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Improve Job Search Focus and Productivity

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Deb Krawiec,
a National Certified Counselor, will discuss the use of a systematic, professional approach to job searching. "Job Search Work Teams" is a process aimed at making job hunting more effective, comfortable and 20% faster than the conventional job search. Learn how to:

  • devote more of your time to activities that are more likely to produce interviews
  • plan and organize even the most difficult job search to get the best results
  • focus your job search by defining your optimal job market
  • measure your progress in search, even prior to interviews and offers
  • and use progress measurements to diagnose and solve common job search problems.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for a Job Search Work Team here at the Westport Library after the presentation, as well a chance for networking.

Krawiec has worked in the outplacement field for over 20 years. Currently, she is Founder and Principal Career Management Consultant of Arrow Career Consulting, LLC, a Hartford-area based concern. She is also an adjunct professor at Post University where she teaches a course for students on how to launch a successful job search campaign. While employed Lee Hecht Harrison as Vice President/Career Coach, she contributed to the successful implementation and management of several career centers across the country. Krawiec has a BA from UCONN and a Master's from Southern Connecticut State University in Community Counseling, with a specific focus on career counseling.

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Part-Time Job Fair

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Anyone looking for part-time work is invited to a job fair to meet and network with local employers. Organizations represented include: Banana Republic, Aux Delices French bakery and cafe, Trader Joe's, Mackey & Guasco Staffing, LLC of Southport, CT, Talbots, Green and Tonic, J.Crew, The Fresh Market, Terrain of Westport, Whole Foods and Shake Shack.

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

These programs are being spearheaded by Ellen Janpol, MLS, MBA, (ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org) as part of the WestportWORKS program. WestportWORKS is part of the Library’s commitment to address the needs of both the contemporary jobseeker and of businesses looking to expand their workforce. Through job fairs, networking events, panel talks and workshops, WestportWORKS explores the unique challenges of employment-seeking from both sides of the desk.

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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.

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Reputation Management on Social Media

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Kristina Centnere, owner of eKAT Development, an internet marketing firm, discusses approaches to the management of the online reputaton of your business. If you have ever used Yelp or Google reviews to pick a restaurant or a plumber, you know that what is said about your business online can make a difference. Additionally, consistent reviews help significantly with search engine optimization. With proper reputation management, you can make sure that even negative reviews don’t hurt your business.

This workshop will help you:

  • Understand the importance of social media as a reputation management tool
  • Respond properly to positive and negative reviews of your business on social media
  • Properly monitor your reputation online

Advance registration with SCORE at is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Kristina Centnere is the owner of eKAT Development, a full-service internet marketing firm. She started her career in marketing as a content developer for websites and social media profiles and transitioned to also include website design anddevelopment, search engine optimization andmarketing, mobile application development and software development. An expert in social media content creation and advertising, Ms. Centnere and her team helps clients get the most out of their online presence by creating both online and offline strategies in improving customer relations, generating authentic reviews and monitoring reputation.



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Social Commerce: A New Way of Doing Business

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Social commerce entrepreneurs Jenn Cohn Falik, Anne Epstein and Anne Greenberg and life/career coach Lori Fields discuss social commerce opportunities. This modern use of social network marketing is very effective in the beauty retail sector and may be an ideal way for women to return to the work force.

Jenn Falik has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years—as an on-air contributor, a publicist, a spokesperson and a blogger. Always fascinated by changing retail trends in the beauty world, Jenn is currently navigating the social commerce landscape by building a Rodan + Fields skincare business with fellow Westport moms Anne Epstein and Anne Greenberg. Together they help women across the country understand how they can press play on their professional lives with social commerce.

Anne Epstein is an internet technologist and marketing pioneer who helped launch international renowned brands ABCSports and MTV online during the .com boom. She has extensive fashion experience in e-commerce and re-branding roles, launched her own eco-friendly fashion label, and currently is focusing on leveraging her experience in the digital and social space. 

Anne Greenberg is a wife and mother living in Westport. Her professional career has run the gamut- from assistant principal to iPhone app owner to social media manager to, most recently, social commerce skincare consultant. She's always looking for ways to enhance her life through entrepreneurial experiences.

Lori Fields is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Entrepreneur and Personal Development Coach. With over 15 years of experience as a clinical practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, she is highly regarded in the field of women’s empowerment for her expertise in helping women live their most powerful & purpose driven life. Through her private practice, writing and public speaking Lori has provided thousands of women with the tools and motivation necessary to finally believe that they are worthy of living the life they long for.

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Social Media and Your Job Search

June 1, 2016
Linda Van Valkenburgh

Executive career management coach Linda Van Valkenburgh discussed ways to improve your social media skills to position yourself for career search or to elevate your credentials and industry reputation on June 1, 2016.

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Résumés That Rock

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Learn how to write a résumé that will get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, fast. Certified Résumé Writer Annette Richmond explains how to construct a compelling and easy-to-read résumé that will make you stand out from other candidates and showcase your achievements and skills.

Points covered include:

  • Missteps on your résumé that are working against you
  • What you should leave off your résumé and why
  • Strategies to highlight your strengths
  • Creating compelling content that will impress employers
  • Infusing your résumé with attention-getting color and style, no matter what your industry

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, Certified Résumé Writer & Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer is a principal in Career Intelligence Résumé Writing & Career Services. As a multi-certified writer, she brings the perspective of a former recruiter, and the experience of someone who’s spent over a decade in the career field to every client she works with. She has been featured in media outlets including Monster, Vault, Business Insider, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work is featured in Resumes For Dummies (August 2015). 

Annette has earned the Certified Advanced Résumé Writer and Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Profile Writer designations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University. Annette is a member of The National Resume Writers’ Association, Career Directors International, and Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches.





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Jobseeker Special: Social Media and Your Job Search

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Executive career management coach Linda Van Valkenburgh discusses ways to improve your social media skills to position yourself for career search or to elevate your credentials and industry reputation. Linda will demonstrate how to use Twitter, Facebook and some new LinkedIn tools to execute an integrated strategy for supporting your career campaign and market yourself through robust social media platforms. Learn about:

  • maximizing and controling your Social Media profiles
  • site navigation and trending features and why they are vital
  • being viewed as a “go-to” subject matter expert through discussion groups, target companies and influencers

van balkenburghLinda Van Valkenburgh, MS, certified executive career coach of My Executive Career Coach, LLC in Stamford, CT, has great business experience in a broad range of corporate environments including marketing, advertising, engineering, entrepreneurial partnerships, industrial manufacturing and full time career development. Recognized by the International Coaching Federation, Linda’s credentials include: Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Job Search Strategist, Certified Social Media Career Strategist and Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach. Linda partners with clients to discover their skills and strengths, develop their value proposition and strategic plan, target opportunities that advance their careers to the next level, and supports them through a skillful negotiation process.


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Interviewing for That First Job or Internship

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interviewPeggy Marx and Kyrie Stillman of Career Interview Counselors lead a workshop on how to prepare for an interview, including researching the company and interviewer, positioning yourself and developing key talking points. Strategies on how to align and leverage your key strengths compared to the job description will be reviewed. Whether you are in college or have graduated, successful strategies for landing a job by focusing on the key aspects of an impressive interview will be discussed.

peggy marxAs a Producer of multi-media business meetings, Peggy Nash Marx trained executives on how to present themselves at the podium and to answer employee and client queries with sincerity. In preparing young people for entrance into the professional working world, Peggy utilizes her editorial and communication skills to fine tune job seekers' positioning and identification with specific opportunities. Peggy is the owner/founder of Mon Amie and Career Interview Counselors, consulting groups dedicated to enhancing individuals' potential.

Kyrie o'connor stillmanKyrie O’Connor Stillman uses her marketing skills to teach others how to better present themselves. Kyrie developed her flexible, entrepreneurial approach through brand management training at marketing brands including Kraft, Cuisinart, Corning, London Fog, Bally Shoes and BhS (British Home Stores). Her ability to manage cross functional teams gives her the ability to identify and maximize talent in individuals. Kyrie is a co-founder of Career Interview Counselors.


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Jobseeker Special: A Personal Review of Your Résumé

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resumeSign up for a 20-minute one-on-one session to have a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) review your résumé and offer feedback. Advance registration is required with the American Job Center via email, Michael [dot] Shavel [at] ct [dot] gov or Paul [dot] Fedor [at] ct [dot] gov.

The basics of résumé writing and proven marketing strategies will be shown. You will learn how to create a powerful summary, headline and core skills section, highlight accomplishments and develop a personal brand that will enable you to stand out from the crowd. 

paul fedorPaul Fedor is a Career Development Specialist for the Department of Labor providing job search and career guidance to a diverse population of clients. Paul is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator. Paul created a LinkedIn Networking Series of workshops for the Department of Labor including Get Connected with LinkedIn, LinkedIn Networking Strategies and LinkedIn Lab to assist clients in understanding how to use social media to find and network with employers.

michael shavelMichael Shavel has been employed by the CT Dept of Labor since 1990. He currently works in the Bridgeport office, providing Career Counseling to a wide variety of job seekers ranging from entry level to upper management. Michael is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator facilitator and is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern CT State University.