Experience Unlimited Contra Costa Chapter

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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.

    1.  "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.


    1.  EU members and other interested parties can obtain a copy of the current monthly calendar at the EU office. Interested workshop participants can access the signup form(s) via QR scan or through a short website key provided in person by another EU member. The tail end of our EU marketing emails addressed to EU members also contains this link. The form works with most smartphones. Interested workshop participants without smartphones can borrow someone else's phone or use any available computer browser. EU Members are encouraged to bookmark the link once they get it. Email, Name, Workshop are required inputs. Links provided by the website provides 24/7 access to this scheduling process for members with login access.


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


    1.  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.


    1.  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.


    1.  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.


    1.  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.

  1.  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.


Our Recent Featured Speakers

Upcoming Presentations:

All speakers commence anytime between 9/10am unless otherwise specified.

September 20, 2019, *** Resume Writing 2.2 ***

September 25, 2019, *** Job Search 1.0 ***

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 to these members on their new jobs:

Joseph Harrell - July 2018

Marilyn Heublein - July 2018

Belinda Watts - June 2018

Bruce Barbara - June 2018

Karla Villarpando - June 2018

Susan Haase - June 2018

James Driggers - June 2018

Dan Bauer - May 2018

Steve Keiter - March 2018

Camille Ferond - March 2018

Debra Harris - February 2018

Samina Anwar - February 2018

Alton Adebite - February 2018

David Sanford - January 2018

Mark Zotman - January 2018

Stephen Handley - December 2017

Bruce Meibos - November 2017

Karen Troth - September 2017

Tamara Mata - September 2017

Loyd Auerbach - August 2017

Cindy Van Lare - July 2017

Helen Natorilla - July 2017

Julie Ugale - June 2017

Mitch Ashley - June 2017

Richard Fehl - June 2017

Carol Zischke - May 2017

Katie Walsh - April 2017

Mavie Baluyut - April 2017

Linda Pratt - April 2017

Sandy Bennion - April 2017

Ian Marsh - April 2017

Ronald Musoke - April 2017

Phyllis Gaoiran - April 2017

Siegfried Richert - April 2017

Elisa Washington - April 2017

David Gwartzman - April 2017

Donna Moldoff - April 2017

Anne Graham - April 2017

Sally Yuen - April 2017

Juliette Jacques - April 2017

Sofia Suisala - April 2017

Gary Bristow - April 2017

Gladys Pineda - April 2017

John Jacob - March 2017

Ken Silva - March 2017

Steven Buhler - March 2017

Anne Belt - March 2017

Duane Williams - March 2017

Jerome Jane't Sr. - March 2017

Jessie Ding - March 2017

Veena Channon - February 2017

Dwight Shackelford - January 2017

Roberta Redden - January 2017

Cynthia Parras - January 2017

Mac Magana - January 2017

Steve Aronson - January 2017

Andrea Orozco - December 2016

Alicia Gordon - December 2016

Dave Stuckey - December 2016

Jalal Afifi - December 2016

Mary Merschat - December 2016

Bruce Meibos - December 2016

Don Toyofuku - November 2016

Carol Zischke - November 2016

Martin Wong - November 2016

Nicolas Menjivar - November 2016

Doug Casebolt - October 2016

Brian Boer - October 2016

Matthew Silverberg - October 2016

Mike Wood - October 2016

Sam Blittman - October 2016

Steven Sheung - October 2016

Travis Burkey - September 2016

Alicia Gordon - September 2016

John Loughlin - September 2016

William Schramer - September 2016

Jose Santiago - September 2016