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Human Resources–November Programs

Further your professional and personal development by taking advantage of upcoming Human Resources programs.  Note that you must pre-register for all programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at top of page).

Learning and Education Programs

Learn valuable skills through American Management Association (AMA) programs, Brown Bag Matinees, Career Focus Brown Bags, and other programs. Don’t forget to pre-register. For questions on Learning and Education programs, call (215) 898-3400 or visit www.hr.upenn.edu/learning.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; November 10; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. Learn about all the Penn Library has to offer, including: over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources; more than 5 million print and multi-media titles; personalized assistance with research for class or work assignments; videos and DVDs; and recent popular fiction and bestsellers.  A one-hour information session will be followed by an optional 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Navigating the Penn Jobs Website; November 11; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Learn how to navigate Penn’s web-based Jobs@Penn system with a live demonstration focusing on how to apply for jobs, create a profile, and manage your job applications. You’ll learn how to make the most of your “internal candidate” status when you apply for your next job at Penn.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Resume; November 15; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Wondering how to create an effective, dynamic resume?  This video includes tips on how to make the “skills and accomplishments” section of your resume intriguing by focusing on the employer’s needs, not your own; using powerful assertions; and inspiring and exciting the employer.

Brown Bag Matinee–If Looks Could Kill; November 16; noon to 1 p.m.; free. This video program reveals that behavior can be a powerful tool when used positively for the good of all, or a dangerous weapon when we attack with negative behavior. It uncovers why an individual can be pleasant to one person, then offensive to another, simply in response to that person's behavior.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Interviewing for Your Next Job; November 17; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Prepare for your next interview with this workshop. Watch the video “Get Hired: How to Ace the Interview” and hear from training specialist Joe Cooney about how he trains Penn managers to conduct interviews. Topics will include how to prepare for the interview, the types of interviews you might encounter, and how you can present yourself and your skills in the best possible light.

American Management Association Program–Communicating with Difficult People; November 29 and 30; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $60.  Communicating with problem employees may be the toughest task we face in today’s workplace. Disruptive employees can sap morale and possibly reduce productivity.  This two-day seminar will help you understand your personality style and how it relates to other styles; diffuse angry situations; handle all types of difficult people; become a more engaged listener; find creative options for cooperation, understanding, and agreement; turn difficult situations into successful negotiations; and more.

Cancer Risk Reduction Series

Penn’s Cancer Risk Reduction Series continues with the next in a series of workshops designed to provide you with information and advice to help you and your family reduce your risk for cancer.  Go to www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.asp, for details and to pre-register.  For more information, contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5118 or orna@hr.upenn.edu.

Cancer Screenings: Knowing When to Take Action; November 10; noon to 1 p.m.; free. We have more control over our health than many people realize. Led by Linda Jacobs, Ph.D. (UPHS Hematology Oncology Division, and Coordinator, Living Well After Cancer Program), this discussion will focus on primary and secondary prevention and the modifiable risk factors that we can all control. An overview of cancer screening recommendations by the American Cancer Society focusing on individual risk factors that influence when to take action will also be provided.

Work-Life Balance Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and personal life can be challenging. That’s why we offer a variety of workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family provider, Penn Behavioral Health, to provide you with support for your personal and professional life challenges.  For more information or to pre-register, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp or call (215) 898-5116.

Gaining Control of the Elder Care Systems; November 1; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. This is designed to help caregivers and other interested parties learn the current trends in the various systems that offer support to the elderly, as well as how to successfully navigate those systems.  Participants will learn about Social Security issues, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare benefits, Medi-Gap insurance, and recent trends.

Effective Listening and Communication Skills; November 17; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. This workshop is designed to teach you listening and communication skills and techniques that will enhance both your professional and personal relationships.  Learn listening skills to extract information, the when and how of what makes sense to communicate, and professional vs. personal listening and communication skills.

Note: For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal wellbeing, contact Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work & Family Services provider, Penn Behavioral Health, at 1-888-321-4433 or go online to www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/eap.asp, or go to the EAP website www.pennbehavioralhealth.org. For questions on QOWL programs, contact Human Resources at orna@hr.upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

–Division of Human Resources



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 10, November 1, 2005


November 1, 2005
Volume 52 Number 10


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