Upcoming events

    • December 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    Guiding Your Client Through the Federal Job Search

    Elle O'Flaherty, Career Coach and Resume Writer - Interlace Solutions

    Friday, December 4, 2020  |  1 - 2 pm

    Via Zoom

    1 NBCC Contact Hour

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are reevaluating the kind of work they do and where they do it. Some people are looking for more meaning and a return to public service. For others, finding stability and shelter from yet another economic downturn is most appealing. However they get there, for many this means navigating the Federal application process.

    This one-hour webinar will walk you through a Federal job search from start to finish including:

    • Navigating USAjobs.gov
    • Writing a Federal resume
    • How a Federal application is scored
    • Networking for a Federal job (yes, it does exist)
    • Preparing for a Federal interview
    • 12-month outlook for Federal hiring

    You will walk away with all the tools and confidence to get a resume through the initial screening and conduct interview preparation.

    Elle O’Flaherty is a career coach and resume writer specializing in Federal job searches. Leveraging over 15 years of experience as a Federal attorney and hiring manager, Elle brings the unique perspective of having been on both sides of the equation. As a former Federal manager, she loves to teach clients how application packages are scored, how to improve their chances to be certified best qualified, and how to excel in Federal interviews.

    Elle is the founder of Interlace Solutions, a boutique career coaching and resume writing firm delivering pragmatic and goal-oriented coaching and resumes written with the kind of platinum-level wordsmithing you would expect from a former litigator. She is entirely too passionate about resume writing to be completely normal.

    Elle is a recovering attorney who came to coaching after realizing that more and more colleagues were seeking her advice on their careers and resumes and that it was quickly becoming her favorite part of the job. Elle is a subject matter expert on World Trade Organization litigation with a focus on agricultural trade. She was the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lead on agricultural trade disputes for nearly a decade and represented the United States before the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Elle started her career as a Federal appellate litigator. She received her J.D. from the William & Mary Law School and holds a journalism degree from James Madison University. Elle is currently running a two-student virtual elementary school and would love for this pandemic to come to a quick and safe end.

    • December 16, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    Paying it Forward: Leveraging LinkedIn for Others When You're Gainfully Employed 

    Jennifer Bangoura, CPCC - Senior Career Coach at 2U

    • Wednesday, December 16, 2020  |  12 - 1 pm

      Via Zoom

      1 NBCC Contact Hour

      During this year's holiday season, what  better way to assist those who have lost their jobs than by extending a helping hand by leveraging the power of LinkedIn to help them land their next gig?

      This webinar will teach you how to use LinkedIn to lift others up and to reinforce your network by paying your social capital forward. By the end of the training, participants will be able to do the following:

    1.     Understand why it is a good idea to focus on others as part of a networking strategy
    2.     Identify novel ways of using LinkedIn to build their network’s social capital
    3.     Discuss strategies to pay it forward on the platform

    Jennifer Bangoura is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and a Senior Career Coach at 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology that partners with great universities to build, deliver, and support online graduate programs and certificates at scale. Jennifer identifies strategic industry partners to hire students so they can achieve their career outcomes, provides 1:1 career coaching in order for students to realize their career objectives, and believes finding a career you love and creating the future of work is about building community. She has presented globally at conferences and seminars focused on elevating the voices of job seekers and providing them the tools and skills they need to advance in their careers.

    With more than a decade of international career services and project management experience, Jennifer understands the importance of leveraging networks in genuine ways and relishes the opportunity to share her experience with job seekers and partners to improve the student and job seeker experience. She is an advisory board member of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network and active in PEO International, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. Prior to working at 2U, Inc. she worked at IREX with their workforce development programs in Morocco and Iraq, at the World Resources Institute on West and Central African forestry programs, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali in the environment and education sectors. 

    Jennifer holds a BA in Art History and French from the University of Mary Washington, an MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute, and is currently pursuing her EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, a program powered by 2U.

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