02-18-20: Are You A Creative Thinker? Can You Solve The 9-dot Connectivity Test?

Business needs are constantly changing. Clients are looking for candidates who are creative and can solve problems. Can you think outside the box? Take the 9-dot connectivity test to challenge your creative self.

Get a pen and paper and copy the nine dots arranged in a square. To solve the problem, you need to join all nine dots by drawing straight lines. The straight lines must be continuous – i.e. you must not lift your pen from the paper once you start drawing.

Here’s a clue. If you’re like most people, you will have tried to solve the problem by keeping your lines inside the ‘box’ created by the dots. But if you look at the instructions, there is no requirement to do this. So have another go at solving the problem, allowing yourself to draw outside the box.

Now, use your creative thinking abilities to solve our clients’ business issues.  Check out our job openings below.

Table of Contents:
1) Job Openings –
  • PR Sr. Account Manager – Immediate Hire: NEW!
    Award winning PR Agency near North Chicago Suburbs: Real Estate and public affairs experience a plus.
    Specs: here
  • Technical Advisor – New! Top ranked Patent Law firm, downtown Chicago. Specs: here. Particular interest in candidates with strong Chemistry background.
  • PR Account Supervisor – Full time & Freelance positions: Boutique PR Agency. Specs: here
  • Medical Writer: MedCom Agency Chicago, IL: Our client keeps winning new business, hence this new job. Specs: here
2) Candidate Consulting Services – Resume Review & Empowered Job 
3) Upcoming Events – See more info below.
  • NSENG speaker Lynne Franklin will present on “How to Turn an Interview into a Powerful Conversation” plus a round of networking. Tue, Feb 18th, 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm, at National Louis University in Skokie.
  • Webinar Presentation Title: Is Your Job Search Taking Longer Than Expected? Wed, Feb 19th, 3 pm (EST)
  • Many Pathways – Workshop and Network Event. Feb 22nd, 12:30 pm
  • The Innovator’s Guide to Chicago: Hear about the State of Innovation. Wed, Feb 26, 6 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • The Economist’s Innovation Summit 2020. Mar 5th, 9 am – 5:30 pm. Friends of LH&A get a discount on tickets. Lynn will be attending.
  • HubSpot Academy offers free courses on lead generation, building marketing campaigns, SEO training, content marketing, Facebook advertising, and so much more.
4) Featured Article: 20 Questions To Get Brains In Gear To Develop Better Creative Solutions. Read more here
 Our Current Openings
PR – Sr. Account Manager – Immediate Hire 
Public Relations Agency – Near North Chicago Suburbs.

Are you an experienced PR professional, passionate about writing & pitching media? Have experience in the Real Estate industry? Worked within public affairs, community engagement and/or public policy side? Able to identify compelling stories & pitch media? A solid foundation of working with clients? Track record of successful placements?

Our favorite real estate PR agency client seeks a Sr. Account Manager to join their team. An award winning, boutique, family-friendly agency with flexible hours. Strong emphasis on creativity, integrity, determination & fun. Learn more HERE
Technical Advisor – Patent Law firm – downtown Chicago

A top ranked, award winning Patent Law firm seeks Technical Advisors for their downtown Chicago location. Firm specializes in Intellectual Property practice including litigation, prosecution, and general client counseling. Are you a motivated PhD/MS/BS in Chemistry? Do you have strong technical writing experience? Interested in supporting scientists and engineers to protect their innovations in a collegial work environment? Want an alternative career path in the law without law school training? Do you thrive on diversity? Want to remain on the cutting edge of technology? Learn more HERE


PR agency – Account Supervisor – Full time and Freelance positions

Growing PR agency is winning new business. Seeks an ambitious, well-rounded PR professional with PR agency or PR consultancy experience. Openings for full time and freelance positions. Freelance assignments up to 20 hours/week. Freelancer can work virtually or onsite. Flextime possible for full time role. Do you have successful stories to tell in the B2B space? Are you a strategic thinker with excellent writing skills? Have strong pitching experience to local + national media? Learn more HERE
Local talent please.
Medical Writer – Downtown Chicago – Immediate Hire 

Medical Writer or aspirational Medical Writer needed to simplify medical science. Translate

medical concepts into marketing/sales language. Does your content inform and educate within a variety of therapeutic areas? Do you have strong abilities to liaise with medical directors directly? Able to collaborate in deadline-oriented business setting? Want to join growing medical communications agency in Chicago? Do you live in the Chicago area? Local talent please. Client wants to hire ASAP! Learn more HERE 
Marketing/PR/Recruiting INTERN– Downtown Chicago 
Our internship program is unique in that we share knowledge: we teach and learn from each other. Flexible hours; can receive college credit. Work side-by-side with president and other interns in an energetic environment. A definite career builder for a student or new grad interested in marketing, communications, human resources or recruiting.  Click here to keep reading…
Consulting Services
– The Resume Review 
In this session, Lynn Hazan will help you to break through the clutter of similar, boring resumes. You will receive practical suggestions and tips on how to revamp your resume. Complimentary follow-up phone session to assess revised resume is included. Time permitting, LinkedIn profiles will also be evaluated.
Price: $150 One hour. Includes complimentary Resource Kit, for a total $200 value.
– Empowered Job Seeker

“Empowered Job Seeker™” is a program that helps candidates undergo effective job searches in the ever-changing marketplace. In this 3-hour (1.5 hours each session), one-on-one or group consultation, participants learn proven techniques to more successfully market themselves as the candidates of choice.

Learn How To:
  • Find jobs in the hidden job market
  • Improve your networking, social media, and LinkedIn skills
  • Refine your interviewing and negotiating expertise
  • Position yourself in the marketplace for advancement and promotion
  • Seek out niches where you can add value
  • Strengthen your resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Work effectively with a recruiter
Price: $300 total (2 sessions, each 1.5 hours). $400 value in total.
1. NSENG speaker Lynne Franklin will present on “How to Turn an Interview into a Powerful Conversation” plus a round of networking.
Date: Tue, Feb 18, 2020
Time: 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: National Louis University, 5202 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie
Click here for more details
2. Webinar Presentation Title: Is Your Job Search Taking Longer Than Expected?
Date:  Wednesday, February 19th
Time:  3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)
Description:  If you answered YES to that question, you can’t keep conducting your job search the same way and expect different results.  It just won’t happen!   If you don’t have a knot in your stomach or lump in your throat, chances are you are in your comfort zone, and that’s not a good place to be when you’re conducting a job search.  During this session, we will discuss the following:
  • Learn WHY your job search may be stalled
  • Understand three things you can do TODAY to turn your job search around
  • How to gain and keep momentum going, until you accept a job offer
Registration Link: click here
The lines will be open to address your questions following the training presentation.

3. Many Pathways – Workshop and Network Event

C2ST and ONLi Packs want to help students understand what careers are available
to them. Chicago is home to hundreds of thousands of creative and inspired individuals all working toward different passions. This workshop for students aims to highlight a small number of these unique pathways and help students to understand how to approach going after their dreams.
Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2020
Time: 12:30
Venue: Dvorak Park Gymnasium, 1119 W Cullerton Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Purchase tickets: here
4. The Innovator’s Guide to Chicago: Rising together in 2020.

Hear about the State of Innovation. Chicago’s innovation ecosystem is on the rise, thanks to the ever-growing network of corporations, startups, investors, universities, non-profits and the government collaborating to take Chicago to the next tier as a global hub of innovation.

Join us to celebrate Chicago’s innovation strengths and learn how we can better drive collaboration across our ecosystem to ensure that Chicago not only stays on the rise, but leads the charge on innovation.
Date:  Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time:  6 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Arts (220 E Chicago Ave)
Purchase ticketshere
5. The Economist’s Innovation Summit 2020

The Economist Events’ Innovation Summit, celebrating a decade this year, returns to Chicago March 5th, 2020. We will convene, under the chairmanship of Economist editors and the most innovative minds in the industry to reimagine the company of the future and the social and political forces that will shape it as we answer questions like:

  • How can businesses harness innovation to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges?
  • What sort of chief executives will survive and thrive in the coming era of perpetual change?
  • How can today’s firms manage the transformation they will need if they are to prosper?
  • What world do we want to create and how can artificial intelligence help us get there?

Complete speaker list can be viewed here
Date: March 5th, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Venue: Convene, 16 W Adams St. Chicago
Friends of LH&A register here with promo code Innov_LD to receive 20% off your pass!

Lynn will be attending. See you there!
6. HubSpot Academy offers free courses on lead generation, building marketing campaigns, SEO training, content marketing, Facebook advertising, and so much more. Get the details here
7. Save the date: April 27, 2020 Lynn will present at the NSENG event.