THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

MAY 18, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 20


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives


Upcoming Events

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.


LinkedIn Q&A @ the Bagel Bin
Monday, May 18, 7:00am - 9:00am.

Enhancing Job Interviewing Skills @ Park Point
Tuesday, May 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

LinkedIn 101 - Profile, Preferences & Privacy *** Venue *** Perinton Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

BOCES 1 CAREER FAIR @ 15 Linden St
Wednesday, May 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm.

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

LinkedIn 101 - Profile, Preferences & Privacy @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, May 21, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

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

LinkedIn 101 - Profile, Preferences & Privacy @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, May 28, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 103 - Searching People & Companies; Processing Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, May 28, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

The Flexible Workforce Network @ Lifespan
Friday, May 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm.

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.

LinkedIn 102 - Growing Your Network & Managing Communications @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, June 04, 7:30am - 9:00am.

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

Communication Modeling for Personal and Professional Excellence @ Sanibel Cottage
Thursday, June 04, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

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.

LinkedIn 103 - Search People, Research Companies and Process Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, June 11, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

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

LinkedIn 104 - Groups, Answers, Jobs & More (LinkedIn 103 is NOT a prerequisite) @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, June 18, 11:30am - 1:30pm.


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

  • Physical Therapists

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Health System Analyst

  • Member Service Representative

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 graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that "individuality" is the key to success.”
    ~ Robert Orben

  • “Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.”
    ~ Richard Halliburton

  • “There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises." Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.”
    ~ Orrin Hatch


Weekly Columns

Have an idea for a weekly column to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.



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

Have a weekly blog you would like to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.



Feature Articles

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



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.

Using Organizations: How To Build Your Network Quickly

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

As we’ve researched networking concepts throughout the past 17 years, we’ve found that people have many questions about using organizations. Chances are, you are a member of half a dozen groups. Some of these groups are very informal, like your neighborhood; some of these groups are very formal, like a professional association.

Are you getting the maximum benefit from the organizations you belong to? Perhaps not.

In this special publication, you’ll find out how to assess the usefulness of the groups you’re a member of, how to select new groups to join, and how to participate in ways that will allow you to get the most from your investment of time and money.

I’m not in sales, and I’m not looking for a job. Why should I join organizations?

Organizations can do a lot for your career. In an organization, you can Demonstrate your skills and expertise:

  • Try out new things in a low-risk environment

  • Learn new skills and expand your expertise

  • Add to your resume

  • Make a career change

  • Get feedback about yourself and your activities

  • Measure your outcomes against your peers’ outcomes

  • Set stretch standards for your business

  • Establish your reputation with people who might help you and your career

  • Give back to younger members of your profession

  • Create career options and opportunities for yourself

  • Find new resources

  • Discover new directions

  • Gain recognition for your accomplishments and successes

  • Achieve professional certification and Grow personally and professionally.

    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 Schnorr is President of Training Insights, Inc., a firm that specializes in soft skills training. She is also the exclusive Associate for Contacts Count in NY. She can be reached at sue@training-insights.com www.training-insights.com www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html.


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

Choosing target companies Large, Small or both

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics Choosing target companies Large, Small or both.

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

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


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?
Contributed by Greg Mahoney, August Group member

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

Part II - What's a Project Manager to Do?

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. The only two options that I came up with were Wegman's, but I would have to move to their new markets regions and Wal-Mart. The Wegman's option dried up after several weeks of phone interviews, in store discussions and conversations at a job fair at RIT. That left Wal-Mart as my only other course of action.

Applying at Wal-Mart ??

I applied online to Wal-Mart and got a phone call to come to their Canandaigua Store for an initial interview with three or four people. I did really well in that interview and they invited me back to talk to the store manager who also seemed to like me. Finally, I was called to a third interview with two more people and I did well in that interview also.

The Offer

A week after interviewing I received a phone call indicating that I had a job offer. Only 25% of their Assistant Manager positions are filled from outside candidates. I will be entering a management training program on May 11. My training is in Geneseo, but I will be working in their Irondequoit ("Rochester") store after my training is completed. The training program is 8 weeks long and is described below:

Leaders Out In Front (LOIF) is a new management training program open to all salaried Wal-Mart Stores USA field associates (Assistant Managers, Co-Managers, Store Managers and Market Managers).

Designed on the principle of continuous improvement through learning, LOIF provides a variety of development opportunities throughout various stages of a manager’s career. The program consists of three distinct stages, for each level of management. The first stage of this program is for Assistant Managers and increases the quality of leadership and operational training new managers receive to become productive and proficient in their leadership roles.

Leaders Out In Front is a multi-phased learning platform that not only prepares new managers to make an immediate impact on store performance, but also provides them with the tools and resources needed to remain competitive and successful at Wal-Mart.

Success Secrets

I think the following techniques helped me get into Wal-Mart:

  • I had made my resume very generic having eliminated virtually all of the engineering jargon and used phrases like "solutions to business problems" etc.

  • I had completed an MBA and did very well (3.9 GPA).

  • I prepared for my interviews and did very well with them.

  • I followed up with well-written emails.

  • I went to the store a couple of times to show interest.

  • I prepared a PowerPoint presentation for my final interview.

  • I also sent thank you letter via U.S. mail.

  • By the way, I also used LinkedIn to try to contact 2nd level colleagues in my network that worked at Wal-Mart, but the 2nd level person never got back to me even though the first level person tried to assist me.

The Opportunity

I'm really excited about this opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting started. Working at Wal-Mart will open up several career growth opportunities for me. I could stay in stores operations management and apply for higher level positions, apply for a regional manager position, move to their corporate headquarters in Bentonville AR, work in their Logistics Division (40 regional distribution centers with warehouses and trucking), work at Sam's Club, work in their International Division (15 other countries), work in their Real Estate Division, work in their weather station (2nd only to NASA in the U.S.), work in their TV station (for training), or their Radio Station.

Wal-Mart has over two million employees world wide. About 75% of the employees work in the U.S. Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer. They also sell more groceries in the U.S. than any other company. Groceries make up 49% of their revenue and many of their stores still have not yet been converted to Supercenters (which sell groceries in addition to apparel and household goods). Last year Wal-Mart's total revenues grew 7% and their earnings grew 6%. Wal-Mart paid a stock dividend to shareholders every year since going public in 1973 and has increased their dividend every year for the past 35 years. Wal-Mart created 33,000 jobs in the U.S. last year in addition to thousands more in markets outside the U.S. and plans to create tens of thousands of jobs again this year.

Wal-Mart offers a good benefits package - Medical, Dental, 401K, Bonus, Employee Discount, etc.

Wal-Mart has also taken many steps to promote sustainability. Their newest stores are more energy efficient (solar energy, sky lights, auto light switches in freezers, LED lighting - 70% more efficient than fluorescent lamps, etc). The newest stores also use less water and use recycled materials in their concrete floors and have exterior designs that complement local architecture.

Wal-Mart also is a big contributor to local not-for-profit and community initiatives. For example, just one store in our area recently contributed over $88,000 to the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester that's where my wife works.

Thanks to all of you for your support over the last 3 months. I'm looking forward to getting started on my new career path and wish you all the best. I hope my story helps you consider your options fully.

Greg Mahoney, August Group member

LinkedIn Profile