You Are Not Alone: Finding, Changing and Growing a Career


Mandy Moody
ACFE Social Media Specialist

I still remember the questions that ran through my mind when I heard the president of my former company say, “Mandy, we are going to have to let you go” back in the spring of 2009. How will I make my car payments? What could I have done differently? Where is the nearest bar?

As a life-long perfectionist and overachiever, I was dumbfounded to discover that I was “one of those people,” a casualty of a dwindling economy and unpredictable layoffs. All of a sudden the future did not look as bright as the keynote speaker at my college graduation promised it would be.

However, after picking my ego up off of the floor, seeking out advice from experienced professionals and researching resume best practices, I was able to rebound quickly and find a job that eventually led me to the front door of the ACFE. In the end what appeared to be a dark cloud turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Granted, I know it is not that easy for everyone, but I was thankful for the expert advice I received from people just like those that will be on-hand, ready and willing, to help attendees at this year’s Career Connection at the ACFE Annual Fraud Conference & Exhibition, June 17-22 in Orlando.

Here are just a few of the highlights you can expect to see at the Career Connection:

  • NEW! Career Fair: representatives from some of the nation’s top employers like Capital One, Walt Disney World and ING Direct will be on-hand at the Career Connection’s first-ever Career Fair in the Exhibit Hall, Monday evening, June 18 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Career strategists will answer questions related to the anti-fraud profession. Schedule a private  session to discuss career decisions like phasing into a new career, transitioning from the public to the private sector, elevating your role within your current organization, establishing yourself within your new role and defining your professional goals ($50 for 50 minutes). There will also be two strategists on hand for quick walk-up appointments.
  • Professional development-related presentations: 15-minute presentations focused on pitfalls to avoid in your career, negotiating a salary without leaving money on the table and more.
  • Opportunity to win a free Comprehensive Résumé and Cover Letter Review ($75 value). Veteran hiring manager Donn LeVie Jr., who has helped thousands of job-seekers create attention-getting cover letters and résumés, will provide you with an annotated résumé and cover letter evaluation that includes detailed suggestions for improvement. Stop by the Career Connection booth to enter the drawing. 

 We look forward to seeing you in Orlando. Whether you are searching for a new job, a career change or just looking for some advice, be sure to stop by the Career Connection in the Exhibit Hall.