Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Interview Questions Workshop

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by an Interview Questions Workshop. 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, we will conduct an Interview Questions Workshop.

Interview Questions Workshop

We have had an Interview Workshop in the past and it was always a lot of fun and a learning experience. Each person is both an interviewee and interviewer. We start off by someone is selected to be interviewed and selects an interview question from the bag/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 a chance to conduct both roles.

William Lam Photo Session

William will be conducting a photo session for those who would like their picture taken for LinkedIn or for any other purpose. Please bring a flash drive, a read-write CD, or any device where the photos can be copied onto. Dress the way you feel appropriate for the picture.

Recap of HNG Meeting of May 1, 2015:

Our 145th meeting had 20 people, this is one more than the previous meeting; three signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon was our facilitator. There were three introduction speeches.

Michelle Levesque Robert Half & Accountemps Salaried Professional Service Division, started April 29th

We had a speaker, Kristen Beyer, whose subject was, "Learn Ways to Preserve Your Future During a Job Transition."
This covered the following:

* How can I manage expenses and continue to pay bills without a regular salary?
* How can I continue to provide my family with medical care without my employer’s insurance coverage?
* What are the long-term consequences if I tap into my retirement savings?
* How will a job loss affect my tax situation?

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

June 5, 2015 Robert Dandrade & Panel of IT Professionals “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:
Emilia Gordon
Gil Krispien
William Lam
Ronaldo Lu
Vincent Rocheleau

Monday, May 4, 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBPO) - Job Opportunity Announcement – NOW OPEN

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently hiring 2,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) by September 30, 2015.  A CBPO entry-level job opportunity announcement is currently open on USAJOBS until May 11, 2015 or until 15,000 applications are received.  

CBP Officers play a vital role in preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States and enforcing customs, immigration, and agriculture laws and regulations at U.S. ports of entry.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires that every employee be reliable, trustworthy, and fit for duty. To meet these standards, applicants must undergo and successfully pass a thorough background investigation (which includes a polygraph examination), a medical examination, two preemployment fitness examinations, a drug test, and a structured interview in order to be placed in a CBP Officer position. Information on how to apply for the CBP Officer career is located on the following CBP webpage:

On this website, you will find the following information:
·            Reporting for Duty and Training

CBP's Office of Human Resources Management (HRM) recruits for the CBPO positions using short-term vacancy announcements throughout the year.  This provides candidates the opportunity to move through the hiring process quickly and efficiently, and facilitates hiring quality candidates to report to the Office of Field Operations Academy fully prepared to join the proud ranks of CBP Officers.  Below is the schedule for the Job Announcements for CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents that will be open throughout 2015.

                                 CBP Job Announcements for 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers
April 27 May 11
U.S. Border Patrol Agents
May 22 – June 8
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers
June 26 – July 13
U.S. Border Patrol Agents
October 16 – November 2
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers
November 27 – December 14

We need your assistance in reaching our hiring goals.  Please help us fill our ranks with individuals who share our core values of vigilance, integrity, and service to country.  Encourage your friends, neighbors, and family members to visit to learn more about this occupation that protects our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.

By spreading the word about our Agency's upcoming job opportunities, you can help us build a better and stronger CBP.

Follow us on twitter: @CustomsBorder.