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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.

 

Upcoming Presentations:

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

May 26, 2015, 9:30-10:00, Cindy Lima, CHP AW/DS Coordinator, "Age Well/Drive Smart"

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

June 9, 2015, 9:30-10:00, Marketing Department Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

July 21, 2015, Josephine 'Jos' Hanan, Business Coach, "How to Sell Your Skills, Connect with Anyone and Get More Offers!"Promote Her Business

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

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

August 11, 2015, Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor, "IS YOUR RESUME WORKING FOR YOU?"YWCA Berkeley Website

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

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

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

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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:

David Ellman - May
Dustin Dearman - May
Herbert Meron - May
Patricia Sydnor - May
Shelly Froehlich - May
Tim Cahal - May
Adrianna Azeveda - 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.

Congratulations on a new job in 2014 to:

Ellen Cheung - Dec. 2014
Erik Hoogerhuis - Dec.
Elmira Marandi  - Dec.
Debbie Rinne - Nov.
Greg Bacigalupi - Nov.
Joseph Warzeniak - Nov.
Maria Garay - Nov.
Rachel Lavern - Nov.
Rob Miller - Nov.
Ankita Saxena - Oct.
Barbrah Michael Corral - Oct.
Carrie Hall - Oct.
Chuck Stobing - Oct.
Dave Capece - Oct.
Eric Haag - Oct.
Gerry Riley - Oct.
Larry Webster - Oct.
Marnelle Marasigan - Oct.
Monika Szablics - Oct.
Ali Ehsani - Sep.
David Spanne - Sep.
Joseph Perkins - Sep.
Karen Ethridge - Sep.
Margo Jacobsen - Sep.
Maximus Clean - Sep.
Michael Lopez - Sep.
Rita Carlson - Sep.
Rochelle Taylor - Sep.
Sally Hood - Sep.
Sharon Hay - Sep.
Stephanie Carniglia - Sep.
Clare Clair - Aug.
Eric Hemphill - Aug.
George Ramstad - Aug.
Judy Fain - Aug.
Julie Gushwa - Aug.
Rhonda Alley - Aug.
Sarah Jones - Aug.
Sherell Williams - Aug.
Steven Schlick-Harris - Aug.
Ana Horn - Jul.
Carlene McMasters - Jul.
Pamela Dunn - Jul.
Robert Lindberg - Jul.
Vincent Descoust - Jul.
Allan Breller - Jun.
Arnel Torres - Jun.
Carmen Castro Rojas - Jun.
Joel Rubinstein - Jun.
Sherryl Brinkley - Jun.
Stephanie Collins - Jun.
Tim Cahal - Jun.
Bill Diener - May
David Witte - May
Heather Ramamurthy - May
Jean Pierre Maeder - May
John Falco - May
Kathleen Stavis - May
Larry Gerquest - May
Laurie Pantell - May
Stephen Gelardi - May
Wah Cheong - May
Cheryl Collins - Apr.
Fred Sahakian - Apr.
Julio Trujillo - Apr.
Michael Papas - Apr.
Milton Rivera - Apr.
Mitch Bloomfield - Apr.
Alain Descoins - Mar.
Joyce Johnasen - Mar.
Julie Anderson - Mar.
Linda Wojcieson - Mar.
Marcia Osmus - Mar.
Philip Klein - Mar.
Susan Dittman - Mar.
Alan Polanger - Feb.
Connie Foote - Feb.
Gayl Belfor - Feb.
Gerard Meilan - Feb.
Ponciano Millena - Feb.
Ralph Duff - Feb.
Bill Gough - Jan.
Christine Swihart - Jan.
Delbert Boards - Jan.
Frank Harvey - Jan.
Kathy Morrison - Jan.
Patrick Speese - Jan.
Vanessa Palacios - Jan. 2014
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