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Social Media for Job Seekers In Depth

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6:00-8:00pm
Hubbard Room

Find out which social networks can be used to enhance your online resume and portfolio, how to clean up your online reputation/profile and how to leverage connectors and search engine optimization to find your perfect job.  We will be doing some in depth focus on using and customizing Linkedin, Twitter and Blogging for networking and job hunting, and also touching on Facebook and Google+.

About Heather Turner
Heather Turner a.k.a. Forfeng is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has spent more than 20 years in the restaurant business. She trained under one of the PBS Series “Great Chefs of America,” Chef Yves Labbe at 4-Star acclaimed restaurant, Le Cheval D’or, and has been the Executive Chef at Bellini’s Restaurant, The Cliff House at Stowe Mt. Resort and Harvest Market in Northern Vermont and at The Olde Inn on Cape Cod. In 2003 she started her own business, which combines hospitality consulting with marketing for a variety of businesses. She writes a hospitality blog at https://chefforfeng.wordpress.com and is an accredited member (ACG, ALB) of Toastmasters International, as well as being a keynote and educational speaker at associations and conferences around the United States.

Depression and Unemployment

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:00-8:00pm
Hubbard Room

Language and deep word meanings are explored and applied to improve self-confidence and overcome doubt and fear. You’ll discover valuable concepts from ancient Stoic wisdom, social psychology, and more.  Each participant will receive a personal word for inspiration, and a random participant will leave with a free copy of the book.  Her radio show archive and blog can be found at the website below..

About Dr. Helen Evrard
Dr. Evrard is the author of “Positive Matters:  Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and the co-creator with Middletown artist Kimberly Barcello of the companion Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that allow selection of a single word for reflection, insight, and discovery.  She is the producer/host of “Your Mind Matters,” airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, offering conversations with researchers, practitioners, and everyday people who deal with mental health issues. In this interactive workshop she’ll share her personal journey with depression, and help participants minimize its impact on themselves or others while continuing efforts for fulfilling employment.

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 9:30-noon on Thursdays in The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. 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. 45 minute sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Job Coaching Appointments

James Kubat , Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will offer individual career coaching sessions.  All appointments are confidential and can be arranged in person at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520.  Please bring a resume if you have one.  You will receive a reminder call a week in advance.  We ask that you confirm your appointment within 3 days of that call.  To cancel an appointment, please call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 at least 48 hours ahead of time so that another job seeker may be served. 

Resume Review and Interview Coaching

Business professional Jeff Thierfeld offers in-depth resume review and interview coaching.  Sessions are held three Saturdays each month.  To sign up for a 1 hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice. We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Practice Phone Interviews

This service is being offered by Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Phone interviews are a fundamental part of the job search process and need to be treated as seriously as the face-to-face interview. Improve your interviewing skills without leaving the comfort of your home. Bob Carlson will call you at your location and scheduled time. ½ hour sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.  

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:

  • Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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