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Central Kentucky Job Club releases fall 2023 schedule

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment announce the fall 2023 Central Kentucky Job Club schedule. The free group is open to the public and is available both in-person and online. 

Job Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 9-10:15 a.m. (ET), at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, located at 1140 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington. Convenient, free parking is available. Business attire is encouraged. All events are offered as an online option as well. 

The purpose of Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. Job Club is geared toward motivated professionals and those currently out of work, underemployed or seeking a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and may have a one-minute spotlight to share active job leads with Job Club attendees. 

For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905 or the Fayette Cooperative Extension Office at 859-257-5582. Additional information, including recordings from previous Job Club sessions and testimonials from former Job Club participants, can be viewed at A LinkedIn community for sharing Job Club information can be found at LinkedIn Group.  

Fall 2023 Job Club Schedule 

Sept. 12: Creating a Powerful Personal Brand 

Presented by Gretchen Bright, manager, Marketing Communications & Engagement, Big Ass Fans 

Creating a powerful personal brand is essential for establishing your reputation and standing out in today’s competitive world. It is not who you know, it is who knows you that counts. In this session, learn how to choose your own brand and how to market yourself personally and professionally. 

**Free LinkedIn professional headshots will be available immediately following Job Club for in-person attendees. 


Sept. 26: Taking a New Path 

Presented by Candina Janicki, Career Development Manager, Murphy & Associates  

This presentation covers tips for developing your marketing materials and a plan if you are transitioning into a new career pathway. Being able to show potential employers that you can transfer the valuable skills you already have could make you an attractive candidate for more jobs than you may have thought. Candina will focus on recognizing your transferrable skills and what you can take from one job to another. 

**Free resume critiques will be available immediately following Job Club for in-person attendees. 


Oct. 10: Show Up and Show Out — Interviewing and Job Search in 2023 

Presented by Arthur Hughes, Executive Client Partner, Heller DeLand Group 

Job search and talent acquisition in 2023 is changing rapidly. Increased competition, fewer jobs, and AI in job search are making what is already difficult even more challenging. Discover the new and the next in job search and how to leverage technology, networking, and personal branding to communicate your professional value proposition throughout your job search confidently. 


Oct. 24: Job Search Best Practices: Essentials for Finding the Right Fit 

Presented by Stacy Miller, director of Extension UK Human Resources 

This presentation will provide attendees with tips and strategies for crafting an effective resume and finding their ideal job. We will discuss the importance of tailoring your resume to the specific job you are applying for, and explore best practices for job searching, including leveraging professional social media networks, preparing for job interviews and avoiding common pitfalls. 


Nov. 14: Positive Employability 

Presented by Diana Doggett, MS, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Specialist, UK 

Having the technical skills and knowledge to successfully execute your job duties is only one part of being the best you can be in the workplace. In addition to these “hard” skills, we also need “soft” skills, those skills which allow us to effectively work with others. Identify how to use empathy, professionalism, and communication to build effective workplace relationships. Learn how attitudes, self-confidence, and the ability to network affect job candidate and/or employee success. 


Nov. 28: The Cure for Imposter Syndrome 

Presented by Kristin , LaFontaine, co-founder, owner, LaFontaine Preparatory School 

Imposter syndrome is a common experience for job seekers. It can manifest as feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and fear of being exposed as a fraud. This can lead people to undersell themselves, avoid applying for jobs they are qualified for, or settle for lower-paying positions. LaFontaine will explore the impact imposter syndrome can have on anyone during their job search. She will help attendees learn how to identify imposter syndrome in themselves and others, and how to overcome it. LaFontaine will also share practical tools that will help build confidence and achieve their career goals. 


Dec. 12: Applying for State Government: Insights into the Job Application Process 

Presented by Rebekah Singleton, KY State Government, Applicant, Veterans, and Recruitment Assistance - administrative branch mgr. 

Careers in public service are diverse, interesting and rewarding. They can allow you to truly make a difference in the communities that you serve. If you have a passion around serving your community while you grow your skills and your career, join the many employees across the Commonwealth who are finding perfect work opportunities and getting the satisfaction of touching lives and making a lasting impact. Please join the Division of Career Opportunities Overview of the external state government application process. 


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