THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

MAY 11, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 19


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives


Upcoming Events

Send calendar additions to calendar@augustgroup.org

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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.


Is Your Resume a Sales Brochure? @ Fairport Library
Monday, May 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Guest Speaker Beth Sears - Adapting To Change @ Rochester Works
Wednesday, May 13, 9:30am - 10:30am.

Livingston County Job Fair in Mt Morris
Wednesday, May 13, 12:00pm - 3:00pm.

Job Search Workshop & Networking @ Temple Sinai
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Digital Rochester Rising Stars
Thursday, May 14, 7:30am - 8:30am.

Need to learn about Twitter and LinkedIn? @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, May 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Onsite Recruitment Event
Thursday, May 14, 2:30pm - 5:00pm.

The Rochester Area Chambers of Commerce presents a Mega Mixer @ RMSC
Thursday, May 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Celebration of Entrepreneurship Luncheon
Friday, May 15, 11:00am - 2:00pm.

The 50+Career Search: Debunking the Myths @ Fairport Library
Friday, May 15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, May 20, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Women Leaders in Technology Roundtable @ Brook-Lea Country Club
Thursday, May 28, 7:30am - 9:30am.

LinkedIn 101 - Getting Started, Making the First 100 Connections @ the Bagel Bin
Friday, May 29, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

DR Networking on the Road
Tuesday, June 02, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

TAG Career Fair and Networking Event @ MCC
Thursday, June 04, 2:00pm - 6:pm.

Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Friday, June 05, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Saturday, June 06, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Sunday, June 07, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Monday, June 08, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, June 09, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Wednesday, June 10, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, June 17, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.


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 Job Postings this week

  • Telephone Fundraiser

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives


Links to share

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



Words of Wisdom

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


  • “A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
    ~ Maya Angelou

  • “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
     ~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross

  • “Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”
    ~ Jesse Jackson


Weekly Columns

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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.



Weekly Blogs

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Feature Articles

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August Group Members in the news

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



Weekly Columns

Have an idea for a weekly column you would like to start?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share your ideas with The August Group.  Submit your idea to newsletter@augustgroup.org.


This article is compliments of Sue Schnorr, Exclusive Contacts Count Associate in NY.

Be Prepared: It's the Great Networker's Motto

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

Okay, we confess. When we go to networking events we sidle up next to some people who are talking and eavesdrop. This is the conversation we hear, over and over again, as people from Tacoma to Tampa meet and greet each other.

"Hi, how are you?"

"Not bad. How are you?"

"Not bad. What's new?"

"Not much. What's new with you?"

"Not much. Been real busy."

"Me too. Good to see you."

"Good to see you. Let's get together sometime."

"Let’s do. I’ll give you a call.”

This is a conversation in search of a topic! Nothing happened. And nothing is likely to happen as a result of this kind of dead-end chit-chat.

To avoid these cliche-ridden conversations, be prepared to be spontaneous. Before you go anyplace, make a list of What You Have To Give and What You Want To Get. Then, when somebody says, "What's new?" you'll have an answer that will lead you to a meaningful exchange of information.

Click here to see the full article.


Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their training programs. Visit them at www.ContactsCount.com and www.FireProofYourCareer.com.

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 sue@training-insights.com.


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

Who to invite?

I find many are confused about who should be included in their networks.  A simple acid test - if asked to make an introduction for a given person, would you do so?  Remember that making an introduction is in no way similar to making a recommendation of someone.   If you meet someone at a social event and find them cordial and engaging and they share with you a desire to meet a certain type of person, would you introduce them later at the event if you met a person of interest?  Most often in this context people will make the introduction happen.  So, accept invitations and invite those you would willingly introduce if requested.


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


Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Casting a Wide Net

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics Casting a Wide Net.

Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.


Book Reviews and Good Reads

Other Offerings - Share Yours
Got a book you'd like to share with others and lead in discussion? It's a great way to contribute, add value and get known. Provide the story line on the book and submit it to Greg Taylor at gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com for discussion, coordination and promotion.



Feature Articles

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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:


What's a Project Manager to Do?

How a Xerox Project Manager found work in a new field.

The following is the story shared by August Group member Greg M, whose career included tenures at Gleason, Kodak and Xerox where he most recently managed project teams of engineers and others in many various roles. I learned by email of his proud announcement a few weeks ago of his new employment which begins Monday. Many might be surprised by his chosen new path.

I asked that he share his story via the newsletter. He offered the following details which many project managers and former employees of Rochester's major employers might find valuable. Rochesterians wishing to remain local must think differently. Greg did so and was rewarded. His story will be shared in two installments.

History

In 2001 Xerox almost went bankrupt. In May of that year I decided I needed a plan B. After another year and a half I decided to get an MBA. I started school at RIT in the evenings in June 2004 (summer quarter). I went to school every quarter for 16 successive quarters and took 2 waiver exams to get out of 2 classes. I completed the MBA in May 2008. Between Xerox's Tuition Assistance Plan and a couple of RIT scholarships, virtually 100% of my tuition was paid for. I bought the books and gas essentially. After I completed the MBA, Xerox started to show signs of distress in its business activity. In October 2008, they announced that 3,000 jobs would be cut involuntarily world wide. I was laid off in January 2008 - my first time ever.

Getting Serious

After I was laid off, I began to network and met with some recruiters. In the last 14 weeks, I have probably had 8-10 interviews in person and about another 8-10 phone interviews. I attended career fairs, used LinkedIn to contact people in companies that I was interested in like Wegman's, attended August Group meetings, power network group meetings, Digital Rochester events, talked to neighbors, friends and former co-workers. I also attended outplacement services provided by DBM as well as RochesterWorks. This multi-faceted approach provided me with a many options in trying to find my next career opportunity.

Personal Reflection

I looked through my very detailed "Personal History" document from Xerox and came to the realization that "Project Manager" was a title that I had about 4 times in the 10 years that I was there. Thus "Project Manager" became my title for my job search. But I had also been a product development engineer, Senior Project Leader, Systems Engineer, Integration Manager, Multi-function Team Leader, etc. One of the most difficult things was the initial determination of who I was in the recent past which is not necessarily what I thought I was nor what I thought I wanted to be nor even what I might want to be in the future.

Facing Reality

Within about 5-6 weeks I came to understand that there were a lot of Project Managers on the market in Rochester (Mech Eng, Elec Eng, SW Engineers, Construction Managers, etc.) I tried to network into not only Manufacturers that developed products, but Engineering and Construction companies, Technology firms, health care providers, health care insurance companies and anyone else that might want to hire a project manager. I found that due to supply and demand, there was a very low probability of finding a match anytime soon and probably for quite a while.

Moving Forward - Plan B

I quickly determined that I needed to activate plan B, but I didn't really know what plan B was at that time, so I started parallel processing several plan B alternatives while also still pursuing Project Management as plan A. My strengths are in management and my educational background includes a BS and two Master Degrees. I investigated teaching at the University and Community College Level, going back to school AGAIN to get a teaching certificate to teach adolescent Math, and various other new ventures. I came to the conclusion that I did not want to pursue any of those options for various reasons.

Stretching

Eventually I started thinking about how I could leverage my management experience in a new field. In early March I decided to start looking at Retail Management. I wanted to be in a company and an industry that were growing.

To be continued next week...


The August Group on Twitter

Did you know you can follow TheAugustGroup on Twitter?  Maybe it's been a secret.  We announced this back in late 2008.  Going forward we'll be using Twitter to "tweet" immediately new job postings, event announcements, etc.  There will be no more waiting for Monday's newsletter nor required constant peaking at the website.

Continue to send all jobs to jobs@AugustGroup.org and event announcements to calendar@AugustGroup.org.  When you return back to work you may announce your success sending your tweet to either TheAugustGroup on Twitter or you can send an email to Twitter@AugustGroup.org and we'll share your success with those following TheAugustGroup on Twitter.

Need to learn about Twitter?  This Thursday, May 14th at 11:30 Greg Taylor and Karl Heinz Kremer will offer a 90 minute overview of both LinkedIn and Twitter.  The price of admission is simply that you support The Bagel Bin purchasing a lunch that day.  Space is limited to twenty (20).  Reserve your spot sending a note to SirLinkedAlot@gmail.com  Include your name and sandwich choice - tuna salad, chicken salad, roast beef, ham & cheese, or veggie.  You'll pick up your order and pay the Bagel Bin when you arrive.  Add your beverage, chips, cookies as you wish.