Author to present ways to get ahead on LinkedIn

SUGAR LAND – Doug Thorpe, an author and the executive director of Jobs Ministry Southwest, will give a free presentation on Monday about using the online network LinkedIn to help find jobs.

Doug Thorpe
Doug Thorpe

“LinkedIn is a network of more than 40 million experienced professionals worldwide representing 170 industries, so it’s important to use as a tactic for success if you’re trying to find a job or get ahead in this highly competitive job market,” said Thorpe, author of “12.5 Ways to Get Ahead on LinkedIn.”

Thorpe’s presentation, which is sponsored by University of Houston-Victoria Career Services, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room GB 302 at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd. Although the presentation is free and open to the public, those interested must register in order to attend as seating is limited.

Thorpe founded Jobs Ministry Southwest in Richmond in August of 2008. The nonprofit community organization specializes in helping job seekers with outplacement services and developing a more successful job search process.

Prior to creating JMS, Thorpe earned a Master of Business Administration while on active duty as an officer with the U.S. Army. He later served as a division manager and commercial banker for 19 years with JPM Chase, working mainly in real estate and mortgage finance operations.

After an early retirement from banking, he spent 10 years as an entrepreneur and founded three service delivery companies. The book “12.5 Ways to Get Ahead on LinkedIn” is part of a “12.5 Ways” series of career planning and job transition guidebooks written by Thorpe.

To register to attend Thorpe’s presentation or for more information, contact Eunice Mesa, UHV Career Services coordinator, at or (877) 970-4848, ext. 369. UHV offers many of the degree programs at both UHS at Sugar Land and UHS at Cinco Ranch.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler