Job Series

2020-21 Webinars and Workshops via Zoom

If you’ve lost your job, are looking for additional income, or want to take steps to improve your career prospects in the COVID-19 economy, this series is for you.

From November 2020 through March 2021, the library is offering free interactive webinars and online workshops by leading career advisers. Registration is required. (See sessions below.)

This pilot programming responds to new needs in our community, as the state grapples with economic disruption and high unemployment. In August, the Board of Trustees placed a priority on programming for job seekers and others navigating this challenging economy. The Friends of Rogers Free Library, a 501(c)(3) foundation, generously funded the series. 

Free courses. Registration required. Register below.

Series Schedule

November 2020

Monday, November 2nd at 6 pm
Job Search Webinar
How to use search engines, keywords, and time-saving techniques.

Tuesday, November 10th at 6 pm
LinkedIn: Building a Savvy Profile
How to use this social media platform to advance your search.

December 2020

Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm                     
How to Design Your Next Career Move
Small changes can get you closer to your vision of success.

Wednesday, December 9th at 5:30 pm
Pivot Clinic
Let’s figure out your next career move.

Tuesday, December 15th at 6 pm
Building Resilience to Manage Work and Job Search Stress
How to lower your stress, stay calm, and move ahead.

Click on the session title below for more information.

Session Descriptions

Job Search Webinar
‌‌‌Brush up on ‌the‌ ‌tools and‌ ‌techniques‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ online ‌job‌ ‌search.‌ Learn how to‌ ‌diversify‌ your‌ ‌job‌ ‌search‌ ‌engines‌ ‌with‌ ‌specific‌ ‌resources,‌ ‌‌identify keywords‌ ‌for‌ ‌‌searches,‌ ‌use time-saving‌ ‌techniques‌, and‌ pursue ‌networking‌ ‌in‌ your‌ ‌job‌ ‌search.‌ Participants who want additional help are encouraged to sign up for a Job Club workshop, a small-group session to be held early next year.

Monday, November 2: 6 to 7:15 pm
Audience: Job Seekers
Presenter: Audra Lavoie
Registration open to 100 participants

Audra‌ ‌Lavoie‌‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌career‌ ‌coach‌ ‌with‌ ‌more than‌ ‌10‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌experience‌ ‌in‌ ‌both‌ ‌workforce‌ ‌and‌ ‌higher‌ ‌education,‌ ‌working‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌diverse‌ ‌range‌ ‌of‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌with‌ ‌varying‌ ‌backgrounds.‌ ‌One‌ ‌of‌ ‌Audra’s‌ ‌great‌ ‌joys‌ ‌is‌ ‌working‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Rhode‌ ‌Island‌ ‌Career‌ ‌Development‌ ‌Association,‌ ‌the‌ ‌state‌ ‌chapter‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌national‌ ‌group,‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌place‌ ‌for‌ ‌career‌ ‌practitioners‌ ‌to‌ ‌network‌ ‌and‌ ‌participate‌ ‌in‌ ‌professional‌ ‌development.‌ ‌Audra‌ ‌often‌ ‌collaborates,‌ ‌creating‌ ‌workshops,‌ ‌webinars,‌ ‌and‌ ‌series‌ ‌that‌ ‌engage‌ ‌partners‌ ‌and‌ ‌bring‌ ‌a‌ ‌wealth‌ ‌of‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌to‌ ‌participants.‌ ‌When‌ ‌working‌ ‌with‌ ‌individuals,‌ ‌her‌ ‌greatest‌ ‌reward‌ ‌is‌ ‌being‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌normalize‌ ‌the‌ ‌very‌ ‌uncomfortable‌ ‌job‌ ‌search.‌ ‌Audra‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌B.A.‌ ‌in‌ ‌journalism‌ ‌and‌ ‌an‌ ‌M.A.‌ ‌in‌ p‌ublic‌ ‌administration.‌ ‌

LinkedIn: Building a Savvy Profile
Join us for this hands-on, interactive session where you will be guided through the process of building a stronger, more targeted profile on LinkedIn, a powerful networking tool. Topics will include how to position yourself when job hunting at any age, making career transitions to a new industry or field, and dealing with gaps in employment. Before attending this session, you must:

      1. Sign up for a free LinkedIn account, if you don’t already have one
      2. Add at least one or two past jobs to your profile
      3. Find a job description of interest to have on hand during the session

Tuesday, November 10: 6 to 7:15 pm
Audience: Both job seekers and those who want to advance their careers
Presenter: Sabrina Woods
Registration open to 100 participants

Sabrina‌ ‌Woods‌‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌holistic‌ career‌/life‌ ‌coach‌ and‌ ‌LinkedIn‌ t‌rainer‌ ‌with‌ ‌20‌ ‌years of‌ ‌experience‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌career‌-‌services‌ ‌field‌ ‌at‌ ‌universities‌ ‌including‌ ‌Harvard, ‌Northeastern‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of London.‌ ‌She‌ also ‌is‌ president‌ ‌of‌ ‌the Boston-based‌ ‌‌Career‌ ‌Counselors‌ ‌Consortium‌‌ Northeast.‌ ‌In‌ ‌her‌ ‌private‌ ‌practice,‌ ‌her‌ ‌joy‌ ‌comes‌ ‌from‌ ‌tapping‌ ‌holistic‌ ‌and‌ ‌mindfulness-based‌ ‌practices‌ ‌while‌ ‌helping‌ ‌people‌ ‌with‌ ‌major‌ ‌career‌ ‌transitions.‌ ‌‌Sabrina‌ ‌also‌ ‌facilitates‌ ‌workshops‌ ‌and‌ train-the-trainer‌ ‌sessions‌ ‌ranging‌ ‌from‌ ‌Building‌ ‌Resilience‌ ‌and‌ ‌Mindfulness‌ ‌to‌ ‌LinkedIn‌ ‌and‌ ‌Interviewing.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌workshops‌ ‌and‌ ‌webinars‌ ‌combine‌ ‌her‌ ‌insights,‌ ‌enthusiasm‌ ‌and‌ ‌infectious‌ ‌energy.‌ ‌Sabrina‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌B.A.‌ ‌in‌ business‌ ‌from‌ ‌Northeastern‌ ‌University‌ ‌and‌ ‌an‌ ‌M.A.‌ ‌in‌ holistic‌ counseling‌ ‌from‌ ‌Salve‌ ‌Regina University.‌

How to Design Your Next Career Move

Do you need to make a career change? Are you outgrowing your current projects and are ready for something new? Learn how to methodically craft your next career move. You will discover how to:

      1. Identify your strengths
      2. Create a skill-building game plan
      3. Craft a vision (e.g., where you want to end up)
      4. Identify small experiments and stretch projects
      5. Create a mind map of the people, skills and projects connected to your vision
      6. Create a methodical map of your next career move

Wednesday, December 2:  5:30 to 7 pm
Audience: Current students, unemployed or underemployed individuals, and early career professionals who want to make a career change
Presenter: Mohamed Kante
Registration open to 100 participants

Mohamed Kante is an award-winning educational practitioner and strategist with more than 10 years of experience. He is an adviser and workshop facilitator with SCORE, a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Previously, he spent nearly a decade in the private sector at EMC Corp. as an electrical engineer and Dell Technologies as a technical program manager leading teams and overseeing projects in the U.S. and abroad. During this time, he created and implemented leadership development programs, innovation strategies in global manufacturing services and critical business initiatives. He also led several idea development and innovation projects.

Pivot Clinic: Let’s Figure Out Your Next Move
This online clinic will help you explore career development options, how to navigate change and quickly work through situations in which you feel stuck or uncertain. You will walk away from this group career-coaching session with strategies and tools to support your growth and aspirations. Registration is capped at 25 participants; those on the waitlist will be notified as openings occur.

Wednesday, December 9: 5:30 to 7 pm
Audience: Current students, unemployed or underemployed individuals, and early career professionals who want to make a career change, with priority given to Bristol residents who participated in the prior webinar, How to Design Your Next Career Move
Presenter: Mohamed Kante
Registration open to 25 participants

Mohamed Kante is an award-winning educational practitioner and strategist with more than 10 years of experience. He is an adviser and workshop facilitator with SCORE, a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Previously, he spent nearly a decade in the private sector at EMC Corp. as an electrical engineer and Dell Technologies as a technical program manager leading teams and overseeing projects in the U.S. and abroad. During this time, he created and implemented leadership development programs, innovation strategies in global manufacturing services and critical business initiatives. He also led several idea development and innovation projects.

Building Resilience to Manage Work and Job Search Stress
Many people are feeling a sense of concern amid the pandemic and the unknowns about the economy and job market. Worry can lead to increased levels of stress that can adversely impact our well-being and effectiveness. This interactive webinar explores how stress affects us. You will learn techniques to:

      1. Lower your stress
      2. Feel calmer and more confident as you approach big decisions
      3. Use visualization to enhance interview and presentation success

Tuesday, December 15: 6 to 7:15 pm
Audience: General
Presenter: Sabrina Woods
Registration open to 100 participants

Sabrina‌ ‌Woods‌‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌holistic‌ career‌/life‌ ‌coach‌ and‌ ‌LinkedIn‌ t‌rainer‌ ‌with‌ ‌20‌ ‌years of‌ ‌experience‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌career‌-‌services‌ ‌field‌ ‌at‌ ‌universities‌ ‌including‌ ‌Harvard, ‌Northeastern‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of London.‌ ‌She‌ also ‌is‌ president‌ ‌of‌ ‌the Boston-based‌ ‌‌Career‌ ‌Counselors‌ ‌Consortium‌‌ Northeast.‌ ‌In‌ ‌her‌ ‌private‌ ‌practice,‌ ‌her‌ ‌joy‌ ‌comes‌ ‌from‌ ‌tapping‌ ‌holistic‌ ‌and‌ ‌mindfulness-based‌ ‌practices‌ ‌while‌ ‌helping‌ ‌people‌ ‌with‌ ‌major‌ ‌career‌ ‌transitions.‌ ‌‌Sabrina‌ ‌also‌ ‌facilitates‌ ‌workshops‌ ‌and‌ train-the-trainer‌ ‌sessions‌ ‌ranging‌ ‌from‌ ‌Building‌ ‌Resilience‌ ‌and‌ ‌Mindfulness‌ ‌to‌ ‌LinkedIn‌ ‌and‌ ‌Interviewing.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌workshops‌ ‌and‌ ‌webinars‌ ‌combine‌ ‌her‌ ‌insights,‌ ‌enthusiasm‌ ‌and‌ ‌infectious‌ ‌energy.‌ ‌Sabrina‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌B.A.‌ ‌in‌ business‌ ‌from‌ ‌Northeastern‌ ‌University‌ ‌and‌ ‌an‌ ‌M.A.‌ ‌in‌ holistic‌ counseling‌ ‌from‌ ‌Salve‌ ‌Regina University.‌

The 2021 schedule will be posted soon and will include:

  • Job Search Clinic and Club sessions
  • Grow‌ ‌Your‌ ‌Connections:‌ ‌Networking‌ ‌and‌ ‌Informational‌ ‌Interviewing‌
  • LinkedIn for Career Building, Networking and Job Search 
  • ‌How to Spot an Opportunity and Innovate
  • How to Leverage Personal and Professional Platforms to Start a Side Hustle
  • Resilience‌ and‌ ‌Well-being‌‌ Drop-in Sessions‌ ‌

And for more job search and job skills help, check out our free Lynda.com videos.