THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

MARCH 123 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 12


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives


In this Issue.

Upcoming Events

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.

50+ Job Search: Is Your Resume a Gate Opener or Gate Closer? a Teleconference thru Rochester Works
Wednesday, March 25, 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

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.

Green Energy, Golden Opportunities - A Panel Discussion on Improving the Environment and Business
Thursday, March 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Flexible Workshop Network Meeting
Friday, March 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm.

LinkedIn 102 - Finding Contacts and Companies, Processing Introductions & Recommendations
Saturday, March 28, 8:30am - 10:30am.

LinkedIn 103 - Groups, Jobs, Answers and more
Monday, March 30, 7:30am - 9:00am.m.

Market Volatility & Fixed Investments @ the Bagel Bin
Tuesday, March 31, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Where Have All the Jobs Gone: Little Known Locations and Techniques for On-line Job Searching
Wednesday, April 01, 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

The Employment & Career Club in Canandaigua
Wednesday, April 01, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Weekly at 6:30pm on Wednesdays).

LinkedIn 101 - Crafting your Profile, Managing Privacy, Preferences & Invitations
Thursday, April 02, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 102 - Searching Contacts & Companies, Processing Recommendations & Introductions
Friday, April 03, 7:30am - 9:00am.

Networking at 50+ - Yes You Can! @ the Fairport Public Library
Saturday, April 04, 9:30am – 11:30am.

DR Networking on the Road
Tuesday, April 07, 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 Factor - a Teleconference thru Rochester Works
Wednesday, April 08, 3:00pm - $:30pm.

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

Kodak/Carestream Retirement Benefits Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, April 13, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

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

Xerox Retirement Benefits Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Tuesday, April 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Wednesday, April 15, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, April 15, 4:30pm - 7:30pm (On the Third Wednesday of the month).

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Links to share

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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

  • “Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you'll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
    ~ Roger Caras

  • “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”
    ~ Daniel Burnham

  • “You never stop earning when you do what you love.”
    ~ Asha Tyson

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

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, THE NAME GAME. Do you feel like a dummy when you can't remember names? You’re not alone. Ninety-seven percent of the people in our workshops admit they are terrible at “the name game.”

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 Groups & Their Benefits.

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 recent topics Forget About Submitting Your Resume On-Line, Maintaining momentum, Twitterific, and Unemployment Insurance can be a False Safety Net.

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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New August Group Website Launched

This past Friday The August Group launched its fresh new look. You've likely received an email instructing you of your login id and password. Visit the site and share your feedback with any listed in the About Us - Contact list.

If you have not received an email, you'll find instructions prominently on the home page. Please be patient as we work out first week kinks. More to come in the coming weeks on tips and features. Many thanks to John Bayley for spearheading this initiative in his "spare time" and for Ken Tryon, our web geek volunteer, for his tireless efforts over the years quietly working behind the scenes keeping us all connected online for years. Many others had a hand in making this effort come to life including Rob Kostin and France MacDonald recently. Others to be noted in future articles.

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LinkedIn Group - Connecting with Connectors

The LinkedIn Group of The August Group continues to grow now including more than 200 members. There is a queue of interested professionals who have applied that will have the group eclipsing 300 members soon.

Requirements for approval

The LinkedIn Group is a subset of The August Group including the savviest of networkers, the well-connected. There are two requirements for memberships: Members must be registered August Group members having attended August Group events, either social mixers at Johnny's Irish Pub monthly or weekly general sessions at The Bagel Bin, St. Cecilia's, or at or satellites in Victor or Spencerport; members must have 100 connections in LinkedIn for permanent inclusion in this group. After having achieved 50 connections conditional approval is granted and members are granted another 60 days to achieve 100 connections.

New Opportunities to Connect and Stay Connect.. on the way to work

Previously working members of The August Group could only reconnect at the monthly evening gatherings at Johnny's Irish Pub or at St Cecilia's. Recently we've added new opportunities to gather and connect in the morning on the way to work.

Each Monday morning 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. at The Bagel Bin networking and LinkedIn training will be hosted by Greg Taylor and Mike Mazzochetti, August Group co-Founders. On Wednesday mornings Tracey Aiello hosts at The Bagel Bin networking from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Join us for a cup of coffee and a bagel on the way to work.

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Job Postings

New job postings this week


ACCOUNT ANALYST – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE - Buffalo, NY

Curbell Inc. has an opening for the following position:

TITLE: ACCOUNT ANALYST – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
REPORTS TO: Nicole Piechowiak – Accounts Receivable Supervisor
SALARY GRADE: NE 19

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

    • Collect on assigned past due accounts.

    • Analyze and reconcile active and inactive accounts.

    • Manage customer account resolution including short pays and payment disputes.

    • Collect on past due accounts by making outgoing collection calls via telephone.

    • Communication with Branches on collection issues.

    • Process credit card payments.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Associates Degree in Business or Finance.

  • Previous Accounts Receivable experience.

  • Computer Experience: SAP, Syteline, Microsoft Word & Excel.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with high volume.

JOB POSTING PROCEDURE:

The posting procedure, summarized briefly below is designed to insure that there is full and open communication in the bidding process and that the interests of all parties are insured.

  1. In order to be eligible to bid on an open position, interested and qualified, internal applicants must normally have worked in their current positions for one full year. Exceptions to this may occasionally be made, in special circumstances.

  2. Prior to bidding on any job, the applicant is to notify their immediate supervisor/manager and discuss the reason(s) for their interest in the position. This will allow the current supervisor/manager to identify any issues that the applicant may have with their current job and to counsel them as necessary.

  3. All interest applicants must apply online at www.curbell.com/careers.

  4. After applying on-line, HR will contact the current manager and hiring manager to arrange for a mutually convenient time for the employee to interview.

  5. The employee will then interview with the hiring manager.

  6. If the hiring manager is interested in offering the job to the applicant, the hiring manager will consult with the applicant’s current manager, before making any offer of employment to the bidding employee.

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

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Administrative Associate - Williamsville, NY

JOB TITLE: Administrative Associate
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FLSA STATUS: Exempt

SUMMARY:

The Administrative Associate works with the Executive Director to implement goals and objectives of the P2 Collaborative of WNY and in complying with established board policies, other regulations and/or contracts that apply. Manage administrative aspects of grants for the P2 Collaborative of Western New York.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide administrative support related to internal operations including but not limited to finance and accounting.

  • Create operational efficiencies within the organization.

  • Plan, coordinate and direct internal operations of the organization; evaluate organizational issues and problems and facilitate strategies to address them.

  • Participate in the development of strategic, operational and financial plans designed to meet long-term goals and objectives of the organization. Prepare detailed business plans where needed.

  • Assist in identifying potential funding opportunities. Assist grant writers in the preparation and submittal of grant applications in accordance with the funding guidelines. Work with the Executive Director, P2 partners and grant writers to develop grant content and budgets.

  • Oversee annual budgeting process. Work with the Executive Director to prepare annual budgets that are accurate and effective that ensure moderate risk to the organization Coordinate and supervise monitoring of all funds. Work with bookkeeper to ensure accurate accounting of funds and proper internal controls are in place. Monitor funds to ensure disbursement according to terms of the funding source and organization policy. Submit fiscal reports as required. Prepare budget modification requests when needed. Monitor agreements with independent contractors.

  • Responsible for providing the Executive Director with monthly financial reports.

  • Assist Executive Director with monitoring project outcomes and assist with developing corrective plans as needed.

  • Coordinate P2 Collaborative’s quarterly meetings and work with the Executive Director to prepare for board meetings.

  • Reliability and Attendance – Begin work on time and conform to work hours and schedule.

OTHER JOB DUTIES:

  • Staff work groups and take minutes as needed.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors Degree in Business or Health-related field preferred.

  • 5 – 10 years experience in providing administrative and financial support.

  • Can effectively manage workload with minimal direction.

  • Strong professional communication skills.

  • Highly organized and has very effective time management skills.

  • Creative, proactive problem-solving ability.

  • Strong analysis and decision-making skills.

  • Works effectively in an team environment.

  • Capable of managing multiple priorities and projects.

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with people at all levels of an organization.

  • Adheres to details.

  • Highly motivated, takes initiative.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint programs.

  • Is able to work with confidential information.

EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • 4 Year Degree

  • Or equivalent combination of education and related experience

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum experience requirements 5 to 10 years.

  • On-the-job experience requirement (complexity) 3 to 6 months

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

None

TRAVEL:

Local WNY travel only

If interested please contact Shelley Hirshberg, Executive Director, P2 Collaborative of Western New York, shelley@p2wny.org.

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

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