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Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton Kicks Off 2019 Job Club Schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2019) A presentation by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, a 1971 University of Kentucky College of Nursing graduate, kicks off the 2019 fall Central Kentucky Job Club slate. Mayor Gorton will share her intriguing career path and give an update on the city’s economic and employment scene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The fall Job Club schedule is full of sessions that will benefit job seekers at any stage. The lineup of talented and engaging speakers will lead sessions on everything from job search strategies and resumes, to finding employment after 50 and keeping a sense of humor while job searching. Throughout the fall there will also be opportunities for free professional headshots and resume critiques.

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development have scheduled seven meetings for Job Club this fall. The purpose of the Central Kentucky Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. The free group is open to the public and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services office, located at 1140 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington. Business attire is encouraged. Convenient, free parking is available.

Job Club is for you if you are motivated and currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and introduced to Job Club attendees. For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services office at 859-257-5582 or the UK Human Resources Staff Career Development office at 859-257-9416. Additional information, including testimonials from former Job Club participants, can be viewed at: www.ukalumni.net/jobclub.

Job Club Fall Meeting Schedule:

Sept. 10

Lexington’s Economic Update — presented by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.

Sept. 24

A Crash Course in Job Search Strategies — presented by Diane Kohler, manager, UK Human Resources Staff Career Development; Caroline Francis, director of UK Alumni Career Services; and Amanda Schagane, associate director, UK Alumni Career Services. Free professional headshot photos will be taken immediately following Job Club for attendees.

Oct. 8

Target Your Resume — presented by Caroline Francis, director of UK Alumni Career Services, and Amanda Schagane, associate director, UK Alumni Career Services.

Oct. 22

Building a Foundation for Success: How to Ace Your Interview — presented by April Spellman, corporate recruiter, Gray Construction. Free resume critiques will be held immediately following Job Club for attendees.

Nov. 12

Writing Your Way to Your Next Opportunity — presented by Amanda Lawrence, lecturer/course coordinator, UK Instructional Communication and Research.

Nov. 26

Finding Employment After 50 — presented by Diane Kohler, manager, UK Human Resources Staff Career Development.

Dec. 10

Keeping Your Sense of Humor in the Ups and Downs of a Job Search — presented by Mike Nichols, licensed psychologist and retired professor of psychology.

*Snow policy: If Fayette County Public Schools are closed or on a delay, Job Club will not meet.

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 800-269-2586.

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