Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Network Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market"

Hello Everyone,

We are in need of a few folks to step forward to join the HNG coordinator team. We are losing one coordinator, Madeliene Moore, who landed a contract position, another coordinator is becoming more involved with Toastmasters and probably will be leaving soon, and still another coordinator is studying for his insurance exam, and once he passes it, the company, New York Life, will be hiring him as an agent. That leaves just one left to handle the load. So, I'm in heavy recruiting mode to get more coordinators. We have been very fortunate in the past to get people to join the team, but it is getting more difficult to get people to step forward to do this. If you are interested in joining the team, either respond back to me or see me at the meeting.

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speaker, Joellyn Schwerdlin, who is coming back for her third talk. The facilitator for this week will be Gil Krispien. 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 give a talk about, "Network Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market."

"Network Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market"

Landing an ideal career position in today's competitive labor market requires more effort than chasing "openings" and "vacancies," posting résumés on job boards, filling out online applications -- and waiting for responses that may never come.

In this seminar, you will learn how to break this dead-end "click and pray" cycle, by understanding what the hidden job market really is and how to effectively network your way into it. Even if you've attempted job-search networking without much success, this program will help you get back on track.

Material covered includes:

  • The true definition of "the hidden job market;"
  • The four stages of a job opening and the truths about job postings;
  • What job-search networking is -- and what it isn't;
  • Common mistakes people make in job-search networking situations -- and how to avoid them;
  • The importance of having a job-search plan in place before reaching out to your networking contacts;
  • How to strategically build a contact list to reach hiring decision makers;
  • And much more!

About Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, Certified Career Management Coach - a.k.a. "The Career Success Coach"

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: Gallery of Best Resumes, 5th Edition (2011), 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:

May 6, 2011 Dr. Paul Power
May 20, 2011 Stephen Balzac "Interviewing For Success: How to Find, and Land, Your Dream Job"
June 3, 2011 Workshop
June 17, 2011 Abby Grant Using Boston Business Journal for the job search
July 1, 2011
July 15, 2011 Patricia Hunt Sinacole "A Practical Guide to Landing a Job in Today's Employment Market."
August 5, 2011 Gail Greenberg
August 19, 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:
Steven Hakar  -
Gil Krispien -
William Lam -
Madeliene Moore -

Daren Canfield (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Patricia Centola (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Marjorie Cernigliaro (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Andrea Haber (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Christine Hurley (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Marilyn Johnson (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Laura Nelson (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Del Richmond (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; he is employed now)
Diane Shelley (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Steve Sherlock (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; he is employed now)
Nancy Spadorcia (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Jack Speranza (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; he is employed now)
Mario Tardif (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; he is employed now)
Qing Ye (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Denise Zazzera (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now

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