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Job Search Boot Camp – Version 4.0 – 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 Forth Annual Summer Job Search Boot Camp, Version 4.0, 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.

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

Workshop 1

“The Tools: Targeted Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Profile”
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 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 resumes? How can you make yours “power-browsable?” What can you do to make your CAR stories sizzle? How does this strategy that highlights achievements build a resume and fuel a successful job search? Why is a cover letter essential? Why is LinkedIn your #1 networking tool in job search and what can you do to differentiate yourself as a candidate? In the first of a three-part Job Search Boot Camp 4.0 series, Jan will share the best strategies and insider secrets that will help job seekers improve their efforts writing strategic resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.

Workshop 2

“Networking and Social Media: Leveraging LinkedIn”
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 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 LinkedIn? How can Facebook be valuable? What are some of the social media pitfalls to avoid? In part two Jan 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.

Workshop 3

“The Game Plan: Insiders’ Tips for Effective Job Search & Interviewing”
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 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)? 

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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