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Oregon State Grow Your Career Series:

Bridging the Employment Gap


On Demand

Employment gaps happen - especially now with the current health crisis.

But don't let that derail your job search (and your hope).

Webcast Highlights:

Whether you're switching careers or returning to work after an absence, this live webcast will provide you essential tips for:

  1. Reframing your experience to overcome a gap in employment
  2. Gaining insights on resume updates for employment gap
  3. Understanding what you can do to help you find your next position
  4. Boosting your job search results

In this hour-long live webcast, you'll hear from Sydney Quiton-Cox ’17, an alumni career ambassador and a bioengineer, and Sheryl Spann, a faculty member at OSU College of Business who has been a consultant and thought leader.

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Sheryl Spann

spann_photo_4Sheryl Spann is an Instructor in Marketing in the College of Business at Oregon State University. Before joining the faculty at Oregon State, she worked at other positions in higher education, academic publishing, non-profit fundraising, marketing consulting and brand marketing within the corporate world.

Prior to OSU, Ms. Spann was the Director of Marketing at San Jose University where she was responsible for directing all strategic marketing and communications for the College of Humanities & the Arts, teaching/mentoring a student intern team in graphic design, editorial, web and media for the SJSU H&A Marketing agency plus managing marketing/publicity efforts for the Hammer Theatre, a performing arts center in San Jose, CA. Sheryl previously held the Director of Marketing position at Louisiana State University’s School of Music & Theatre plus was the Marketing Director for Unity College, a small environmental college in Maine.

In addition to marketing experience within academia, Ms. Spann brings extensive strategic brand marketing, marketing research, new product development, sales, fundraising and new business expansion experience to her teaching role at Oregon State University. Her business career started with a small, family owned business, Peter Paul Cadbury (now division of M&M Mars) and continued over time at other companies including Beecham Products (former division of P&G), Maybelline (Revlon) and Veryfine Juices (Kraft Foods). As a consultant at Strategic Solutions, she handled marketing research, new product development and business expansion for clients such as Dunkin Donuts, Coffee by George and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Her career has included corporate and consulting work in the fields of new product/business development for specialty foods/beverages, beauty/hygiene, books and hospitality/travel companies. Her last positions within the corporate world included working within academic publishing for Fortress Press and Multnomah (Waterbrook Press).

Sydney Quinton-Cox

Sydney Cox copyPresident, Engineering Student Council Officer, as well as an active member of the Engineering Leadership Academy. Sydney worked in the Bay Area after graduation as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry at Boehringer Ingelheim and Genentech. She has since transitioned her career and now works at Carbon 3D in the dental space helping new customers learn the innovative digital light synthesis 3D printing technology.

In her spare time, Sydney enjoys helping students with resumes and career transitions. As most Bay Area residents, Sydney is also working on future startup ideas with friends. Sydney has two goofy German Shepard dogs, Sammy & Guinness, that constantly make her laugh.


Yuliya Dennis

YuliyaDennisYuliya Dennis is the director of alumni career services at Oregon State University (OSU) Alumni Association and manages and oversees career programs for over 200,000 OSU alumni. OSU alumni career programs offers a diverse suite of programs to support alumni career success.

Yuliya also serves as the Assistant Vice President of Mentor Programs for Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN).  She was the recipient of the 2019 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Rising Star award for her work in alumni relations. Yuliya received her BA in History, and her M.Ed in College Student Services Administration from OSU. She is eager to share her knowledge of what it takes to career transition successfully. 

Her motto is: Engage in what matters and support others in engaging in what matters to them.



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This live webcast is brought to you by Oregon State University's Alumni Association and Professional and Continuing Education (PACE).

The Alumni Association provides alumni with a variety of career development resources. PACE offers Oregon State short courses and certificates nationally and internationally, which can help in obtaining a promotion or starting in a new field. 

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