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Myers-Briggs Personality Test
Thursday, September 4, 2014 & Thursday, September 11, 2014
9:30am-12:30pm - Hubbard Room
Vencentia George

Are you an ISTJ, ESTP or maybe an ENFJ?

Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as an INTJ or an ESTP and wondered what those cryptic-sounding letters could mean? These letter combinations refer to specific personality traits based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ®. The Russell Library Career Program will be offering job seekers the opportunity to take this classic personality test, free of charge, coming in September, 2014.

The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator is a self-inventory test designed to identify a person's personality type, strengths and preferences. If you have been considering a career change or seeking new direction in your job search, this is the perfect opportunity to see how your personality might match with hundreds of different career paths.

Vencentia George, of the Connecticut Department of Labor and Certified Myers-Briggs Trainer, will conduct this 2-part process. Join us on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm for Part 1, and Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm for Part 2. Attendance at both parts is necessary to take the test and receive your results.

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

Conducting a Professional Job Search

Part I - The Highly Effective Job Search; Tuesday, September 23,

Part II- Highly Effective Networking in Your Job Search: Find the Approach that's Most Comforatable for You; Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6-8pm - Hubbard Room
Orville Pierson

Orville Pierson teaches a systematic, project-based approach to job hunting. The “Pierson Method” goes beyond search-related skills (networking, using the Internet, interviewing, etc.) to define and evaluate a personal job market and measure progress along the way. By attending this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Devote your time to effective activities that are more likely to produce interviews.
  • Diagnose and solve common problems using simple metrics.
  • Plan and organize even the most difficult job search to get better results.
  • Use progress measurements to diagnose and solve common job search problems
  • Use a Job Search Work Team to make your search more comfortable, more effective and faster

The author of The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search (McGraw-Hill) and Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job (Career Press), Orville Pierson has more than 30 years experience in job search assistance.  As the Director of Program Design for a leading global career services company, he wrote career transition books used by over a million job hunters, and trained hundreds of career coaches in effective job hunting methods.

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

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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