This Weeks Upcoming Networking Events from Tom Donohue.

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Sundays, from 8:00 – 9:00 am. Every Sunday morning tune into Your Career is Calling on 107.7 FM, The Bronc, an on-campus radio station at Rider University.  Hosts Frank Kovacs and Wanda Ellet bring you the best career advice, no matter what stage your career is in. Whether you are in transition, looking for a better opportunity, or even a college student, Your Career is Calling has you covered.  Nearly every single week, they are joined by a special guest to cover a unique topic.  Don’t forget to tune into 107.7 FM The Bronc, http://www.1077thebronc.com/ or 107.7 The Bronc’s free Android and IPhone Apps.  Listeners can reach the studio with their questions at 1-877-900-1077.  In addition, interesting previous episodes are available at: http://comm.rider.edu/thebronc/?page_id=356.

Mondays, from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Call in your job search questions every Monday night to a live Radio Show titled: Own Your Career hosted by Rod Colon, on Blogtalk Radio – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ownyourcareer. Dial 1-347-857-3320 with your questions to get proven guidance from the # 1 career coach in the United States, specialized in the 7 Step Job Search and author of the book Win The Race For 21st Century Jobs. Get free coaching with challenges you encounter steering your career in the rough seas of the 21st century job market.

In addition to the great meetings listed below, check out the Neighbors-helping-Neighbors (NhN) website at: http://neighbors-helping-neighbors.com or http://www.nhnusa.org for additional meetings.

Monday, September 15th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host Laurel Weber Snyder, who will give a presentation titled: Three Powerful Strategies for Interview Success.  It is your job to communicate what makes you uniquely suited for your chosen job. Regardless of the questions asked, you must communicate your prepared talking points. This is the most powerful communications tool you have at your in-person interview! Laurel will discuss ways to accomplish this objective.  Additional information is available at: http://www.psgcnj.org.  The meeting will be at First United Methodist Church of Somerville, 48 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Monday, September 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 Noon: The Princeton Public Library will host Sharon Bancroft, who will give a presentation titled: Refresh Your Resume and Your Job Search.  Sharon will discuss techniques to determine your strengths and improve your resume. She will provide resources and address considerations for interviews, recommendations, social media and networking. Attendees may bring a copy of their resume, but it is not required.  The meeting is at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Monday, September 15th from 6:00 – 8:45 pm: The Westchester Networking Organization (WNO) will host: Carol McManus, who will give a presentation titled: Using LinkedIn to Achieve Your Career and Business Goals.  We all know social media is the rage, for both personal and professional purposes.  But did you know that 85% of the people using social media are either making major mistakes, which hurt them, or simply not taking full advantage of the power at their fingertips.  This session will inform, engage, inspire, and energize your commitment to using LinkedIn (and other social platforms), to achieve your personal goals now and in the future. Whether you are promoting yourself to find a new job, promoting your business, or simply networking to expand your professional reach, these are tips you will be able to put into action immediately.  Additional information is available on WNO’s website at: http://wno.weebly.com.  Please register in advance at http://WNO20140915.eventbrite.com.  The meeting will be at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Tuesday, September 16th from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: The Professional Service Group of New Brunswick (PSGNB) will give a presentation titled: Preparing for the Job Interview.  Additional information is available at: http://www.piscatawaylibrary.org/. To register for this meeting, call the Kennedy Library at 1-732-463-1633×6.  The meeting is at the J. F. Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Tuesday, September 16th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Win Sheffield, a career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: The Three Kinds of Networking and How to Master Them.  As we imagine it, networking is an exotic activity which is practiced by extremely extroverted sales people, not something we would willingly do. And if networking is something you like, how focused are you on the different approaches needed for each type?  The fact is that most of us do not understand networking. The fact is that networking is not one thing. There are three distinct types of networking and none of them involve having a personality transplant to be successful. Join coach Win Sheffield and learn how to use networking fully in a way that is effective for you and what you need in your career.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, September 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm: The Mount Laurel Library will host David Schuchman, who will give a presentation titled: Uncover the Hidden Job Market.  In this presentation, David will show you that not all Hidden jobs are well hidden. In addition, he will discuss how to improve your chances to uncover many of them.  The meeting will be held at the Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.

Tuesday, September 16th from 6:30 – 8:45 pm: The Westport Public Library will host Dr. Uco Wiersma, Author and Organizational Psychologist, who will discuss his book: Interview Charisma: Evidence-based Interview Strategies to Help You Win the Job You Deserve.  There is only one opportunity in an interview to project your value to a company, so it is important to know the techniques that work and those that do not. The best techniques are evidence-based, supported by research. But most of the research on the employment interview is designed to help employers. Hear how to move forward in a career by translating pearls of wisdom from high quality research into practical interview advice. Additional information is available on the library’s website at: http://www.westportlibrary.org. The meeting is at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.

Tuesday, September 16th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Joe Himelfarb, who will give a presentation titled: Selling You Inc. Aristotle believed an important skill any person could have was the ability to influence.  Have you ever had to convince your colleagues, department heads, or company executives to try a different tactic in acquiring new business? Ever have to get your friends to agree on which restaurant to eat at or which movie to see? Ever tried to get your customers to buy your stuff? Ever tried to get your kids to behave a certain way? Ever go on a job interview?  Join us for a thought provoking and highly interactive program that will demystify your views of selling and help you to better sell yourself.  Learn how you can apply the theories and techniques of selling as you search for work (Hint: no rocket science involved, but Rocket Scientists can surely benefit).  Hear new ideas about old job search techniques that can help focus your attention on the job at hand.  Learn how to put a different spin on the activities you currently perform so you can distinguish yourself from the other applicants vying for the position you want.  Make the person interviewing you feel glad they met you. And, make your new employer wonder how they ever got along without you.  For more information contact Sylvia Velez at 1-908-630-3530 or email svelez@somersethillsymca.org.  The meeting is at the Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt. Airy Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Tuesday, September 17th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Renee Rosenberg, who will give a presentation titled: Mistakes Job Hunters Make and How to Avoid Them.  Renee will discuss how to avoid common job search mistakes. Learn tips to improve your job search.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, September 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will offer a program titled: WorkSearch Orientation.  Are you a 40+ job seeker? WorkSearch is an online system which provides links to job openings, skills assessment tools, and training programs at no cost to individuals.  After taking the orientation, WorkSearch is accessible to registrants through the Internet, or through Library computers.  Attendees will be shown how to download the information to a USB flash drive (Bring your own USB drive).  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, September 17th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Job Seekers: Keep the Momentum Going. This interactive workshop designed for job seekers who have been looking for work for at least 6 months. Participants can share questions, pool resources, and share collective wisdom. Practice your elevator pitch, rehearse that one tricky interview question, and leave with new ideas to energize your job hunt and keep the momentum going.  Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must email Sherry Natkow at snatkow@job-prep.com to enroll and receive additional information.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, September 17th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: ReferenceUSA Webinar, Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies.  Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy.  Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.  We will also explore the New Jobs and Internship module, which adds a new dimension to job searching.  To register for any of the session dates, follow the link, select a time zone and complete form; you will then receive meeting coordinates and confirmation.  Register at: Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA

Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm: The NJ Chapter of the ChemPharma Professional Association (CPPA) will host LIoyd Feinstein, an Executive Coach and Advisor, who will give a presentation titled: Value Added Job Search with an Alternate Resume Model. In this current difficult job market, applicants are looking for an edge. Competition for open positions is fierce and job-seekers consider almost anything just to get noticed. Your resume is an important tool for representing you properly and setting you apart from the competition. You know why you are qualified and unique, but how do you actually manage to get your message across to the hiring manager.  The key to successfully compete, with the pool of outstanding candidates, is to use PRESENTATION, not necessarily additional education or certification. Your goal should be to prepare a resume that satisfies the need of key players in the hiring process.  Join Lloyd to learn about his unique approach and obtain insights on: 1) Importance of the resume in your job search, 2) Limitations of traditional resume format, 3) Alternative resume concept, 4) Embedding critical competitive concepts in your resume, 5) Emphasizing your universal transferable skills, and 6) Communicating your value.  Learn these techniques, use them to make it easier for an employer to see your value and give yourself the boost in your career that you deserve. For additional information, contact George Haddad at georgejh2007@hotmail.com.  Please register at: http://www.chempharma.net.  The meeting is at Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Ave, Whippany, NJ 07981.

Wednesday, September 17th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host John Crant, who will give a presentation titled: Organizing and Managing Your Job Search.  John will discuss how to look at your job search and next career opportunity from a different angle. Discover how to plan, set goals, and manage your job search.  The discussion includes: A) 15 Pathways to Job Search Success, B) Networking Strategy, C) Job Search Activity Goals, D) Tracking Weekly Review of Your Goals, E) Calling a Hiring Manager, and Strategy, and F) 30 Second Calling Script: Preparation before Calling.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, September 17th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: GenY Networking Group will host will host Judy Scherer, a widely-acclaimed counselor and strategist, who will give a presentation titled: The New Hidden Job Market: Emerging and Mature Occupations.  Judy will share how to navigate the tricky waters of occupations and jobs that may not have existed five years ago. The audience will be engaged in mapping out effective strategies for landing jobs, advancing careers and entering growing fields. Judy will also lay out some simple principles for deciding whether emerging occupations are right for you.  For additional information or to register, please contact Joe Finazzo at joseph.finazzo@yahoo.com. The meeting is at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928

Wednesday, September 17th from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a special: Interviewing Workshop.  In this meeting, job seekers have an opportunity to pair up and practice asking and answering interview questions. You get valuable feedback from your partner and the facilitator and have an opportunity to role play.  Additional information is available at: http://www.jobseekersofmontclair.org/, or by calling 1-973-783-3442.  The meeting is at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue (corner of Union Street), Montclair, NJ 07042.

Thursday, September 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Judy Scherer, a widely-acclaimed counselor and strategist, who will give a presentation titled: The New Hidden Job Market: Emerging and Mature Occupations.  Judy will discuss effective strategies for landing jobs, advancing careers and entering new fields. She teaches the audience strategies that address the different kinds of occupations, and how to adapt their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, networking and interviewing, to be successful. By the end of the talk, participants will understand: the importance of a compelling and credible career narrative, ways to land the job they want and avoid dead-end jobs, and how others have entered a variety of careers.  To register, e-mail Beverly Feldman at bfeldman@jvsnj.org or call: 1-973-674-0871 by noon, 9/17/2014.  The meeting is at the Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981.  Turn right at the sign for Golds’ gym.

Thursday, September 18th from 9:30 – 10:30 am:  Free Webinar, Lisa Rangel, of Chameleon Resumes will give a presentation titled: How to Design a Powerful Executive Resume to Land Interviews, Even If You Are Not An Executive.  Did you ever think that you would be a high-achieving professional struggling to land interviews for the executive-level title you know you deserve? You certainly never expected to be in the position where you had to depend on your executive resume to get you in the door.  To entice you, here are just four of the reasons it is important to design a powerful executive resume that gets you noticed: 1) It is designed for immediate visual impact, to leap out of the stack for attention, 2) It uses achievement-driven language, with emphasis on your accomplishments to set you apart from the competition, 3) It contains target keywords, so recruiters can find you in databases and social media platforms, and 4) It is structured with recruiters in mind, and factors in how hiring managers look for talent like you.  This vastly instructive 60-minute Webinar will give you the knowledge to transform your dull resume into an effective, powerful tool to attract executive recruiters and land interviews.  Click here for the details and to Register Now

Thursday, September 18th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Bruce A. Hurwitz, CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, who will give a presentation titled: Effective Presentation Skills for Interviewing and Networking.  Bruce will teach participants how to make effective presentations whether for interviewing or networking.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, September 18th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm:  The Professional Service Group of Camden will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled:  How to Understand and Adapt to the Current Job Market.  This presentation explains the reason for the uncertainly in today’s job market, the ways employers are reacting, and the impact on job seekers. It explains the role of recruiters now and in the future and gives suggestions about how best to work with them. And it describes two new tools: 1) One that identifies the keywords employers use for a specific position and 2) How to match those words with your résumé and one with visual slides to identify the things employers want, versus the things a job seeker’s résumé offers.  The meeting will be at the Camden One-Stop Career Center, 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, Suite 102, Camden, NJ 08104.

Thursday, September 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm:  Pharm Country Career Fair, Spend a day with HR reps and Hiring Managers from top biotech, pharma, medical device and diagnostics companies.  A four-year degree in the Life Sciences with 2 years minimum experience is required to attend.  Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a four-year college degree. PhD and Postdoc candidates welcome.  Companies recruit for roles in QA/QC, clinical research, engineering, manufacturing, biostatistics, clinical data management, chemistry, regulatory affairs, research and more. Exhibitors with jobs posted on BioSpace.com have their company name linked to their job postings in the list below. We highly recommend researching open positions before you attend to determine your best matches. You will also be prepared and informed when approaching recruiters.  If you cannot attend, Pre-register so exhibitors can see your resume and contact you after the event.  For additional information or to attend, Register Here.  The Career Fair will be at the Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807.

Saturday, September 20th from 8:15 – 10:30 am: The Saint Gregory the Great Networking Group (SGGNG) will host: Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled:  Why Bother Networking.  Most people dread networking since they do not understand it, think that they are not good at it and while in transition they do not feel good about themselves. About 60 to 80 percent of people get their jobs through networking. Based on that fact alone, people in search of their next position should master this art.  The audience will learn about: 1) What is networking, 2) How to network effectively, with whom and where, and 3) What are the common barriers to networking, and much more.  This one hour long presentation will clarify many of the myths associated with this subject.  Additional information at: http://stgregorythegreatchurch.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=283.  The meeting is at Saint Gregory the Great’ Church, in the Parish Center, O’Connor Hall, at 4680 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

Saturday, September 20th from 8:30 – 11:00 am: Careers in Transition (CIT) meeting. Individuals give a 15 second elevator speech about themselves — who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (2-3), how the group can help you, and how you can help the group. This is followed by a short period for networking with people you would like to introduce yourself to and exchange business cards. The group then divides into smaller teams for: 1) Resume Assistance, (Please bring 15 copies of your resume if you want it reviewed.) or 2) Support in Overcoming Job Search Obstacles. This includes: A) Small group advice for individuals who have hit the wall and need help to reinvigorate their job search, or B) Large group discussion on various job search related topics. The meeting is in the Winston School Gym at Christ Church, 30 East Lane, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

The New York Science, Industry and Business Library, located at 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016-4314, offers an extensive series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice.  Inquiries about programs may be made by calling 917-275-6975, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.  Click on their link at: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/65/calendar for a detailed list of upcoming classes.  In addition to these great in-person classes, the library also recorded some of the presentations and they are available 24/7 on-line at: http://www.nypl.org/node/90324.  Check them out, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.

The Westport Public Library, located at 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880 offers an interesting series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. Click on their link at: http://www.westportlibrary.org/events for a detailed list of upcoming events. In addition, many of these informative presentations are recorded and the podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows, at: http://www.westportlibrary.org/digital/podcasts/search-results?podcast_terms=jobseeker. This is a time saving and cost effective way of seeing a great presentation, from the comfort and convenience of your home. Isn’t technology great!

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