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Beyond Traditional Job Development

Registrations Closed/Course Full  
November 16 & 17, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hacienda Hotel, San Diego, CA

Job Developers are entrusted with the awesome responsibility of bridging the gap between unemployed job seekers and the work available in their communities - yet they are frequently provided with few tools and little guidance for achieving their goals.
Beyond Traditional Job Development imageBased on concepts from her celebrated book of the same title, Beyond Traditional Job Development offers a practical, innovative and proactive approach to job development that challenges the job developer to look beyond traditional methods for achieving placement results. Recognizing that effective job development is perhaps more an art than a science, this dynamic seminar is a gold mine of proven tips, tools and strategies, delivered with numerous examples and stories that bring the concepts to life. 
Thousands of job developers throughout North America attribute their success to the tools, techniques and “ways of thinking” that they have acquired from this seminar. As evidenced in the reviews at the bottom of this page, this seminar opens attendee’s minds to view their work and their possibilities in entirely new ways, inspiring fresh ideas for engaging both applicants and employers in the job development process, particularly in the midst of a tough economy.  From seasoned professionals to newly-hired employment professionals, participants will leave fully-prepared to practice the Nicaraguan saying, "Do not go where the road leads. Rather, follow your own path and leave a trail."

Major Topics Covered In This Two Day Course

For more details on content, please see Beyond Traditional Job Development

Registrations are now closed. If you haven't already done so, please submit your payment as noted below to confirm your spot.

Your registration will not be considered complete until payment is received. To submit your fees, please make a check payable to “SDSU Research Foundation”, write your name and “BTJD Seminar” on the memo line, and send it to:

Attention: Meredith Ross
Interwork Institute
6367 Alvarado Court #350
San Diego, CA 92120

Note: Individuals in the following categories must register but do not need to submit registration fees:


Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For over two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual "genius" of each person. Denise has authored several publications on creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to "shine" on the job. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer.
Video: Denise Bissonnette on “Entrepreneurial Job Development”

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For more information on Denise's work, please visit About Denise.

The text for this seminar is the book Beyond Traditional Job Development. All Participants will receive a free copy at the beginning of Day 1.  There will also be a handout containing approximately 20 pages of material. (Note: Any Participants who already own a copy of the Beyond Traditional Job Development text can bring it to the seminar and request a $20 refund on their registration fee.)

Who Should Attend
This seminar is of critical importance for people who are charged with the responsibility of helping others (particularly those with employment barriers) to find work, including job developers, vocational rehab counselors, employment specialists, work experience coordinators and career counselors from social services agencies, school and educational facilities, and private organizations working with people with particular barriers.

Comments From Former Participants

"I attended a training you gave last year and it was the best training I ever had. That training and your book changed my professional life.  I’m experiencing a tremendous amount of success – I’m being asked to train other job developers now. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I appreciate everything and I will make sure I pay it forward."

"I am so glad that I was able to attend your seminar and I have since been carrying your book around like a BIBLE! It has made all the difference in my life professionally and personally."

"I can do my job with more dignity. I'll no longer be looking for employers to do me a favor; but I'll be looking for ways to add value to their companies where there is an unmet need."

"My co-worker and I recently attended Beyond Traditional Job Development with Denise Bissonnette. We have both been inspired and re-energized, and truly, our approach to Job Development will never be the same again."

"This is the first seminar in my 25 year professional career that I did not fall asleep in... I was sitting on the edge of my chair the entire two days!"


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Hacienda Hotel - Old Town San Diego
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110
NOTE: Special rates have been arranged with the hotel for participants who require lodging.

Free parking is available across the street from the hotel. Should the free space fill up, paid parking is available at the hotel.

The beautiful Hacienda Hotel is the site of the training seminar.
A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the special rate of $119.00/night single or double occupancy. A $10.00 charge will be added for each additional guest in a room.  (In addition to these rates, daily charges include a 10.5% San Diego Transit Occupancy tax, a 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment fee, and a $7.00 Facility Fee.). Parking is $15.00 per car per night. Check-in is at 3:00pm. Check out is at 12:00pm.
Reservations are due by October 15, 2015 and can be made by calling the Hotel directly at (619) 298-4707. Attendees should ask for the “Denise Bissonnette Training” rate.

Both Days: Coffee and Tea will be available during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. During lunch breaks, attendees can choose from a wide variety of nearby restaurants in the Old Town neighborhood.

Attendees with any special needs are urged to contact us as soon as possible to give us time to respond to requests.

CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) Continuing Education Credits will be available to eligible participants.

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Charles Degeneffe at: cdegenef@mail.sdsu

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