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Job and Career Workshop: Networking to Market Yourself, with Jim Jackson of the Essex Group

Tuesday, June 5, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Jim Jackson, a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center, will be discussing specific ways to effectively leverage networking to market yourself in this today's tough job search. As you have probably heard, networking is the key to succeeding in today's job market. Using concepts taken directly from sales and marketing, Jim will help job seekers understand how to demonstrate the true value of their specific talents, skills and experience to potential employers- how to sell themselves to their next employer. Job seekers will gain an understanding of ways to demonstrate how their skills and experience can produce measurable outcomes for a prospective employer, versus mechanically listing the duties of your previous jobs in a chronological resume. Once you master the sales pitch, Jim will show you how to use networking to reach potential employers and score your next big job.

Language for Brain Health Workshop, with Dr. Helen Evrard 

Tuesday, June 26, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Language and deep word meanings will be explored and applied to help participants improve self-confidence and overcome doubt and fear. In this interactive workshop Dr. Evrard will share her personal journey with depression, and help participants minimize its impact on themselves and others. Dr. Evrard is the author of Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire and the co-creator with Middletown artist Kimberly Barcello of the companion Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that allow selection of a single word for reflection, insight, and discovery.  She is the producer/host of 'Your Mind Matters,’ (currently on hiatus) airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, offering conversations with researchers, practitioners, and everyday people who deal with brain health issues. For more information go to: www.wordifference.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/workdifference.

Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join the Alzheimer's Association in going purple and raising awareness in June. The more people know about Alzheimer's, the more action we inspire. Go to www.alz.org/abam for more information on National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

LinkedIn Workshop

Friday, June 29, 10:30am
Meeting Room 3,

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Looking for a job? Trying to make connections in your field? Join Russell Library's LinkedIn workshop. New to LinkedIn? Bring an updated resume and digital photograph (on a flash drive or available in email) to create a profile. We'll help you navigate LinkedIn's data entry system and customize your profile. For people who already have an account, we can help you develop your contacts, highlight your strengths, and suggest strategies to improve your profile. Recommended for people at all stages in their careers.
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there's room. Class capacity is 8 seats.

Please sign up online or call the Information Services Desk at 860-347-2528.

Ongoing Programs

Confidential Resume Review

Saturdays,
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

Appointments now available with Tracy Nixon-Moore resume consultant and business professional.  

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Information Desk.

Confidential Resume Review

Wednesdays,
5:00, 6:00, & 7:00 PM

Appointments now available with Raymond Glode resume consultant and business professional.  
Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Information Desk.

Job Group

Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm.
Network with other job seekers and get the advice from expert professionals. Our job group meets on Thursdays from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm in Russell Library's Hubbard Room. Guest speakers present from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Registration not required, walk-ins always welcome.  

Future Weekly Networking  
Group Speakers

05.24.2018 - Craig Stowell - "Getting Your Resume to the Top of the Pile"
05.31.2018 - Jim Jackson Essex Group "Networking" 
06.07.2018 - Carolyn Innocenzi, M.S. - Middlesex Community College
06.14.2018 - Bob Carlson and Christy Billings - "Navigating a Job Fair"
06.21.2018 - Marcia LaReau, Ph.D. - President, Forward Motion, LLC
06.28.2018 - Bob Carlson & Christy Billings - Professional portraits for your LinkedIn account

Discovering Your Entrepreneurial Self with Richard Pummell

Practice Job Interviews

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want.  Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your practice interview.  Videotaping the session is optional and confidential 1-hour sessions are available Tuesday afternoons. Call the library at 860-347-2520 for dates, times and to register.

LinkedIn Photo Shoot

Once every three months on Thursday morning, the Hubbard Room at the Russell Library is transformed into a professional photo studio. Bob Carlson and Jeff Grant, on staff at the library will photograph you at your best so you can post the shot to your LinkedIn account. It generally only takes a few minutes and your hi-res image will be emailed to you. No appointment is necessary as it is first come first served. An email is required.

Quarterly photo sessions are held throughout the year in March, June, September and December. See the Job and Career Newsletter or the Russell Library online calendar for the next scheduled photo shoot.

Online Resources - Job Now

Job Now is a free service available to library card holders, anytime, on your computer, smart phone or tablet as well as our public computers. Some of the services include:

  • Resume help with a live Resume Expert
  • Resume resources including templates and best practices
  • Live help with an Interview Coach
  • Interview tips and resources
  • Career help with a live Job coach
  • Skill Building with lessons, videos, tests and more.
    • Microsoft Office Applications and some Computer Programming course are found in the Computers and Technology SkillSurfer
    • Learning Library features Entrance Exam Preparation for High School, College, Nursing School etc., ASVAB, Praxis and GRE exams

 

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:

  • A Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • The family of Thomas J. Regan
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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