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revealed only if there is a light from within.”
~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross
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~ Jesse Jackson
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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
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
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
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
Hannah's blog this week includes writings on
Casting a Wide Net.
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
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great way to contribute, add value and get known. Provide the story line on
the book and submit it to Greg Taylor at
discussion, coordination and promotion.
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difference. Share a story. Submit it to
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
To be continued next week...
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.