THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

JULY 20. 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 29


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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WHERE ARE THE JOBS AND WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR TODAY
Monday, July 20, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Jumpstart: Concise, Meaningful Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, July 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

LinkedIn 101 Profile, Preferences & Privacy @ Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 23 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 103 Searching People & Companies and Processing Introductions @ Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 30 11:30am - 1:30pm.

The Flexible Workforce Network @ Lifespan
Friday, July 31, 2009 10:00am - 12:00pm.

HATS OF THE HOMEMAKER
Monday, August 03, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

DR Networking & Birthday Celebration @ the Max
Tuesday, August 04, 5:30pm - 730pm.

RPCN Technology Forum
Friday, August 07, 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

INTRODUCTION TO LINKEDIN
Saturday, August 08, 2009 10:00am - 11:30am.

USING TWITTER FOR THE JOB SEEKER
Monday, August 10, 2009 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

RPCN Program TBA
Friday, August 14, 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

FINDING AND APPLYING FOR A FEDERAL JOB
Monday, August 17, 2009 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

RESOURCES FOR OLDER WORKERS SEEKING PART-TIME OR FLEXIBLE EMPLOYMENT
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

RPCN Business Forum
Friday, August 21, 7:30pm - 9:00pm.

RPCN Workshop “The Internet”
Friday, August 28, 7:30pm - 9:30pm.


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

  • Day Program Registered Nurse

  • Web Engineer II

  • Medicaid Service Coordination Clerical Assistant

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives


Links to share

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "If a man does his best, what else is there?"
    ~ General George S. Patton

  • "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."
    ~ Ayn Rand

  • "The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
    ~ Emile Zola


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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.

Make Networking Work

by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Sophisticated networkers turn every professional and social event they attend into opportunities to expand their circle of contacts. Are you involved with professional organizations, volunteer activities, civic endeavors? Do you know how to make the most of these opportunities?

Focus first on the three "Million Dollar Moments" that happen over and over again at business and social events. They are "Million Dollar Moments" because initiating and managing these business relationships can not only enhance your career, but also add substantially to your bottom line.

Most people don't manage these moments. They muddle through, relying on the meeting and greeting rituals we all know so well. But, those old rituals can actually stand in the way of building relationships. To forge relationships effectively and efficiently, start networking smart.

The Name Exchange

The first moment comes when you exchange 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 his or hers.

So slow down. Linger longer.

To learn someone's name, do these three things:

Repeat it. After the other person says her name, 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, do these three things:

Give your first name twice. Say, "I'm Bob. Bob 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."

Often people say this about the name exchange: "Oh, I just rush through that part to get on to the good stuff." But, in networking, names are "the good stuff." Unless you learn someone's name and teach that person yours, you can't really expect to begin a relationship. So, abandon the six-second ritual. Do the name exchange the effective way.

What Do You Do?

The second Million Dollar Moment occurs when someone asks that inevitable question, "What do you do?" How you answer that question determines whether you'll instantly start an interesting, productive conversation or one that just limps along…

Read more 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

Well-Kept Secret Job Seekers Need to Know About

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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