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Follow Your Passion and Start a Small Business

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Dr. Bernie Aleksey, vetrinarian

Are you looking to change careers? Do you want to do something different, exciting or maybe scary? Has small business ownership been one of your dreams? Dr. Bernadette Aleksey will tell you how she did just that. How after spending several years as a successful insurance actuary, she returned to college to study veterinary medicine, worked in a small veterinary clinic and finally opened her own animal hospital.  

Dr. Bernie Aleksey is owner of Adorable Pets Veterinary Center in Haddam Connecticut. Her practices specialize in preventative care, dental care, behavioral and nutritional counseling, acupuncture, laser therapy, Chinese herbs, hospice and emergency care. They schedule house calls and offer extended hours to meet the needs of friends and neighbors. Adorable Pets Veterinary Center is located at 1721 Saybrook Road, Haddam, can be reached at 860-554-5588 or by visiting

Please register at the Information Desk or call 860-347-2520.

Turn Off Your Computer and Get a Job!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:00-8:00pm Hubbard Room
Jean Baur

Jean BaurJean Baur, career coach, author and speaker will be back at the Russell Library to present this controversial talk focusing on why answering ads online is not the best way to find your next job. She'll cover what's wrong with searching on the internet, how and when jobs are found, how to tap into the unpublished job market, and the tools you need to run a successful job search campaign. Please join us for this interactive session where you'll get to develop new skills and gain insights from a career counselor with more than 20 years experience. Jean is known as The Back to Work! Coach.

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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