Friday, October 4, 2013

Hopkinton Networkers Group: Interview Workshop - Oct 4th

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be an Interview Workshop. The facilitator for this week will be William Lam. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs and Leads.

Important Note: We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, William will conduct an "Interview Workshop."

After a number of months with speakers, it is time for a break. We have had an Interview Workshop a few times in the past, and it was always enlightening, rewarding and fun.

Interview Workshop

Each person will be both an interviewee and interviewer. We start off by someone is selected to be interviewed and selects an interview question from the jar/can of interview questions. The person is asked the question by the interviewer and his / her response is analyzed by the group with possible suggestions for a better response. The person selected to be interviewed now becomes the interviewer and selects someone to be interviewed, and the process is continued until everyone has had a chance to conduct both roles.

Recap of HNG Meeting of September 20, 2013:

Our 107th meeting of HNG had 39 people, this is 7 more than the previous meeting; 12 signed the New Member list. Gil Krispien was our facilitator. There were 6 introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, David Lashua,who talked about "LinkedIn Search Optimization." He gave an exceptional talk which many enjoyed. I invited him to come back during the January - February timeframe.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

October 18, 2013 Panel Discussion
"Finding a Job That Fits When You are Older Than 50"

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 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.

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:
Gil Krispien

William Lam

Salpi Sarafian

Laura Startzenbach

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