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March 1, 2011 beginning @ 5:00 PM

Pre-Register HERE - by 5 PM on Feb 28th!

Session Topics

Money 101: Managing Your Finances Conquering the Interview
Job Search Tips that Make a Difference Using Social Media for Strategic Job Hunting
You're hired! Now What? Understanding Job Offers and Benefits Packages  


Money 101: Managing Your Finances

Jeri Mulholland, Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank

Financial responsibility can often feel like a blessing and a burden at the same time.  Learn to be financially smart and savvy from an expert financial planner.  Walk away with practical tips on hot topics such as personal budgeting, debt management, investing, and more. 


Job Search Tips that Make a Difference

Josh Benton, '98. President, andCulture

Jennifer Mull, Recruitment Specialist, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

You’ve heard the headlines: hiring has experienced an all-time low.  However, jobs still exist.  Get inside advice from a seasoned professionals on how to make yourself stand out when the competition is stiff.  Find out exactly what employers are looking for in new grads.  Identify practical strategies for defying the economic odds by strategically marketing your skill sets and identifying and applying to opportunities.


You’re hired!  Now what?  Understanding Job Offers & Benefits Packages

Amanda Coffey, Director of Human Resources, Messiah College; former VP of HR at Merril Lynch

What’s involved in a job offer?  How much negotiating power do you have?  Know what to look for and what questions to ask so that you can be an informed job seeker.  Hear from a director of Human Resources on important issues such as benefits packages, salary, medical plans, insurance, and more. 


Conquering the Interview

Mark Hopkins, '94, Regional Director of Human Resources, Coventry Health Care

An interview makes or breaks your chances of getting hired.  What can you do to leave a positive impression that results in a job offer? Hear from the interviewer's perspective about what recruiters are looking for in exceptional interviewees.


Using Social Media for Strategic Job Hunting - SESSION HANDOUT

Mike Blount, Career Coach, Messiah College

Find out which social media outlets employers are using to connect with prospective hires. Also, receive tips on building your "professional profile " and strategic networking through outlets such as LinkedIn and Twitter. 



Speaker Bios


amanda coffeyAfter graduating from The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business with an MS in Applied Behavioral Science, Amanda Coffey worked in Global Human Resources for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.  During her tenure at Merrill, Amanda managed College Recruiting and MBA Recruiting as well as Compensation, Training and Performance before assuming responsibilities as Vice President of HR for Merrill Lynch Asset Management.

Desires for more work/life balance, to work for the greater good, and to work in higher education brought Amanda to Messiah in 2005 where she currently serves the College as Director of Human Resources. Amanda lives in Camp Hill with her husband, David, and two sons, Lance and Evan.

MarkMark Hopkins graduated from Messiah in 1994 with a degree in Human Resources Management and holds his Master’s in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from Saint Francis University. His 16 years of professional experience include time in both operations and Human Resources areas in the managed health care marketplace. He’s lost count of how many interviews he’s conducted and is convinced that it takes the right people and the right processes to sustain success as an organization. He currently leads a team of highly motivated Human Resources professionals as a Regional Director for Coventry Health Care’s Eastern region of their centralized service operations.


JBentonJosh Benton, '98  is president of andCulture in Harrisburg.


JMullJennifer Mull serves as a Recruitment Specialist for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. She began her career with HE&R in 2005 and over the years has held various roles in the Talent Acquisition Department.  She is largely responsible for managing and executing specific projects and/or events that are recurring in the recruitment area, generates new recruitment techniques for staffing opportunities and leads recruitment efforts for all part-time, seasonal and internship positions.

            Jennifer has been involved in various professional organizations over the years including the Capital Region-Partnership for Career Development, where she sat on the Advisory Council Committee as a business representative. The Partnership for Career Development is a community organization which connects businesses with schools and increases post-secondary education/training opportunities and serves local workforce development initiatives.

A graduate of Shippensburg University in 2005, Jennifer resides in Harrisburg.


Jeri Mulholland is an assistant VP with M&T Bank's M&T@Work program.

mblountMike Blount is a career coach and internship coordinator with Messiah's Career and Internship Centers. Mike has over 10 years experience working in career management for students and alumni at Messiah College. Additionally, as an Internship Faculty Advisor, he equips students across disciplines in how to use LinkedIn and Twitter as a way to leverage their network and build internship connections for professional development. As a Certified Twitter Job Search Strategist and Career Coach in private practice, Mike uses social media to broaden perspectives of career clients and to supplement their traditional networking and career strategy formation. He has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Human Resource Management.



Prizes @ iPlan

must be present to win!


  • iPod touch
  • $100 professional wardrobe scholarship to the store of your choice
  • Padfolios
  • Resume-writing kits
  • Starbucks gift cards
  • New employee survival kits







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