Next Week’s Upcoming Networking Events from Tom Donohue

Sundays, from 8:00 – 9:00 am. Every Sunday morning tune into Your Career is Calling onhandshake 107.7 FM, The Bronc, an on-campus radio station at Rider University.  Hosts Frank Kovacs and Wanda Ellet bring you the best career advice, no matter what stage your career is in. Whether you are in transition, looking for a better opportunity, or even a college student, Your Career is Calling has you covered.  Nearly every single week, they are joined by a special guest to cover a unique topic.  Don’t forget to tune into 107.7 FM The Bronc, or 107.7 The Bronc’s free Android and IPhone Apps.  Listeners can reach the studio with their questions at 1-877-900-1077.  In addition, interesting previous episodes are available at:

Mondays, from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Call in your job search questions every Monday night to a live Radio Show titled: Own Your Career hosted by Rod Colon, on Blogtalk Radio – Dial 1-347-857-3320 with your questions to get proven guidance from the # 1 career coach in the United States, specialized in the 7 Step Job Search and author of the book Win The Race For 21st Century Jobs. Get free coaching with challenges you encounter steering your career in the rough seas of the 21st century job market.

In addition to the great meetings listed below, check out the Neighbors-helping-Neighbors (NhN) website at: or for additional meetings.

Monday, September 29th from 7:00 am – 9:30 am: The Mondays @ 7 Group will host Vic Benoit, a Job Coach and HR Expert, who will give a presentation titled: What’s Holding You Back.  Job seekers have a minor mountain of information to process before getting that next job, such as: Branding, Elevator Speeches, Resumes, Marketing Plans, Social Media, Networking, Interviewing, Corporate Politics, and a whole new lingo to get corporated-up.  It is no wonder they can get stuck in their search.  Vic will outline strategies to move forward.  For further information, contact Ed Thomas at 203-981-4648 or, or the group’s website at  The meeting is at the Westport United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road, Westport, CT 06880 (Exit 42 off the Merritt Parkway).

Monday, September 29th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host Brad Schweon, who will give a presentation titled: How to Work with a Recruiter.  Additional information is available at:  The meeting will be at First United Methodist Church of Somerville, 48 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Monday, September 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm: The New Jersey North Chapter of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group GPSEG (formerly NJENG) invites you to an After Hours Social. Come for an evening of intelligent conversation, business networking, reconnecting with good friends, or making new ones. This is a great way for working members to keep in touch and meet the many new members. We invite other executive level networking groups such as: ChemPharma, FENG, IERG, MENG, NJ-SENG, and TENG. No RSVP or registration is needed, and there is no cost to attend. The meeting is at the Hamilton Park Hotel, 175 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932.

Tuesday, September 30th from 10:00 – 12:00 noon: Jewish Family Service of Central NJ will host Sheri Brown, a Career Specialist, who will give a presentation titled: The Top 10 Keys to Interview Success. This workshop will focus on: 1) How to prepare for an interview, 2) What questions you can expect to be asked and how to answer them, 3) Body language and 4) Presenting a professional image.  For additional, please contact Sheri Brown at 1-908-352-8375 or  The meeting is at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, 655 Westfield Ave., Elizabeth, NJ 07208.

Tuesday, September 30th from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: The Professional Service Group of New Brunswick (PSGNB) will give a presentation titled: LinkedIn. Additional information is available at: To register for this meeting, call the Kennedy Library at 1-732-463-1633×6.  The meeting is at the J. F. Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Tuesday, September 30th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm. The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Barry Cohen, CUNY Employment Coordinator, who will give a presentation titled: Powerful First Impressions: How to Find and Get the Job You Really Want.  Barry will discuss How to Ace Every Job Interview (Even if you are not the best candidate He will also discuss hidden techniques and strategies you need to ace that next job interview.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00 noon – 7:30 pm. The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Mary M. Mitchell, a former talk show host and syndicated columnist, who will give a presentation titled: Schmooze or Lose: Business/Social Events Are Not About Food and Booze. Social settings often intimidate otherwise accomplished professionals. Mary will discusses business event etiquette concerns such as, address introductions, handshakes, small talk, gender differences, and Miserable Moments – forgetting names, breaking into a group, alcohol protocol, and a host of others. You will be given an opportunity to practice these skills.  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Tuesday, September 30th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Karen Vaias, Head Reference Librarian, who will give a presentation titled: Resources For Job Hunters at the Bernards Township Library.  Vaias will review tools available at the library or through its website to find company contacts, conduct industry and business research, locate job listings, improve computer skills, practice for professional licensing exams and polish resume and cover letters.  For more information contact Sylvia Velez at 1-908-630-3530 or email  This special meeting will be held at the Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Wednesday, October 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will offer a program titled: WorkSearch Orientation.  Are you a 40+ job seeker? WorkSearch is an online system which provides links to job openings, skills assessment tools, and training programs at no cost to individuals.  After taking the orientation, WorkSearch is accessible to registrants through the Internet, or through Library computers.  Attendees will be shown how to download the information to a USB flash drive (Bring your own USB drive).  The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, October 1st from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: GenY Networking Group will host will host Marty Latman, Chairman of the Bergen Chapter of Financial Executive Network Group, who will give a presentation titled: Overcoming the Negative Experience, How do I Stay Positive During an Extended Job Search.  In our interactive meeting Marty will cover the following: The Current Job Market, Glass Half Full or Empty, Staying Motivated and Focused, The Need to be Proactive vs. Passive during an Extended Search, Networking, Networking, Networking, Taking Care of Yourself, Should I believe Marty Latman – You will ALL land, Why should I welcome a NO, and Marty’s Three Pillars – ABP (Always Be Positive), ABC (Always Be Connected), and It Depends.  For additional information or to register, please contact Joe Finazzo at The meeting is at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928

Wednesday, October 1st from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a program titled: Coping with Change.  We all need strategies for coping with the difficult, painful and confusing times in our lives, times when things change.  Few of us ever really stop to reflect on the waves of change we experience. We do not really know how to move through changes. We try to adjust quickly—move on—get over it and do not permit ourselves to feel the emotions that accompany change. At this meeting learn to: 1) Understanding your feelings, 2) Cope with stress, 3) Gain control, and 4) Explore opportunities for growth. Additional information is available at:, or by calling 1-973-783-3442.  The meeting is at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue (corner of Union Street), Montclair, NJ 07042.

Thursday, October 2nd from 9:30 – 11:30 am: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Claudia Sandonato, a Job Coach and Facilitator at Right Management, who will give a presentation titled: Conducting a Strategic Job Search.  In this practical session, you will learn how to plan, implement, and use tools that will result in interviews with potential employers by: 1) Developing select job targets, 2) Mapping potential positions within your job targets, 3) Developing your job campaign materials, including a Personal Marketing Plan, 4) Researching and determining worthwhile targets to pursue, 5) Getting meetings in your target markets through one of four methods, and 6) Measuring your results and changing tactics when warranted.  To register, e-mail Beverly Feldman at or call: 1-973-674-0871 by noon, 10/1/2014.  The meeting is at the Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981.  Turn right at the sign for Golds’ gym.

Thursday, October 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: The New Canaan Career Transition Support (CaTS) will host Melanie Szlucha, a Recruiter and Career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: Interview Like a Presidential Candidate.  Political races give everyone an opportunity to judge how much confidence they place in a candidate, and if they think they can do the basics of the job, the same criteria jobseekers face in an interview. This session includes clips from the 2012 Presidential Debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney. We look at the candidate’s effective strategies that earned voter trust, as well as those actions that eroded their standing. We will also discuss my TODAY concept to prepare for interviews, similar to how the candidates prepared their sound bites before the debate. Participants see how certain actions color their opinion of a candidate. This presentation works well for a group of job seekers and non-job seekers by stimulating discussion on the broader concept of presentation styles.  Meetings are usually held at St. Mark’s Episcopal church on the first Thursday of the month and at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan on the third Thursday of the month except as noted.  The meeting is at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT, 06840

Friday, October 3rd from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County will co-host Amy Raditz, a career coach from Lee Hecht Harrison, who will give a presentation titled: Get Back on Track, Keep the Momentum Going. Amy will discuss how to create your Project Plan for success, as well as how to stay focused, positive and sustain the ups and downs of the job search process.  Visit the PSG of Mercer County website to learn about the numerous resources available there.  The meeting is at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Saturday, October 4th from 8:30 – 11:00 am: Careers in Transition (CIT) meeting. Individuals give a 15 second elevator speech about themselves — who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (2-3), how the group can help you, and how you can help the group. This is followed by a short period for networking with people you would like to introduce yourself to and exchange business cards. The group then divides into smaller teams for: 1) Resume Assistance, (Please bring 15 copies of your resume if you want it reviewed.) or 2) Support in Overcoming Job Search Obstacles. This includes: A) Small group advice for individuals who have hit the wall and need help to reinvigorate their job search, or B) Large group discussion on various job search related topics. The meeting is in the Winston School Gym at Christ Church, 30 East Lane, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

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.  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.

The Westport Public Library, located at 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880 offers an interesting series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. Click on their link at: for a detailed list of upcoming events. In addition, many of these informative presentations are recorded and the podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows, at: This is a time saving and cost effective way of seeing a great presentation, from the comfort and convenience of your home. Isn’t technology great!

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