Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Finding a Job That Fits When You are Older than 50

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by Robert Dandrade and a Panel of IT Professionals. The facilitator for this week will be Grace Carcich. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Bob and the panel will discuss “Finding a Job That Fits When You are Older than 50”.

Important Note: For the month of July, the Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) will meet on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, namely, July 11th and July 25th. The reason is July 4th is a holiday and July 18th the Parish Hall is being used by a paying customer.

Finding a Job That Fits When You are Older than 50

A panel comprised of professionals who have a wide range of diverse experiences and knowledge in the job search and hiring: an HR Director and a Personal Coach, a former Sales and Marketing Executive who has his own business, a Recruiter for (General) Executives, a Program Manager for a software provider and a Personal Coach and a State Career Advisor and Coach.

Lyn Baird,

Lyn Baird is married to Linée, his bride of 30 years, who is a commercial pastel artist. They have three adult children -- a daughter and two sons. After having been with the same employer for eighteen years, Lyn went through several bumpy transitions over the past nine years -- including two extensive periods of unemployment, as well as industry changes from commercial high-tech into defense contracting, and then back into commercial high-tech. Presently Lyn helps get new products to market for MathWorks, a provider of software products for engineering and science. Lyn maintains Program Management and Project Management certifications with Project Management Institute. Lyn and Linée live and serve among Trinity Congregational Church of Bolton, MA and is part of the leadership of Job Search Workshops for

Rob Dandrade,

For over 42 years he has worked in many roles in multiple industries, hiring hundreds of people. He has also been laid off twice. Today, as part of a 30,000 workforce reduction, he transitioned from being an Engineering Program Manager in Hewlett Packard. Rob’s experience also includes Fidelity Investments, Compaq Computer and Digital Equipment Corp, Pepsico and Carrier Corporation. At one point, with Fidelity, he was unexpectedly laid-off. Working with their out-placement agency
he realized that his past job searches were based on many incorrect assumptions. Rob applied their recommended practices and he experienced success. Some of the teaching points of our Job Search Workshops for MetroWest emphasize what he learned.

With his wife Carol, Rob celebrated 45 years this past year. They have a 21 year old daughter (plus 3 other children 38,40,42). Rob is part of the Growth Ministries for the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, and is part of the leadership of Job Search Workshops for MetroWest.

Rick Frazier,

Rick is husband of Dianne Frazier for 42 years and father of three daughters 28, 18 and 16. Originally from Northeast Ohio, he has lived in Sudbury Massachusetts near the Wayside Inn for the last 17 years. He serves at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson MA as Church Moderator and is active in the Men’s Ministry. He is part of the leadership of Job Search Workshops for MetroWest.

In the workplace for 40 years, he has personally experienced job turmoil with corporate downsizing, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring at Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, Rick worked for the Hewlett-Packard Americas Business Critical Server and Industry Standard Server Business Groups as Installed Base Program Manager and Partner Business Development Manager.

In early 2013, Rick departed Hewlett-Packard and formed Wayside Group. This new business focuses on providing customer insight and sales enablement services and deliverables to help high technology suppliers and resellers better serve and sell to their installed base customers.

Angie Grant,

Angie is a motivated and compassionate business professional Career Advisor and Coach who takes pride in assisting jobseekers every day as part of Massachusetts’ One Stop Career Centers, Employment and Training Career Center located in Framingham. She specializes in assisting adults prepare for job searching and/or training by help my customers assess their own skill sets, decide what they need to move forward, learn job search skills and ultimately become reemployed. Angie does this by developing trusting working relationships, providing motivation in times of hardship and supplying them with all available resources.

Prior to her Career Center role, she worked as a Recruiter and in Sales for a Staffing agency. Prior to that she sold Real Estate. Because of the marketable skills and qualifications from her previous role in Real Estate and Recruitment, she was able to transition into her current job as a Career Advisor/Coach. An important fact about how she found work after being unemployed 3 times is her ability to constantly Network.

Kristin Rode,

Kristin Rode is the Founder and President of the KR Executive Group, an Executive Recruiting Firm that specializes in placing the right people in mission critical leadership roles, as well as support teams throughout North America. The KR Executive Group has become a 'go to' firm for organizations who need to find people to fill, near impossible roles, within incredibly short timeframes. KR Executive Group's success and worthy national reputation are attributable to Kristin's unwavering core values and her natural tendency to think outside of the box. The foundation that KR Executive Group is built upon is honesty, trust, persistence, confidentiality and integrity. Kristin started this firm hoping that she could make a difference and she exceeded those first expectations, knowing now that what she is doing is so much bigger than herself. Kristin believes down to her core, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” (A George Eliot quote) Kristin Rode grew up in rural Minnesota. She has two children. She is an avid golfer. Kristin has a strong passion for helping the Homeless. Whether she is in Boston providing warm clothes to them in the winter or at the Salvation Army, when she can, to help provide a warm meal. She is also involved in making meals for the Bridge House, a transitional housing facility. Her and her children are actively involved in their church. She is part of the leadership of Job Search Workshops for MetroWest.

Donelle Wright,

Donelle Wright is a Director of Human Resources at EMC. She is the HR Business Partner for two global sales organizations--strategic alliances and global accounts. Donelle joined EMC three years ago after several years of working as an independent HR consultant and leadership coach. Prior to that, Donelle worked for the legacy Hewlett Packard Company for 18 years holding a number of positions in Human Resources at the regional, national, and corporate level. She is also a professional certified coach. When not working, Donelle is the mother of two teenage daughters, and on the boards of three non-profit organizations in Worcester County where she lives in Holden.

Recap of HNG Meeting of June 6, 2014:

Our 123rd meeting had 34 people, this is 1 more than the previous meeting; 5 signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon was our facilitator. There were 6 introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, Jaclyn Jarmulowicz, of Framingham Employment and Training Resources, and she presented how to use social media communications (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) as it pertains to the job search with an emphasis on LinkedIn. She also reviewed the advantages and disadvantages for each site and what medium is best for certain positions and industries.

She also presented the resources and tools Massachusetts’ One-Stop Career Centers offer including free workshops, education and training options and special workforce grants from the State and Federal government.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

July 11, 2014 To be defined
July 25, 2014 Workshop

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:
Sheri Ablaza
Grace Carcich
Emilia Gordon
Gil Krispien
William Lam
Laura Startzenbach

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