Is your search for a new or improved job going nowhere?  Do you fear you might be doing the same job search activities over and over -- with no real results? If so, check out the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry's Wednesday morning meetings April 4 to May 9, 9-10:30 AM, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX. The new six-week Expert Speaker Series is designed to explore keys for boosting job landing success of a career-building nature.

The lineup for the Spring 2018 Expert Speaker Series is:

APRIL 4, 2018 

Topic:       Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Speaker:   Dennis O'Hagan, RE/MAX Real Estate Agent. Mr. O'Hagan attributes his success as a real estate agent in the RE/MAX Frisco, TX office to his strong network and his ability to get and stay connected via networking and social media tools. He is currently involved in multiple DFW-based networking groups and is the leader of the largest Sales & Business Development Career Focus Group (CFG) in the Metroplex.  Recognized as one of the most networked individuals through the very powerful e-Networking tool called LinkedIn, Mr. O'Hagan believes that LinkedIn is an important tool for helping individuals to grow their businesses by creating better brand awareness.  Mr. O'Hagan's website:


APRIL 11, 2018

Topic:       Top 10 Mistakes a Job Seeker Makes

Speaker:   John McDorman, Managing Partner, Transition Consulting.Transition Consulting is a firm that helps its clients move people into, out of, and up through their organizations.  Since 1990, the firm has provided search support, outplacement services, and professional development to a wide variety of clients.  Sought after by both local and national media, Mr. McDorman has often been quoted in the press and featured on television.  He appeared in two major video productions from Fortune Magazine titled "Get the Job You Really Want: Proven Job Search Strategies" and "Keep Your Job! The Secrets to Being Indispensable."  Mr. McDorman is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and an MBA.


APRIL 18, 2018

Topic:       Managing Your Career 

Speaker:   Elizabeth Lions, Dallas-based Executive Recruiter, Author, Speaker, and Career Coach. Ms. Lions has designed and developed leadership and career courses, webinars and even a radio show titled, Leadership Lessons from the Lioness.  Ms. Lions has been quoted in Yahoo, the Ladders, and the Dice job board. Her words have r eached as far as the front page of the Philadelphia Tribune, PBS, CBS Money Watch, Dale Carnegie, and John Tesh's blog.  Ms. Lions started her career as a head hunter on the west coast, working with leading companies such as Microsoft, Wells Fargo, EBay and Intel.  In October 2017, Ms. Lions launched her third book, Hear Us Roar - Unapologetic Women Leading in Corporate America, which is now available through  Her two previous books, Recession Proof Yourself and I Quit! Working for You Isn't Working for Me, are also available through  Ms. Lions' website:


APRIL 25, 2018

Topic:       20-Point Checklist for a Successful Job Search 

Speaker:   Charlie Zinger, Vice President, Career Management Partners (CMP). Mr. Zinger has more than 35 years of business experience with small, medium, and large-sized companies in multiple industries.  For the past eight years, he has been a Vice President with CMP, providing one-on-one coaching to recently down-sized job seekers at all corporate levels to assist them in making the transition to their next career opportunity. Prior to CMP, his primary area of focus was in Staffing/Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).  Mr. Zinger is an active member of several professional organizations including Association of Career Professionals International, Staffing Management Association, DFW Texas Recruiters Network (DFWTRN), and Southlake Focus Group (Leadership Team member).  He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Dallas and achieved the rank of Lt. Col. in the United States Marine Corps.  His career in recruiting began while he was in the Marine Corps following his service as a helicopter pilot. Mr. Zinger's website:


MAY 2, 2018

Topic:       5 Principles to Land Your Next Job Now

Speaker:   Tim Wackel, Founder and President, The Wackel Group.  Mr. Wackel combines more than 25 years of successful sales leadership with specific client research to deliver high-impact programs that go beyond today's best practices.  His list of clients includes organizations such as Allstate, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Phillips Medical, Toshiba, Wells Fargo, and Raytheon as well as many professional and trade associations.  The Wackel Group is a training and consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations find, win, and keep customers for life.  He is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development and holds a professional membership in the National Speakers Association.  Mr. Wackel earned his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska.  Mr. Wackel's website: 


MAY 9, 2018

Topic:       Getting Referrals - Who Do You Really Know? 

Speaker:   Debbie Mrazek, Founder and President, The Sales Company.  Ms. Mrazek's company helps entrepreneurs, individuals, and large corporations to better assess, understand, and engage in practical, purposeful selling.  She teaches the ways in which the tools, techniques, and talents every individual possesses can be transformed into s-a-l-e-s.  Ms. Mrazek applies this approach as a faculty member for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital, and business support services.  She is also a consultant, conference facilitator and author of 13 books, including the best seller, Field Guide to Sales. Ms. Mrazek was selected as an honoree for the Dallas Business Journal's 2016 Women in Business Awards, which honored exemplary commitments to the North Texas Community in addition to impressive professional achievements. Ms. Mrazek's website:

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping college students, career builders, and those who are unemployed/underemployed to develop individual career strategies that meets at 9:00 AM most every Wednesday at St. Jude Parish in Allen, TX.  This Expert Speaker Series is free of charge and open to all people of any faith, ethnicity, age, etc.  Everyone is welcome.

St. Jude Catholic Church is located at 1515 North Greenville Avenue, between Exchange Parkway and Stacy Road.  Attendees should park in the northeast lot and use the entrance between the church and the parish offices.

In addition to speakers and presentations at weekly Wednesday morning meetings, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

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