Professional Development Workshops

Our workshops are designed to inform employers, employees and job seekers on relevant topics related to career and workforce development issues. 



9:30 am-10:00 am – “Speed Networking” – Presented By:  Lynn Trudell-Moore – Support your job search with a quick, fun exercise proven to help your professional communication skills.

Lynn is a new member of the CJDG board as the Wellness & Program Coordinator.    Along with her work on the board, has been the Employer Relations Specialist in the Career Services Office of SUNY Schenectady since 2013.  There she coordinates 5-6 career events per year and handles on campus recruitment and works to build business partnerships to assist students and alumni in their career success.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in event management and programming as well as employer relations and recruitment.  Lynn has a degree in Liberal Arts as well as one in Business Administration.    If you have an interest in being a speaker at a future event, please reach out to her at lctrudell@yahoo.com.

10:00am-3:00pm – “Resume Critique”- Presented By: Courtney Schingledecker and Marjorie Adams  Have your resume professionally critiqued by professionals to ensure you are presenting your credentials in the best way possible.

Marjorie is a Workforce Readiness Committee Member of the Capital Region Human Resource Association


Courtney is the Workforce Readiness Committee Chair of the Capital Region Human Resource Association

10:15 am-10:45 am – “30 Second Elevator Speech” – Presented By: Dr. Lisa LaVigna – Can you promote yourself and your skills in 30 seconds or less?   After this workshop… you will!

Lisa has spent over 20 years helping adult learners complete a college degree or gain a certification enabling them to enter the workforce at a sustainable wage.  In her latest role as Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at Excelsior College, she worked with corporations, academic institutions, and associations with the goal of building stronger workforce development programs and enabling adult learners to advance their careers.  Lisa has a Bachelors in Public Administration from the SUNY Albany, a MBA from RPI (completed at age 30), and a Doctorate in Management in Community College Administration from University of Maryland’s University College.

1:15 pm-1:45 pm – “Interview Strategies” – Presented By: Pamela Hallenbeck  – Are you prepared for interviews?  Discuss your Strengths and Weaknesses and how to deal with usual interview questions.

Pam has been an Investment Adviser Representative with Primerica for the last 15 years.  She provides financial education and services to individuals, families and small business owners, specializing in debt reduction, retirement planning, income protection, and college savings. Pamela also recruits and trains qualified candidates to work with Primerica helping Main Street families. On top of being life insurance licensed and Series 6 & 63 investment licensed she is also an appointed Life Licensing Coach. Before Primerica Pam worked as a Post Purchase Counselor at the Albany Housing Coalition for 9 years. There, she counseled individuals on personal finance, homeownership, and landlord services. Additionally, she worked on the many veteran’s assistance programs the not-for-profit offered. Pam has an AAS degree as a paralegal and is also a certified Notary Public. In 2018, Pam redirected her business marketing on networking.  In an effort to grow her business through networking, Pam is a regular member of Urban Co-Works.

11:45 am-12:15 pm – “Speed Networking” – Presented By:  Lynn Trudell-Moore – Support your job search with a quick, fun exercise proven to help your professional communication skills.

Lynn is a new member of the CJDG board as the Wellness & Program Coordinator.    Along with her work on the board, has been the Employer Relations Specialist in the Career Services Office of SUNY Schenectady since 2013.  There she coordinates 5-6 career events per year and handles on campus recruitment and works to build business partnerships to assist students and alumni in their career success.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in event management and programming as well as employer relations and recruitment.  Lynn has a degree in Liberal Arts as well as one in Business Administration.    If you have an interest in being a speaker at a future event, please reach out to her at lctrudell@yahoo.com.

12:30 pm-1:00 pm – “Knowing Non-Discrimination Policies for Employers” EMPLOYERS & RECRUITERS ONLY – Presented By:  Jen Maley-Wheeler –Educating employers about existing and new Non-Discrimination laws.

Jen is the Director of Case Management and Training at the Pride Center of the Capital Region

1:15 pm-1:45 pm – “Exit Strategies” – Presented By: Pamela Hallenbeck  –Time to make a move?  What you need to know about making an exit from your current employment.

Pam has been an Investment Adviser Representative with Primerica for the last 15 years.  She provides financial education and services to individuals, families and small business owners, specializing in debt reduction, retirement planning, income protection, and college savings. Pamela also recruits and trains qualified candidates to work with Primerica helping Main Street families. On top of being life insurance licensed and Series 6 & 63 investment licensed she is also an appointed Life Licensing Coach. Before Primerica Pam worked as a Post Purchase Counselor at the Albany Housing Coalition for 9 years. There, she counseled individuals on personal finance, homeownership, and landlord services. Additionally, she worked on the many veteran’s assistance programs the not-for-profit offered. Pam has an AAS degree as a paralegal and is also a certified Notary Public. In 2018, Pam redirected her business marketing on networking.  In an effort to grow her business through networking, Pam is a regular member of Urban Co-Works.

2:00 pm-2:30 pm – “Salary & Raise Negotiations” – Presented By: Miriam Cajuste –  How much are you worth?  Get strategies to negotiate a salary for a new position or a raise for an existing position. 
 

WORKSHOP LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

(1) To identify what energizes you as well the strengths and skills that you would like to be using at work; (2) To learn about “alternative” job-seeking strategies to uncover career/job opportunities and to connect you with potential “door openers” and
(3) To begin to identify next steps (actions to take to move forward towards your career goal).

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE PRIZES JUST FOR PARTICIPATING!

HOW TO ENTER IN THE $100.00 GIFT CARD DRAWING:
  1. Sign up at the registration table and receive your FREE Entry Card
  2. Participate in at least 2 of the  Professional Development Workshops (Six offered) to get your card stamped:
     MUST attend the full workshop
  3. Return your stamped Entry Card to the registration table and be entered to win one of (2) $100.00 MasterCard Gift Cards! 

CONGRATULATIONS! Shanon S. and Kashawn S. are the Spring 2019 Schenectady Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS! Colleen T. and Tanya B. are the Spring 2019 Saratoga Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!