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Publications > Dateline Houston > March 2004 > Chapter News

Volume 43, Issue 5

March 2004

Chapter News

Employment Workshop Scores Another Big Hit

by Steve Shriver, Contract Technical Writer, Baker Hughes

Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their careers.

That is exactly what more than 42 participants did when they came out to hear Terry Devlin of Bernard Haldane and three other presentations on how to negotiate the current job market, on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10-2, at the Westchase Hilton.

This was the third year STC Houston has utilized the four-cornered approach, with all four presentations going simultaneously and repeating four times during the workshop—this scenario allows all participants to view each presentation. It also encourages an informal workshop environment (versus a formal lecture) and lots of Q&A. There was no admission, lunch was served, and both members and nonmembers participated.

Devlin converted a new legion of fans to his soft networking techniques. As expected, his counsel was salient, current, and right on target. This the third consecutive year Devlin has been invited back to present to STC Houston.

Lonnie Klene and Jim Bratsakis of Klene & Bratsakis gave a popular presentation on how to set yourself up as an independent with a full benefits package, including a complete health insurance and retirement package. Klene also offered some of her story, having escaped the corporate world to own her own business.

Evalyn Shea with Shea Writing Solutions offered us a wealth of knowledge and expertise on resumes and accomplishment statements—how to put your best foot forward on paper.

Deborah Silvi of BMC Software, a previous chapter president, and independent consultant Ron Kirk reviewed resumes on the spot and delivered large doses of practical, one-on-one advice to all who wanted it. In addition, Silvi reviewed several resumes that were emailed to her before and after the workshop, going the extra mile with zeal and insight.

Our immediate past president George Slaughter with the Integrity Group had a popular presentation on selling yourself with your 30-second sound bite during the morning sessions, delivered with his usual dose of infectious enthusiasm. Steve Shriver presented on the same topic in the afternoon sessions.

One participant summed it up perfectly. "I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the STC meeting on Saturday. It was excellent. All of the speakers were great, but I especially liked Terry from Bernard Haldane. He gave us some invaluable information!"

"I want to thank all of the participants and volunteers for a great job with the employment workshop," said president Jocelyn Williams, who presided over the event. Also present was Director of Membership David Remson of NetIQ, who answered many questions for prospective new members.

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