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So What Do You Do Now?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Hubbard Room
Carol Mon

Do you struggle with what to say when asked, so what do you do?  Are you trying to answer the question what kind of job are you looking for in a short, interesting way?  Carol Mon, Corporate Storyteller and author of “A Guide to Networking for Introverts, will give you a formula to use when creating short 30 second introductions that are engaging and informative.  In this working session, you will then work with others to create an introduction that you can use immediately when asked, “So what do you do?”  No more stumbling or mumbling.  Make your message memorable.

About Carol Mon
Ms Mon is a passionate trainer, speaker, presentation coach and corporate storyteller.  She draws on her diverse background to keep her presentations lively and interactive.  Carol has spent over 15 years leading workshops and working with individuals on their communication skills including networking and interviewing skills. With a BS in accounting, Carol started her career at a major insurance company in Hartford eventually managing the Payroll Department until a company merger. After the merger, she worked at a radio station and ESPN before starting her own business. Carol is a past president of the National Speaker’s Association Connecticut Chapter.  She is a member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center. She is also the author of “A Guide to Networking for the Introvert, From Ice Breaking to Deal Making.”

Breaking Through Employment Barriers in a Changing Economy

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Hubbard Room
Marcia LaReau

Many job seekers wonder why they can’t get through the hiring process and they struggle to keep up with the changing rules that accompany the changing landscape.

Marcia LaReau of Forward Motion has spent over 9 years working with job seekers, recruiters, and HR professionals.  She will present key findings regarding the barriers that slow the road to employment success as we move through 2015 and into 2016.

The presentation will extract the core findings of Forward Motion with regard to:

  • Job search processes
  • Understanding hiring cycles
  • Appealing to hiring professionals
  • Utilizing social media to your advantage
  • Current interviewing practices
  • Staying motivated in the job search

About Marcia LaReau
Marcia LaReau, Ph.D. brings unique and diverse experience to her role in helping people in career-transition achieve their goals and find satisfying, sustainable work that meets their financial needs. Dr. LaReau has served in the business world for over ten years, including Fortune 100 companies. As a Curriculum Designer and Learning Technologist, she lead training initiatives for projects spanning 44,000 employees on four continents. As a Human Resource Director, her use of unique change-methodologies increased effectiveness and employee efficiency through effective team building.  
A recognized leader with a collaborative, creative, relational style, Dr. LaReau has proven herself in small business, corporate, and non-profit venues, working with executives, operations and project teams.

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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