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Special Programs

LinkedIn Workshop

Thursday, August 24, 5:00pm
Meeting Room 3

Looking for a job? Trying to make connections in your field? Want to make social media work for you? Get started with LinkedIn! Participants should bring an updated resume and digital photograph to create a profile during our workshop. (Free LinkedIn photo shoot at the library on Tuesday, August 15, 4-6 pm. Drop in.) We will help you navigate LinkedIn's data entry system and customize your profile. For people who already have an account, we can help you develop your contacts, highlight your strengths, and suggest strategies to improve your profile.
Recommended for people at all stages in their careers.
For further information: 860-347-2520.
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there's room. Register online at www.russelllibrary.org, in person, or by phone at 860-347-2520.

How to Work a Room - In Person Networking

Heather Turner
Tuesday September 12, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hubbard Room

How to Work a Room incorporates lessons learned from the book How To Work a Room by Susan RoAne and 25 years of business networking. 'Working” or 'networking in” a room is something that many people don’t feel comfortable with and many do not even know where to begin. In this workshop we will go over some techniques that you can use hands on to become more comfortable in 'working” a room including working on your 30 second commercial also known as your elevator pitch so that when you meet someone for the first time you are able to promote yourself properly.

Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA

TJ Pridell
Thursday September 21, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Hubbard Room

TJ Pridell, with ReferenceUSA will be hosting an interactive lead generation marketing seminar catering to the Middletown business community. To accommodate the needs of business owners, sales & marketing representatives and job seekers, Russell Library is offering a service called ReferenceUSA, an online provider of business and consumer research.

ReferenceUSA helps library users create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 270 million consumers.

Russell Library cardholders may access this resource from within the library or at home or work with Internet access. The database features seven detailed modules of information: 'US Business”, 'US Consumers/Lifestyles”, 'US Healthcare”, 'US Standard White Pages”, 'Canadian Business”, 'Canadian White Pages”, and 'US Jobs & Internships”. Users can select a location and radius to search through a database of millions of businesses and locate direct business contact names. Many entries also include links to job postings. Students can utilize ReferenceUSA to find articles for research on businesses and find data summaries to profile neighborhoods, cities and states, as well as researching demographics by business type, sizes and median income.

The Russell Library Career and Small Business Program is funded by a Middletown Community Development Block Grant, The Friends of the Russell Library and the Family of Thomas J. Regan.

Ongoing Programs

Russell Library Job Group

Take the opportunity to network with other job seekers, as well as get the advice of expert professionals. Guest speakers will focus on the job market and provide industry information. The group meets 10:00 am-12:30 pm on Thursdays in The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Library staff member, Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your face-to-face practice interview at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. One-hour sessions are available. Please call 860-347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Resume Critique

Business professionals Tracy Nixon-Moore and Jeff Thierfeld offer in-depth resume critique. Sessions are generally held Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings each month.  To sign up for a one-hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Please note: For practice interview, job coaching and resume critique appointments: Participants are expected to arrive on time and prepared for their appointment. Tardy arrivals may result in loss of the appointment. Participants who are unable to keep their appointment must give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice or two full business days prior to the appointment. Last-minute cancellations and no-shows count against the participant’s annual allowance of four (4) appointments and may not be rescheduled until 3 months have passed from the appointment date.

LinkedIn Photo Shoot

Once every three months on Thursday morning, the Hubbard Room at the Russell Library is transformed into a professional photo studio. Bob Carlson and Jeff Grant, on staff at the library will photograph you at your best so you can post the shot to your LinkedIn account. It generally only takes a few minutes and your hi-res image will be emailed to you. No appointment is necessary as it is first come first served. An email is required.

Quarterly photo sessions are held throughout the year in March, June, September and December. See the Job and Career Newsletter or the Russell Library online calendar for the next scheduled photo shoot.

Much gratitude is due to our presenters, who contribute their valuable time and talents to Russell Library’s Career Program.

We also owe many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support makes it all possible:

  • A Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • The family of Thomas J. Regan
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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