Landing the Job Seminar seeks to empower women

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COLUMBIA - Women seeking to increase their marketability and polish their job skills gathered in Columbia on Saturday for a day long seminar.

The Changing the Odds Committee is a part of Women's Network in Columbia, and hosts seminars twice throughout the year. 

Saturday's Landing the Job seminar featured four sessions ranging from preparing resumes to dressing for the job interview. 

Beyond brushing attendees up on skills to prepare them for their next career step, the seminar also sought to connect and empower the females in attendance. 

"It's also about empowering them as well," said committee co-chair Liana Twente. "A lot of the women who attend these seminars are overcoming a lot of different obstacles whether it be drug addiction or incarceration or maybe they're just stay at home moms that want to know what's next." 

One of the ways the committee members aimed to empower attendees was through sharing their own experience in the workforce. 

"For us, just being able to share our experiences, our own personal experiences, of success and failure in the workforce puts a lot of common ground between committee members and the seminar participants and hopefully inspires them to know that what they're experiencing, difficulties with finding jobs eventually happens to everyone and we just hope we can help them move on and find what they love," said Changing the Odds Committee co-chair, Jennifer Truesdale.

New to this year's event was allowing the women to interview each other. Through sharing their goals for the seminar and career aspirations, attendees were able to both network and work on interviewing skills. 

"Women leave here feeling empowered to not just find a job, but find something they really love where they can grow, where they can start a career and feel a lot of confidence about the direction of their life," Truesdale said.

The Landing the Job Seminar is just one of the resources throughout Columbia and mid-Missouri aiming to help connect women with the skills they need to succeed. 

"This is just something the Women's Network of the Chambers of Commerce can do to give back to women to help build them up," Twente said. "There are other resources out there in Columbia and in the region. This is just one more way to empower women."

Since the 1990's, the committee has hosted two free seminars each year for women of all ages and experiences.