GUEST COMMENTARY: Helping you to become more marketable

2013-06-16T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Helping you to become more marketableBy Wes Lukoshus nwitimes.com
June 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The big picture of our workforce goes beyond the demarcation of those who have a job and those who do not.

Our society is filled with various distinctions among individuals who consider themselves viable members of the work force — whether they are currently employed or not.

Despite successful, productive careers, some have experienced elimination of their jobs for reasons of “downsizing.” Others are wary their day is fast approaching.

Seeking a more satisfying future, many workers are making career changes or positioning themselves to do so.

Others who left the work force on their own terms years ago — perhaps to attend to family matters — are now eager to resume their professional lives.

And who hasn’t considered starting a business — turning one’s career dream into a successful livelihood?

Within the fast-changing work world, rules and best practices for entering and re-entering change rapidly and frequently.

But being able to offer value-added benefit is one thing. Convincing a job recruiter, employer or bank of the same may be another issue.

Which brings me to an upcoming series of programs for region residents designed to help them work smarter to be job marketable. In 1987, in response to significant industrial employer downsizing, Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest and The Times partnered in offering several, informational job and career-related programs.

More than a quarter century later, the programs continue, and they’re still focused on job marketability. For insight on best practices and perspectives, check out these fast-paced, mini-sessions scheduled at Purdue Calumet’s Working Smarter to Be Job Marketable program at 6:15 p.m. June 25.

  • Proven Job Search Techniques for Today’s Successful Job Seeker – How are your networking skills? Do you use social media? Find out more about what today’s successful job search should entail.
  • Transferable Skills … They’re Important & You Have Them! – Employers want to know what to expect from a job seeker in certain circumstances. Absent of having "been there, done that," your transferable skills can run interference for you. Explore those skills.
  • Resumes, Cover Letters & Thank Yous – You say you need help creating that knock-your-socks-off resume? OK, we can help. Yet, a good cover letter may be even more valuable. And what about that post-interview “thank you” note? Learn how to use all three to your advantage.
  • Find Your Passion, Find Your Career! – Whether realizing the dream of starting a business or otherwise finding your dream job or career, fueling passion while eliminating fears is critical. Determine how to turn what you love to do into your life’s work.
  • Learning to Work Smarter – Take advantage of learning programs, opportunities and resources at Purdue Calumet.
  • Panel Discussion Q&A – The opportunity to direct questions to our panel of presenters about the world of work, job pursuit and how to become more marketable.

Prospective attendees can qualify for free admission by registering by Thursday www.purduecal.edu/workingsmarter; by phoning (219) 989-2217 or (800) HI-PURDUE, ext. 2217; or by completing and mailing a registration form that is being published periodically in The Times.

In fact, registration forms for all Working Smarter … programs are being published in The Times.

Other programs are scheduled at Calumet College of St. Joseph (6 p.m. June 24); Indiana University Northwest, co-hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Northwest (5:45 p.m. June 26); Valparaiso University, co-hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University (4 p.m. June 27); and Trine University in Schererville (6 p.m. June 28).

Each program will address the Working Smarter to be Job Marketable theme from a distinct and helpful perspective.

Wes Lukoshus is assistant vice chancellor for advancement/university relations at Purdue University Calumet and coordinator of the university’s Working Smarter to Be Job Marketable program. He can be contacted at lukoshus@purduecal.edu. The opinions are the writer's.

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