Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization
While mingling at the 10th anniversary party held at Buffalo Wild Wings, Thursday, March 4th, I tried to solicit some feedback on the newsletter. What I found is that for many, we receive so much email that few were actually reading it.
The co-editors of the newsletter will be conferring with everyone involved in its production and making some changes based on your feedback. The newsletters need to be relevant and of value to the membership, otherwise there is simply no reason to create it.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. If you have any other suggestions or thoughts on what should be included, please share them with the
Newsletter Staff. Your input is appreciated.
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.
Employment Firm specializing in Accounting, Administrative and Human Resources.
(Not associated with Linkedin)
For anyone looking to relocate to North Carolina.
Previously Posted Jobs
Have an article to contribute? We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.
Submit it to
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.
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.
Got a link you want to share? Send it to
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.
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
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
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. "
~ Victor Frankl
"You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler."
~ Denis Waitley
"If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change."
~ John A. Simone, Sr.
"When you are through changing, you are through."
~ Bruce Barton
"Change always comes bearing gifts. "
~ Price Pritchett
Got a thought to share? Send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Words
of Wisdom" in the Subject Line.
Have a story, book review or workshop experience to share or something
similar to contribute? Send your contributions to email@example.com with Good Read in the
Have a Blog or Career Site you would like to contribute? We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to
Contributed by USA Today - Andrea Kay You do need to register to access the articles, but there are ample reasons to do so. Very good advice from a nationally syndicated Career Advisor.
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This article is very much food for thought for those of us in the constant job search and networking mode. Could you be missing opportunities and just not see them? The author, Andrea Kay, was unable to provide permission to reprint the copyrighted article, but did permit a link to a site to read the article.
Read the article here
It’s been 10 years since The August Group developed their commitment to
initiate a professional networking community for job seekers in the Greater
Rochester Area. The success over the past 10 years comes from the dedication
of all the August Group volunteers and the 5,000 members. With everyone’s
contribution we have been able to cultivate and enrich the community by
bringing together highly skilled and talented job seekers with local
companies searching for that “right fit”.
We’d like to thank all our
volunteers and enjoyed celebrating with past and present members.
The August Group 10 Year Anniversary Celebration was held @ Buffalo Wild Wings, 780
Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623
Thursday, March 01, 3:30pm - 6:30pm.
Volunteers Needed to Assist with the TAG May 16, 2012 Career Fair
We are quickly approaching the August Group Career Fair to be held on
May 16th and we need your help!
There are several tasks that we will
need volunteers to assistance us with. Please let us know as soon as
possible if you are interested and we will match you up with a particular
task that you will enjoy being a part of.
We definitely need your
help in order to make this fair a success!!
please contact Lou Grillo, Logistics Coordinator; at
will then be advised of any held meetings that you will need to attend to
initiate the process.
TAG meetings that had been held at The Bagel Bin are now held at Medaille
College, on the corner of Winton and 590 (not far from the BB).
As of Monday Nov 7th, TAG meetings moved to 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 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, you need to be an August Group member and sign into the
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
email@example.com and express
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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).
"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 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.
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.
December 8th, 2011
Article supplied by
Mike Weber and The TAG Career Fair Team
Where: Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Building
Were you there? All reports are that it was very successful and well attended.
The career fair offered the opportunity to meet hiring managers and
recruiters with current job openings at companies such as Admar Supply
Company, Berry Plastics, The City of Rochester, Entre Computer Services,
The Gunlocke Company, Millenium Machinery, Visiting Nurse Service of
Rochester and Monroe County - and More!
The fair was also a greet opportunity to network with other job seekers and career changers.
Check out The August Group Career Fair on YouTube.
If you have any questions about the fair, email them to