Does your job search plan include targeted companies for which you believe you would be an asset?  Or, are you just taking a scatter shot approach?  The new three-week Expert Speaker Series being offered by the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry will focus on “how to” identify & research target companies.  Beginning with its Wednesday morning meeting on February 12 and continuing through February 26, 9:00-10:30 AM, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX, this three-week series will also define proven steps for reinforcing individual strengths and capitalizing on existing job search programs. 


Attendance at this Expert Speaker Series is free of charge.  It is also open to all people of any faith, ethnicity, age, etc.  Everyone is welcome.


The lineup for the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry February 2020 Expert Speaker Series is:

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Topic:              How to Identify & Research Target Companies Using ReferenceUSA

Speakers:        Mike Ray, Vice President/Director Marketing & Product Management

                        Kipp Lifson, Vice President/Director Data Privacy & Compliance Consultant

Data in the Career Search Network have shown that it is better for job seekers to network into potential companies for their next career positions than to spend time submitting applications on “job boards.” How do job seekers find these companies?  Where do they find information about these potential companies?     

Messrs. Lifson and Ray have developed a workshop on how to “Identify & Research Target Companies” using ReferenceUSA. Through this easy-to-use platform, ReferenceUSA provides users access to company information which is beneficial to job seekers.  This tool is free from many local libraries in the DFW Metroplex.   Since the beginning of the new year, Messrs. Lifson and Ray have presented on the best practices contained in their workshop to over 225 people in six Career Search Network groups in the DFW Metroplex.  The “Identify & Research Target Companies” workshop is designed to empower job seekers to identify potential companies for their next career success.  Messrs. Lifson and Ray have used the power provided by ReferenceUSA to research companies in their own career transitions and are now sharing these “best practices” with workshop attendees.  Messrs. Lifson and Ray advise that many who have already attended the “Identify & Research Target Companies” workshop consider it to be a “must attend” for job seekers.  Mr. Ray’s LinkedIn profile:  Mr. Lifson’s LinkedIn profile:


FEBRUARY 19, 2020

Topic:              Using Your Strengths

Speaker:         PJ Dunn, C.C.P., Dunn Coaching Dunn Consulting

Mr. Dunn is often described as a “critical thinker with a heart for human flourishing.”  Mr. Dunn inspires executives and transitioning professionals on how to polish their natural strengths while managing weaknesses.  He is energized by helping leaders and companies discover the patterns that are serving them and the tendencies that are not. Mr. Dunn is a certified coach practitioner through the Certified Coaching Federation and master certified Strengths Champion in the Strengths-based psychology movement.  He coaches lawyers from the associate to the partner level, solo law firms to mid-size firms, C-level executive boards, sales teams, business owners and financial services industry executives who needs traction when processing specific goals.  Mr. Dunn’s website:  Mr. Dunn’s LinkedIn profile:


FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Topic:              How to Use in Your Job Search 

Speakers:        Jeff Morris, Founder, and


In 2008, Mr. Morris founded, a website created to assist the unemployed and under-employed in the DFW area.  In 2012, he launched, a website to help those outside the DFW area. Also, in 2012, Mr. Morris published his first book titled What I’ve Learned about YOUR JOB SEARCH That You May Not Know.  In addition, Mr. Morris facilitates the North Dallas/Plano Career Focus Group which meets every Friday.  Over 850 people have found their next great opportunity while attending this group. Mr. Morris’ website:


The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping college students, career builders and those who are underemployed to develop individual career strategies that meets at 9:00 AM most every Wednesday at St. Jude Parish in Allen, TX.  Attendance at all St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meetings 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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