Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization
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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
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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.
Gov't launches site to teach Web skills
A new Commerce Department website aims to give schools, libraries and
job training centers the tools to help teach computer and Internet skills to
Americans who are new to the Net.
The site, digitalliteracy.gov
, offers links to everything from basic Web surfing tips and online banking
tutorials to resume-building services and resources on combating cyber
bullying. It is part of an Obama administration push to ensure that all
Americans have access to high-speed Internet connections and the skills
needed to use them to compete in today's digital economy.
The site was
created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration,
an arm of the Commerce Department that has awarded roughly $4 billion in
stimulus funding to pay for new high-speed Internet networks and other
Elaine M. Adams
Rapid Response - Long Island
NYS Department of Labor
303 W. Old Country Road
Hicksville, New York 11801
You can search salaries, get feedback on companies, interview questions
for companies, etc. Take a look.
Ann Marie Walker
RochesterWorks! Career Center
255 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
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.
"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind
remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with
~ Johann Gottfried Von Herder
"If you do not hope, you will not find what is
beyond your hopes."
~ St. Clement of Alexandra
"Believe with all of your heart that you will do
what you were made to do."
~ Orison Swett Marden
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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Read this August Group Article that appeared in the June 2nd D&C.
Have an article to contribute? We welcome your contributions. Make a
difference. Share a story. Submit it to
“Attention West-Siders, TAG is coming to you! Wednesday Bagel Bin
meetings are moving to the Rochester Technology Park (previously Kodak
Elmgrove site) starting August 1st!!
Howard Cotton shows people how to move forward with certainty and a
self-defined purpose not only to achieve a goal but to create
sustainability. He shows you how to think differently about what you're
doing and what you're truly trying to accomplish. He also shows how you can
take even the most common dialogs and transactions and view them with a
different perspective in order to get everything out of the encounter that
moment in time has to offer. He is able to achieve this through his ability
to connect with an audience on a personal "me too" level and inspire them to
Since early childhood Howard has been a huge fan of
science fiction and Super Heroes and the world of amazement they create.
Thanks, in no small part, to his fascination with these two genres he has
developed a limitless imagination of "what if…" which helps him look at
things through a different set of eyes in order to get better outcomes.
Howard’s message to The August Group on how to get the interview
centered on the following suggestions:
Firstly, if it is a large
organization, get to know their recruiters and make a personal connection
(like the Super Heroes or Star Trek connection for Howard). Find the
connection through some observation of their environment or something unique
they are wearing. Use this to make the moment memorable for the recruiter
and help you stand out. Find the recruiters at job fairs. Make the
connection quickly. Approach the recruiter when they are away from the crowd
so that you stand out. If at the recruiter’s office take cues from things on
their walls or desks. Either way don’t dive right into the business, start
about life, build relationships, and build comfort levels. Shift to be a
trusted insider and have a stronger relationship at a deeper level.
Two books Howard recommends that help develop these conversation skills are:
1. What Do I Say Next?: Talking Your Way to Business and Social
Success, Susan RoAne (Author)
2. Power Schmoozing: The New Etiquette
for Social and Business Success, Terri Mandell (Author)
introductions, have a prepared 30 second and 60 second elevator speech that
focuses on results and the benefits of those results.
discussion, be prepared. Do your homework on your target company.
relevant questions in an interesting way that creates a memorable moment for
the recruiter or interviewer.
Lastly, Howard suggests that every
conversation is an opportunity to build a relationship with a personal
connection to stand out from the crowd.
Howard's expertise has been
developed through many years of practical application during his time spent
in corporate business environments dealing with people relations and
customer service. Just as importantly he has obtained a masterful level of
knowledge and wisdom gained through his life experiences and everyday
personal dealings with organizations and individuals.
Over the years
Howard has spoken to a variety of groups across the Western New York area.
When he speaks he comes across with a refreshing layman's type approach that
is easy to relate to, showcases practicality, and stresses logical
Howard is an active member on the Board of Directors for
the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
(GVCSHRM). He is also the Chair Person for the GVCSHRM Workforce Readiness
Committee. In this role his focus is on finding ways to help prepare
individuals for entry (or re-entry) into the area workforce.
Cotton is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He works for the
Rochester General Health system, the 3rd largest employer in Rochester, New
York, as a Business Partner and People Resource Manager. Prior to taking
this role he was an Employee Relations Manager with the system. Previously
he worked as a Human Resource Manager with Sutherland Global Services.
Here are some of the more than 60 positions posted, since Feb 9th. A
special thanks to our volunteer, Kathy Robinson, for keeping up with the
high volume of job postings coming in. These postings come from our members,
who hear about positions that aren’t for them, but that might be a fit for
someone else in the August Group. They come from some of the many companies
that have heard that they can post their positions for free with us (Spread
the word). And they come from our many members, working in hundreds of
companies around the area. So let those companies you are networking know
they can email their postings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
need to be an August Group member and sign into the website (www.augustgroup.org)
to be able to access the detailed information about these postings.
If you would like to also volunteer to post positions and be one of the
first to see them, send an email to email@example.com and express your
ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
TEACHER - SUMMER PROGRAM
TEACHER AIDE - SUMMER PROGRAM
Inside Sales - Customer Service & Bilingual (Spanish)
PRODUCTION MANAGER PART-TIME
Experienced Embedded Firmware Developers
Application Development Team Lead
Export Account Rep
AS400 Programmer Analyst
Manufacturing Machine Operator
Manufacturing Press Brake Setup/Operator
Grant Project Coordinator for a High Tech and Advanced Manufacturing
Inventory Control Coordinator
Automated Equipment Mechanic
Human Resource Administrator
Oracle Lead Analyst
Sr. Accountant, General Ledger
SENIOR SYSTEMS ANALYST
Systems Trainer II
Director, Financial Accounting & Reporting
System Services Representative
Software Sales Specialist - Lotus
Product Development Technician
Director of Product Development
Sr. In-house Payroll Specialist
Sr. Supplier Quality Specialist – CMO
Senior SAS Programmer
Project Management Office
Sr. Programmer Analyst
Sr. Network Engineer
Sr. Buyer, Indirect Procurement
Buyer, Indirect Procurement
Sr Business Analyst
Customer Support Specialist
Sr Technical Writer
Contract Payroll Specialist
Lead Programmer Analyst, SL-3
Regional Sales Manager
Manager, Customer Support
Customer Support Specialist
Associate Engineer - Asset Management
Director - Talent Management & Diversity
Lead Analyst - Gas Engineering (Gas Quality Assurance)
Domestic Income Tax Accountant
Enterprise Data Architect
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.
TEST YOUR NETWORKING KNOWLEDGE
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