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Job Search Boot Camp 3.0

Tuesday, July 21, July 28, and August 4, 2015
Hubbard Room
Jan Melnik

Tuesday, July 21
Workshop 1: “The Tools: Targeted Resume, Cover Letter & LinkedIn Profile

What fundamental tools do job seekers need today to conduct effective searches? What are the rules for resumes? Does it have to be one page? What are CAR stories and how does this strategy that highlights achievements build a resume and fuel a successful job search? Why is a cover letter essential? Why must you be on LinkedIn and what will differentiate you as a candidate? In the first of a three-part Job Search Boot Camp 3.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; will share the best strategies and insider secrets that will help job seekers improve their efforts writing strategic resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.

Tuesday., July 28, 2015
Workshop 2:  “Networking & Social Media: Leveraging LinkedIn

Why is social media today's top tool for networking in job search? What are the best strategies for using LinkedIn? How can Facebook be valuable? What are some of the social media pitfalls to avoid? In part two of the Job Search Boot Camp 3.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; will demonstrate how to optimize your use of social media and show why every job seeker can improve their success by properly using social media's power in job-search networking efforts.

Tuesday., August 4, 2015
Workshop 3: “The Game Plan: Insiders' Tips for Effective Job Search & Interviewing”
What's the best way to find a job today and avoid the 'black hole' of endlessly submitting resumes that never receive a response? What are the secrets to interviewing effectively? What are the top must-dos following every interview (including one killer, standout strategy)? In the final workshop of the Job Search Boot Camp 3.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; will present actionable strategies for executing your job-search plan in a way designed to achieve success as quickly as possible. From tapping technology in the most efficient way to sharing tips for removing anxiety in the interview process, participants will be able to put in place their own effective job-search plans. At the same time, Jan will share effective techniques for addressing common concerns (ageism, long unemployment or underemployment gap, lack of degree, etc.) and proven methods for managing issues (dealing with inertia, lack of success, stigma) that accompany job search, particularly in prolonged cases.    

Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up!

How to Create a GREAT business to Cultivate Your Passion

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Hubbard Room

Tom Ceniglio, small business owner and entrepreneur will present the importance of planning in starting a business, growing a business, and selling a business.  He’ll discuss how to find your niche and develop your passion.  Additional topics include:

  • Franchising pros and cons
  • Advanced education and skill building
  • Self-assessment
  • Integration of your brand on social media and printed materials
  • Advertising, marketing and networking pros and cons
  • Ways to save money
  • When to hire help
  • Referrals and word of mouth advertising – the gift that keeps on giving
  • When to get assistance from attorneys, accountants, business experts and government officials
  • Giving back to the community as a lasting legacy

Success for the Seasoned Search… The Benefit of Being Overqualified

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Hubbard Room

Many seasoned job seekers find themselves being called overqualified because they have more years of experience than the job description calls for. Learn powerful strategies to overcome your interviewer's misconceptions about you. It's impossible to BE overqualified unless YOU believe you ARE overqualified. In this seminar, you will learn:

  • How to answer the overqualified question
  • The REAL reason why recruiters AND hiring managers are concerned about hiring overqualified applicants 
  • How to change your cover letter and resume if you believe you are overqualified 
  • Seven ways to explain on an interview why being overqualified is an advantage 
  • How to handle the “age factor”

Ongoing Programs

Russell Library Job Group

Take the opportunity to network with other job seekers, as well as get the advice of expert professionals. Guest speakers will focus on the job market and provide industry information. The group meets 9:30-noon on Thursdays in The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your face-to-face practice interview at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. 45 minute sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Job Coaching Appointments

James Kubat , Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will offer individual career coaching sessions.  All appointments are confidential and can be arranged in person at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520.  Please bring a resume if you have one.  You will receive a reminder call a week in advance.  We ask that you confirm your appointment within 3 days of that call.  To cancel an appointment, please call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 at least 48 hours ahead of time so that another job seeker may be served. 

Resume Review and Interview Coaching

Business professional Jeff Thierfeld offers in-depth resume review and interview coaching.  Sessions are held three Saturdays each month.  To sign up for a 1 hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice. We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Practice Phone Interviews

This service is being offered by Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Phone interviews are a fundamental part of the job search process and need to be treated as seriously as the face-to-face interview. Improve your interviewing skills without leaving the comfort of your home. Bob Carlson will call you at your location and scheduled time. ½ hour sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.  

Much gratitude is due to our presenters, who contribute their valuable time and talents to Russell Library’s Career Program.

We also owe many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support makes it all possible:

  • Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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