THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

March 02, 2009

Volume 3, Number 9

Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives

In this Issue.

Upcoming Events

DR's Spring Forward Networking
Tuesday, March 3, 5:30pm
7:30pm.

Jumpstart: Masterfully Working a Room - Networking at events @ Bagel Bin
Wednesday, March 4, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Network with Digital Rochester's Rising Stars @ the RMSC
Thursday, March 5, 7:30am – 9:30am,

LinkedIn 102 - Mastering the Fundamentals - Searching People, Companies and Processing Introductions & Recommendations
Thursday, March 5, 11:30am
1:30pm.

Join News 10NBC, The Marketplace Mall, and RochesterWorks for a Free Career Fair
Thursday, March 5, 12pm – 7pm.

DR Career Fair
Tuesday, March 10, 3pm
7pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, March 18, 4:30pm – 7:30pm (Monthly at 4:30pm on the third Wednesday).

Network with members of various professionals in Batavia
Wednesday, March 18, 6pm – 9pm.

The Employment & Career Club in Canandaigua
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Weekly at 6:30pm on Wednesdays).

Jumpstart: Concise, Meaningful Introductions @ Bagel Bin

Wednesday, March 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

The Employment & Career Club in Canandaigua
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Weekly at 6:30pm on Wednesdays).

Send calendar additions to calendar@augustgroup.org

Are you willing to assist enhance the content of this section of the newsletter?

We're looking for members to populate the calendar with events of interest. If so, send an email to newsletter@augustgroup.org.  It gets better with your
input and contributions.

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Links to share

Who wants to move the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, California, Nevada...where the economy promises jobs and growth? The numbers will surprise you.

You'll find yourself dreaming of those new destinations where unemployment is not an issue The Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, Utah, Wyoming, West Virginia even.

Got a link you want to share?  Send it to newsletter@augustrgroup.org and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.

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Words of Wisdom

  • “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
    ~
    Muhammad Ali
     
  • “It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction.”

    ~ Warren Buffett
     

  • “Any man today who returns from work, sinks into a chair, and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.”
    ~
    Bill Cosby

Got a thought to share?  Send it to newsletter@augustrgroup.org and put "Words to Ponder" in the Subject Line.

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New home for Buffalo Family - Help please

Friends,
 

You have all heard about the horrific plane crash just outside of Buffalo on February 12.  One thing that some might forget is a family is left without a husband/father and without a home.  Someone has started a petition to get Extreme Home Makeover to rebuild a home for the family, the Wielinksi family.  I think it is a great idea.  If you agree, please sign the petition at the link below. It takes less than 30 seconds of your time.  Also, I ask that you considering forwarding this note on to others to sign.

Thank you.
 

http://www.petitiononline.com/Hope4You/petition.html

 

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Weekly Columns

Have an idea for a weekly column to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.

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Feature Articles

Have an article to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.

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Job Postings

Hidden jobs are welcomed for sharing at jobs@augustgroup.org.  If the job your neighbor, friend or family shared with you is not right for you, it might be perfect for an August Group colleague.  This is a great place for practicing "give to get." With 1600 members, what can happen here when members own the content?


We welcome volunteers to coordinate the job postings on a weekly basis. Employers and members submit jobs that must be readied for inclusion in the newsletter.  A lack of help means fewer jobs get posted in a timely manner. Why not be the first one to see new postings??!!
 

NEW Postings this week

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives

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Weekly Columns

 


 

Networking Tips & Insights

Contributed by Sue Schnorr, President, of Training Insights, Inc.

This week's feature article, How to Fit Networking Into Your Already Over-stuffed Life written by By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon of Make Your Contacts Count
Sue is a sought-after speaker offering keynotes, training workshops, webinars and coaching sessions. She collaborates with the authors of Make Your Contacts Count as the exclusive Certified Contacts Count Associate in Upstate New York.  She can be reached at 585-442-3443 or sue@training-insights.com.

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LinkedIn Tips & Insights

Contributed by Greg Taylor, aka Sir Linksalot, LinkedIn Evangelist and Managing Partner of Excelsior Search Partners

This weeks featured tip is Searching & Researching Companies  Offers insights into the little known LinkedIn function that provides great value whether you are looking for work, clients or business partners.
Greg is the Founder of The August Group, a recruiter and entrepreneur offering a myriad fo services to employers and professionals including coaching and consulting.  He can be reached at 585-785-8600 or
gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com

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Career Search Insights

Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on Small Talk; Look to Others for Ideas; Career Faris and more. Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.

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Feature Articles

 



August Group Career Fair—Volunteers needed!

Thursday, June 4, 2009
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Monroe Community College

Please come to a meeting at the Bagel Bin, Wednesday, March 4th at 8:30 a.m. Bring your target companies w/contact information if possible, enthusiasm, and take a step to help the companies within the Rochester area achieve their goals while likely improving your opportunities.

Regards, Susan Korb

Team Leads:

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Tweeting?
Contributed by Robert Ewanow

http://robewanow.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/tweeting/

Contributed by:

Robert Ewanow
Marketing Professional
Providing Direction For Your Marketing
585-742-1787 home
585-905-876 cell

Blowing Out The Walls
Contributed by Greg Taylor, Excelsior Search Partners

Bursting at the Seams
Each week recently there have been sixty (60) new people joining The August Group.  This past week 65 people attended on Wednesday alone.  Is this a manageable situation?  Not easily.  Problems are overcome. 

Call for help
There is a magic when people pull together.  People step up and offer their skills.  The call for volunteers has never been more dire.  Next week new sessions will be offered on Mondays.  We're looking to add early morning and evening sessions hoping that we can build teams of working August Group members to dedicate once a month commitment to assisting with these early and late sessions.  Suggestions are most appreciated when accompanied by action.  So instead of suggesting what might be done, offer to do it.  Execute your own ideas.  Enlist others to help you undertake what you cannot manage.  No one is asked to volunteer forever.  The first job of every volunteer to find their replacement.

Carpooling
Americans love their cars and convenience and Rochesterians are no different.  Please consider this.  For the eighth year The Bagel Bin has made its facilities available to The August Group for FREE.  They are in business and as you may be aware their generosity resulted in their being closed temporarily in December.  We must be more considerate and grateful making purchases in appreciation of their hospitality. 

We fill their parking lots now.  Patrons cannot find parking and are unable to patronize The Bagel Bin when we visit.  Consider that a part of your networking begin in carpooling meeting at a plaza lot near you with others coming from your town.  You'll share a ride and sometime together networking.  You'll permit The Bagel Bin to keep their patrons happy with convenient parking.  Carpooling, do it.  Enjoy it!

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Moving Forward
Contributed by Greg Taylor, Excelsior Search Partners

Moving Forward

If you are in a career transition now, just came through one or fear its coming very soon, your perspective is likely changed.  The pace of change is rapid and the job market is markedly different today. Learning job search skills is demanding, especially in these uncertain economic times.  It is a time to commit to moving forward one day at a time.   The question is, which way is forward?  As John Richardson Jr. said, When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened."  The future is now and there is no time like the present to assess the future, its trends and your place in the workplace.  Conventional advice and counseling once undertaken as tried and true may no longer yield effective results.  Reading and research is notably ignored by many professionals I have met in transition. 

My trips to the library have enabled me to find an abundance of books that might be of interest to those concerned about their career and the future of the workplace.  Consider that you might review any of the following if you are in transition now or are concerned about what actions you should be taking to protect and enhance your career in the future.

Concerned about the Future?

The Brand You 50 by Tom Peters
This is a part of series he wrote about reinventing work and the New Economy back in 1999.  It offers 50 ways to transform yourself from an employee into a brand that shouts distinction, commitment and passion.  Quoted from the back cover - The fundamental unit in today's economy is the individual, a.k.a YOU!  Jobs are performed by temporary networks that disband when the project is done.  So to succeed you have to think of yourself as a freelance contractor - Brand You, someone who is savvy, informed,  always learning and growing, who knows how to sell self and most importantly does work that matters.  It's a tiny book, that fits in a coat pocket, and its content written ten years proves to be on target with today's job market.  Its' chock full of insights that have been validated.  This book will help you focus on the personal control you have over your destiny.

Updating Job Search Skills

Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters by Jay Conrad Levinson and David Perry
It's a different world in the job market.  Most books on job search are written by HR professionals offering insights gained from years of working in the field.  If you wish to take radical approach that distinguishes you from the pack of candidates following the advice of HR professionals this might be the text for you.  It's chcok full of tips, tricks and tactics for those who wish to distinguish themselves.  The book is written by Jay Conrad Levinson known for his Guerrilla Marketing brand.  He sought a successful headhunter for his partner on this text, David Perry, a professional who knows how to connect with hiring managers and what matters to them in selecting talent.  If the coaching you are getting seems like the same old thing, this text offers a different approach.

Networking

How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne
This is a classic, easy to read text full of tips, insights and exercises that will enable you to master the small talk, communicate and network with purpose.  The book discusses the five roadblocks to networking offering remedies to overcoming those inhibitions including tips for the shy.  She shares the "Not to's" and the "Must do's."  Her insights address the virtual rooms of the cyber world, trade shows. conventions, cocktail parties, the reunions and more.  If you are not comfortable networking this is a book to pick up at the library to gain comfort and confidence.  Networking is not natural for most people and this book will facilitate your networking skills quickly.

Procrastinating

I've a great book to share with those who find themselves repeatedly putting off job search tasks, calling, follow up etc.... but I'll wait and do that next week when I share more books that I believe will help move you forward.

Book Discussion Group

A few weeks back, I offered to coordinate a book discussion group on Ask The Headhunter, a book offering an unconventional approach to job search.  Several people signed up for this exercise and to date attendance has been perfect and engagement enthusiastic.  The plan was to complete the book in two weeks meeting twice weekly to discuss a couple of chapters.  The group has decided that finishing in two weeks is not a priority.  Completing each discussion and topic fully before moving forward matters most.  We are enjoying these discussions over meals at The Bagel Bin supporting their business for their assistance of The August Group.  In the process the members are networking and now carpooling together.  With the success of this first group that is paying $10 for each session.  I am offering similar opportunities for the books mentioned above.  The exercise is educational, enjoyable and productive, accomplishing the feeling of bonding that is experienced in power networking groups. 

If you have an interest in learning more or wish to suggest a book that you found helpful, please contact me at gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com

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Job Postings

New job postings this week



Systems Analyst  - Rochester, NY

Develop Required (UML) Documentation (system use cases, web service documents, field & button lists, process flows). Assist BA in web page design. Work with lead developer, Portal Analyst and Application Architect on system design. Work with testing specialist and assist with stress testing.

Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of Web Services.

  • Strong testing ability of web services and system integration.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Ability to work with various enterprise teams.

Skills:

  • BEA WebLogic, Customer Service, SQL, UNIX, Sun Solaris

Additional Skills:

Strong systems analysis skills required. Ability to convert business requirements into real system solutions. Must have a proven track record of web design and implementation.

Apply by clicking on this link.

Tell them that you learned about this opportunity through The August Group newsletter.

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Senior Financial and Tax Accountant - Rochester, NY

The Raytec Group Inc.
Gorbel, Inc.
Retrotech, Inc.
Ravenwood Golf Course, Inc.

POSITION TITLE: Senior Financial and Tax Accountant
DEPARTMENT: Corporate Finance and Administration
REPORTS TO: Controller
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
DATE: February 2009

Position Summary:

Senior accounting position responsible for processing financial statements, financial analysis, companies’ payroll, sales and use, and corporate income taxes, as well as shareholder estimates in a multi state environment. Responsible for supervision of the company’s payroll staff and managing processes in this discipline.

Responsibilities:

  • Participates in monthly financial statement processing and financial analysis projects including: audit and analysis of financial statements from foreign subsidiary, back up processing for multiple companies, and other financial statement responsibilities as assigned.

  • Responsible for timely completion of multi-state sales and use tax returns and other state required tax returns or requests for information.

  • Provide support to CFO for quarterly corporate and shareholder income tax estimates in a multi-state environment.

  • Timely completion of all annual corporate income tax returns and affiliated schedules.

  • Responsible for auditing payroll tax returns prepared by service.

  • Responsible for Fixed Asset Management for all companies including analyzing special depreciation methods and tax benefits.

  • Responsible for analyzing and compilation of all tax credit opportunities including: R&E Credit and Domestic Production Deduction.

  • Provides management of payroll system, including: weekly payroll auditing, research, and analysis of payroll tax law and application to the businesses. Responsible for supervision and development of Payroll Administrator. Act as backup to Payroll Administrator.

  • Provides management of 401K system including: weekly/monthly auditing of participant data, preparation of audit reports, compliance testing, and interfacing with auditors on an annual basis.

  • Independently or as part of a team identifies and implements business process improvements.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting; working knowledge of GAAP and Corporate Tax Regulations.

  • 7+ years of experience in accounting or finance in progressively responsible roles including general and tax accounting in a multi state environment; international experience highly desirable.

  • Strong internal auditing and financial analysis skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficiency with personal computers and associated word processing/spreadsheet skills; experience working with ERP/MRP systems; experience with tax software; ADP experience desirable.

ADA Physical/Mental/Workplace Requirements:

  • Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs.

  • Sitting, working at desk/personal computer for extended periods of time.

  • Primary work environment is professional corporate office.

**Please indicate salary requirements**

Resumes can be sent to Brenda Barber - brebar@gorbel.com.
Brenda's phone number is 924-6215.

Tell them that you learned about this opportunity through The August Group newsletter.

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