SEPTEMBER 21, 2009


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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

Bragging Rights @ Fairport Library
Monday, September 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

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

Network Rochester Event @ Burgundy Basin
Wednesday, September 23, 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

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

After the Recession: A Career Guide for the 21st Century @ Reformed Lutheran Church
Friday, September 25, 9:00am - 11:00am.

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

What Every Displaced Worker Should Know @ Fairport Library
Saturday, September 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Rochester Works Career Navigator Series
Monday, September 28, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, September 28, 6:00pm - 6:30pm.

REOC College & Career Fair 2009 @ Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Tuesday, September 29, 3:00pm - 8:00pm.

Advanced LinkedIn @ Fairport Library
Wednesday, September 30, 10:00am - 11:30am.

Fall Career Fair for RIT Alumni ONLY
Wednesday, September 30, 11:00am - 4:00pm.

HRochester Conference & Legislative Luncheon @ RIT Inn & Conf Center
Thursday, October 01, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Where Have All the Jobs Gone: Mastering the Online Job Search @ the Fairport Library
Friday, October 02, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Rochester Works Career Navigator Series
Monday, October 05, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Retirement Planning Seminar @ the Bagel Bin
Monday, October 05, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Resume Review @ the Fairport Library
Monday, October 05, 4:00pm - 4:30pm.

Resume Review @ the Fairport Library
Monday, October 05, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Digital Rochester Get Connected Networking
Tuesday, October 06, 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Federal Jobs Webinar on The Ins and Outs of Applying for a Federal Job
Tuesday, October 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Eyes on the Future Networking Event @ St. John Fisher
Friday, October 16, 7:00am - 11:00am.

Networking at 50+: Yes You Can! @ the Fairport Library
Friday, October 16, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, October 19, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, October 26, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Making Career Decisions Easily @ Fairport Library
Monday, November 02, 7:00pm -8:30pm.

DR Networking on the Road
Tuesday, November 03, 5:30pm - 730pm.

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  • “Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you'll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
    ~ Roger Caras

  • “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”
    ~ Daniel Burnham

  • “You never stop earning when you do what you love.”
    ~ Asha Tyson

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

Myths and Misperceptions About Networking

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

How's your networking know-how? Check out these myths and misconceptions. They could be holding you back from creating a network that can provide essential information, valuable resources, and exciting opportunities for you this year.

That old cliché

Bob was sure he knew everything there was to know about networking. "It's not what you know," he said, with a cynical shrug of his shoulders. "It's who you know."

Not true. What you know is important. In our Information Age society, people market their minds, not their muscles, so what's in your head is valuable. And who you know is important.

But the key to effective networking isn't even mentioned in that cliché. That key is "Who knows you."

Who knows you so well that when something comes into their lives or across their desks, they say, "I've got to send this to Frank" or "I can't wait to tell Linda about that"? Who knows you that well? That's the crucial question for great connectors. If people know you, they'll put their antennas up for you. When they hear of an opportunity with your name on it, they'll grab it and give it to you.

The microwave mentality

Her name tag said "Marty"; her body language said mad. Here she came, steamrollering through the crowd to confront us, hands on her hips. "I tried networking last week," she said in an aggrieved tone "It doesn't work."

Of course not. You can't zap your network and enjoy the benefits 30 seconds later. There are no instant networks; you have to make yours from scratch. It will take you months -- maybe even years. Networking's not an event, like a networking meeting; it's a process of building mutually beneficial relationships for the long term. Networking isn't appearing, it's interacting. Even if you join lots of organizations, you may not have a network. You can't buy one. You must do more than pay your dues, show up, stick a name tag on your jacket, and munch lunch. You must make personal connections. Networks are built conversation by conversation, exchange by exchange. Networking's not a card game. It isn't accomplished by dealing out your business card to anyone who crosses your path. That's merely a cardboard connection. To make great connections, pour your energy into creating vital relationships.

A manipulative approach

"Networking is getting other people to help you," Tom said.

Oops! This sounds manipulative. If you try to control what somebody else does for you, it's hard to feel good about networking. Manipulation is getting somebody to do something without telling them what you want. Instead, be upfront. It's okay to tell people what you want. If there's no mystery, there's no manipulation.

There are two sides to networking. The biggest mistake people make about networking is to think it's about getting. It's not about getting; it's about giving. That's the side you have complete control over. Give generously. By giving, you plug into the Reciprocity Principle: If you give somebody something, she will try to give you something back. In fact, psychologists who have studied this phenomenon say people will insist on giving you more than you gave them. That's human nature. So, if you feel like you're giving more than you're getting, you are networking the right way.

Be an in-the-know networker - - a great connector who

teaches people who she is,

creates long-term business relationships, and

focuses on giving, not getting.

This article is brought to you, compliments of Sue Schnorr,
President, Training Insights, Inc.
Associate, Contacts Count
70 Linden Oaks, 3rd floor
Rochester, NY 14625
585-442-3443  /

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 and

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

Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

How to Wow an Interviewer

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

Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.

Book Reviews and Good Reads

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