Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF ZOOM meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. (Please NOTE that advising appointments will be meeting virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.)

Our Current CTF Advisors

Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Facilitator and Advisor

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Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Raul Rojas
Raul Rojas
CTF Advisor

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As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus,  Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education has temporarily suspended most face-to-face classes.  CTF will be meeting virtually using ZOOM.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT to begin the registration process for the next event by clicking the registration button below.  You will be given a Wake Tech ID and a Wake Tech email. The registration process will be complete once we receive your HRD fee waiver form from your Wake Tech email.

If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Maureen Sanchez at [email protected].  You may contact Delia Burnett at [email protected] if you have questions concerning CTF or Human Resources Development (HRD). 

The CTF Facilitator is Deb Oronzio ([email protected]).

View other fee-waived classes available if you are furloughed, unemployed, underemployed or facing a pending lay-off.  We are now offering ONLINE classes! Welcome!

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Schedule of Events

CTF will meet TWICE MONTHLY: 1st and 3rd THURSDAY, 9:30 to 11:30 am ET

December 2, 2021 – What’s NEW with LinkedIn? | Debra Mathias  

LinkedIn is constantly evolving! As a LI Brand Ambassador, Debra always knows what’s current and can explain in detail how using these new LI features can help to accelerate your job search.

November 18 – Negotiation | Kerry Ahrend, Author, Speaker, Trainer, Coach 

Negotiations are no more than a conversation, a discussion to come to an agreement. So why is it so scary to most job seekers and why do so many accept the basic compensation package without asking for what they want, and in many cases need to be successful? Negotiating Salary and Beyond covers the common fears job seekers have about negotiating with hiring managers and addresses the reasons why you should engage in a negotiation.

November 4 – Personal Branding | Carrie Christiano, Career Coach & Resume Writer

Join Carrie Christiano, a former CTF Facilitator, to discuss how to create a unique personal brand, and how it is essential to success in today’s marketplace.

October 21 – Find Your Song & Sing it! | Sheyenne Kreamer, CEO, Triangle Solutions Alliance

An excerpt from the HRD program - Want to make a living and make a difference? You can utilize a unique three-pronged approach (plan/do/review) that focuses on what works for you while you transition careers. Assess your accomplishments, previous work and hobbies to find your right career path. Discuss the attitudes and beliefs that may affect your ability to produce income. Find your song and sing it!

October 7 - Stretching Your Leadership Skills | Melissa Bardsley, Customer Service Professional

Are you someone looking to make a move into a leadership role? Wondering how you can strengthen your leadership skills and set yourself apart? Join us to learn how!

September 16 - Best Practices for Working and Managing Your Time Remotely | Cheryl Thatcher, Business Coach

Learn how to maximize your time so that you are the most productive you can be while working remotely. Ensure you have work-life balance and avoid overwhelm. Identify and discuss the top obstacles and how to overcome them so you that you are successful in working remotely.

September 2 -  The Essentials of Job Search - Deb Oronzio, CTF Facilitator

It's important to review the basics every so often. In this session, we will discuss highlights from resume "must-do's" to interview prep tips to best ways to find your next new job (that go beyond job boards). Rather than tell ourselves, "Yeah, I already know this", we can listen with a different ear and may very well pick up knowledge that we've missed in the past. Zoom link sent to registrants the day before the meeting.

August 19 - Resume Review  - Deb Oronzio, CTF Facilitator

Your resume is your calling card when you are searching for a job. It is designed to be a promotional piece for Y.O.U., Inc. As such, it is a marketing tool. In today’s job search landscape, prospective employers are most interested in your success stories rather than a list of your job responsibilities (which reads like a job description. The other important factor is that your resume must be well-aligned with the job description so you can demonstrate how you are a perfect fit for the job.

In this session, we will work on the alignment between your current resume and a job description that you have applied for or one that interests you. We will work in the general session to review basic principles then we will have 1-on-1 work in breakout rooms to update your resume for a better fit. Bring along your C(hallenge), A(ction), R(esults) success stories to make this a useful session.

August 19 - Summer Program Wrap-up - Deb Oronzio, CTF Facilitator

As the summer program closes out, please join us to network with each other, pose nagging questions about the job search process, and discuss future topics of interest

August 5 - Joy Blashaw - HRD Instructor, Wake Tech Community College

Job Search Strategies for Mature Professionals
This program is an excerpt of the gems that are taught in the HRD class of the same name. Workers over 40 are a vital part of the workforce, and employers continue to hire them for their talent and experience. Get a better understanding of what today's employers are looking for and how to be successful in finding employment. Find out which employers and industries have the best track records for hiring "seasoned" workers and some of the many job opportunities available. Learn about changes in the hiring process and barriers that can arise, the benefits and challenges of the multi-generational workforce, and workers' rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Learn the importance of keeping up with technology and using social media as a networking tool. Build skills and find out how to explore employment opportunities and find success.

Joy is a thought leader in career and talent management, with over 20 years of experience designing innovative strategies, products and solutions to boost the effectiveness of leaders, managers, employees, and organizations. Joy directly impacted business results, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and retention at Fidelity Investments and GlaxoSmithKline, and gained deep experience in managing HRD product development teams at Global Knowledge. She has advanced degrees in Adult Education and Learning and Development from NC State University.

July 15 - Will Barfield - President & CEO, Barfield Revenue Recruiting (BRC)

Ask the Recruiter! An Open Dialogue about Ghosting, Ageism … and more!
BRC is a woman-owned, executive-level, full-service sales consulting, and talent acquisition firm focused on raising client revenue. The firm recruits and hires key, diverse talent (entry-level through leadership), implement internal sales and/or recruiter training, and offers executive coaching and/or assistance with resume enhancements and career placement, all with the objective of helping you to raise your revenue.

Will cofounded BRC in 2016 with his wife, Amy Barfield. Will has been in sales his entire professional career, and really all the way back to his first job in high school. From his early-90’s days as a part-time telemarketer to six years in sports sales with the Carolina Mudcats and 12+ years in sales leadership and sales recruiting with Frankel Staffing Partners, Will has never not generated revenue.

July 1 - Coach Vickie Bevenour - Executive Career Coach & Author

Who’s Afraid of Negotiation?
Are you already feel you cringing if you would rather jump from a tall building than to negotiate a job offer? Please join us to hear Coach Vickie Bevenour present her superb presentation on this topic. Coach Vickie is a long-time friend of CTF and she has presented this topic before. Not only will she provide the basics, she will also tell you WHEN, WHERE and HOW to approach this sometimes-intimidating topic, including giving you the words to say to accomplish it. You DO NOT want to miss this session!

June 17 - Build a Powerful Network - Rachel Cox

Networking remains the most effective way to find your next job. When you learn a few valuable techniques, it is not nearly as scary as some might think. Come listen to Rachel who is well-connected in the Triangle and learn how she effectively built her network to start a successful franchise coach business.

May 20 & June 3 - Mock Interviewing Practicum - Deb Oronzio

Being well-prepared for an interview is key to your success in finding your next opportunity. Preparation breeds confidence and Confidence gets results!  Deb Oronzio, CTF Facilitator, will host this session with breakout rooms set up for practice between participants.

May 6 - How To Make Money When You Don't Have A Job - Dennis Hulick

As you pursue your job search you may determine that you need to generate income before you find a new position. I address how one can develop an income without having to be hired!. I cover a number of methods and strategies to create a side income, a gap income or even an income to replace your previous income. 

Dennis has a degree in History Education and has taught in public schools and at a private boarding school for emotionally disturbed teens. He has experience in retail management and ran his own marketing and distribution business. He has been an adjunct instructor at Wake Tech Community College for the last three years helping people learn to create income outside of a traditional job.

Location:
Currently meeting via Zoom


When in-person: 
Trinity Baptist Church Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
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Enhance Your Resume, Market Yourself, Explore a New Career!

The Human Resources Development (HRD) courses provide assistance to adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 

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