Your Career: Planning & Job Search offers unique workshops to develop strategies for lifelong career planning and enhancement. Participate in the full series or select events that meet your specific needs—no matter where you are in your job search or in your career. Each workshop is delivered by a specialist who will help put you on the path to career success. Learn more about our 2018 Your Career events.
Building Career Connections: Networking in Action
April 25, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Practice your networking skills while enjoying light refreshments, participating in organized activities, and meeting new people! Be prepared with your elevator pitch and networking introduction, as you give others an opportunity to learn about you.
Join us for an optional workshop, Create Your Pitch, before the event from 6:00pm-6:30pm.
Assessment & Defining Career Goals with Ginny Rehberg, Rehberg Management Group
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm
At any point in your career, you may be struggling with your career direction. This 4-part series will help you unearth, explore and clearly define your ideal job preferences using various proprietary assessment exercises and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to better understand your unique set of preferences and explore career options and/or job opportunities that may fit.
You must be available to attend all four sessions. Participants must be members of the Harvard Ed Portal, residents of Allston-Brighton or the parent/guardian of a student who attends the Gardner Pilot Academy.
Building a Savvy Profile on LinkedIn
May 4, 10:30am-12:00pm
LinkedIn has become an incredibly powerful tool for building and maintaining your professional network, and for landing new positions. Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a hands-on workshop to help you build a stronger profile. Topics include changing your headline, enhancing your summary and skills, positioning yourself when you are job hunting later in your career, making career transitions to a new industry or field, and dealing with gaps in employment.
Follow Up Letters and Thank You Notes That Work
May 8, 10:00am-12:00pm
In this workshop you will learn how to use follow-up letters and thank you notes to stand out from the crowd during your job search process. Learn how to highlight your enthusiasm and suitability for a position and/or industry, timeliness in sending letters and notes, how to keep your name at the front of the list of interviewees, how to follow-up if you receive a rejection letter, keeping your network informed of your success in finding a job, and how to draft your own follow-up letter and thank you note template.
LinkedIn for Networking, Career Building & Job Search
May 18, 10:30am-12:00pm
Are you on LinkedIn, but haven’t fully tapped the networking aspect of this impressive social media tool? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the broad reach of LinkedIn to effectively network for jobs or other career related information and leads. Topics will include reaching out to LinkedIn connections to grow your network and assist with job leads, informational interviewing, how to write a message or email to a second level connection or someone you don’t have a connection to, the networking philosophy of “How can I help,” conversation openers, LinkedIn Groups, and maintaining or strengthening your existing connections.
Navigating Your Career for Clarity and Focus: Introduction to Career Planning and Job Search
Are you feeling lost in your career or unsure about your career future? This workshop, facilitated by Jane McHale, will help you plan your career strategies and set clear goals—one step at a time. Participants will gain a better understanding of where they are in their career, learn the four stages of career planning, and work on the next steps towards achieving their career goals.
Test Your Career Path: Using Career Assessments for Future Direction
Can’t decide on your career direction? Unsure of which occupations would fit your personality, interests, and skills? Over the course of three workshops, participants will take the most popular career assessments: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and SkillScan. Each assessment report will match your results to popular careers and help you focus your job search on the careers that best fit your interests.
*Open to Ed Portal members only* Learn how to become a member here.
Using Mindfulness to Better Handle Work & Job Search Stress
Get fresh ideas for understanding and managing stress, building resilience and feeling calmer and more confident at work and in the job search. Learn strategies to handle tough career decisions and some fun tools to enhance interviewing and presentation success. Expect this session to be collaborative, engaging, and practical.
Establishing a Job Search Strategy and Plan
Establish a unique job search strategy and plan of action. Review all job search techniques and relative success rates including networking, responding to internet job postings, recruiters, etc., how to avoid the “illusion of activity,” create a unique job search strategy for each participant, emphasize the importance of clearly articulating the job search focus (2 minute intro/elevator speech), provide research tips and techniques; provide tracking forms for staying organized in the search.
In this workshop, participants will create a strong, effective resume. We will discuss the pros/cons of different resume formats, what constitutes compelling resume content, how to emphasize/de-emphasize content (including downplaying dates or any other irrelevant info), re-casting your resume for a career change and more.
Creating a Positive First Impression: The Cover Letter
Now that you’ve prepared a résumé, what else can you do to create a positive impression with the hiring manager? In this workshop you will learn how to write a customized cover letter that will enhance your résumé and influence a recruiter to put you forward for an interview.
The Brand Called You!
Success at work involves not only what you do (skills) but also how you do it (brand). Your reputation at work whether positive, neutral, or negative has major impact on your career goals and direction. This session will give you the insights you need to build your brand, increase your influence, and expand your career success.
Becoming a Skilled Interviewer
Prepare for every step in the interview process—from the phone interview to the crucial final meeting. Whether you are an experienced or novice interviewer, this session will help you learn how to put your best forward and respond to questions with more confidence and conviction!
Follow Up Letters and Thank You Notes That Work
Have you had, or are you about to have, a job interview and want to differentiate yourself from other candidates? Have you had networking meetings where people offered referrals or information and you want to show your appreciation?
In this workshop you will learn how to use follow-up letters and thank you notes to stand out from the crowd during your job search process.
Understanding Behavior Styles for Allston-Brighton Residents
People skills provide the basis for effective communication; they raise awareness of our own behavior and help build the experience required to recognize and utilize the strengths of others. Understanding the behavior styles of yourself and others helps enhance communication with potential employers and grow networking skills in a positive and effective way.
Researching the Right Company for the Right Job
In order to find the right job you need to do your research to find the right company. What makes the company special compared to others? What is its financial health and future sustainability? Is their culture a fit? These are just some of the questions to consider when finding the right company for you. This session will focus on the ways and tools to research a company to find answers to these questions and more.
Building Career Connections: Networking Tips for the Job Search
In this workshop you will receive practical tips on how to continue to strengthen and build your career connections and we’ll help you answer these questions: What kinds of networking should I be doing? I’ve made my way to a “networking event,” now what? Do I need a pitch or elevator speech? How do I share "my story"? Is networking on social media beneficial for someone in my particular field?
Building Career Connections: Informational Interviews
When it comes to building your career and landing a new position, you’ve probably heard how important it is to network. Informational interviewing helps to build connections, gain information, and uncover new career possibilities. In this workshop we’ll explore: how to find people to talk with, what to write when making "the ask," research to do before the meeting, and more!
Ongoing "Your Career: Planning and Job Search" Programs
Monday Job Seekers Connection
Connecting with other job seekers can make all the difference between exhaustion and enthusiasm. Join other job seekers each week for mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment in your job search. Job Seekers Connection energizes and motivates participants by teaching valuable career search strategies and techniques.
2018 Guest Facilitators:
Over 40 Job Seekers Connection
The Over 40 Job Seekers Connection is a networking group that focuses on the unique challenges facing individuals over the age of 40 who are pursuing or transitioning to a new career or searching for a new job.