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Job Search Boot Camp – Version 5.0

A comprehensive three-part program to whip your job search into shape!  – with Jan Melnik

Are you ready to whip your resume into shape? Want to learn how social media like Twitter and LinkedIn can give you the boost you need to score that interview? Want to know the five “must do” things after every interview?  Please join us for the Russell Library’s Fifth Annual Summer Job Search Boot Camp, Version 5.0, featuring Jan Melnik, job search strategist and certified resume writer. Jan will present a series of 3 evening workshops for all job seekers designed to revamp all aspects of your job search and bring you up to speed to land that job.

Workshop 1:The Tools: Targeted Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Profile

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hubbard Room

What fundamental tools do job seekers need today to conduct effective searches? What are the new rules for modern resumes? What can you do to make your CAR success stories sizzle? How does this strategy that highlights achievements build a resume and fuel a successful job search? Why is a precision-focused cover letter essential? Why is LinkedIn your #1 networking tool in job search and what can you do to differentiate yourself as a candidate? And now that LinkedIn has turned everything upside down, how can you still optimize your presence there? In the first of a three-part Job Search Boot Camp 5.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; www.janmelnik.com) returns to Russell Library to share the best strategies and insider secrets that will help job seekers improve their efforts writing strategic resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.

Adult, Registration is requested but not required.
Sponsored by The Russell Library Job and Career Group and the Family of Thomas J. Regan.


Workshop 2: Networking and Social Media: Leveraging LinkedIn

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hubbard Room

Why is social media today's top tool for networking in job search? What are the best strategies for using the new (and, sometimes, frustrating) LinkedIn? How can Facebook be valuable? What are some of the social media pitfalls to avoid? In part two of the Job Search Boot Camp 5.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; www.janmelnik.com) will demonstrate how to optimize your use of social media and show why every job seeker can improve their success by properly using social media's power in job-search networking efforts.

Adult, Registration is requested but not required.
Sponsored by The Russell Library Job and Career Group and the Family of Thomas J. Regan.

Workshop 3: The Game Plan: Insider’s Tips for Effective Job Search and Interviewing

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hubbard Room

What's the best way to find a job today and avoid the 'black hole' of endlessly submitting resumes that never receive a response? What are the secrets to interviewing effectively? What are the top must-dos following every interview (including one killer, standout strategy)? In the final workshop of the Job Search Boot Camp 5.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; www.janmelnik.com) will present actionable strategies for executing your job-search plan in a way designed to achieve success as quickly as possible. From tapping technology in the most efficient way to sharing tips for removing anxiety in the interview process, participants will be able to develop their own effective job-search plans. At the same time, Jan will share effective techniques for addressing common concerns (ageism, long unemployment or underemployment gap, lack of degree, etc.) and proven methods for managing issues (dealing with inertia, lack of success, stigma) that accompany job searches, particularly in prolonged cases. 

Adult, Registration is requested but not required.
Sponsored by The Russell Library Job and Career Group 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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