Join Us for Potluck Holiday Brunch on December 15th at 10:30!

Food, Fun and Networking at PSGCNJ’s Holiday Celebration

PSGCNJ is celebrating the holidays with a brunch, in place of its general meeting, on Monday, December 15th, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Somerville, NJ.

There is no fee for the brunch, which will be potluck-style. Members and guests are invited to bring a something everyone can share –main dishes, sandwiches or dessert. Everyone is welcome whether you can bring something or not.

To sign up to bring food for the brunch, please email to Marketing & Events Committee Co-Chair Arlene O’Reilly, at arlenecoreilly@gmail.com, and let her know what you’ll be bringing.

Remember to supply your own utensils, i.e., serving spoons/forks, spatulas, tongs if your dish requires them.

We are also collecting non-perishable food items for First United Methodist Church’s food drive for CUMAC (Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community). CUMAC, the largest food pantry in Passaic county, fed over 34,000 people last year.

There will be no speaker presentation at the brunch, but some of our past speakers will be attending. Also, there will be ample opportunity to network with others so don’t forget your business cards.

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.

Due to the holidays, there will be no general meetings on December 22rd or December 29th. Visit our website http://www.psgcnj.org to see our upcoming events for January.

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Upcoming Networking Events!

Sunday, December 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will host Ed McCabe, a Lee, Hecht, Harrison career coach, and Rich Kritzer who will present the fourth segment of a four part workshop titled: Interview, Cultivate Offers, and Negotiate. Every discussion with a hiring manager should be considered an interview. Your role in the discussion is to position your skills, talents, and experiences as a solution to the challenges they face in their organizations. Your task is to cultivate an offer by helping the hiring manager see you in that role, and eventually make you an offer. Professionals will also help with questions following the presentation. The workshop is at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, One Passaic Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, in the lower church meeting room. All are welcome! For additional information, please call Carol Shea at 1-201-447-4215 or Tom Lewis at 1-201-445-1864.

Monday, December 8th from 7:00 am – 9:30 am: The Mondays @ 7 Group will host Tucker Mays, co-author of Fired at 50: How to Overcome the Greatest Executive Job Search Challenge, plus co-founder, principle and executive coach of Darien-based OptiMarket, will give a presentation titled: How to Determine Your Objective. The Most Difficult Decision in the Job Search. The role of HR gatekeepers is to exclude candidates. They scan for objectives that resonate with their company goals and expectations. If jobseekers do not have powerful, compelling objectives, their resumes are rejected. Tucker will first help jobseekers understand their objectives and then help them express their objectives in a clear concise statement. 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 8th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host William LaChance and Carla Fallone who will give a presentation titled: Key Financial Planning for Those in a Career Transition or Entrepreneurs: Bring the Global Perspective Local. 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 8th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Mim Anzolut, who will give a presentation titled: Writing a Winning Resume. Mim will discuss how to write a resume that will give you a competitive edge. Learn how to make your resume reader-friendly, connect your experience with job descriptions, and highlight your achievements. Get tips in the art of writing cover letters and thank you letters. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Monday, December 8th from 1:15 – 2:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host a special meeting for Job Seekers titled: Download a Customized Company List for Contacts. Find Companies and Executive contacts for your next job. Search by industry as well as location, size, and sales. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Monday, December 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Special combined networking event of The Career Networking Group, and GenY Networking Group, who will host Vicki Gaddy, Vice President of Talent Services at BioNJ, who will give a presentation titled: Get Traction Now: How to Think and Act Differently in the Job Market. Ignite your job search, light a fire and remove the box. Come learn effective strategies to give your search new life and hear about successful steps you can take to get traction and get moving with your career. Bring an open mind and be prepared to think differently. Regardless of the stage of your career, you will come away with actionable steps that will make a difference. For additional information or to register, please contact Joe Finazzo at joseph.finazzo@yahoo.com. The meeting will be at Mountainside Library, 2 Constitution Plaza, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 – 8:45 pm, The Warren Financial Executive Network Group (FENG) will host Joe Himelfarb, who will give a presentation titled: Selling Yourself. 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. We invite other networking groups to attend, such as: The Breakfast Club, Careers In Transition, Career Connections Consortium, Career Forum, and NJ-SENG. Please register at: http://www.thefeng.org/chapters/announcement.php?ChapterID=45. The meeting is at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room, Whippany, NJ 07981.

Tuesday, December 9th 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: To Send a Resume or Not. Renee will discusses the purpose of a resume, how should it be organized, and resume alternative. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, December 9th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm: The Northern Fairfield Professionals (NFP) will host an interactive panel discussion on the Best Practices For Working With Recruiters. Join us for an in-person, interactive panel discussion which will provide insight on best practices for working with recruiters and corporations, along with discussing hiring trends in today’s job market. Panel members include: John Barry, Owner and President of ITech Consulting Partners, Yauhann Billimoria, Talent Acquisition Operations Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim, and Victoria Castellano-Coogan, founder of Avanti Staffing Inc. The panel will discuss the process used to screen and qualify candidates as well as misconceptions that have surfaced in regards to the process. Other discussion topics may include recommendations for candidates, social media and networking. Please come prepared with questions to ask the panel. Questions can be sent ahead of time to Amanda@itechcp.com. For additional information call John Barry at 1-203-270-0051 or john@itechcp.com. NFP meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meeting is in the St. Rose Knights of Columbus Building, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470. Behind Saint Rose church to the far left. The Knights building has 3 garage doors on the first floor, the meeting room is on the second floor. The entrance is the first door in the front of the building.

Tuesday, December 9th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Maria Guida, who will give a presentation titled: Speak With the Poise, Passion, and Persuasive Power of a Broadway Actor. Maria shares actors’ performance strategies that help you command attention and speak with real persuasive power. Whenever you speak for business, you are on stage. Maria shares actors’ performance skills that help corporate professionals command attention and persuade their listeners — in the office, boardroom, courtroom, on camera, and wherever it counts. Attendees learn how to enhance their professional image by using vocal performance and demeanor to project authority, authenticity, and approachability — to take stage, captivate business listeners, and generate business. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, December 9th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host a Special Alumni Session. This special session is set aside to hear and learn from a number of 2014 graduates of Career Forum; these are folks who landed positions during the course of the year. More important, they want to share with you ideas that worked for them and can work for you as you search for that next position. This is always a fun evening and we hope to see you there. If you come, you may want to bring a couple of treats to share with those in attendance. 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 10th from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon: The Professional Service Group of Morris County (PSGMC) will host Paul Hatrak, a certified business coach, who will give a presentation titled: Communicate for Success. Paul will discuss how to understand your own behavioral style, recognize the behavioral style of others, plus adapt and blend your style for more effective communication. By not tailoring activities to each person’s style, you may be missing out many opportunities to strengthen personal and professional relationships. Paul will lead an interactive discussion to help understand the universal language of DISC – Dominance – Influence – Steadiness – Compliance. Additional information is available at: http://www.psgmc.org. The meeting will be at the Parsippany Troy Hills Library, 449 Halsey Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

Wednesday, December 10th 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 10th from 3:15 – 4:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will offer a program titled: Business Plan Research Workshop. Provides research guidance specifically tailored to your particular business plan. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 10th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Robert Hellmann, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Become the Perfect Candidate: Tap into the Hidden Job Market. Frustrated by a lack of response from job ads, or feel like you are having trouble competing with your fellow job-seekers to get interviews? Then this workshop is for you. Many job seekers rely too much on ads or recruiting firms to get interviews and do not put enough time into networking and contacting people directly. In fact, in today’s economy most jobs are landed using latter two approaches. Building and leveraging your network becomes even more important when you are less than the perfect candidate for highly competitive jobs. Robert will present a strategy and specific techniques that you can apply immediately to improve results in your search. The discussion includes: 1) How to build and use your network effectively, 2) How to get meetings by contacting people directly who you don’t know, 3) How to increase your response rate with ads and recruiting firms, 4) Seven things to include in emails or cover letters, to get the meetings you want, 5) How to structure a networking meeting, 6) Specific verbiage and phrases you should use in your communications, and 7) How to diagnose and jump-start a stalled job search. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 10th from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a program titled: Managing Your Interviews. The following topics will be discussed: 1) The types of Interviews, 2) Interview Preparation, and 3) Answering: Why Should I Hire You? The second half of this meeting includes a practice workshop. 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.

Wednesday, December 10th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Hillsdale Career Resource Ministry Network Group is hosting a Christmas and Holiday Gathering. This month’s topic will be SUPPORTING each other on the home front while in transition. Bring your significant other, spouse, or a friend and join us in celebrating being together. As we head into an exciting New Year, we can all use a little support from those we love and care about. Janelle presented a hugely successful and informative program for many of the network groups in Westchester and Northern NJ called Support for Spouses during Employment Transition after September 11th, 2001. Today, this topic has taken on many different landscapes. With John and Gary’s wisdom and help, Janelle will give some pointers on how to get everyone involved in a most positive way. Support for Spouses during Employment Transition (SSET) is specifically designed to help families during times of employment transition. We help couples deal with the daily stresses that unemployment or underemployment can add to any relationship. We help couples understand the emotions that both are experiencing. We help the spouse to understand the search process, and together we develop strategies that will create a cooperative and motivating environment that can improve the efficiency and success of the job search. Whether you are unemployed, living with someone who is unemployed, or you wish to attend as a couple, we welcome you. Mikey Beyda Photography, will also be with us to take pictures for your Linkedin photo or update the one you have for the NEW YEAR. Her fee is $20.00. For additional information, contact: John Carvelli at 1-201-995-7895, john.carvelli@pimco.com, or Janelle Razzino at 1-201-722-3111, janelle@razzinoassociates.com. The meeting is at St. John The Baptist Church, in the Sheen Room of the Parish Center, at 69 Valley Road, Hillsdale NJ 07642.

Thursday, December 11th, from 9:30 – 11:30 am: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Arne Salkin, who will give a presentation titled: Advanced Features of LinkedIn: Research, Find, Target, and Land. Arne will discuss the use of LinkedIn’s advanced features to go beyond the 100 entry search limit. Focus on the people you really want to reach, find smaller firms in your industry, research jobs, events, and groups. Do not get left behind. Take advantage of this great resource in your job search. To register, e-mail Beverly Feldman at bfeldman@jvsnj.org or call: 1-973-674-0871 by noon, 12/10/2014. The meeting is at the Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981. Turn right at the sign for Golds’ gym.

Thursday, December 11th, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) will offer a program titled: Career Resources. Explore job and career resources available at the SIBL Library and other public sites; Find industry and career advice, resume guides and more. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, December 11th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm: The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is pleased to welcome David Schuchman to discuss: Uncover the Hidden Job Market. About 70% of available positions are not even advertised or posted. In this wonderfully entertaining presentation, David helps you learn how uncover and discover many of those. Additional information is available at: http://ctpnj.org/. The meeting is at Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

Thursday, December 11th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: NNJ ASTD will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: The Interview…You Are Onstage. This presentation is highly participative by the audience. It identifies the four elements that interviewers focus on and involves demonstration, plus audience member mock interviews. It is entertaining, and many unknowns get exposed and explained. 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://astd1113.eventbrite.com. The meeting is at the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, 422 Cedar Hill Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

Friday, December 12th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County will co-host will host George Pace, who will give a presentation titled: Using Twitter for You Job Search. Learn how to use this powerful social media tool to enhance your job search. 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.

Friday, December 12th from 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon: The Mount Laurel Library will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: Getting Yourself a Job: Here’s How. Alex will discuss the various aspects of job hunting, what works and what does not. Examples will include the résumé, the interview, how to read the interviewer’s body language, how the hiring decision gets made, certain influencing factors, why so many facets of the job search are counter-intuitive, and what it takes to be more credible during the interview. Please register in advance on the library’s website. If there are any questions, please contact Joan M Serpico at 1-856-234-7319 x314. The meeting is at the Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.

Friday, December 12th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host John Crant, Author, Career Coach and Speaker, who will give a presentation titled: Building Your Professional Network with LinkedIn and How To Use It In Your Job Search. John will discuss how to start networking with LinkedIn.com’s networking personal profiles and then use your expanded network in your search for your next career challenge. The discussion includes: 1) Your LinkedIn Profile, and Creating Your Own Personal Network, 2) Networking Strategies to Expand Your Network, 3) Whom should I link with on LinkedIn, 4) Joining Groups will Benefit You in ways that You May Not Realize, 5) Why Your Blog should be Linked to Your LinkedIn Profile, 6) Expert Questions, Answers, Job Listings and More, Right on LinkedIn, and 6) Why Giving and Receiving Recommendations for Your Profile on LinkedIn is More Important than it Seems. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Saturday, December 13th from 7:30 – 10:15 am: The Breakfast Club will host John Hadley, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Turn Interviews Into Offers. Many candidates are so focused on the best answers to interview questions; they forget what is most important to do in an interview. You cannot treat the interview as a Question and Answer session and expect to get hired. No matter how much you have worked on crafting powerful answers, if all you do is respond to my questions, you will not get the offer. Your job as the candidate is to transform the interview into an influential conversation, digging deeply into the challenges and presenting results in that context, so that you are seen as a key solution. John will share key strategies and techniques that his clients have used to successfully navigate the interview minefield, and to secure job offers they were thrilled with. 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.

Saturday, December 13th from 12:30 noon – 2:00 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.

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!

Wednesday, December 10, 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The Bronxville Career Network (BCN) is pleased to announce the next meeting of the Accountability Group. Accountability Groups are informal peer-to-peer coaching sessions on resume review, interviewing, networking and related job hunting topics. Facilitated by Russell Kenny, who can be reached at rbk57000@rocketmail.com. 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 beautiful Copenhaver Room, 180 Pondfield Road, at the corner of Midland Ave, Bronxville, NY 10708.

 

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December networking events!

Monday, December 1st from 7:00 am – 9:30 am: The Mondays @ 7 Group will host a special meeting for Elevator Pitch Practice. For further information, contact Ed Thomas at 203-981-4648 orejjthomasjr@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 1st from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Northern NJ Professionals in Transition will hostTerrence 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, please contact NNJ_PIT@yahoogroups.com. The group meets the first and third Monday of the month, except holidays. 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 1st from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will hostMatthew Levy, who will give a presentation titled: Botox for Your Resume and Other Tips to Combat Job Search Ageism. 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 1st from 12:00 noon – 1:30 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.

Monday, December 1st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm: The Bergen Career Networking Community (BCNC) will host an evening of Informal Networking. Employed or seeking career opportunities; become involved in a dynamic professional networking community, essential in today’s economy for career development and professional success. Build relationships; expand your career and network by interacting with valuable and trusted contacts, sharing ideas, best practices, insights and perspectives in the marketplace. Registration required at: http://bcnc62.eventbrite.com. The group meets the first Monday of the month, except holidays. The meeting is at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, 1 International Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Tuesday, December 2nd from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: The Newtown Career Networking Group will hostDonna Serdula, Queen of the LinkedIn Makeover, who will give a presentation titled: Is Your LinkedIn Profile Getting Noticed. LinkedIn is the largest and most popular social media platform for professionals worldwide with over 275 million subscribers. In fact many businesses are displacing or completely replacing corporate headhunters and recruiters by accessing the LinkedIn database of talent, but it is easy to get lost in the noise. Donna will show you how to make your profile stand out from the crowd. Armed with this knowledge we will review and workshop several member LinkedIn profiles using the techniques we have learned. Then we can each return home and create our own distinctive profiles. 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 2nd 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.

Wednesday, December 3rd 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 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host John Crant, Author, Career Coach and Speaker, who will give a presentation titled:Self-Recruiter Resume Renovation. John will discuss how making the cuts necessary to be seen as a stand-out during your job search actually increases the value of the items on your resume. The discussion includes: 1) Resume: New Definition, 2) Resume Goals, 3) Understanding Stacks of Incoming Resumes, 4) 3 Second Test, 5) One Page Resume, Unless It is Two, 6) Value, Value Everywhere, but Nowhere to be Seen, 7) Degrees of Degrees, and 8) The Headless Horseman: Do not Send a Word Doc. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Career Transition Partnership (CTP) will hostPeggy Allen, who will give a presentation titled: Understanding the basics of LinkedIn. Learn how to manage LinkedIn and leverage industry professionals to market yourself, network with other people and find job opportunities. Additional information is available at: http://ctpnj.org/. The workshop will be held at St Isaac Jogues Church, 345 Evesboro-Medford Road and Elmwood Road, Marlton, NJ 08053 Use lot entrance on Evesboro-Medford Rd.Training is in either the Holy Family Hall or in Room 2A and B in building located to the right of Church. Park on the right (lighted) side of building.

Wednesday, December 3rd from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host Raymond Helfrich, who will give a presentation titled: Making Networks Work, A Practical Workshop. Raymond will talk about Networking, Why, What, Who, When, Where, and How. 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 4th 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.

Friday, December 5th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County will co-host will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: Do You Understand the Hiring Manager. This presentation exposes the thinking of the hiring manager. It shows how the interview is necessarily more focused on the needs of the company and the hiring manager than on those of the candidate. The audience will learn about: 1) How is the hiring manager checking out the candidate way beyond the résumé and interview, and 2) What values are important to the hiring manager. This presentation covers ways of searching for answers to those questions as well as how to answer interview questions properly. Visit the PSG of Mercer Countywebsite 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.

Saturday, December 6th 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.

Saturday, December 6th from 12:30 – 2:00 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, are proud to announce the 6th Annual New York 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.

Sunday, December 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will host Ed McCabe, a Lee, Hecht, Harrison career coach, and Rich Kritzer who will present the fourth segment of a four part workshop titled: Interview, Cultivate Offers, and Negotiate. Every discussion with a hiring manager should be considered an interview. Your role in the discussion is to position your skills, talents, and experiences as a solution to the challenges they face in their organizations. Your task is to cultivate an offer by helping the hiring manager see you in that role, and eventually make you an offer. Professionals will also help with questions following the presentation. The workshop is at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, One Passaic Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, in the lower church meeting room. All are welcome! For additional information, please call Carol Shea at 1-201-447-4215 or Tom Lewis at 1-201-445-1864.

Monday, December 8th from 7:00 am – 9:30 am: The Mondays @ 7 Group will host Tucker Mays,who will give a presentation titled: How to Determine Your Objective. The Most Difficult Decision in the Job Search. For further information, contact Ed Thomas at 203-981-4648 orejjthomasjr@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 8th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will hostWilliam LaChance and Carla Fallone who will give a presentation titled: Key Financial Planning for Those in a Career Transition or Entrepreneurs: Bring the Global Perspective Local. 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 8th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Mim Anzolut, who will give a presentation titled: Writing a Winning Resume. Mim willdiscuss how to write a resume that will give you a competitive edge. Learn how to make your resume reader-friendly, connect your experience with job descriptions, and highlight your achievements. Get tips in the art of writing cover letters and thank you letters. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Monday, December 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, The Career Networking Group will host Vicki Gaddy, Vice President of Talent Services at BioNJ, who will give a presentation titled: Get Traction Now: How to Think and Act Differently in the Job Market. Ignite your job search, light a fire and remove the box. Come learn effective strategies to give your search new life and hear about successful steps you can take to get traction and get moving with your career. Bring an open mind and be prepared to think differently. Regardless of the stage of your career, you will come away with actionable steps that will make a difference. The meeting will be at Mountainside Library, 2 Constitution Plaza, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

Monday, December 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: GenY Networking Group will host a Special Joint Meeting; Speaker and Topic to Be Determined. 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.

Tuesday, December 9th 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: To Send a Resume or Not. Renee will discusses the purpose of a resume, how should it be organized, and resume alternative. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, December 9th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm: The Northern Fairfield Professionals (NFP) will host aninteractive panel discussion on the Best Practices For Working With Recruiters. Join us for an in-person, interactive panel discussion which will provide insight on best practices for working with recruiters and corporations, along with discussing hiring trends in today’s job market. Panel members include: John Barry, Owner and President of ITech Consulting Partners, Yauhann Billimoria, Talent Acquisition Operations Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim, and Victoria Castellano-Coogan, founder of Avanti Staffing Inc. The panel will discuss the process used to screen and qualify candidates as well as misconceptions that have surfaced in regards to the process. Other discussion topics may include recommendations for candidates, social media and networking. Please come prepared with questions to ask the panel. Questions can be sent ahead of time to Amanda@itechcp.com. For additional information call John Barry at 1-203-270-0051 or john@itechcp.com. NFP meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meeting is in the St. Rose Knights of Columbus Building, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470. Behind Saint Rose church to the far left. The Knights building has 3 garage doors on the first floor, the meeting room is on the second floor. The entrance is the first door in the front of the building.

Tuesday, December 9th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Maria Guida, who will give a presentation titled: Speak With the Poise, Passion, and Persuasive Power of a Broadway Actor. Maria shares actors’ performance strategies that help you command attention and speak with real persuasive power. Whenever you speak for business, you are on stage. Maria shares actors’ performance skills that help corporate professionals command attention and persuade their listeners — in the office, boardroom, courtroom, on camera, and wherever it counts. Attendees learn how to enhance their professional image by using vocal performance and demeanor to project authority, authenticity, and approachability — to take stage, captivate business listeners, and generate business. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, December 9th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host a Special Alumni Session. This special session is set aside to hear and learn from a number of 2014 graduates of Career Forum; these are folks who landed positions during the course of the year. More important, they want to share with you ideas that worked for them and can work for you as you search for that next position. This is always a fun evening and we hope to see you there. 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 10th 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 10th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Robert Hellmann, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Become the Perfect Candidate: Tap into the Hidden Job Market. Robert will discuss strategies and techniques for positive job search results. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 10th from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a program titled: Managing Your Interviews. The following topics will be discussed: 1) The types of Interviews, 2) Interview Preparation, and 3) Answering: Why Should I Hire You? The second half of this meeting includes a practice workshop. 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 11th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm: The Career Transition Partnership is pleased to welcome David Schuchman to discuss: Uncover the Hidden Job Market. About 70% of available positions are not even advertised or posted. In this wonderfully entertaining presentation, David helps you learn how uncover and discover many of those. Additional information is available at: http://ctpnj.org/. The meeting is at Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

Thursday, December 11th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: NNJ ASTD will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: The Interview…You Are Onstage. This presentation is highly participative by the audience. It identifies the four elements that interviewers focus on and involves demonstration, plus audience member mock interviews. It is entertaining, and many unknowns get exposed and explained. For additional information, contact Alicja Lisnow ata_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://astd1113.eventbrite.com. The meeting is at the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, 422 Cedar Hill Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

Friday, December 12th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County will co-host will host George Pace, who will give a presentation titled: Using Twitter for You Job Search. Learn how to use this powerful social media tool to enhance your job search. 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.

Friday, December 12th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host John Crant, Author, Career Coach and Speaker, who will give a presentation titled:Building Your Professional Network with LinkedIn and How To Use It In Your Job Search. John will discuss how to start networking with LinkedIn.com’s networking personal profiles and then use your expanded network in your search for your next career challenge. The discussion includes: 1) Your LinkedIn Profile, and Creating Your Own Personal Network, 2) Networking Strategies to Expand Your Network, 3) Whom should I link with on LinkedIn, 4) Joining Groups will Benefit You in ways that You May Not Realize, 5) Why Your Blog should be Linked to Your LinkedIn Profile, 6) Expert Questions, Answers, Job Listings and More, Right on LinkedIn, and 6) Why Giving and Receiving Recommendations for Your Profile on LinkedIn is More Important than it Seems. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Saturday, December 13th from 7:30 – 10:15 am: The Breakfast Club will host John Hadley, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Turn Interviews Into Offers. Many candidates are so focused on the best answers to interview questions; they forget what is most important to do in an interview. You cannot treat the interview as a Question and Answer session and expect to get hired. No matter how much you have worked on crafting powerful answers, if all you do is respond to my questions, you will not get the offer. Your job as the candidate is to transform the interview into an influential conversation, digging deeply into the challenges and presenting results in that context, so that you are seen as a key solution. John will share key strategies and techniques that his clients have used to successfully navigate the interview minefield, and to secure job offers they were thrilled with. 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.

Saturday, December 13th from 12:30 noon – 2:00 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.

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 athttp://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 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Northern NJ Professionals in Transition will host Speaker and Topic to Be Determined. For additional information, please contactNNJ_PIT@yahoogroups.com. The group meets the first and third Monday of the month, except holidays. 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: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 6:30 – 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 Lke That. Please RSVP at:newtownnetworking@gmail.com. For more information, contact the church at 1-215-968-3861 orwww.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 7:30 – 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.

Monday, December 22nd from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Temple Community Network (TCN) will host: Speaker and Topic to Be Determined. The meeting is at Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208 South, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

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.

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.

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 atSIBL’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’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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Breathe new life into your job search

Matt LevyStrategies for longer-term jobseekers

By Matthew Levy

If you’ve been in the job market for three months, six months, nine months, even a year – you may be feeling frustrated, scared, concerned, discouraged, confused – or perhaps all of the these emotions. You’re probably asking yourself, “What am I doing wrong?” and “What should I be doing differently?” Getting no traction in your search can also affect your self-esteem and confidence.

You may also be struggling to answer interview questions like, “Why have you been out of work so long?” or “What have you been doing since you stopped working?”

You are not alone! The job market is still extremely challenging, and many qualified professionals are finding themselves in this situation.

But you CAN do better, and there ARE ways to accelerate your search!

Next Monday, December 1, Matt will share innovative strategies designed especially for the longer-term job seeker. He will breathe new life into your job search, using tips and techniques like:

– The Three A’s (attitude, activity and assertiveness)

– Re-evaluating your career direction and goals

– Innovative networking practices

– Advanced social media concepts

– Personal inventory (image and appearance)

– Refreshing your career documents

– And many more …

Where in the job search process are YOU getting bogged-down? Matt will zero-in on your barriers to success and get you moving again – so you can finally land the job of your dreams!

Matthew Levy is an HR Executive, career advisor, networking expert, keynote speaker and author.  He regularly gives speeches to networking groups and professional organizations on job search and career management topics.  He is also president of the Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy, a 300 person senior level HR professional organization.  Connect with him on LinkedIn to ask your career questions.

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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Ask your Career Questions! Sunday mornings and Monday nights!

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.

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Speed Networking – Bring Your Cards and Meet New People

As we all know, the best way to find that next, great job is through networking. On Mondaybusiness card morning,November 24 , beginning at 10:30, PSGCNJ members will have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills and make new contacts at a speed networking session.
Members will pair up across the table for a quick-get-to-know conversation and an exchange of business cards before moving to the next person. So mark your calendar and join your fellow PSGCNJ members for a fast moving, informative, and fun morning. Sneakers are optional.

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 http://www.psgcnj.org.

Please refrain from parking in the church parking lot. Metered and unmetered parking is available on West High Street. Unmetered parking is also available on some of the side streets near the church. Please put enough coins in the meter; a parking ticket in Somerville Borough costs $24! 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.

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Victor S. Manganaro Will Teach You How to Improvise For Effective Business Communication

VictorBy Rita Williams

Part of being in transition is being forced to shift and adapt our procedures, our listening, and our understanding. Another word for shifting and adapting is improvising. If you’ve ever wanted to hone your ability to shift and adapt—to improvise—come to the PSGCNJ general meeting on Monday, November 17, to hear Victor S. Manganaro give a presentation entitled Improv 4 Effective Business Communication.

Proactively exploring the many facets of Improv can unlock new dimensions in ourselves and how we are seen by our business peers. To help in this, Victor will host an interactive Improv mini-workshop — skimming the basics in the time allotted — that will help shift us out of our comfort zones. It will be fun, generate lots of laughs and create the potential for gaining some important insights about ourselves and communication style. The Improv exercises that Victor has specifically designed for business professionals focus on getting you to think more quickly on your feet, challenging your current communication skills, testing your listening ability, inspiring creativity, and becoming more aware and nimble. In 60 minutes, the goal is to have you gain one insight about yourself and open the door to new possibilities for your future. For more information, please visit http://www.improv4effectivenessbusinesscommunication.com/

Victor S. Manganaro is a graduate of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering with a Bachelor Degree in electrical engineering, majoring in computer engineering. He has 20+ years in product & system development, IT consulting, telecommunications and training & development. At PSGCNJ, he has hosted monthly meetings, redesigned and facilitated ACT training, and performed IT and marketing functions. Victor’s passion and purpose is about teaching people new skills and inspiring them to exceed their potential. It is with this purpose that gave birth to the current set of Improv for Effective Communication Workshops in 2013, both for professional and personal development. Victor is currently teaching a six-week class at the Princeton Adult School (PrincetonAdultSchool.org).

So, bring a friend and come to hear him speak at PSGCNJ’s general meeting on Monday, November 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, located at 48 West High Street, Somerville. Be sure to bring business cards, and be prepared to network.

Please refrain from parking in the church parking lot. Metered and unmetered parking is available on West High Street. Unmetered parking is also available on some of the side streets near the church. Please put enough coins in the meter; a parking ticket in Somerville Borough costs $24. 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.

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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