics to help in new job searches.  Her LinkedIn profile can be found at Janice (Rzepka) Schenk.

Monday, February 27, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

"LinkedIn 2017: Platform Schizophrenia"
Speaker: Susie Sharp

Susie has been lecturing and training executives on LinkedIn for more than a decade.  She will speak on using the new LinkedIn User Interface.  But whether it's the new or old platform, LinkedIn fundamentals remain the same. She has a helpful workaround to share plus a link to download a lot of fresh resources.

 

Susie Sharp is currently working as an Independent Contractor and Business Consultant.  An active member of the NCJS community, she is an active participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at Susie Sharp.

Monday, January 23, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "The 4-Week Job Search and 9 Pitfalls to Avoid"

Speaker:  Rebecca Bosl

Rebecca Bosl is a highly-recommended Resume Writer and Career Coach residing in Broadview Heights, Ohio.  The last 8 executives she has worked with have landed 6 interviews in the following week, and at least 1 offer within 4 weeks.
 

She attributes the job search acceleration to the development of a branded resume and an optimized LinkedIn profile.  Rebecca will share some case studies on the process and also share 8 pitfalls to avoid in your job search.
 

Rebecca Bosl is a Certified Resume Writer and former Market Research Consultant, in which her role was to identify what makes products and companies unique and amazing, and why people would want to buy them.  Rebecca’s slant to writing resumes is that she looks for what is unique and amazing about her clients, and why people would want to hire them.  Her resumes and LinkedIn profiles are sales and marketing documents that get noticed and get results – often immediately accelerating even stalled job searches.
 

Rebecca is one of only 100 highly trained Career Coaches that are certified to give WorkPlace Big 5 assessments, providing clients with unparalleled depth of insight.  The reports generated from these assessments will measure her clients on 28 personality traits, 54 competencies and 8 career tests, providing them with hundreds of pages of output.

 

Rebecca is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at Rebecca Bosl.

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