LinkedIn BootCamp – Are You Attracting Your Audience?


LinkedIn Boot Camp  – Are You Attracting Your Audience? Join us on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7PM ET.

Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience. Great for entrepreneurs, career changers, employees looking to make a change within their company, job seekers, and any one looking to “boost” your profile.

  • Don’t miss our popular free interactive, online workshop on getting your message to your audience on  LinkedIn! 

This workshop differs from workshops that may be held at your local recreation department or library that are presented by social media and computer trainers that may not have hiring experience.   We bring hiring professionals with their experience and insights to our program.

Presented by Kirstyn Wildey, Officer at Insight Capital, a division of Chemical Bank, who presented this workshop to standing room audiences at our Career Transitions Center Series, “Next Steps-to-Go at the Library” with Kent District Libraries (KDL). We are opening up access online to accommodate the high degree of interest from people that found travel and time to attend on-site workshops an obstacle to attendance. You can now join us from the comfort of your home.

We will cover:

  • Setting Up an effective profile and managing your Settings.
  • Choosing Groups that fit your networking strategy
  • Managing your contacts and firing up your network.

To register and receive meeting information and 48-hour reminder, please fill out the form below and submit.

Don’t have internet access? You can call in to join the meeting, too.

Questions? Call us at 616-644-6402 or email

Taking Charge of Your Future – September Registration is Open!

Session 1_CoverOur premier program, Taking Charge of Your Future, was launched in 2009.  Over 300 people have participated in this program and over 85% have successfully landed a new job or career. Those who embrace the program are the most successful participants.

Whether going for an internal promotion, returning to the workforce, transitioning from college to work, or exploring a career change, this program is a low-cost solution to get your strategy planned and implemented.

Due to popular demand, we are moving to an online meeting format. This will open up this successful program to participants regardless of geographic location.

Our September online meetings have been scheduled and begin September 7, 2016. To register, please click on this link for program details:

Taking Charge – September 2016

Questions? Please contact our Executive Director, Mimi Fuger at


New Programs for Fall 2016!


In response to the feedback we have received on our programs, we are making changes to our programs. The most significant changes are, lower costs for “One-to-One” coaching and “Taking Charge of Your Future” and on line workshops available to anyone regardless of geographic location.

We are able to make these changes due to support from small private donors who believe in the work we do. Many of these donors are former clients of Career Transitions Center WMI. They believe through experience our programs for job seekers and those considering a career change and allowing us to serve those outside the Greater Grand Rapids area. We are grateful for these supporters that are assuring the sustainability of our organization.

We will still provide our popular free programs, “Next Steps to Go”. These are interactive small group meetings held on line so we can learn how we can best support you wherever you are living and where you are in your career.  We realize that there is nothing like personal interaction, however we are inviting our friends and supporters on the Lakeshore or in any location in West Michigan to join us for these informative web meetings!

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Free Workshops for the Next Step in Your Career!

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We are pleased to offer our series of free workshops for job seekers and those considering a career change called Next Steps to Go: Tips and Strategies for Your Career . Our facilitators and speakers are human resource and hiring professionals that are volunteering their time to help you if you are ready to make a change or update your career strategy.

New for this Fall, we are holding our free workshops on-line. We have been asked to open up our availability of these workshops, so no matter where you live, you are invited to join us.

To register, click on link for the workshops you are interested in joining our interactive web meeting. We strongly suggest if you are able to attend all the workshops, it would be most beneficial for your experience. When you register, we will email you instructions on joining the on line meeting.

August 16 or 30 at 7-8:30PM ETCOMMUNICATING YOUR BRAND: Resumes, Pitches, and On-Line Profiles

Marketing your strengths and accomplishments is more than having a resume. On-Line profiles and applications have changed the hiring process. What makes an effective cover letter?  Is your message being clearly communicated not only verbally but in written form? Join us for advice from a professional on how to optimize and manage your marketing materials

 Registration Workshop 1

August 18 or September 1 –NETWORKINGWhat is Your Strategy? How’s it Working?

Networking is more than attending events. What is your goal in attending events? What is informational interviewing? What about relationships with recruiters?Are you establishing follow-up with all your contacts? How do you rate your contacts and how often do you keep in touch?

Registration Workshop 2

August 30 or September 6– INTERVIEWING: Informational, Probing and Behavior Interviewing. Are you ready?

We will help you understand the different types of interviewing and how you can prepare yourself for communicating your value in any situation. Informational interviews include phone screens and video interviews as well as meeting new contacts. The difference between probing and behavioral interview questions and how to prepare your answers.

Registration Workshop 3