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Thursday, November 14, 2019

06:30 PM  
6:30 PM - Overcoming “Warts” That Can Invade Your Job Search - Strategies to Handle Truths That You May Wish Didn’t Exist


Facilitated by Stan Brown of Stan Brown + Associates and a Member of the MJSW Board of Directors & John Wetzel of the University of Minnesota and Managing Director of the MJSW Board of Directors

LOCATION: Christ Presbyterian Church, Hwy. 100 & 70th Street, Edina, MN - Room 10 in the lower level of the church (programs are non-denominational and open to anyone who wants to attend).

All savvy job seekers want to present themselves in the best possible light, of course.  Yet many job seekers have some issues that are negative or potentially problematic, yet coming up with a position or strategy for dealing with these “warts” is far from simple.  Problems of this sort can occur in all the facets of job search, including résumé development, interviewing (phone as well as in-person), filling in applications, networking, sending thank you letters, even communicating with your friends.

Some solutions are fairly easy, like how do you deal on your resume that you were unemployed for four months in 2017?  The answer here is not only simple, but applies to all resumes: just drop the months.  If an interviewer asks about your transition from ABC Co. to XYZ Co., then you do need to admit it.  But most job issues are not that simple.

Here are some of the “warts” that become tricky to handle:

  • Being plucked out as part of a small layoff.
  • Being fired.
  • Having a disability.
  • In a job for a very short time – you realized it was a bad fit.
  • Started college, but never got a degree.
  • Not working for many months because you were (or a family member was) ill.
  • In your 50’s or 60’s with gray hair when the very successful company is mostly people in their 20’s and 30’s.
  • Being in a minority group when the potential employer doesn’t seem interested in diversity.

This meeting will provide answers to items like these, helping job seekers to formulate strategies to respond to their own issues. And participants will be able to bring up their own challenging items.

The presenters have had many years of experience working with people in transition. 

Stan Brown was trained as an engineer and is a marketing professional (MBA from the Harvard Business School) who has worked for Chevrolet, Polaroid, General Mills, Honeywell, Toro, Litton Microwave, Group Health (now HealthPartners) and Core Group Marketing.  He has volunteered in the field of job search support for almost 30 years.  He founded the Minneapolis Job Support Workshop as a way of helping people deal with job and career transition.  He has conducted hundreds of individual and group sessions as a way of "paying forward".

John Wetzel is an industrial/organizational psychologist who serves as the managing director of the Minneapolis Job Support Workshop.  His career includes leadership roles with IDS Financial Services (now Ameriprise Financial) and Right Management, a global human resource consulting firm where he partnered with executives in career transition.  He currently serves as a career consultant in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where he volunteers full-time with university students in their major exploration and job search strategies.

There is no need to register in advance.  The session is free and open to the public.