November 21, 2011


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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.If you hear of an event that is NOT listed, please email You never know when a event might be THE networking connection for you or another TAG member!

ITT/Kodak Benefits Seminar Through Employment Transition @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Monday, November 21, 11:30am - 1:0pm.

Negotiating Your Job Offer @ The Fairport Public Library presented by RochesterWorks!
Monday, November 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
=> => Registration began October 24.

Introduction Pitch Workshop with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Tuesday, November 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm.
=> => Registration open now.

LinkedIn Boot Camp for Job Seekers @ Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526
Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm.
=> => Registration open now.

Beat the Crowd! Highlight Your Resume To Make a Difference @ The Fairport Public Library presented by RochesterWorks!
Monday, December 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
=> => Registration began November 07.

Holiday Job Search Clinic @ Career Development Services, 150 State Street
Wednesday, November 30, 9:30am - noon.
=> => Registration required and open now.

Green Jobs Forum @ Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua
Thurssday, December 01, 10:00am - noon.

Winning Career Psychology - More important than your resume!! with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Tuesday, December 06, 11:00am - 1:00pm.
=> => Registration open now.

Digital Rochester's First Tuesday Networking
Tuesday, December 06, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Women In Investing @ Medaille College, Room 102, 1880 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618
Wednesday, December 07, 11:30am - 1:00 pm.

Jumpstart: "Getting and Running the Informational Meeting” @ ER Associates 7 Linden Park, Rochester, New York 14625
Thursday, December 08, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Job Search Management @ The Fairport Public Library presented by RochesterWorks!
Monday, December 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
=> => Registration began November 14.

Rochester Works' Career Navigator @ United Way, 75 College Avenue
Monday - Friday, December 12 - 16, 9:00am -  4:30pm.
=> => Registration opened November 07 and fills up quickly!

Goal Achieving Workshop with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Tuesday, December 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm.
=> => Registration open now.

Speaker-Networking at TAG General Network with Judy Seil @ RochesterWorks! 255 North Goodman St; Rochester,
Wednesday, December 14, 9:30am - 11:00am.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing? @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Wednesday, December 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing? @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Wednesday, December 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Door-Opening Resume with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Tuesday December 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm.
=> => Registration open now.

Destination Retirement @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623
Wednesday, December 21, 11:30am - 1:00pm.
=> => Registration open now.

Mega Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, December 21, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Jumpstart: Effective Telephone Techniques @ Medaille College, Room 102, 1880 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618
Thursday, December 22, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Happy New Year!

Digital Rochester's First Tuesday Networking
Tuesday, January 03, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Mega Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:30pm - 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

Labor Market Information

Rochester Area Labor Statistics

March, 2011 through August, 2011

Finger Lakes Area Employment Projections

Today - 2018

Labor Employment Dynamics

Produced through a partnership between The NY State Department of Labor and the US Census Bureau

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.

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.

A Cautionary tale..

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 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, , 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 broadband programs.

Elaine M. Adams
Rapid Response - Long Island Region
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
Workshop Specialist
RochesterWorks! Career Center
255 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-258-3541
Fax: 585-232-3727

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 knwo who wants to relocate.
Submitted by 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)

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 and put "Words of Wisdom" in the Subject Line.

Gratitude is good for your health; not just on Thanksgiving, but 365 days a year!

  • "Reflect Each Day On All You Have To Be Grateful For And You Will Receive More To Be Grateful For."
    ~ Chuck Danes

  • "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."
    ~ G.B. Stern

  • "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
    ~ Albert Schweitzer

  • "If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."
    ~ Gerald Good

  • "Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life."
    ~ Christiane Northrup

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.

  • CNN Money article on How to Get a Job
    It's 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
  • 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.
    What 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 coveted jobs.

    Submitted by Nick A.Corcodilos

Both books submitted by Yvone Cleveland.

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

Two Days of Hockey Heaven for Lou Grillo:

Lou made the front page of the St. Paul StarTribune.

Read this August Group Article that appeared in the June 2nd D&C:

Spring, 2011 Job fair draws 500 hopefuls to MCC

Planning for the next job fair starts soon, consider volunteering!

Feature Articles

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


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.

Article on Howard Cotton by Karen Dworaczyk

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 look deeper.

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)

For introductions, have a prepared 30 second and 60 second elevator speech that focuses on results and the benefits of those results.

For the discussion, be prepared. Do your homework on your target company.
Ask 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 reasoning.

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.

Howard 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.

Check out the TAG Career Fair Photos

Photos on Flickr

Have you checked the August Group Job Board?

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 the word).

  • Our many members, working in hundreds of companies around the area.

    So let those companies you are networking with know they can email their postings to

    Remember, you need to be an August Group member and sign into the website ( 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 and express your interest.

    • Accounts Receivable Clerk

    • Debt Counselor

    • Oracle Certified Instructor

    • Microsoft Certified Trainer

    • Continuous Improvement Manager

    • Sr. Controls Engineer

    • Controls Software Engineering

    • Inside Sales

    • Embedded Developer

    • Software Test Engineer

    • Database Systems Analyst

    • Project Manager

    • Financial Accountant

    • Telephone Account Manager

    • Social Media Specialist

    • Research and Development

    • VP of Sales

    • CNC Machine Operator

    • Electrical Assemblers

    • Clean Room Assemblers

    • Sales Executive

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 too jobs@augustgroup.orggwith 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).

Sue Schnorrr

Training Insights, Inc.


"Our training insights deliver results!"

A Cautionary Tale...

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 there.

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.

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council invites you to a Community Open House

To review the Draft Five-Year Strategic Plan for Economic Development in the Finger Lakes Region. Dates for these events are found below.
  • Tuesday, October 25th in Batavia 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    William W. Stuart Forum at Genesee Community College College Road, Batavia, NY.

  • Wednesday, October 26th in Geneva 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Jordan Hall 630 West North Street, Geneva, NY.

  • Thursday, October 27th in Brighton 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Monroe Community College, Warshof Conference Center 1000 East Henrietta Road, Brighton, NY Use Parking Lot M.

    > =>No Registration Necessary

The Roving Networker By Arn Albertinii

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.

Those 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.

The Next August Group's Career Fair is December 8th!

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 organization.

Consider volunteering today by contacting Suzy Ahrens att or