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Advanced Business Writing and Editing Strategies

Course Description

This advanced workshop will help participants further develop skills and strategies learned in the beginning business writing and editing workshop last fall. We'll discuss common writing conventions and the purpose and use of style guides. We'll also examine additional writing and editing strategies, and then practice applying these strategies in a short editing exercise.

Please bring paper and pen and any questions you have about your professional writing and editing.

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Better Leadership Through Better Followership

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Do you want to succeed as a manager? Do you want to be a better leader? Have you thought about how you could be a better follower? This session will help you to see how better followership results in better leadership, and how both lead to personal success in organizations. Issues to be covered include:

  • Understanding how the role you play as "follower" helps you succeed as your team succeeds.
  • Understanding how your followers might play a bigger role in your leadership than you might play as the leader.
  • Seeing how sometimes being the best leader means that you don't need to be the leader.
  • How to turn this understanding and insight into actions that create success.

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Coaching, Counseling and Progressive Discipline

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Have you communicated specific and appropriate expectations for your employees? Do you know the differences between coaching and (corrective) counseling - and how to do both? Do you understand the goal and process of progressive discipline? The objective of this training is to provide supervisors ways to coach employees and provide disciplinary counseling when needed. The workshop will:

  • provide coaching skills tips
  • identify the difference between coaching and corrective discipline
  • illustrate how to approach an employee with a performance problem
  • outline requirements for essential documentation
  • help you understand and apply progressive discipline procedures


While this is open to all employees, managers and supervisors are strongly encouraged to attend. This workshop is also part of the Supervisory Development Training certificate program. Seating is limited, so please register early.

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CSU Labor Relations 101

Course Description

This course will provide an overall, high-level view of what laws and contracts guide the work environment at a CSU campus. A summary of laws and collective bargaining agreements that apply to the CSU, as well as an overview of what unions we have on campus, who they represent, the CSU bargaining contract process, and the rights and responsibilities of employees and supervisors in a unionized environment. Employees, supervisors, and managers are encouraged to attend.

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Cultural Dialogues: Asia

Course Description

In the spirit of experiential learning, this workshop is designed to enhance cross-cultural awareness of international students from Asia. It will provide relevant programming aimed at cultivating the knowledge and awareness staff need to successfully serve international and linguistic minority students, in addition to developing knowledge and awareness of the variety of Asian cultures through dialogue, exploration of differences, and first-person encounters.

Objectives

  • -Identify the diversity of countries and cultures which comprise Asia.
  • -Compare and contrast US American culture(s) and Asian cultures
  • -Identify similarities and difference among Asian cultures

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Dieting Pitfalls

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If dieting, exercise, or weight loss are part of your plans for 2010, then you won't want to miss this health seminar. While creating a New Year's Resolution is a common practice, it rarely leads to permanent behavior change. In fact, 95% of diets fail. So before you get started on the next latest and greatest weight loss scheme, attend this seminar to learn how to set realistic goals for yourself and make 2010 a year of health and happiness. You will learn why it's important to ditch the diet. In addition, participants will obtain healthier alternatives to dead-end diets.

For the first time ever, graduate students in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences will be offering FREE nutrition counseling appointments to faculty and staff. If you're interested in receiving individual wellness coaching from these trained graduate students, attend this seminar to learn more about this exciting opportunity. If you would like to participate, but are unable to attend this seminar, please contact Dr. Dawn Clifford by email (declifford@csuchico.edu) or phone (898-6164) by March 1st.

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Interviewing Tips and Tools

Course Description

How to bring out your best when in the interview hot seat!

Looking for ways to move forward in your career or obtain career opportunities? This workshop is geared toward helping employees prepare for interviews and sharpen their self-presentation skills.

Objectives:

  • Understand the general interview process
  • Identify Dos and Don’ts for interviewees
  • Understand how to prepare for an interview
  • Learn ways to present current and helpful information about your skills, abilities, and past work accomplishments

This workshop is designed to help employees who choose to seek career opportunities or advancement.

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Missed the in-person session?  Check out information online.

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New Employee Orientation

Course Description

Acquaints employees with the university and provides an overview of most university personnel policies, procedures, benefits and safety training. Required for new employees.

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Preventing Violence in the Workplace

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Do you know how to recognize and even prevent violence in the workplace? This workshop will discuss what workplace violence is, common myths, and recognizing behaviors of concern. Options for responding to and reporting warning signs, the importance of early action, and what to do when violence in the workplace occurs will be covered in this important session. This course is valuable for all employees, including supervisors, and managers.

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Protecting Yourself and the Campus from Cyber Threats

Course Description

This workshop provides a basic overview of information security, best practices to keep your data safe, and your responsibilities. Participants will gain a practical understanding of cyber security threats, ways to avoid them and steps to take if it happens. In this workshop, participants will:

  • recognize cyber security threats
  • explore ways to protect your information
  • review the University's Acceptable Use Policy
  • understand the levels of data protection
  • learn how to recognize security risks; learn how to respond or report a security incident

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Résumé Writing that Works

Course Description

Tools and tips for completing applications, résumés and cover letters that summarize your transferable skills and abilities.  Offered in two parts: 1) workshop/lectures session and 2) peer review writing lab.

Workshop Details

How do you design a cover letter that shows how your skills, abilities and experiences translate to meeting the needs of the employer? Do you really need to complete an application job history when you’ve attached your résumé stating the same thing? Answers to this and more will be shared during a workshop designed to help your application, résumé and cover letter stand out from the rest and help to win that interview you’re looking for!

Objectives:

  • Identify Dos and Don’ts on cover letters, applications, resumes, and interviews
  • Use provided tools and tips when completing applications, résumés and cover letters

This presentation is now available online

Peer Review Writing Lab

As a continuation of the “Résumé Writing that Works” April workshop—bring your résumé, cover letter, and sample job posting to a hands-on workshop where the participants will be guided to give you feedback and help you edit the very documents that could change your life.  Even if you’re not looking for a job, this is a great opportunity to quickly update your résumé, get feedback, and ask questions.  Join us for this hands-on, pull-up-your-sleeves, help-each-other experience.

Who should go? 

These career development workshops are intended to help employees who choose to seek career opportunities or advancement.  (If you have students who are interested in these topics, please encourage them to make contact with the Career Center which already offers appointments and individualized assistance specifically for students and alumni.)

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What I Do "Best" is My Best Work

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Leading others begins with leading ourselves. Just as a good leader will know the strengths of their team members, so we as individuals must know our own strengths and abilities. Choosing and working with in our strengths leads to a better contribution to the organization. At the same time we make a deeper contribution at work, we also find greater satisfaction and energy in the work we do. This seminar will allow you to label and better understand your strengths in the workplace. You will leave not only with a new understanding of your abilities but also a plan to use them at work. Your "next step" action plan takes the seminar back to your office. Sources: The content of the seminar uses many of the discoveries made in the strengths movement (Buckingham, 2007 & Rath, 2007) as well those of Cooperrider, Whitney & Stavros (2004), through "Appreciative Inquiry". An understanding of "Authentic Leadership Development" (Avolio & Luthans, 2006) is also used in developing this practical seminar.

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