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Central Kentucky Job Club releases spring 2024 schedule

Central Kentucky Job Club is geared toward motivated professionals and those currently out of work, underemployed or seeking a career transition. Photo courtesy of Envato elements.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2024) — In the spirit of beginnings, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, the UK Cooperative Extension Service and UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment invite job seekers of all backgrounds and experiences to attend Job Club. Job Club is free and open to the public. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 9-10:15 a.m. ET, via Zoom.

The purpose of Job Club is to provide a positive environment for job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. Job Club is for you if you are a motivated professional and for 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 email 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 here.

2024 Spring Job Club schedule

Jan. 9: Aligning Mission, Values and Goals for Career Success

Presented by Amy Gamblin, associate director, UK Alumni Career Services

When pursuing a fulfilling career, it’s essential to discover a career path that resonates with your authentic self. Whether you are a seasoned professional looking for a career shift or a recent graduate stepping into the job market, the principles are the same. In this session, we will explore how to craft your personal mission, uncover your core values and create a roadmap for goal setting.


Jan. 23: 10 Transferrable Skills to Help You Change Careers

Presented by Hallie Crawford, certified career coach, Create Your Career Path

How can you make sure your resume stands out and highlights transferable skills that really represent you when you are changing careers? Discover easy ways to make sure your resume gets immediate attention and better results by focusing on your most important transferable skills.


Feb. 13: Read Between the Lines: 10 Professional Development Books That Mean Business

Presented by Ryan Farley, extension agent for 4-H Youth Development, UK Cooperative Extension

Finding and reading the right personal development books is one way to accelerate your growth and build the capacity to help you land your next job. There are so many books out there but who has the time to sift through them all? In this session discover 10 notable books, ranging in topics from habit-building to event planning, and how they can help you stretch yourself to better prepare for your ideal career!


Feb. 27: From Manual Typewriters to Artificial Intelligence: We Can Do Anything!

Presented by Susan Dunlap, executive director, Office of Public Affairs, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Throw out some of the advice you may have been given about searching for a job if you're mid-career or getting closer to sunsetting your career. Advice such as, "Don't reference the year you graduated from college in your resume. It will 'date' you” can be short-sighted. Join us and find out why there might be a better approach, what it is, and receive fresh tips for landing your next career stop.


March 12: HR-Approved Interview Techniques

Presented by Candra Bryant, chief operating officer, Hanna Resource Group

In her role as an HR leader, Candra imparts crucial insights into effective interviewing strategies. This presentation covers essential do's and don'ts, guiding job seekers in articulating impactful responses during interviews to secure employment. She will review effective communication through virtual platforms, the importance of body language and pitfalls to avoid in answering standard interview questions.


March 26: Writing Resumes That Get Noticed

Presented by Caroline Francis, director, UK Alumni Career Services

Do you wonder why you are not getting invited for interviews? Discover best practice resume formats, strategies to get through employer Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), and how to showcase your key accomplishments. New ways to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to your advantage will also be addressed.


April 9: Leveraging AI in the Job Search

Presented by Amy Gamblin, associate director, UK Alumni Career Services

Discover ways to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) generative software to assist in your job search strategies. In this session, we want to empower participants to feel confident in using AI in resume writing, interviewing techniques and other job search strategies. We will also explore some limitations and why having a career service professional in your corner is essential when utilizing the tool.


April 23: Tips for Negotiating Your Salary

Presented by Yoshie Reid, director of Global Compensation and Benefits, Lexmark International

Have you ever wondered if you should negotiate your salary? If so, how and when? This presentation will share steps to take when you are considering salary negotiations and things you need to be aware of. Yoshie will provide some practical examples of ways to negotiate your salary and help you prepare your next negotiation strategies.=


May 14: Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Job Search and Network Growth

Presented by Betsy Davies, associate director of Career Development and Employer Relations, UK Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering

Do you have a LinkedIn profile but rarely use it? Have you been nervous about jumping into LinkedIn? Then this conversation is for you because LinkedIn is a tool used by recruiters, companies and candidates every single day. Join us to learn about how to build your professional “brand” to best leverage LinkedIn to maximize your job search, attract recruiters and build/maintain a strong professional network for whatever your next career move is.


May 28: Job Search Strategy Tips from HR & Recruiter Panel

Presented by:

  • Nicole Waite, employment apecialist, UK STEPS Temporary Employment
  • Laura Mobley-Corn, owner, Express Employment Professionals
  • Sara Soard, senior human resources generalist, Marine Solutions
  • Rachel Manzullo, human resources business partner, UK Federal Credit Union

Join us for a panel discussion with Human Resources specialists and recruiters in the community who will share job search strategy tips that will help prepare you for your next career. Themes will include interviewing strategies, how to answer difficult questions, salary negotiation and networking tips.


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In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.