December 20 2010


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Upcoming Events

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We're looking for members to populate this Event List with events of interest. If so, send an email to  It gets better with your input and contributions.

The Upcoming Events List is listed as a service to newsletter readers to summarize some events. Dates/Times/Places do change so please verify the event by visiting the August Group Website Calendar before attending an event.

Recruiting 'round Rochester @ Rochester Works
Monday, December 20, 10:00am - 1:00pm.

College Funding - Negotiating a Better Deal @ The Bagel Bin
Tuesday, December 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

LinkedIn Job Search Webinar - Growing Your Network @ The Bagel Bin
Tuesday, December 21, 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Brighton PNG - Tracey Aiello @ The Bagel Bin
Thursday, December 16, 8:00am - 9:30am.

Jumpstart: "Getting and Running the Informational Meeting” @ The Bagel Bin
Thursday, December 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Brighton PNG - Tracey Aiello @ The Bagel Bin
Thursday, December 30, 8:00am - 9:30am.

DR Networking Event @ MCC
Tuesday, January 04, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Brighton PNG - Tracey Aiello @ The Bagel Bin
Thursday, January 06, 8:00am - 9:30am.

Brighton PNG - Tracey Aiello @ The Bagel Bin
Thursday, January 13, 8:00am - 9:30am.

Careers in New Product Development @ RIT
Thursday, January 13, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Job Postings

Hidden jobs are welcomed for sharing at 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 job posting section of the website.

For Job Posting please visit the Job Posting section of THE AUGUST GROUP website. You must be registered and login to view job postings.

Career Sites

If you have a career site that you would like to share with others please send the link to and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives

Feature Articles

Have an article to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to

August Group Members Success Stories

If you are an August Group member who has a success story that you would like to share. Send it to and put "Success Story" in the Subject Line.

Check out the article about August Group Member Kathleen McLaughlin that appeared in the D&C on October 24th.

Links to share

Got a link you want to share?  Send it to and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.

This seems like a great resource – they offer free job aids (reference sheets) for Word, Outlook, PPT, Access, Excel, Project, Visio, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and more…….. you can also sign on for free training and paid training….

They state that it’s spam free…..

I’m not affiliated with them at all, so I’m not recommending them beyond saying that their content looks good. I just downloaded a few….so I’m new to them as well.

Kind Regards,


Sue Schnorr

Training Insights, Inc.

I have some links to share for people interested in Green Jobs. Some have jobs in NY state, most don't but you never no who wants to relocate.

Yvonne Cleveland

Managing Your Job Search & All the Stuff -

If you are spending time trying to create a system to manage your job search efforts, consider using a software solution designed for and by a disgruntled, frustrated job seeker. A spreadsheet works with limitations for some for a while, then what?

JibberJobber tracks, jobs, companies, contacts, AND documents AND calendar and offers other enhanced tools. When you sign up you have 14 days access to the Premium Features. Check them out! The service is FREE with limitations, much like LinkedIn. Subscribers pay $5-10 per month. Use it while in job search and unsubscribe when you've landed if you wish.

It is suggested that you have already established your account prior to coming. Visit JibberJobber to get your FREE account. First steps upon opening an account would be to view the three User Webinar videos. Go to Tools - Videos - User Webinar and view parts 1, 2 and 3. It is a GREAT starting point that takes less than an hour to view.

Thanks for sharing guys
Greg Taylor a/k/a Sir LinkedAlot
757-752-8822 (Google Voice)
585-785-8600 (Office)
585-748-1900 (Verizon)

Words of Wisdom

Got a thought to share?  Send it to and put "Words of Wisdom" in the Subject Line.

  • "The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
    ~ Burton Hillis

  • "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
    ~ Washington Irving

  • "Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts."
    ~ Janice Maeditere

Book Reviews and Good Reads

Have a story, book review or workshop experience to share or something similar to contribute? Send your contributions to with Good Read in the Subject line.

Blog Sites

Have a Blog Site you would like to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to

August Group Members in the news

Have an article to contribute about an August Group Member?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to

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 for discussion, coordination and promotion.

Feature Articles

Have an article to contribute? We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to

Career Fair Thank You's!

The numbers are in and this week's Career Fair is a resounding success!

30+ companies and hiring organizations participated ... Attendance grew by 20% over recent Fairs - over 500 active job-procurers registered ... Lots of business card were exchanged as Networking was clearly demonstrated! Hopefully you all were motivated to build mutually-beneficial relationships ...

The Planning Committee, guided by seasoned Career Fair mentors Lou Grillo, Marty Johnson, Mark Graupman and Tracey Aiello, worked tirelessly to make this the next "best" Career Fair for attendees and participants. Press releases and reminders appeared to flow effortlessly from Di Walker's keyboard while she waxed creative in generating the basis of the complete re-design of the Career Fair Poster.

Di demonstrated seasoned publicity experience in her on-air interviews at YNN and Channels 8, 10 and 13 -assisted by Al Bauer and Tracey Aiello, promoting the Career Fair and the August Group. Jim Culler created the event notice "tickler" on our homepage and then assisted and enabled Di to help me keep the Participants list regularly updated on the August Group website. Dan Kinney kept the Career Fair prominently in the August Group Newsletter.

RochesterWorks put up posters in all 3 locations and actively promoted the Career Fair in their Workshops. Thanks Annie Walker! Di’s press release was on the RochesterWorks website soon after it hit the August Group’s! Thank you Christina Bakewicz!

Arthur Catalanello accepted the challenge to promote this event using Social Media. An army of keystrokes regularly flowed throughout LinkedIn Network activity updates and 19 different groups, Facebook and Twitter! We were all surprised as to where and when the each new reminder would appear.

Heather Pereschino, aided by Carol Ellsworth and Holly Walker, coordinated the phone committee and the efforts to maintain, to bring current and add to the participants database. Heather also stepped up and was our "data entry" person at the Registration table. Arthur will be sending out a SurveyMonkey soon to all attendees to get your feedback and information that will enable our group ,to better promote the Career Fair, to future participants. Heather gathered contact info from your business cards to help create the survey email list. We hope you appreciated the quick, Business Card registration process, enabling you to get inside as quickly as possible.

Lou Grillo, after 9 Career Fairs, can be counted upon to have an effective day-of-event crew to help with set-up, man/woman the Registration and August Group tables, Greeters, sign posters, water-runners and some who chip in to do whatever-it-takes! We were not disappointed!!!

I've had the privilege to serve as the liaison to both RochesterWorks and MCC's Office of Workforce Development, our event Co-Sponsors. While keeping everyone's interests and needs in play, I was charged with building stronger relationships with our partners. I am satisfied with our results …

Al Bauer and Kathy Robinson accepted the challenge to be Co-Leaders - acting to keep us all moving forward and making good things happen. No small challenge!

There is one volunteer who didn't initially consider herself a Planning Committee member. However, her efforts to record our meetings and accurately remind us of our ACTION items enabled us to get past a rocky start and see the successful event come to pass. Thank you, Oh Honorable Scribe, Newcomb Losh!

Many Kudos go out to Chuck Caples and Deborah Isbell with MCC’s Office of Workforce Development and all of the MCC staff involved on-site. MCC provides the venue, takes care of all participants’ registration, room set-up and clean-up. Parking lots were plowed, sidewalks were shoveled and attempts were made to deal with all the heat energy being radiated from anxious attendees! Matt, a leader from the Food Service area, made sure water was readily available for our “Water-runners,” to quench busy recruiters’ thirst.

Thank you to Randy Thompson and the Bagel Bin for the gift certificates won in our business card drawing. Helen Arditi and Eric Derby enjoy!

Sharon Neveu stepped up to take some great photos – Check out the August Group album on Facebook!

While I hope each of you reading this will make a conscientious effort, to express your appreciation, to those who worked so hard on everyone’s behalf, there are several groups for whom I do not know all the names. We want to thank those of you who clearly separated yourselves as “givers” from those who did not act that way this time.

For all of you who volunteered for the phone committee to make calls to prospective companies and hiring agencies to participate --Thank you for getting outside of your comfort zones. Thank you for making hundreds of initial and countless follow-up calls. Thank you for working through getting updated company contacts and for following up with companies requested from last June’s Career Fair. An extra measure of Thanks goes out, to those who went beyond the initial 10 companies, calling an additional 10, 15 and 20 more companies ! The “curse” of the Planning Committee continues as at least 6 people had to be replaced along the way – because they “Landed!”

Thanks to all of you who helped publicize this event by placing Posters in every Library, Bruegger’s, Starbuck’s, Jitter’s and Panera Bread from Batavia to Victor, from Chili to Charlotte and throughout the City of Rochester. Thanks to all of you who took Posters to staffing and outplacement agencies, the Veteran’s Outreach Center, Cole and Parks, area colleges, ABCPNG, New Horizons, FingerLakesWorks, Genesee Career Center, Livingston County Workforce Development, Town Halls, Community centers, restaurants, churches, businesses and athletic clubs!

Thank you to all of you who engaged the Social media to promote the Career Fair. Every LinkenIn Activity update, Like/Comments, every Facebook posting and Like/Comments and the flurry of Original Tweets and re-tweets all contributed to the success we have and will yet see.

Thanks goes out to our participating companies. Thank you for trusting us to make good things happen for everyone. I saw recruiters with stacks of resumes and many commented on the quality candidates from which they would be able to fill their hiring needs.

Our last Thanks goes out to all who attended. You came prepared. You dressed for success. You did your research. You came armed with resumes and business cards. We saw many who came with an attitude of expectancy and armed with a positive attitude. We saw many that had identified target companies and others that talked with hiring reps about the “hidden’ jobs. We viewed the exchange of business cards – some to give help and some to receive assistance. Some came
recently displaced while many have been at this for a long haul. One true measure of our success will be how many people “land” as a result of this Career Fair. Regardless of the magnitude of that actual number, we all came away better prepared for the next conversation, the next informational meeting, the next interview and the next “Landing!”

We can acknowledge that factors beyond our control also contributed to the success of this Career Fair. As this Planning Committee prepares for its final meeting and works to set the next group up for success, a final challenge is laid before you. Who will rise to the occasion and invest energies for the greater good? Who will set themselves apart from those who will choose to only look out for themselves?

Will YOU volunteer to help create the next “best” Career Fair – June 23rd, 2011?

Gregg Meyers
LinkedIn Profile

Some of the Career Fair Committee

Volunteers are needed for posting jobs on the Job Board and Hot Jobs

Be one of the first individuals to learn about potential jobs and help serve others by volunteering for posting jobs on the Job Board. Without volunteers, August Group members will miss out on great job opportunities. Remember, like the Abbott and Costello skit of Who’s on First, if Somebody thinks that Everybody is posting jobs but Nobody is, then nobody will get these great opportunities and they will pass everybody by.

To volunteer, send your contact information to with the subject line Volunteering for job postings.

Tweet with TAG - Follow @TheAugustGroup on Twitter

The undertaking has new life with a new volunteer as Arthur Catalanello has stepped forward to tweet events, news, undertakings, volunteer opportunities, networking events, etc. If you wish to tweet and be re-tweeted connect with @TheAugustGroup on Twitter.

Achieving Leadership

A retired Major General and former Kodak Manager will discuss the subject of Leadership at the Wednesday, November 10th TAG General Session at RochesterWorks.

MG (retired) Dennis E. Lutz military career began in the late 1970's. He achieved the rank of Major General, serving in numerous Command and Staff positions. In 2005 he was mobilized for 15 months and sent to South West Asia. Responsible for Army Communications and Computer Network Defense throughout South West Asia including Afghanistan and Iraq, he commanded the 335th Signal Command in Atlanta, GA. This command included more than 8,000 Army Reserve Soldiers and 750 full-time personnel. He retired from the military in 2010

As a civilian, he joined Eastman Kodak in 1980 as a Manufacturing Engineer. Among his managerial positions were Project Manager, PhotoCD; Manufacturing Manager; Worldwide Product Line Manager, PhotoCD and Film Scanners and Development and Commercialization Department Head, Digital Cameras for Professional Markets. He retired from Eastman Kodak in 2006.

Dennis holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a graduate of the Army War College.

He has been married for over 37 years to his wife Helen, has three children and three grandchildren (with one on the way). They live in the town of Greece.

Networking tips for the day:

If you’re getting resistance when requesting a networking appointment:

  • Position your request in terms of WIIFMS (What’s in it for me) and GIVES for the person you’d like time with.

  • Be honest with yourself and identify WHY SHOULD that person take time for you. What’s in it for them?

  • When you contact them, don’t simply say “Jane referred me.” Describe what Jane sees as the synergy is between you.

  • Do your homework/research. Review the person’s LinkedIn profile, google them, ask mutual contacts about them.

Networking is a two-way street.

  • Think of networking as paying it forward and GIVING to others first.

  • Don’t simply say “I’d like to pick your brain” or, “I’d like your advice on my marketing plan.” Your contact is a busy professional, not a career coach.

  • If you’re not getting the networking results you want, consider: The Career Navigator thru RochesterWorks, an excellent program and Kathleen Pringle and Luis Martinez are both fabulous local coaches.

  • Read MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT – it’s a must! (by Baber &Waymon; Amacom, 2007).

The Reciprocity Rule (or Boomerang Effect) states that it’s human nature to want to give back after receiving something. So, “Give first and give generously.” (Baber & Waymon)

Lastly, if you’d like to test your networking knowledge and enter a drawing for a free book – MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT, Baber & Waymon, click on the link below.


Kind Regards,


Sue Schnorr

Training Insights, Inc.


"Our training insights deliver results!"