6 Can’t Miss Events at the NPC17 Career Zone

The Career Zone at NPC17 has resources, interactive activities, and sessions to support your career development and job search — no matter where you are in your planning career. Here are six events to be sure not to miss while in New York City for the 2017 National Planning Conference.


Resume Clinic

Saturday, May 6–Monday, May 8

Would you like a pro to review your resume? Bring your most up-to-date resume to the NPC17 Resume Clinic for a 20-minute review and feedback session. Online registration is coming soon, or you can reserve your spot by signing up in Career Zone on-site at the Javits Center, starting Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m.

Reviews take place on Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Learning from Don Draper: Presentation Skills

Saturday, May 6: 10:45 a.m.–Noon

Don Draper was a master of the pitch - from selling Lucky cigarettes to Kodak’s carousel. In today’s fast paced, media-centric world, presentation skills are critical for success. Learn seven tips from the field of advertising to perfect your pitch.


Employer Connection

Saturday, May 6: Noon–5:15 p.m.

Employers will discuss current job openings during informational small-group meetings. Dress for an interview and bring your resume.

For questions regarding this event and how to participate as either an employer or a prospective employee, contact Bobbie Albrecht at balbrecht@planning.org.


Mentor Match MeetUp Mixer

Saturday, May 6: 5:30–7 p.m.

APA's Mentor Match program offers emerging and seasoned professionals an opportunity to make connections and share advice about career and professional development. Sign up before the conference; APA will match mentors to protégés before NPC17. Deadline for applications is April 17.

Read about how a connection at Mentor Match at NPC16 helped lead to a job offer for one protégé.


Starting and Running a Planning Firm

Monday, May 8: 9–10:15 a.m.

"Entrepreneurs," "Startups," "Independents," – they're all the buzz. But what about for the planning profession? How do we unleash the creative entrepreneurial spirit of the planning professional? 

This session will provide insight on how to start and run a planning firm from the ground up, including real life experiences and best practices for everything from getting your first client to running the business side of things.


Visioning Your Career

Tuesday, May 9: 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

The employment landscape in today’s marketplace is much more complex and competitive. The job search process poses new challenges and it can be difficult to know what employers are looking for and how you are perceived in this new era.

Learn how to assess your value, develop your compelling story, chart your path and create a professional brand that lasts your entire career.


Using a Recruiter

Hear from Frank DeSafey, president and principal of Sequence Staffing and speaker at seven Career Zone activities, talk about the value of using a recruiter in your job search.

Top image: Two attendees at NPC16 discuss professional development in the Career Zone. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.


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Dustin Calliari is APA's content marketing coordinator.

March 20, 2017

By Dustin Calliari