Monday meeting cancellation notices will appear on the blog

How to Find Out if  a Monday Meeting is Canceled Due to              Severe Winter Weather

If winter weather is severe, road conditions poor and travel potentially dangerous in the Somerville area on a Monday morning, PSGCNJ Co-Executive Directors will decide whether to cancel the General meeting.

A cancellation notice will be posted on the blog by 8:00am Monday morning.

If it is apparent on Sunday that the Monday meeting will be canceled, the notice will be posted on the blog sooner.

We encourage you to use your good judgment when deciding whether to attend a PSGCNJ meeting in snowy or icy weather – stay safe.

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Lloyd Feinstein Puts a New Spin on The Hiring Model and Transferable Skills

Seasoned Career Consultant Lloyd Feinstein will be the featured speaker at next Monday, January 26, meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. His presentation will lay out a strategy for achieving your career objectives through a combination of reliable marketing solutions. His topics will Lloyd_Feinstein_editedinclude defining the scope of the problem, myths about career advancement, analyzing yourself as a competitive product (key issue), and the ONLY two transferable skills.

When Lloyd speaks publicly, it’s a must-see or rather hear. He ranks among the most innovative, capable, committed career coaches in the New York metropolitan area. He helps mid-level and senior executives and professionals to discover, define and articulate their VALUE to prospective employers. He will literally change the way you think about the job market and how you can flourish in it. You will learn some brilliant and doable job-search strategies that set you apart from (and ahead of) the pack, with a special emphasis on how you can plan and mount an amazingly effective “marketing campaign” for your favorite brand: yourself.

Lloyd has been a full-time career consultant and adviser for the past 28 years to the serious minded career person with an emphasis on mid-level and senior management executives and entrepreneurs. During this time Lloyd has co-authored the book Career Changing: The Worry-Free Guide. 

PSGCNJ’s general meeting takes place at the First United Methodist Church, located at 48 West High Street, Somerville.  Be sure to bring business cards, and be prepared to network.

Parking: Please refrain from parking in the church parking lot. • Free, unmetered parking is available on the church-side of West High Street and some of the side streets encircling the church. • Metered parking is available across the street, opposite the church, on West High Street and in municipal lots. A parking ticket in Somerville Borough costs $24, so please put enough coins in the meter! • Please do not park in the handicapped spaces in the church parking lot or driveway unless you have a wheelchair symbol placard or license plate. Avoid the private lot across the street from the church and the school lot down the block.

PSGCNJ general meetings are always free and open to the public. If you can’t make it to this meeting, then visit our website http://www.psgcnj.org for information about upcoming events.

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Start the New Year with Networking Events!

Tuesday, January 6th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Janelle Razzino, President of Razzino Associates, who will give a presentation titled: Resumes: What to do, What not to do, Bar None. Let’s Have a Conversation. 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.

Wednesday, January 7th 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, January 7th 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: New Resolutions for Your Career: Establishing and Maintaining Career Momentum in 2015. With the New Year come resolutions and recommitment to goals of all kinds. Win will discuss ways to spark and sustain your career actions throughout the year. Learn how to: 1) Assess which of the key components of a job campaign you need to focus on, 2) Set attainable objectives, and 3) Find support to keep you moving and restarting when you are distracted. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, January 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: GenY Networking Group will host Robert Schriek, Reference Librarian, who will give a presentation titled: Job Search Resources Available at Local and County Libraries. Bob will demonstrate the resources offered by many local and county public libraries to those in job search. Resources, applications and sources covered will include: 1) Job and Career Accelerator, 2) Learning Express Library, 3) Career Transitions, 4) Our Career Reference section, and other print sources. 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, January 7th from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a program titled: Dealing With Road Blocks and Setting Goals. Learn how to: 1) Recognize common blocks, 2) How to move beyond the blocks or avoid them, 3) Where to find motivation and support, and 4) Long and short term goal setting. 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, January 8th, from 9:30 – 11:30 am: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: The Art Of The Elevator Pitch: Making An Impression in 30 Seconds or Less. Learn how to start your personal brand with a strong elevator pitch. Do it in 30 seconds or less. Create a memorable impression where it counts. To register, e-mail Beverly Feldman at bfeldman@jvsnj.org or call: 1-973-674-0871 by noon, 1/7/2015. The meeting is at the Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981. Turn right at the sign for Golds’ gym.

Thursday, January 8th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm: 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. Designing a powerful executive resume is critical if you want to get noticed, even if you are not at the executive level yet. Here’s why an executive resume can help anyone get ahead: 1) Achievement-oriented language places emphasis on your accomplishments and the undeniable value you bring to any organization smart enough to hire you, 2) The immediate visual punch makes you stand out from the pack immediately and win the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, 3) Targeted keywords make it easy for recruiters to identify you in databases and on social media platforms, where they will be looking, and 4) It is structured for the recruiter’s brain, taking into account the way hiring managers evaluate candidates and make decisions. You will learn more in this one-hour presentation than you will in months of reading about resumes. Join Lisa to learn how to take your career to the next level with an effective, powerful resume that will get you noticed and land you interviews. Click here to learn more and register now!

Thursday, January 8th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, who will give a presentation titled: Critique Your Resume. Are your resumes getting you interviews? Are you submitting the same resume for each job posting? Successful job-seekers customize their resume for each position in order to let hiring managers know immediately that they are a good fit. Learn how to incorporate the language from a job posting into a Keyword-rich Summary. Participants must bring a current resume and 2 job postings. 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.

Thursday, January 8th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, are proud to announce the 6th Annual StartUP 2015 Business Plan Competition Orientation for New York-based startup entrepreneurs, with cash prizes totaling over $30,000. The Orientation will start you off by giving you the basics of the competition. Attending one orientation session is the first requirement of the competition. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, January 8th, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm: The Sayreville Public Library will host Dr. Colleen Georges, a career and life coach, who will give a presentation titled: Let a Professional Polish Your Résumé. We all know the job market is tough. Give your best first impression to potential employers by making your résumé shine. Colleen will spend one-on-one time with attendees, giving each résumé an honest critique with suggestions for improvement. View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12. You will be assigned a 15-minute time slot. Time slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. You need only bring a copy of your résumé and a pen. NOTE: You MUST contact Alaina back by 12 noon the day of the event when she calls to confirm if you are still attending class. If you do not, your spot will automatically be given away. The meeting is at the Sayreville Public Library, 1050 Washington Road, Parlin, NJ 08859.

Thursday, January 8th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: NNJ ASTD will host Terrence Seamon, author and career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Life Hacks for Today’s Job Hunters. Today’s job search is different than ever before, requiring new skills and new attitudes. Anyone in transition can benefit by adapting a set of life hacks, i.e. clever ways to accomplish the difficult and challenging tasks associated with finding your next opportunity. In this talk, Terry will discuss nine such hacks and how you can smoothly integrate them into your search. For additional information, contact Alicja Lisnow at a_lisnow@yahoo.com. Do not miss an evening where you can expand your network, make new friends, share knowledge with your peers, and hear highly relevant and beneficial insights and perspectives from experts in the marketplace. Please register at: http://astd108.eventbrite.com. The meeting is at the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, 422 Cedar Hill Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

Friday, January 9th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County will co-host will host Rod Colon, A Career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: The 21st Century Job Search Playbook. Learn how to leverage the power of advocates, people who will help you get connected to decision-makers or contacts who know those decision-makers, within a company that interests you. Visit the PSG of Mercer County website at PSG of Mercer County to learn about the numerous resources available there. The meeting is at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Saturday, January 10th from 7:30 – 10:15 am: The Breakfast Club will host Rod Colon, A Career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: Keep the Faith and Networking Alive. All human are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship. Rod will discuss that in order to adapt to the challenges of professional life today, we need to rediscover our entrepreneurial instincts and use them to forge new sorts of careers. Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, teacher, engineer or even a business owner, today you need to also think of yourself as an entrepreneur, at the helm of at least one living, growing start-up venture: your career, the CEO of Me, Inc. You future success depends on understanding and deploying these entrepreneurial strategies. More broadly, society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially. More information is available at http://www.thebreakfastclubnj.com. The meeting is at the Days Hotel Conference Center, 195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. There is a meeting fee of $10 to cover the cost of the hotel conference room.

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/events/calendar?location=65 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.

Free Pro Bono Career Coaching. Career Coaching is a PRO BONO / FREE service available to job seekers who wish to focus an existing job search strategy and/or gain insight on how to craft an effective self-marketing plan. Each session is comprised of a 50 minute meeting with a volunteer Job Coach at SIBL’s Madison Avenue location. To make an appointment for a PRO BONO / FREE coaching session, please visit:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30075466

Please provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, and specific goals. If you do not have an e-mail address, please input noemail@email.com when prompted. Once booked, an e-mail confirmation and follow-up reminder will be sent to the e-mail address provided. In addition, you may also receive a courtesy telephone call confirming your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact the Job Search Central Manager at jscnypl@nypl.org or call 1-212-592-7006.

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!

PSGCNJ’s general meeting takes place at the First United Methodist Church, located at 48 West High Street, Somerville. Be sure to bring business cards, and be prepared to network.
Parking: Please refrain from parking in the church parking lot. • Free, unmetered parking is available on the church-side of West High Street and some of the side streets encircling the church. • Metered parking is available across the street, opposite the church, on West High Street and in municipal lots. A parking ticket in Somerville Borough costs $24, so please put enough coins in the meter! • Please do not park in the handicapped spaces in the church parking lot or driveway unless you have a wheelchair symbol placard or license plate. Avoid the private lot across the street from the church and the school lot down the block.
PSGCNJ general meetings are always free and open to the public. If you can’t make it to this meeting, then visit our website http://www.psgcnj.biz for information about upcoming events.

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Polish Your Communication Style by Linda Trignano

By Linda Trignano    Linda Trignano

Polish Your Communication Style

The phrase “you are the message” is as accurate today as the day it was written. Everything you do or say conveys some type of communication message. Many of my business customers note that good communication skills really stand out in today’s cluttered business day. Managers almost always list good communication skills as a “required skill” on job requisitions, screen for them during a job interview, and definitely rely on them in the day-to-day operations of running the business.

Check your own communication style against those that I have listed here to ensure that you are doing all you can to send and receive the message as it was intended. Not, by the way, as easy as it sounds.

1. Verbal and non-verbal communications are equal partners. These two elements combine to form the message you are sending. Research shows that over half of all human communication takes place on a nonverbal level. In fact, when your words and your actions (nonverbal) are not in sync, the nonverbal message is believed over the words you are saying almost 100% of the time! That is a very compelling reason to say what you mean and mean what you say.

2. Body language matters. I’m sure that you have heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”. We all use our bodies when we speak. Body movement, facial expressions, eye contact, posture all combine to support the words you are speaking or the thoughts you are thinking. Combined, these body movements add greatly to the spoken word. Just imagine speaking with someone who does not move at all during the conversation. We would quickly tire of this type of conversation. In fact, most would find it so boring that we would completely tune out the speaker and the message. Think about the last time you were in the audience and had to endure a dull speaker. Question is how quickly did you check out mentally?

3. Your voice is a tool. Your voice is a tool that you can use to improve the delivery of your message. Your rate of speaking is one very important element. Speaking too slow or too fast can detract from the message as can the volume of your voice. If a listener has to strain to hear you, they may feel they are working too hard and simply tune you out. Conversely, it you speak too loud it hurts the eardrums of the listener. They instinctively step away from you to lessen or reduce the uncomfortable feeling of hearing you speak. Voice pitch is another important element that can be controlled so that it is not too high or too low.

4. Words are critical to good conversation. Check the way you are using language to communicate your message. Are the words understood by the listener? Have you selected clear, easy to understand words that the listener can connect to? Remember, acronyms, industry jargon, slang or profanity may not be the best choice to reach your listener. Just because you are OK with such words does not mean that you should assume your listener is. Watch them for body language feedback, check for understanding and if necessary, adjust your word selections for more effective communication.

5. Questions are a good communication aid. If you think the message you are sending is not being received or fully understood, ask clarifying questions to ensure understanding. Clarifying questions often add needed information to the conversation. Be sure to also pay attention to the nonverbal signals you are getting from your listener. Check your own understanding of messages being returned to you to be sure that you have also heard the message correctly. If the listener feels that they do understand but you are still not sure, you can ask the listener to repeat back what they heard you say. This will give you the chance to check that you have successfully communicated your message. While not every conversation will need this level of checking, questions are a good tool to use when needed.

6. Don’t act on assumptions. This one element has cause many a communication breakdown, both in business and personal conversations. The familiar “I didn’t know that was what you meant!” has an all too familiar ring to it. Don’t fall victim to assuming that your message is getting across in the way you intended. Be willing to check with the listener to ensure understanding and be prepared to restate something in such a way that they will “get” the message. No negativity or annoyance called for here, just a willingness to take an extra step to ensure accurate understanding. Your listener will be thankful for the extra effort.

7. Attend to your attitude. Attitude shows. If you enter into a conversation with the right attitude, one of partnership with the person you are speaking to, it will make the communication clearer and much less work. Enter the conversation with impatience, lack of respect for the other person and that message is conveyed – before a word is spoken.

8. Give and get respect when in communication. This means being willing to hear the other person’s response to your message as well as expecting the same from them in conversation. We have all been a part of a conversation in which neither side hears the other. Both parties are so intent on getting their message to the other person that they don’t allow any time for the other person to speak. If they are able to get a word in, the other person doesn’t listen to what is being said. The end result is a one way conversation that accomplishes nothing.

9. Choose the mode of communication with the receiver in mind. Sometimes it is best to choose a verbal message, other times a written message. Often one method of communicating is not sufficient. It may be best to select more than one way of communicating your message to ensure that it is heard and understood. Perhaps a phone call followed up with an email may be the best way to go. Other times, it may be best to deliver your message in person followed up by a letter. Choose wisely about making the right choice for the situation not simply the choice that you are most comfortable with.

10 Seek feedback from others. Don’t be shy about asking those that you converse with on a regular basis if they can offer suggestions for you to improve your communication skills. Often insights from others are just the thing needed to highlight an area that you may want or need to improve on. Remember, we all have blind spots!

Don’t lose sight of the value of being a great communicator. It’s a skill that can translate to better pay, better relationships and being a better manager. It’s a skill that can propel you forward on the job and in your personal life.

About Us:
Trignano Coaching & Consulting is focused on helping individuals and teams improve their communication style both personally and professionally. We work with clients looking to improve their skills as a leader and manager. A coach with over 23 years of experience in a corporate environment, Trignano offers client support in training and team facilitation. As a distributor for the DiSC assessment suite of products, Linda Trignano’s firm is focused on helping companies more effectively handle their people related needs by working collaboratively with clients to find solutions that work for everyone. She is able to quickly and cost effectively implement change that improves productivity. Linda helps individuals, teams and corporations move through difficult transitions. You can reach us at http://www.trignanoconsulting.com or by calling 973-722-9961.

 

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PSGCNJ Members Gathered to Celebrate the Holiday Season

PSGCNJ members celebrated the holidays with a potluck brunch on Monday, December 15 in place of the regular General Session meeting.

Speakers who appeared at general meetings throughout the past year also attended  the annual holiday brunch.  Everyone shared a bounty of delicious food, saw old friends and met new guests. Over 70 members and guests attended, welcomed by PSGCNJ Co-Executive Directors, John Phelps and Daphne Thomas Jones.

In the spirit of the season, PSGCNJ donated leftover food to the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) Inc., located at 87 East High Street in Somerville.  Members also donated items for First United Methodist Church’s food drive.

A big thanks from the Marketing & Events Committee to everyone who brought food, donated supplies and decorations, set up the room and then helped clean up.

Please note, Monday morning General Meetings will resume on January 5, 2015 at 10:30am. PSGCNJ meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, located at 48 West High Street, in Somerville. All PSGCNJ meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website at www.psgcnj.biz

 

 

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Upcoming Networking Events!

Monday, December 15th from 7:00 am – 9:30 am: The Mondays @ 7 Group will host Russell Kenny, who will give a presentation titled: What Color is Your Parachute. For further information, contact Ed Thomas at 203-981-4648 or ejjthomasjr@gmail.com, or the group’s website at http://www.mondaysat7.org/ The meeting is at the Westport United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road, Westport, CT 06880 (Exit 42 off the Merritt Parkway).

Monday, December 15th, from 10:00am – 12:00 noon: Northern NJ Professionals in Transition, NNJ_PIT, in conjunction with Sara Greenhouse, President of Generate Buzz, LLC http://www.generatebuzz.net, will facilitate: The Art and Science of Speed Networking. It is designed to accelerate business contacts, involving multiple people exchanging information. Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time. During an interaction, attendees share their professional backgrounds and business goals. In addition to your pitch, please also come prepared to share your networking success stories. RSVPs appreciated by 12/14 for supplies, please email Sara at sara@generatebuzz.net. NNJ_PIT meets the first and third Monday of the month, except holidays. For additional information, please contact NNJ_PIT@yahoogroups.com. A schedule of upcoming meeting dates is available at: http://www.bit.ly/prof-in-trans_2014. The meeting is at the Maplewood Public Library, 51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

Monday, December 15th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a special Holiday Pot Luck Brunch and Networking Event. Additional information is available at: http://www.psgcnj.biz. PSGCNG meets every Monday, except holidays. The meeting will be at First United Methodist Church of Somerville, 48 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Monday, December 15th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm: The Westchester Networking Organization (WNO) will host its 6th Annual Year-end Potluck Supper and Networking Meeting. Agenda: Good food … Good friends … Good times. If you can bring a potluck dish, please indicate so on the registration form. Additional information is available on WNO’s website at: http://wno.weebly.com. Please register in advance at http://WNO20141215.eventbrite.com. The meeting will be at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Monday, December 15th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm: The Sayreville Public Library will host Dr. Colleen Georges, a career and life coach, who will give a presentation titled: Acing the Interview. Colleen will discuss critical interview tips to ensure that you impress your potential employers. She will also provide answers to some of those tricky interview questions. Click here to View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 1-732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online. The meeting is at the Sayreville Public Library, 1050 Washington Road, Parlin, NJ 08859.

Tuesday, December 16th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Rockland Job Network (RJN) will host a special meeting on: Topic To Be Determined. If you have any questions or need more information please call Philip Fanara at 1-845-352-0504. The meeting will be at the New City Library, 220 North Main Street, New City, NY 10956.

Tuesday, December 16th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: The Newtown Career Networking Group will host a program titled: Wow, I Did Not Know You Could Use LinkedIn Like That. Please RSVP at: newtownnetworking@gmail.com. For more information, contact the church at 1-215-968-3861 or http://www.newtownnetworking.org. The meeting is at The Newtown Presbyterian Church, Reception Hall, 25 North Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA 18940.

Tuesday, December 16th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Lloyd Feinstein, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Getting The Job You Should Want. 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.

Wednesday, December 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, December 17th 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: Keeping up Your Morale High and Your Job Campaign Progressing through the Holidays. A job campaign can be a long process and can bring with it a fair amount of anxiety. Especially at holiday time it can be challenging to remain upbeat with the ups and downs of a job campaign. This strain on our confidence is the last thing we need when we have an opportunity to cross paths with so many people and need to put our best foot forward. Have you tapped out your contacts? Are you not getting any call backs? Sometimes we cannot see what others can. Join career coach Win Sheffield to learn effective ways to move forward, to increase your morale and even enjoy the holiday spirit. Learn how to: 1) Address and rebuild your career momentum, 2) Get the support net that will sustain you, 3) Recognize and sort out your negative gremlins, 4) Deal with rejection and people not getting back to you, and 5) Recognize your value and take charge of your campaign. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 17th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, The Bronxville Career Network will host Dr. Pierre Darmon, an IT solutions architect, who will give a presentation titled: Cyber Security for Job Hunters. Learn how to remain safe and secure on your personal computer while navigating the choppy waters of online job hunting. Entertaining, informative and approachable, Dr. Darmon never fails to enlighten and educate his audience, drawing on his extensive knowledge base and many years in the world of corporate computing. Hacking, user error or natural disaster should not deter the dedicated job hunter. Let Pierre show you how to avoid these problems. Key Points the will be discussed include: 1) Protecting your personal computer and data, 2) Keeping your computer healthy, 3) Completing online job applications safely, and 4) Creating a backup file. For further information, email Rich Antash at rantash@gmail.com, telephone him at 914-343-4498, or http://www.reformedchurch.org. For a Google map of the location, click on the following link: http://bit.ly/BCNatRCB. The meeting is at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, in the Edwards Room, 180 Pondfield Road, at the corner of Midland Ave, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Wednesday, December 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, December 18th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Kristina Leonardi, who will give a presentation titled: Staying Motivated Throughout the Job Search Process. Looking for a job can be a long, arduous journey that requires much time and patience, especially in this economy, to see results. Staying positive and motivated throughout the process can make you a less stressed and a more effective applicant, which can in turn accelerate the outcomes you desire. Kristina will help you re-evaluate your overall career and job search strategy to reduce stress. Learn out-of-the-box approaches to find a job, techniques to manifest your ideal position, and tips on time management and work/life balance. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, December 18th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, who will give a presentation titled: Critique Your Resume. Are your resumes getting you interviews? Are you submitting the same resume for each job posting? Successful job-seekers customize their resume for each position in order to let hiring managers know immediately that they are a good fit. Learn how to incorporate the language from a job posting into a Keyword-rich Summary. Participants must bring a current resume and 2 job postings. 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.

Thursday, December 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Barry Cohen, CUNY Employment Coordinator, who will give a presentation titled: Powerful First Impressions: How to Find and Get the Job You Really Want. Barry will discuss How to Ace Every Job Interview (Even if you are not the best candidate!) He will also discuss hidden techniques and strategies you need to ace that next job interview. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Friday, December 19th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County is pleased to welcome the holiday with our Annual PSG Holiday Networking Party. Please join this BYO party over good food to meet friends new and old. Visit the PSG of Mercer County website at http://www.psgmc.org to learn about the numerous resources available there. The meeting is at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Thursday, December 19th from 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, who will give a presentation titled: Writing a LinkedIn Summary. Creating a LinkedIn profile is a must — particularly for job-seekers. If you have skipped the SUMMARY SECTION you are missing a great opportunity to write engaging and informative text to differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. Learn specific techniques to make your Summary pop and capture the attention of decision-makers. 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.

Saturday, December 20th from 8:15 – 10:30 am: The Saint Gregory the Great Networking Group (SGGNG) will host: Joe Himmlefarb, who will give a presentation titled: Your Bad Attitude is Like a Flat Tire. Unless You Change It, You Will Not Get Very Far. When it comes to your attitude, positive beats negative every day. There’s no guarantee that a positive attitude will get you what you want, but a negative attitude probably will not. Join us for a thought provoking, highly interactive, and entertaining program that will address why and how your attitude does affect your ability to sell yourself in your job search, your business, or your daily activities. You will learn: 1) Why taking responsibility for your attitude is, well, your responsibility, 2) Discover how self-fulfilling prophecies hold you down or set you free. Hint: you become what you think about and 3) Tap into ways you can modify your attitude to favor your efforts and get what you want. 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, December 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. CIT meets the first and third Saturday of each month except holidays. The meeting is in the Winston School Gym at Christ Church, 30 East Lane, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Tuesday, December 23rd from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Lloyd Feinstein, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Resume Critique. 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, December 30th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Lloyd Feinstein, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: How to Close The Interview and Sale. 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.

Saturday, January 3rd 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. CIT meets the first and third Saturday of each month except holidays. 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/events/calendar?location=65 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.

Free Pro Bono Career Coaching. Career Coaching is a PRO BONO / FREE service available to job seekers who wish to focus an existing job search strategy and/or gain insight on how to craft an effective self-marketing plan. Each session is comprised of a 50 minute meeting with a volunteer Job Coach at SIBL’s Madison Avenue location. To make an appointment for a PRO BONO / FREE coaching session, please visit:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30075466

Please provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, and specific goals. If you do not have an e-mail address, please input noemail@email.com when prompted. Once booked, an e-mail confirmation and follow-up reminder will be sent to the e-mail address provided. In addition, you may also receive a courtesy telephone call confirming your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact the Job Search Central Manager at jscnypl@nypl.org or call 1-212-592-7006.

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!

Wednesdays, from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, located at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue (corner of Union Street), Montclair, NJ 07042. A nonsectarian job-search, career-change and support group meets; various speakers deliver on topics such as: recognizing your accomplishments, resumes, and networking. For a schedule of upcoming presentations, click on their link at: http://www.jobseekersofmontclair.org/, or call (973) 783-3442 for additional information.

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PSGCNJ Members Attend Center for Nonprofits’ Annual Conference

By Theresa Bravo

On Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Daphne Thomas Jones and John Phelps, Co-executive Directors of PSGCNJ attended a conference hosted by the Center for Nonprofits located in Mercerville, NJ. They were joined by seven PSGCNJ members who volunteered their services in exchange for admission to the conference or received a scholarship. The theme for the conference was SHARING IDEAS, INSPIRING ACTION: Pillars of the Nonprofit Community. There were 330 attendees and nineteen exhibitors from nonprofits organizations throughout New Jersey and beyond.

The agenda for the conference included three speakers and eighteen break-out sessions. The topics were specifically created to address the needs and concerns of nonprofit organizations, such as, fundraising, marketing, strategic philanthropy, technology, and leadership.

The conference was opened by David Gray, the chair of The Center for Nonprofits. He presented interesting statistics on nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, as follows:

  • Nonprofit organizations in employ 314,000 people.
  • Nonprofit organizations spend $37 billion.
  • Approximately 1.7 million people in New Jersey volunteer their services.

He introduced the first speaker of the day, Lolly Daskal, founder of Lead From Within. She spoke on “Creating Trust in the Workplace: Understanding the Dramatic Impact Trust Has on Your Bottom Line”. She spoke of the importance of trust and presented Six Principles of Trust in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Trust in a nonprofit begins within each one of us. She asked questions that required us to probe within ourselves concerning our personal values, our credibility and our competency in our chosen fields. For an organization to be successful it needs to be based on trust because trust matters.

The following PSGCNJ volunteers joined John and Daphne, as follows: Paul Alagna, Jill Hyman, Arlene O’Reilly, Arlene Fineman, Janet Samuels, Eileen Silverstein, and Theresa Bravo. We were able to cover fifteen of the morning and afternoon break-out sessions which results in obtaining much information that will benefit PSGCNJ.

Paul Alagna was the go to man for video and laptop support. One could see him throughout the conference setting up projectors, laptops, trouble solving. He was the IT presence and certainly the subject matter expert for anything technical! He hardly had a chance to eat his lunch. Thank you, Paul, for representing PSGCNJ.

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