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Joining Experience Unlimited

To become a member of Experience Unlimited is a 5 step process:

  1. Attend a General Meeting
    General Meetings are held weekly, Tuesday mornings, at Temple B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, and are open to the public. Click here for information on meeting time and agenda, appropriate dress, and directions to Temple B'nai Shalom.
  2. Attend Orientation
    Orientation is generally held during the first hour of the General Meeting. During Orientation, you will receive & begin completing the required application paperwork to become a member.
  3. Attend a Department Committee Meeting
    You may join any department that interests you and are free to switch departments at any time with the prior approval of each department director. Members often volunteer for projects in several departments, depending on their interests. For example, someone in IT may lead a Training workshop covering a topic with which they have a special background or interest.
  4. Enter your resume with CalJOBS
    Submit your resume online to CalJOBS and then print out a copy from the CalJOBS website and show it to any EDD staff member. CalJOBS is the California employment database, "California's Internet system for linking employer job listings and job seeker resumes".
    The system provides tools to post your resume at a variety of detail levels, from a high-level summary through details of five key jobs. Access to profiles are limited to authorized EDD-enrolled prospective employers, and personal information is easily kept off the profile.
  5. Attend the Job Search Workshop
    This workshop is generally held in one half-day session, either on Wednesday or Thursday morning. Prior sign-up for the workshop is required.
  6. Complete & Submit all application forms
    Acquire all required signatures on the "Application Checklist"
    Complete the member information form
    Complete the "Member Agreement" (Contract)
    Sign the, "Authorization to Release your Contact Information" (Optional)
    [to someone looking for you to offer employment]
    Turn all forms into either the Business Operations committee at a General Assembly meeting
    Place all completed forms in the "Business Operations" pocket document box on the partition wall to the side of the administration desk at the Experience Unlimited Office.

Types of Membership

  1. Active Members - enjoy full use of EU Contra Costa chapter resources. In order to be considered an active member of the chapter, you are required to:
    1. Be a department member in good standing.
    2. Volunteer 16 hours per calendar month, accomplished through a combination of attending General Meetings, Department Meetings and additional work on projects or other services
    3. Comply with all rules, regulations and Standards of Conduct of the chapter.
  2. Delinquent Members - members who have fallen 48 hours or more in arrears for required volunteer hours. Delinquent members may not use chapter resources and will be deactivated from the system until volunteer hours have been made up.
  3. Inactive Members - a member becomes inactive by either requesting that their status be changed due to personal circumstances or temporary employment of one week or more, or failing to complete the membership requirements for a period of 3 consecutive months. Inactive members cannot access chapter resources, however, they can reactivate membership within 12 months without going through the application process again.
  4. Alumni - Former members now employed, but who maintain a relationship with the chapter.
  5. Pending - Individuals in process of completing all membership requirements or awaiting administrative action to become an Active Members or in a process of changing their status.


2014 Job Fair Photographs

Upcoming Presentations:

May 3, 2016, Leslie Landberg,  "DREAM Curriculum" LinkedIn Profile

May 10, 2016, Reynold Lewke, "Take Charge of Your Career – Understanding Why and How You Need to Plan for 2050"Reynold Lewke

May 17, 2016, Stacy Leitner, "Securing Employment:  Tips and Tricks"A Great Day's Work


Click "More" to see our past speakers & links to their services or websites


Past Presentations & Speakers:

April 26, 2016, Dick Scoppettone, "Starting Your Next Career"Little Biz


April 19, 2016, Dr. Michelle Peticolas, "From Loss to Illumination: Grief as a Gateway to Power, Purpose and Prosperity", Secrets of Life and Death


 April 12, 2016, Clara Chorley, "3 Big Mistakes Job Seekers Make that Cause Tem to Lose Motivation, Focus and Not Find the Job They WantClarity UNLIMITED

April 5, 2016, Puja Markus-Brooks, "Know Your Options to be Strategic when Accessing Your Retirement Funds", Edward JonesLinkedIn Profile

March 29, 2016, Gavan Ambrosini, "How to Get the 'Professional Edge' - Tips for Accelerating Your Job Search", California Employers Association

March 22, 2016, Randy Peyser, "Don't Just Think Outside the Box - Flatten It"Author One Stop

March 15, 2016, Kimi Avery, "5 Keys to Gender Harmony in the Workplace" Work Place Navigation System

March 8, 2016, Dr. Raul Deju, "The Most Important Talk You Will Ever Listen To!"Raul Deju

March 1, 2016, Loyd Auerbach, "Team Building", Speak as Yourself

February 23, 2016, Larry Jacobson, "Redefining Retirement"Larry Jacobson

February 16, 2016, Tony Wilkins, "What to Do While Looking for Work", Tony Wilkins Author and Radio personality

February 9, 2016, Rebecca Martin, "How to Read Body Language of Your Interviewer"Rebecca C. Martin

February 2, 2016, William Wesley, "6 steps to the Best You"Full Life Balance

January 19, 2016, Amanda Elo'esh Johnsen, M.A., "Discover Your True Purpose; Find the Job You Love"Amanda Elo'esh Johnsen, M.A.

January 12, 2016, Abby Kohut, "", Absolutely Abby

January 5, 2016, Rebecca Martin, "Best Body Language Practices for a Successful Interview"Rebecca C. Martin

December 22 & 29, 2015, No Speaker - Group Activity

December 15, 2015, Chester Santos, " "

December 8, 2015, Stephanie Staidly, " ", The Right Brain Entrepreneur

December 1, 2015, Mark Statton

November 24, 2015, No Speaker - Group Activity

November 17, 2015, Eric Waisman, "Enhance Your Social Intelligence!", Jaunty

November 10, 2015, Italina Kirk's, "Leverage LinkedIn", Italina Image

November 3, 2015, Mary Knippel, “Your Writing Mentor", Your Writing Mentor

October 27, 2015, Carolyn CJ Jones,"Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Beyond the Old Job", Carolyn CJ Jones

October 20, 2015, Iris Stallworth-Grayling, MA, Ht, CPC, "Joy as a Path to Power!", Joy, Love, Power

October 13, 2015, Julie Anderson, "Want Success? Use Your Brain", Your Best Mind Online

October 6, 2015, Loyd Auerbach, "Speak as Yourself", Speak as Yourself

September 29, 2015, Richard Morgin, "Is Entrepreneurship for You", Is Entrepreneurship for You?

September 22, 2015, Linda Paten, "Five Most Important Things to Show the Interviewer”, Dare 2 Dream with Linda

September 15, 2015, Steven Campbell, "How We Learn", The Brain Whisperer

September 8, 2015, EU Member Activity, TBD

September 1, 2015, Jai Jiaong, Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur, "Bust Fears and Build Courage", Fearbuster Website

August 25, 2014, Bobbie LaPorte, Career Coach & 6x Ironman Triathalon Athlete, "3 Keys that will Instruct & Inspire You to Meet the Challenges You Face", Bobbie LaPorte and Associates

August 18, 2015, Michael MacDonald, Financial Advisor, "Social Security Planning", The Financial Advisor Website

August 11, 2015, Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor, "How Can I Earn What I Am Worth, WCA Berkeley Website

August 4, 2015, Phyllis Ginsberg, Survival to Thrival Coach, "Possibilities Presentation", Phylliss Ginsberg Website

July 28, 2015, Tom Pearson, Life Success Coach, "Thinking into Results", Own My Greatness

July 21, 2015, Chester Santos, The International Man of Memory, "Memory Training for Job Seekers", International Man of Memory

July 14, 2015, Susan Chritton, Executive Career Coach & Brand Strategist, "Personal Branding in a time of Transition", Susan Chritton

July 7, 2015, George Parrish, Business Coach, "Network like a Pro", Consultants GP

June 30, 2015, Ellen Looyen, Brand and Influence Coach, "The Art of Personal Branding", Personal Branding

June 23, 2015, Rick Silva, The Referral Coach, The Network Connection

June 16, 2015, Bill Pollak, Financial Advisor, "How to Keep Your Financial Boat Afloat During a Career Change", Your Money Journey

June 9, 2015, Holly Hansen, Empowerment Coach, "Breaking the Glass: How to Stop Listening to all the Things that are Holding You Back from Happiness and Success", Four Keys

June 2, 2015, Dr. Susan Bernstein, Career Empowerment and Leadership Coach, "Interviewing with Power and Authenticity", Sensational Shift

May 26, 2015, Rikk Hansen, Career and Leadership Coach, "The Career Calling Guide", Brillant NEXT

May 19, 2015, Craig Nathanson, Vocational Coach, "Joyful Work in Midlife - The Five Stages", The Vocational Coach

May 12, 2015, Annie Mergens, Ashley Vignola & Emily Tadlock, recruiters with Accountemps, Office Team & Robert Half, AccounTemps, Office Team, Robert Half

May 5, 2015, Koorosh Ostowari, Author, "Powerful Life Strategies that can help you manage Stress and Anxiety around your job, finances and life transition", The Money Anxiety Cure

April 28, 2015, Steven Richards, Retired Recruiter and SCORE Volunteer, "Extreme Interviewing" Surviving the Extreme interview

April 21, 2015, Christine Lambert, Regional Recruiter with Nelson Staffing, "Hiring Trends in the Bay Area", Nelson Staffing

April 14, 2015, Brian Pierskalla, Former EU Member, "How to Get a Government Job", LinkedIn Profile

March 31, 2015, Abby Kohut, Author & Speaker on Recruitment and Career Development, "Secrets Recruiters Don't Want You to Know", Absolutely Abby

March 24, 2015, Elizabeth "Lizz" Proctor, The Resume Doctor, "Effective Resume Secrets©", The Resume DoctorPresentation Documents:Verbs Categorized by Skill, How Fonts Affect the Subconscious Overview, Emotional Intelligence Interview Questions, Instructions 7 Steps to Developing Effective Resume Content Summary, Worksheet 7 Steps to Developing Effective Resume Content Form, IT Cover Letter and Functional Resume Sample

March 17, 2015, Jennifer Ewing, Artist, "Navagating Change/Developing an Inner Compass", How to Navigate Change

March 17, 2015, (9:30-10:00), Susie O'Bryant, Small Business Development Center, "Give your Business the Competitive Edge”No-Cost Resources from the SBDC and more….., LinkedIn Profile

March 10, 2015, Laura Paradise, Life Coach, "Assert Yourself - Tips & Techniques to Help You Be Bold & Get Hired", Laura Paradise Coaching

March 3, 2015, Don McCormick, Our own EU Member, "How to Create a Personal Marketing Plan that Focuses Your Job Search"

February 24, 2015, Darlene Abbott, EDD Representative, "EDD Classes and Resources", EDD

February 17, 2015, Cara Cordini, Professional Life Coach, "Happiness Habit: 'Happy' Your Way to Success", Flashlight Coaching

February 10, 2015, Clara Chorley, Business Life Coach and Keynote Speaker, "3 Big Mistakes That Cause Job Seekers to Lose Motivation, Focus and Not Find the Job They Want", Clarity Unlimited

February 3, 2015, Melissa Washington, Speaker, Author and Trainor, "Using LinkedIn to Find Work", Get Back to Work

January 27, 2015, William Wesley, Transformational Speaker and Top Performance Coach, "Establishing the Foundation of Success, Part 2", Full Life Balance

January 20, 2015, William Wesley, Transformational Speaker and Top Performance Coach, "Establishing the Foundation of Success, Part 1", Full Life Balance

January 13, 2015, David Jones, Vice President, Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente, "The 'How and 'Why' of Networking", LinkedIn Profile

January 6, 2015, Jay Whiting, "New's Resolution Fixer - How to Make Them Real", Forward Aspiration

December 30, 2014, EU Activity

December 23, 2014, EU Activity

December 16, 2014, Eva Angvert Harren, "Standing in Your Power with Authenticity", BEAM LiFE

December 9, 2014, Susan Strong, "Becoming Your Own CEO", The Entrepreneur's Source

November 25, 2014, Sandy Sanderson, "Winning the Interview", Meridian Executive Resources --(Scheduled but speaker was unable to attend due to health complications.)

November 11, 2014, Puja Marcus-Brooks, "Planning Your Financial Future", Edward Jones

November 4, 2014, Mark Sackett, "The Art of Active Networking", The Art of Active Networking Website

October 28, 2014, Richard Bertrand, "Navigating a Successful TransitionLinkedIn Profile

October 21, 2014, Alan Bailey, "Recruiting Exposed" Bara Infoware, Inc.

October 14, 2014, Antoinette Dawson , "Part 2 -You're Hired, Preparing for the Offer"

October 7, 2014, Noelle Morra , "Three Ways to Channel & Turn Stress into Action"

September 30, 2014, Ron Elsdon, "How to Build a Non-Traditional Career Path", Elsdon Organizational Renewal

September 23, 2014, Teresa Garza, "Keep Your Home California" San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

September 16, 2014, Antoinette Dawson, "Part 1- You're in our Top 3, Preparing for the Final Interview"

September 9, 2014, Tony Wilkins, "Ten Tips for Increasing Your Visibility with Prospects", Tony Wilkins Talk Radio

September 2, 2014, Sandeep Saxena, "How to Stay Motivated during the Job Search"  sandeepsaxena@yahoo.com

August 26, 2014, Sandra Patino, "Strategies to Turn Obstacles into Opportunities", Sandra Patino Global

August 19, 2014, Al Hulvey, "Getting a Job is as Easy as 1-2-3", CareerActions.org

August 12, 2014 Vanesse Johnson, "Brand You and Your Career", On the Move Careers

August 5, 2014, Donna Fedor, "Creating a Powerful Foundation and Plan for your Job Search", Affinity People Solutions

July 29, 2014, George Parrish, "Networking", Eco File Corp

July 22, 2014, Michael Webb, "6 Weeks to Multiple Job Offers", Kimco Staffing Services, Inc.

July 15, 2014, Bill Pollack, "How to Keep Your Financial Boat Afloat during a Career Change" Your Money Journey

July 8, 2014, Dave Boitano, Bob Coleman, "How to Stay Positive During Your Job Search"

July 1, 14, Gene Nokes, "A Modern Job Search Starts with Strategy", Gene Nokes

June 17, 2014, Alex Harris, "Starting a Business as a Career Alternative", The Entreprenuer's Source

June 10, 2014, Marjorie Wallace, "Success Tips from an Employment Lawyer: Papertrail your next Job", Marjorie's LinkedIn profile

June 3, 2014, Jeff Lemmo, "Managing Your Career Transition", Jeff Lemmo NY Life Agent

May 27, 2014, Dr. Laura Lyons, "How to Find the Job You Deserve"

May 20, 2014, Ian Moore, "The Rules of Three- Communication, Achievement & Happiness", Moore Career Consulting

May 13, 2014, William K. Wesley, JD, MBA, "Full Life Balance", Full Life Balance

May 6, 2014, Odette Pollar, "Strategic Volunteering: How Advisory Council Positions Can Keep You in the Game", Smart Ways to Work

April 29, 2014, Ellen Looyen, "The Art of Personal Branding", Ellen Looyen Communications

April 22, 2014, Ronan Cosme, "The Ascent Path: How to Make Yourself a More Marketable Candidate", Ascent Services Group

April 15, 2014 Jane Ransom, "Five Scientific Motivators to Keep You on Track", Jane Ransom- The Science of Personal & Professional Relationships

April 8, 2014, Tom Bobich, "Nuts and Bolts of Networking", Tom Bobich

April 1, 2014, Dory Willer, SPHR, PCC, "Shifting Your Results – in Life, Career and with your Job Search”, Beacon Quest Coaching

March 25, 2014, Mark Guterman, "Staying in the Game: Finding Work in Challenging Times", Meaningful Careers

March 18, 2014, Joie Seldon , MA, "Making a Great Impression-Presentation and Communication Skills for a Successful Career", Business Results Coaching

March 11, 2014, Lynn Fraley, RN, MN, DrPH, "Creating the Right Space for Opportunity", Endless Energy & Wellness

March 4, 2014, Abby Kohut, "Success for the Seasoned Search...The Benefit of Being Overqualified", Absolutely Abby

February 25, 2014, Lara Honos-Webb, PH.D, "The Gift in Your Job Search", Visionary Soul

February 18, 2014, Simma Lieberman, "How to Build Rapport & Interact with Anyone", Simma Lieberman Associates

February 11, 2014, Craig Harrison, "The Toastmaster Imperative-Use Toastmasters to Polish your CV, Ace Your Interview & Win Your Next Job!",  Expressions of Excellence

February 4, 2014, Anne Marie DePaul Haddock, "Stand up for Your Career"

January 28, 2014, Cindy Lima & Officer Frasen, "Age Well, Drive Smart", California Highway Patrol Safe Driving Program

January 21, 2014, Steve Botts, "Get a Job in 35-40 days using an Accelerated Job Search", LDS Jobs Resource Center

January 14, 2014, Larry Dillon, "What is the Recruiter Thinking during the Interview", Dillon Gray Recruiting

January 7, 2014, Renata Raza, "Where is the Horizon? Testing your Limits", Being Daring

January 2, 2014, Larry Swindell, "The Hazards of Divided Interests"

December 17, 2013, Susan RoAne, "How to Work a Room" Susan RoAne

December 10, 2013, Shashi Dosai, "Body Language", California Institute of Etiquette

December 3, 2013, Jill Williams, "Accept Where You Are to Get Where You're Going!" JC Williams Group

November 26, 2013, Richard Hemingway, "Lessons for Finding a New Position" Hemingway Associates

November 19, 2013, Dr. John Steward, Clinical Psychologist, "Ride the Waves. Do not be Consumed by Them. Overcoming Depression & Anxiety", Dr. John Steward

November 12, 2013, Patrick O'Donnell, "4 Steps for Asking and Getting a Job" The Plus Group

November 5, 2013, Sue Hamill, ACA Issue Lead, "Low-Cost Healthcare"

October 29, 2013, Joyce Seitz, "Economic Development Specialist, Concord, CA", JFK Entrepreneurial Program

October 22, 2013, Steve Richards, "Extreme Interviewing, How to use PAR statements", Your Guide to Surviving An 'Extreme Interview'

October 15, 2013, Pamela Cook, "Pamela Cook Development Search", How to find nonprofit executive positions

October 8, 2013, Rikk Hansen, "In Limbo to On Fire Again!", On Fire Again!

October 1, 2013, No Meeting - Event Night with Susan Chritton, "Personal Branding for Dummies"

September 24, 2013, Gregory DePaco, LinkedIn, LinkedIn 1.0 LinkedIn

September 17, 2013, Puja Marcus-Brooks, "Outlook and Opportunities: Overcoming obstacles" Puja Markus-Brooks, Edward Jones Investments All EJI seminars

September 10, 2013, Teri Hockett, "Whats for Work? "Employed by Life" What's for Work?

September 3, 2013, No meeting

August 27, 2013, Mary Eileen Williams, Career Expert, "Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50, Mary Eileen Williams

August 20, 2013, Julie Kramer, Career Expert, "Best Executives, Changing Industries and Roles, Best Executives

August 13, 2013, Panicia Stroski, "Robert Half, Walnut Creek", Office Team

August 6, 2013, Gregory DePaco, "Senior Enterprise Account Executive, LinkedIn 1.0"

July 30, 2013, Marty McMahon, "Fleming - Martin Executive Search", Marty McMahon

July 23, 2013, Attila Bardos, "Robert Half International", Attila-Bardos


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That reminds me of . . .

Did you know? Linkage statements, used correctly, can connect almost all interview questions to your PARs.

  • Colleagues would probably tell you...
  • Peers would probably tell you...
  • My boss would probably tell you...
  • Subordinates would tell you...
  • That reminds me of ...
  • That's difficult to say, but ... ...
  • For example, ...

It takes practice, and you need to have a grab bag of PARs in your hip pocket, including 2-3 that speak to "learning opportunities." The ability to leverage this technique can be a powerful way to make you shine.

See Steven Richards' article: Surviving the Extreme Interview

Recent Gold Card Members

Congratulations on your new job in 2016:

Sharon Crane - Apr.

Ciel Gierke - Apr.

Adam Hernandez - Apr.

Alex Lopez - Apr.

Carole Lucido - Apr.

Nisme Kanan - Mar.

Tom McClure - Mar.

Renna Robles - Mar.

Teresa Castle - Feb.

Blanca Hernandez - Feb.

Jim Ogden - Feb.

Bruce Meibos - Jan.

Dan Pollak - Dec.

Lorraine Baskin - Dec.

Sherry Ashley - Dec.

Bernard Zurlo - Dec.

Mary Condeff - Dec.

Violet Votin - Nov.

Barbara Thomas - Oct.

Jacquelyn Ross - Oct.

Dena Hulse - Oct.

Yen Ha - Oct.

Juanita Scott - Oct.

Donna Owen - Oct.

Claudia Spain - Sep.

Debra Jaide - Sep.

Gary Carter - Sep.

Gregorio Natorilla - Sep.

Jeanette Lee - Sep.

Edward Rennacker - Aug.

Greg Schwei - Aug.

Sharon Hayes - Aug.

Steve Potter - Aug.

Ian Marsh - Jun.

Kathy Silver - Jul.

Lee Stanhope - Jul.

Mark Berry - Jul.

Sam Blittman - Jul.

Suzanne Hustad - Jul.

Sheila Garvey - Jun.

David Ellman - May.

Dustin Dearman - May

Herbert Meron - May

Patricia Sydnor - May

Shelly Froehlich - May

Tim Cahal - May

Adrianna Azevedo - Apr.

Annamarie Cooper - Apr.

Jeff German - Apr.

Keith Light - Apr.

Sonia Danielsson - Apr.

Angela Schooley - Mar.

Belinda Watts - Mar.

Brad Jones - Mar.

Chris Kwapnoski - Mar.

Cynthia Taylor - Mar.

Melissa Dizon - Mar.

Adam Gourdin - Feb.

Barry Skrypnyk - Feb.

Brenda Bentley - Feb.

Brent Bowman - Feb.

Dan Elwood - Feb.

Deborah Nordstrom - Feb.

Joann Kennett - Feb.

John Ylinen - Feb.

Lise Bodine - Feb.

Margie Riesberg - Feb.

Micheal Sander - Feb.

Mike Conroy - Feb.

William Hayes - Feb.

Anne Belt - Jan.

Christine Guardia - Jan.

Gary Krupa - Jan.

Gayl Belfor - Jan.

Guillermo Falla - Jan.

Jim Brady - Jan.

Larry Osorio - Jan.

Tonya White - Jan.