Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hopkinton Networking Group: "Get the Offer"

Hello Everyone, 
Now that we are in the winter months, if the Hopkinton schools are cancelled on the day of our meeting then we do not meet; however, if there is a delay, then we do meet. Even if the schools are not closed, if the weather is bad, it is best to stay home then risk an accident.

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by speaker, Stephen Martins. The facilitator for this week will be Ronaldo Lu. We will devote the first half-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 and one-half, Steve will talk about “Get the Offer."

Get the Offer

Part 1 – Know your approach to job searching. Is it good enough? 

* Offensive
* Defensive
* Sales

Part 2 – Getting to the source with your resume. Is my resume good, too long, right wording? Common errors. 

* Recruiter
* Office worker
* HR

Part 3 – **The Interview** (guaranteed success if they follow this step)

* Confidence 
* Approach
* Questions
* The Close

Part 4 – Question areas

Hopefully by this point, everyone will be open with concerns and questions. Steve will have a list that usually is discussed if we are looking to fill more time. This presentation is very interactive. He will boost them up, kick them in the butt, and pat them on the back. He is a very motivated person, and he thinks they will leave that way too.

Stephen Martins

He has been in sourcing/recruiting/HR since 2001. He has worked with the Commercial, Light Industrial, Technical, and Software Development fields. His main experience has been working through Kelly Services, Johnson and Johnson, the Military and Software Quality Associates. He has been a Guest Speaker for the Career Center in Fall River MA for 8 years supporting a Bi-Weekly job club. 

He has been in the military since 1987. Currently he serves as a Chief Warrant Officer, the Commander for the 215th Army Band in the Army National Guard. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University and lives in Somerset. 

Recap of HNG Meeting of January 2, 2015:

Our 137th meeting had 18 people, this is five less than the previous meeting; no one signed the New Member list. Gil Krispien was our facilitator. There were no introduction speeches. 

We had speaker, Gil Krispien, who presented the Hopkinton Networkers Group 2014 Summary. This included total money collected, expenses, gifts to St. John's church, landings, HNG fund, and proposed gifts to St. John's for 2015.

Next, we had the Goals / New Year's Resolutions network exercise where each member filled out a form indicating two to five goals which each member must commit to achieve two of them by the first meeting in February, namely, February 6, 2015. We asked if any member would volunteer to publicly list his/her goals, and seven stepped forth and gave them. In a number of instances some members were given feedback and suggestions about their goals. 

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

January 16, 2015 Stephen Martins "Get the Offer"
February 6, 2015 Review of Goals / New Year's Resolutions of January 2, 2015

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 
Ronaldo Lu