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I’m Talking, Are you Listening? By Jerrold (Jerry) Clifford

Two hunters were walking in a forest when one of them suddenly collapsed. The other one reacted quickly and immediately called 911. When the operator answered he asked, “What should I do?” The operator responded, “Let’s make sure he is dead.” Then she heard a gun shot and the hunter said, “OK, now what?” While funny, this joke actually points out (perhaps to the extreme) how what seems to be a clear communication can be perceived differently by different people. The job seeker may think that his/her language is clear and concise but the message that is received could be the exact opposite of what the communicator is trying to say. 

For example, job seekers use a resume as an introduction to try to obtain an interview. People use the resume to show that they have the experience and knowledge to meet a company’s job requirements. To get that desired interview it is important to communicate effectively. But

Volume 6, Issue 3 June-July,2014 what the job seeker is trying to say is not necessarily what is perceived by the reviewer. Suppose, for example, that you want to convey the message, “I know my stuff.” You write that, “I have over 20 years experience.” What the company may actually hear is, “I am an older candidate and may be too expensive”. Or perhaps you wish to let the company know that even if you don’t know their exact processes or systems you can readily learn them, so you state, “I am a quick learner.” What the company inferred might be “this person is inexperienced”. Sometimes jobseekers will say that they are “looking to change careers”. In effect, they are having a conversation with themselves. Companies hear, “Please be a career counselor and analyze your openings for anything you feel I can do”. Their reaction to this conversation is, “This person wants us to be career counselors but we are not in that business”. Instead of having this “conversation” in a resume, the jobseeker would probably be better served by selecting a potential alternative career, then finding an experienced person in that career and arranging an “informational (fact finding) interview” with that individual.

One way to avoid miscommunication is to review your correspondence as if you were the receiving party looking for an excuse to filter out candidates so only the most qualified pass muster. To do this, be sure to choose your words carefully and use phraseology that is not likely to be interpreted other than as intended. To convey, “I know my stuff” you might substitute, “highly experienced.” For “quick learner” try, “quickly expands my solid knowledge.” Remember, effective communication takes a presenter and a receiver. While the receiver is not obligated to really hear what you have to say, by carefully choosing your words you can help ensure that your intended message is the one that is received.

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From the Editor’s desk: Congratulations to the recipients of the “President’s Volunteer Award for 2014.” ETP honors two recipients of the award: Tom Donohue (page 10) and Michele Battista (page 11). The Lamplighter Staff (Eric Nilsson, Barbara Daisak and yours truly) is honored to be recipients of this award. (See the message by clicking here.) Volunteering is not an easy task to undertake because we all have busy lives and it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, speaking from experience, my volunteer work as Editor-in-chief of the Lamplighter has given me great personal satisfaction because it has connected me with good people, broadened my support network, and enhanced my social skills in dealing with people from all walks of life.

June 15 is Father’s Day! I have very fond memories of my father, but this is the one that sticks out in my memory the most. My father loved to take pictures and he had a Nikon camera that he treasured very much. He hung that camera by his bedroom door and kept the camera and its case spotlessly clean. It was a few days before my birthday and I kept on badgering my Mom and Dad to buy me a pretty doll. My Mom told me that they can’t afford the expensive doll, but they’ll get something else for me. On my birthday, I woke up early and the first thing I saw by my bed was a big nicely wrapped box with my name on it. Excitedly, I jumped from my bed and started opening the box. I squealed with delight when I saw inside the pretty doll that I wanted. I thanked my Mom and Dad happily and didn’t even bother to ask where they got the money to pay for it. At my birthday party, I noticed that my dad wasn’t taking pictures. When I asked him about it, he just mumbled vaguely. That night I noticed that his camera was not hanging from his bedroom door. I asked my Mom where the camera was and she told me that Dad sold his camera so he can get me my doll. I just ran to my Dad and embraced him long and hard. “Fathers sacrifice greatly for the ones they love. Often it makes them happy to be in the last place.” In this issue, we have put together informative and controversial topics for your reading enjoyment:            

Jerry Clifford’s - “I’m Talking – Are You Listening?” – Page 1 From the Editor’s Desk – Aida Rodriguez Barbara Daisak’s “Social Media Tech Tips” – Pages 3 and 4 Age Discrimination in the Job Market? – pages 5, 6, and 7. Eric Nilsson’s “Writer’s Block” section - helpful topics on effective resume writing – page 8 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced – page 9 Volunteer Hall of Fame – Tom Donohue – page 10 Lamplighter Survey - page 10 Volunteer Hall of Fame – Michele Battista – page 11 Message From Rod Colon – page 12 Seven-step Job Search Methodology (Job Aid) - page 12 Contributors and Staff line-up – pages 13 and 14

Enjoy reading and we wish you a good and safe summer.

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Welcome to This Issue’s Tech Tip! 12 Resources to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile By Debra Eckerling | Published April 14, 2014

Want to get noticed on LinkedIn? Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but want to improve it so you can get better exposure? Over the years, LinkedIn has evolved to include several elements that improve their users’ experience. If you want to use these elements to create a stronger LinkedIn presence, you’ve come to the right place. In this article I’ll share expert tips and resources that will help you create a killer LinkedIn profile that gets noticed. Read more>>http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/improve-linkedin-profile/

How to invite people to connect on LinkedIn and what to say Because I speak regularly on the wonders of LinkedIn and why it's so valuable for job search, businessbuilding and sales, I receive (and usually accept) all types of invitations to connect.

Most of the invitations I receive just include the default invitation message, which is typically, “Since you are a person I trust, I'd like to add you to my network on LinkedIn.” But did you know you can easily replace the default message to reflect your personality and convey why you want to connect? Read more at: http://www.getajobtips.com/2014/05/invite-people-to-connect-on-LinkedIn.html Page 3 of 14

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7 Secrets to Get a Job Using Social Media — and a valuable LINKED IN TOOL! Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, The Baby Stork and mailing resumes to HR. As an older worker do you ever feel that all the good fantasies are dead? What do you think?:(Editor's Note) Between current economic conditions and the technological evolution of the Internet, the traditional approach most job seekers have taken in the past is no longer viable. Read more here>>http://internsover40.blogspot.com/2009/10/7-secrets-to-get-job-using-social-media_24.html

Why You Should Forget Facebook Written by Jeff Bullas

Has Facebook got you fooled? Are you chasing likes for your brand page? Paying for fans? Maybe it’s time to stop. In 2008 I joined Facebook. It was the first social media network I decided to place a stake in as my online social media home. It was fun, frivolous and free. Everyone was discovering the power of multimedia sharing of their life with friends and family. Facebook obsession was apparent and addictive. It was the new digital drug of choice and 6 years later it is the world’s largest social media playground. What made Facebook cool was that you saw “all” your friends updates. It was hard to miss a “what I had for breakfast” share and see the latest drama and joy in a friends life. What you shared appeared. Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/05/05/why-you-should-forget-facebook/

Marketing 101: A Crash Course on Social Media by Administrator Posted on 05.01.2014

Social media is an essential component in today’s digital marketing mix. In order to be effective in this channel, however, marketers need to do much more than just measure superficial gains, such as likes and follows. Rather, they need to spend time optimizing their profiles, posting engaging content and monitoring the true performance of the content they post. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your social marketing initiatives, review this quick crash course on social media. - See more at: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/pages/marketing-101-a-crash-courseon-social-media.aspx

Thanks to Eric! Have a social media, tip-n-trick, or “know-how” article to read and share? Email me! We will publish it in upcoming issues... bndaisak@verizon.net Your posts are always welcomed! Check our next issue for another great Tech and Social Media Tip!

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7 Mistakes Job-Seekers Over 50 Make A good portion of the e-mail I receive is from readers over age 50 who are looking for work after a layoff. Many tell me they found their last job more than a decade ago, in the classifieds of their local newspaper. Many more say they're daunted -understandably so -- by the foul job market, the prospect of ageism and the likelihood of being interviewed by someone half their age. All of them worry about the generalizations some short-sighted employers make about older workers. Either they see you as overqualified and overpriced, or they believe you're inflexible and technologically challenged. Perhaps they suspect you're just biding your time and taking up space until retirement rolls around. We've all heard countless career experts (yours truly included) offer the same old job hunting solutions for workers over 50: Read more>>http://internsover40.blogspot.com/2009/09/ 7-mistakes-job-seekers-over-50-make.html

49 Benefits Of Hiring An Older Skilled Worker Whose Kool Aid Do You Want To Drink? Do you know the 49 Benefits Of Hiring An Older Worker. It has been said “the older you get the wiser you are”. It has also been said “that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. These adages are nice to recite but do any of them really hold true when it comes to older skilled workers who are looking for a new career. Over the last 3 years I have read thousands of comments, questions and expletives from older workers. Some of you clearly professing your supe-

rior attributes while others complaining of their unfair treatment by job recruiters. Can both be right in their assessments? Perhaps. But one guiding principle at Interns Over 40 has been to help older skilled workers achieve their own career greatness. Read more>>http://internsoverforty.com/benefitsof-hiring-an-older-skilled-worker/

Over 40? Get A Job Using 9 Simple LinkedIn Tips If you are an older skilled worker who is in the market for a job you should be taking advantage of the significant benefits LinkedIn can bring to your job search: including warm leads into companies or to people you are targeting, the possibility of creating new job leads through recruiters who frequently use the site or people who are impressed with comments you post on the site, and access to posted and unposted job openings. So how do you take advantage of LinkedIn if you’re a job seeker? ir assessments? Perhaps. But one guiding principle at Interns Over 40 has been to help older skilled workers achieve their own career greatness. Read more>>http://internsover40.blogspot.com/2010/12/ over-40-get-job-by-using-9-linkedin.html

Job Search Tips When You Are Over 40 Recently several job seekers over 40 have written to complain that they feel they have lost out on job opportunities because of their age. In many cases, they may be correct. But, probably not always. For tips on resume preparation, interviewing, and salary negotiations for job seekers over 40, we interviewed Dr. Jan Cannon, author and founder of Cannon Career Development, Job-Hunt's Mid-Life Career Ex-

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Volume 6, Issue 3 June-July,2014 pert, and a career advisor with over 20 years of experience. Why does age discrimination happen? Younger hiring managers may feel uncomfortable telling someone older what to do (like bossing around their parents). Read more>>http://www.jobhunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/article_over-40-jobsearch.shtml

Long job search finally ends for one man After enduring 2 trying years of unemployment, he gets the call — and a job — at last By Megan Woolhouse | Globe Staff 2013

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Roger Ahlfeld’s long search for a job ended suddenly one afternoon with a phone call. A senior executive at Tedeschi Food Stores called and asked him to be the Rockland company’s vice president of human resources. After more than two years of unemployment, Ahlfeld hardly hesitated, saying only he wanted to review the contract. Then he hung up the phone and jumped up and down, fist-pumping the air. “I told the family, and I called my parents,” said Ahlfeld, 45, of Framingham. “My mother cried. They all knew it had been tough.”; Ahlfeld’s search was the subject of a Globe storyin June highlighting the problems facing the long-term unemployed. Many are older, with significant work experience and a deeply ingrained work ethic, but they face a cruel Catch-22: The longer they are jobless, the harder it is for them to land a job. Read on>> http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/21/ after-more-than-years-unemploymentjob/q7DUFffD0dwaE00eSWGaKL/story.html

Too Old to Be Hired? By Alex Freund

The law says employers are not permitted to discriminate because they deem someone too old, yet employers do so every single day. How can they get away with it? The answer is, by thinking it but never talking about it or documenting it. When questioned, their answer is, It was not a good fit.

There are many reasons people who are no longer young are associated with certain preconceived ideas—for example, poor physical appearance. In some cases, it’s true, and a candidate should show concern and responsibility for improving such an image. Easily said and challenging to reverse but often can be improved through, say, physical fitness, a more contemporary eyeglass frame, better-looking and better-fitting clothing, and proper grooming can make a huge difference. Another example is the expectation that an older and more experienced person is expecting—and needs— more money. In many cases, this is not true. While everybody wants more money of course, there are many situations in which the person has already built a nest egg, and money is a secondary or tertiary concern. Going out and working, regaining identity, contributing, and just being with other people often outweigh everything else. One more example is the preconception that younger people are more tech savvy.Yes, that’s often the case, but I can easily argue that an electronics engineer with years of experience and who’s gone through the technology evolution has a profound understanding and a big-picture point of view, which could be major assets. And how about the notion that older folks have low energy, often have a so-called corporate mentality, and a lack of flexibility?Again, some of those might be true in some cases, but from the examples I’ve presented here, it’s easy to see that each case must be judged independently and weighed on demonstrated facts. Read more>> http://www.landingexpert.com/jobsearch-tips/too-old-to-be-hired/

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Nine Signs of Age Discrimination By Donna Ballman

In my experience as an employment lawyer representing employees, I've found that the recession was particularly hard on older employees. They seem to have been disproportionately targeted in layoffs, and they have a much harder time finding new jobs. Employers might assume you're close to retirement and don't need a job, but that's far from true for most Americans. They might also assume that older employees will miss more work or have more medical issues. Yet statistics show that older employees tend to be the most reliable. It's not only foolish to discriminate based on age -- it's also illegal for most companies to do so. Who's Protected From Age Discrimination? The Age Discrimination in Employment Act says that it's illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of your age, but that only applies if you're age 40 or older, and only if the employer has at least 20 employees (or is a government of any size). Some states, counties and cities have laws that protect employees of smaller organizations. Some states also have laws that further limit age-based discrimination. Always check with an employment lawyer in your state when in doubt. Read more> http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/05/17/top-signs-ofage-discrimination/

Forced Out, Older Workers Are Fighting Back

Here's how some are coping with what they see as age bias at this stage in their career by Carole Fleck, AARP Bulletin, May 2014

The signs at first are disguised, then painfully apparent, they say. Solid performance reviews suddenly turn negative. Invitations to weekly and monthly meetings are no longer forthcoming. New demands and quotas seem harsh and unreasonable. In what some see as age bias, older workers are being forced out of their jobs. Read the five profiles

on these pages to see how some workers are coping at this stage of their careers. What's the law? Age discrimination claims have been on the rise since 1997, when 15,785 reports were filed, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Last year, 21,396 claims were recorded. Not every lawsuit is valid, experts say. Many are settled without assigning blame. Companies are sometimes hamstrung by the law from giving their side of the story in age discrimination cases. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects workers 40 and older from personnel decisions based solely on age in hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions or demotions. The act applies to employers with at least 20 workers. That law was weakened in 2009, advocates say, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it more difficult for workers to prove age discrimination. The court ruled that the burden of proof was now on the worker to show that age was the deciding factor — rather than one of a number of factors, as previously held — in a dismissal, demotion or other adverse action. Bipartisan legislation introduced last year would restore some protections. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which AARP strongly supports, would amend and clarify federal antidiscrimination laws. Older workers say the legislation is needed. In a survey of more than 1,502 older adults, about 64 percent say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of those, 92 percent say it is very or somewhat common, according to the AARP report "Staying Ahead of the Curve." Grant Morris, a Washington, D.C., employment lawyer, says many companies skirt agediscrimination laws by offering severance pay to ousted older workers, with the condition that they sign waivers releasing the company from liability. Read more>>http://www.aarp.org/work/on-thejob/info-2014/workplace-age-discriminationinfographic.html

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Is Your PowerPoint Presentation Getting You Down? A guide to using PowerPoint for academics By Scribendi

PowerPoint Presentations: A necessary evil? The bane of presenters and audiences everywhere? PowerPoint presentations get a bad rap, and often legitimately so, but it doesn’t have to be this way! A well-done PowerPoint slideshow can greatly enhance your presentation. Perhaps a professor has requested that you use a PowerPoint presentation, or maybe you’d like to use it in your thesis defense; whatever the reason, we have a handful of tips to help you get the most out of this visual tool. There's more at this link: http://www.scribendi.com/advice/a_guide_to_us ing_powerpoint_for_academics.en.html

How to Write Concisely Concise writing is an art form every writer should master By Scribendi

“Vigorous writing is concise…This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail as subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.” - The Elements of Style Conciseness is using the fewest words possible to clearly convey an idea. The opposite of conciseness is wordiness. Knowing how to write concisely is often considered one of the most important skills for a writer to develop. It shortens the length of your text and makes your writing more efficient. Use the five tips below to edit your work for conciseness. Read more>>http://www.scribendi.com/advice/write_concisely.en.html

The Online Resume Advantage By Scribendi

Online resumes are the new way to apply for employment

The Internet now plays an integral role in how people search for jobs, as well as how employers and companies find appropriate candidates. According to some resume writing experts, traditional resumes, such as chronological resumes or functional resumes, are outdated. Online resume distribution services make it easy to create resumes online and issue them to employers. Specific job search sites, such as Workopolis.com and Monster.ca, allow you to build and post your resume in a searchable format. Employers benefit from the advantages online resumes offer, including having access to a host of possible applicants based on specific search criteria and limiting their search to applications that possess the exact skills and qualities they are looking for. Read more>>http://www.scribendi.com/advice/online_resumes.en.html

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2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s (NDEAM) theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM is observed each October. It is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The department's Office of Disability Employment Policy chose this year’s theme by holding a national online dialogue for which hundreds of people registered to send in their ideas. Do you have questions about other issues such as where to get help with your job search, how working may affect your Social Security disability benefits, employment programs for Veterans or where to get help writing your resume? Read Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment for information on these and many other employment-related topics. Return to Page 2

ETP and You To Help Veterans Please share this with your network. We are also looking for other volunteers and partner organizations to help with this initiative to get more military veterans employed. Non-profit, Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) is on a mission to help as many military veterans as possible land jobs in the next 90 days. SIGN UP is free at www.ETPnetwork.org - Since 2004 proven job search training, career management education programs and our book "Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs" by ETP founder Rod Colon, ETP has inspired thousands to safely land jobs. As Chief Operations Officer [pro-bono] at Empowering Today's Professionals, I remember what it was like transitioning out of the United States Marine Corps and being on unemployment. I felt embarrassed, I had low self esteem and it hurt that my military service did not seem to matter much to non-military citizens. I would not wish those feelings on anyone. Leveraging my experience, I'm spearheading this initiative for those who served in the military as an ETP priority. With a global support network, Empowering Today's Professionals is doing it's part to get America back to work. In your SIGN UP application Please type "VETERAN" and credit the person who sent you this email as the referrer. I'll be on the look out for your application to connect with you and provide a personal job search /career game plan. We are also looking for other volunteers and partner organizations to help with this initiative to get more military veterans employed. SIGNUP free at www.ETPnetwork.org - Empowering Today's Professionals Carl E, E Reid, CSI (USMC 1979/1980) Chief Operations Officer Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP)

Tel: 201-222-5390 Web: http://www.etpnetwork.org/ Carl is the author of the book: Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs)

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Volunteer Hall of Fame: Thomas Donohue Awesome Volunteer Benefits ETP Volunteer Hall of Fame Celebrating 10 years of safe job landings with April being national volunteer month, Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) salutes the rocket fuel makes it possible for members to succeed in today's volatile business climate; our Volunteers. As a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, ETP is highlighting outstanding members in April to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. For the last 2 years Thomas Donohue has been publishing weekly networking events in the New York / New Jersey area to multiple organizations that support professionals in a job search. In addition to keeping Empowering Today's Professionals' members informed, Thomas Donohue has selflessly impacted the lives of thousands of members in other organizations; Logistics Operations Group, The St. Matthias Career Networking Group (SMCNG), NFP, Professional Support Group of Central New Jersey at Somerville (PSGCNJ), Northern NJ Professionals in Transition (NNJ PIT), TheBreakfastClubNJ, Careers In Transition, Career Networking Group, Westchester Networking Organization, Somerset YMCA Career Forum, NJ SENG, Professional Support Group of Morris County (PSG Morris), PSG Technology, TCN Why Thomas Donohue Pays It Forward, in his own words

The main reason I prepare and distribute this list of monthly and weekly updates of networking events, is because when I was in transition, a lot of people in these transition support groups, including Rod Colon, helped me. This is my way of paying it forward. Hopefully, those in transition are benefiting from knowing about these meetings at the various transition support groups, and are able to take advantage of them by attending and learning the skills necessary to land a job as soon as possible. As far as time goes, I probably put in 6 to 10 hours per week preparing and distributing the list of upcoming networking events.

For a limited time you can submit a complimentary (free) application for Basic Membership with Empowering Today's Professionals. If time is critical, save time with Professional Membership as the recommended level PROVEN to get INTERVIEWS quicker. Read more: http://www.etpnetwork.org/#ixzz31jqebrQk

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Volunteer Hall of Fame: Michele Battista Celebrating 10 years of safe job landings with April being national volunteer month, Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) salutes the rocket fuel makes it possible for members to succeed in today's volatile business climate; our Volunteers. As a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, ETP is highlighting outstanding members in April to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Overcoming serious, life threatening health challenges, Michele Battista has been that guiding light for other ETP members, leaders and her community. Here is her story, in her own words: Empowering Today's Professionals has taught me that its all about networking and it is! For me it is more than just networking for a job or helping others network for a job. It is networking to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month as declared by my local mayor, the Governor of NJ and the President of the United States. It also coincides with my 2 year cancer-versary of my colon cancer surgery. I was one of those people that went for their preventative colonoscopy at 50 and heard the dreaded words, "You have cancer!" For me, it is all about paying it forward with raising awareness of the #2 cause of cancer related deaths in the USA. It is preventable! I don't want to hear that the prep is awful, because it is a cake walk compared to surgery and chemo. If you don't have insurance, I know that some Good Neighbor Pharmacy stores are giving away free test kits this month. There are companies and organizations that also provide these kits. Last October I was asked to be one of many featured in The Community YMCA's annual support campaign in Red Bank, NJ. I am a huge promoter of their free Livestrong program for cancer patients because it helped me to recover from the effects of 6 months of chemo. I am sharing my cancer journey for the March editions of some local magazines and next week's Penn Medicine - Abramson Cancer Center Blog for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I leveraged my friendships with the editors to get my story out there. By talking about my colon cancer journey, it raises awareness. Ann Hager, co-owner of Mulberry Market in Colts Neck is helping me to paint my town blue by placing blue bows on the columns of Town Hall and the Library for National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 7th. Ann is a friend who helped share my journey and was happy to help raise awareness. Stephanie Laurino, Head Librarian at Colts Neck Library created a display of books on colon cancer, the Colts Neck Proclamation and Colon Cancer flyers to raise awareness. My Friends of the Library volunteer hat helped make this happen. I signed up for the Jersey Shore Undy 5000 where you are encouraged to run in boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer on July 19th in Long Branch, NJ. I am on the RB Gastros team from my gastroenterologist's office and hope to once again be in the top 10 for fund raising for this great event that helps sponsor Colon Cancer Awareness needs at Monmouth Medical Center, Networking is not only about who you know but who they know! So by liking or commenting on this story, you share my journey with your friends and help me raise awareness this month.

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Dig Your Well Before You Need the Water By Rod Col贸n

This timeless axiom perfectly describes the mess you'll be in once you've cycled through the 7-Step Job Search Methodology, gotten the interview, received the job offer, accepted it, and started working at the target company without nourishing, expanding, and regularly pinging your network. For many, the problem is complacency. Once you've ended those horrible months of waiting for just the right position and then you get it, the tendency is to think like this: "Well, I worked hard. Very hard. It was a long, uphill battle, but I fought my way to the top and now I've landed. I'm now so exhausted now that the only thing I can think of is digging into my new work assignment. I don't have time for networking anymore; I need to refocus my priorities, and the priority right now is getting paychecks again." Does this sound familiar? It's all too easy to lapse into complacency. But if you do, it can have the effect of sabotaging all of your previous networking efforts or at the very least cause you to have very little to show for them. How do you handle that? Many in my network simply schedule some periodic networking time during their new work week - even if it's just a few minutes here and there to make some phone calls, meet someone for lunch, or reconnect via email. When you're newly employed, it doesn't take much effort to keep your network "alive", but whatever that effort is, it must be on a regular basis - something you consistently integrate into your weekly routine.

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Lamplighter Volume 6 Issue 3 June - July 2014  

This is a Sizzling Summer issue Published bi-monthly by Empowering Today's Professionals for smart career professionals.

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