Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hopkinton Networkers Group - Friday, Nov 18th

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our very own member, Sandra Cipriani. The facilitator for this week will be Marilyn Johnson. We are going to reverse the schedule this week and Sandra will lead a interactive discussion about

*Using Social Styles to Your Advantage*

It’s a myth that the most qualified candidates for a position get hired. There are other factors involved into making a hiring decision. The hiring manager may be asking him/herself: Will I be able to work with this candidate? Will this candidate be a good fit in my team? The only way hiring managers can see if you are a good fit is during the interview. Your challenge is to convince them that you have the right skills and that you will be a good fit for their team and the organization all in a couple of hours! Easy, right?

One tool to help you during your interview is to understand and be able to adapt to different social styles. In this session you will be able to:

  • Identify your own social style
  • Describe the other three social styles and their preferences
  • Demonstrate how you would adapt your interview with a hiring manager who has a different social style 
  • Be prepared for a interactive and fun session!

Sandra Cipriani is a Learning & Development leader with over 15 years experience in facilitation and designing curriculum for mid to large size financial organizations. She has a graduate degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University in Boston and has a passion for empowering and advancing employees through learning. She is also on the board of the Trainers’ Roundtable and the Hopkinton Networkers group.

For the second first hour, from 11 to 12 AM to the following agenda:
Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Introductions, and Needs & Leads.

Please note this week the Church is having an event, and we must vacate the hall by noon.
Please arrive early to network and to get started on time.

*Schedule for HNG Meetings**:*

December 2, 2011: Lydia Magill - Lydia Magill - Motivational Ups and Downs of Career Searching... and How to Regain Your Balance

December 16, 2011: Charlie Anderson - "Your Job Search from an HR Perspective"


January 06, 2012: *

January 20, 2012: Clare Harlow "People Reading with DiSC"

*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 are 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 the first and third 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.

*Directions: St. John the Evangelist, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 *

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.

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