Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) - Friday, Dec 17

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a workshop on Interview Questions plus an Open Forum Discussion. The facilitator for this week will be Mario Tardif. 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, we will have the workshop on Interview Questions and an Open Forum Discussion. Here is how it will be done:

Interview Questions

We will break out into small groups using the classrooms, and a leader will be assigned to lead each group. Each person will pull an interview question out of the bag and answer it, followed by responses from the rest regarding the answer. After each person has answered a question, we will then return to the hall and have a quick discussion on the interview questions and see what everyone thought of them.

Open Forum Discussion

We will initially start out with two topics that were raised at the last meeting, namely,
1) How to deal with the over qualified issue, and 2) how to handle the age discrimination problem

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

January 7, 2011 Joellyn Schwerdin "Top Resume Writing and Cover Letter Tips from a Pro"
January 21, 2011 Stephen Balzac "Interviewing For Success: How to Find, and Land, Your Dream Job"
February 4, 2011
February 18, 2011 Kelly Nevins
March 4, 2011
March 18, 2011

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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