THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 17. 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 33


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives


Upcoming Events

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Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, August 17, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

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.

LinkedIn 103 - Searching People & Companies, Processing Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, August 20, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

End-of-Summer Networking Bash @ RBHA Bldg
Thursday, August 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

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

LinkedIn 102 - Growing Your Network & Managing Communications @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, August 27, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

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

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

Career Navigator @ Lennox Tech Enterprise Center
Monday, August 31, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

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

Jumpstart: Selecting the Correct Target Companies @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, September 02, 11:00am - 1:pm.

LinkedIn 104 - Groups, Answers, Jobs & More (LinkedIn 103 is NOT a prerequisite) @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, September 03, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Rochester Works Career Navigator Series
Monday, September 14, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Kodak/Carestream Retirement Benefits Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, September 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, September 16, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Rochester Works Career Navigator Series
Monday, September 21, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, September 21, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Jumpstart: Getting and Running the Informational Meeting @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, September 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Digital Rochester Career Fair @ Doubletree Inn
Thursday, September 24, 3:00pm - 7:00pm.

The Flexible Workforce Network @ Lifespan
Friday, September 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm.


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

  • Sales Manager

  • Office Administrator

  • Shop Manager

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives


Links to share

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Words of Wisdom

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  • “I’m old enough to know my limitations and young enough to exceed them.”
    ~ Marv Levy

  • “There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
    ~Wayne Dyer

  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    ~George Eliot


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.

10 Quick and Easy Tips for Improving Your Networking Skills

By Sue Schnorr

  1. Recognize that possibilities are endless.

    Networking opportunities are everywhere and anytime (in addition to networking events and business meetings, the next person you meet at the grocery store could lead you to a new opportunity. Here are tips for improving your networking skills and confidence.

  2. Have a Positive attitude. Smile.

    If you’re feeling uneasy, uninterested – that unrest will ‘ooze out of your very pores’

  3. Talk to people.

    Rather than look down in the elevator, make eye contact and simply say hello! It’s ok to talk to people you haven’t met yet at work, concerts, shopping malls, festivals, and sporting events.

  4. Be clear and succinct.

    This is especially true when you’re asked “What do you do?” Keep it simple. This invites conversation from the person you’re talking to!

    Memorize your BEST / TEST (What you do best, and a testimonial to that.)

    Example:

    BEST: I read between the lines on soup cans.

    TEST: Last week I testified at a congressional hearing about the huge amounts of sodium in our food.

  5. Give first, give generously.

    Keep your expertise, enthusiasms, trends and resources at top of mind and be ready to share at the appropriate time.

  6. Identify what you want to get.

    85% of people attending networking events have no idea what they’d like to get out of the experience.

  7. Listen sincerely.

    Before you take your turn to talk about yourself, listen sincerely to find out all you can about that person. This is the foundation for meaningful and purposeful follow up.

  8. Follow up.

    This is where most people fail in networking. They do everything right, but don’t keep their word on following through with information promised!

  9. Invite someone along.

    If you’re planning to attend an association meeting, invite one of your contacts to meet you there so you can catch up. This is another easy way to follow up and to build relationships with people who have similar interests.

  10. Keep learning.

    Practice makes perfect. The more you talk to people, the more comfortable you get. Read books, go to events, take classes to continually improve your networking skills. You can always pick up new ideas and meet new people.

Now, get out there, talk to some new people, Make Your Contacts Count and have a fun weekend!

Sue Schnorr is President of Training Insights, Inc. and Associate for Contacts Count where she coaches people one-one-one and teaches strategic networking workshops, Webinars and keynotes. Visit her at www.training-insights.com and www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html Will we see you at the End of Summer Networking Bash? Go to: www.training-inisights.com/events.htm for more information. To register now and hold your spot, go to: http://tinyurl.com/NetworkingBashAugust20


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 Did You Take a Break From Your Job Search?

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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