Start the New Year with Networking Events!

Tuesday, January 6th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Janelle Razzino, President of Razzino Associates, who will give a presentation titled: Resumes: What to do, What not to do, Bar None. Let’s Have a Conversation. For more information contact Sylvia Velez at 1-908-630-3530 or email The meeting is at the Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt. Airy Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Wednesday, January 7th 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, January 7th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Win Sheffield, a career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: New Resolutions for Your Career: Establishing and Maintaining Career Momentum in 2015. With the New Year come resolutions and recommitment to goals of all kinds. Win will discuss ways to spark and sustain your career actions throughout the year. Learn how to: 1) Assess which of the key components of a job campaign you need to focus on, 2) Set attainable objectives, and 3) Find support to keep you moving and restarting when you are distracted. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, January 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: GenY Networking Group will host Robert Schriek, Reference Librarian, who will give a presentation titled: Job Search Resources Available at Local and County Libraries. Bob will demonstrate the resources offered by many local and county public libraries to those in job search. Resources, applications and sources covered will include: 1) Job and Career Accelerator, 2) Learning Express Library, 3) Career Transitions, 4) Our Career Reference section, and other print sources. 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, January 7th from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a program titled: Dealing With Road Blocks and Setting Goals. Learn how to: 1) Recognize common blocks, 2) How to move beyond the blocks or avoid them, 3) Where to find motivation and support, and 4) Long and short term goal setting. 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, January 8th, from 9:30 – 11:30 am: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of New Jersey will host Alex Freund, a career and interviewing coach, who will give a presentation titled: The Art Of The Elevator Pitch: Making An Impression in 30 Seconds or Less. Learn how to start your personal brand with a strong elevator pitch. Do it in 30 seconds or less. Create a memorable impression where it counts. To register, e-mail Beverly Feldman at or call: 1-973-674-0871 by noon, 1/7/2015. The meeting is at the Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981. Turn right at the sign for Golds’ gym.

Thursday, January 8th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Free Webinar, Lisa Rangel, of Chameleon Resumes, will give a presentation titled: How to Design a Powerful Executive Resume to Land Interviews, Even If You Are Not An Executive. Designing a powerful executive resume is critical if you want to get noticed, even if you are not at the executive level yet. Here’s why an executive resume can help anyone get ahead: 1) Achievement-oriented language places emphasis on your accomplishments and the undeniable value you bring to any organization smart enough to hire you, 2) The immediate visual punch makes you stand out from the pack immediately and win the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, 3) Targeted keywords make it easy for recruiters to identify you in databases and on social media platforms, where they will be looking, and 4) It is structured for the recruiter’s brain, taking into account the way hiring managers evaluate candidates and make decisions. You will learn more in this one-hour presentation than you will in months of reading about resumes. Join Lisa to learn how to take your career to the next level with an effective, powerful resume that will get you noticed and land you interviews. Click here to learn more and register now!

Thursday, January 8th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, who will give a presentation titled: Critique Your Resume. Are your resumes getting you interviews? Are you submitting the same resume for each job posting? Successful job-seekers customize their resume for each position in order to let hiring managers know immediately that they are a good fit. Learn how to incorporate the language from a job posting into a Keyword-rich Summary. Participants must bring a current resume and 2 job postings. Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must email Sherry Natkow at to enroll and receive additional information. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, January 8th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, are proud to announce the 6th Annual StartUP 2015 Business Plan Competition Orientation for New York-based startup entrepreneurs, with cash prizes totaling over $30,000. The Orientation will start you off by giving you the basics of the competition. Attending one orientation session is the first requirement of the competition. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, January 8th, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm: The Sayreville Public Library will host Dr. Colleen Georges, a career and life coach, who will give a presentation titled: Let a Professional Polish Your Résumé. We all know the job market is tough. Give your best first impression to potential employers by making your résumé shine. Colleen will spend one-on-one time with attendees, giving each résumé an honest critique with suggestions for improvement. View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12. You will be assigned a 15-minute time slot. Time slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. You need only bring a copy of your résumé and a pen. NOTE: You MUST contact Alaina back by 12 noon the day of the event when she calls to confirm if you are still attending class. If you do not, your spot will automatically be given away. The meeting is at the Sayreville Public Library, 1050 Washington Road, Parlin, NJ 08859.

Thursday, January 8th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm: NNJ ASTD will host Terrence Seamon, author and career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Life Hacks for Today’s Job Hunters. Today’s job search is different than ever before, requiring new skills and new attitudes. Anyone in transition can benefit by adapting a set of life hacks, i.e. clever ways to accomplish the difficult and challenging tasks associated with finding your next opportunity. In this talk, Terry will discuss nine such hacks and how you can smoothly integrate them into your search. For additional information, contact Alicja Lisnow at Do not miss an evening where you can expand your network, make new friends, share knowledge with your peers, and hear highly relevant and beneficial insights and perspectives from experts in the marketplace. Please register at: The meeting is at the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, 422 Cedar Hill Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

Friday, January 9th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County will co-host will host Rod Colon, A Career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: The 21st Century Job Search Playbook. Learn how to leverage the power of advocates, people who will help you get connected to decision-makers or contacts who know those decision-makers, within a company that interests you. Visit the PSG of Mercer County website at PSG of Mercer County to learn about the numerous resources available there. The meeting is at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Saturday, January 10th from 7:30 – 10:15 am: The Breakfast Club will host Rod Colon, A Career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: Keep the Faith and Networking Alive. All human are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship. Rod will discuss that in order to adapt to the challenges of professional life today, we need to rediscover our entrepreneurial instincts and use them to forge new sorts of careers. Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, teacher, engineer or even a business owner, today you need to also think of yourself as an entrepreneur, at the helm of at least one living, growing start-up venture: your career, the CEO of Me, Inc. You future success depends on understanding and deploying these entrepreneurial strategies. More broadly, society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially. More information is available at The meeting is at the Days Hotel Conference Center, 195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. There is a meeting fee of $10 to cover the cost of the hotel conference room.

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.

Free Pro Bono Career Coaching. Career Coaching is a PRO BONO / FREE service available to job seekers who wish to focus an existing job search strategy and/or gain insight on how to craft an effective self-marketing plan. Each session is comprised of a 50 minute meeting with a volunteer Job Coach at SIBL’s Madison Avenue location. To make an appointment for a PRO BONO / FREE coaching session, please visit:

Please provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, and specific goals. If you do not have an e-mail address, please input when prompted. Once booked, an e-mail confirmation and follow-up reminder will be sent to the e-mail address provided. In addition, you may also receive a courtesy telephone call confirming your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact the Job Search Central Manager at or call 1-212-592-7006.

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!

PSGCNJ’s general meeting takes place at the First United Methodist Church, located at 48 West High Street, Somerville. Be sure to bring business cards, and be prepared to network.
Parking: Please refrain from parking in the church parking lot. • Free, unmetered parking is available on the church-side of West High Street and some of the side streets encircling the church. • Metered parking is available across the street, opposite the church, on West High Street and in municipal lots. A parking ticket in Somerville Borough costs $24, so please put enough coins in the meter! • Please do not park in the handicapped spaces in the church parking lot or driveway unless you have a wheelchair symbol placard or license plate. Avoid the private lot across the street from the church and the school lot down the block.
PSGCNJ general meetings are always free and open to the public. If you can’t make it to this meeting, then visit our website for information about upcoming events.

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