Speaking & Training

Would you like to increase the placement percentage at your school?  How about building student morale and lowering the attrition rate?  What if this could be done all while adding valuable in-service hours and training for your dedicated staff, administrators, and instructors.


Dubbed as one of the Nation's Leading Career Readiness Experts, Rick Sears has presented hundreds of high-energy workshops and presentations to tens of thousands of students and alumni across the US.

Your students will experience the perfect blend of technology and personalized services enabling them to quickly succeed in the employment market, increasing your school’s overall placement percentage as well as positive student surveys.  


With a mix of light humor, industry insights, 20+ years of executive search experience, and real-world stories; Rick's presentations are specifically designed to demystify the complex hiring process that students face upon graduation.  As an acclaimed keynote speaker, motivator, author, entrepreneur, and consultant - Rick's passion and drive to help the graduating student achieve their goal, of obtaining an optimal career, is our number one mission.


Speaking topics to students and alumni: (not limited to)

  •  The Top 10 Secrets to Getting Hired (Student Edition) - 2 hours

  • Develop a job search strategy for your field - 1 hour

  • Mastering your brochure... the resume - 45 minutes

  • Social media - the new reference check - 30 minutes

  • Interviews are just conversations - 30 minutes

  • The T-Letter - the king of cover letters - 30 minutes

  • Attitude vs. Aptitude - 30 minutes 


Training topics to administrators, teachers, and staff: (not limited to)

  • Implementing Career Readiness into the Classroom - 1 hour

  • What companies are looking for in your students - 30 minutes

  • Social media - the positives and negatives for students - 30 minutes

  • Tomorrow's soft skill sets employers crave - 30 minutes

  • Issues in the classroom (open forum) - 1 to 2 hours


Why choose Sterling Partners?

How is Sterling Partners different from other companies offering to assist your students? The difference is that our team is made up of executive recruiters and career coaches who, partnering with corporate America and the over 300 schools we worked with, have years of hands-on experience making critical hiring decisions at all functional levels of an organization.

Our career consultants have had the day-to-day responsibilities of interviewing candidates to determine who is to be considered for interviews and ultimately, for jobs. Successful, proven tactics are presented to workshop participants by experienced individuals who are experts at providing effective job search strategies.


What will your students receive?
Rick Sears’ informative workshops are tailored to address specific requirements for your graduating students thus giving participants a head start over the competition. Upon completion of the interactive workshop, your students will leave with the essential tools they will need to conduct a highly effective, successful job search campaign with nothing to purchase.

Included in each student transition workshop:

  • A one-day, completely customized student transition workshop held at your location of choice. All workshops are designed around your students discipline and the local job market.

  • The official course book. This book covers every topic covered during the outplacement workshop, including dozens of customized examples and samples related to your school’s focus.

  • Rick’s latest book, The Top 10 Secrets to getting Hired – all participants will receive a copy of his latest book where he paints a picture of how to get hired with no sugarcoating, no BS, just straight-to-the-point items on how to get the job!

  • CareerBuilding. Your guide for finding a job and making it work. This 274 page book from the editors of CareerBuilder.com will help your students once they leave the doors of your school for years to come.

  • I Graduated, Now What? This 60 page booklet covers the steps students must take to acquire quality positions in the marketplace. From researching local companies, attending job fairs, to using their schools resource center for help.

  • The Job Hunting Handbook. How to write a powerful resume, dozens of ways to land an interview, answering interview questions with ease, the power of enthusiasm, plus much more are available in this 50 page book.

  • LIFE VUE – Value Usage Assessment. Each participant in the workshop will receive a value usage assessment. These assessments help the student understand the science of values from a 3-dimensional approach to life. Upgraded assessments can be customized and also available.

  • Resume Writing Kit. This kit includes templates, professional paper and envelopes, and helpful tips on having a resume that best sells the candidates experience.

  • Rick Sears Group Member Resources. On our website, we have spent over 10 years collecting, writing, and designing the ‘Member Resources’ section for our workshop attendees. This is a one stop shop for finding ALL the resources associated with finding a new job. All attendees have a lifetime membership to this site.

  • Rick Sears’ Award Winning Monthly Newsletter. Our newsletter covers the latest trends on hiring, interviewing, where the hot jobs are, etc. and is delivered monthly to the candidate’s email box.


Ask about our ‘Discovery Day’. A brief taste of what Rick Sears and his team can do for your campus with a 1/2 day on-site introduction of our staff and services at an extremely affordable cost while also fulfilling up to 6 continuing education credits for each staff member.  Contact us today.