Thursday, May 5, 2011

"Overcoming the Deadly Dozen Obstacles to Effective Job Hunting"

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speaker, Dr. Paul Power, who is coming back for her third talk. The facilitator for this week will be Steve Hakar. 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, Dr. Power will give a talk about,
"Overcoming the Deadly Dozen Obstacles to Effective Job Hunting."

Job hunting in nobody's idea of great fun. Because it is something one does only a limited number of times in one's career it is the rare job hunter who ever gets very good at it. Ironically (and annoyingly) one's job hunting skills are typically at their best at the conclusion of the process. Why is this common and predictable process so difficult for so many people - even for those who have read the books, digested the web articles, listened to their coaches, colleagues and friends and who have worked diligently at the process? Why do some flounder in the job market for weeks and months before getting their campaign in high gear? Why do others languish in jobs well below their talents just to avoid the job hunting process?

There are a host of reasons for this phenomenon and among them are the "deadly dozen" that Dr. Paul Powers has gleaned from the experiences of thousands of job hunters over the last 30 years. Now the good news: by recognizing and understanding these obstacles you can make this process less stressful, more productive and more successful. In this engaging presentation psychologist, career expert and best-selling author of "Winning Job Interviews" (Career Press) and "Love Your Job!" (O'Reilly Media) Dr. Paul - with knowledge, heart and humor - shows how you can find shortcuts, discover new opportunities and achieve the job you really want and deserve.

About Dr. Paul Power

Management psychologist Dr. Paul Powers has devoted 30 years to helping others achieve career success and satisfaction, he has coached thousands of people, in hundreds of companies - from CEO's, to entry level employees, to recent military veterans - find and succeed in jobs they love. As a popular speaker and seminar leader he travels extensively sharing his wisdom, his humor and his deepest belief that each of us has a gift to be discovered, developed and shared. As author of "Winning Job Interviews" (Career Press, 2009) and co-author of "Love Your Job! Loving the Job You Have, Finding a Job You Love" (O'Reilly Media, 1994) Paul's energy, enthusiasm and motivation have reached around the world to people in every imaginable field.

Dr. Powers is a licensed psychologist, is the former chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Psychologists and a member of numerous professional organizations. Paul holds a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He helped found 'The Management Corps for the Emerging East' a non-profit initiative to send American business volunteers to work in enterprises of the republics of the former Soviet Union in their transition to a free market economy with hands-on management skills and techniques. Paul is also a former U.S. Marine as well as a former licensed pipefitter.

Dr. Powers' work has been widely noted in the media such as The Wall St. Journal, National Business Employment Weekly, New England Business Magazine, hundreds of newspapers and radio stations nationwide and he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, WNBC, NPR, and numerous other media outlets. He co-hosted 'CareerTalk', a call-in show, on a major Boston radio station.

Practicing what he preaches about the many benefits of developing varied interests, Paul also maintains a specialized forensic practice, is a voice over artist, an avid outdoorsman, and has an active pro-bono schedule nationally and internationally. He divides his time between Florida's Gulf Coast and Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife, Linda who is an entrepreneur, graphic designer and principal of Powers Design.

To have Dr. Paul speak at your next conference or convention, e-mail him at

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

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 Wendy Gelberg Personal Branding
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
Barbara McKee
Salpi Sarafian

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