THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 03. 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 31


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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Upcoming Events

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

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

Jumpstart: "Identifying Your Network" @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, August 05, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

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

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

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

LinkedIn 101 - Profiles, Preferences & Privacy
Thursday, August 13, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

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.

Employment Workshop - August 12 - How to Ace Your Employment Interview
Wednesday, August 12, 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

LinkedIn 103 - Searching People & Companies, Processing Introductions
Thursday, August 13, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

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

The Flexible Workforce Network @ Lifespan
Friday, August 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm.

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

PMP Certification
Wednesday, September 02, 9:30am - 10:00am.


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

  • Health and Benefits Underwriter

  • Preschool Coordinating Teacher

  • NSA Gov Jobs

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives


Links to share

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others."
    ~ Solomon Ibn Gabriol

  • "One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little."
    ~ Alexander Chase

  • "The more a man knows, the more he forgives."
    ~ Catherine the Great


Weekly Columns

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Book Reviews and Good Reads

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Weekly Blogs

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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.

Test Your Networking Smarts

by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Co-authors of Make Your Contacts Count:

Ten enthusiastic “Yes!” answers means you are a very smart networker. If you can’t answer “Yes!” you know what aspect of networking you need to work on.

  1. Do you look for ways that your resources and information can help others fulfill their personal and professional goals? Give first, give generously.

  2. Do you know at least 100 people well enough (professionally or in the community) to call and say, "Hi, this is _____" and they know who you are and what your skills and talents are? If they don’t know your skills and talents, you have acquaintances, not networking contacts. Teach people about your expertise by telling success stories.

  3. Are you visibly active in at least two professional or community organizations? “Visible” means your name is in the newsletter several times a year. Select organizations carefully. Make sure they are worth the time and effort and bring you in touch with people you need to know and who need to know you.

  4. At social and business events, are you comfortable with introductions, can you remember names, do you introduce people to one another? The “name game” is the opening gambit in networking. You can learn how to remember names and make your own memorable.

  5. When people ask, "What do you do?" do you avoid labels and titles and explain what you do in a way that starts a conversation? Tell what you want people to remember about you. Do you make people aware of the kinds of problems you can solve, so they refer the right contacts and resources to you? When people say, “What’s new?” educate them about your expertise.

  6. Do you use conversations as a way to find a reason to give out your business cards? Look for reasons to get back together, to connect after the event that brought you together.

  7. Do you know how to end conversations comfortably and to move to another conversation partner? We have no ritual for ending conversations. Often people are awkward as they leave each other. Know how to do it with style.

  8. Do you create and follow a plan to get the most out of attending a convention?
    Conventioneering is an art. It uses all of your networking skills in a very concentrated way.

  9. Do you say, "Thank you," often and find ingenious ways to re-connect, follow up, and stay in touch? It’s easy to meet people. Nurturing and developing relationships so that they are mutually beneficial are skills you may have to work on.

If you have questions after reading this, or don’t agree, you should think about reading MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT (Baber & Waymon, Amacom) http://tinyurl.com/BuyDiscountedBook or taking a Contacts Count class. I offer pro bono and low cost workshops for the job seekers……. that’s one of the things that I GIVE….

What have you given lately!! Think about it!

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

Why Isn't My Job Search Working?

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about your job search.

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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Do You Leave Annoying Voicemails?
by Susan Berkley

Most voicemail messages do not get returned because people are overwhelmed. To get a response, your message must be so compelling that it wins out over all the other things vying for your recipient's attention.

To leave messages that get returned (and get results!) try to avoid the three most common mistakes. Here's the three most common mistakes, and how to fix them:

Problem:

The Rambler. When leaving messages, you cover every conceivable detail. You leave nothing out. You repeat yourself several times just to make sure. If you get cut off, you call back and leave your message again in case something got lost.


The Solution:

Keep messages brief and to the point. Aim for 30 seconds or less. Organize your thoughts before speaking by making notes. Voicemail should only be used to ask specific questions or relay timely information. If you've got a lot to say, save it for email or a letter.

Problem:

Are you the Auctioneer? When leaving messages, you talk fast and drink coffee. You never know when one of these voicemail things is going to cut you off. Time is money. You keep it moving, especially when leaving your name and number.

The Solution:

Listen back to your messages before sending. If they are too fast, re-record. Spell your name and speak your number slowly. And for heaven's sake, cut back on the caffeine!

The Problem:

Are you the riddler? When leaving messages do you keep 'em guessing? Your name? Who needs it. They should recognize your voice. Your area code? Doesn't everybody live in (212)? Your message? Uh, what message?

The Solution:

Leave your name and number twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of the message. Think before you speak. A sloppy message reflects poorly on you and your company. Take the time to re-record voicemail messages that are less than effective.