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2014 May Crossroads Crash Course for Career Transition

North Atlanta Crossroads

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

2014 May Crossroads Crash Course for Career Transition

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Crossroads "Crash" Course

for Career Transition

What you learn in these 7 sessions could change your life! 

Step by step, this class will help guide you how to find a job if you are unemployed or anticipating a career transition. Our Crossroads "Crash" Course for Career Transition is based upon the "Seven Steps Workbook” developed by Crossroads Career Network (see www.crossroadscareer.org). This course is sponsored by an interdenominational group of Northside Atlanta churches, all members of Crossroads Career Network.  We call it the “Crash Course” because it is an intense version of the class that often is taught over 7-14 weeks.









   9 AM NOON


Look Upward & Reach Forward; What Lies Ahead 



6 PM

9 PM


Discover and Develop Your Personal Strengths



 9 AM



Developing Your Personal Brand / Resumes for Results



6 PM

9 PM


Networking: Finding Jobs, Careers and Your Calling



6 PM

9 PM


“WOW”ing Interviewers; Interview Techniques



6 PM

9 PM


Mock Interviews and Your Resume Feedback 



6 PM

9 PM


Negotiating Offers / Walk in the Work Made For You

Please be sure that you can attend all 7 sessions! Attendance at Session 1 is required!

You may have heard about our program from a colleague, from your church or from one of your networking contacts. Or you may have read about it in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution - found online at: http://www.ajc.com/news/lifestyles/crash-course-in-career-transition/nQfdc/.


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! Many have also been unemployed before and understand the challenges you are facing.  You will find more information about our Crash Course Team, instructors and facilitators if you continue to scroll down.   You will find a brief bio on each and a link to their LinkedIn page.  

The $40 course tuition covers our direct costs of offering this program (online career assessments, printed materials, credit card processing) and scholarships for those unable to pay for the course. Our volunteers are not compensated, and facilities are provided by our sponsoring church. No one profits but you! (This course is an exceptional value.  If you were to purchase the online career assessment individually, the cost for the assessment alone would be $80, twice your cost for this entire course!) 


Cheri  (Evaluation comments, January 2013 Class)  "This course exceeded my expectations in so many ways.  The professionalism of the team, the wealth and depth of information and the resources are invaluable." 

Matt D (January 2013 Class; started a new job in March)  "What are you waiting for?  You need to take this class; it's the best $40 you will ever spend on yourself!  Seriously, I just landed a job and this course played a significant part in getting my resume moved to the top of the stack!" 

David A (September 2012 Class; got a better job 3 months later)  "This is past due, but I want to send a special thank you your way. This new job is the product of prayer and the Crossroads class and I couldn't have done this without your team's time and effort. I have also referred three friends to the class. Hopefully they will enroll and learn everything that I learned!  Thank you again!"

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 volunteer facilitators are effective communicators and incredible teachers. One benefit of the Crash course was the opportunity to meet people of different industries, faiths, and disciplines and share solidarity and fellowship through a tough time. I received ideas from the facilitators and fellow explorers that I would not have thought of on my own. 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 me.”

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. My offerings have clarity, meaning and purpose."

Carol A (March 2011 class; new job in June 2011) "The course forced me to reevaluate 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!" 

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 Crash Course was the kick-in-the-pants 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. While I haven't found a position yet, I am confident that one 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."


  • Attendance at ALL 7 sessions is required, this is not a "drop-in" class
  • Several hours of outside preparation for each session will be required for the course. 
  • You will need a computer with internet access to complete the outside assignments. 
  • Please register only if you agree to complete the outside work and attend all sessions.


This class is open to EVERYONE. 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 our sponsor churches (or of any church) to attend.  You are welcome to the career ministry programs and all activities at any of these churches.

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.

If you cannot afford to pay the tuition for the class, do not register now.  We believe most people can afford to pay full tuition; for those who cannot, we can offer partial assistance; for those who are not working, do not have a working spouse or other resources available and could not otherwise attend the class, we can sometimes provide full tuition assistance.  Tuition assistance is limited and we encourage all participants to pay  – those who have no investment in the course more often do not complete the couse or fulfill the course requirements!  Email northatlantacrossroads@gmail.com and we will reply with a form that you can use to request tuition assistance based upon your ability to pay.


Scroll to the top of this page, find and click on the green button:    Order Now  

Then simply follow the instructions that follow to register online.  You will need a credit card to pay the registration online.  This is a secure payment transaction processed by EventBrite.

If you have been approved for tuition assistance, you will be provided with a “promotional code” that allows you to register and pay reduced tuition.  To use this code, click on “Enter promotional code” that appears above the Order Now button.  Enter the code in the space provided and then click “Apply.” Be sure to confirm that the amount is correct, then click on “Register” and complete the pre-registration survey.


We plan to offer this class 8-9 times a year and classes are now being planned for future dates later this year.  Check back on this site periodically for updates. Registration and info will always be found at www.xroads.eventbrite.com

For more information or to be notified of future classes, email northatlantacrossroads@gmail.com.

                       SPONSOR CHURCHES                              

This course is sponsored by these churches.  Each church is a member of Crossroads Career Network (for more information, see www.crossroadscareer.org.   Please visit their websites for info about their individual career ministries and opportunities for worship and fellowship.  

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 AdamsJudi is owner of RightChanges.biz, and author of: Found a Job Yet? and Other Questions NOT to Ask, a book written to help jobseeker, their friends and families. 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 BibersteinRich is a 20+ year veteran of the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry, with expertise in 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 5 (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 2001. Gary most frequently facilitates Step 7 (Selection).  Gary also coordinates the mock interview session and often teaches Step 5 (Searching).  Gary frequently provides LinkedIn training sessions for jobseekers and others interested in using LinkedIn for business or career purposes in addition to having experience in coaching individuals on employment and career issues. http://www.linkedin.com/in/cgarydavi

Chris Gilliam - Chris has contributed her skills in professional development, training, coaching and career services for over 30 years. Experienced in corporate management and human resources consulting, she designed and implemented a wide variety of seminars, performance management systems and coaching programs. Chris is owner of the Gilliam Group, where she coaches individuals in career transition. Professional affiliations include career consulting with Right Management and career coaching with REA, providing career transition services to spouses of transferred employees. She is a registered Corporate Coach, certified as a Christian Career Management Coach and as an Online Networking Strategist. Chris holds certifications in several assessments as well as in Targeted Selection Behavioral Interviewing. She is a member of Northbrook UMC in Roswell GA and volunteers at Roswell UMC’s Job Networking ministry. http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisgilliam1

Randall Lucius, Ph.D. - Randy is Director of Organizational Development for Emory University.  He has over 15 years of 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 past 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. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/randall-lucius-ph-d/b/461/219

Anne Riggsby Anne is an experienced human resources professional with executive level experience, having spent more than 15 years at Unisys in employee and labor relations, human resources management, performance management and talent management.  More recently, Anne provides HR guidance to a major publishing company.  Anne has an BS in Business and an MBA specializing in human resources management from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.  Anne has helped lead the Crossroads Career Network program at Mount Paran Church of God for the past 14 years.   www.linkedin.com/in/awriggsby

David SheffieldA 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

C. J. (“Buck”) TrayserA 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

Daniel Whitenack, Ph.D. - Dan Whitenack is a licensed psychologist who earned his B.A. degree from Emory University and his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the University of Nebraska. He was awarded the Presidential Fellowship as the University's Outstanding Graduate Student. He worked for BellSouth/AT&T for five years before joining Consulting Psychology Group, where he has worked for 20+ years. He has tested/evaluated over 15,000 candidates for various companies across different industries. He has also coached hundreds of managers. In 2013, he launched a career guidance website (www.OccupationProfessor.com) to help individuals identify/target careers that match their abilities/interests. He is also the career ministry leader for Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA. http://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhitenack/

Jim YatesAn experienced human resources professional, Jim Yates has 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.  Most recently, Jim was 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

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
955 Johnson Ferry Rd
Pinnacle Room, 3rd Floor
Marietta, GA 30068

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM (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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