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Cancelled: Dig into Databases: JobNow!

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Database program cancelled.
If you would like indidualized Job Seeking assistance, contact Ellen Janpol at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.


Tech Training, Career

Dig into Databases: Business Edition featuring Thomson Reuters Eikon Database

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Learn how use the Thomson Reuters Eikon Database at the Westport Library! This comprehensive investment tool used by financial and investment analysts worldwide. The class will be taught by Mark Nettle, a client Specialist at Thomson Reuters. He has been working at the company in various roles for more than 20 years. His area of specialism is Foreign Exchange and Money Markets with accompanying experience in Fixed Income. Register now. 
The database provides:

  • Current data of exchange-traded instruments including stocks, warrants, options, futures, indexes, etc around the world.
  • Historical equity data ranging from several months to over 20 years
  • Government and corporate bonds information from over 100 countries
  • Foreign exchange rates for 175 currencies.
  • Comprehensive coverage on commodities and energy.
  • Economic indicators (e.g., consumer price index) for many countries
  • Extensive business and financial information for listed companies.

More on the "Dig into Databases" Series.

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Technology, Career

Interview Skills

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Melanie Myers, the Westport Library's Director of Organization and Management, leads an interactive session on topics commonly covered in job interviews. At the end of the workshop, you should feel confident about approaching your next job interview. Topics include: 

  • the type of questions to expect;
  • handling behavioral or situational questions;
  • how to tell a compelling story about yourself and your brand;
  • articulating how you meet the employer's expectations;
  • how to answer questions using relevant examples whenever possible;
  • the importance of listening;
  • leveraging your knowledge of the company and the interviewer;
  • the role of research and preparation;
  • the role of nonverbal communication;
  • dressing and acting appropriately; and
  • what questions you should ask

Melanie Myers is the Director of Organization and Management at the Westport Library. She was the Global Director for Recruitment, Staffing, Human Resource Information Systems at Save the Children, the largest global, child-focused non-profit agency in the world where she worked for 14 years before joining the Westport Library.




Branding Yourself on LinkedIn

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What do you absolutely, positively need to do right now to brand yourself on LinkedIn? Marc W. Halpert, author of LinkedIn Marketing for Law and Professional Practices, will discuss best practices to craft a stand-out LinkedIn personal profile page, with emphasis on self-marketing, to complement with the brand of their organization. The focus is to explain “why you do what you do” (not what and when, like a backward-looking resume). Marc will offer real, time-economic ideas to make the LinkedIn professional branding experience richer.

Marc W. Halpert is a self-described "multi-preneur." Since leaving the corporate finance world in 2001, Marc has started three businesses, all of which he still operates. In 2010 he started his third company, "connect2collaborate," to spread his LinkedIn and networking knowledge. In all his LinkedIn training and coaching, he offers professionals the opportunity to better explain their brand and positioning on their LinkedIn profile pages: who they really are and why them vs. the competition.

Marc has authored numerous articles on innovations using the latest LinkedIn techniques for self-branding in national publications, both in paper and online. He is a frequent contributor to and has been heard frequently on WCBS Newsradio 880 AM giving LinkedIn advice on their business reports. He blogs every business day with LinkedIn Nugget

Large Reading Room

Wisdom from CEOs: Brian Gaffney of Allianz Global Investors

May 23, 2017
Brian Gaffney

On May 23, 2017, Brian Gaffney, retired CEO US and managing director with Allianz Global Investors, discussed the challenges he faced in integrating five independent asset management organizations into one and how he created organizational lift while avoiding the drag of disorganization at The Westport Library.

Sponsored by Bernstein Private Wealth Management & Patriot Bank

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Jobseeker Resume Development Workshop

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Learn what to include on your resume, how to organize key skills to attract employers and how to format it to present your experience and skills in the best light. Speakers include Ellen Janpol, business librarian, and Melanie Myers, Westport Library Director of Organization & Management. Bring your resume for a brief personal review after the program.

There will also be an opportunity at the program to schedule longer personal appointments for general career counseling as well as resume and LinkedIn assistance. (More on this: One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions for Jobseekers)

Looking for a part-time job? Meet representatives from multiple organizations at the Part-Time Job Fair on Tuesday, June 13 from 5-7 pm in the Great Hall.

Melanie Myers is the Director of Organization and Management at the Westport Library. She was the Global Director for Recruitment, Staffing, Human Resource Information Systems at Save the Children, the largest global, child-focused non-profit agency in the world where she worked for 14 years before joining the Westport Library three years ago.

McManus Room

One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions for Jobseekers

April 18, 2017

The Westport Library offers free one-on-one career counseling sessions to local jobseekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling as well as resume and LinkedIn profile assistance.

The personalized programs will be run by business librarian Ellen Janpol, MLS, MBA. Janpol is the former manager of two corporate libraries as well as the JETS Program, the largest educational and networking program for people who are in job transition in Connecticut. She is also a recipient of the "Family Champion Award" by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies for work with families on employment issues.

"An excellent resume has the power to open doors and in this competitive job market, job applicants need an edge,” said Janpol. “We are here to help job seekers fine-tune their resumes so they describe what makes them unique and makes them stand out from the other applicants.  Together, we collaborate and develop the resume that gets you a job interview."

Starting on May 1, one-hour sessions are available on Mondays and Saturdays . On Mondays, the two sessions are at 6 or 7 pm.  On Saturdays, the sessions are at 10 am, 11 am or noon. To schedule an appointment contact Ellen Janpol at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or 203.291.4823.

Guide for more jobseeker resources.

Business: Running a Construction Company

March 8, 2017
Mitch Kidd

Scott Lumby and Mitch Kidd, co-founders of Wellbuilt Co., lead a workshop that will cover the business challenges that a construction company faces in addition to the problems that every business faces. 

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Business: How to Create Engaging Presentations That Motivate

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Executive presentation coach Kathy McAfee discusses ways to design and present engaging presentations to produce results without overuse of slides. Learn how to be creative and effectively communicate, influence and motivate audiences.

Kathy McAfee is a professional speaker, executive presentation coach and the owner of Kmc Brand Innovation, LLC, which helps executives and professionals advance their careers and businesses through presentation and networking mastery. She is also the author of Networking Ahead for Business (2010) and Stop Global Boring: How to Create Engaging Presentations (2016) as well as an award-winning blogger. Kathy holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

McManus Room

Business Author Leonard Sherman on His New Book with Strategies For Long-Term Growth

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Author Leonard Sherman discusses If You’re In A Dogfight, Become A Cat!—Strategies For Long-Term Growth, which offers practical advice on two of the most vexing issues facing businesses today: achieving long-term profitable growth and breaking away from the pack. Explore why so many companies struggle to sustain growth, what new leadership skills are needed and what the prognosis is for the years ahead.

Guide to Business Strategies

Leonard Sherman is an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, with over forty years of experience in business, teaching and research on business strategy and entrepreneurship. He currently teaches courses in the MBA and EMBA programs, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. He was managing partner of J. D. Power and Associates, where he led the firm's management consulting practice, and was a partner at Booz, Allen & Hamilton with responsibility for its U.S. automotive practice. 

Community Partner: The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce

Video interviews:

Why I wrote this book
What are the key drivers of long -term growth?
Why is lifelong learning so important?


Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

McManus Room
Career, Authors