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April 2020 Virtual Transition Support Meetings

Members of the Tri-State Transition Community:

Everybody will get back to work

Due to the Corona Virus and the state’s social distancing mandate, all live meetings have been temporary canceled for the duration of the pandemic. That said, many groups have ingeniously started holding virtual meetings via: WebEx, Zoom, Facebook, or other electronic mediums.

Listed below are the virtual meetings that I am aware of. As more become available, I will share this information with you. One of the great things about these virtual meetings is that yesterday some meetings appeared too far away to travel to, but today they are just a click away. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore, make new friends, and learn from them.

In addition, some previous live meetings were recorded for future use and these Podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows. Check them out; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.

Meeting organizers, since all of these virtual meetings are now being telecasted, consider recording them for future use. Especially for members who for some reason or another could not attend the live telecast, but would like to view them at a later date. The information presented in these Podcasts is timeless and should be preserved for future viewing.

On behalf of the transition support community, we are most thankful to all the talented individuals who have so quickly transformed these live presentations into virtual meetings. Without your knowhow and willingness to help, the meetings listed below would not be possible.  Again, thank you very much for your help during this world wide health crisis.

Wishing everyone good heath,

Tom Donohue

a83td@aol.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/tcdonohue

April 2020 Virtual Transition Support Meetings

 Sundays from 9:00 – 10:30 am: George Pace, an IT Technology Leader, in Partnership with TBCNJ, will start holding a weekly LIVE Webinar every Sunday until this crisis is over. The purpose of this Webinar will be to:

  • Share the latest Federal / State news as it relates to the Job Market
  • Providing updates to apply for Unemployment 
  • Discuss proactive Activities to start thinking about, including:

o   General Skills, Video Skills, Remote Networking approaches, and

  • Most importantly, understanding the thoughts and concerns of the attendees on the Webinar 

To access the webinar go to www.facebook.com/keeppace, In the left-hand column click on Videos, then click on the Video that says LIVE.  If you don’t see the LIVE Button, it hasn’t started yet. For questions, please contact George Pace at: keeppace@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 2nd, from 12:00 noon – 12:45pm: John West Hadley, a Career Search Counselor, will hold a tele-conference to discuss How Will the Coronavirus Affect Your Search. While many employers may put hiring temporarily on hold, certain sectors may actually need more employees. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Click here: COVID-19 and Your Search to attend this informative meeting.

Thursday, April 2nd from 12:00-12:30pm: Free webinar hosted by Yulia McVeigh, founder of Upleveled Brand and Kieran Lenahan, founder of Lenahan Coaching titled: How to Stay Positive, Healthy, and Productive During COVID-19. Everyone who can is working from home in an effort to keep the greater community safe. For many, that means you are working from home for the first time or much more often than you used to. We will cover useful tips to make your work from home experience better so that you stay productive, positive, and healthy. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Register here: lenahancoaching.com/webinar

Thursday, April 2nd from 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Michael Goldberg, who will give a virtual presentation titled: Knockout Approaches to Virtual Networking. As a job-seeker, you must be a Knockout Networker–especially NOW. Thanks to the challenges presented by COVID-19, virtual meetings and terms like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” are now a part of our daily lives. Networking, scheduling appointments, developing relationships, generating referrals, and making important connections are just as important as ever. This Job-Seekers Workshop will help you develop your Knockout Fight Plan for networking via virtual meetings, online networking groups, social media, podcasts, and of course, phone calls. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Advanced registration is required. You will receive information about how to link to the workshop after you register at: https://jvsnj.org/event-registration/?event_id=2205. For more information, please contact Meryl Kanner at mkanner@jvsnj.org or 1-862-704-2233.

Thursday, April 2nd from 1:30 – 2:30 pm: The New Start Career Network (NSCN) is hosting a weekly “Share and Support” virtual meeting to discuss unemployment, and how to survive and thrive during the current pandemic events and beyond. The session will be hosted by NSCN Member Support Marc Strano, Career Development Facilitator Instructor Michele Martin, and NSCN Director Maria Heidkamp. Because the discussion topics will be based on the participants’ questions and challenges, the session should be highly interactive and effective. Join the “Share and Support” Zoom Meeting at: https://newstartcareernetwork.zoom.us/j/951284034 The goal of the NSCN is to provide job seekers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching. Please email us at “Ask NSCN” nscn@ejb.rutgers.edu if you have questions.

Thursday, April 2nd from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: The LinkedIn Passaic County NJ Chapter will host Paul Cecala, a Certified Career Coach and Beth Kujan, PMP will be presenting virtually. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Log-in instructions will be provided at : https://www.meetup.com/LinkedIn-Local-Wayne-N-J/events/269199012/.  If there are any questions, please contact Ken Lang at kennethlang@optonline.net.

Friday, April 3rd, from 9:30 – 11:30 am: The Jenkintown Career Networking Group will host Alycia Hannum, a Human Resources Manager at JBT Automated Systems, who will give a virtual presentation titled: Building YOUR LinkedIn Brand. Your online profile shapes others’ impression of you. When viewing your LinkedIn profile, people get an understanding of who you are. A strong presence on LinkedIn increases your chances of having your talents recognized by recruiters. Leveraging all that LinkedIn offers allows you to build you own personal brand. Your personal brand differentiates you and communicates your talents to a wider audience. Attend this engaging and informative presentation and you will learn:

  • Why personal branding on LinkedIn is important
  • How to make LinkedIn work for your job search and career
  • How to target future employers
  • Creating a personal search engine optimization (SEO) profile
  • Avoiding common mistakes

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Please register at: https://www.meetup.com/Career-Networking-Group-in-Montgomery-County-Meetup/events/wzjrkpyzcbgb/. This will be a Zoom Video Conference / Online Webinar Only: Look for meetup notification the day before this event, sent to your email address, with Zoom / Webinar Log-in and Dial-in Instructions. Questions: call George Schonewolf at 1-215-264-9153 or email him at: atgeorge@careerdirectionspa.com.

Friday, April 3rd, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County will hold a virtual meeting featuring Gary Lande, a Career Coach, will give a presentation titled: Letters. In this presentation Gary shows the kind of letters that get the attention of hiring managers. He presents examples of his own interview-winning cover letters, as well as the thank you letters that set him apart from his competition and got him job offers. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.  

Saturday, April 4th, from 8:30 – 10:30am: Careers in transition will resume our customary 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month meetings via Zoom until further notice. The meeting structure will remain the same. After a 5-minute zoom how to, we will still start with 15 second pitches, led by our host. Everyone will participate in the pitches. This will be followed by 2 breakout groups. Our general group will be led by Marty Latman. I am sure this breakout will provide useful tips how to network in our new normal. The other group will be resume review led by Carol and Glenn. If you have not done so already, download the free version of zoom. at: www.Zoom.us <https://zoom.us/signup>; in advance of the meeting and download Zoom. Please do this prior to our scheduled time to avoid any technical issues that may arise. Join this Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/850455205, Meeting ID: 850 455 205. Feel free to reach out to Glenn Resnicoff at 1-908-581-6874 or gresnicoff@gmail.com if you have questions or suggestions.

Monday, April 6th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting titled: Navigating thru Your Job Search During Uncertain Times. This session will be an Open Forum discussion with current and prospective job seekers. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Tuesday, April 7th, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm: NJ-SENG will host a virtual meeting titled: Networking Remotely in this Changing World. Before the meeting you should:

  1. Download Zoom.  You can download the Free Zoom version at www.Zoom.us.
  2. Please do this prior to our scheduled time to avoid any technical issues that may arise. This will enable us to begin on time and avoid delays associated with login problems.  By default, when you connect via Zoom you will be on mute.  Please lower your mouse to the bottom of your screen, that will bring up a black band with various icons.  On the lower left side there will be a microphone.  Click on that to unmute when you want to speak.
  3. Please have your Zoom setup tested with someone because once we start the virtual meeting there is no one to help you.  Furthermore, it is unfair to the others on the call to keep them waiting till you attempt to fix your technical issue.
  4. Please use a pc and NOT a mobile device.
  5. At the Zoom site, you can find instruction videos regarding the use of Zoom under the Help screen.

Below is the meeting invitation. I look forward to “seeing” you again at the meeting. Please email at MartyLatman@gmail.com if you plan on attending this meeting. Join the Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/348309787  Meeting ID is: 348 309 787

Wednesday, April 8th, from 10:00 – 11:30 am: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Marty Latman, president of Latman Advisory Services and co-chairman of Financial Executive Network Group (FENG), who will give a virtual presentation titled: Your Personal Brand Can Set You Apart. When you think of soda, do you think of Coke? When you think fast food, do you think McDonald’s? When you want to send things overnight, do you think Fedex? Why do the names of these companies come to mind so quickly? Do you want people to think of YOU when there’s a job opening as quickly as they think of those brands? Do you want to stand out from others in the job market? Do you wonder why other people are getting interviews–and you’re not? Marty will discuss ways to create a personal brand for yourself. Click here to register: https://jvsnj.org/event/040820/. You will receive information about how to link to this online workshop AFTER you register. For more information, please contact Meryl Kanner at mkanner@jvsnj.org or 1-862-704-2233.

Wednesday, April 8th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm: The New Start Career Network (NSCN) is hosting a Virtual Orientation to its services. New to the NSCN? Join us for an interactive overview of the resources and supports available to you as a New Start member, and how you can use them to find a new job. Register here for this free webinar.  Please email us at “Ask NSCN” nscn@ejb.rutgers.edu if you have questions.

Thursday, April 9th, from 9:30 – 11:30 am: The Jenkintown Career Networking Group will host Tara Rucci, who will give a virtual presentation titled: Employees and The Corporation – Diversity in the Workforce. This session will look at the many forms of diversity in the workplace and how diversity will impact the hiring and employment process. We will look at generational differences, ethnic differences, and the factors that come into play with diversity in hiring. We will explore diversity and inclusion within organizations and why it is important to embrace diversity. An interactive exercise will deepen understanding of the importance of diversity for job candidates. Attendees will take-away from this presentation:

  • Diversity definitions
  • Utilizing diversity to network
  • How organizations and candidates can utilize networking in diverse groups to obtain employees for open positions.

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Please register at: https://www.meetup.com/Career-Networking-Group-in-Montgomery-County-Meetup/events/dwqfsqybccbwb/. This will be a Zoom Video Conference / Online Webinar Only: Look for meetup notification the day before this event, sent to your email address, with Zoom / Webinar Log-in and Dial-in Instructions. Questions: call George Schonewolf at 1-215-264-9153 or email him at: atgeorge@careerdirectionspa.com.

Thursday, April 9th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm: The New Start Career Network (NSCN) is hosting a weekly “Share and Support” virtual meeting to discuss unemployment, and how to survive and thrive during the current pandemic events and beyond. The session will be hosted by NSCN Member Support Marc Strano, Career Development Facilitator Instructor Michele Martin, and NSCN Director Maria Heidkamp. Because the discussion topics will be based on the participants’ questions and challenges, the session should be highly interactive and effective. Join the “Share and Support” Zoom Meeting at: https://newstartcareernetwork.zoom.us/j/951284034 The goal of the NSCN is to provide job seekers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching. Please email us at “Ask NSCN” nscn@ejb.rutgers.edu if you have questions.

Thursday, April 9th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm: NNJ ATD (Association for Talent Development) will host Lisa Ann Miller, a Marketing Communications Leader, who will give a virtual presentation titled: How to Build Your Personal Brand Equity. Learn how to create, build, and leverage your personal brand. Market yourself strategically and creatively for optimal differentiation in competitive job markets. Lisa will demystify the marketing process and feature practical how-to creative insights to help you leverage your brand. Also featured: how and when to leverage your personal brand through social media.

  • Part 1: Thursday April 9, 2020 6:00-6:40PM – How to Build Your Personal Brand Equity – Creative Process Backgrounder
  • Part 2: Thursday April 9, 2020 7:00-7:40PM – How to Build Your Personal Brand Equity – Marketing Process Backgrounder

If you plan on joining the meeting, register and complete steps 1-5, prior to 4/08/2020 ( https://atd49.eventbrite.com) to secure your participant spot and get your meeting details. Zoom has a 40-minute meeting limit and 100 participant capacity.

  1. Download the Zoom App for your cellphone or computer. Information at https://zoom.us/join
  2. Learn about how Zoom works: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting It includes a one-minute “warmup” video, and a link to join a test meeting.
  3. Join 5 min before start.  For privacy reasons…the meeting will be locked to new participants at 6:05 (Part 1) and 7:05 (Part 2)
  4. Hover over bottom of screen to view operational icons.
  5. During the meeting, use the Chat to introduce yourself and/or ask a question (addressed after each session.)

Questions, please contact Alicja Lisnow at: a_lisnow@yahoo.com, or 1- 201.519.0545  

Friday, April 10th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting featuring David Schuchman, Executive Chair of PSG of Mercer County, who will give a presentation titled: Uncover the Hidden Job Market. This presentation informs attendees that up to 70% of open positions are not actively published (as per several sources), and why employers often use non-published ways of finding professional talent. We discuss ways to begin to overcome this challenge in order to be exposed to more professional opportunities. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.

Saturday, April 11th, from 9:00 – 10:30 am: The Breakfast Club will host David Schuchman, an Information Technology Consultant and Executive Chair of PSG of Mercer County, who will give a virtual presentation titled: How to Work as a Consultant in the Gig Economy. A consultant is someone who provides skills, a service or expert advice to others. For some professionals, this can be a new way to stay busy and earn income. Especially when full-time employment opportunities are not available. This program highlights the benefits and differences between employed vs. contract engagements. And, explains the steps you need to follow to pursue a path to Work as a Consultant. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Join us on Meetup.com at: http://www.meetup.com/The-Breakfast-Club-NJ/ to RSVP for the meeting.

Saturday, April 11th, from 9:45 – 11:45 am: My Career Transitions will host Cheryl Clark Bonner, a career program director and a counselor, who will give a virtual presentation titled: Tips and Techniques to Manage Stress During Your Job Search. Job seeking is bad for your health. Stress resulting from uncertainty, rejection, always being on, constant self-promotion, and juggling multiple tasks can take a toll on even the most put together person. This presentation will give you some new tools to use to maintain your health during a stressful season. You will be prompted to dust off some old techniques and practice new ones. For good measure, some job search tips will be added to the presentation to reframe your approach. By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply techniques you have successfully used in the past to your current situation
  • New tools to use to manage stress and maintain overall health
  • Strategies to overcome “stinkin’ thinking” and regain a positive approach

This event is sponsored by the Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. No registration needed.  To join this virtual event, click here.  Or copy this URL into your browser: https://psu.zoom.us/j/830430309  For PCs, we recommend using Google Chrome. Use a headset or dial in: 1-646-876-9923 meeting id 830430309# or 1-312-626-6799 meeting id 830430309# For more information please click here: http://www.mycareertransitions.com/.

Monday, April 13th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Marty Latman, president of Latman Advisory Services and co-chairman of Financial Executive Network Group (FENG), who will give a presentation titled: Winning the Perfect Role. Marty will discuss how to explain your professional value in under two minutes and how to leverage being overqualified to your advantage. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Thursday, April 16th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm: The New Start Career Network (NSCN) is hosting a weekly “Share and Support” virtual meeting to discuss unemployment, and how to survive and thrive during the current pandemic events and beyond. The session will be hosted by NSCN Member Support Marc Strano, Career Development Facilitator Instructor Michele Martin, and NSCN Director Maria Heidkamp. Because the discussion topics will be based on the participants’ questions and challenges, the session should be highly interactive and effective. Join the “Share and Support” Zoom Meeting at: https://newstartcareernetwork.zoom.us/j/951284034 The goal of the NSCN is to provide job seekers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching. Please email us at “Ask NSCN” nscn@ejb.rutgers.edu if you have questions. 

Thursday, April 16th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pam: The Jenkintown Career Networking Group will host a Panel of Career Experts for Navigating the Job Search Through Networking. Get a fresh perspective on your job search as the Career Networking Group goes behind the scenes with local career management professionals and recruiters who will share their insiders’ views on the recruitment and overall job search process. Join our panel of Job Search and Recruiting experts:

  • Amy Dinning – Senior Learning and Talent Development Leader
  • Ed Samuel – Executive Career Coach
  • Adrean Turner – Certified Coach, Speaker and Professional Development Trainer

as they discuss current trends in terms of Resumes, Interviewing, Networking, Negotiating Compensation (The Rules of the Game) and the growing importance of LinkedIn when it comes to recruiting, the onboarding processes and how to effectively connect with recruiters and hiring managers in a competitive job market. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Please register at: https://www.meetup.com/Career-Networking-Group-in-Montgomery-County-Meetup/events/246876368/. This will be a Zoom Video Conference / Online Webinar Only: Look for meetup notification the day before this event, sent to your email address, with Zoom / Webinar Log-in and Dial-in Instructions. Questions: call George Schonewolf at 1-215-264-9153 or email him at: atgeorge@careerdirectionspa.com.

Friday, April 17th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting featuring Harris Gubin, a franchise consultant, will give a presentation titled: Why to Consider the Path to Business Ownership: Franchise Exploration and Finding the Right Fit. While franchising is not for everyone, it may be an good option for someone wanting to start a business with the support and resources of a knowledgeable parent organization. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.

Monday, April 20th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Alex Freund a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: How to Deal with Long Term Unemployment. In this presentation, Alex will pinpoint the key differences between effective and noneffective job search strategies. You will:

  • Discover what holds you back.
  • Learn what you should do right when you become unemployed and what you should not do. Many people make certain critical mistakes without even realizing it.
  • Learn the five job search solutions for the long-term unemployed.
  • Improve your interviewing skills.

In this seminar, Alex will share a Self-Assessment for Re-entering the Job Market tool and provide a link to get you back on track. Sometimes you can DIY. Other times, though, you need a professional to help, and you’ll learn when. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Friday, April 24th, from 9:30 – 11:30 am: The Jenkintown Career Networking Group will host Shelly O’Donovan, Owner of Illuminate the Message, who will give a virtual presentation titled: Body Language Secrets Uncovered to Nail YOUR Interview. Did you know that 60–93% of information is communicated non-verbally? Think about all the effort we spend on words we’re delivering and yet we are totally unaware of messages our body is screaming. Shelly will teach you to use body language to illuminate your message and unlock your authenticity to help you get the job you want. In a world so focused on the words we say, most people are missing out on how we say those words, the nonverbal behind the verbal. You have the ability to harness the power of nonverbal communication, to revolutionize the way you present yourself, to change the way you approach client interactions and to utilize a unique skill set to become the best version of yourself. Shelly teaches people how to bridge the gap between verbal and nonverbal communication. She is passionate about helping every single person discover their inner superpower through understanding the fascinating science of body language and interpersonal skills. Attend this thought provoking and interactive presentation and you will learn:

  • Adopt non-verbal communication tips to ensure success
  • Gain powerful insight into using body language to show and feel increase levels of confidence
  • Optimize your first impression and build rapport with hiring managers

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. Please register at: https://www.meetup.com/Career-Networking-Group-in-Montgomery-County-Meetup/events/wzjrkpyzcbgb/. This will be a Zoom Video Conference / Online Webinar Only: Look for meetup notification the day before this event, sent to your email address, with Zoom / Webinar Log-in and Dial-in Instructions. Questions: call George Schonewolf at 1-215-264-9153 or email him at: atgeorge@careerdirectionspa.com.

Friday, April 24th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting featuring Linda Young, Executive Committee member of PSG of Mercer County, will give a presentation titled: Getting Started with Today’s Job Search Process. Whether you’re looking for your next job after a downsizing, re-entering the workforce after some planned time off, or fresh out of college, this program explains trends impacting today’s job market and provides you with some tools and resources to conduct an effective job search. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247

Monday, April 27th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Carol McCullagh, who will give a presentation titled: Resumes Exposed. Carol will compare and contrast different resume styles, section by section to evaluate their potential uses: submission, marketing, and/or risk reduction. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Friday, May 1st, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting featuring Valerie S. Williams, Mentor and Project Management Professional, will give a presentation titled: Kick Start your Job Search – The Essential Checklist. Before you submit your next resume there are some things you can do to make the process smoother and submission faster.  This session will help you by giving you the ultimate job hunt checklist. This session will also give you networking tools, ways to showcase your skills, and supporting documents to help you track your progress.  Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247

Friday, May 8th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting, featuring Marty Latman, Senior Finance Professional, Consultant and Coach, who will give a presentation titled: Ageism Exists, The Elephant in The Room. Do you feel that you are not getting a new position because of your age? Is your career not advancing because you are older? Do you feel you are being discriminated due to your age? How do you remedy this situation? Marty will discuss the things you need to know about ageism so you can use it to strengthen your position as the ideal candidate for a position. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone that you think would benefit from joining us. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.

 

Pre-Recorded Podcasts

 

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. In addition, the library has numerous training classes on Microsoft Office, including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Check it out; you will be glad that you did. 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.

 

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/searchresults?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!

 

Microcasts featuring Win Sheffield, a certified career coach, consisting of 71 assorted Power of You Microcasts.  These 5-minute Microcasts answer various career questions, such as:

  • I have just been laid off and don’t know where to turn; what do I do
  • I am frustrated by my progress even though I am pursuing a variety of job options. What can I do to improve my results
  • Networking, I have very little idea who I should be meeting with or what to ask them. Can you help me get started

For the entire list of 71 five-minute Power of You microcasts, please click on the following link: www.winsheffield.com/podcasts.

 

Teleconference featuring Abby Kohut, President of Staffing Symphony, and author of Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets, give a teleconference call titled: Keeping Your Career on Track During the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you weren’t able to join the live call, we invite you to listen to the replay at: https://careerwakeupcalls.com/replay-2703/.

 

Career Wake Up Call #99A Replay.  We invite you to listen to the replay here: https://CareerWakeUpCalls.com/replay-5671/. The resource guide to accompany the call has been posted here: https://CareerWakeUpCalls.com/COVID-19/

 

In addition to listening to this replay, send an email to Abby at join@absolutelyabby.com. This will add you to the invite list for the next call and the resource guide from this call. 

 

Zoom: If you want to learn how to use Zoom, copy this link: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-zoom/stay-connected-with-zoom-meetings?trk=lilblog_03-11-20_new-to-working-remotely-resources_learning and paste it into your browser. This will take you to your LinkedIn account and then to videos to instruct you to use Zoom. Good Luck, Marty Latman

 

PSG of Mercer County website has now grown to 35 eLearning sites. Many are free, but not all.  Check out some of these eLearning sites at:
https://www.psgofmercercounty.org/p/e-learning-resources.html

 

Other

 

The New Start Career Network is working with the NJ Department of Labor to gather information about the questions and concerns you have about job loss,unemployment insurance, sick leave, and benefits or resources that may be available to help at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4MFQSdibVxbF6m3LYardieuCtt2kFoOB_tGfe2hwmyFmRxg/viewform

 

The New Start Career Network (NSCN) is also providing free access to webinars, podcasts, and other job search resources. To help jobseekers during the coronavirus outbreak, the NSCN resources and services are available to everyone. To learn more, visit the NSCN website at https://www.newstartcareernetwork.org/ or email us at “Ask NSCN” nscn@ejb.rutgers.edu if you have questions.

 

Current and Upcoming Networking Events in the Tri-State Region

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Members of the Tri State Transition Community:

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Better days are ahead of us

Due to the Corona Virus and the state’s social distancing mandate, all live meetings have been temporary canceled for the duration of the pandemic. That said, many groups have ingeniously started holding virtual meetings via the Web, Facebook, or other electronic mediums.

Listed below are the virtual meetings that I am aware of. As more become available, I will share this information with you.

In addition, some previous live meetings were recorded for future use and these Podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows. Check them out; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.

Fortunately, as we all know, there are some very smart individuals in Tri State Transition Community. I am positive that there will be even more of these virtual meetings going forward. Things are just getting started. Stay tuned, I am sure there is more to come.

Wishing everyone good heath,

Tom Donohue

a83td@aol.com

http://www..linkedin.com/in/tcdonohue

Upcoming Virtual Transition Support Meetings

Sundays from 9:00 – 10:30 am: George Pace, an IT Technology Leader, in Partnership with TBCNJ, will start holding a weekly LIVE Webinar every Sunday until this crisis is over. The purpose of this Webinar will be to:

  • Share the latest Federal / State news as it relates to the Job Market
  • Providing updates to apply for Unemployment 
  • Discuss proactive Activities to start thinking about, including:

o   General Skills, Video Skills, Remote Networking approaches, and

  • Most importantly, understanding the thoughts and concerns of the attendees on the Webinar 

To access the webinar go to www.facebook.com/keeppace, In the left-hand column click on Videos, then click on the Video that says LIVE.  If you don’t see the LIVE Button, it hasn’t started yet. For questions, please contact George Pace at: keeppace@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 2nd, from 12:00 noon – 12:45pm: John West Hadley, a Career Search Counselor, will hold a tele-conference to discuss How Will the Coronavirus Affect Your Search. While many employers may put hiring temporarily on hold, certain sectors may actually need more employees. Click here: COVID-19 and Your Search to attend this informative meeting.

Thursday, April 2nd from 12:00-12:30pm: Free webinar hosted by Yulia McVeigh, founder of Upleveled Brand and Kieran Lenahan, founder of Lenahan Coaching titled: How to Stay Positive, Healthy, and Productive During COVID-19. Everyone who can is working from home in an effort to keep the greater community safe. For many, that means you are working from home for the first time or much more often than you used to. We will cover useful tips to make your work from home experience better so that you stay productive, positive, and healthy! Register here: lenahancoaching.com/webinar

Thursday, April 2nd from 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Michael Goldberg, who will give a virtual presentation titled: Knockout Approaches to Virtual Networking. As a job-seeker, you must be a Knockout Networker–especially NOW. Thanks to the challenges presented by COVID-19, virtual meetings and terms like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” are now a part of our daily lives. Networking, scheduling appointments, developing relationships, generating referrals, and making important connections are just as important as ever. This Job-Seekers Workshop will help you develop your Knockout Fight Plan for networking via virtual meetings, online networking groups, social media, podcasts, and of course, phone calls. Advanced registration is required. You will receive information about how to link to the workshop after you register at: https://jvsnj.org/event-registration/?event_id=2205. For more information, please contact Meryl Kanner at mkanner@jvsnj.org or 1-862-704-2233.

Thursday, April 2nd from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: The LinkedIn Passaic County NJ Chapter will host Paul Cecala, a Certified Career Coach and Beth Kujan, PMP will be presenting virtually. Log-in instructions will be provided at : https://www.meetup.com/LinkedIn-Local-Wayne-N-J/events/269199012/.  If there are any questions, please contact Ken Lang at kennethlang@optonline.net.

Friday, April 3rd, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting: Career Coach Gary Lande will give a presentation titled: “Letters“. In this presentation Gary shows the kind of letters that get the attention of hiring managers. He presents examples of his own interview-winning cover letters, as well as the thank you letters that set him apart from his competition and got him job offers. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.  

Saturday, April 4th, Careers in transition is working on setting up virtual meetings starting with our April 4th meeting. We are in the process of securing 2 zoom accounts.  This will enable us to have our large group discussion as well as resume review.  We will provide more details on how to join the meeting as they become available to all of our groups.  The instructions will include how you can invite new members.  We are still working out some details of how the structure of the virtual meetings will differ from our regular meetings.  Hopefully everyone will understand as we work out the kinks during our first few meetings. Please monitor the group’s webpage at: Christ Church in Short Hills: Careers in Transition and your email for details as we approach April 4th.  Feel free to reach out to Glenn Resnicoff at 1-908-581-6874 or gresnicoff@gmail.com if you have questions or suggestions. These are very challenging times, but we have all been through them before.  We will get through this with each other’s’ support.

Monday, April 6th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting titled: Navigating thru Your Job Search During Uncertain Times. This session will be an Open Forum discussion with current and prospective job seekers. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Tuesday, April 7th, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm: NJ-SENG will host a virtual meeting titled: Networking Remotely in this Changing World. Before the meeting you should:

  1. Download Zoom.  You can download the Free Zoom version at www.Zoom.us.
  2. Please do this prior to our scheduled time to avoid any technical issues that may arise. This will enable us to begin on time and avoid delays associated with login problems.  By default, when you connect via Zoom you will be on mute.  Please lower your mouse to the bottom of your screen, that will bring up a black band with various icons.  On the lower left side there will be a microphone.  Click on that to unmute when you want to speak.
  3. Please have your Zoom setup tested with someone because once we start the virtual meeting there is no one to help you.  Furthermore, it is unfair to the others on the call to keep them waiting till you attempt to fix your technical issue.
  4. Please use a pc and NOT a mobile device.
  5. At the Zoom site, you can find instruction videos regarding the use of Zoom under the Help screen.

Below is the meeting invitation. I look forward to “seeing” you again at the meeting. Please email at MartyLatman@gmail.com if you plan on attending this meeting. Join the Zoom Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/348309787  Meeting ID is: 348 309 787

Friday, April 10th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting: David Schuchman, Executive Chair of PSG of Mercer County will give a presentation titled: “Uncover the Hidden Job Market“. This presentation informs attendees that up to 70% of open positions are not actively published (as per several sources), and why employers often use non-published ways of finding professional talent. We discuss ways to begin to overcome this challenge in order to be exposed to more professional opportunities. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.

Saturday, April 11th, from 9:00 – 10:30 am: The Breakfast Club will host David Schuchman, Information Technology Consultant and Executive Chair of PSG of Mercer County, who will give a presentation titled: How to Work as a Consultant in the Gig Economy. Note, this will be a Virtual meeting, and the platform is being discussed. Last month we met on Facebook Live. Please stay tuned, and RSVP here on Meetup. I will announce the meeting once the logon details are complete, Adrienne Roman

Monday, April 13th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Marty Latman who will give a presentation titled: Winning the Perfect Role. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Friday, April 17th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting: Franchise consultant Harris Gubin will give a presentation titled: “Why to Consider the Path to Business Ownership: Franchise Exploration and Finding the Right Fit”. While franchising is not for everyone, it may be an good option for someone wanting to start a business with the support and resources of a knowledgeable parent organization. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247.

Monday, April 20th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Alex Freund who will give a presentation titled: How to Deal with Long Term Unemployment. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Friday, April 24th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting: Linda Young, Executive Committee member of PSG of Mercer County will give a presentation titled: “Getting Started with Today’s Job Search Process”. Whether you’re looking for your next job after a downsizing, re-entering the workforce after some planned time off, or fresh out of college, this program explains trends impacting today’s job market and provides you with some tools and resources to conduct an effective job search. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247

Monday, April 27th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Carol McCullagh who will give a presentation titled: Resumes Exposed. On the day of the meeting click this link: PSGCNJ Virtual Meeting to open Zoom and enter Meeting ID 525-652-585 to join the meeting. If asked to download an executable (.exe) file, allow that to happen. Select computer speakers or phone to hear. To participate by phone only dial: 1-646-558-8656.

Friday, May 1st, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting: Valerie S. Williams, Mentor and Project Management Professional, will give a presentation titled: “Kick Start your Job Search – The Essential Checklist“. Before you submit your next resume there are some things you can do to make the process smoother and submission faster.  This session will help you by giving you the ultimate job hunt checklist. This session will also give you networking tools, ways to showcase your skills, and supporting documents to help you track your progress.  Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247

Friday, May 8th, from 10:00 – 11:30am: The Professional Service Group of Mercer County Virtual meeting: Marty Latman, Senior Finance Professional, Consultant and Coach will give a presentation titled: “Ageism Exists! The Elephant In The Room”. In this program we discuss “The Elephant in the Room” – Ageism. Marty will identify the things you need to know about ageism so you can use it to strengthen your position as the ideal candidate for a position. Please visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn more about the numerous free resources available there. The Zoom.us link for the virtual program is https://zoom.us/j/373332247

 Pre-Recorded Podcasts

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. In addition, the library has numerous training classes on Microsoft Office, including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Check it out; you will be glad that you did. 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.

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/searchresults?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!

Microcasts featuring Win Sheffield, a certified career coach, consisting of 71 assorted Power of You Microcasts.  These 5-minute Microcasts answer various career questions, such as:

  • I have just been laid off and don’t know where to turn; what do I do
  • I am frustrated by my progress even though I am pursuing a variety of job options. What can I do to improve my results
  • Networking, I have very little idea who I should be meeting with or what to ask them. Can you help me get started

For the entire list of 71 five-minute Power of You microcasts, please click on the following link: www.winsheffield.com/podcasts.

Teleconference featuring Abby Kohut, President of Staffing Symphony, and author of Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets, give a teleconference call titled: Keeping Your Career on Track During the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you weren’t able to join the live call, we invite you to listen to the replay at: https://careerwakeupcalls.com/replay-2703/.

Career Wake Up Call #99A Replay.  We invite you to listen to the replay here: https://CareerWakeUpCalls.com/replay-5671/. The resource guide to accompany the call has been posted here: https://CareerWakeUpCalls.com/COVID-19/

In addition to listening to this replay, send an email to Abby at join@absolutelyabby.com. This will add you to the invite list for the next call and the resource guide from this call. 

Zoom: If you want to learn how to use Zoom, copy this link: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-zoom/stay-connected-with-zoom-meetings?trk=lilblog_03-11-20_new-to-working-remotely-resources_learning and paste it into your browser. This will take you to your LinkedIn account and then to videos to instruct you to use Zoom. Good Luck, Marty Latman

PSG of Mercer County website has now grown to 35 eLearning sites. Many are free, but not all.  Check out some of these eLearning sites at:
https://www.psgofmercercounty.org/p/e-learning-resources.html

Other

The New Start Career Network is working with the NJ Department of Labor to gather information about the questions and concerns you have about job loss, unemployment insurance, sick leave, and benefits or resources that may be available to help at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4MFQSdibVxbF6m3LYardieuCtt2kFoOB_tGfe2hwmyFmRxg/viewform

 

 

 

Six Steps out of In-transition

How to Overcome Fear While In-transition

Photo by Jamierodriguez37 at morgufile.com

Losing your job can happen instantly, or you might be told ahead of time because the company is restructuring, moving out of town, or the like. Regardless of the circumstances, it is vital to attempt to quickly regain equilibrium and find another suitable position—fast. Typically, though, your reaction to the new situation is not logical but emotional. For example, shortly after discharge, your intuition tells you to start calling people who in your mind could be potentially helpful. Logically, that makes sense, but practically, it’s a big mistake. The reason is that first, you’re not well balanced emotionally and so would probably sound too emotional or like sour grapes, and second, you’re not ready to answer certain valid questions.

As a 13-year veteran of serving as a practicing career coach, here is my best advice.

  1. Do nothing until you feel emotionally strong. If you’re still in denial, still angry, and still in shock, wait until you’ve regained your emotional energy, until your creativity is back, and until you feel committed again.
  2. Get your marketing collateral ready. There are at least two vital documents you must arm yourself with, and they must be developed for you by professionals. You need an outstanding—not just a very good—résumé and an equally outstanding LinkedIn profile. Both of them must include the right keywords for your industry—the keywords that recruiters and hiring managers query by. Do you know which ones they are? Most people react to this task intuitively by brushing off the dust from an old résumé, updating it with the most-recent information, and, often, soliciting friends to help them review and edit it. Sure sounds logical because with the loss of the job, your income stream has shut down and this is not a good time to incur major expenses for the services of professionals to create your documents. But think again. What’s the cost of every week that goes by without income? My strong suggestion is to hire a professional whose work will get you back to work faster. Make sure that the professional is highly recommended. Many quasi-professionals would love to get your money but unfortunately are unable to meet your expectations. By then it is too late. This point has been proved again and again.
  3. Start job search networking. Many people have not needed to network recently because they had a job and therefore never saw the importance of it, or they didn’t have the extra energy to put into it. It is known that 60 to 80 percent of people get their jobs via networking. Only single-digit percentages of people get their jobs by applying online.
  4. Develop your written and verbal communications. Throughout the job search period, all job seekers have to engage others either in writing or verbally. I’m not talking about chitchat but about business For instance, job seekers must write cover letters tailored to the descriptions of different jobs they apply for; they must write thank-you letters right after an interview; and they must write follow-up letters a while after an interview or a meeting or a conversation and so on.
  5. Prepare for an interview. Assume you get lucky and are among, say, five people called in for an interview. At this point—in a departure from the system used in the Olympic Games, in which there are three winners—here in the marketplace there is only one winner who will get the offer; all the rest are losers. Are you that good? Are you that one who is able to outshine your competition? And remember: the other candidates, too, are very good; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been called in to interview. Via the interview, you have only one chance to beat your competition. Can you do it? Forget that in the past you’ve gotten offers. So have your competitors.
  6. Learn to negotiate your compensation. Congratulations! An offer is in your hand, and you feel thrilled because you’ve hardly been able to wait for this moment to happen. But hold on: at this point, you have to accept the job, and the offering company is waiting for your answer, right? Not so fast. Now is the time to start the compensation negotiation process. Make sure you know how.

Via my own LinkedIn profile, you can download a self-assessment survey about reentering the job market. It’s free, and I hope you use it to advantage yourself in the job search process.