Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization
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We're looking for members to populate this Event List with events of
interest. If so, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
If you have a career site that you would like to share with others
please send the link to
email@example.com and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.
Previously posted jobs
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Success Story" in the Subject Line.
Links to share
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email@example.com 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
They state that it’s spam free…..
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
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.
If you are spending time trying to create a system to manage your job
search efforts, consider using
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.
for sharing guys
Greg Taylor a/k/a Sir LinkedAlot
Words of Wisdom
Got a thought to share? Send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Words
of Wisdom" in the Subject Line.
"The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New
Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and
possibilities of the coming twelve months."
~ Edward Payson Powell
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put
words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first
chapter is New Year's Day."
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing
up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to
balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not
looking for flaws, but for potential.
~ Ellen Goodman
Book Reviews and Good Reads
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similar to contribute? Send your contributions to email@example.com with Good Read in the
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August Group Members in the news
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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
discussion, coordination and promotion.
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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
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,
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
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?
Some of the Career Fair Committee
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
firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject line Volunteering for job postings.
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.
A retired Major General and former Kodak Manager will discuss the
subject of Leadership at the Wednesday, November 10th TAG General Session at
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
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
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;
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.
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