Items tagged with Jobseeker

Effective Interviewing: Convincing the Interviewer of Your Skills

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If you managed to score an interview, chances are the recruiter and hiring manager saw something special in your resume and want you to wow them. How do you use your in-person powers of persuasion to convince the hiring manager that you can do the job and do it well? How do you show your true self, your skills and aptitudes in the best light? How do you insure that you give the interviewer the most complete and accurate impression of your strengths? How do you self-promote in a convincing manner? During this session, Melanie Myers, Director of Organization and Management at The Westport Library, and Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, will demonstrate how to effectively present your skills (both hard and soft) to the interviewer and convince them that you have the very skills needed for the job.

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.

 

 

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Resume Redo: Resumes that Get Interviews

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What does it take to make your resume competitive and move it to the top of the stack for an interview? How do you convey your unique brand and skills? Resume writing standards change all the time and you need to stay ahead of the game to succeed in your goals. Melanie Myers, Westport Library Director of Organization & Management, and Ellen Janpol, business librarian, will review the latest and most effective resume strategies. Melanie has an extensive background in human resources management, and Ellen does resume reviews and career planning strategies at the Library.

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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Job Fair

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This fair is primarily geared to assist merchants who are looking for help for the upcoming summer season. Borrowing the concept from "speed dating", jobseekers will be able to exchange their resumés and briefly meet with potential employers to get a head's up on the job search process.

Some of the businesses participating include The Pottery Barn, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Whole Foods, Talbots, Savannah Bee, Athleta and West Elm.

Staffing and recruitment agencies coming include KForce, Monroe Staffing Services and Adecco.

Co-sponsor: Westport Downtown Merchants Association

For more information, contact Ellen Janpol, MLS, MBA, at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

The Great Hall
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CANCELED: Improv Skills for Engagement Networking

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Program canceled.

 

Ellen Feldman Ornato and Jenny Drescher, founders of ConnectAnd..., lead a fun, interactive learning experience based in principles and skills from improvisation. Engagement networking offers a fresh approach to creating meaningful relationships through focusing on listening and sharing on a personal level in business settings to enable quicker and more rewarding connections with others. Learn to put the human connection back into the business world.

Note: This workshop is preceded by a networking hour that begins at 6 pm.
 

Large Reading Room
Career

How to Win in the Gig Economy

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Marcia LaReau, founder and president of Forward Motion, discusses how to navigate working in a "gig economy,"  where temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. Note: at 6 pm, this program is preceded with an opportunity for networking.

How does this  impact the individual? What are the trends behind this development? How do globalization, a mobile workforce and digitization contribute to these trends? How do you balance the financial challenges with the gig economy's flexibility? How do you plan for retirement, vacations and pay for benefits? In a gig economy, businesses save resources in terms of benefits, office space and training. From the worker's framework, a gig economy can improve work-life balance over what is possible in most jobs. Ideally, the model is powered by independent workers selecting jobs that they're interested in, rather than one in which people are forced into a position where, unable to attain employment, they pick up whatever temporary gigs they can land. 

Marcia LaReau, is founder and president of Forward Motion. She is the co-author of the soon-to-be-available book Careermageddon, Cracking the Code to 21st Century Careers. In 1997, after 18 years as an orchestra conductor and university teacher, she moved into the corporate world and led training initiatives for projects spanning 44,000 employees on four continents. Her design of unique change-methodologies increased effectiveness and employee efficiency through dynamic communication and team building.

Dr. LaReau has proven herself in corporate, business and non-profit venues, working with executives, managers, human resource professionals and project teams. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and a PhD from The Ohio State University.

Forward Motion was founded to bring career and work strategies to jobseekers and equip employers with meticulous, up-to-date, ground-breaking research about every aspect of the ever-changing business world and to create an effective purpose-driven workforce.”
 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

Large Reading Room
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Jobseeker

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.

The Great Hall
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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
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