Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) - Friday, Nov 19

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speaker, Joellyn Schwerdlin. The facilitator for this week will be William Lam. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Please arrive early, so we can make every effort to start on time. In the second hour, Joellyn will talk about "Overcoming Negative Self-Talk Which Sabotages Job Search Success."

"Overcoming Negative Self-Talk Which Sabotages Job Search Success"

Job search is a healthy balance of activities and attitude. “Activities” are creating resumes and cover letters, applying for jobs, networking, and interviewing. The “attitude” (or mindset) part is how well you handle poor responses to resumes you send out, why another candidate was chosen over you, or why you don’t hear back from interviewers when they said they would call.
If you have a positive mindset, you can quickly rebound from these setbacks. But if you have a negative mindset, comprised of negative beliefs and self-talk, this will project onto other people, prevent you from convincing hiring managers why you’re perfect for the job and keep you from continuing to move forward in your job search.

Joellyn will present a simple strategy for overcoming negative self talk and beliefs, to diminishing their power over you, so your job search can be productive and energetic. This tool, called “The Work,” was developed by Byron Katie, author of Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. If time permits, Joellyn will offer a short coaching demo of “The Work” with a willing audience participant. She will also be raffling off a copy of Byron Katie’s book.

About Joellyn Schwerdlin:

Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin is a Certified Career Management Coach, who runs a private career coaching practice (located in Worcester, MA) serving executives, managers and professionals in career transition. She can work with anyone across the US by phone and web conferencing. Through her 8-module career coaching program and personal mentoring, Joellyn has helped countless clients find perfect career paths and land jobs they love much faster than they ever could on their own.

Prior to her work as a career coach, she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, she moonlighted as a professional singer while holding administrative positions in the corporate world across various industry sectors, including: academia (medical school); business valuation; insurance (personal lines); manufacturing; and pharmaceuticals; as well as nearly two years in the HR department of a social service agency for developmentally disabled adults and children.

Joellyn earned her Certified Career Management Coach-CCMC (through Career Coach Academy), which is recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). She also received a Job & Career Transition Coach-JCTC designation from the Career and Adult Development Network.

Her credentials also include a Certified Professional Resume Writer-CPRW designation. You'll find sample resumes, cover letters, and other contributions she’s written featured in: Cover Letters for Dummies (2009); Job Search Bloopers (2008); Gallery of Best Resumes, 4th Edition (2007); Best Resumes for College Graduates to Land $75,000+ Jobs (2004);Gallery of Best Resumes, 3rd Edition (2004); Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 2nd Edition (2004); Resume Maker Professional 11.0 (2003); America's Top Resumes for America's Top Jobs (2002); Gallery of Best Resumes (2001); Gallery of Best Resumes for People Without a Four-Year Degree (2000), Gallery of Best Cover Letters (1999) and others.

For more information, visit her website:

Schedule for HNG Meetings:
December 3, 2010 William Lippincott
December 17, 2010 Workshop

General Information:
The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose every other Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
Landings (with doughnuts)
New member introductions
Needs and Leads
Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
Skills and Value Statement
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Your title
Your target companies
Geography of search
Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The Address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Daren Canfield
Gil Krispien
William Lam
Mario Tardif

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