Items tagged with Jobseeker

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

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.


MakerSpace Balcony
Tech Training, 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.



MakerSpace Balcony

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.

The Great Hall

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

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.



McManus Room

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.

McManus Room

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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