THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

JUNE 8, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 23


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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Rochester Works Virtual Job Fair
Thursday, June 04 thru Wednesday, June 10, 6:00am - 11:30pm.

LinkedIn 101 - Profile, Preferences & Privacy @ the Bagel Bin
Monday, June 08, 11:30am 1:30pm.

LinkedIn Lunch & Learn Open Q&A session. FREE Webinar
Tuesday, June 09, 12:00pm - 12:30pm.

SOCIAL MEDIA for JOB SEEKERS
Wednesday, June 10, 9:30am - 10:30am.

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

FREE LinkedIn Q&A Webinar
Friday, June 12, 8:00am - 9:am.

DR - Thinking Strategically? Social Media Deserves a Marketing Plan @ RIT
Monday, June 15, 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

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

LinkedIn 101 - Profile, Preferences & Privacy @ the Bagel Bin 
Thursday, June 18, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 102 - Growing Your Network & Managing Communications @ the Bagel Bin
Monday, June 22, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

FREE LinkedIn Lunch & Learn Webinar @ the Bagel Bin
Tuesday, June 23, 12:00pm - 12:30pm.

LinkedIn 103 - Search People, Research Companies and Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, June 25, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

The Flexible Workforce Network @ Lifespan
Friday, June 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm.

LinkedIn 102 - Growing Your Network & Managing Communications @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 02, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 101 @ the Bagel Bin
Saturday, July 04, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

LinkedIn 103 - Search People, Research Companies and Process Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 09, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, July 15, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

LinkedIn 104 - Groups, Answers, Jobs & More (LinkedIn 103 is NOT a prerequisite) @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 16, 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

  • Teacher

  • Physical Therapist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Speech Pathologist

  • Speech Therapist

  • Music Therapist

  • VP of Engineering

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives


Links to share

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "For many people a job is more than an income – it's an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life".
    ~ Paul Clitheroe

  • "Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing."
    ~ BC Forbes

  • "No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like."
    ~ Napoleon Hill


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Book Reviews and Good Reads

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Feature Articles

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August Group Members in the news

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

Networking Know-How for New Grads

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

Networking know-how is by far the greatest skill you can learn as you enter today’s job market. Do you realize that the length of your job search is directly related to the strength of your network as you begin to job hunt? Investing time and energy in building your circle of contacts will bring you current information on jobs and trends in your field, resources and services you need to conduct your job search, and the support of colleagues when the going gets rough.

To build your network from scratch, try these ideas.

Get a “career card.”

If you’re just entering the job market and don’t have a business card, get a “career card” or “networking card.” Naturally, it will give your name, address, and phone number. In addition, you may want to use a few, well-chosen words or phrases that describe what you do. Jan, with a degree in computer design, has a card that says, “Graphic design for newsletters, brochures, annual reports.” Barbara’s card has the words “chemical engineer” and information about how to reach her. Fred’s card has his name, address, and phone number on one side and on the other side the words “Technical Writer – combining in-depth computer knowledge and writing expertise.”

Plug into your parents’ network. When Traci graduated, her mother, Lynda, set up a series of lunch meetings with her networking contacts. That way, Traci, coached by her mother, was able to “plug in” to the extensive network Lynda had developed through the years.

Begin to build your network by contacting people who know you.

Talk with your professors, alumni of your school, former members of the marching band or sports team you’ve been involved with, fraternity or sorority alumni, your pastor or rabbi, church members, neighbors, relatives, family friends, bosses from summer or part-time jobs, your parents and their friends, and your friends’ parents and their friends. Ask everyone you know for two things: advice on how to find the job you want and names of people they know whom you should contact. Ask your contacts to call those people on your behalf. That way, you’ll never have to make a “cold call” or send a resume to someone who has never heard of you.

Link up with the pros.

While you’re still in school, join the student chapter of the professional organization in your field. If there is no student chapter, visit and eventually join the professional association. Take an active role to demonstrate your expertise. Take advantage of the organization’s job bank if they have one. Get the membership directory and look for people who have the kind of job you’re looking for or work at organizations that appeal to you. Seek them out.

Lila talked with the president of the association she visited and asked if she could send him her resume. He said, “Sure,” and gave her his card. A couple of days later, he received a well-written cover letter, her resume, and a stamped, oversized postcard addressed to Lila. In her cover letter, she asked him to return the postcard with his feedback on her resume. That made it very easy for him to respond to her. After she received the card, she called him to thank him for his suggestions. By that time, he’d developed a great deal of confidence in her abilities and had thought of a couple of people for her to contact. Lila skillfully initiated a series of contacts, designed to build a relationship, with a key person who could help her find a job.

Emphasize your marketable skills.

Make sure your conversations with contacts focus on your job skills, not the courses you took in college. For example, rather than talking about majoring in English, get comfortable with talking about your ability to write clearly or on the columns you wrote for the college newspaper.

Volunteer.

Joy, a new graduate with a degree in journalism, volunteered to produce a brochure for her church. A church member, who works for a large foundation, saw the brochure, was impressed, and called Joy about a job opening he had.

Get good at names.

Develop your ability to remember other people’s names and - - equally important - - learn how to teach your name to other people. The next time you’re at a networking event, watch people introduce themselves. Almost everyone zips through the exchange in less than six seconds!

You can do a lot in six seconds. Send a fax. Blow out the candles on your birthday cake. Buy a lottery ticket. But one thing you can’t do in six seconds is teach someone your name and learn hers.

So slow down. Linger longer. Don’t sabotage your greetings by saying to yourself, “I never can remember names.” Instead, set a goal. Say, “I’m going to learn the names of five people I meet today.”

To learn someone’s name,

Repeat it. If the other person says her name first, repeat her first name in your greeting. Say “Hi, Theresa. It’s good to meet you.”

Ask about it or comment on it. You might ask about the spelling: “Do you spell your name with an “h”?

Ask separately for the last name. Say, “Tell me your last name again.” To teach your name,

Give your first name twice. Say, “I’m Linda. Linda Torvette.”

Say both your names clearly and distinctly. Don’t run them together. Provide a way for people to remember your name. Say, “It’s like Corvette but with a “T.”

Explain what kind of job you’re looking for.

People will ask you, “What do you want to do?” How you answer that question determines whether you’ll instantly start an interesting, productive conversation or one that just limps along.

Don’t say, “I’ll do anything.” Don’t tell the title you’re aiming for. Don’t tell your major (“I’m a marketing communications major.”) Don’t say your industry (“I’m looking for something in healthcare.”) Don’t limit your occupation (“I’m looking for a position in employee communications.”)

Instead, tell

what you want someone to remember about you and a quick example that brings your job hunt to life.

Say, “I’ve just designed a marketing program for a law firm as a final project in one of my classes. As part of my research, I interviewed several marketing directors. I’d be very interested in any job that involved publicity for an organization.”

Be prepared to be spontaneous. Decide before you go to any event what you have to give, conversationally speaking - - your enthusiasms, resources, expertise, tips, shortcuts. Then listen generously. Be alert for needs so you can offer an idea, an introduction, a referral.

Don’t assume that because you are just graduating, you have nothing to give. Be ready to help others by providing a copy of an article you have read or the name of a new book on graphic design.

Also, be prepared to ask about things you want to find, learn, or connect with. When someone says, “What’s new?” say, “I’ve spent a lot of time researching various organizations on the Internet. Do you know anybody who designs home pages?”

Networking in a Nutshell.

Networks are created conversation by conversation, exchange by exchange. Think of networking as teaching people who you are and providing information about your character and competence. Tell short stories that dramatize your skills and interests. Don’t forget that networking must be mutually beneficial. So, spend a lot of time and energy learning about your conversation partner. To gain insight into someone else’s business, ask, “What have you been doing today?” That question is almost guaranteed to elicit a specific example that will help you understand your partner’s business.

When you build relationships with the future in mind, you’ll see your networking efforts pay off with great career opportunities.


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

Lessons from the Baseball Field

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

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Oracle Database Administration Workshop I and II OCP training

Dear August Group,

It may just be the best-kept secret that MCC is offering Oracle 11g Database Administration OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) training beginning in mid-July, as two (2) more students are required to hold the courses.

I am wondering, does the August Group know IT professionals who may qualify and be interested in pursuing the Oracle Database Administration Workshop I and II OCP training?

https://secure.monroecc.edu/workforce_courses/index.php?categoryID=118

Oracle is the world's largest software company and Oracle Database is the premier enterprise-wide database toolset. Oracle DBA, a rather secure position, pays very well.

Training grants are available for up to $5,000 through RochesterWorks for currently unemployed professionals. Application processing takes approximately two weeks (last I knew). Lee Koslow at RochesterWorks is a Counselor and Training Grant Administrator.

lkoslow@rochesterworks.org

Thank you for your time, attention and interest!

Alan K.


Digital Rochester Scholarships

For the 2009-2010 Executive MBA program at the Saunders College of Business at RIT

Up to five applicants will receive a scholarship in the amount of $13,500; Are you ready for real change?

Students at the Saunders Executive MBA Program undergo a major transformation during this intensive 15-month program. The internationally accredited program is ideal for high-performing professionals that seek to expand their strategic thinking skills and cross-functional knowledge of business.

Classes at the Saunders EMBA Program meet all day Friday and Saturday, every other week for 15 months. You will begin your degree in late August and finish by Thanksgiving of the following year. Through a cohort program, you will tap into not only your experiences as a professional but also those of your classmates, which adds to the richness of the Executive MBA experience.

Some of the program highlights include an international study trip as well as a challenging Capstone Project. Through the Capstone Consulting Project, your knowledge and ability to apply the lessons learned will be tested as you and your team work as management consultants to solve real-world problems for local companies.

For further information on the program, visit www.ritemba.com.

Scholarships

Fast-growing technology companies are bright spots in our regional economy!Digital Rochester recognizes that enriching the business skills of the leaders - or future leaders - of such companies ultimately increases opportunities throughout the tech sector.  DR is teaming up with the Saunders College to support your efforts to enhance your business leadership skills by making a substantial dent in tuition costs. In order to be considered for a Digital Rochester scholarship, you must:

  • Apply for the Saunders Executive MBA Program at RIT. You do not have to have your acceptance back from RIT before submitting your scholarship application.     

  • Complete the Scholarship Application and submit it, together with a copy of your resume, to scholarship(at)digitalrochester.com no later than June 1, 2009. 

The application and general information about the scholarship are available online at http://www.digitalrochester.com/emba.  Scholarship recipients will be announced no later than July 1, 2009. The EMBA program begins on August 26, 2009. 

Enrich your skills.

Enhance your value to your employer.

Consider an RIT EMBA and let a Digital Rochester Scholarship help to pave the way!

Please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested in the EMBA program and to companies who may benefit from employee participation in the program.  It's news of an opportunity that you've just got to share!

- The DR Team

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