Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Days of Job Hunting with LinkedIn

Hello everyone!

We would like to share this article by David Perry (Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters).

Please check out the link below:

You can find this article in a blog posted by Jason Alba on Though the article is lengthy, it is worth reading because it is full of useful tips and has practical advice on how to leverage LinkedIn to get a job.
Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cindy Key's workshop on Effective Networking Strategies

At the WIN workshop last night, Cindy Key, talked about effective networking strategies. She explained why it is difficult to connect and seek help during a job search.
She highlighted 3 points:
DITCH. In our job search, we should ditch/eliminate a mindset or habit. For some of us, we might want to ditch sitting behind a computer and filling out online applications. We should try to call our target company and follow it on LinkedIn. Recruiters will not hire you till they know you, like you, and trust you.
DARE. We should dare to take a risk. We should make a presence/have visibility to recruiters. We should aim at having at least 125 contacts on LinkedIn.
DO. We should set a task that we must accomplish. We should optimize our search engines on LinkedIn. Recruiters get to know you by your LinkedIn profile, twitter feeds etc. We should ensure that our references know about us because recruiters will talk to our references first. We should be clear about what we want to be known for and communicate the same to our references.
Some of the tips shared by Cindy include:
·        Don’t ask for a job…ask for a connection.
·        Update your picture on LinkedIn
·        Drop the go-it-alone attitude. Find a buddy with the same goal.
·        Seek and be open to feedback
You can check out Cindy’s blog for more tips and help with your job search.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Reminder - Free WIN workshop : Effective Networking Strategies by Cindy Key

Looking forward to seeing you on Dec 12th, 6.30-8pm. 

Cindy Key, co-founder of Key Concepts, created the Accelerate Your Search™  system and now helps clients leverage their personal brand and land the right job, at the right salary, in record time. She will discuss, “Why is it difficult to connect and seek real help in a job search? Three things you must know and do.”

Please register online by following this link:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"7 Phrases to Delete from Your LinkedIn Profile"

Hello everyone!

We came across an interesting article by Laura Smith-Proulx that we would like to share with you.

Please check out the link below:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Effective Networking Strategies by Cindy Key

WIN brings you another free workshop on Dec 12, 6:30-8 PM.

Cindy Key, co-founder of Key Concepts, created the Accelerate Your Search™  system and now helps clients leverage their personal brand and land the right job, at the right salary, in record time. She will discuss, “Why is it difficult to connect and seek real help in a job search? Three things you must know and do.”

Please register online by following this link:

Looking forward to seeing you on Dec 12th!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nancy Dube's workshop on Customizing Resumes

Seasoned HR professional, Nancy Dube, presented a great workshop about how to customize your resume and addressed the obstacles faced during a job search.

Some of the points in her presentation were:

· Your resume should reflect that you are a fast learner, high achiever and a quick adapter with diversified skills.

· Functional resumes are key. What sets you apart is your accomplishments/achievements.

· It is alright to show time gaps. You should explain what you did to fill in the time(e.g. volunteer expeience, resumed classroom studies, joined a committee etc.)

· Don’t lie in your resume.

· An older employee’s resume can show the past 10-12 years of experience instead of 25+ years

· Recruiters are always looking for people who are lifelong learners and willing to work.

Nancy also touched upon how stay-at-home moms and entrepreneurs can join the workforce. She said that their resume should reflect transferrable/portable skills.

She concluded the workshop by going over resumes and helping the attendees fix their resumes.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Customizing Your Resume

Information about the upcoming workshop on Wed, Nov 28th at 6:30 PM:
Seasoned HR professional, Nancy Dube will show you how you can customize your resume to address the obstacles you are facing in your job search. Please bring your resumes so she can identify red flags, critique content, and revise and add keyword optimization. 

Please register online from the Calendar and Events link on the library website. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall 2012 Job Fair on Friday, November 16, 2012

Check out the attached link for more information.

Jill Huggett's workshop on Informational Interviews

Certified Professional Career Coach and Resume Writer, Jill Huggett, conducted a workshop last night about Informational Interviews.

She stressed on the importance of networking as the #1 tool for getting jobs. She mentioned that 70% of jobs are got from networking. "Networking, job boards and recruiters are the three main components of a successful job search", she said. An informational interview is a networking tool used to gather information/research, broaden your network and obtain more contacts. She explained how second connections in LinkedIn are key for networking.

Jill advised that a candidate should try to reach out to someone in the HR department of a company and schedule an informational interview to learn about the culture of the company and to find out who they are looking to hire. Informational interviews will help expand your network and get you more information and contacts.

Jill, a Hiring Manager with 20+ years of experience in building a successful career in financial services, recommended that LinkedIn is critical to your professional life. She touched upon functional resumes (accomplishments-driven resumes) being more effective. As a first step, she encouraged everyone to write down the names of 3 people to call today.

Jill Huggett can be reached at

Check out her website :


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Workshop by Jill Huggett on Nov 14

Join us at our next WIN meeting on Wed, Nov 14 at 6:30. Jill Huggett, a certified professional career coach will tell you what an information interview is and why this is beneficial to the job search. She will also describe how to get an interview, how to conduct an interview and what are the benefits of an informational interview.

Please register for the event by clicking on the Calendar link on the homepage of the library website. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

WIN meeting on October 24, 2012

At our WIN meeting, we watched an inspiring documentary, “Lemonade.” We also watched a few video clips on handling employment gaps. We learned some tips on how to make our resume stand out and what to avoid in an interview. In addition, we reflected on our strengths which we can portray during an interview.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Join us for our next WIN meeting on October 24, 2012 (6.30-8.00pm)

We will watch…

“Lemonade the Movie: It’s not a pink slip. It’s a blank page.”

Join us for the screening of an inspiring documentary, "Lemonade"! "What do people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they're laid off? They get creative with their own lives. Lemonade is an inspirational film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling, encouraging people to listen to that little voice inside their head that asks, "What if?" (From the description on the official website)  

We will learn…

·         how to stay positive.
·         how to respond when you are out of work.
·         how to make your Resume stand out.

We will share…

…our personal experiences.

Mark your calendars!

We hope to see you at this meeting!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Julie Bernardin's Workshop

Employment expert - Julie Bernardin conducted a very good workshop this evening.

 The key goals of the workshop were:

1) How can I describe my credentials in a way that distinguishes me from others?

2) Presenting my value to a potential employer by connecting their needs to what I can provide.

The participants worked in groups/teams to get a feel of how to present themselves to an interviewer and got valuable feedback from their team mates .

Julie stressed that, although it is popularly believed that our resumes should reflect our history, they should not. Resumes can include some history but they are documents that should show what we can do for the employer.

One of her tips was that it would be a good idea to set a direction in your resume by giving a headline/title followed by a branding statement about you.  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lisa Adams' workshop

Here are some tips that Lisa Adams shared at her workshop-

  • Remember the I CAN mindset -

I- Inspire daily
C- Control the controllable
A- Act now
N- Never give up

  • Write down 30 Successes, personal or professional that you've had in your life
  • Choose your target (the job you're looking for) based on your passions, your personality type, the culture of the organization etc.
  • Don't go it alone - look for positive-minded people and always network
  • Ponder on this - "How are you the Aspirin for the pain of the company?"
Here are the links to Lisa Adams' blog, website and LinkedIn accounts:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Career Transitions

Interesting articles and blog posts compiled by Career Transitions

FREE Library Resources

Do you have a Shrewsbury library card?

Then, you can access Cypress Resume, Gale Career Transitions and other resources from this link:

Shrewsbury Daily Voice

Here's the link to this week's "Find a job in Shrewsbury" from Shrewsbury Daily Voice. Every week, the online newspaper lists the employers hiring in Shrewsbury. Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Workshop with Lisa Adams

Career Expert Lisa Adams will be at the library on Wed, Sept 26 at 6:30 PM to conduct a workshop, Jumpstart Your Job Search. Need help with your job search? Feeling stuck? Come to this interactive workshop where Lisa Adams will help diagnose the biggest problems in a job search and give you tips on how to fix those challenges.

Limited slots available, so please register by going to the library website and clicking on Calendar.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What is WIN?

WIN is an exciting new project at the Shrewsbury Public Library!

Work Initiative Network (WIN) is a network for job seekers in the area. Regular meetings of job seekers will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Participants will have an opportunity to network with others and share their experiences. Anjana Ganesh, the coordinator of WIN, will facilitate the meetings. Special career skills workshops have also been scheduled. A Job Search Center with useful materials and information about online resources has been set up at the library.