March 27, 2019 – Career Workshop

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

This career event will include.

      • Free professional headshots.
      • Consulting as a Career – The Fun and Dark Sides of Consulting
      • For the main event, a lead HR partner from Arkema will speak about resume and interview tips, a benefit for all no matter what stage in your career.
      • How to use your LinkedIN page successfully.
      • A resume review between students and professionals.
      • Dinner will be served.

Main Speaker:

Linda Messer
Sr. Human Resources Business Partner


Thursday March 27, 2019


5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Check in, networking & professional head shots
(Dress your best for free professional head shots.)
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM What it means to be a ChemE consultant, by John Messer
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner and professional head shots
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Putting Your Best Foot Forward, by Linda Messer
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM LinkedIN Presentation by Chris Owens
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Resume Review, one-on-one reviews from ChemE professionals


Widener University
Kirkbride Hall Room 149
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
(Map and Directions)


$15 for Non-members and guests
$10 for DVS Members
$5 for students
Dinner will be included in the cost of Registration.


This presentation will discuss the importance of creating a consistent positive, professional impression all through the interviewing process with the hiring company. This is essential to successfully make it through the staged interviewing process that most corporations employ in today’s challenging employment market.

Linda Messer will discuss what the recruiting process looks like from a recruiter’s point of view; what the recruiter looks for in a resume; and, how to handle the interview process.

It is essential to have a consistent professional image throughout your job search. The recruiter is looking for good communication skills, a clean profession appearance, punctuality, common courtesies, good manners and self-confidence. Most importantly, it is important to be sincere and genuine, since there is only one You. Linda will discuss practical Do’s and Don’ts in order to put your best foot forward in today’s demanding employment market.


Linda Messer graduated with a BA degree in International Business and Economics from Upsala College. As part of the program, she became fluent in Spanish, completing an internship in the Argentine banking system.  Following graduation, Linda worked in the banking industry managing international relationships for several large banks.

Linda then accepted the position of Vice President and Business Manager of a small engineering consulting firm. She learned about process engineering and gained rudimentary experience working in chemical and pharmaceutical plants on validation projects. She also managed the small office and became the “people person”, realizing her true passion in human resource management.

Recognizing the need to gain experience at a larger firm, she moved to Country Fresh Mushroom in Kennett Square as and HR Assistant. This combined both the people and language skills that were unique to Linda.

Linda attended Villanova University Programs to support her training in Human Resources. She holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications as well as a Master Certificate in HR Management.

Most recently, she joined Arkema Inc and works as a Sr. HR Business Partner in the Sartomer Business Unit. She is responsible for sourcing new talent, interviewing prospective applicants, participating in hiring decisions, onboarding, designing career development plans, and many other generalist duties that occur during an employee’s lifecycle with a given company. Linda assists all her clients find their own YOU from the initial review of applicant resume through to the termination of an employee as they move to their next career step.

Registration Details and Deadline:

Please confirm your attendance no later than Monday March 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

For questions, please contact Lindsay Handschuh at