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
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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.
New this issue, events indicate if registration is required.
If you hear of an event that is NOT listed, please email
email@example.com. You never know when a event might be THE networking connection for you or another TAG member!
=> => Deadline for registration is December 05.
Speaker-Networking Event with Judy Seil @ The Pittsford Library on Thursday, November 10, cancelled.
rescheduled for TAG General Networking @RochesterWorks! 255 North Goodman St; Rochester, Wednesday, December 14, 9:30am - 11:00am.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.
Employment Firm specializing in Accounting, Administrative and Human Resources.
(Not associated with Linkedin)
For anyone looking to relocate to North Carolina.
Previously Posted Jobs
Labor Market Information
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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
email@example.com and put "Success Story" in the Subject Line.
Come on now, we know you have success stories!
We hear of members "landing" nearly every week. Tell us about your
new position. Your success will give others hope that jobs are out
there. And remember, no one cheers for you more than fellow TAG'ers.
Kelly Jo Landers reported she had landed a job as Site Manager &
Executive Assistant at Hank Parker's Party & Tent Rentals.
Links to share
Got a link you want to share? Send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
have jobs in NY state, most don't but you never knwo who wants to relocate.
Submitted by Yvonne Cleveland
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
The 10 Best Jobs 2011
An interesting take and some changes from previous employment outlooks.
Submitted by Kelly Jo Landers
You don't need to go back to school to learn.
After considering a return to college in lieu of finding a job
(that mysteriously remains elusive regardless of the positive headlines
and prognostications by talking heads on the evening news.... but I
digress), I decided to go out and see what I could learn, for free,
except for the investment of my time. I was actually pleasantly
surprised at just how much is out there. Some of the hightlights:
At the moment I am learning how to program in Python from an online
course at MIT and brushing up my math. If my next interviewer wants to
know what I've been doing with my time I will be happy to tell them.
Submitted by Kelly Jo Landers
Words of Wisdom
Got a thought to share? Send it to
email@example.com and put "Words
of Wisdom" in the Subject Line.
A job is what you do, not who you are. Your main job is growing and knowing who you are!
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from
achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong
~ Thomas Jefferson
"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack
of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will."
Book Reviews and Good Reads
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similar to contribute? Send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org with Good Read in the
- CNN Money article on How to Get a Job
brutal out there. But the people getting hired aren't necessarily the
most connected - they're the most creative. From food diarists to
Twitter stalkers to candidates tapping the "hidden" job market, here's
what's working now.
By Jia Lynn Yang, writer-reporter
Submitted by Jeanne Benson, NYS
Department of Labor
Both books submitted by Yvone Cleveland.
The Power of Who: You Already Know Who You Need to Know
Bob Beaudine believes Networking is Not working for Americans any
longer. This highly respected and well-connected head hunter shares his
philosophy on what really works in identifying what your dream in life
is and how to get it.
Submitted by Bob Beaudine
Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job.
are you doing to find your next job? Answering endless newspaper ads?
Writing a catchy resume and cover letter? Perfecting effective
interviewing skills? Well...stop! Now that corporate downsizing is a
reality, you can no longer rely on conventional methods for winning your
new job. Now more than ever qualified candidates are competing for
Submitted by Nick A.Corcodilos
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Planning for the next job fair starts soon, consider volunteering!
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TAG meetings that had been held at The Bagel Bin are moving to Medaille
College, on the corner of Winton and 590 (not far from the BB).
Starting Monday Nov 7th, TAG will be meeting regularly at Medaille
College, Room 102. Medaille is hosting TAG as a community service, and is
located at: 1880 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618.
The schedule for
TAG General Networking sessions, starting Nov 7th are: Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:00 am. at Medaille. With the exception of the
2nd Wed of the month, which is held at Rochester Works, 255 Goodman St.
See the calendar for dates/times/venues of the orientation sessions.
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 more than 20 positions posted since June 1st. A
special thanks to our volunteer, Kathy Robinson, for keeping up with the
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.
Some of the many companies that have heard that they can post their positions for free with us (Spread
So let those companies you are networking with know they can email their postings to email@example.com.
Our many members, working in hundreds of companies around the area.
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.
Posting the jobs also means you are the first to see them; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and express your interest.
Accounts Receivable Clerk
Oracle Certified Instructor
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Continuous Improvement Manager
Sr. Controls Engineer
Controls Software Engineering
Software Test Engineer
Database Systems Analyst
Telephone Account Manager
Social Media Specialist
Research and Development
VP of Sales
CNC Machine Operator
Clean Room Assemblers
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 too
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 20100
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))
Training Insights, Inc..
"Our training insights deliver results!""
Proceed with caution when you are offered a job without a job description..
Kelly Jo Landers reported she had landed a job as Site Manager &
Executive Assistant at Hank Parker's Party & Tent Rentals. From the
first day it was clear that there was no real job description, no real
business management, and total disorganization and chaos everywhere she
looked. A case in point, the very first task was to make a path to the
first desk and then find the top of the desk. And it went downhill from
For nearly 2 months the focus was on cleaning, organizing, and trying to
make some cohesive sense out of the way they handled financial matters.
The linen rental room floor was covered with miscellaneous that
required one to crawl on their hands and knees to see if they might have
a particular size and color that was needed. The dish area had three
aisles, with two of the aisles crammed with dishes growing cultures, the
kitchen items in the warehouse were nearly inaccessible with the bins
of dirty linens that sat long enough to mildew, the showroom displaying
table settings had enough dust to make your hand brown if you brushed
against them, and the finances were a perfect example of one you might
hear about on the news where someone has been found taking money from
their employer for years because there was no accountability..
After numerous 80-hour workweeks, all of the credit card slips had been
gathered from several envelopes, desk drawers, and the floor. Regular
bank deposits took place. The linen room was tidy, the kitchen items
area of the warehouse was spotless, dishes didn't sit until they could
be used for scientific experiments, linens were cleaned as soon as they
came in dirty, and the showroom was finally a showroom. Even the ladies'
room toilet worked for the first time in 6 months! As it turns out,
these weren't their main troubles..
This is not to pound on this
business in particular, but to caution all of the desperate-to-work unemployed
among us. Do not take a job without a job description (or one that has a lengthy
list of duties for nearly minimum wage.) Do not take a job where the employers
have neglected their business to the point of chaos. We all want to work. We all
want to give an honest day of work for an honest day of pay. Even though you
want to work do not take a job where you can be let go with the explanation that
the owners of the company "aren't really sure which direction they are going."
No other comment is needed. Just be careful out there.
to review the Draft Five-Year Strategic Plan for Economic Development in
the Finger Lakes Region. Dates for these events are found below..
uesday, October 25th in Batavia
6:00 – 8:00 p.m..
William W. Stuart Forum at Genesee Community College
College Road, Batavia
ednesday, October 26th in Geneva
6:00 – 8:00 p.m..
NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Jordan Hall 630
West North Street, Geneva
hursday, October 27th in Brighton
6:00 – 8:00 p.m..
Monroe Community College, Warshof Conference Center
1000 East Henrietta Road, Brighton Use Parking Lot M
I’ve been attending the August Group meetings since early August and one of
the first meetings I attended was the Early Bird sessions run by Maureen
Nielsen. The sessions run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Bagel Bin in Brighton.
It’s a smaller group than the general sessions and there are no elevator
speeches required, which may come as a relief to many of you.
signed for the group get regular job listings and events going around that
Nielsen sends out. Having switched careers herself, from technical writing to
being a job trainer, Nielsen is valuable resource for those looking to make a
career transition. And she has a wealth of contacts in various fields, as do all
of the facilitators.
Each week is different topic. Two weeks ago, for
example, the topic was contracting companies and past topics have included
LinkedIn and a presentation from one attendee on how to improve your sales
strategy. The following week (on Oct. 19) Paul LaChapelle, a regular at the
group, talked about tax planning for retirement.
Although the sessions
are topic-oriented, since the group is small there is usually time before or
after for networking. And although there aren’t elevator speeches, you do give a
brief introduction, which often leads to leads from the group. A few times,
representatives from companies showed up looking for workers.
Mark the Date: December 8th - Don't miss it! TAG has their semi-annual
Career Fair on December 8th, 2011. It's a great time to volunteer, network, meet
many new companies, and maybe land in your next new job!
We have many
volunteer opportunities to give you visibility and help out a great
Consider volunteering today by contacting Suzy Ahrens att