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Katie Smith Special to The Skanner News
Published: 13 May 2010

The Northwest Girls Coalition in Seattle hosts an event to provide insight and advice on various areas of career advancement on May 15.
The event will feature one-on-one or small-group sessions with human-resource department professionals to get personalized suggestions on resumes and interviewing skills, as well as two extended talks aimed at specific career topics.
"We're really looking forward to our event," said Mary Margaret, current president of the Northwest Girls Coalition. "The goal is to provide some tangible assistance to people at every stage of employment."
Stacy Rost, a junior at the University of Washington, is currently on the job hunt, and says that the most difficult aspect of fighting for a place in the job market is "a lack of experience and not really knowing how to network. Interviews are really intimidating too, especially if you haven't had a job in a while. You kind of feel like everyone else is more qualified than you."
Luckily for those sharing Rost's sentiments, all of the above concerns will be addressed at the event.
Matt Youngquist, founder and president of Career Horizons, will be speaking about how to expand networks in order to advance career opportunities, as well as how to use social networking. Youngquist has been recognized as an expert in the field of career coaching, job hunting and professional employment counseling.
The other featured speaker will be Theresa M. Kinney, vice president of business development for Lee Hecht Harrison, a talent solutions company. With over 12 years of experience under her belt focused on organizational development, Kinney will lead a workshop devoted to discovering what makes a particular career a good fit for someone through the exploration of individual skills and strengths.
Although it is not required, Margaret recommends pre-registration for the event. This can be done on the website for the Northwest Girls Coalition at www.nwgirlscoalition.org. The event is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 2100 Building in Seattle (2100 24th Ave. S).

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