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April 25 job ministry meeting features 2 speakers, 'Nite-of-Networking'

A pair of speakers discussing two important aspects of job hunting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, will precede a grand “Nite-of-Networking” at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.

Speakers and their topics include: Joy Maguire-Dooley, who will discuss “Acknowledging and Moving Through the Emotional Challenges of Job Search”; and Steve Susina, who will share “The 7 Fundamental Truths of Networking,” a primer on using networking and communications skills as part of the job search.

Featured in “USA TODAY,” the “Chicago Tribune” and various local media, Maguire-Dooley is a nationally recognized expert concerning job transitions, and recently participated in a round table discussion about job clubs and support for job seekers with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in Washington, D.C.

She also is an educator and therapist who addresses the emotional component of the job search with strategies to work through a job search in a healthy, productive manner. Currently director of family services for Lisle Township, Maguire-Dooley also facilitates two job clubs a week at the Community Career Center in Naperville where she has been a member of the board of directors since its founding, and is co-author of the book “A Taste for Work.”

In his presentation, geared toward newcomers to the job hunt as well as those wanting a refresher course in the “how to’s” of the process, Susina will cover handbills, resumes, business cards, websites and other job search resources, as well as different ways to initiate and manage the job search process.

For the past seven years, Susina has volunteered his expertise in helping job seekers transition to new roles as a co-leader of the Jobs Ministry at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Naperville; he also is a past chair and member of the board of directors of the Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago. Currently director of demand generation services at Crain Communications, Susina’s prior professional experience includes work at Alcatel-Lucent and Tellabs.

The “Nite-of-Networking” will feature currently employed Job Ministry volunteers and “alumni” willing to offer a variety of help. They will share information about:
• their companies and positions;
• how they “landed” their positions;
• their company web sites;
• how to approach their companies when inquiring about positions;
• open positions, if available, within their companies;
• opportunities in their areas of expertise both now and in the future; and
• many other helpful topics and tips.

Two rounds of structured networking will start with assigned tables for cross-functional networking, followed by functional networking. Functional areas include information systems, sales/marketing, human resources, finance/accounting, supply chain/operations, and project management. Informal networking will precede and follow the structured networking rounds.

Job seekers also are reminded to bring 40 copies of their resumes, handbills and/or business cards to share.

No child care will be available for this “Nite-of-Networking.”

Additional information about this program, sponsored by the Job Ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle, is available from Steve Hasselbeck at (630) 415-6577 or For more information about St. Thomas’ Job Ministry, contact Ben Willingham at (630) 222-5732 or

St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish of the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bear the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, witness and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people. Complete news and information on parish events, guest speakers and special programs can be viewed at For general parish information, call (630) 355-8980 or visit


Contact: Steve Hasselbeck, 630) 415-6577,

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