THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

JUNE 22. 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 25


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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

Jumpstart: Creating Powerful Marketing Plans @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, June 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

LinkedIn 101 - Profile, Preferences & Privacy @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, June 25, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

HUMAN NETWORKING - Making Networking Easier and More Fun @ Temple Sinai
Thursday, June 25, 7:00pm - 9:pm.

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

Jumpstart: Masterfully Working a Room - Networking at Events @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, July 01, 11:00am - 1:pm.

LinkedIn 103 - Search People, Research Companies and Process Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 02, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 102 - Growing Your Network & Managing Communications @ 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

  • Help Desk Representative

  • Accountant

  • Production Support

  • Assistant Office Manager - Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing Operations

  • Account Sales

Previously posted jobs

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress."
    ~ Bruce Barton

  • "Always remember that the future comes one day at a time."
    ~ Dean Acheson

  • "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."
    ~ Arnold Bennett


Weekly Columns

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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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Weekly Columns

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

Network Inside

by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

No matter where you work (corporation, government agency, non-profit, or institution) networking at work has never been more important. Why?

  • To keep getting the big picture. Things change fast.

  • To keep up with what’s going on.

  • To bolster the bottom line. Understand that your job depends on the success of the organization. Promote your organization's products and services even if you’re not in sales!

  • To venture into the white spaces. Look at the organization chart. "The organization chart is not the business," caution authors Geary Rummler and Alan Brache in their book, Performance: How To Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart. "The greatest opportunities for improvement often lie in the white spaces between the boxes on the chart in the functional and interpersonal interface those points where the baton is being passed from one department to another or from one individual to another."

  • To uncork bureaucratic bottlenecks. If you create temporary project teams to tackle problems and launch initiatives, you’ll make a name for yourself. Increase collaboration with other departments. When the corporate communications department at a major telecommunications firm invited the human resources department to lunch, it was the beginning of a rich collaboration. As people got to know each other, they integrated their strategic planning so that a human resources request for the production of a training calendar was on the corporate communications department’s schedule. If you collaborate, you can negotiate to even out workload, so all the projects don’t hit at the same time.
    To expand your knowledge base. Figure out what resources you need and …

    … ARTICLE IS CONTINUED at http://www.training-insights.com/insights.htm


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 http://www.training-insights.com/insights.htm www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html.


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

This week's LinkedIn Tip - Creating, Managing and Tracking LinkedIn Events

LinkedIn has recently added Events as a feature enhancement. You'll note the feature when visiting your LinkedIn home page along the right hand side of the page. Become a user of this feature and you'll be able to post an event, find events of interest and more. Read the complete article to learn more about this feature and its many 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


Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

10 Steps to Networking Right

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about networking.

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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"Make a Clean Impression - Hygiene, It Matters"
by Lynne Perry

HYGIENE

For the 2nd time in as many months I have "landed" a client simply because I have a great smile. Not that I have a brilliant smile or a models smile or even photogenic smile, I just have a "great" smile. What trumped my smile over the competitor? My teeth were clean. My breath was fresh. I didn't have brown nicotine or tea or coffee stains making my teeth look like something out of "The Crypt".

Wow. Is that all it takes?

Although this goes without saying for many people, personal hygiene is one of the most important things to think about when getting ready for an interview. However, personal hygiene does not come naturally to some people or does not play as big a part in their day to day life.

You don't have to spend thousands on your teeth. Though if they are seriously unattractive, you might want to spend a couple of hundred. Consider it an investment in your potential. I use pretty simple stuff to retain those pearly whites - a whitening rinse, a plaque rinse before I brush, a whitening toothpaste, floss regularly and when those high doses of coffee start to show stains start to take hold? A few days of 10-minute Crest White Strips takes them out.

But it's not just about teeth!

You know where I'm going - and I think it's an important topic. Hard to believe, but some people just don't know they should where clean, fresh clothes, DEODORANT! (Oy Gevalt!), bathe or shower before an interview, wash your face, clean you nails (I myself have been repulsed and disregarded people who were probably perfectly capable just because the line of grime under their nails was so unpalatable), have clean hair...

It all seems so simple and basic. But it's not, for many.

Go nuts with it! Feel free to quote me, too. ;-)