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Are you un-employed/under-employed/un-happily employed,
or looking for new/different career opportunities?

IN-PERSON MEETINGS
might include seminars by guest speakers
or be workshops that are
conducted by peers,
and go from ten a.m. until noon.
Also—both before and after—
network with other friendly & helpful people
from varied industries and walks of life
.
ONLINE GROUP
an Employment-themed Conversation Forum /
Information Archive /
Event Calendar /
Bulletin Board /
Life-Transition
Discussion
e-mail list
We get together on generally alternating Mondays (except for holidays)
10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.


Meetings are held
at the Hilton Branch
of the
Maplewood Public Library
1688 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

All of our programs are free and open to the public, so please tell folks you know, and come join us!
MEETING SCHEDULE

~ 2017 ~

NOTE:
The generous (pro bono) presenters' names are linked to their business websites
(so please check them out!)
DATE
SPEAKER/LEADER
TOPIC/PROGRAM

January 9




Christina DeOliveira


Author/Speaker
Certified Coach
Internal Consultant

Leadership Development
Employee Engagement

Welcome Back, Christina!

The Joy of Losing Your Job

When you first lose your job and are in transition, you may believe it is the worst time in your life. Now a career coach, Christina DeOliveira was there herself a few years back. However, Christina learned that it gave her an opportunity to develop a new career and pursue passions of which she had always dreamed. Christina soon found there were others who were discovering the same thing. Come hear as she shares her story and those of many others who found
"The Joy of Losing Your Job...
Find Hope Beyond the
Blood, Sweat and Tears
."

Christina is a former Human Resources Executive in Financial Services who is now a coach, speaker and author who specializes in the disciplines of Leadership Development and Human Capital Management.

January 23




Sara Greenhouse

Writer, Editor, Photographer
+
Social Media Maven

+
Content Creation & Management


President of Generate Buzz, LLC.


LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter:
@generatebuzz

Welcome Back, Sara!

NNJ PIT Board of Directors member
Sara Greenhouse,
of
Generate Buzz, LLC
is proud to present:

Speed Networking

Your ability to clearly and succinctly tell your story helps you make better connections. Better connections lead you to relevant job opportunities. This session will enable you to hone your value proposition, a message describing how you as an individual can uniquely create value for a company and co-workers, highlighting your skills, passions, and goals, by communicating them through speed networking, a structured rotation of one-on-one interactions. Practice getting right to knowing how you might help someone that you meet, and helping them to realize that about you, quickly. Bring your business cards and a desire to network.

Sara Greenhouse is a dynamic connector and dedicated relationship cultivator, with a highly successful non-profit fundraising background. She's developed a truly unique, cross-disciplinary integration of traditional and social media marketing. Using superior written and verbal communication skills, her company, Generate Buzz, LLC, is passionate about helping micro-businesses, non-profits, and individuals achieve greater effectiveness and promote positive social change. She enables her clients to strike a delicate balance between self-promotion, modesty, and reality.

Founded in 2013, Generate Buzz, LLC provides per diem consulting in copywriting: creative, comedy, and persuasive, as well as editing and proofing. You can rest assured that your message will be streamlined across your collateral materials and social media platforms with the utmost integrity and enthusiasm.
February 6




Stacey Staaterman Feeney

Certified Professional Coach -
CPC, ACC, ELI-MP (Career + Leadership)

and

Content + Marketing Consultant

Thought Leadership Presence
for Job Search
5 Steps to Making Sure
You are Discoverable
and Valued as an Expert

Job searching has evolved the same way "blind dating" has. There is no longer anything blind about dating or job searching. Before meeting or engaging in a date or job interview, participants search the internet for evidence and insight about the others.

Technology and social media are already reinforcing something about you. While this impression may be false or incomplete, it's happening. Managing your presence online and in other "discoverable" environments is grounded in having a personal "Thought Leadership Strategy." In the past, thought leadership was a concept reserved for the C-suite and power brokers, but not anymore. We are all thought leaders of something. For most of us it is related to our work – a place where we demonstrate knowledge, expertise and skills.

Savvy job searchers take control of their public presence through discoverable content to ensure they make the desired connections and build their reputation.

Leadership and career coach Stacey Staaterman will review the 5 steps to developing strong "Thought Leadership Presence for Job Search." The session will cover: developing your core thought leadership message, identifying platforms to communicate and connect, and designing and distributing powerful content.

Stacey Staaterman is the founding coach and consultant at Staaterman Coaching. As a certified professional coach, she helps people renew, pivot and thrive in their professional pursuits – career, leadership, public speaking. Before becoming a coach, we was a marketing and media executive with American Express, Time Warner among others for more than 20 years. More bio here.


February 27




Donna Gerhauser


Career and Life Coach

and

Facilitator, "Career Networking Group"
of Fanwood/Scotch Plains

Your Mindful Career

It’s 2017 — what would it take for you to bring purpose and peace to your work life in the new year and beyond? How can you focus on what’s truly important when you’re suffering from information overload and driven to maddening distraction from your tech gadgets?

You can learn mindfulness, a practice that cultivates and trains your mind so that you can be more energetic, creative, and productive. This workshop is a mini-retreat for your career. You will learn how to slow down and improve the clarity of your thoughts. You will focus on your strengths and use your emotional intelligence for career well being.

Donna Gerhauser coaches adults through career discovery and job search using practical tools and professional guidance, rediscovermycareer.com. She is also a partner at discovermycareer.com, a unique program for teens and their parents who want to answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Donna provides life coaching to Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA members and offers programs there that are open to the public.
March 13



Tony Calabrese

Acclimation Consultant
and
Life/
Job Search Coach
Understanding Conversations

Brain scientists have found that 90% of all conversations that humans have do not truly connect with each other. Why is that? Tony Calabrese will share some of the latest understanding on this topic during this presentation. If you are in job search, one of the things you are guided to do is to connect with others. What may be impeding that from happening? Of what dynamics do you need to be aware? Come to find out in this interactive discussion.

In addition to being a co-facilitator of the NNJ_PIT sessions at the Maplewood Hilton Branch Library, Tony Calabrese is a certified Career and Life Coach, who works with his clients to develop the most appropriate job search strategy steps for themselves.
Tony resides in Maplewood.

SPECIAL

(library-produced)

EVENT

March 21

2:00 P.M.

Job Search
Support and Strategies
Workshop

At Maplewood Library.

For further details,

click on the graphic to enlarge it.

March 27

 




John West Hadley

Helping Job Seekers Who Are
Frustrated With Their Search

Welcome Back, John!

How Your Search Affects Your Spouse and Other Close Relationships

John will explain the emotional impact of the search on those close to you. He will offer suggestions on how to involve them in your search, and also seek ideas and suggestions from the attendees.
April 10

 

 

Elle Barnett

Take Care of Yourself
and Thrive
While in Transition

Job transition is a stressful time for those going through it. Historically, many forget to take care of themselves and actually hinder their search by not being in top shape both physically and mentally. What are ways that you can take care of yourself and thrive while in transition? Professional masseuse and Maplewood resident Elle Barnett will introduce the group to ways that they can a.) Renew and Restore b.) Rejuvenate c.) Reinvent themselves. There is an importance to the proper diet, exercise, meditation, breathing and massage to everyone's life. Elle will bring forth a number of holistic concepts that will be of benefit to you in your transition and your life.

Elle Barnett brings 20 years of experience providing massage therapy to her clients. Additionally she has continued to build her knowledge in the field of health and wellness by working with respected nutritionists and practitioners of holistic therapies. She will either meet her clients at the spa, or pack up and travel to meet them where they work and/or live."

April 24



Bill LaChance

Financial Advisor

Welcome Back, Bill!

Special Presentation

for Maplewood Library's
"Money Smart Week
"

Money Saving Strategies during a Career Transition: Health Insurance, Taxes, College Costs, and Investment Fees

This presentation will cover a number of strategies to consider to help with cash flow during a career transition. The focus will be on those strategies that may not be well known or understood. Topics will include: Medical Insurance through the Affordable Care Act, tax implications of 401k/403b rollovers and withdrawals, tax deductibility of job hunting expenses, strategies to take advantage of lower marginal tax rates during a transition and potential adjustments to financial aid.

Bill LaChance is an independent financial advisor based in Chatham NJ. Bill offers a unique flat fee program and focuses his practice those going through or contemplating a career transition. Prior to launching his financial planning practice, Bill spent twenty two years in corporate finance in the retail industry and before that was a CPA with a large accounting firm. Bill has a B.S. in Accounting from Bryant University, an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and completed the Financial Planning Certificate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bill is also an Enrolled Agent authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS and provides tax consulting and preparation services. Bill can be reached at 973-216-8748 or you can visit his website at wjladvisors.com

SPECIAL

(off-premises)

GENERATE
BUZZ,
LLC
-
sponsored

NETWORKING
EVENT!


April 29


On Saturday, April 29th,
at Roxbury High School,

the 3rd Annual
Layups4Life
fundraiser

will be hosted by Dan Exter. This is a great networking opportunity for you, in support of a very important cause that touches countless lives!

Register to play
in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

You can also make a
donation.

And/or (please send e-mail to)
volunteer, to help out, that day.


All proceeds will benefit
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center!

The event also features music, concessions, a silent auction, raffle, and games.

All are welcome!
Don't miss it!

 

May 8




"Absolutely Abby" Kohut

Award-Winning
Career Success Consultant
&
Expert Speaker

and

HR Professional - Contract Recruiter

LinkedIn LION

@Absolutely_Abby


Welcome Back, Abby!


How to Win
the Hearts and Minds
of Recruiters


Abby, a seasoned recruiter, will take you behind the scenes and provide you with secret insights into the human resources and recruiting process. It's a tough job market out there, and you have to differentiate yourself from the rest of the applicant pool.

You will learn:
• How to think like a recruiter
• Where, when and how recruiters look for you and how you can attract them
• Why having the wrong zipcode can make you invisible to recruiters
• Why and how to fill in the gaps on your resume

Abby Kohut, a brave HR professional, has stepped forward to share the secrets of her industry and to help the unemployed find and fill the 3+ million open jobs. Aside from teaching job search skills, Abby also inspires those that are out of work to not lose faith that they will find a job. Abby, who is known as “Absolutely Abby” because she tells job seekers the absolute truth, has held positions from corporate recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting over the past 22 years. In 2009, Abby shifted her focus to concentrate on helping candidates land their dream jobs and has spoken to over 700 job search groups. In 2012, Abby was determined to educate 1 million job seekers and help America get back to work by launching a 34 state cross country RV speaking tour, a project which is currently self-funded. You can learn more about the tour at www.AbbyAcrossAmerica.com. Abby was selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine and was named as one of "The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Job Search". She has been featured on over 50 TV and radio segments, including Fox News & Fox News Radio, ABC, CBS, NBC, Good Morning Connecticut, and Bloomberg Radio. Her advice has also been featured in newspapers such as the NJ Star Ledger, The Daily News, Inc. Magazine, Urban Male Magazine, and LA Weekly and on top career sites such as Forbes, LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, WorkChic, and The Ladders. Learn more about Abby at www.AbsolutelyAbby.com

 


May 22



Susan Toth

An individual who has taught writing & speaking, who helps people connect with their communication

Write Content
That Gets You Noticed!


If words are your problem, Ms. Toth is your solution. She writes hard-hitting, attention-grabbing SEO-friendly content for your website, social media, PR material, newsletter, grant application or LinkedIn profile. She also edits any of these materials that you've already written. In addition, she ghostwrites and edits full-length manuscripts.

Susan is accomplished at working with all types of editorial content, including fiction and nonfiction; she will work along side you until you both are satisfied that your communication is error free and sends the message you need people to see. She also is an experienced teacher and speaker and is available to teach online classes in English, writing skills or anything related to editing, or speak on topics related to writing and editing.

SPECIAL

(off-premises)

GENERATE
BUZZ,
LLC
-
produced

EVENT!

May 23

6:00 P.M.

in

Parsippany, NJ

On Tuesday, May 23rd from 6-8:30pm,
Sara Greenhouse,
President of Generate Buzz, LLC
,
will host a panel discussion
for those who are un/underemployed or in/considering a career transition.

21st Century Job Seekers:
A Career Panel Discussion
with Industry Experts


The job-seekers panel will showcase four of the area's best coaches and advisors, as each makes a presentation on key topics, including: preparing for a career transition, networking, interviewing skills, and financial considerations when in search. It's a true collaboration as we come together to listen, learn, share insights, support, and motivate one another. Attendees will walk away re-energized about their job search, with an expanded network, elevated self-esteem, equipped with new and better job seeking strategies, and become one step closer to achieving both personal and professional satisfaction.

The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. There will be open networking both before and after the session, as well as a Q&A will all panelists afterwards. Phil Elliot, of Phil Elliot Photography, will be on-site to take attendee headshots between 5-6pm. (A $250 value!) Bring business cards and a desire to learn. Enter for a chance to win a one hour LinkedIn consultation for new / inexperienced users.

Panelists Include:

» Tony Calabrese, Absolute Transitions
» Alex Freund, Landing Expert
Career Coaching

» Janet Logan, My Coaching Services
» Kim Luthy, Allied Wealth Partners

Agenda:
• 5-6 pm: Attendee Headshots by
Phil Elliot
Photography
(This is optional but must be requested when registering.)
• 6-6:30 pm: Open Networking
• 6:30-7:45 pm: Panel Discussion
• 7:45-8 pm: Q&A
• 8-8:30 pm: Open Networking

REGISTER HERE
June 5
Welcome Back, David!

What To Do When You Can't Do What You Used To Do

It may be that your former job function or industry has changed and requires professional skills you do not have. Or, you cannot keep up with the physical rigors of your old job. In these cases, you may not easily be able to find the job that you have previously done for so long. This program examines why you can’t do what you used to do, and discusses ways to leverage your professional expertise in order to move forward in your career.

David Schuchman is an active leader in the job seeker support community. He is the current Executive Chair of the Professional Service Group of Mercer County in Princeton, NJ. In addition, David is a co- facilitator for New Jersey Job Seekers in Princeton, NJ. And he is on the boards of The Career Support Group at St. Gregory the Great in Hamilton, NJ and The Breakfast Club of New Jersey in East Brunswick, NJ. Additionally, David is often requested to present topical programs to business groups, job seeker support groups and public libraries

Professionally, David is an Information Technology professional with a true passion for technology implementation, as well as website & applications design and IT operations. He is a seasoned Informational Technology professional where he spent the most recent 14 years of his corporate career as an IT leader in the financial services, transportation and healthcare industries. Presently, David is an Information Technology services, training, and management consultant with his own company, Princeton Technology Advisors, LLC. Princeton Technology Advisors offers support, quality of service and the desire to learn the in-depth knowledge of each client’s marketplace, organization and culture.

David is a successful topical blogger. In his blog, “TechTopics4U”, he shares his opinions with readers on a variety of technology & management topics. In addition, David provides IT training classes in email marketing, blogging and social media, and he offers individual training on a variety of IT subjects.
June 19
The Value Proposition:
Why Do People Say Yes?


The essence of marketing is the message. The essence of the message is the value proposition. Since we live in an age of digital marketing, now is the time to understand how to articulate a forceful value proposition so that clients, hiring managers or decision-makers can determine if and how you align with the needs of their organizations. The presentation includes both the conceptual and practical aspects of the value proposition, including its 4-part structure, methods for intensifying the force of the statement, and techniques for deploying a well-crafted value proposition across all distribution channels (print, online, and verbal).

Chip's background is in chemistry, microelectronics, computer programming, network architecture, technical writing and web design & development. He has been an employee of several high-profile companies including Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), AT&T, British Telecom, and Scholastic, Inc. He was one of four lead web developers who built AT&T’s first internal news portal, The InfoCenter@AT&T from 1997 - 2001. His business, ChipHartman.com, provides branding and value proposition development services to individuals and small-to-mid-sized companies. Chip is a MECLABS-certified Value Proposition Development Specialist. Born and raised in Maplewood, he is also an accomplished concert pianist.
REMINDER: The presenters' names are linked to their business websites

July 10

All Attendees

Group Round-Table Discussion

Have you wanted to ask others questions about their perceptions of the job-search process, in terms of methods that have worked for them, and those that have not?

Are you considering returning to the same type of work as before, or exploring a different career opportunity?

Have you given thought to going into business for yourself?

What things have you learned while in search that you would like to share with others who may be experiencing it for the first time?

Join the folks in the room for an open forum conversation on whatever topics you would like to discuss!

Professionally certified life & career coach, Tony Calabrese will facilitate the session, looking to get the attendees' thoughts and also sharing some of his insights after 7 years of working with those in career search transition.

July 24



Alex Freund


Career Coach
whose specialty is Interview Preparation

Known as “The Landing Expert”


"Get the edge you need
to land the job you want"

Welcome Back, Alex!

Body Language
for Interview Success

Are your interviews falling flat?
Do you feel no one is listening?
Are you unknowingly sending
mixed messages?

Your body language may qualify (or disqualify) you for a position. If you are like most people, you probably spend hours preparing for interview questions and answers and no time on how to communicate most effectively. Yet body language is the most significant factor in influencing the interviewer. It is how the interviewer is making judgments and decisions about you. Some say body language is a reflection of your personality, others a measure of your qualifications. However interpreted, science has shown that it is not what you say, but how you say it. More than 55% of communication is non-verbal, suggesting it is imperative that it should be a part of your interview preparation.

Alex Freund, "The Landing Expert," will show you smart body language techniques and how to align your verbal and body language cues for powerful, clear, concise communication—for interviews and networking. During this engaging workshop, you too will agree that it's not what you say, but how you say it as you:
Understand the science behind body language
Compare good and bad examples
Explore unconscious communication miscues that could be sabotaging your interview
Learn how men and women communicate differently
Identify techniques that communicate confidence, trust, and that you are the right candidate for the position

www.landingexpert.com

August 7

 


 

Melanie Hazim

Outreach Director at
Division of Consumer Affairs —
NJ Office of the Attorney General

Welcome, Melanie!

A group discussion
about various
employment 'scams'

How to spot them
and how to avoid them. This talk is not to frighten people, but to empower them to learn the questions they should ask, and the approach they should take, on any job for which they might apply.

From the IRS phone scam, to lottery and sweepstakes scams, to the so-called grandparent scam, it appears that imposter frauds and other criminal scams are more active than ever—and are preying on potential victims in New Jersey through phone calls, emails, and other means. Don’t get scammed! Please join us as this representative from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs tells us how to AVOID GETTING SCAMMED.

August 21

Welcome, Denny!

KanbanFlow:
as a visual tracking
job-search tool

Keeping track of the steps of—and the progress ofyour job search is a full-time job, and not always easy to do. NNJ PIT attendee and member, Denny Capellan has found the software "KanbanFlow" an excellent online tool for doing so. KanbanFlow is a free product that is internet-based. It is easy to use and provides great visuals for you throughout your search. Denny will introduce the tool, discuss how to use it, and show how she has been using it in her search. If you are in need of help in planning the steps of your search, and keeping it organized, this is the session for you.

Denny Capellan is a Senior Software Engineer/Business Systems Analyst who moved to New Jersey from the Dominican Republic in the last year. She is currently seeking her next employment opportunity, targeting the New York City/Jersey City area. Denny assists businesses and institutions to implement medium to complex software solutions with a focus on performance and quality. She is well versed in all aspects of the software development life cycle.

September 11

Welcome Paul!

Background Checks and References–What are employers learning about you?!

An in-depth look at the many different ways employers are delving into candidate’s pasts to determine their suitability for the job. The interview is just one step. The background and reference check is a completely separate and extensive step made much easier by the internet. What are employers learning about you?! What can you do to ensure they learn what you want? These are just two of the important questions answered in this presentation.

Paul Cecala, a Five O’Clock Club Certified Career Coach, has been coaching since 1999 and assisted over 3000 people in either changing careers or starting their professional lives. He has worked for several post-secondary career schools as Director of Career Services specializing in Biotech/pharmaceutical careers, Green Economy jobs, aviation, allied health, IT and general administrative professions. Most recently, he was the Coordinator of Career and Professional Programs at the County College of Morris where his responsibilities include managing nearly all of the college’s adult, non-credit programming. Additionally, he helped develop the job search training process for several NJ Department of Labor sponsored job search groups.

Next Meeting
September 25

Welcome Back, Terrence!

Accelerate Your SearchThank You Notes and Other Little Things

Often, after interviews, job hunters send a quick "thank you" and then they wait for the other party to make the next move. Guest speaker Terrence ("Terry") Seamon will show that there is more you can do than just saying "thank you." In fact, there are "accelerators" that the job searcher can use to speed up the process. Think of these "accelerators" as little things that help keep the conversation going, enhance the development of the relationship, and make you stand out from your competition.

Terrence Seamon is Senior Consultant at Facilitation Solutions | Career Transition Consultant | Leadership Development | Speaker The Ayers Group

October 16


 

Judy Scherer
Executive Coaching
Career Change Job Search Resumes LinkedIn Networking Interviewing

Welcome Back, Judy!

The Secrets of
a Successful Job Search:
Targeting & Marketing

Perhaps you’re confused about your career direction and your job targets. It may be that you know what you want but you’re not getting good leads for interviews or receiving job offers. You may be working very hard or long at your job search but producing little activity. You may even be getting a bit down on yourself. Don’t despair. There are ways to remedy a stalled job or career search. This program examines your favorite accomplishments to find the skills you like to use in certain roles and environments. Then, we show you how to translate these into viable job targets that are hiring. Learn how to turn your resume and LinkedIn profile into compelling documents. Find out how to find leads and be found. You will walk away knowing how to research job targets, use keywords strategically, enhance your resume and LinkedIn profile, and online networking.

Judy Scherer is a skilled career counselor with more than a decade of experience and long ties to the job seeker support community. She has been a volunteer at the United Way career services, the NCJW Women’s Center and Dress for Success. She speaks frequently at job clubs around the state. In addition, she often writes about the national and local job market trends and emerging and growing fields. Judy is a serial careerist. Having started in city planning and migrating to bank marketing for 11 years she finally figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up – apply her passion in career services. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction and is currently writing about the conflicts and possibilities for unity among multiple cultures in 15th century Spain.

October 30
Do you know any
expert speakers?
November 13




"Absolutely Abby" Kohut

Award-Winning
Career Success Consultant
&
Expert Speaker

and

HR Professional - Contract Recruiter

LinkedIn LION

@Absolutely_Abby

Welcome Back, Abby!

Topic T.B.D.


Abby Kohut, a brave HR professional, has stepped forward to share the secrets of her industry and to help the unemployed find and fill the 3+ million open jobs. Aside from teaching job search skills, Abby also inspires those that are out of work to not lose faith that they will find a job. Abby, who is known as “Absolutely Abby” because she tells job seekers the absolute truth, has held positions from corporate recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting over the past 22 years.

In 2009, Abby shifted her focus to concentrate on helping candidates land their dream jobs and has spoken to over 700 job search groups. In 2012, Abby was determined to educate 1 million job seekers and help America get back to work by launching a 34 state cross country RV speaking tour, a project which is currently self-funded. You can learn more about the tour at www.AbbyAcrossAmerica.com. Abby was selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine and was named as one of "The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Job Search".

She has been featured on over 50 TV and radio segments, including Fox News & Fox News Radio, ABC, CBS, NBC, Good Morning Connecticut, and Bloomberg Radio. Her advice has also been featured in newspapers such as the NJ Star Ledger, The Daily News, Inc. Magazine, Urban Male Magazine, and LA Weekly and on top career sites such as Forbes, LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, WorkChic, and The Ladders. Learn more about Abby at www.AbsolutelyAbby.com
November 27
Share this widely: www.bit.ly/NNJ_PIT1
 
December 11












Let's all say "Thank you" to our hosts!





MEETING ARCHIVE

~ 2016 ~

NOTE:
The generous (pro bono) presenters' names are linked to their business websites
(so please check them out!)
DATE
SPEAKER/LEADER
TOPIC/PROGRAM

January 11

Tony Calabrese
Acclimation Consultant and
Life/
Job Search Coach

Acted as facilitator
"Developing Your Pitches"
Just like an excellent baseball pitcher develops multiple pitches to get batters out, a good professional develops a number of pitches to get their message across. At this session, Tony will provide guidelines to consider when developing your basic pitch, and then the process one may want to go through to develop the complimentary pitches to support your main message.
January 25
Tony Calabrese
Acclimation Consultant and
Life/
Job Search Coach

Acted as facilitator
"So just how did you identify
those 'Target Companies'?"

At times when asked to give an introduction at a networking group, one is asked to provide the name of a company or two they may be interested in. And, while that is a great way to connect with others, how much thought have you given to the companies for which you are aiming? What steps did you use to choose them? How did they make your list? What assessing and research did (should) you put into your targeting process? Attendees will talk about these and other thoughts on this topic, at an interactive discussion session.
February 8
Sonali Pundalik
Digital and Business Strategy Consultant
"Ageism in the Workplace-
Strategies to Protect Yourself"
Ageism is a topic that isn't often discussed in public but it's a huge concern on the minds of those in and out of the corporate world. The bad news is that it's not going away. But the good news is there are specific actions that employees and job seekers can take to protect themselves.

Sonali Pundalik, founder of Splendid Circle, led the group through an interactive workshop that included specific case studies and actions you can take, such as: * how to recognize if ageism in the workplace might be affecting you, and why * how to come to terms with it and plan for it * the four things you must do to protect your career against ageism.

Sonali Pundalik is a former Chemical Engineer with a background in biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing at large companies such as Cephalon and Schering Plough. She now runs Splendid Circle (www.splendidcircle.com), a NJ-based consulting and training company that helps professionals and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and acquire the skills to thrive in the digital age.

February 22
Paul Hatrak
Business Performance Coach,
Trainer, Consultant, Mentor
"Watch Your Language—
Communicating for Success"

Have you ever lost an important sale or networking connection and wondered why? It could be because you are selling and networking the same way with everyone and not tailoring your activities to each person’s behavioral style. By not tailoring activities to each person’s style, you could be missing as much as 75 percent of your opportunities.

We joined Paul Hatrak, CPA, CGMA, certified business coach, to understand our behavioral style, recognize the behavioral style of others and adapt and blend our styles for more effective communication and relationships (personal and professional). Paul led an interactive discussion to help understand the universal language of DISC – Dominance - Influence - Steadiness - Compliance. DISC is concerned with how we act and our way of doing things.
February 29
Terrence H. Seamon
Consultant & Facilitator | Coach | Blogger | Speaker
"Rising Up"
When you lose a job, it's a major life event. While sometimes it can be a relief, more often than not, it's a devastating blow—not just a loss of a paycheck, but even a loss of identity and self-esteem. If you are not careful, job loss can lead to depression and isolation. Neither of which is good for a successful job search. In this participative session, Terrence H. Seamon addressed the attitudes and skills needed to bounce back and rise up after job loss.

Terry is a veteran job hunter who has experienced job loss several times in his career. Now he is a job search and career change consultant and coach whose book "To Your Success!" captures much of his hard-earned wisdom.
March 14
Alex Freund
The "Landing Expert"
Interview Preparation & Coaching
"The Interview -
You Are on Stage
"

A highly participative audience presentation that identified the four elements that interviewers focus on, and involved demonstration. Audience members mock interviewed, too. It was entertaining and many unknowns got exposed and explained.
March 19 - April 8
The Library had their "Ideas Festival" for 2016
SPECIAL
LIBRARY-ADDED
EVENT
April 4
10:00 A.M.
Reference USA Workshop
Maplewood Library hosted a special ReferenceUSA Workshop. Attendees learned how to use the database to identify new customers, clients, and jobs, use maps, charts, and graphs,
and how to generate specific lists.

Click on the graphic for the whole description.

April 11

Claudia Sandonato
Career Coach and Training Professional
"Effective Resumes"
This workshop helped people produce resumes that will market themselves like pros, and lead to interviews.

In the workshop, folks learned how to:
• Build a targeted resume
• Recognize and select the best resume format
for their circumstances
• Modernize their resume
• Write WOW! accomplishment statements
• Utilize helpful resume pointers
• Format their resume for Internet applications
• Write targeted cover letters
SPECIAL
EVENING
SESSION
April 13
7:00 P.M.
Sonali Pundalik
Digital and Business Strategy Consultant
SPECIAL REPEAT PRESENTATION

"Ageism in the Workplace-
Strategies to Protect Yourself"
Ageism is a topic that isn't often discussed in public but it's a huge concern on the minds of those in and out of the corporate world. The bad news is that it's not going away. But the good news is there are specific actions that employees and job seekers can take to protect themselves.

Sonali Pundalik, founder of Splendid Circle, led the group through an interactive workshop that included specific case studies and actions we can take, such as:
how to recognize if ageism in the workplace
might be affecting you, and why
how to come to terms with it,
and how to plan for it
the four things you must do to protect your career
against ageism.

Sonali Pundalik is a former Chemical Engineer with a background in biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing at large companies such as Cephalon and Schering Plough. She now runs Splendid Circle (www.splendidcircle.com), a NJ-based consulting and training company that helps professionals and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and acquire the skills to thrive in the digital age.
April 25
David Schuchman
Information Technology professional
and leader of
the Professional Services Group
of Mercer County
"Promote Yourself
Beyond Your Resume"
No matter how great your resume is,
it alone won't land you needed interviews or that terrific job. Attendees learned what information your resume does not provide prospective employers. And, about the social media and technology solutions that you can use
to effectively promote your experience, your skills,
yourself, and your brand.
SPECIAL
(off-premises)
GENERATE
BUZZ,
LLC
-
produced
EVENT!
May 3
6:00 P.M.
"Shift Happens:
Designing Your Destiny
When Life Gets Tough"

NNJ PIT member
Sara Greenhouse,
of
Generate Buzz, LLC

was proud to present:

"Shift Happens:
Designing Your Destiny
When Life Gets Tough"

featuring five inspiring panelists sharing anecdotes of adversity
and how they learned to be resilient:
Casey Carpenter, Christine Clifton,
Dan Hollis, Kim Luthy,
and Terrence H. Seamon,
moderated by Meredith Eckert

Plus open networking, Q&A,
wine & cheese, cookies & coffee,
and giveaways.

At Allied Wealth Partners, in Parsippany.


A portion of the proceeds was donated to
the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Click on the graphic t
o see more details.

Questions? E-mail: sara@generatebuzz.net
May 9
Marian Janes
Professional Growth &
Transformation Leader;
Associate Certified Coach;
VP Programs,
NNJ ATD
"Values-Based Job Searching"
We all have personal values which are important to us. Marian Janes took participants through a workshop in which they first identified their core personal values. They then compared how those values were honored in their most recent jobs. After that, they looked to see how those values will either be honored, (or not honored), in the jobs/companies that they are targeting.
May 23
Maria Heidkamp
Director, New Start Career Network;
and Senior Researcher, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development,
Rutgers University

"The New Start Career Network"

Folks joined us to find out about
the New Start Career Network,
which offers online tools; one-on-one coaching (in person or virtual); connections to other job source groups; and other help for people who would like to make relationships with
employers

The NSCN is geared for those 45 years of age and older, who are "long-term" unemployed, but all were welcome
to attend this meeting and learn.

June 13
Ian D. Coburn
Social Worker/Life Coach:
Promoting Self-Care for those who make it a Career Helping Others
"Values in Action:
Clarifying Your Values
and Aligning Them
with Your Personal and/or
Professional Goals"
June 27
Christina DeOliveira
Author/Speaker | Leadership Development | Employee Engagement | Certified Coach | Internal Consultant
"The Joy of Losing Your Job"

When you first lose your job and are in transition, you may believe it is the worst time in your life. Now a career coach, Christina DeOliveira was there herself a few years back. However, Christina learned that it gave her an opportunity to develop a new career and pursue passions of which she had always dreamed. Christina soon found there were others who were discovering the same thing. Come hear as she shares her story and those of many others who found the "The Joy of Losing Your Job ... Find Hope Beyond the Blood, Sweat and Tears".

Christina is a former Human Resources Executive in Financial Services who is now a coach, speaker and author who specializes in the disciplines of Leadership Development and Human Capital Management.
REMINDER: The presenters' names are linked to their business websites
July 11
Deb Wilber
Coach; Founder of "Real Life Spark";
Personal Transformation Expert
on NY's #1 News/Talk Station
"Discover Your Spark"

Deb Wilber, an intuitive coach and personal transformation expert, will give a presentation titled: "Discover Your Spark."

Explore the art and science of intuition and learn techniques to develop and incorporate intuition into your daily life. Deb will discuss how to recognize and access your intuition to live your best life now. You will understand
"SPARK," the key components to individual success, and falling in love with your work.

You will also gain confidence in
your daily actions, and be better able
to reach your goals.
July 25
Bill LaChance
Certified Financial Planner
and senior financial advisor
"Money Saving Strategies
during a Career Transition:
Health Insurance, Taxes, Etc."


This presentation will cover a number of strategies to consider to help with cash flow during a career transition. The focus will be on those strategies that may not be well known or understood. Topics will include: Medical Insurance through the Affordable Care Act, tax implications of 401k/403b rollovers and withdrawals, tax deductibility of job hunting expenses, strategies to take advantage of lower marginal tax rates during a transition and potential adjustments to financial aid.
August 8

Tony Calabrese
Acclimation Consultant and
Life/
Job Search Coach

Open Discussion

Group leader Tony Calabrese will facilitate a group conversation. Please come forward with questions you may have about search, what you have encountered, and advice that you may seek. If participants would like focus on a particular topic, they can contact Tony, in advance, at tony@absolutetransitions.com and he will be happy to provide supporting resources from his coaching studies to help them with that particular issue.
August 22

Mallory Jones
Using research and data to design, develop, and deliver suitable learning content

&

Maureen Corbeski
Coaching clients to discover their unique voice and to develop the confidence to use it in all types of professional and personal situations

"The Confident
Public Speaker"


This workshop will cover essential techniques that job seekers can use to improve their public speaking skills. The workshop's aim is to have participants: build public speaking presence, increase confidence, and appreciate the importance of preparation. Specific attention will be paid to developing responses to common interview questions. At the conclusion of "The Confident Public Speaker" workshop participants will: understand the importance of developing strong public speaking techniques, identify characteristics of effective and non-effective public speakers, and use the technique to develop powerful responses to questions and, pitch unique skills to others.

Mallory Jones - NNJ_PIT member and Learning and Development professional. Mallory currently is principal of MKJones consulting and has over 20 years experience developing meaningful and interactive programs for New York City employees in the areas of executive development, project management, customer service, HR and employee engagement.

Maureen Corbeski, owner of Stand and Speak LLC, is a life and communications coach who is passionate about coaching individuals in achieving their highest potential and personal greatness! She uses her highly developed skills of communication, organization, goal setting and attention to detail to coach others in first uncovering and further developing existing public speaking, presentation and leadership skills for both personal and professional success. She has over 30 years of corporate experience which includes project management and request for proposal writing. Maureen earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ and earned her Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) and Advanced Leadership Bronze (ALB) from Toastmasters International.

NOTE:
Starting in September, 2016,

the meetings will be held at the Hilton Branch:
1688 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
September 12
Juan Pablo Chamorro
Was: Finance, Operations and Marketing Professional
Now: successful
franchise owner
"Is Operating and Owning Your Own Franchise For You?"

Mr. Chamorro will share his story from a long career in the corporate world, to becoming the owner of a successful Certa-Pro Painting franchise that services the Livingston, NJ and surrounding area.

Hear the path that Juan Pablo took in his journey. Learn of the considerations one should take in as part of the process. Realize that franchise ownership is more than owning a fast-food restaurant. If you have ever thought of owning your own business, were curious as to what goes into that decision, or are tired of being at the mercy of others making career decisions about you, then this presentation should be of benefit.

Juan Pablo Charmorro spent a 25 year career, first in the Investment industry but then predominantly in the Pharmaceutical industry. Most of that career was in the management of others. However, since 2014, Juan manages a different world, namely a franchise of Certa-Pro Painting, the largest painting company in the country. While not having previous experience in the home improvement industry, Juan did have the management skills, ability to learn, and the backing of a supportive franchiser to move his business forward. Juan is a local resident, residing in Maplewood, NJ.
September 26
Alex Freund
The "Landing Expert"
Interview Preparation & Coaching
"LinkedIn:
It's All About Being Found"


In today's market, a LinkedIn profile is a "must have" for any professional or jobseeker, as more than 90% of companies use LinkedIn to identify or vet a candidate. But having a profile isn't enough—it's ALL about being found. This highly interactive session is designed to help you understand the dynamics of LinkedIn and how to position yourself for success. If you cannot be found, you cannot be considered for a position.

There are a number of reasons why your profile might not appear in a search. Alex will reveal how to break through these impediments so that YOU make a recruiter's search list. And not all components of your LinkedIn profile are created equal. In this presentation, you will learn which elements of your profile weigh more heavily in searches and which sections require your attention first. Alex will provide tips and easy-to-use tools that you can use right away to optimize your profile, giving you a distinct competitive advantage. Few spend much time cultivating their "headline," often inserting their last job title. But this important piece of real estate is how viewers define you
often within seconds. Learn how to structure a strong, compelling headline that has the viewer wanting to learn more about YOU. During this session, participants will:
Evaluate the role of LinkedIn in a job search
Understand how to structure their profile to be "found"
Learn how to address job transitions and unemployment
Experience a recruiter's view of a candidate
Distinguish an optimized profile from a poor one
Acquire free tools and techniques to create a "stand out" profile

October 3
"The New Start Career Network"

Judy Miao is a management consultant and volunteer career coach for the New Start Career Network. Judy has an unbridled enthusiasm for assisting the long term unemployed move forward their job search. As one of the New Start Career Network's founding volunteers and coaches, Judy is well versed in the resources and benefits of the New Start Career Network. She will share her perspectives and insights so that fellow members of Northern NJ Professionals in Transition can get the best use of the New Start Career Network's resources, all of which are free, and many of which are offered online.
October 17
Tracey Gutierrez
Life Coach
at
Tracey Gutierrez Coaching
"Now What?
How to Re-Invent Yourself"

Often we get stuck in terms of our careers. We know we are not happy with what we have been doing and need to "re-invent" ourselves. The question is how.

Tracey Gutierrez is a personal and professional coach trained in the methods of Laura Berman Fortgang, a Master Coach who has developed Now What?®, a 12 step, 90 day program for guiding you toward knowing WHO you are and getting WHAT you want.

Tracey herself was a long time media professional who found she was no longer inspired about her job before she moved into coaching. Her session will be interactive with numerous exercises that attendees can utilize to move themselves forward with their career search.
October 31
Terry Viney
President of the Plus Factor, a company focused on helping organizations and people turn goals into gold
"Landing A Job Is An Inside Job"

Participants Will Learn:

Five steps to the development of
positive mental attitude

The secret of developing laser focus
on their goals

The power to overcome all obstacles

How to develop the power of the will to win
November 14
Sharlene Vichness
President of
Language Directions, LLC
"Change Your Voice,
Change Your Fortune"


A presentation by Sharlene Vichness of Language Directions, LLC that will bring awareness to attendees of how important their Voice and Physical Demeanor are in their job searches.

Sharlene works with individuals in a large number of businesses, (e.g., education, service, military, government) to help them communicate better with their fellow work team members, (many of whom for which English is not their first language).

In this session you will learn:

How to Command Your Vocal Presence
Words and Phrases that Can Cause You to Minimize Yourself and How to Avoid Them
How to Adjust Your Speech
to Reflect Your Audience
Accents and Regionalisms
Up Speak and 'Vocal Fry'

For the last 12 years Language Directions has been assisting professionals from all walks of life gain comfort in their presentation style. They help you to gain awareness of how you can upgrade your verbal presence.
November 28
From a Recruiter’s Eyes: the Candidate's Journey—Navigating from Opportunity to Accomplishment

Jason will cover the following milestones along the candidate's journey –
· Getting Started/Preparation
· Resumes
· Communication Strategy
· Networking
· The Interview
· Social Media, including an interactive demo

Jason DeMeo is a Partner with New York Life- New Jersey General Office. Now starting his twelfth year with New York Life, Jason began as a Sales Agent and was quickly promoted to a Team Leader (Life Sales Desk) in 2007, and Team Leader (Life, Annuity, Long Term Care and Mutual Funds Sales Desks) in 2008. In 2012, he advanced to Life Product Consultant for the New York Territory, where he managed the largest sales territory in the country achieving growth in Life Insurance Sales every year. In 2015, Jason became a Partner in the company, and is responsible for recruiting, training and developing new agents.
December 12
Wilma Hurwitz
Public Relations, Communications and
Executive Training Advisor
"Effective Ways to Understand
Your Job Search 'Customers'"

Throughout your job search you will need to attract and develop relationships with many different people (network contacts, actual job prospects, people who work in the companies you are targeting, etc.) All of these contacts can be perceived as your “customers.”

This presentation will highlight the basic motivations and personality styles of your job search “customers” that can strongly influence the success of your campaign.

Wilma Hurwitz is a versatile management consultant with 10+ years of success in public relations account management, communications planning, design/delivery of customer service excellence training as well as marketing/on-site management of business seminars and conferences for aggressive, growing businesses.












Let's all say "Thank you" to our hosts!





MEETING ARCHIVE

~ 2015 ~

NOTE:
Generally, the generous pro bono presenters' names are linked to their business websites
(so please check them out!)
and the programs' names are linked to more detailed descriptions of the events
DATE
SPEAKER/LEADER
TOPIC/PROGRAM
January 12, 2015
Michael Pilla
Creative Director, Social Media
Expert on Constant Contact,
Marketer, Writer, Educator
January 26, 2015
Bill LaChance
Certified Financial Planner
and senior financial advisor
February 9, 2015
Paul Hatrak
Business Performance Coach,
Trainer, Consultant, Mentor
February 23, 2015
Sunil Kumar
Enterprise Project Manager,
Program Manager, PMO, Director
March 9, 2015
Alain Chahine
International Logistics, Logistics
Procurement Management,

International Trade Compliance
March 23, 2015
Arlyce Anderson
Career Coach; Trainer; Consultant; Mentor; Instructional Designer;
and Owner, Sublime Life Coaching
April 13, 2015
Tony Calabrese
Life/Job Search Coach
and Acclimation Consultant
"Business Etiquette
in Your Search and in Your Career"
April 27, 2015
Tony Calabrese
Job Search/Life Coach
and Acclimation Consultant
"Building a Strategy for
Your Job Search"
May 4, 2015
David Schuchman
Information Technology Manager
"The Hidden Job Market"
May 18, 2015
Bill Amirault
Career Advancement Coach
June 1, 2015
Merrill Rutman
Resume and Job Search Coach
June 15, 2015
Victor Beaudet
Career, Executive, Life, &
Stress
-Reduction Coach
June 29, 2015
Terrence Seamon
Senior Consultant, "Facilitation Solutions;" Coach; Author; Speaker
REMINDER: Generally the presenters' names are linked to their business websites
and the programs' names are linked to descriptions of the events
July 13, 2015
Tony Calabrese
Acted as *moderator*, this week
Acclimation Consultant
and
Job Search/Life Coach
July 27, 2015
Alex Freund
The "Landing Expert"
Interview Preparation & Coaching
August 10, 2015
Wilma Hurwitz
Public Relations, Communications and
Executive Training Advisor
August 24, 2015
Bill LaChance
Certified Financial Planner
and senior financial advisor
September 14, 2015
Tommy Hilcken
Motivational Teacher -
Keynote Speaker - Author
September 28, 2015
John Gillen
HR Client Services | HR Transformation | HRIS Implementations | Global Process Redesign | Business Process Outsourcing
October 5, 2015
Gregg Russo
Head of Human Resources USA
at Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
"Recruitment from the Inside Out"
A senior HR professional shared what recruitment looks like, from a company perspective. Gregg revealed what the conversations between HR & the Hiring Manager really sound like, and offered tips to help us improve our job searches. Topics included; finding and responding to openings; resume preparation interview tips and how & when to negotiate compensation.
October 19, 2015
Alissa Okrent
Holistic Wellness Practitioner
& Life Coach
"Live Calm, Clear and Focused"
She helps individuals & groups to optimize their lives by addressing the entire human experience, from meditation & exercise, to encouraging self-examination. She works with people who are open to innovative ways of discovering how to move their lives forward & shift their energy to experience more joy.
November 2, 2015
Rama Kalia
Success Systems Expert, Trainer and Coach: Using systems to accelerate small business growth
"Using Your 'Super Powers'
to Determine that Next Great Thing
You Will Do In Your Life"
We all have been born with skills/ways of doing things that we do very well, and they govern how we approach each situation we face in our life. Upon identifying your Super Powers, you are able to combine your strengths on how to perform what you do in your life with that which you want to make work for you. Useful in business, and applicable for employment transition, too.
November 16, 2015
John West Hadley
Helping Job Seekers Who Are
Frustrated With Their Search
"What’s Blocking Your Search?"
Do you know what's blocking your search and keeping you from landing that job you really want? Whether you are just starting out on your search, or have been struggling for seemingly endless months, one of you most important tasks is to diagnose what you need to do to succeed in your search. In this unique workshop, John Hadley used his proprietary Career Search Assessment Survey to help us uncover what's blocking our searches, positioning us to take action to land the job and pay we deserve.

We completed our own personal ChangeGrid on-site. John then showed us how to interpret it to identify the challenges we face, and strategies for dealing with them. He also reinforced this with selected ChangeGrids from his client files, showing us the stories behind them. This was a unique opportunity to position ourselves to take the RIGHT actions to move our searches forward!
November 30, 2015
Michael Pilla
Creative Director, Writer, Educator
,
Social Media Marketer,
Expert on Constant Contact
Personal Branding
Michael's presentation focused on
the Do's and Don'ts of Social Media.
He also provided tips on ways to maximize
one's LinkedIn profile.
December 14, 2015
Tony Calabrese
Acclimation Consultant and
Life/
Job Search Coach
Acted as moderator
Open / Freeform Sharing
All were welcome to join an open discussion, bringing the challenges they were facing in their search, and participants assisted each other in developing strategies to approach those issues.








MEETING ARCHIVE

~ [Second Half of] 2014 ~

REMINDER: Generally the presenters' names are linked to their business websites
and the programs' names are linked to descriptions of the events
10/28/2014
Very special (off-site/evening) event
at Roseland Library

Produced by Sara Greenhouse of
GENERATE BUZZ, LLC

"Creating Your Personal Brand:
A Panel Discussion"

with Chris Boyd, Alex Freund,
Jo-Rose Portfolio, Penina Rybak
11/3/2014
Tony Calabrese
A discussion of whatever the
(majority of the) attendees wanted!
10/6/2014
Tony Calabrese

A discussion of 'Influence'
and 'Follow-Up'



 



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