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2012 August Crossroads Career Course for Recent Grads

North Atlanta Crossroads

Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

 2012 August Crossroads Career Course for Recent Grads

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August 2012 Crossroads "Crash" Course for Recent Grads
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The August 2012 Crossroads “Crash” Course is a special edition of our course focused on recent college graduates.  If you are a recent college grad (last 5 years), graduate student, or college senior, this class is for YOU!


This month’s class is jointly sponsored by:


·         North x Northwest Atlanta Crossroads Team

·         Dunwoody UMC Young Adult Ministry

·         Dunwoody UMC Career Ministry



Crossroads "Crash" Course

for Career Transition

(recent college grads edition!)


What you learn in 7 sessions could change your life! 


Step by step, this class will guide you how to find a job. Our Crossroads "Crash" Course for Career Transition is based upon the "2012 Workbook" and the "6-Steps Small Group Series" developed by Crossroads Career Network (for info, www.crossroadscareer.org). The North x Northwest (NxNW) Atlanta Crossroads Team is sponsored by a group of Northside Atlanta churches, all members of Crossroads Career Network.












6 PM

9 PM


Introduction - Reaching Forward to What Lies Ahead



6 PM

9 PM


Discover and Develop Your Personal Strengths




9 PM


Developing Your Own Brand / Resumes for Results



9 AM



Networking: Finding Jobs, Careers and Your Calling



6 PM

9 PM


Resume Review and “WOW”-ing Interviewers



6 PM

9 PM


Two-Way Interviews /

Mock Interviews



9 AM



Negotiating Offers / Walk in the Work Made For You


Please be sure that you can attend all 7 sessions! Don’t miss the 1st session!

A light meal will be served at each session.




Read about the Crossroads “Crash” Course in the online edition of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution: http://www.ajc.com/lifestyle/crash-course-in-career-506362.html.



We have assembled a team of expert facilitators -- leaders in career ministry programs at area churches, all experienced both in business and in helping others learn effective ways to search for new career opportunities!  Further down this page you will find a brief bio on each of our Crash Course Team members and a link to their LinkedIn page.  

The course tuition covers our direct costs of offering this program (online assessments, printed materials, credit card processing, etc.)   Our facilitators and team are volunteers and the facilities are provided by the sponsoring church (Dunwoody UMC for the August class).   




Charles C (May 2010 class; landed new position 3 months after Crash course): "The Crash course was a game changer for me. First class instructors, current curriculum and outstanding practice – and all were wrapped in a faith-based approach."
Jan R (October 2010 class; employed 2 months after Crash course): “I had been employed for over 12 years, so I was more unprepared for a job search in the atmosphere of 2010 than I could have ever imagined. The "Crash Course" was very comprehensive and the class facilitators were friendly, supportive and skilled. I would recommend the course to anyone in a job search who is unfamiliar with the "rules of the game" in this difficult market.”
Anne H (October 2010 class): "The Crossroads Crash Course was the kick-in-the-pants that I needed to invigorate my job search. The compressed time schedule meant that I HAD to do the self-work that was necessary to get the most out of the class. After every class I felt better about myself, my qualifications, skills and abilities. I am confident that my job is out there and that I now have the job-seeking talents to find it and get it. The Crash Course was the best thing that I could have done for my job search."

Carol A (March 2011 class; new job in June 2011): "The course made me re-evaluate what I was looking for in my next job.  Re-writing my resume -- with the guidance provided by the teaching team -- helped me recall aspects of my work experience that I had not focused on previously.  I think that was what made the difference.  Re-writing my resume and then leveraging on-line resources and LinkedIn really paid off!  Most of all, I really believed everything I was taught and took it to heart.  I simply can't thank you enough!"

Charlie G (May 2011 class; landed a position in July 2011): “The crash course not only enables one to quickly update their resumes, references and "elevator speeches", you learn NEW skills and search strategies needed to navigate today's employment landscape. The volunteers are incredible teachers.  This class is not just about 'getting a job' it is also an opportunity to take stock of one's skills and talents. It strengthened my faith and gave me peace. I hope that I can someday pay-forward the gifts and blessings that were given to to me.”




  1. You should plan to attend ALL 7 sessions; this is not a "drop-in" class.
  2. Several hours of preparation will be required between sessions, so plan the time.
  3. You will need a computer and internet access to complete the assignments
  4. Please register only if you will complete the work and attend all sessions.




This class is open to ALL RECENT COLLEGE GRADS.  You qualify if you have attended college or graduate school in the past 5 years, have graduated recently or are currently a rising senior in college. This program is provided by Crossroads Career Network member churches and volunteers committed to service to others. There is an emphasis on Christian beliefs in our class, but regardless of your faith you will benefit from this class.  You do not have to be a member of Dunwoody UMC, any of our sponsor churches or of any church to attend

If this month's class is full, add your name to the waitlist. We'll let you know if we can accommodate you and if not, you will receive information on future classes.



Scroll to the top of this page, find the button to register and click on that button.  Then follow the instructions to register online.  Email
 NorthAtlantaCrossroads@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the course or the registration process.

We offer the Crash Course on a monthly basis whenever possible and future classes are currently being planned.  Check back on this site periodically for updates. Registration and info will always be found at www.xroads.eventbrite.com.  If you need more information, email northatlantacrossroads@gmail.com.




This course is sponsored by these churches.  Each church is a member of Crossroads Career Network.   Please visit their websites for info about their individual career ministries and opportunities for worship and fellowship.  

Each of these churches has their own active career ministry, and you can contact the church directly for more information.  For more information about scheduled events by these and other Crossroads Career Network churches, please visit the Crossroads website for each of these churches. Go to www.crossroadscareer.org and click on "Locations" on the top menu. Select "US-Georgia" and you will find information on the above Crossroads Career Network Churches and other Crossroads Career Network churches in Georgia.



Here are brief biographies on our class facilitators, hosts and team:

Judi Adams- Owner of RightChanges.biz, “and author of the 2012 book Found a Job Yet? and Other Questions NOT to Ask  Judi is a 20 veteran of the IT industry and began coaching  job seekers in 2002 following an eight month job transition of her own. During that job transition she discovered how much the job market had changed and the successful approach to landing that next job. She founded RightChanges in February of 2009 and 100% of RightChanges’ clients who completed the personal coaching series are now employed in jobs they wanted. She is an active member in ICF and the Georgia Coach Association.  Judi often publishes job search articles that are read worldwide and is a frequent keynote speaker.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/rightchanges

Rich von Biberstein – A 20+ year veteran in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry, his expertise focuses on Sales, Business Development and Business Intelligence. As an outreach, Rich volunteers as a job networking group facilitator with Intown Community Church. Having experienced two job search campaigns in his career, Rich understands the daily grind of the job search process and works with others to develop successful strategies to gain employment. He firmly believes that there are many different paths to landing a new job, but networking remains the consistent tool that helps expedite the search. Rich has most frequently taught Step 4 (Seaching) for the Crossroads Course. http://www.linkedin.com/in/richvonbiberstein

Gary Davis - With 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Gary’s experience includes channel sales and marketing, international sales, corporate marketing and management. Gary is President of CMIT Solutions of Atlanta/North Perimeter, a provider of business-class IT services.   Gary is an active member of Dunwoody UMC, a member of the Chancel Choir and began leading the career ministry at Dunwoody UMC as a volunteer in September of 2000. He has taught Step 4 (Searching) and Step 6 (Selection) of the Crossroads Explorer course and has also conducted workshops on LinkedIn in addition to having experience in coaching individuals on employment and career issues. http://www.linkedin.com/in/cgarydavis

Chris Gilliam - Chris has contributed her skills in professional development, training, coaching and career services for over 30 years. Experienced in corporate management and consulting, she designed and implemented a wide variety of seminars, performance management systems and coaching programs. Chris is owner of the Gilliam Group and provides career coaching services to individuals in transistion. Professional affiliations include working for Right Management as a Career Consultant providing career transition services to spouses of transferred employees; and with The Drake House as Career Coach assisting women to secure full-time employment to regain financial independence. Chris is certified as an Online Networking Strategist and certified in the Birkman Method Assessment and Targeted Selection Behavioral Interviewing Methodology. She is a registered Corporate Coach and in training for certification as a Christian Career Management Coach. Chris is a member and Stephen Minister at Northbroook UMC in Roswell GA. Before moving to Roswell, she lived in Marietta, Birmingham, Nashville, Baltimore and the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisgilliam1

Randall Lucius - Randy is Vice President of Turknett Leadership Group and Director of the Human Performance Division. He has over 15 years of consulting experience in executive assessment and coaching, job analysis, competency modeling, employee selection, litigation support, performance management, 360 degree feedback, personality assessment and leadership development. His consulting experience includes a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500, government and non-profit. With a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia, Randy has prior experience working in both corporate HR and academics. He co-authored Fitability 5, a personality-based assessment administered to more than a quarter-million individuals and co-founded Organizational Diagnostics Online. A licensed psychologist, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Oglethorpe University. Randy has been a leader in the Dunwoody UMC career ministry for the past 9 years. 

Mike Salet - Having spent over 20 years in the IT Search industry as an independent recruiter, career counselor and recruiting business owner, Mike has accumulated a wide spectrum of job search expertise with which to help job seekers find the job they desire. Mike’s expertise includes a thorough understanding of the Crossroads Career Network, and the Crossroads 6 Step, faith based process, the creation of strategic marketing and branding materials, pre-interview preparation and interview techniques, effective job offer negotiation methods and more. He is an active member and volunteer with the Peachtree Presbyterian, Crossroads Career Network ministry. http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikesalet

David Sheffield – A senior-level accounting and finance professional with over 25 years of diverse experience, is currently CFO for an Atlanta technology firm. David has personally experienced God’s leading through several career transitions and now shares those experiences with others through the Crossroads Career Explorer workshop ministry at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta GA, where he also serves as a deacon. David has facilitated the Crossroads Six Steps Workshop, Maximizing Your Career in Turbulent Times, for four years at Johnson Ferry. In these workshops participants are encouraged to hear and follow God’s calling in their careers, based on Ephesians 2:10, “[You] are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that [you] would walk in them.” David resides with his family in Marietta  GA. http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsheffield

MaryAnne Sirotko-Turner - A member of the Church of the Apostles, she has co-led the Crossroads Career Network program for the last four years. Her professional career includes 15 years with Fortune 100 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company and American Express. MaryAnne left the Coca-Cola National Accounts team to spend the next 5+ years leading sales and negotiation training for Coca-Cola throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 she launched her own training, coaching, and consulting practice. Her credentials include BA from Michigan State, MPA from The City University of New York, Certified Master Trainer, Certified Performance Consultant, and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She is honored to help individuals clarify their gifting and skills, and find the work that God has been prepared for them! http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryannesirotkoturner

C. J. (“Buck”) Trayser - A seasoned technology and learning systems project manager during the “regular” 9-to-5 workday, Buck also volunteers his time as a Ministry Leader at one of the Crossroads Career Network member churches where he specializes in resume reviews, helping others develop networking skills and lecturing on effective Internet job search methods. He spends countless hours combing the various Internet job boards, resume pools and social networking sites in an effort to gain a first-hand view of the current job market and job search challenges. C. J. is a member of the Association of Online Résumé and Career Professionals (AORCP) where he is currently working on his resume writer certification. Professionally he's an adjunct professor teaching college courses online and is working on his doctoral dissertation that focuses on Social Networking technologies. In his free time he is an avid reader of religion, education and technology publications; and a widely read blogger on career topics, Second Life and literature reviews. http://www.linkedin.com/in/trayser

Jeff Westerberg- After serving as a Captain in the US Air Force and having a successful corporate areer with Richardson-Vicks, Proctor & Gamble and the Coca-Cola Co., Jeff moved into retained executive search. Jeff opened Westerberg & Associates, Inc. in 1995, and has placed over 130 individuals. With extensive management experience, his search practice includes consulting, coaching, sales training and his focus is on developing high performance teams. He works across a wide range of industries, including consumer products, manufacturing, information and financial services, food service, advertising, transportation and churches. Jeff has been involved with Crossroads Career Network since its inception and currently leads the CRN at Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta. Jeff leads the mock interview portion of our course and to assist in this he coordinates a team of executive recruiters and corporate hiring managers. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeff-westerberg/1b/585/823

Jim Yates – An experienced human resources professional with more than 25 years as a leader in the delivery of human resources services, Jim has experience in a broad array of industries and has worked in both union and non-union HR environments.  Jim’s specialty areas include employee relations, talent management, training & development and executive coaching.  Jim is currently Director of Human Resources for Assurant and has held similar positions for major companies including E*Trade, IKON and MCI.  Jim is active in the Career Ministry at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimyates




Email your questions to: NorthAtlantaCrossroads@gmail.com.

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Dunwoody United Methodist Church
1548 Mount Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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North Atlanta Crossroads

"North Atlanta Crossroads" is a group of volunteers from a network of interdenominational churches in North and Northwest Atlanta. Each church is a member of the Crossroads Career Network, and their volunteer career ministry teams are working together to offer a series of "crash courses" to help kick-start a job search for those who are unemployed or considering a career transition.

For more info on Crossroads, see www.crossroadscareer.org.

Member churches include: Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Dunwoody Baptist, Dunwoody United Methodist, First Presbyterian Church Marietta, Intown Community, Johnson Ferry Baptist, Mount Paran Church of God, and Roswell United Methodist. (For more information on the career ministry programs at each of these churches, see their web pages.)

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