Thursday, November 6, 2014

HNG Meeting November 7, 2014; Agenda: Speakers on "Federal Job Search"

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by speakers Larry Corbin and Brian Levitre.  The facilitator for this week will be Gil Krispien. 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, Larry and Brian will talk about "Federal Job Search."

This is the second visit by Larry and Brian on this topic, and if you missed the first one, you ought to make sure you hear this one because it is a learning experience how to apply for federal jobs.

Federal Job Search

The following points will be covered:
   - Today's Government
   - Federal Hiring Process
   - Veteran Friendly
   - Office of Personnel Management
   - Application Process
   - Federal Application
   - Forms
   - Helpful Resources
   - Federal Resume
   - Work Experience Tips

Larry Corbin

Retired active duty USAF veteran 1972-1992. Currently, he is the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program coordinator (DVOP) for the Workforce Central Career Center in Milford Massachusetts. He also deals with all issues for veterans to include re-employment and job searching. He has been doing this for 15 years.

Brian Levitre

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Boston, MA

30 year federal employee

Department of Defense-                     1984-1988
Treasury Department-                        1988-2003
Department of Homeland Security-      2003-Present

Currently  a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Program Manager for Recruiting.  His territory is the 6  New England States.  CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

Recap of HNG Meeting of October 17, 2014:

Our 132nd meeting had 30 people,  this is 3 more than the previous meeting; 7 signed the New Member list. William Lam was our facilitator. There were 7 introduction speeches.

One landing:
Paul Green    Started Monday, Oct. 20th, at Planet in Milford as a Senior Accountant. Out 3 months.

We had speaker, Joellyn Schwerdlin, who talked about "How to Dramatically Improve Your Job Search Results in the Next 90 Days."

Schedule for HNG Meetings:
November 21, 2014   Patricia Hunt Sinacole

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          

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