Virtual Networking 12/26/2021 – Members of the Tri State Transition Community

How to detect the interviewer’s personality is not an easy task. During all of my corporate working years, my subordinates and associates heard me say, “Nobody impresses me the first 60 days on the job.” I must have said that dozens of times because I truly believe the thought. Basically, via that sentence I was expressing the concept that the impression one makes in the job interview doesn’t always pan out in real life on the job after, say, 60 days, once reality begins to set in. At times, the real person appears to be very different from the one that made certain impressions during the interview process. I am a career coach focusing on the specialty of the interviewing process. I teach clients by practicing mock interviews with them so they can become appealing to cadres of interviewers. Those interviewers of course have various personalities and wide-ranging needs, and a candidate that is one size fits all will not fare well without being able to assess and then adapt to the interviewer’s style and interests. For example, the interests of the hiring manager are different from (1) those of the human resources interviewer and (2) those of potential future peers and (3) those of the hiring manager’s own supervisor. How can you find out the style of the interviewer? Many of us have developed through the years an intuition for assessing people we talk with. Some of us are better at such assessment than others, and some of us are not so good at it. For those who feel challenged in this area, I prepared a short video, which is available via my LinkedIn profile under the Summary section. In this video, I describe four types of people who conduct interviews. Of course, no one type is pure, with only one type of personality; we each have in us a combination of personalities, but most of us have a dominant personality. Once you read the person interviewing you, the learned adaptation should come automatically. For example, if the interviewer is an executive interested only in brevity and the bottom line, then a candidate’s long-windedness is a prescription for failure. If the interviewer is the friendly type, feels talkative, and likes working in teams with others and a job candidate is too brief or focuses exclusively on self, which would not work out either. Can you emulate a chameleon? Please don’t misunderstand my intention. I am certainly not one who admires an insincere or fake personality. For me that would be an instant turnoff. But my suggestion for you is to learn how to change your communication style so as to adapt to or accommodate a variety of people and situations. In other words, a story can be told by emphasizing extensive and minute details in order to be thorough, or it can be summarized briefly and get quickly to the punch line. So, open your eyes and ears early into the interview, make an assessment of the person sitting on the other side of the desk, and respond in that interviewer’s style. Such a skill will bring you much closer to being liked—and hopefully, to receiving the job offer.

I wonder about his personality


Tuesday, December 28, 2021 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT), The Tuesday evening NJ JobSeekers group, normally at Trinity Church in Princeton, is moving online for the duration. Web site:  Tuesday meeting permalink:


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am, Monmouth County Workforce Development presents “Discover your Strengths”, By Terrence Seamon. (RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER, 2021!!) Please reserve your seat by going to:

and registering for this workshop. YOU MUST Complete the registration to receive an email with the ZOOM link to join. IF YOU REGISTERED FOR THE NOVEMBER

EVENT, YOU MUST REGSITER AGAIN TO RECEIVE THE LINK FOR THIS NEW DATE- SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT. Please SAVE the link sent to you, as this is the ONLY time you will receive it-there are NO REMINDERS before the event.  PLEASE Only 1 reservation per email address is allowed. If others are interested in attending, they MUST have their own email address.


Wed Jan 5th, 12:00-1:30pm Central time, NSENG Webinar, “RESUMES TELL BUT COVER LETTERS SELL” Click HERE to view details and/or register for this event.

Resumes present a great deal of job seeker background that’s often never read very carefully for 2 reasons:

  1. Most resumes contain so much content that they don’t immediately capture the reader’s interest.
  2. Many companies rely on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to review resumes in order to determine which candidates to consider for phone screens.

Marty Gilbert, will present specific cover letter tactics that you can apply immediately to significantly raise your visibility and capture more interviews.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 7:00-9:00 p.m. Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is offering a Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change.  This meeting will be held by virtual format via Zoom. The topic for this session is “Maximizing LinkedIn” presented by John Sher, President of Sher Coaching and Developer of the “Trust Success Model”. In this interactive session, Ken will teach you ways to get noticed and to move yourself to the first page of a search. You will learn how to:

–          Build and enhance your personal brand

–          Strengthen your profile

–          See and be seen in your industry

–          Find the right job for you and the people who can help you get it

This group is offered free of charge and is open to the entire community.  Funding for this program is provided by grants from The Arnold A. Schwartz Foundation, Affinity Federal Credit Union and Magyar Bank. Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation and to be admitted to the group. To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, please contact Elise Prezant at or 908-725-7799X108.

Fri Jan 7, 2022 9:45am – 12pm Eastern Time – New York, Mercer County PSG Events presents David Schuchman – Is it Time to Consider a “Plan B”?Is the time and effort you put into your job search producing the results you expect and need? If not, it may be time to closely evaluate your job search strategy. Specifically, the skills you will bring to your next employer and the skills your next employer (and the market place) may really need. If there is a gap between those 2 points, or if you no longer enjoy what you have previously done, you may need to adjust your job search strategy. The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542.

Saturday January 8th, at 8:00 AM, The Breakfast Club NJ presents:  George Pace -“Pandemic Proof” your Career – Insights from 52 Weeks of “COVID” Webinars. Please go to for virtual meeting signon instructions. Go to  to sign up for the meeting.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022, 10:00AM-11:30AM, Monmouth County Workforce Development presents, Why Can’t I Get That Job?, By Alex Freund, Please reserve your seat by going to:  https:/ / , and registering for this workshop. YOU MUST Complete the registration to receive an email with the ZOOM link to join. Please SAVE the link sent to you, as this is the ONLY time you will receive it-there are NO REMINDERS before the event. PLEASE Only 1 reservation per email address is allowed. If others are interested in attending, they MUST have their own email address.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022, 10:00AM-11:30AM, Monmouth County Workforce Development presents, Resume Workshop: How to Write An Interview Worthy Resume from Veteran to Civilian, By LaPora Lindsey, CPRW, MCPC Please reserve your seat by going to: and registering for this workshop. YOU MUST Complete the registration to receive an email with the ZOOM link to join. Please SAVE the link sent to you, as this is the ONLY time you will receive it-there are NO REMINDERS before the event. PLEASE Only 1 reservation per email address is allowed. If others are interested in attending, they MUST have their own email address.


Thursday, January 13, 2022 – 6:30pm -8:00pm – via Zoom, NJSENG Meeting – “You do what?” The Value You Bring and Ways to Promote Yourself by Maya Ollson To reserve a seat, please send an email to with the Subject line “Reserve my Seat for 1-13-22 Meeting.


Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:45am – 12pm Eastern Time – New York,  Mercer County PSG Events presents, Paul Cecala – The NEW Employment Model! Managing our Career in the Post COVID Economy The landscape is changing. Consulting and gig jobs, health passports, major disrupters, Work-From-Home, and more seem to dominate the landscape. Understanding what the changing employment model is and how to fit into it is essential to work success. This highly interactive session explores what jobs and careers look like going forward. Develop a new outlook on how to create income stability and growth as well as consistent work. Share your experiences. The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542



Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:45am – 12pm Eastern Time – New York,  Mercer County PSG Events presents Ed Samuel – Cold Calling and Your Job SearchPlease join Ed Samuel, Career Coach with SamNova, Inc. ( to learn how cold calling if done well could help you land the next interview and job.  There are many myths about cold calling, and you will be surprised at how effective it can be given the right preparation. Although Ed will not use the word, “easy” he will share the dos and don’ts of making cold calls and how you can incorporate them into your job search strategy. He will share real-life success stories by people who made the call that then made all the difference in their careers. Ed has made 5000+ cold calls himself and knows this territory all too well. Learn why 40% of his clients have landed jobs using this method over the last 15 years.


Key Takeaways from this session:

– Learn the singular strategy that leads to cold call success more than anything else

– Discern the difference between a cold, warm and semi-warm call

– Learn the foundational elements of work needed before you pick up the phone

– Discover why tracking your progress is pivotal

–  Answer the question on how many calls one should make before “giving up”?

–  Learn how making assumptions in your psyche can hurt your efforts

The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2022, 10:00AM-11:30AM, FREE CAREER WEBINAR, NNJPIT presents “How to Work as a Consultant in the Gig Economy”, By David Schuchman. Please reserve your seat by going to: and registering for this workshop. YOU MUST Complete the registration to receive an email with the ZOOM link to join.


Fri Jan 28, 2022 9:45am – 12pm Eastern Time – New York, Mercer County PSG Events presents Hanan Issacs – Essential Principles of Employment Law for Workers or Those in Transition

New Jersey Employment and Family Law Attorney Hanan Isaacs will cover key topics under NJ employment law and, where relevant, federal law. Topics to be covered will include:

  • At-will employment, employment contracts, civil service, Union membership
  • Lawful and unlawful hiring practices by the employer
  • Legal significance/enforceability of an Employee Handbook or Personnel Manual
  • More…

The Princeton Public Library. 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542


 Pre-Recorded Podcasts

In this article, IDC’s Wayne Kurtzman shares survey results on how to increase engagement in virtual meetings .

This video podcast explores the preferences, experiences, attitudes and behaviors of organizers and attendees of virtual events that have been held in the wake of COVID-19. It also delves into the priorities that organizers, sponsors, and vendors should address to ensure a positive experience for event attendees and how to capitalize of virtual event opportunities.

The New York Science, Industry and Business Library, located at 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016. The library also recorded some of the presentations and they are available 24/7 on-line at:

In addition to listening to this replay, send an email to Abby at 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: and paste it into your browser. This will take you to your LinkedIn account and then to videos to instruct you to use Zoom.

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:

Sara Greenhouse of Generate Buzz, LLC has officially launched Coaches’ Covid Couch, a series of short podcasts with a variety of coaches (ex. job / career, health & wellness, sales, business, life, etc), discussing their experiences during the pandemic and advice they have to help you build your resilience. Click here to check out the Generate Buzz, LLC YouTube channel and be sure to click subscribe so you’re notified of new videos. Questions? Please email:

General Resources

The Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group (PAGCG), with the Business Executives Networking Group (BENG) and Nonprofit Career Network (NCN) provides career education, resources, support services, & networking connections for those in transition, the self-employed, employed, & the organizations that employ them. We are all-inclusive, diverse, and equitable. BENG is for mid to senior level whether in transition, employed, or self-employed.

For more information go to

The latest event list can be found here:

The mission of is to provide ONE website where anyone who is unemployed or under-employed, can find everything they need to help with his or her career search that will result in employment.

Any formed group that assists members in educating, coaching, career testing, job lead, networking connections, mentoring, counseling, or support, while providing a safe place for the job seeker, is welcome to be listed on the or website.  For more information and a schedule of events go to


Become a New Start Career Network Member!

New Start Career Network (NSCN) provides free assistance to NJ residents over age 45 who have been out of work for at least 6 months. Membership includes:

  1. Information and advice about the labor market and job search strategies, including over 100 webinars on all aspects of the search.
  2. Free access to premium job search services such as Jobscan, Vault, and Big Interview.
  3. One-on-one and group virtual coaching provided by trained volunteer coaches.
  4. Resume & LinkedIn profile reviews and practice interviewing with coaches.
  5. Referrals to a broad range of services through NSCN’s partners, including education, training, mental health support, and financial advising.

To become a member, please visit For more information, please email


Recurring Meetings

Sundays from 9:00 – 9:30 am: George Pace, an IT Technology Leader, in Partnership with TBCNJ, host a weekly LIVE Webinar every Sunday to discuss:

  • The latest Federal / State news as it relates to the Job Market
  • Updates related to Unemployment
  • Discuss proactive job search activities

To access the webinar, 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:


The Ramsey Job Search Work Team meets every Monday morning. Networking starts from 9 to 9:30am and the meeting starts at 9:30 to 10:30 while virtual.  Members are expected to hold each other accountable at weekly (virtual) meetings for conducting a job search in earnest. Historically, the team has enjoyed a very high rate of “landings” by those conducting an active and vigorous job search.

Based on the Lee-Hecht-Harrison model, it’s more of a project management team made up of people committed to helping each other in the job search. By attending regularly and staying focused on key tasks, meetings serve as an advisory panel that knows you and your search and can offer answers to the questions that come up in job hunting.

Help others to help you (especially for the first few meetings) by having a prepared “elevator pitch” to introduce yourself. Jobs open up because there’s a problem to solve or a need to fill.

Please contact Beth Berkenfeld at or 201-797-4342 if interested in joining the group.


Monday October 18, 2021 and every Monday after through December 20, 2021, 4:30-5:30 (doors open at 4:30) Stories Workshop: Conveying your value, Location: Online via Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting: . Try it out !  Description: Take a page from Hollywood’s playbook and communicate your value effectively using stories.  We are hardwired for stories and can learn to use them to get results for our careers quickly. Participants start with a story to polish, rambling tales, vague ideas, or no idea where to begin and progress to effective resume bullets, impactful answers for interviews and easy conversation starters.  Drop in at any time to polish your stories for whatever context you need to adapt them to. Some participants simply listen in as others sharpen their presentation, some get comments on their stories or even work one on one with Win.Fee: $20


The WNO (Westchester Networking Organization) meets the third Monday of each month.  During the COVID pandemic, we are meeting via Zoom at 5:45 p.m. The WNO is a community that is supportive and welcoming to those who are in transition and that fosters career fulfillment for all professionals, including those fully employed. We provide an opportunity to network across industries, fields and organizations.  Our monthly meetings include networking time as well as a presentation on a topic relevant to job search and career development. The contact e-mail ID for the WNO,

Mondays, Join Ken Lang, starting on 9/13 at 1 pm, weekly LinkedIn and networking Zoom event through the NJ Career Network Job Seeker Community.  Find out more info here –

Morris County Executives in Transition meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 10-12 noon through the Zoom link below. The group is a great opportunity to network for new contacts and job search ideas.  Please feel free to share this with other job seekers you feel can use our assistance.The format is the same as always, everyone gets equal time to present their introduction and job search successes and challenges, then ask the group for assistance with the challenges. All are welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting (we use the same Zoom info each meeting)

Meeting ID: 912 5451 6371

Password: mceit


+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Tuesdays, Northern NJ Professionals in Transition (#NNJ_PIT) is proud to announce it is hosting Zoom meetings led by longtime group facilitator and career coach, Tony Calabrese, of Absolute Transitions, LLC. These will be held on alternating Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. Be sure to check our webpage for the most up-to-date info, including webinar descriptions, at: Login instructions will be provided the day prior to each session. Registration closes at 8am the morning of each webinar. If you have any questions, email:

Every Tuesday 1-2:00pm, Join Ken Lang for his weekly LinkedIn Live! event. Register here at or you can watch the broadcast live from Ken’s LinkedIn profile –     and you can watch the rebroadcasts by subscribing to his You Tube channel –

Tuesdays, Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA is a grassroots, volunteer, networking organization that is widely respected and recognized for its work in career advancement and job search support.  Zoom based meetings are held every Tuesday between 7:00pm to 7:40pm.  Registration is required through NhN’s website (

Join William Paterson University Alumni Association virtually on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for an informative and strategic approach to landing the job you want.  We are pleased to launch a series of career workshops to help support you in your career search. Whether you’re in a current job search, considering a career transition or looking to take your career to the next level, these sessions are for you! Over the next 5 months, you’ll have an opportunity to learn the key elements of a job search strategy and a step-by-step approach to landing the job you want. We’ll take the guesswork out of the job search, so you will always know what to do next.

Every Wednesday at 9:30, psgmc (Professional Services Group Morris County) presents a virtual meeting.  They provide relevant speakers to help with your job search, as well as provide a forum to networks. If you would like to attend our meetings please email Dale at for Zoom Meeting ID and Password.

Every other Wednesday from roduce tools and techniques from wisdom teachers that will provide job seekers with alternative 6:00-7:30pm The NSCN Resilience Circle has provided an opportunity for people to share their frustrations and anxieties about job loss and subsequent job search with their peers. We will intays to work through their transition period and consciously change their mindset.  The group will meet every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. These sessions are only open to members of NSCN.

Expectations We ask the following of each member: Commit to being willing and open to explore and take action from the wisdom thought leaders and various self-care activities, and actively participate in all group discussions and study topics that are presented.

If you are interested in participating, please email Michele Martin at

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month The Northwest New Jersey Career Club (NWNJCC) led by Nancy Mackowiak, will conduct an ONLINE ZOOM Meeting regarding current job search issues and challenges. This group previously met at the Mount Olive Public Library. To join the meeting, join the Facebook group ‘Northwest New Jersey Career Club’ and a Zoom invitation will be sent to you, a day before the meeting.

Every Thursday at 1:30pm, join The New Start Career Network (NSCN) for an hour of open discussion and support with Michele Martin, Marc Strano, and Maria Heidkamp. The agenda is based on your needs and questions. To learn more, visit the NSCN website at or email us at ‘Ask NSCN’ if you have questions.

The Professional Service Group (PSG) of Mercer County is a community program providing enrichment seminars for professionals in transition who are seeking new employment opportunities or exploring new career paths. PSG of Mercer County meets each Friday morning at 10:00am. Meetings are always free, open to all, and do NOT require you to register in advance. Please check the PSG of Mercer County website

There will be no PSG of Mercer County meetings on Friday, December 24 & Friday, December 31 due to the Christmas and New Year holiday week!

Event Calendar for upcoming programs:

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month Careers in Transition (CIT, read about us at )  meets virtually on ZOOM.  Virtual business cards are shared using ZOOM chat.

To have your resume reviewed, please send it in a doc or docx format to Carol McCullagh ( AND Glenn Resnicoff ( by 4pm the Friday before the meeting.

REGISTRATION USING THE CIT GOOGLE FORM IS REQUIRED by 4PM Friday before the meeting using Google will acknowledge your form submission.  CIT will send you the Zoom link on Friday night. Please check your spam folder.

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: 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:  Check them out; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.


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