Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hopkinton Networking Group - Fri, Feb 17

Good Morning Acton Networkers!

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be facilitated by Vincent Rocheleau. The speaker will be Carl Harvey; he is the founder of Success & Self-Esteem. Carl is an accomplished and dynamic seminar leader and an award winning sales with more than 20 years of selling success to his credit.

Speaker Title: “What’s Stopping You? How to Risk and Succeed in the Job Search during a Down Economy”

Please arrive early so you can network. The meeting starts promptly at 10am with the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Introductions, and Needs & Leads; followed by our speaker.

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:

· Welcome
· Landings (with doughnuts)
· Announcements
· New member introductions
· Needs and leads
· Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
· Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:

· Name
· 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.


Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:

Sandra Cipriani -
Barbara McKee -
Ralph Sabatino -
Salpi Sarafian -
Gil Krispien -
Mark Sullivan -
Vincent Rocheleau -

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From the Center for American Progress

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Job-seekers to get expert career advice free on Feb. 15

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via Wicked Local Franklin News RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 2/6/12

With such a wide range of job-hunting resources in print, online and elsewhere, it can be confusing for many unemployed and under-employed individuals in greater Boston to know what employment resources are trustworthy and whose advice is effective.

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Job growth at the best companies to work for

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via FlowingData by Nathan Yau on 1/24/12

Job Growth
Nicolas Rapp and Anne Vandermey with a straightforward look at new jobs added at the top 100 companies to work for, according to Fortune.
Fat paychecks, sweet perks, fun colleagues, and over 70,000 jobs ready to be filled — these employers offer dream workplaces. Like Google, which reclaims the top spot this year to become a three-time champion. Meet this year's top 100, network with the winners on LinkedIn, and more.
Number of new jobs added or lost is on the horizontal, and number of employees at the start of the year on the vertical. Bubble size represents number of job applicants.
There were 7.6 million applicants to Starbucks last year. That's insane.
[Nicolas Rapp]

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