Career Strategies For You - Workshop
This three-hour highly interactive workshop is designed to give professionals the tools they need to grow their careers to the next level quicker…and safer as the workshop clearly shows how to avoid career derailing mishaps. In addition to strategic information for everyone, this workshop provides specific applications unique to each of the following professional profiles:
- Employed Career Climbers (professionals with 1-10 years experience in their field)
- Unemployed professionals
- Underemployed professionals
- Professionals changing careers
- Employed Seasoned Executives (professionals with greater than 10 years experience in their field)
Our presenter is Kathleen “Kathy” Graham. Kathy is a career strategist who owns four businesses that focus on different aspects of career development for professionals. After working for several search firms where she was a top national award-winning recruiter, she co-founded in 1997 HQSearch, Inc., a retained executive search firm specializing solely in senior financial services positions. Many of you will also recognize Kathy from the Booth Finance Roundtable. Read more about Kathy Graham.
Each attendee will receive a high quality, in-depth printed permanent reference guide for the materials covered, provided by HQ Seminars. Accompanying the explanations and Q&A periods are three multi-media stories of professionals, telling how they employed The Six Steps to Career Success™ to achieve their goals. These stories are true composites of real-life business professionals who have moved up in their profession to reach their ideal next position.
The topics to be covered extensively for each profile are:
For Employed Career Climbers:
- How to develop current career paths to further growth opportunities.
- How to avoid/extricate self from traps such as: political land mines, expropriation of your successes, being too good to promote, etc.
- Addressing “specialist” vs. “generalist”–What is the best mixture?
- How to turbo-charge your advancement.
- Best practices for: looking internally/externally for the next opportunity, working with recruiters, etc.
- How to make sure the next job delivers: compensation and other important job changing conversations.
For the Unemployed, Under-employed, and those Changing Careers:
- Best practices in defining the scope of your career or job search.
- How to develop leads.
- How to get an interview.
- How to avoid interview pitfalls when explaining employment gaps, job hopping, and other special situations.
- How to have conversations about compensation.
- What to do if offered the less than an ideal job, or how to move your career forward if one already works in a less than ideal position.
- How to develop leads and avoid presentation pitfalls.
- How to handle expertise and background questions.
- Best practices in defining the scope of your career as an entrepreneur.
- Compensation conversations, including what to do if offered less than an ideal proposal.
- How to move your career forward if one is currently in a less than profitable niche.
- Marketing materials to attract and bring in more lucrative business opportunities.
For Employed Seasoned Executives are:
- How to develop current and alternative career paths that further growth opportunities.
- How to extricate yourself from traps such as: a landlocked position, obsolete skills, being considered overqualified, etc. Equally important, how to avoid making career decision mistakes.
- Defining what the possibilities are if you’re at the apex, including considering some very different options.
- Best practices for: looking internally/externally for great options, working with recruiters, etc.
- Making sure the next job fits: compensation and other important job changing conversations.
- How to address transferable skill sets.
A dinner buffet and refreshments are included in the event.
About the Presenter
Kathleen “Kathy” Graham is a career strategist who owns four businesses that focus on different aspects of career development for professionals. After working for several search firms where she was a top national award-winning recruiter, Graham co-founded in 1997 HQSearch, Inc.. a retained executive search firm specializing solely in senior financial services positions (total compensation in the six-seven figure range) globally. For the last eight years Graham has issued an annual overall economic trends forecast that to date has been completely accurate. Facing her bleak prediction for 2008, Graham decided to use her recruiting expertise to create the Your Career Strategist™ series of services, workshops, and products to help professionals grow their careers themselves. These offerings have received tremendous positive feedback due to the high rate of success that individuals are experiencing in securing their ideal career goals, even in this challenging economic climate. These professionals are in fields as diverse as marketing, legal, healthcare, consulting, accounting, and finance. Their current positions range from entrepreneurs to mid level corporate to C-suite Fortune 500 executives.
Graham earned her MBA in Analytical Finance, Econometrics, and Statistics from The University of Chicago and a BA in Business Administration and Marketing from North Central College. She is a frequently requested speaker and writer nationally on topics regarding human capital and career development, including presentations given for The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, The Chicago Tribune, Financial Research Associates, Managed Funds Association, New York Society of Security Analysts, The CFA Society of Chicago, The Boston Security Analysts Society, and Northwestern University’s Alumni Association.
Her first career book, Graham’s Manual of Style for Resumes and Cover Letters, published in 2009, was such a success that an expanded second edition will be forthcoming first quarter 2011. Her new book, Bullseye: Graham’s Six Steps to Career Success, will also be published first quarter 2011. Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy has also written a children’s book, The Land of Lemons and Nuts, published in 2008, to teach economics to children ages four through nine. It is available in English, French, and Spanish.