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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Experience Unlimited?
  2. What services does EU offer to job seekers?
  3. What services does EU offer to EU Alumni?
  4. Do I have to be a member to use EU resources?
  5. How do I become a member of EU?
  6. What must I do to maintain my EU membership?
  7. Can I put my EU membership "on hold"?
  8. How can I get a calendar of EU meeting speakers and workshops?
  9. Does EU have a dress code?
  10. What are the EU committees?
  11. Does EU provide child care?
  12. Who pays for EU services?
  13. How may I receive EUCCC Yahoo! Group mail?
  14. How do I stop receiving EUCCC Yahoo! Group mail?

  1. Experience Unlimited (EU) is a no-fee career resource center and job search networking group for business and technical professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. EU is sponsored by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and supported by EU volunteers.

    The Contra Costa Chapter of EU (EUCCC) serves the needs of professionals in the Central Contra Costa area, roughly centered in Walnut Creek. A list of other EU chapters may be seen on the California EDD site by clicking here.

  2. EU members have access to workshops, job listings, networking events, office facilities, resume assistance, interview practice, support groups and more....

  3. EU alumni are invited to participate in selected networking events, databases and online discussion groups. Interested alumni should call or visit the EU office for details.

  4. EU weekly General Meetings are open to the public on a space-available basis. Access to EU office resources, workshops and network database is limited to active EU members and qualifying alumni.

  5. Read the initial membership requirements. To get started, call or come by the EU office. Sign up to attend an orientation meeting. Attend the chapter General Meeting.

  6. To remain an active member of EU, you agree to:

    1 - Attend 2 General Assembly meetings a month
    2 - Attend 2 Committee Meetings a month for your committee of choice
    3 - Volunteer 16 hours per month (an average of 4 hours each week) to EU operations

    Most members find this requirement easily met by simply attending Tuesday's weekly General Meeting (1 service hour), a Committee Meeting immediately following (1 service hour), and through assigned department work or projects with service hours awarded generally based on the time required to perform the task.

    For a list of tasks & the credit granted for each task, refer to page 10 of the Orientation Guide.

    For more information, refer to Membership Requirements.

  7. "Active" members of EU who have completed all membership requirements may change their membership status to "inactive" by submitting a Change of Status Form. Inactive members do not have access to EU office resources, but they do continue to receive job postings through email and the Yahoo Group (EUCCC). Inactive members can reactivate membership within six months without going through the application process again.

  8. EU members and other interested parties can obtain a copy of the monthly calendar at the EU office. EU members can also access the calendar online via the Yahoo Group (EUCCC) or by clicking on the EU Calendar icon which appears at the bottom of each menu sidebar on this site.

  9. EU dress code is business attire for weekly general meetings and networking events. Dress code is "business casual" for the EU office and workshops.

  10. EU has four operational departments: Marketing, Information Technology, Training, and Business Operations (Administration). Departments are staffed by EU volunteers.

    Members can volunteer to share their expertise in a particular area or to learn a new skill. Click here to learn more about the responsibilities of each department.

  11. No, child care is not available at the EU office or the Concord EastBay WORKS facility. It is not appropriate to bring children to the EU office.

  12. Our tax dollars support EU through the California EDD (Employment Development Department). In addition, our non-profit affiliate organization, Experience and Resource Network (EARN) provides additional support and resources for EU, Contra Costa Chapter.

    Financial considerations aside, Experience Unlimited thrives through the faithful support of the kind members and staff of Temple B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, the hard-working staff of the Concord EastBay WORKS facility, and ongoing encouragement of our Alumni members.

  13. Send email communication to " This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ". In the subject line input, "IT Group -- Yahoo! Group mail". Request to be included & the address you want to receive email. Activation requires a Yahoo! group list moderator to accept your request.

  14. Exiting the EUCCC Yahoo! Group list is a self exit process. An "Unsubscribe" link is found at the bottom of EVERY communication sent from the group. Click "Unsubscribe" found at the bottom of ANY communication.


2014 Job Fair Photographs

Upcoming Presentations:

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

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

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

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

November 24, 2015, No Speaker - Group Activity

December 1, 2015, Julia Beauchamp, Title Pending, Julia Beauchamp

December 8, 2015, Isabelle Peyrichoux, "The Number #1 Reason People are Unhappy in Their Career and What To Do About It", Brilliant Seeds

December 15, 2015, Stephanie Staidly, "Finding Your Why", The Right Brain Entrepreneur

December 22, 2015, No Speaker - Group Activity

December 29, 2015, No Speaker - Group Activity

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


Events Calendar -- Click year, month, or day

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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 2015:

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.