Workshops & Seminars for Job Hunters, College Students, and Other People in Transition

Rob Sullivan: Author, Career Coach, Inspirational Speaker

Rob Sullivan is a frequent and popular speaker at companies, colleges, universities, high schools, and other groups. He speaks on a variety of topics related to job hunting, career change, networking, interviewing, and making the most of your college years.

Contact infoFor scheduling info, please contact Rob Sullivan via email (rob at careercraftsman dot com) or phone:  312-543-8242. If you are inquiring about an appearance, please use "Scheduling" as the email subject.

For a list of Rob's upcoming speaking engagements and workshops, click here! 

(Click here for information about Rob's Corporate Speaking & Training.)

Keynotes & Workshops

The programs below can be tailored to your particular school or group. Depending on your needs, a program can be as short as 1 hour or as long as 3-5 days.

I.        Commencement speeches:   To date, Rob has delivered commencement speeches at universities in Atlanta, Santa Barbara, and Chicago.

II.   Marketing Yourself for the Future
Do you feel stuck in your current position unclear what it would take to get ahead? Is there something you have always wanted to do career-wise yet never had the courage to make the change? Do you feel your efforts and ideas often go unrewarded? Have your contributions had a financial impact on the company that went well beyond what you received in compensation? Do you worry that the economy or other factors beyond your control (age, race, disability, etc.) negatively impact your ability to get ahead? Are you in between jobs and concerned you may have to take a step back and settle for less than your market value?  

If you answered “Yes” to even one of these questions, this is a presentation you won't want to miss. Too often, we miss opportunities because we fail to realize the value of what we have experienced. Or worse, we mistakenly believe the responsibility of managing our career rests with our employer. Whether your goal is to advance in your current company or move on to a completely different position, Rob will share valuable tools and strategies designed to help you identify and leverage what you have already accomplished. In addition, he will discuss workplace trends, opportunities, and challenges that will impact us all over the next few decades.

III.   Making the Most of Your College Years: Demonstrating Your Leadership, and Initiative BEFORE Graduation
Do you think an internship is the only way to gain experience? Have you ever wondered about other ways you might develop your skills while you are still in school? If you are interested in learning what you can do to build a track record that will impress potential employers, don’t miss this workshop. Rob will share sound, practical strategies to help you demonstrate leadership, resourcefulness, and initiative and, at the same time, make yourself more marketable upon graduation. While any student could benefit, this workshop is particularly helpful for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
This can be given as a general presentation to a diverse group of majors. Or, it can be tailored to specific student groups (fraternities, marketing groups, pre-law, etc.).

IV.  Packaging Your Potential:  Lessons from a Job Hunter Who Learned the Hard Way
Have you ever thought to yourself: "I know I'd be great at that job if only someone would give me a chance", or "I would love that job, but I could never make money doing that"? Do you ever find yourself apologizing for your age, level of experience, or education? Are interviews uncomfortable because you find it difficult to talk about yourself without feeling like you're bragging? Do you wish you had a more effective Career Services office at your school? If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, you won't want to miss this workshop.

V.  Identifying and Pursuing Your Dreams
Many of us have experienced the empty feeling of uncertainty that comes with not knowing what we want to do with the rest of our lives. In this workshop, we’ll look at ways you can uncover your passion and turn it into a fulfilling career. Too many people struggle in their pursuit of the “right” career or worry that their choice of a major (or grad degree) will limit their opportunities. It doesn’t have to be that way. The road to success is rarely straight. This session will energize you as identify your path and navigate the inevitable twists and turns.

VI.  What To Say About Yourself When Other People Are Listening
(aka: Networking Without Schmoozing: Creating a Network of Friends and Advocates to Launch Your Career
Do you struggle with the concept of networking or feel you have fewer valuable contacts than others? Does the prospect of contacting complete strangers make you mildly uncomfortable or, worse yet, send shock waves of terror through your body? Contrary to popular belief, networking isn’t about “working a room” or “schmoozing.” It’s a lot easier than that. Done correctly, networking can be fun—even if you don’t consider yourself a naturally outgoing person. You’ll leave this workshop with ideas you can use immediately to build your network and reach your goals.

VII. Why Most Résumés Are Ineffective (and What You Can Do To Make Your Résumé Stand Out)
According to surveys of hiring managers and human resource professionals, the percentage of résumés that are EFFECTIVE is staggeringly low—between 1% and 5%. Rob Sullivan, author of the book Getting Your Foot in the Door When You Don’t Have a Leg to Stand On will share valuable tips and techniques you can use to get your résumé noticed for its content. At the same time, we’ll explore common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. This is an especially important topic for people who have more potential than actual experience.

VIII.  Résumés Can Get Interviews, But Cover Letters Can Get JOBS!!!
Do you know the single, most important thing a cover letter can do that a résumé cannot? Don’t feel bad. Most people don’t. In this session, you’ll hear about a woman who literally got a job as a booking agent for bands based on her cover letter alone. The hiring managers knew when they read her letter that she was the person they wanted. That’s even more impressive considering the company was looking for 3-5 years of industry experience when she had none. Hear her letter. Find out what she did. And learn to make cover letters work for you!

IX. The Career Workshop (2 days)
This workshop is designed to help job hunters at all levels. Starting with the self-assessment process, this course is designed to help people quantify accomplishments, identify skills, and put together a compelling personal marketing plan. This includes researching companies, creating and tailoring resumes, working with headhunters, and alternative job search strategies.  Networking, interviewing, and negotiating strategies and exercises are also covered in depth.

Job Search Clinics  
From time to time, Rob also offers clinics focusing on specific topics related to the job search process. While the programs above are tailored to specific schools, companies, and groups, the clinics listed below are broader in scope because they are open to the public. 

If there aren't any clinics listed on Rob's Schedule, get a few friends together and set a private clinic. Contact Rob for more information:  [email protected]

  • Résumé Intensive Clinic 

  • Interviewing Effectively    

  • Job Search Strategies That Work (The focus here is on finding opportunities, networking, researching companies, and working with headhunters.)   

Schedule A Presentation

If your school, company, or group would like to schedule an appearance by Rob Sullivan, please email your name and contact information to rob at careercraftsman dot com. Please write "Scheduling" in the subject line. (Important note: If you don't get a reply within 24 hours, please resend the message--it probably means we didn't get it.) Or, you  can call (312) 543-8242. 

What Audiences Say About Rob Sullivan. . .


"Rob, a big thank you! We thought it was a great event. Just to give you a sense of things, we launched our follow up survey to the event and the response rate and the feedback has been fantastic. The 4.82/5.00 rating you achieved was the highest overall satisfaction of the 14 events we did this year."

Kathy Noble, Vice President 
University of Michigan Alumni Association



"I've witnessed Rob Sullivan personally coach people on finding their perfect fit, and can testify that he's as authentic and effective as a great coach should be. Great guy. I highly recommend him."

Patrick Combs, Author/Motivational Speaker
Good Thinking Company, Inc.




"I learned more in one hour with Rob Sullivan than I did reading What Color is your Parachute? Rob's approach to marketing yourself and avoiding the pitfalls of the job search are a needed resource."

Robert Harrison, Chicago, IL

"Rob's presentation was superb. It was fast paced--I never looked at my watch; informative--I took home information I then used; entertaining--He shared personal stories from his own life that were truly inspiring; and the best part is that he is personable and willing to help."

Lisa Maroski, Chicago, IL
(Speaker/Author, The One That Is Both )

"Since I saw you give speeches 2 or 3 times during my 8 month job search,
I just wanted to let you know that your information helped me greatly in finally
landing a positions as Controller.
You are definitely a very good, motivated,
and energetic speaker who presents your ideas clearly. And I like your style--it is
much more interesting than speakers who just read from notes or a power point presentation.
Thank you for all the great work you do to help job seekers find new positions. You are great!"

Bob DeVille, Arlington Heights, IL


“Rob’s lectures and workshops have benefited my students in three primary ways: they showed them how to develop a strategy to effectively market themselves, improved their prospecting and interviewing skills, and inspired them to face the challenge of a job search with enthusiasm and tenacity. Best of all, Rob’s passion for this subject and vast array of colorful real-world examples truly inspired my students to approach their job search like it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Rob's charisma, sense of humor, and commanding presence in front of a group fired up my students to the point which they were brimming with confidence and anticipation.”

—Jonathan  Cohe
n, Instructor
International Academy of
Design and Technology

"Rob Sullivan offers insights for students in how to market themselves in the best possible way. He provides examples of how actual people have used this knowledge to propel themselves into opportunities that fulfill their life's dreams. Our students have commented that Rob's wisdom and style of writing encouraged them in their own job search."

Elly Tucker, Career Resources Manager

University of Virginia/Charlottesville

“One of Rob’s skills is the ability to bring about participation by the audience, which goes well beyond the usual Q&A segment at the end of a session of this type. He draws on the resources of each person, thereby enriching the career transition process and exchange of views we seek to develop.”
                    —Michel Cade, Facilitator
St. Chrysostom’s Employment Council

"I loved your stories--they really make the suggestions you are presenting come to life."

Jeannine Parisi

University of Virginia/Charlottesville



"This was an incredible way to demonstrate why it's important to identify who you are and where your passions come from."

Bill Edwards

University of Virginia/Charlottesville


More Quotes from Seminar Participants. . .


"Rob is an awesome speaker, instructor, and advisor."



"Excellent material presented clearly and succinctly. Rob is a superb presenter and an excellent resource."


"Rob is a very charismatic, fun, informational speaker/facilitator. It makes me feel much more prepared to get out there and get a rewarding job. He provided me with the tools I need."


"Rob is a great speaker who not only gets his point across, but also instills confidence and knowledge to people who need it most. "



"The information provided exceeded my expectations because it can be applied to any aspect of your life (e.g., communicating your ideas). Overall, this was the best workshop I have ever taken. I'll use the information immediately."



"I was completely impressed with this workshop. Not only did it provide valuable information, but Rob did a fabulous job conveying the information. His upbeat attitude and vast knowledge and experience in this area made the three days fly by."



"Excellent mix of instruction, constructive criticism, and 'group therapy.' Rob Sullivan is very enthusiastic, supportive, and willing to spend extra time with individuals."



"I have never been more motivated than I am today! A wonderful experience. Rob is a great trainer. He really made people feel comfortable so we were not afraid to bring up real life issues we were experiencing. This was a wonderful experience that I will remember forever."



"I leave the workshop with elevated confidence that I can go out and get a job. The techniques and strategic approaches covered in the workshop are invaluable.  Thanks to Rob Sullivan, everyone was engaged in the workshop process. It was great!"


"Rob Sullivan is awesome! The workshop would not have met my expectations without his high energy and passion."



"Rob's seminar exceeded my expectations. It was interactive, engaging, and provided me with creative strategies for my job search. It also helped me think outside the "norm" regarding career options."



"Rob Sullivan is very motivational and uplifting. He encouraged us to possibly explore different opportunities. Great job!!"