Thursday, February 18, 2016

HNG Meeting February 19, 2016; Agenda: Speaker on "To Be Hired, You MUST Be Found"

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 Susan P. Joyce.  The facilitator or this week will be Sheri Ablaza.  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, Susan will talk about "To Be Hired, You MUST Be Found."

To Be Hired, You MUST Be Found

Recruiters relentlessly search both Google and LinkedIn for job candidates with the right qualifications. So being found is critical to the success of a job search. In this session, we'll focus on how to be find-able. Learn how to identify and place the keywords that recruiters use in their searching.  With the right keywords in the right places, especially on LinkedIn, you will be more easily found -- hopefully resulting in a shorter job search and
more visibility for your future career.

Susan P. Joyce

Susan P. Joyce was laid off by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1994 and has been studying, writing, and speaking about online job search since 1995 based on her experience in IT, HR, web development,and information analysis.  A  veteran of the USMC and two layoffs, Susan was a Research Affiliate and Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management until January, 2016, studying long-term unemployment. She owns and manages and, both on the Forbes 100 Best Websites for Your Career list

Recap of HNG Meeting of February 5, 2016

Cancelled because of snow storm.

Recap of HNG Meeting of January 22, 2015

Our 161st meeting had 16 people, this is 2 more than the previous meeting; 6 signed the New Member list. Vincent Rocheleau was our facilitator. There were 5 introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, Brian Hawley, who talked about "10 Things you Should Know About Long Term Investing."

This comprised the following:
Whether they do it themselves or have someone do it for them most people have some level of retirement savings to invest. For many people there is a marked difference
between what the textbooks would say and what they actually do. In this presentation Brian highlighted 10 interesting facts about investing that may cause you to question your current approach.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

March 4, 2016             Randall Warniers    "First Impressions"

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       
Emilia Gordon      
Gil Krispien           
William Lam        
Ronaldo Lu              
Vincent Rocheleau