2008
Workshop aims to help job hunters learn how to sell their potential

Workshop aims to help job hunters learn how to sell their potential
December 17, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Have you ever thought to yourself: “I know I’d be great at that job if only someone would give me a chance?” Do you struggle with the idea of networking and feel that you have fewer valuable contacts than other job seekers? Do you find yourself apologizing for your age, your level of experience or your education? Have you sent out resumes for jobs you know you’d be perfect for but never get a response? Do you have trouble getting interviews? Do you have trouble talking about yourself at an interview without feeling like you’re bragging? Rob Sullivan, a Chicago-based author, motivational speaker, career coach and corporate trainer, understands the frustration. To land his dream job, he had to overcome thousands of other applicants, dozens of interviews and 18 months of rejection. He made numerous mistakes along the way. Today, he shares what he learned with people just like him. Sullivan will present “Packaging Your Potential: Lessons from a Job Hunter Who Learned the Hard Way” from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 at the Krasa Center Presentation Room on the campus of Benedictine University. The workshop is sponsored by Benedictine University’s Office of Career Development. Sullivan is an inspirational speaker and corporate trainer who has delivered workshops and keynote speeches at companies, universities and trade associations across the country including TAP Pharmaceuticals, McDonald's, Motorola, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. He has delivered numerous commencement speeches and has been a guest on television and radio stations across the country. He was also featured in the Wall Street Journal and was a guest on “Starting Over,” an Emmy-award winning reality show that airs nationally on NBC. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and a master’s in Advertising from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is the author of a best-selling book, “Getting Your Foot in the Door When You Don't Have a Leg to Stand On.” Sullivan’s passion is helping people recognize, leverage and communicate the gold in their backgrounds. He offers tips on how to get employers interested in you even if you don’t think you have any meaningful accomplishments, and talks about how to develop a winning pitch that you can use anywhere to describe who you are and what you want to do. The workshop is designed for job seekers of all ages, but is particularly beneficial to adults who have recently lost their jobs due to the economic downturn and are resuming the job search process for the first time in several years. The event begins with a light dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation follows at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. by January 15 to Julie Cosimo in the Office of Career Development by calling (630) 829-6037 or by e-mail at jcosimo@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.