Friday, October 25, 2013

Delivering An Effective Value Statement - Stuart Paap - Wed., November 13, 6:30-8pm

For over a decade, Stuart Paap (Professional Public Speaker) has been teaching the principles of effective communication to professionals and entrepreneurs.  He has given workshops at the Enterprise Center, Bentley University, the New England School of Art and Design, and for many privately held businesses and non-profits, including marketing, law and technology firms. He is passionate about helping smart people with big ideas make a powerful impact. In this workshop, the focus will be on:
·        How to write and deliver an effective value statement
·        How to communicate better
·        How to connect with each other

Please register by clicking on the link below :

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Doug Peck : Encore Careers - Finding Meaningful Work After 50

Doug Peck (President, KindnessWorks,LLC) presented on the topic “Encore Careers after 50.”  
Older workers face the following challenges :
·        age discrimination
·        skills could be out of date
·        multi-generational workforce
·        changing job market
Doug highlighted the importance of the mature mind. He said that older adults have the same capacity to learn, grow and get pleasure from new accomplishments. The fastest growing segment of graduate students is the over-50 age group. "You have to reinvent yourself," he advised the group. The mantra for this age is 'networking...networking...networking.' LinkedIn is the best resource. "It is about finding more joy in your journey than about the type of work you are going to do. There might be fear but it is time to be optimistic," Doug encouraged. "You need a streak of optimism if you want to do something."
It takes work to figure out what you want to do. You need to know what your core competencies are.
Some of the advantages of mature workers include dedication, punctuality, honesty, being detail-oriented, focused and attentive. You should enjoy the journey. You should be positive, enthusiastic, passionate and compassionate to yourself.
He shared some inspirational quotes -
"It is never too late to become what you might have been.” - George Eliot
"20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did." - Mark Twain
Doug also shared the following resources for seniors.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Upcoming WIN meetings

Hello everyone!

We are happy to announce a new networking opportunity. If you are looking to switch careers and want to network and interact informally with others, join us on Monday, October 21st at 10:30 am. We can get together, exchange notes, ideas and job search tips, share success stories, and encourage and advice each other. We can help each other in boosting our self-confidence. There will be a facilitator at these meetings.

Just drop in on Monday...

See you then...

- WIN (Work Initiative Network)

P.S. Our next regular meeting will be on Wednesday,  October 23, 6:30 - 8 pm. Doug Peck, a certified Senior Advisor with 25+ years experience as a Corporate HR Executive, will conduct a workshop on Finding Meaningful Work after 50. Doug will help people who wish to switch careers. Doug is the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors. Please register for this workshop by clicking on the link below:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Working With Contract Agencies - Cheryl Landes

At the WIN workshop, Cheryl Landes, Founder and Owner of Tabby Cat Communications, covered all aspects of working with contract agencies. In her presentation, Cheryl, a full-time technical writer, provided tips on how to work with agencies that place us on temporary assignments. She also described the current climate at the agencies and how job seekers can navigate this intricate maze so their resumes will be noticed and presented to hiring clients.
The methods for contracting agencies include: job boards, agencies’ websites, phone, email, face-to-face meetings (recruiter appointments, networking events, job fairs) and professional networking sites like LinkedIn. She advised that when you apply for assignments posted on web sites and job boards, you should not apply through email links provided. Instead, you should call the agency and ask for the recruiter handling the opening. When you talk to the recruiter, you should ask specific questions, express interest and email your resume directly to him/her so that it is presented to the hiring client.
In conclusion, contracting work through agencies will continue to grow. Cheryl explained that understanding the agencies’ and clients’ needs and keeping abreast of contracting trends are crucial to your success. Being flexible and continuously marketing yourself to agencies is also important.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Working With Contract Agencies

Next WIN workshop on Oct 9, 6:30 PM 

Cheryl Landes, Founder and Owner of Tabby Cat Communications in Seattle, is also a full-time contract technical writer. She will provide tips on how to work with agencies that place us on temporary assignments. She also describes the current climate at the agencies and how job seekers can navigate this intricate maze so their resumes will be noticed and presented to the hiring clients. 

This program would be of interest to anyone looking for contractual assignments and will help with the application process. To register for the workshop, please click here