THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

MARCH 16, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 11


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives


In this Issue.

Upcoming Events

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).

LinkedIn 103 - Mastering Groups, Jobs, Companies and Answers
Thursday, March 19 - 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

LinkedIn 101 - The Fundamentals: Getting Started with Profile, Privacy and Invitations @ the Bagel Bin
Saturday, March 21, 8:30am - 10:30am.

LinkedIn 101 - The Fundamentals: Getting Started with Profile, Privacy and Invitations @ the Bagel Bin
Saturday, March 21, 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Xerox Retirement Benefits Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Tuesday, March 24, 11:30am – 1:00pm.

RochesterWorks! Training Grant, Is It For You? @ Fairport Public Library
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

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).

LinkedIn 102 - Mastering the Fundamentals - Searching People, Companies and Processing Introductions & Recommendations. @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, March 26, 11:30am – 1:30pm.

The Employment & Career Club in Canandaigua
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Weekly at 6:30pm on Wednesdays).

Networking at 50+ - Yes You Can! @ the Fairport Public Library
Saturday, April 4, 9:30am – 11:30am.

DR Networking on the Road
Tuesday, April 7, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

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

Interviewing at 50+: How to Counteract the Age Barrier @ the Fairport Public Library
Saturday, April 11, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

DEALING WITH CHANGE @ Fairport Public Library
Monday, April 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Send calendar additions to calendar@augustgroup.org

Are you willing to assist or 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

  • Bye Bye Luxury Box

  • AT&T to Add 3,000 Jobs, Invest Up to $18 Billion (finally some good news)

  • Bank of America cancels visa-holders' job offers (If a financial institution is receiving tax payer dollars in bailout money should they be allowed to send jobs offshore?)

  • New home for Buffalo Family - Help please

    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

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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Book Reviews and Good Reads

Have a story, book review or workshop experience to share or something similar to contribute? 

Send your contributions to newsletter@augustgroup.org with Good Read in the Subject line.

Words of Wisdom

  • “There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
    ~ Aldous Huxley

  • “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
    ~ Anais Nin

  • “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
    ~ Barack Obamal

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

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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

  • No new Job posting this week

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives

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Resilience at Work: How to Succeed No Matter What Life Throws at You
by Salvatore Maddi and Deborah Khoshaba

Book Review by Dorothy Johnson

This book is based on the results of a 12 year study of employees and former employees of Illinois Bell after they went through massive change; what made 25% go on to succeed? It examines how and why some people are resilient and able to succeed from the opportunities that change brings about. In the book they speak of the work environment; I am applying their points to being “underemployed”.

Life has changed and is always changing: Adapt or die. How?

How do we become resilient; accepting change and succeeding?
According to the authors’ study being resilient requires: the 3 Cs (commitment, control and challenge), transformational coping skills (look at problems with an open, broad perspective, and an action plan) and developing a two way social support system at work and at home.

  1. The 3 Cs:

  1. Commitment: stay involved and invested with people and events; be engaged, be active. Network.

  2. Control: keep trying to influence the outcomes; don’t give up.

  3. Challenge: try to discover how you can grow and the opportunities that change brings.

  1. Transformational Coping (using a broad perspective to look at challenge and then take planned decisive action).

    1. Perspective:
      Look at the challenge most of us are facing right now… layoffs. Your job went away. Instead of staying stuck in fear or yesterday; you can now create your next step which is exciting. Perhaps you can get a better job, go after a different career, become an entrepreneur. Look at all of the good things that can happen. Do things you’ve never done. Come out of your comfort zone. Broaden your perspective.

      Our attitude has got to be: “How can I profit from this change? What opportunities lay ahead because of this challenge?” Our focus needs to be on the opportunities available to us currently and in the future; not jobs and situations that are no longer there.

    2. Create an action plan to respond to the changes. And follow it.

      1. What’s the Goal? Challenge: I got laid off.
        Goal: Getting a good job that fits my skills, talents. What does this look like? Write it down.

      2. What are the small steps to get you to the Goal?
        Set up home office. Update Resume. Let contacts know you are searching. Network.

      3. What is your timeline for the step taken on your Action Plan?

      4. Do you need to revise your Action Plan (needs to be a flexible strategy)?

      5. How am I doing? Get feedback from: yourself, other people, results.

  2. Social Support: Give and Receive Assistance and Encouragement.
    Notice the give and receive. Network. Provide value for other people, it will come back to you. Gauge the results –Is what I’m doing working? If not, change it up.

    To wrap this up: It struck me how networking groups like TAG provide a supportive environment in which people stay involved, engaged and in control, while continuing to develop the social support system that the book suggests. The authors also provide solid suggestions on ways that a person can train themselves to become more resilient and adapt to change. Let me know if anyone wants to borrow the book.

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Weekly Columns


Networking Tips & Insights
Contributed by Sue Schnorr, President, of Training Insights, Inc.

This week's feature article, What's the Net Worth Your Network? Are you a smart networker? If you answer all 10 questions "Yes," you're a networking whiz. If not, use the tips to make your networking pay off.

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 LinkedIn, Your Profile & Google. Did you know that LinkedIn will post your LinkedIn profile so that it becomes Google indexed? What that means and how that happens is covered in LinkedIn 101 training. To learn more about how you can control that read on.

Greg is the Founder of The August Group, a recruiter and entrepreneur offering a myriad for 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 Navigation Insights
Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on Best Advice for Interviewing Strategy; Mindset of a "life-long learner".

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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A Rant
Contributed by Robert Ewanow

Article of the Week

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

http://www.linkedin.com/in/robewanow

Thinking Differently, Moving Forward
Contributed by Greg Taylor, Excelsior Search Partners

If your career search finds you frustrated perhaps it is time to think differently. You have been checking the job boards, sending out resumes, networking and the results simply suggest that you should simply do more networking, send more resumes, maybe change your resume, maybe find new websites, change your target companies or spend more time at RochesterWorks.

The numbers continue to rise for unemployment and you need to get back to work before conditions get worse. You are not feeling at the top of your game. Does this whole job search seem like a game and maybe you're playing by someone else's rules. The rules might be changing too. Maybe it's been years since you've looked for work and you're not as young and confident as you were. So what are you to do? Are you asking this question of yourself? Ask advice and you'll likely get confirmation that you simply need to do more of what you're doing and you'll prevail. However, you could make some changes and try something different. Change what and how remains the question? Read on.

Large Employers are Dying. Long-term Employment is fading.
It's a new economy. Once great employers are collapsing as is evidenced locally with Kodak and Xerox, target companies still sought as employers by most job seekers. Major banks, brokerage houses, insurance companies, auto makers, newspapers, retailers and manufacturers are all downsizing. It is very difficult for large companies to adapt to newer micro-markets. The near universal desire of the baby boomer job seeker is to secure a new job that will take them to retirement soon. The desired employer offers secure employment, good pay and benefits, and maybe even career growth. If that is what you seek, then you are thinking like the masses and competing with them for fewer jobs as they downsize. Good luck! It's true that Kodak, Xerox and other local employers are hiring, but the fact remains these companies have seen their pinnacles.

Think Small. Consider Relocation.
Here are a couple things one might do to begin thinking differently. Where is there growth? There are small, growing companies locally, across the state and nation. Small firms can adapt and compete very effectively leveraging technology. Rochesterians are uniquely resolute in remaining here not considering relocation. This state does not favor business with it's taxes. Your best chance for success might be elsewhere. That is discomforting, but so is being unemployed.

Invest in Yourself.
Build your skills. Read. What got you through the beginning of your career was suitable for a different era. You cannot deny the need for new skills and be considered ready to work with your work history. You are competing with those using new tools. Get yourself up to date. Invest time and money in getting yourself ready for tomorrow's jobs or you'll be disappointed. Master social networks like LinkedIn and even Facebook. Learn how to use Twitter. Jobs appear in many places beyond corporate websites, job boards, and newspapers. Deny the need to learn these technologies and you are committing to a career path of being forever irrelevant. No one owes you a job when you are not skilled and prepared. Be accountable and improve your chances.

You're a Free Agent!
Enjoy your liberation! You are no longer a corporate pawn, serving a hierarchy organization. Your skills will be used in the workplace project by project. That's a part of the new economy. It's a mercurial workforce marketplace. Work teams are assembled on an as-needed basis. That's just the way it is and will be. Understand that and you will be moving forward. You must know and be able to state the value you bring. What's your personal brand? How do your skills contribute and make a difference. Jobs are not to be handed out to those needing them. Prove that employers need you. Know your value and that is not what you are worth or was previously paid. It's all about the results you produce.

Where to start...
Spend time at the library. Read. Seek the advice of younger professionals, a radical thought. Beware of career coaches who assure you that more of the same is going to work. If you wish, participate in book study groups to be offered that will enable you to get ahead of those doing what's not working, more of the same.

Books and topics to be offered include use of new technologies - LinkedIn and Twitter; pursuing your search unconventionally; understanding the new economy and the future of the workforce; and additionally because it happens in job search when the whole task overwhelms and confuses you - managing procrastination developing the Now Habit, a novel approach that presents an understanding of why we procrastinate and how we can move forward. This is not a get organized and manage your time better, get disciplined approach as are most programs.

To learn more contact Greg Taylor @ gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com.

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Job Postings

No job postings this week.

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