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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.
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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
~ Barack Obamal
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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
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.
The 3 Cs:
Commitment: stay involved and invested with people and events;
be engaged, be active. Network.
Control: keep trying to influence the outcomes; don’t give up.
Challenge: try to discover how you can grow and the
opportunities that change brings.
Transformational Coping (using a broad perspective to look at
challenge and then take planned decisive action).
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.
Create an action plan to respond to the changes. And follow it.
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.
What are the small steps to get you to the Goal?
Set up home office. Update Resume. Let contacts know you are
What is your timeline for the step taken on your Action
Do you need to revise your Action Plan (needs to be a
How am I doing? Get feedback from: yourself, other people,
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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".
composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist
those in career transition.
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
Contributed by Robert Ewanow
Article of the Week
Providing Direction For Your Marketing
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
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 @
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