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Navigating Your Job Search in a Tight Market

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The labor market has been hit hard and shifted considerably as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. Countless people have become abruptly unemployed and unsure how to navigate the murky waters of a job search in an increasingly competitive market. During the last full week of March 2020, the NYS DOL received 8.2 million calls for unemployment insurance claims. 50% of U.S. companies are considering layoffs. Recent reports indicate freelancers currently comprise approximately 16% of the workforce, and that number will likely grow with the tightening labor market.  In addition to the inherent strain these factors present, many job seekers, some who have been employed for many years now suddenly thrust back into the job market, will have various challenges including those unique to communities of color and other underrepresented communities. 

During this virtual session, we will discuss:

  • the right way to use social media and online professional networking sites to generate job leads
  • “behind the scenes” of hiring managers’ expectations in the hiring process
  • how temping, freelancing and entrepreneurship should fit into your overall career strategy
  • how to manage the unique challenges faced by workers who’ve been laid off after a long tenure
  • when and how to engage a recruiter or staffing agency 
  • unique challenges of people from underrepresented communities and ways to overcome those challenges


Amoi Alawoya, HR Executive and Entrepreneur

Amoi Alawoya has been a trailblazer in her own right, pioneering an unconventional HR career. She started her journey with FedEx Ground, a Fortune 500 company, where she supported 5 New York City offices. Interested in learning best practices in a new industry, Amoi transitioned into entertainment serving as the HR Manager for Bad Boy Entertainment where she supported a conglomerate of brands for Mr. Sean "P.Diddy" Combs. She worked in hospitality at Tao Restaurant Group and is currently Head of HR in North America for Time Out Magazine.

In 2014 she founded Niche Unlimited where her and her team support small businesses ranging from 4 - 200 employees with HR compliance, employee relations, compensation analysis, onboarding, culture initiatives, talent acquisition, and training. She started the business knowing there was a surge in small business.  "People know how to start a business, but the questions come when trying to maintain that business - through its People an

Talia Bender, DEI Consultant, Trainer, Coach and People Ops Leader

Talia Bender is a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach who helps individuals grow their potential as leaders, and partners with organizations to achieve their DEI, people, talent, and learning goals. Talia thrives within the intersection of people and systems, and is passionate about cultivating environments of learning and inclusivity. She has over a decade of experience leading and managing teams and projects, with a specialization in the nonprofit sector. As a consultant, Talia has worked with HR professionals and mid level executives across various industries from tech, to professional services, to healthcare, to manufacturing. She holds a Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors from Santa Clara University. In her free time, you'll find Talia baking, crafting, or spending time with friends (well, virtually for the time being!). 

Kendraya Richards, People Management Leader and Entrepreneur

Kendraya Richards is a Human Resources Professional, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Working for the United States Air Force from 2003-2007 built Kendraya’ s character to identify with and appreciate various cultural backgrounds. In 2009, she started The Gwendolyn Consultant Firm dedicated to connecting talented qualified professionals with respected high-quality health care facilities, government agencies and corporations. GCF specializes in assisting small businesses with financial solutions and has a transportable Human Resource Team which allows the team to support businesses with new hire orientations, policy & procedures manuals, and team building events. Currently, at JFK International Airport as a Human Resources Manager, she works closely and provides support and guidance to a team of HR Professionals.

Kendraya has a B.S. in Human Resource Management at George Mason University. She is now working towards becoming a licensed health coach partnering with community outreach programs that focus on mental health management.

Anthea Wright
Talent Acquisition Leader and DEI Strategist

Anthea Wright is a Talent Acquisition Specialist and Diversity & Inclusion Strategist.  She has 30+ years of executive search firm and staffing agency experience with a concentration on recruiting and hiring diverse talent for Fortune 500 companies.   Her passion is working with corporate diversity, equity and inclusion teams to strategize targeted recruitment and development programs to hire, retain and promote top diverse talent.   She owned and ran a prestigious start-up boutique search firm for 20 years with accomplishments that include: graduated from Accenture’s Diverse Supplier Development Program, awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Minority Business Council, won Agency of the Year by Morgan Stanley and ranked #1 out of 14 agencies for 4 consecutive quarters at Goldman Sachs.


Nadine Mullings,  Assistant Director Training and Placement

Nadine started her journey in Human Resources and Recruiting 16 years ago because she had a passion for connecting people to purpose and translating that purpose to a career. She has now joined Restoration to give back to the community that was once hers guiding people towards meaning in their desired careers.

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April 23
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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