THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 26, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 43


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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Upcoming Events

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We're looking for members to populate the calendar with events of interest. If so, send an email to newsletter@augustgroup.org.  It gets better with your input and contributions.


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

Wayne County Job Fair in Newark
Tuesday, October 27, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

LinkedIn LIVE! - Rochester, benefiting Habitat - A "Pay It Forward" Event @ the Daisy Flour Mill
Tuesday, October 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Jumpstart: Prioritizing and Productively Tracking Your Contacts @ The Bagel Bin
Wednesday, October 28, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Social Media for Job Hunters @ Pittsford Library
Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Interviewing at 50+: How to Counteract the Age Factor @ the Fairport Library
Friday, October 30, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Advanced Manufacturing Futures Forum: Building Minds that Make It!
Monday, November 02, 2:30pm - 8:00pm.

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

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

Jumpstart: Creating Powerful Marketing Plans @ The Bagel Bin
Wednesday, November 04, 11:00aam - 1:00pm.

Rochester Works 1st Annual Career Conference @ Doubletree Inn
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Manage Your Finances Through Market Turbulence @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, November 11, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

Addressing Long Term Care Workshop @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, November 12, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

Resume Review @ the Fairport Library
Monday, November 16, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, November 18, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Negotiating Your Job Offer @ the Fairport Library
Monday, November 30, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

The August Group Career Fair
Tuesday, December 01, 2:00pm - 6:00pm.

Digital Rochester's Festivus!
Tuesday, December 01, 5:30pm - 8:00pm.


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

Previously posted jobs

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Links to share

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "There is a sacred HORROR about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling."
    ~ Victor Hugo

  • "For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true."
    ~Titus Lucretius Carus


Weekly Columns

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Book Reviews and Good Reads

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Weekly Blogs

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  • Deb Mourey's - Hell in the Hallway - http://www.hellinthehallway.net/

  • Rob Ewanow's - http://robewanow.wordpress.com/

  • Chris Bigelow - http://www.chris-bigelow.com/

  • Greg Taylor - Sir LinkedAlot - A Recruiter's Perspective

    Sir LinkedAlot launches LinkedIn LIVE!, a Pay it Forward, Networking for a Cause Event on October 27. Learn more about this if you have found networking events unproductive in the past. Proceeds benefit Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Be sure to return often for daily updates on this event. We're adding benefits and features regularly as we sell out the event. Registered interest on LinkedIn Events presently is 220 and exceeds capacity. Register and pre-pay to make sure you can attend.


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.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO!

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

A common networking question is “How do you END a conversation?”

Many people have difficulty with this. Whether you want to cling to a person for the safety of having someone at your side at a crowded event, or if you’re the type that has ‘just one more story’ you feel you must share … ending the conversation can be difficult.

Here are some tips that Contacts Count recommends:

  • End with the future in mind. Recap what you said you would GIVE, make sure you have the person’s contact information and follow up within 2 days.

  • Ask your conversational partner to introduce you to someone else. “Do you know anyone at the meeting from the Programming Committee?”

  • Let the person know you enjoyed talking to him and thank him for his time.

  • Be confident.

  • Use Contact Count’s method: LEAVE.

Let go after 5 – 10 minutes.

Explain what’s on your Agenda.

Appreciate your partner.

Verify the next step.

Exit with a smile and a handshake.

Remember, change is under-rated. Whether you’re leaving a long-term relationship or a 5 minute conversation, it’s still a change and it can be awkward or difficult. When it’s time to move on, simply thank him for his time, shake hands and go forward with confidence to find your next conversational partner.

Sue Schnorr is the President of Training Insights, Inc. and Associate with Contacts Count. She enjoys teaching skills workshops and Webinars and consulting in instructional design. She will lead a conversation and teach networking tips at 4.30pm, immediately before the 1st LinkedIn LIVE Event on Oct. 27 to benefit Flower City Habitat http://tinyurl.com/yg4kjyr

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
www.training-insights.com  / www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html


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. Put the tools of networking to work in the service of business goals. Visit www.ContactsCount.com and www.FireProofYourCareer.com 301-589-8633.


Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Using Technology to Manage Your Search

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about managing your 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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Volunteers Needed for The August Group December 1st, 2009 Career Fair

The August Group December 1st, 2009 Career Fair Committee is looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please send your name and contact information to careerfair@augustgroup.org


THE NEW WORLD – SOCIAL MEDIA
By Luis A. Martínez

One phenomenon that has grown rapidly since the first edition of this book is networking using social media, also referred to as Web 2.0 (web-two-point-o). While young college students and recent graduates are very familiar with Facebook, Twitter and MySpace media for social networking, more experienced professionals and business-only networkers appreciate the power of business networking tools like LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has grown exponentially in recent years. When I joined LinkedIn in 2004, I often had to explain what it was to my business peers and friends; I had to show them why I found it valuable. Interestingly, many of my peers inside and outside Xerox at the time thought that networking tools like LinkedIn were a distraction. They didn’t see the value, particularly since they were comfortable in their jobs, and perceived networking as something to do only if you became unemployed. But I used it as a very effective (and free) networking research tool. For example, if I wanted to look up the chief human resources officer (CHRO) of a specific company, I could use the Search tool in LinkedIn to find exactly that individual. Since a significant part of my job was to find and establish business relationships with thought leaders in human resources all over the nation on behalf of Xerox, I found LinkedIn to be an invaluable tool because it cuts across geographical and organizational boundaries. Over time, I was even able to persuade many of our internal recruiters that they could search for and approach ‘passive’ candidates (those who were employed and not actively looking for work) who were leaders in their field. By approaching passive candidates, they could comb organizations for their best talent and inform them about our value proposition.
That was years ago.

Today, LinkedIn is recognized as the single most often used vehicle in job search for professionals, and the most reliable and economical tool in any recruiter’s tool box.
Ironically, many of the people who often ignored my invitations to join my list on LinkedIn – while they were comfortably employed – have changed their minds and are now ever so eager to invite me to their lists because they became unemployed during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. They could have been networking all while they were still employed, but waited until they had a pink slip before they reluctantly accepted networking as a necessary part of life.

So if you are employed and want to meet influential people who can assist you with your career, or if you are unemployed and looking for a job, business networking tools like LinkedIn can be used to conduct searches of people in certain companies or industries or just to track down persons in our work history who may hold the key to a potential opportunity for introduction or advancement.

I encourage you to find out how social networking tools like LinkedIn work. LinkedIn is free for you and me. Just fill out your profile and reach out to people you know. Nowadays, all recruiters realize its value, and some of them pay a fee to take advantage of its powerful search, job posting, and advanced networking capabilities. So in order for you to be ‘found’, you have to go to where the recruiters go – LinkedIn.


THANKS Ken Tryon, webmaster

Quietly, working behind the scenes for years without pay nor recognition, Ken supported The August Group as its webmaster since 2007. Ken had no real webmaster experience when he inherited the first generation website built by Eric Scoles and supported by Lynne Perry. They too left feeling disenfranchised and unappreciated by members and August Group leadership. Lynne was the caretaker of transition. She too learned much of her web skills diving in to help others just as Ken did.

Ken took the opportunity to help others and dug in to learn what he must for the benefit of all. It's the manner of those who see it as an obligation to develop their interests and share their skills in a purely pay-it-forward manner. Ken took the role of webmaster upon himself as a baptism under fire when the first generation website was hacked and closed down by our ISP as was required. Within a week he built a new temporary web presence that served the membership for almost two years. He has served alone, building two generations of web presence for the membership working countless hours week by week with no pay, recognition, nor gratitude. When he attends the Johnny's events he's asked to contribute the $5 and does so. He is quiet about his contributions, not proud or boastful. He's been a difference maker for a long time. He continues to support The August Group each week on weekends posting and distributing this newsletter. There is no successor. We hope he continues to do so.

We hope that Dan Kinney residing in Raleigh, NC and spends each weekend preparing the HTML code for the newsletter continues too. Without successors and volunteers like Ken, Dan and others, August Groups benefits disappear. You get out of this what you put into it. We tip our hats and offer thanks to Ken for his untold hours of support. Let Ken know that you appreciate his work sending an email to webmaster@augustgroup.org. If you would like to thank Dan Kinney in North Carolina, write me and I will share his contact information. Find someone who is supporting your search in contributing to The August Group and thank them. The calendar, Power Networking Groups, general session leaders - days AND evenings, Job Fair, newsletter, job boars and other roles and thank them. Better yet ask them how you can help. If not, the benefits may disappear. You'll have no right to complain. As they say, If you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem.

Thanks, Ken one more time for all you've done and shared for each and every August Group member.

Greg Taylor, Founder, The August Group