PSG OF MERCER COUNTY
www.mercopsg.net August 2009
Remember to Attend…
General Membership meeting is held every Friday at 10:30am
until 12:00 noon. Workshops include:
• Expert Guest Speakers
• Resume Writing
• Skill Assessment
• Best Job Search Techniques
• Additional Job Development Specialties
Anyone interested in Mock interview sessions should
email the Training Committee Chair to schedule:
Esty Nusca enjoying the PSG camaraderie at a Friday workshop
Message from the Executive Committee Most PSG Committee meetings are weekly. See the PSG
Calendar for the schedule, as well as up to date Networking,
By Gene Kovalchick Job Fairs, General meetings, Career Workshop dates and
topics, Guest Speakers and special events often.
Welcome to our sixth edition of our Mercer County PSG http://www.my.calendars.net/nj_psg_mercer/
Newsletter. It is amazing how quickly those six months have
passed. As we look back, many exciting things have happened
here at PSG: we have a successful web site,
www.mercopst.net; we are actively contacting employers to PSG CALENDAR OF EVENTS
promote our members; we have six engaged committees: Job
Development, Membership, Public Relations, Training, AUGUST’S GUEST SPEAKERS
Executive, and the Web committees; we have regular training
workshops; we helped coordinate a PSG job fair; we were • August 7 – Sharon Karnik, Elevator Speeches
interviewed by Good Morning America; we have developed
publicity materials to promote our group; and we are taping • August 14 – guest speaker Vin Samuel, DOL, “Job
videos to enhance our message to employers and prospective Market Outlook”
• August 21 – Maureen Coles and Kathy Choy,
We are receiving great feedback from the employers we have Preparing for an interview
contacted. They have expressed interest in our group and we
have had success placing our first member. What a wonderful • August 28 – Maureen Coles and Kathy Choy, What
opportunity for employers to have a pool of talented not to do in an interview
professionals available to fill their opportunity without cost to
them. Two clicks on our website brings a resume directly to
Our members are also enthusiastic about belonging to the
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
PSG. They have indicated that they keep coming back to the Staying Focused/Featured PSG Members 2
PSG for the structure it provides to them during their
transition, for the support from other members, learning from Moving Forward & Paying the Bills/New Members 3
each other, the opportunity to help others, the camaraderie
and motivation in their job search, and the benefits of tapping Job Fairs/Networking Groups/Landings 4
into the Department of Labor job connections. Check our
website, www.mercopsg.net, for more information on our Pat's Corner/ Insight Website Comm. 5
activities, or to search for professional staff, post job
opportunities, and engage with the Mercer County Committee Updates/Q&A 6-7
Professional Service Group. The Last Word 8
Staying Focused At the end of the day, learning from actors helps you stay
focused on the big picture: landing your next job.
Learning from Actors
By Ed Han
There’s an old actors joke: an actor looks to the director and
demands in distraught tones, “what’s my motivation?” It’s a
joke, because as any actor will tell you, it is his or her job to
know the character’s motivation in any scene. The actor
should be an expert on his or her character.
In job search, motivation can be hard to find some days.
There are certainly days when my motivation is subpar, and I
think I’m far from alone in that respect: maybe it’s been a PSG Members Continually Gaining Perspective
while now; maybe we haven’t been getting responses. So not
often, but sometimes, at some point, the negatives start to
outweigh the positives.
Yet just as in acting, it’s our job to find motivation, isn’t it? FEATURED PSG MEMBERS
And to be clear, the issue isn’t being unmotivated per se: we
understand what’s at stake. We would like nothing better than Congratulations to Dan Del Pechio and Beth
to be able to stop the job search process. Georges for being August’s Featured PSG
So the question isn’t really how to find motivation, so much as
it is how to renew motivation. And honestly, I find that being
able to help someone else in their own search is the most
Dan’s contributions include much of the video
helpful way to achieve that renewal of purpose. footage for the workshops, mock interviews, promo
videos and most recently, he volunteered to head
One way in which I try to set myself up for success in this out the newest PSG Website Committee.
regard is to talk with people I encounter. Just as I will
forward a job posting to someone I think is a good fit, trying Beth has really done so much for the Job
to connect two people who might be able to help one another Development Committee and contributes at each
can also be helpful to their job search and by getting to know
people, I can position myself better to do that. When you put
workshop freely providing information and
two people in touch who find that connection mutually feedback to assist her fellow PSG Members.
profitable, you get a good feeling from having facilitated that Share in congratulating them both this month!
Another way that works for me is to get a little perspective.
The news keeps telling us that the economy is bad: yes, we
know. But as a member of PSG and other networking WHAT FELLOW PSGERS ARE SAYING
groups, I see practically every week that people I know are
landing positions. From this, I conclude at least some Why do you come back to PSG every week?
businesses are hiring. And this means that there’s HOPE
(Helping Other People Excel).
“It provides structure – Being part of
There will be days when the cynical voice in the back of your something – Being connected –
mind disagrees with everything, no matter how logical. I don’t Support for each other – Learning from
get them often, thankfully, but I do get them. And on those each other – Helping others –
days, maybe the best thing to do is to “take a mental health
day”. Camaraderie – Motivation – Tapping
into the DOL job connections”
It’s like taking a sick day. If job search is itself a full-time job,
then just as an employer gives sick days or vacation days,
make sure you are giving yourself the same benefits. By doing
so, you empower yourself to be an effective job seeker the Send your feedback or questions to PR @
next day. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are each of us experts on our own respective job searches,
just as actors are experts on their characters.
Mercer County PSG Newsletter 2 August 2009
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CLOSER TO YOUR NEXT JOB WHILE
PAYING THE BILLS
By Alicia Pozsony, Editor PSG Newsletter
I hate rejection letters. You know the ones I am talking about: “…we
have decided to continue our search…”,”…although you have impeccable
qualifications and recommendations, we are sorry to inform you…”. I still get
them nearly every day, despite the numerous resume revisions and
workshops I have attended. It’d be easy for me to fall prey to
depression and just give up. Perhaps instead of being focused on how
many rejections we received in one day, we should focus instead on the
fact that we are that much closer to getting the job that is right for us.
Remember to apply the following:
To find a job in tough times, focus on these To-Dos:
• Hone Your Skills • Get Yourself Up to Date • Reinvent yourself
• Market Yourself • Make yourself a brand • Perform business
networking in person and online • Research • Read the job posting
carefully • Give yourself a break
Use job listings to fit your skills to the job requirements.
Utilize all of your Job Search Sources: Retirement Boards, Union
Halls, State Employment Services, the "Help Wanted" ads ,
Government Personnel Offices, Job Fairs, Private Employment
Services, Vocational Schools, Community Colleges or University
Placement Offices, "Yellow Pages," libraries & Chamber of commerce.
Ask yourself the questions to expand how you see yourself and
your skills to develop your backup career. What are you doing
when you lose track of time? What job has always interested you? If
you could get paid to do anything, what would it be? Then make a list WELCOME NEW PSG MEMBERS
of your areas of interest. Start by asking yourself, "What am I doing
when I lose track of time?" to get to the heart of the matter. Make a
list of the jobs that interest you. Describe your fantasy job. Robert Hamilton, Erik Jalajas, Felicity Polley,
Gail Kliesh, Konstantin Tsvaygboym, Maureen
How to pay the bills: Ask yourself questions to identify a part time Coles, Sharon Karnik, Shuquin Windbush,
opportunity: How have you earned money in the past in or outside Stanley White, Stephanie Tallman, Yongmei
your current field/occupation? Maybe it's dusting off your retail skills
or getting re-certified as a teacher. Can you be a consultant in your Morrone, Aixin Li, David Yake, Edward Killi,
same field or something different? If you have expertise, there is often Keith Woodson, Ron Lombardo, Ashton
someone out there who will pay you for your insight. Look on Marshall, Brandon Credle, Betsy Muessig, Paula
Craigslist to see the kinds of skills individuals are offering to Plantier, Rayonne Grizzle, Bipin Shah, Bruce
corporations and what kinds of skills corporations are soliciting. Are Biskin, Charlene Powell, Denise Holubowsik,
there part time opportunities for you? There are websites that list
short-term project work like iFreelance.com. And don't wait on Joann Kerns, Krishnan Narayanan, Magdaline
checking out this site: http://www.careeroverview.com/temp- Kowalczyk, Sherri Goldberg, Anne O’Flanagan,
jobs.html. Daniel Francois, Fredrick Brooks Jr., Segree
Allen, Shree Shaha, Tanya Taylor-Norwood,
It’s almost impossible to make oneself recession proof, and as we have Yuli Wu
become victims to this economic situation, remember to stay positive.
Stay active. Use the PSG as a vessel to help yourself by helping others
while boosting your confidence in the process. Please don’t forget about the LinkedIn Lab
● ● ● every Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:15am given
by Kathy Choy and Louis Bernstein.
If you know of any networking opportunities in the area,
please send them to the PR committee at
Mercer County PSG Newsletter 3 August 2009
NETWORKING GROUPS JOB FAIRS
St Gregory the Great Networking Group King of Prussia Career Fair
SGGNG Event Date(s): 8/10/2009, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Meets twice a month: Every 3rd Saturday 8:15am- Location : Crowne Plaza Hotel, Valley Forge,
10:30am & Every 1st Wednesday 7:00pm-9:30 pm 260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
Location: St. Gregory the Great Parish Center O’Connor
Hall 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 Employment Open House
http://www.stgregorythegreatchurch.org/misc/sgtg_netwo Event Date(s): 8/10/2009, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
rking_group.html Location : Hunterdon Co. YMCA, 144 W. Woodschurch
Rd, Flemington, New Jersey 08833
Geared toward professionals but open to anyone Description : Mostly part time: Site Directors, Aides,
interested in job search networking. Youth Aides - Before/After School Programs; Assistant
Jobseekers Teachers and Caregivers - Child Learning Center;
Meets every Tuesday at 7:30 pm as they have for the Lifeguards and Swim Instructors; Substitutes for various
past 24 years fitness classes such as pilates, yoga, kickboxing, indoor
Location: Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ 08540
Contact: email@example.com 908-236-7879 Ext:26
www.trinityprinceton.org/Jobseekers.cfm URL: www.hcymca.com
Monmouth Networking Group
Meets monthly: 2nd and 4th Saturday (except holiday New York Career Fair
weekends) Event Date(s): 8/11/2009, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Christ Church west entrance, 90 Kings Highway, Location : Radisson Martinique On Broadway Hotel, 49
Middletown, NJ, 07748 WEST 32ND STREET, New York, New York 10001
Description: Meet face to face with dozens of employers
MNG provides support, education, and career networking in the New York area.
opportunities for those in any type of job search. All are
welcome. Employment Open House
Event Date(s): Wednesday, August 12, 2009 4:00 PM
Through 6:00 PM
LANDINGS Location: Hunterdon County YMCA, 1410 Rt 22 West
Annandale, NJ 08801
Congratulations to each member who reported obtaining Event Details: The following are mostly part time: Site
employment and thanks for sharing your good news with Directors, Aides, Youth Aides - Before/After School
us. Programs; Asst. Teachers and Caregivers - Child Learning
Center; Lifeguards and Swim Instructors; Subs for pilates,
Maureen Ramsey yoga, kickboxing, indoor cycling, etc. )
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 908-236-7879 x:26 URL:
Harry Anderson www.hcymca.com
Gail Kohn Philadelphia Career Fair
Event Date(s): August 14, 2009 11am-2pm
Marla Epstein Location: Crowne Plaza, 4100 Presidential Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Jim O’Neill URL: http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com
Somerset Career Fair
Event Date(s): 8/26/2009, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location : Holiday Inn, 195 Davidson Ave
“PSG gives each of us an outlet, a place to Somerset, New Jersey 08873
stay mobile, to stay active; a place we can URL: http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com
still be worthwhile, though not for
monetary income, however instead for the New Jersey South Career Fair
boost of confidence that comes from Event Date(s): 8/27/2009, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
helping others, even when you are down. Location : The Mansion on Main Street, 3000 Main Street
Keep coming, even when you don’t Voorhees, New Jersey 08043
particularly want to. Things happen most URL: http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com
when you don’t expect them to!” ~
Anonymous PSG Member
Mercer County PSG Newsletter 4 August 2009
PAT’S CORNER. . . By the time you read this article we will have had the premier of our
first video, Membership Orientation. You will be able to tell how
good or bad it was by who is penning this article next month. One
This is where you will find Pat Monahan’s
inspiring words that motivate and compel
last comment, this month we have had one of the first very clear
us to keep moving forward. signs that we, the PSG of Mercer County, are becoming successful.
We implemented some very important procedures to accomplish
certain tasks. The reason that this is a sign of success is because
subsequent to this time we followed the same procedures by the seat
Members, of our preverbal pants. Have a great PSG month!
I think I can say that the Mercer County PSG has had
another rewarding and exceptionally successful month. As PAT MONAHAN
of this writing we have placed six members in new positions.
We have also ventured into the realm of the unknown. We
attempted, and from all indications succeeded with our first
change in the formulaic approach to the Friday membership
Some Insight into PSG’s
meetings. Our new approach was to ask the membership the Newest Committee - Website
dangerous question, ‘from your point of view how can we
improve the PSG operation’. We received some very good Committee
objective suggestions and virtually no condescending critical By Dan Del Peschio
remarks. What that tells me is that we must be doing
something right. Thanks Pat, for introducing the new Trenton PSG Website
Committee. Today there are over 232 million websites
We made another step out of the proverbial box. Since, as worldwide and that number is growing at a 28% annual rate.
far as I know, unemployment is nondenominational we Launching a new website without marketing strategy is like
drafted a generic letter to what we hope will be future planting a new tree in the northwest Canadian forest—it’s just a
partnerships with a number of houses of worship. The basic little difficult to find. Therefore, the first mission of this
premise is that if they have a web site, and we have a web committee will be to push or pull internet traffic to the
site, we can be of mutual benefit to each other. Non web mercopsg.net website with both web based and traditional
site houses of worship will be our next goal. marketing promotional methods. There are no special skills or
background required to become a member or to simply help the
As I’ve said before, clear communications is the key to committee except for one: help to come up with promotion ideas
success. In line with that statement an email has been sent to and if possible, help implement them. We're already working on
all members containing the individual email address for each some ideas but you never know where the next breakthrough
committee, a separate email address for our PSG Trenton epiphany could come from so we encourage all to think outside
location, and an individual email address and phone number the box and email me when the light bulb comes on and you
for our new DOL representative Craig Jez. You can reach have something to share. And remember, no idea is a bad idea.
any committee you would like to speak to directly at any For my part, my first agenda will be to study the present traffic
time. metrics, get a baseline of where we’re at today and develop
strategies on how to best promote the website and improve its
We have taken another step forward, this time in a different visibility to our target market. A review of the metrics on a
area of communications. The Membership Committee regular basis will help us to measure the success of any marketing
presented its goal and the tasks to reach that goal spawn out campaigns.
of the Executive Committees brainstorming sessions. The
results can been read in the summary minutes of the Just as all the committees operate more effectively when sharing
Executive Committee meeting dated July 17, 2009. Well done ideas and working together, so the Website Committee plans to
Dennis Conn. Each committee in turn will make its work in concert with the other committees as well. To put it in
presentation in subsequent Executive Committee meetings perspective, website marketing will be the central focus of the
over the next five weeks. Website Committee while website development will still be the
responsibility of the Computer Committee. PR is a marketing
Speaking of committees, we have made another step into or function as well so we may collaborate on activities that will help
better put, out of the box. We have created a new promote the website. As more employers start using the website
committee, the Website Committee. The basic goal of this to find potential candidates, the Job Development Committee
committee is to be creative in designing new and imaginative could develop better working relationships with them. In
ways of exploiting our best asset, our web site. The summary, the more awareness that potential employers have of
committee will work independently and in concert with our the mercopsg.net website and the benefits it provides, the greater
other committees in implementing these creative approaches are the chances that, even in this economy, more PSG members
to exploiting our web site. If you think you would like to be will become re-employed.
a part of this new and exciting group please contact Dan Del
Peschio at email@example.com Dan Del Peschio
Website Committee Chair
Mercer County PSG Newsletter 5 August 2009
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE JOB DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
By Ken Fredericks, Job Development Committee Chair
By Dennis Conn, Membership Committee Chair
This has been a busy month for Job Development. We are into
Becoming a PSG member is the best way to get the most out of our Web Site awareness program with local employers. To date
your job search efforts. Membership entitles you to receive emails we have personally contacted 310 companies from the US 1
and be added to the website database. The Membership data base. We are gathering updated contact information and
Committee obtains profiles and resumes for each PSG member specific people in the company that have hiring authority.
so they will be available on the PSG website.
Our overall data base of employers has grown to almost 4,000.
We are planning to use other media to address this large a list to
bring them to our Web Site for hiring decisions.
Many thanks to Dave Powers, Dave Yake, Ron Lombardo, Julie
Peterson, Luis deAgustin, Konstantin Tsvaygboym and Eric
Jalajas for their tireless efforts in building our data base and
contacting the employers.
Most of all I want highlight the leadership efforts of Beth
Georges who directly responsible for putting the pieces of the
puzzle together and making it happen.
PSG Members networking in one of the PSG rooms
Membership is increasing for the Mercer County PSG. During
the last month we had thirty six people sign up.
“Congratulations” to three of the Membership Committee
members who became Alumni. They are Maureen Ramsey, Harry
Anderson and Gail Kohn!!!
“Welcome” to two new members to our committee: Rayonne
Grizzle and Necall Durrant!!
We have been concentrating on the Outlook email list and Ken Fredericks of Job Development Committee and Eileen Wilber of Public Relations actively
making sure all the names are listed for our email blast. This is so taking part in a Friday General Meeting
that we make certain all PSG members receive important emails.
There was a problem adding names because the distribution list
was too large. Thanks to Bob Szabo for his extra work in solving COMPUTER COMMITTEE
Another important project has been contacting the Alumni to By Dominick DiSalvo, Computer Committee Co-Chair
update the information on our spreadsheet and to confirm their The past month, the Computer Committee has been hard at
status as Active Alumni. This means they continue to receive our work with the new change control process. We have
PSG emails and they watch out for jobs at their companies and implemented several minor changes to the PSG web site. Most
then notify us at our Mercer PSG so these jobs can be sent out to of the minor changes have been with name changes within
the membership in an email blast. Thank you to Gail Kohn for some of the committees. The most important change has been
her efforts in contacting the Alumni. to the calendar links on the web pages they now point to the
Training and Public Relation committees calendar. The
New PSG members can sign up to attend a weekly class on Computer Committee has started to document procedures and
LinkedIn, on Wednesday mornings. Our goal is to have all new have added an electronic version of the change request form out
members on LinkedIn. They can sign up at the Monday morning in GDOCS. The new change request form has been
New PSG Member meeting. electronically dispersed to all the committees and hard copies
can be found in the PSG room. We have also placed in
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
GDOCS the procedure on how the change control process gets
The most certain way to succeed is always done. This documented procedure for the change control
to try just one more time." process has been tested and used by several members of the
-- Thomas Edison, Inventor computer committee for the minor changes which have been
implemented this past month.
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Mercer County PSG Newsletter 6 August 2009
TRAINING COMMITTEE Here are some of the workshops we’re planning:
• Updated Job Search Workshop
By Kathy Choy, Training Committee Chair
We are so happy to have been able to provide a number of new • Elevator Speeches
learning opportunities for PSG members! It’s exciting that we
can provide workshops that address job search issues in new • Preparing for an Interview – the Last Twelve Hours
• Interviewing Errors, and How to Avoid Them
A recent session put the spotlight on Building Stronger Working
Relationships through Email. The conversation focused on New members, please don’t forget about the LinkedIn Lab every
being respectful of others’ time, energy and inbox space, and we Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:15am.
introduced several tips on how to do so. The conversations We’re looking forward to seeing all of you every Friday at 10:30am!
that took place among members during this session were
possibly more valuable than the presentation itself. Many of us
were reminded that there is much more to email than simply
words on a screen.
We also held mock interviews recently. We recorded ten- PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
minute interviews with three candidates. The larger group got
the opportunity to learn vicariously from our candidates by
providing feedback on the recorded interviews. Gay Bitter, The Public Relations Committee is hard at work planning
Maureen Coles and Paula Plantier, thank you so much for your new ways to get the word out about Mercer County PSG!
willingness to share your mock interview experiences with the
rest of the group! Thanks also to our videographer, Dan Del We have been busy redesigning aspects of PSG’s image in
Peschio and our interviewer, Barbara Sonnenschein. Robert print and online materials. Developing a new Organizational
Hamilton added another layer of learning to the mix by Chart for the website and business cards for PSG are just 2 of
facilitating a workshop spotlighting Behavior-Based the latest things we have been working on.
Interviewing (BBI). Robert provided background on the history We've also adopted some ideas from the Exec committee
and purpose of BBI, and then participants had the opportunity brainstorming session, are working with Job Development and
to answer specific BBI questions and share their answers with Membership committees to help save them some effort and
others. We had some great responses! are putting together several videos for our website.
Stephanie Tallman facilitated a much-needed session on Staying
We are greatly looking forward to working with the new
Motivated During Job Search, and in the process initiated some
Website Committee to assist in making mercopsg.net more
great conversation on the topic. Stephanie provided
robust and utilizing it to greatest potential for all of you.
participants with a very helpful handout listing some common
motivators, along with some personal examples, and that
provided a jumping-off point for a lively discussion. Remember, this is your PSG group, so
please participate in the Newsletter by
The hottest days of the summer are approaching, and our ideas
are equally hot! Along with the new learning opportunities for sending news, opinions and ideas to the
members, we are also revamping some basic job search PR committee at
sessions. We hope that our newer members can gain the initial
benefits of the sessions, and members with a longer tenure will
gain new insights into the topics as well. We’d love to hear from you!
QUESTIONS AND chair or its members. You can and are in fact, encouraged to network
ANSWERS explore the committees by and help your fellow PSG members.
attending their weekly meeting. See
Q: How do I share information with
Q: How do I join PSG? the Calendar for the schedule of
A: Attend a PSG New Member events.
A: Once you have joined and are a
Orientation held each Monday Q: What happens when I land
member, see Membership for the list of
from 10:00am – 12:00pm. a job? Can I still network with
active members. You are encouraged to
Q: What’s the best Committee PSG members?
network and attend other committee
for me to join? A: Once you have landed a job, meetings other than your own.
A: Talk to either the committee you can elect to become Alumni
Mercer County PSG Newsletter 7 August 2009
The Last Word Several prospective members wanting to check out PSG
By Craig Jez, PSG Facilitator joined after they experienced the give-and-take and
openness of PSG General Membership Meetings and
Month two and I am pleased to report that PSG is moving workshops.
forward with many positive events.
Another tool is balance. There is a value to balancing
Just as I am glad to support job search activities with new PSG your time between PSG matters and your personal
MEMBERS from Monday orientations, I am more excited to program and need to find employment. When you have
extend fond farewells to new PSG ALUMNI by virtue of their a great job, it often involves an evolving growth, that is,
finding positions. a need to re-structure activity. The true strength of
PSG is the volunteer energy and program results. The
June and July saw six of our colleagues leave the necessities of most recent recipients of PSG success are the 6 PSG
PSG and become full time employees in the field of their alumni listed above. PSG needs active members to
expertise. Congratulations to Andaz, Carl, Gail, Harry, maintain its momentum. Keep your energies balanced
Kathleen and Marla. They are among the newly re-employed – so that PSG activity will service your primary goal of
even better, newly re-employed in their field of expertise. becoming an Alumnus.
Given the headlines of the day, finding employment in this Lastly, speaking of positive events, somewhere out there
market still remains an elusive gift. Prospective job candidates is a brand new Grand Dad Pat bouncing Catherine
need to attack their job search campaign with every tool and Grace on his knee and feeling loving wonder at her
advantage they can muster. every smile and grasp of his hand with her tiny fingers.
Congratulations to the family Monahan and their newest
I like to think that part of the reason our PSG members found active member.
good fortune is more than luck of the draw. From my contact
with them, I saw that they were consistently active in their As always, I invite anyone with ideas, comments or
personal goal of finding employment. Part of this activity was criticisms about Mercer County PSG to contact me
to find a balance between personal actions and participating in (firstname.lastname@example.org, 609/292-7535). I look forward
PSG related resources. to expanding the roster of the newly re-hired in
whatever field they find most satisfying.
Personally I know that Gail and Marla found specific tools
within the PSG umbrella that helped them find their new
positions. Additionally, I am told that Harry was a beneficiary of
a Job Development Committee project that identified a need
that Harry’s skills could fulfill. Carl and Andaz were both
patient in their job pursuit, active in their PSG committee work
and developed a momentum in their job search that won each
of them a position.
You might ask, “What are some of the tools and resources
available for me within PSG?”
Your DOL support staff is currently bullish on one-on-one
resume reviews. The resume is a very important tool. Resumes
are gateways to interviews. In this competitive employment
market, an applicant needs to WOW an employer’s attention
with a comprehensive summary of skills and quantifiable
accomplishments. Response from open-minded members to
suggested edits has been very good. Of course, the best proof Dennis taking a networking break during a PSG canoe outing
of an effective resume is a job offer. PSG members are
encouraged to take advantage of the reviews and always treat
their resume as a growing, adaptable billboard of their work
Don’t forget to network with
Another tool that I receive great feedback on is the series of your fellow PSG Associates
informative workshops that Kathy Choy and her committee both in and outside of the
produce. The Friday sessions offer active PSG members a
Trenton office at 26 Yard
community setting combining updated job search information
and honest peer support. Avenue!
Newsletter of PSG of Mercer County: Mercer County One-Stop Career Center is an equal opportunity employer with equal opportunity programs. Auxiliary aids and
services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
The Professional Service Group of the Mercer County One-Stop Career Center in Trenton, NJ publishes the PSG newsletter each month. All material is owned by the PSG,
which is responsible for its content, and cannot be used or copied without written consent of the PSG Site Facilitator (who may be contacted directly at 609-292-7535 or
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Mercer County PSG Newsletter 8 August 2009