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Dr. Marcia LaReau from Forward Motion
At it again?... the recurring jobsearch

Cancelled: Tuesday, February 12, 6:00 PM
Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 PM
Hubbard Room

   …what you need to know from Dr Marcia LaReau, President of Forward Motion. Many people are finding themselves back at their jobsearch… yet again ….sometimes for the third or fourth time. Some have had up to six or seven jobs in the last four or five years! The jobsearch just seems to be a recurring reality.
 The United States is moving to a 'Labor on Demand” employment model. This has wide-spread implications for everyone who wants to earn an income.
In this session we will tackle:
Why is this happening?
How should you handle it?
What do you do on your resume?
How do you handle questions during the interview?
How do you manage your future career to ensure an income?

Do you want to have a consistent income stream in the near and long-term future? Then this presentation is for you.

Sign-ups preferred.

For questions or registration contact Bob Carlson or Christy Billings at 860-347-2520. Sponsored by the family of Thomas J. Regan, the Liberty Bank foundation, a CDB grant, and Russell Library Career Services.

Job Search! Tune In & Tune Up with Deb Krawiec

Tuesday, March 12, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Job Search! Tune In & Tune Up with Deb Krawiec is a hour and a half workshop that looks at search from a holistic perspective. It allows the job seeker an inside out perspective on what actions may need to be taken to re-energize your search – so that you too may land your next job opportunity!

Job Search! Tune In & Tune Up is recommended for the job seeker that has attended seminar after seminar on job search techniques, and still, no interview, no offers. It is also recommended for the job seeker that desires employment, but may be blinded by barriers.

Come prepared for an open and honest discussion on how to manage through the phases of job loss. come prepared to address your barriers and build a plan to move yourself forward!

Deborah Anne Krawiec, NCC  is a Principal Career Management Consultant at Arrow Career Consulting, LLC

Get Out In Front of Your Computer and Get a Job with Jean Bauer

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Renew your inspiration to become the boss of your own life and career, broaden your concept of choices, and learn the symptoms and causes of burnout. Registration is requested but not required. For questions or registration contact Bob Carlson or Christy Billings at 860-347-2520

Computer Classes

Introduction to Computers

Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 AM
Meeting Room 3

Learn the basics of how to use a computer! This class is for those who ask themselves, 'What do I do with this thing?” whenever they see a computer. By the end of the class, participants will be able to turn on a computer, explore the desktop, use the mouse, organize files, and go to a website.

Class capacity is 8 seats. Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there's room.
Please sign up online or call the Information Services Desk at 860-347-2520.
Recommended for ages 18+.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Thursday March 7, 2:00 PM
Meeting Room 3

Get started with Microsoft Word in this introductory level class. Participants will learn how to create, format, and save documents. Other topics will include building basic documents with templates, changing font style and size, adjusting text alignment, creating bulleted lists, and inserting images.

Class capacity is 8 seats. Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there's room.
Basic understanding of computers and comfort using the keyboard and mouse is recommended.
Please sign up online or call the Information Services Desk at 860-347-2520.

Google Drive Workshop

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 PM
Meeting Room 3

Get organized with the free cloud-based document sharing platform, Google Drive. Participants will learn how to negotiate the Google Drive interface, save documents, share files, and organize their work.

Please come to class with an active Gmail account and password. Basic understanding of computers and comfort using the keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Class capacity is 8 seats. Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there’s room.

 

Ongoing Programs

Confidential Resume Review

Saturdays,
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

Appointments now available with Tracy Nixon-Moore, resume consultant and business professional.  

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Information Desk.

Wednesdays,
5:00, 6:00, & 7:00 PM

Appointments now available with Raymond Glode, resume consultant and business professional.  
Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Information Desk.

Fridays,
10:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

Appointments now available with Jeff Thierfeld, resume consultant and business professional.  
Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Information Desk.

Career Coaching with Helen Evrard, MD

Mondays: 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:30 PM
Meeting Room 2

One-on-one career coaching appointments are available with Dr. Helen Evrard. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Information Desk. If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours' notice so another patron may be served.

Job Group

Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm.
Network with other job seekers and get the advice from expert professionals. Our job group meets on Thursdays from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm in Russell Library's Hubbard Room. Guest speakers present from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Registration not required, walk-ins always welcome.  

Future Weekly Networking  
Group Speakers   
02.21.2019   Jim Jackson - Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
02.28.2019   Sarah Eiseman - "Networking and Job Search Strategies"
03.07.2019   Helen Evrard, MD - "Dealing with the stress of Unemployment"
03.14.2019   Patrick  Flaherty - Economist, CT Dept of Labor
03.21.2019   LinkedIn Photo Shoot - Bob Carlson and Christy Billings
03.28.2019   Craig Stowell - "Interviewing"

Practice Job Interviews - 2019

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Craig Stowell will assist you by conducting and evaluating your practice interview. Typical behavioral questions will be used...Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths and weaknesses and if you were a brick on a wall... what brick would you be?

All programs require pre-registration. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling the library at 860-347-2520 in advance.

Practice Job Interviews

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want.  Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your practice interview.  Videotaping the session is optional and confidential 1-hour sessions are available Tuesday afternoons. Call the library at 860-347-2520 for dates, times and to register.

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.

Online Resources - Job Now

Job Now is a free service available to library card holders, anytime, on your computer, smart phone or tablet as well as our public computers. Some of the services include:

  • Resume help with a live Resume Expert
  • Resume resources including templates and best practices
  • Live help with an Interview Coach
  • Interview tips and resources
  • Career help with a live Job coach
  • Skill Building with lessons, videos, tests and more.
    • Microsoft Office Applications and some Computer Programming course are found in the Computers and Technology SkillSurfer
    • Learning Library features Entrance Exam Preparation for High School, College, Nursing School etc., ASVAB, Praxis and GRE exams

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 Liberty Bank Foundation
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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