Your Career: Planning and Job Search

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. 

Test Your Career Path: Using Career Assessments for Future Direction
September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Can’t decide on your career direction? Not sure what occupations might fit your personality, interests, and skills? This four-part workshop can provide you with guidance by taking three of the most popular career assessments—Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and SkillScan—and discussing the outcomes with a career coach.

Our meeting dates are September 11, 18, 25 and October 2 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Harvard Ed Portal. You must attend all sessions.

Learn more about and RSVP for Test Your Career Path: Using Career Assessments for Future Direction.

*Open to Ed Portal members only* Learn how to become a member here.

The Brand Called You!
October 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm

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.

Learn more about and RSVP for The Brand Called You!

Establishing a Job Search Strategy and Plan
October 17, 10:00am-12:00pm

Feeling overwhelmed with your job search and spinning your wheels? This workshop will help you establish your unique job search strategy and plan of action.

Learn more about and RSVP for Establishing a Job Search Stratgy and Plan.

Building Career Connections: Networking Tips for the Job Search
October 24, 10:00am-12:00pm

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?

Learn more about and RSVP for Building Career Connections: Networking Tips for the Job Search.

Building Career Connections: Informational Interviews
October 31, 10:00am-12:00pm

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!

Learn more about and RSVP for Building Career Connections: Informational Interviews.

Past Programs

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.

Resume Writing

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!

Building a Savvy Profile on LinkedIn

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.

LinkedIn for Networking, Career Building & Job Search

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.

Ongoing "Your Career: Planning and Job Search" Programs

Monday Job Seekers Connection
Mondays, 11:00am-12:30pm

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.

Fall 2018 Guest Facilitators:

September 10: Nick Vance, Encore Boston Harbor Casino

September 17: Lauren Mackler, Executive and Life Coach

October 10: Michael McCarthy, Power Speaking Coach

October 15: Jane McHale, Jane McHale Career Services

Learn more about Monday Job Seekers Connection or RSVP online.