17 posts categorized "Networking groups"


Lessons learned from the trenches of one (successful) jobseeker

Eric Karl 102 Here's our print story from today's Star-Telegram on lessons learned from a finance executive who spent nearly 11 months looking for a job, and landed one.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Buff up your digital in time for holiday networking: Free DFW workshops

Looking to buff up your digital profile?

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, has made some interesting changes to its site in recent weeks. And experts say it’s a good time to get your profile into shape as we head into the holidays and networking opportunities.

Some free sessions coming up:

  • 7:30 p.m-9:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 9, Temple Shalom, Social Hall, 6930 Alpha Road, Dallas. Dennis O’Hagan will deliver his popular LinkedIn presentation for intermediate users and people who are new to the site. Admission’s free.
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 10, Preston Trail Community Church, 10501 E. Main St., Frisco. O’Hagan will be putting on his “informational interview” presentation. Admission is free.
  • 9 a.m. Saturday Nov. 13, First Baptist Church of Dallas, Truett Chapel, 1707 San Jacinto St. David Lanners will present his “Professional’s Guide to Higher LinkedIn Rankings. Admission’s free.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Dirk Spencer's resume boot camp in Fort Worth Oct. 30

Jobhunters can get a free half-day boot camp with DFW resume guru and corporate recruiter Dirk Spencer, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 30, at the Trinity Vineyard Fellowship church, 1401 W. 5th St. downtown. Spencer will present his Resume Psychology-Get the Offer Not the Interview program. Register online at www.careersearchnetwork.org. Click on "Services", then "Seminars".Space is limited to 100 participants.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Crossroads Bible Church's popular monthly Job Transition Workshop Sept. 11

The popular free monthly Job Transition Workshop at Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak has openings for this month's daylong meeting, Saturday Sept. 11.

Instructors include Rex Saoit from Talent Capital Solutions; Gail Houston from Intuit; Locke Alderson from Oracle; and Dirk Spencer from PSI Protech Solutions.

Topics: using the Internet in your job search, search strategies, resume writing, networking, interviewing, and negotiating techniques. The daylong workshop includes free breakfast and lunch, and resume critiques.

The workshop is for unemployed and underemployed people, and others seeking new opportunities. Dress code is casual.

To register, visit http://www.crossroadsbible.org/STW/Adult%20Ministries/Careers/careerworkshop.htm .

The church is at 8101 FM 407.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Fort Worth Career Search Network fetes first birthday

Csnpic1 Csnpic2 Here's our story from Monday's paper on the first birthday of the Fort Worth Career Search Network.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Csnpic3 Milorixe Marlalee  (Photos, clockwise from upper left: Paul Vercher and Foster Williams; Monday meeting at North Fort Worth Baptist Church; Milo Rixe; Marla Lee; Ret Martin.)


Fort Worth Career Search Network holding Saturday workshop

The Fort Worth Career Search Network is continuing its series of monthly Enhanced Job Search Solutions Workshops, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Vineyard Fellowship, 1401 W. 5th St. downtown.

Speakers will include recruiter and CSN co-founder Foster Williams of the search4uinc.com site, who will speak on recruiting strategies; talk show host Renee Lewis, creator of igotyourbaac.com, who will speak on personal brand building; Cathy McCreedy-Howard, who will speak on getting a response; and HR executive Denise Johnson, who will speak on "Unpacking Your Bags."

You can also bring copies of your resume for review and interview practice.

To register, visit the CSN's web site, click on "Services," then on "Seminars."

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 


Fort Worth Career Search Network adds IT group in Southlake

The Fort Worth Career Search Network has added an IT networking group to its growing list of branches.

The IT Focus Group meets 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the  Cornerstone Bible Church, 545 Nolen Drive in Southlake. Foster Williams, a longtime recruiter and one of the Career Search Network's founders, expects the IT group to be "quite sizeable," with a "national" and perhaps "global presence."

The group is open to jobseekers and people in IT who "would like to help the unemployed obtain employment," Williams said in a recent email blast.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 


Fort Worth Career Search Network adds Burleson branch

The Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson is home to the newest branch of the Fort Worth Career Search Network.

The South Fort Worth branch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, 500 NE Alsbury Blvd., starting Sept. 15.

The Career Search Network's flagship group meets Mondays at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church. Other branches: Colleyville, Southlake HR Focus Group, North Richland Hills, North Arlington, Arlington, South Arlington-Mansfield, Mansfield-Walnut Ridge, and Waxahachie. The network also has a branch in Lone Tree, Colo. Click on the group's home page for a list of the branches and meeting times.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram   


Fort Worth Career Search Network continues to expand

The Fort Worth Career Search Network continues to add affiliates to its stable of jobs networking groups in the area.


Csn2 The network started earlier this year, meeting Mondays at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church, and now regularly sees more than 80 jobhunters weekly at that get-together, said Foster Williams, one of the group’s organizers and managing principal with his wife Cindi of search4uinc.com, a jobs site that feeds free job listings into the Career Search Network’s Yahoo message board.


The Network also folded in a year-old human resources professionals group that Williams started a year ago. In the last two months, the Network added groups in Colleyville and Mansfield and two in Arlington, and a once-a-month job-search skills workshop.

In the last two weeks, the Network formed groups in Waxahachie and North Richland Hills. The Network is about to add a third Arlington group, scheduled to have its first weekly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the New World United Methodist Church in North Arlington. It’s also considering moving its South Arlington-Mansfield group, which has been meeting at different locations, to the Arlington Public Library branch at Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard and Kelly Perkins Road.

Finally, the Network’s organizers, through friends in Colorado, also are helping form a career search group in Denver.


Csn1 The goal (for the Tarrant County area), Williams said, is to develop a large number of small networking groups that draw 15-20 people at their weekly meetings, in contrast to the 300 that have sometimes packed the meetings of the popular Southlake Focus Group in recent months, or even the 100-plus that the flagship North Fort Worth Baptist group has drawn.


A smaller gathering is “more intimate,” says Williams, a former Verizon national hiring manager who also is a member of the Southlake Focus Group leadership team. “You have more time to talk, you have more time to strategize, because you have fewer people.”


Network1 And even the large networking groups break out into small table discussions at their meetings, he notes.


In some cases, FWCSN also expects some of the smaller networking groups to take on contrasting demographic makeup. "We're starting to see it already," Williams said. "Mansfield and Waxahachie are more blue collar."


More info on the groups:


North Fort Worth Baptist Church, 5801 North I-35 W. Meets 8:30 a.m. Mondays.

HR Focus Group, Cornerstone Bible Church, 585 Nolen Drive, Southlake. 9 a.m. Wednesdays.


Covenant Church Colleyville, 3508 Glade Road, Colleyville. 9 a.m. Tuesdays.


Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1201 Texas 360 and Broad Street, Mansfield. 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Cowboy Church of Ellis County, 2374 W. U.S. 287 Bypass, Waxahachie.5:30 p.m. Mondays.

South Arlington-Mansfield. 10 a.m. Meets second and fourth Fridays, different locations.


First Baptist Church-Arlington, 300 S. Center St. 9 a.m. Mondays.


New World United Methodist Church, 2201 N. Davis Drive, Arlington. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 6955 Boulevard 26. 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

Enhanced Job Search Solutions Workshop, Trinity Vineyard Fellowship, 1401 W. 5th St., Fort Worth. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., last Saturday monthly.

Information: http://www.fwcsn.org/


– Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


(Photos: Spring meeting at North Fort Worth Baptist Church, upper left. Organizers Paul Vercher, Foster Williams, Doug Williamson, bottom right.)


Women's Center launching support groups in August

Stressball With the number of stressed-out people continuing to rise, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County is starting a support group that it will run during its ongoing job search classes.


The center will launch the groups in early August, says Terri Rios, the Women’s Center’s director of employment solutions. The job search classes meet five days a week, and the support group will meet on three of those days.


Topics will include staying motivated, remembering strengths, reducing “negative” stress, finding meaning, and “logic over panic,” Rios said. Information: http://www.womenscenter.info/


- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 


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