Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hopkinton Network Group meets Fri - Jun 3rd at 10:00 AM

Hello Everyone,
The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a workshop on Interview Questions. The facilitator for this week will be Salpi Sarafian. 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, a workshop on Interview Questions will be done.

Workshop on Interview Questions

The procedure will be as follows:
The facilitator, Salpi, initially chooses someone to be interviewed, e.g., Marilyn. Marilyn picks an interview question from the coffee can of questions and then Salpi asks Marilyn this question. She responds and the attendees analyze / critique her response. Marilyn then selects someone to interview, e.g., Joe. Joe chooses a question from the coffee can and Marilyn acts as the interviewer and asks him the question he picked. Joe responds and those present analyze / critique his response. Joe then chooses someone to interview, and so on, and so on. In the past when we had many attend the meetings, we broke out into small groups and went into the classrooms, and the facilitator in each room acted as the interviewer. This was nice and effective; however, we did not have the advantage of hearing responses from the other classrooms. With our lower attendance numbers, now everyone can share in the analysis of the responses plus be both interviewer and interviewee. This will get more people involved and a good interaction within the group.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

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 Amy Mosher STEMPower Program
September 2, 2011 Workshop
September 16, 2011 Dan DeMaioNewton "Dealing with the Afflictive Emotions of Job Seeking"

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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