06-16-20: Summer Solstice Brings New Hope & Jobs

The Summer Solstice is upon us. Here comes the sun, the long sunny days… bring out the barbecue. With the warming weather, we will see businesses reopen. Employees will head back, gradually, into redesigned offices with a “new normal”. Many will continue to work virtually. We are re-defining where and how we work. There will be anxiety at first. Our hearts will be filled with warmth and a renewed spirit of belonging. Time to update your resumes. Clients are hiring. Here’s a hint… technology and health care candidates will be in demand. We have job openings in these verticals.
Take advantage of our Summer Specials for our consulting services: Resume Review and the Empowered Job Seeker. Talk with your employer about our Outplacement Services if you have been affected by a layoff. All sessions are conducted online.
Table of Contents:
1) Job Openings –
  • Front-End Web Development Specialist – Medical Insurance Co. – Downtown Chicago. Priority Hire! Design, develop & maintain division wide web presence. Specs: here
  • Learning Experience Design Specialist – Medical Insurance Co. – Downtown Chicago. Design, produce & manage educational products, including online courses, webinars, symposia, resources, etc. Specs: here
  • Website Associate – Medical Association – Downtown Chicago. Resolve website user questions, incorporate expert communication skills to assure highest level of customer service. Specs: here
  • Patent Agent – IP Law firm – Downtown Chicago. Certified Patent Agent with PhD in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, etc. background. Specs: here
  • Sr. Medical Writer – Medical Communications Agency –
    Temporarily on hold. We continue to recruit & screen candidates in the interim. 
    Simplification of Science. Downtown Chicago. Specs: here
2) Candidate Consulting Services – Virtual Resume Review & Empowered Job Seeker. If you need help sharpening your resume and /or your strategy to land your next job, let’s connect. The Resume Resume and Empowered Job Seeker sessions will be conducted online. Spring discount offered!
3) Upcoming Events – See more info below.
  • Webinar Presentation Title: Priceless Benefits of Role Playing to Ace Interviews. June 16, 1 PM (CDT)
  • Art, Science, and the Elegant Universe – A C2ST Event. June 17, 4 PM (CST)
  • A Chicago Innovation free virtual event: Improv(e) Your Life. June 18, 2-3 PM (CST)
  • 60-min webinar: “How IMPROV Can Improve Your Job Search” an NSENG event. Speaker:  RICHARD OBERBRUNER  (Second City training grad). June 22, 7-8 PM (CST)
  • Why don’t I rank? These are the 5 big reasons you aren’t getting traffic from search. Wine & Webinar. Speaker Andy Crestodina. June 23, 5-6 PM (CST)
  • Forensic Genomic Technologies: New Frontiers bring New Considerations. A C2ST event. June 25,  PM (CST)
  • 2.5-Hour Online Workshop: “Maximizing the Value of LinkedIn During Your Job Search” by Marty Gilbert, NSENG Founder/CEO & Job Search Coach. June 29th 6-8:30 PM (CST)
  • Account Based Marketing (ABM) Certification FREE for a limited time. See details below.
  • HubSpot Academy offers free courses on lead generation, building marketing campaigns, SEO training, content marketing, Facebook advertising, and so much more.
4) Featured Article: How to Respond to “So, Tell Me About Yourself” in a Job Interview
The toughest job interview question may seem like a softball from the interviewer’s perspective:
“So…tell me about yourself.”
It seems easy because it feels like a free pass: no hypothetical scenario, no request for real-life examples, no technical challenge, not even the dreaded “What’s your biggest flaw?” Just…tell me anything.
But it only seems simple. Receiving such an open invitation invites more perils than opportunities, because you’re given no framework for your response – just a blank, clue-free canvas. Read more here
 Our Current Openings 
Front-end Web Development Specialist – Medical Insurance Co. – Immediate Hire

Medical insurance company seeks Front-end Web Development Specialist to design, develop, & maintain division web presence. Candidate will work with all divisions of company to ensure all risk management data needs are met. Are you proficient in HTML, CSS, and front-end web development? Experienced with Drupal, JavaScript, MySQL & APIs? Hold a BA/BS degree in Computer Science or related field plus 0-2-3 years’ related work experience? Will consider new grads with strong internship experience.
Learn more here

Learning Experience Design Specialist – Medical Insurance Co. – Immediate Hire

Do you understand basics of user-centered design & possess ability to empathize with users? Comprehend web design? Able to edit HTML and CSS? Can you develop creative solutions to complex problems? Skilled in written and oral communication? Medical insurance client seeks Learning Experience Design Specialist to design, produce, & manage educational products, including online courses, webinars, symposia, resources, etc. Candidate will assist in managing & providing administrative support for department’s learning management system. This is not a content writing position. It’s everything else to support continuing education.
Learn more here

Website Associate – Medical Association – Immediate Hire

Do you like to provide online customer support for website users? Are you patient, a great communicator and like problem solving? Like to create & update website pages? Hold a BA/BS degree in Computer Science, MIS & Graphic Design plus 0-2+ years’ related work experience? Will also consider new grads with strong internship experience. Our long-time client will hire candidate who respects tradition/stability and appreciates innovation. Immediate hire or within 1 month if graduating. Excellent benefits.

Learn more here
Patent Agent- IP (Intellectual Property) Law Firm

Are you a certified Patent Agent with 2-5 years of experience in biotech, biochemistry, pharmacology, biology or molecular biology in a legal setting or industry? Have admission to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark office? Have a PhD with at least a 3.0 GPA? Enjoy being challenged to work on breakthrough products and inventions? Learn more here

Sr. Medical Writer – Simplification of Science –

Temporarily on hold. We continue to recruit & screen candidates in the interim.

Long-time client, Chicago based medical communication agency, seeks Sr. Medical Writer, ideally with agency experience to join team (position level/title determined by experience & qualifications). Ideal candidate enjoys simplification of science. Candidate will analyze, interpret & communicate scientific information in simple yet educational way for variety of audiences. Eg. Physician and patient educational materials. 

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-Virtual
Resume Review & Empowered Job Seeker services. $25 SUMMER DISCOUNT OFFERED!
– 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: $125 One hour – with discount. 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: $225 total (2 sessions, each 1.5 hours) with discount. 
$300 value in total.
1. Webinar Presentation Title: Priceless Benefits of Role Playing to Ace Interviews
Date:  Tuesday, June 16th
Time:  2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST)
Description:  I don’t know anyone who enjoys the prospect of role playing, unless they are a theatre major or experienced sales professional.   However, it is the person who interviews BEST who often gets the job, so this is time well spent.  During this session we will discuss the following:
  • Why you should role play
  • When you should role play
  • Person to involve in role playing
  • Priceless benefits of role playing
Registration Link: here
The lines will be open to address your questions following the training presentation.

2. Art, Science, and the Elegant Universe by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology

“Scientists and artists both thrive on uncertainty and a sense of adventure.” These two ideas have inspired Lindsay Olson during her residency at Fermilab. Working with Fermilab scientists, like Dr. Kirsty Duffy, she created a body of work about the Standard Model, neutrino research, and the CMS experiment at CERN.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (CST)
Register: here
3. A Chicago Innovation FREE virtual event: Improv(e) Your Life

In 2020, we’ve all suddenly found ourselves enrolled in the school of improv… Each day feels like a test of how well we can roll with the punches, innovate on-the-fly, and get ahead of rapidly changing conditions. We’ve called up some masters of personal re-invention to share insights on how we can all greet change with creativity and find opportunities in challenging moments.

Speakers include: Kelly Leonard – EVP Second City Works, Harry Kraemer – Former CEO & Chairman Baxter, Hedy Ratner – Founder & Co-President Emeritus, Orlando Saez – CEO Aker.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CST)
Register: here
4. 60-min webinar: “How IMPROV Can Improve Your Job Search” and NSENG event. Speaker:  RICHARD OBERBRUNER  (Second City training grad)

On the surface, improvisation is known for its entertainment value to make people laugh. But it can also be a powerful communication tool in many aspects of a job search. Being quick-witted, thinking fast on your feet and conveying a positive attitude can make a huge difference in how you’re perceived throughout an interview. During this webinar, RICHARD OBERBRUNER, a SECOND CITY Training Center graduate, will lead a highly interactive session that will put you in situations where thinking with a different attitude can produce surprising results. Experience the power of improv for yourself and gain new communication techniques that you can use when networking or interviewing with a prospective employer. During Richard’s presentation, attendees will:
– Role playing situations where you will apply the 5 key elements of improv… trust, communication, acceptance, building & spontaneity
– Develop real & hypothetical answers to behavioral interview questions
– Learn the difference between “Yes” & “No but” attitudes & how each can persuasively be used in conversations
– Realize how laughter is important to relieve stress

Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CST)
Register: here

5. Why don’t I rank? These are the 5 big reasons you aren’t getting traffic from search. A Wine & Webinar Event. Speaker: Andy Crestodina Co-Founder/CMO, Orbit Media

You published a beautiful page, but you’re still not ranking. What went wrong? Was it the content? The competition? Why the heck isn’t this page getting any love from the Big G?

Here’s the thing:
Search is actually more straightforward than people think. Anyone can rank like a champion with just a basic understanding of the big concepts.
This is exactly what we’ll be covering in this session.
  • Overview of the big search ranking factors
  • A quick review of links and competition (aka authority)
  • A quick review of content and keywords (aka relevance)
  • The toolbelt of the modern SEO
And best of all…
  • A live review of actual pages from volunteers

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (CST)
Register: here

6. Forensic Genomic Technologies: New Frontiers bring New Considerations

Dr. Hughes will explore the big picture impact of recent and rapid advancements in forensic genomics analyses, particularly the expansion from the use of traditional forensic genetic markers analyzed in state labs to cutting edge techniques only available at private and non-profit labs. Making the most of the often limited DNA evidence can mean the difference between a stalled and successful investigation. But with these new techniques and arenas being utilized for evidence interpretation, we must also consider: what is at stake if we move too fast to take on the next tantalizing technology?  Lack of transparency, wrongful convictions, misinformation, privacy concerns, bias and more will be discussed.  These promising new technologies provide forensic science with the chance to assist in the most troublesome of cases, and addressing these ethical, legal, and social concerns from the beginning will only serve to strengthen their contributions to science and society.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time: 4 PM – 4:45 PM (CST)
Register: here

7. 2.5-Hour Online Workshop: “Maximizing the Value of LinkedIn During Your Job Search” by Marty Gilbert, NSENG Founder/CEO & Job Search Coach

During this 2-hour instructional session, MARTY GILBERT, NSENG founder and job search coach, will walk you through the LinkedIn platform and provide you with his perspectives on the following topics:

  • Specific goals of an effective LinkedIn profile
  • Actions you should take in each section of your profile to make your background stand out
  • How Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plays a huge part in attracting recruiters
  • What recruiters see in the back-end of LinkedIn when looking for qualified candidates
  • How to use LinkedIn criteria-based searches to find more target companies and key influencers
  • Example scripts on how to engage your LinkedIn connections for help
  • Marketing and social media tactics on how to draw more traffic to your LinkedIn profile
  • How you can use an Artificial Intelligence extension to LinkedIn to get background on the people you may be interviewing with before you even meet them

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (CST)
Register: here
8. Account Based Marketing (ABM) Certification FREE for a limited time.


If you’re like most marketers, you realize that even in this new normal, you need to make the most of your programs. It may seem impossible to still deliver on your pipe goals, but we’re here to tell you that it’s not-not if you have an ABM strategy in place.

To support your mastery of ABM during this challenging time, we’re making our ABM certification courses (both Foundations and Advanced) available on the house to everyone. (That’s a total value of $700!)

When you become a Certified ABM Strategist, you’ll gain actionable insights to:
– Create alignment between marketing and sales
– Use segmentation to scale and reach your target audiences
– Understand how to measure ABM ROI

We hope you take advantage of this certification opportunity! It’s a limited time deal. GET STARTED here

Offer valid through July 31, 2020. ABM Foundations is not a prerequisite of ABM Advanced. You may choose to sign up for one or both courses. We provide codes for both options.
9. 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