Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hopkinton Networking Group Meeting March 4, 2016; Agenda: Speaker on "First Impressions"

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 Randall Warniers. The facilitator or this week will be Ronaldo Lu. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs and 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, Randall will talk about "First Impressions."

This is Randall's fourth presentation to HNG and his talks have always been intuitive, enlightening, and warmly received. He is on the leadership team of Acton Networkers at St. Matthews and has been a member of Acton Networkers since September 2007.

First Impressions

first impressions
In the old days, all a job seeker needed to make a good first impression was new clothes, shined shoes, and a nice smile. Today, in a networked social-mediated world, every detail of every candidate for a position can be searched and scrutinized before that candidate shows up for an interview. A good first impression, both in person and online, has become crucial to a candidate's success in the job market. This presentation and discussion will examine all the elements--verbal, nonverbal, conscious, unconscious, and electronic—of a good first impression, and describe how these elements can be managed successfully to your advantage.

Randall Warniers

Randall Warniers is a freelance editor, book designer, and book publisher who spent nearly two decades in the world of publishing as managing editor of a research journal at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is also a photographer and a photography instructor at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, an instructor in 19th-century British literature at Acton-Boxborough Community Education, and a facilitator and member of the leadership team at Acton Networkers.

Recap of HNG Meeting of February 19, 2016

Our 162nd meeting had 49 people, this is 33 more than the previous meeting; 21 signed the New Member list. Gil Krispien was our facilitator. There were 13 introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, Susan P. Joyce, who talked about "To Be Hired, You MUST Be Found." She gave an excellent presentation.

This comprised the following:
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.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

March 18, 2016 Stephen Martins "Get The Offer"

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

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