April 15, 2009 08:00 ET

HAPPEN: Tap Into the "Hidden Job Market" and Learn How to Package Yourself for That New Job

HAPPEN holds one-day Open Doors conference in Toronto April 16th

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Job seekers looking for tips on how to package themselves to find their next position and how to tap into the hidden job market will find answers at The Open Doors Conference in Toronto on April 16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Five career specialists will share their insights on how job seekers can develop their unique selling proposition, negotiate their best offer, open doors to corporations without sending their resume, manage the interview process, and learn 12 steps to increase their chances of getting hired. The Open Doors conference is presented by HAPPEN, Canada's largest network for unemployed mid level to senior managers and executives, which has helped more than 18,000 people find new jobs.

"It's so important to have a strategy in place, to understand how to package yourself for success, and to learn how to find those jobs that aren't advertised," says Jim Geraghty, president of HAPPEN. "This conference will provide many key insights for landing a position in this increasingly volatile employment market. For example, there are marketing techniques where you can actually get companies to call you for an interview without having to send out a resume. That will be discussed at this conference."

The five sessions at the Open Doors conference include:

- Reevaluate personal qualities you may have discounted or overlooked that prospective employers value most highly - presented by Judy Suke, motivational humorist, college professor, coach, author and the recipient of the Ontario Government Certificate for Excellence in Human Resources

- Discover how to get what you want without turning off your prospective employer and transform a good job into a great career opportunity - presented by Lior Samfiru, experienced litigator and labour and employment lawyer, who specializes in management and workplace issues, and has written and lectured extensively on human relations issues.

- Learn how to write a Marketing Letter that compels employers to respond - presented by Jim Geraghty, self-marketing expert who has helped thousands of executives find hidden job opportunities with a simple, step-by-step system.

- Find out how to control communication between you and the interviewer, and lead him/her to the unavoidable conclusion that you're the best candidate for the job - presented by Brian Bassett, "The Interview Guru," who has shown thousand of executives how to identify and present their strengths at a job interview.

- Learn how to apply the "Twelve New Rules of the Workplace" to increase your chances of landing the job - presented by Dick O'Brien, career counselor and trainer, who combines practical psychology, corporate consulting and humour to deliver commonsense, proven strategies for surviving and thriving in these tough times.

"The Open Doors Conference also will touch on the importance of networking to access that hidden job market, where 80 percent of all jobs are found," adds Geraghty.

For more information on the Open Doors Conference or to register, visit http://www.happen.ca/flyers/march2009/.

HAPPEN is volunteer-led organization that provides meaningful job search skills, networking and job opportunities for unemployed middle to senior managers. More than 150 people attend weekly meetings in Toronto, Mississauga, and Burlington and Vancouver to listen to one of the more than 200 renowned guest speakers. In addition, HAPPEN runs 30 needed workshops annually that help attendees enhance their employability skills. The HAPPEN website (www.happen.ca) is recognized as the best for networking, education and either free or low-cost assistance. Currently HAPPEN members find new employment on an average of 20 weeks.

Contact Information

  • HMB Communications Group for HAPPEN
    Hugh Black
    905-338-1590 or 416-898-4871