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Cape Coral Connection
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010
The President’s Nest
School bells have started ring- The Florida Division Leader- Did you happen to see any of
ing again, the lazy, hazy days of ship and Education Conference your fellow chapter members
summer are at an end and hurri- (LEC) was September 9-10. We on TV on Labor Day? I’d like
cane season is half over. got “Back to to extend my sincere thanks to
Quotable: With fall comes cooler Basics.” There Carol Reilly, Janet Baxter, and
temperatures and our were many Carol Robb, CPS/CAP for
What lies behind us Fall Seminar scheduled great learning giving up part of their holiday
and what lies before for October 16. I hope opportunities and joining me as volunteers at
us are tiny matters you will all join us as we offered. If you the MDA Telethon.
compared to what continue Sharing were unable to
lies within us. Last, but definitely not least, I
Knowledge & Wis- attend, all the
hope to see you all at our Sep-
—Ralph Waldo Emerson dom to Spruce Up Your handouts will
tember chapter meeting. Our
Career. be available on
the Florida very own 2009-2010 Out-
Brought to you by:
October 16 is also Na- standing Member of the Year,
tional Boss’ Day. We Warren Baxter will be Sharing
site after the
will be hosting our an- Knowledge on Expanding Your
nual Boss’s Apprecia- Network Using Social Media.
tion event at our chapter meet- If you were at our August meet- Learn how you can use the
ing on Tuesday, October 26. ing I’m sure you gained some
Inside this issue:
IAAP website and other net-
We have a great speaker lined great information on compos-
working sites to your benefit.
up so save the date on your ing and editing written commu-
boss’ calendar. We will be serv- nication from our guest speaker
Resume Writing 2
ing hors d’oeuvres, members (and Fort Myers chapter mem- Jayne Parker, CPS/CAP
Health Moment 3 are asked to bring an appetizer ber) Julie Vaughn, CAP. A big 2010-2011 Chapter President
to share. thanks to Julie for Sharing
Member Focus 3 Knowledge with us.
Goals & Success 4
Sharing Wisdom 4
2010 MDA Telethon
On Labor Day, September 6, raised $412,620! All that
2010, four members of C3 money remains in our
volunteered their time to community to help fight
support “Jerry’s Kids:” muscular dystrophy, ALS
Jayne Parker, CPS/CAP, and related diseases.
Carol Reilly, Janet Baxter Nationally, this year’s
and Carol Robb, CPS/CAP. tally is $58,919,838!
Locally, this year’s telethon
Photo courtesy of News-Press.com. From top left, Carol Robb, CPS/CAP & Janet Baxter
PAGE 2 CAPE CORAL CONNECTION
7 Things to Know Before Writing [or Updating] Your Résumé
Preparing your first résumé can be a 2. Focus on accomplishments type of experience near the top part of
daunting task: You've got little work the résumé," Mirshahi says. "A new
Describing your previous work or
history to share and you're unsure graduate would want to highlight it by
internship responsibilities is useful,
about what else you need to include. including it as one of the bullet points
but employers are more interested in
Ultimately, it's important to convey after the Objective or Career Sum-
understanding what you've been able
your skills and eagerness to land your mary section."
to accomplish at each job. Instead of
first job to employers, say experts.
writing "File documents for office 5. Make it relevant
Most employers won't expect you to
manager" mention that you were "able
be an expert and are just looking for a While you're thinking about what
to do this in half the time typically
concisely written one-page sheet that you'd like to share in your résumé, it's
required for this type of task," Mir-
accurately shows off your skills and important to narrow down
shahi says. "New
potential. the aspects of your profes-
sional life that can truly
Putting together a résumé can take learn to add in
help you land a job. "No
longer than you think. Make sure to more details and
one cares about middle
gather appropriate materials and take explain the context
school," Enelow says.
several weeks to think about the mes- in which they com-
sage you're trying to convey. "Résumé pleted their tasks to 6. Understand the goal
writing is so much more than just a show how they
"The true purpose of a résumé...is
listing of information," says Wendy added value."
marketing - pure and simple," Enelow
Enelow, author of "College Grad
3. List info about related course- says. "Job seekers have a product to
Résumés to Land $75,000+ Jobs."
work sell - themselves - and they have to
Here are seven things to keep in mind effectively package, position and mer-
While your Writing 101 course isn't
before putting together your first rés- chandise that product to attract the
something that will help your résumé
umé: right buying audience." As you think
standout, adding in information about
about each part of your résumé, it's
1. Try an info-gathering activity special coursework or long-term pro-
important to see how it fits into the
jects that are related to your field can
Before writing your résumé, boil down larger message that you're looking to
help you impress employers.
each of your previous job experiences send to employers.
or school projects to a few keywords, "If they had to write a major paper
7. Think about contact information
suggests Sherry Mirshahi, president of that is in some way related to the job
Interview Roadmap and career expert. they want, they can give a summary of While many résumés list an e-mail,
Use these keywords to help you sum- it," Mirshahi suggests. phone number and address, it's impor-
marize your skills at the beginning of tant not to overload the hiring man-
4. Avoid a one-size-fits-all résumé
your résumé. Grads "should pick up ager with too many alternate phone
to 10 keywords to Instead of creating only numbers and to keep your identity
feature under one résumé to send out safe if you're applying for jobs online.
after their first to employers, make sure "I generally recommend that students
section of their that you can tailor the omit their mailing addresses since so
résumé - typically, experience portion to much of their search will be online
this will be the specific positions and and they want to avoid any potential
Education section plan to write a few ver- identity theft," Enelow says. "Only
for new grads," sions. "A certain job time to leave an address on is if you
she says. Under- may place great empha- want to stay local so that people can
standing your skills can also help you sis on requiring past volunteer experi- see you're already there and relocation
sell yourself better during an interview. ence. Ordinarily, one wouldn't list this will not be an issue."
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Member Focus—Geri Ferrara
Employer: City of Cape Coral
Position with Company: Administrative Secretary, Water Production/RO Plant
Type of Business: Local Government
IAAP Member Since: May 2005
How do you see the administrative professional role changing in the next five years?
I believe the role of administrative professional will climb to a position that is more in line with that of an executive, given
the changes in responsibility we’ve experienced over the past decade.
What do you view as the #1 roadblock of administrative professional’s today?
The stigma of just answering phones and filing seem to be diminishing. We’ve become much more diverse in our roles as
depicted in our daily responsibilities and challenges. With the economy such as it is, training may be put on the back burner
by employers; however, it would behoove you to continue to gain knowledge to keep up with the ever growing corporate
Do you have any advice to overcome that roadblock?
Continue to educate oneself and network to keep abreast of the latest technology; you may soon be climbing that cor-
PAGE 4 CAPE CORAL CONNECTION
Submitted by Carol Robb, CPS/CAP
Goals and Success 2010—2011 Florida Division Treasurer
Armed with my goals I headed to the
grocery store for the weeks supplies.
If you are good at
My life was turning into a nightmare. Healthy and delicious were scratched
juggling, you will achieve your aspira-
I’m always busy at work, busy at night off my list and I was well on my way.
tions with great triumph. If you’re
and usually have little time to myself. Every week since that plane ride
not, heed these words: Keeping focus
Like many of you, other people’s obli- home, I’ve worked through more and
on only one part of your life at a time
gations and my professional responsi- more of my goals. I just know that if I
may result in abandonment of some
bilities often always come first. While hadn’t started this new habit, I’d still
returning from Boston and this year’s be stuck in the gut-
EFAM, I decided to set some new ter and spinning my
goals for myself. wheels. Focus and
“...YOU WILL concentration were
two of my best allies
while realizing my
others. I define success as a genuine
balance of achievement in all areas of
What is your mean-
my life: personal, professional and
ing of success? To
some people it’s waking up in the
Many of these goals inevitably re- morning and to others, success is de-
volved around work projects. When fined by driving a new car or hopping Take a few moments and define suc-
Monday morning arrived, I entered on a plane to Italy. cess in your own life. Try to avoid
my office armed with a list of objec- distractions and keep the focus on you
Try to think of success as more of a
tives. To ensure success, I did not let and your family. Your contentment
journey than a destination. Pick an
distractions from co-workers or others will resonate and infect others over
aspect of your life where you would
influence my tasks. At the end of that time. Do you remember when your
like to achieve more success and write
work day, I felt really good about my parents said, “You can do anything;
down some goals. Are they personal
actions and told myself, “Time to for- you just have to put your mind to it.”
or professional? Will they improve
get about work, for now.” As it turns out, that’s a true statement.
your health or a relationship with fam-
ily, friends or peers? Who knew?
Outside of Your Realm Submitted by Rosemary Butcher, 2010-2011 Director
is it self-satisfying but, at the end of and shows you are
the day, you have learned and willing to learn and
achieved something new. take on new respon-
Going outside of your realm of com- sibilities. Being flexible and getting
During my career I welcomed special
fort is very important in this age of accustomed to change is very impor-
projects because it enabled me to
technology and economic strife. Wel- tant … one thing we can all be certain
widen my horizons, broaden my ex-
come change because if you don’t of, change is inevitable.
perience and more often than not gave
someone else will. When your boss or
me the opportunity to interact and The more you know in this current
supervisor asks you to perform some-
meet with new people. Most impor- economic environment the more pow-
thing outside of your comfort zone,
tantly, it looks impressive on a resume erful it makes you.
go for it with enthusiasm. Not only
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 PAGE 5
Schedule of Events
• 10/13—C3 Board Meeting 5:30 PM
Cape Coral Hospital Room C Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
• 10/16—2010 C3 Fall Seminar 8 AM
Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary Rm.
• 10/26—Boss’ Day Recognition 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Chapter Meeting 5:30 PM Cape
Coral Hospital Auxiliary Rm.
10 11 12 13 Board 14 15 16 Fall
• 10/23—Breast Cancer Walk Meeting Seminar
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Breast
• 10/29—Newsletter Article Submis- Cancer
sion deadline: email@example.com
24 25 26 Chap- 27 28 29 30
• 11/10—C3 Board Meeting 5:30 PM ter Mtng
Cape Coral Hospital Room C
31 Hal- Look for Our
• 11/22—Chapter Meeting 5:30 PM loween the next newsletter
Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary Rm. edition of soon!
02 Margaret Williamson, CPS
10 Warren Baxter
12 Suzanne Lopez, CPS/CAP
18 Rosemary Butcher What do you see?
20 Carol Reilly
06 Jeanelle Havlin, CPS
They are ubiquitous in nearly
17 Genny White, CPS/CAP every home and office in the
world. Yet it always seems
August- that every time you need
01 Teresa Alicea 2005 one, you can’t find one.
01 Cris Rieth 2005 See Page 6 for the answer!
01 Genny White 2006
01 Carol Reilly 2005
The Gift of Membership
Do you have a special co-worker or friend who is also an ad-
ministrative professional? If you’d like to do something special
for him or her we have the perfect idea: The Gift of Member-
It’s a great way to introduce your friends and co-workers to
IAAP. It’s easy to give the Gift of Membership. You can either
mail or fax in the Gift Membership form or call Headquarters
with your information.
Access forms – http://www.iaap-hq.org/join/gift.html
Throughout the year, C3 is involved in various fundraisers. This section of each newsletter will be dedicated
to what’s happening now and what’s coming in the near future.
Current—If you have not received a new catalogue and order form, please see Rosemary Butcher at our next
meeting. Additional order forms are on our website, should you need them.
We will also be taking part in the Christmas wreath fundraiser again this year. More information on that will
be coming soon, as well! Keep your eyes open the next few weeks as updates will be posted on our website,
http://www.IAAPCAPECORAL.org. If you have ideas for a new fundraiser or wish to be a part of the
fundraising committee, please contact Fundraising Chair Rosemary Butcher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010/2011 Cape Coral Chapter Leadership
What Do You See?
President Jayne Parker, CPS/CAP Board Meetings
2nd Wednesday of Each Month
Vice President Carol Reilly Cape Coral Hospital
Meeting Room “C”
Recording Secretary Kim Coombs 5:30 PM Meeting
Corresponding Secretary Jan Hughes, CPS
Treasurer Jeanelle Havlin, CPS Chapter Meeting
4th Monday of Each Month
Director Janet Baxter Cape Coral Hospital
Roughly 20 Million pounds of
5:30 PM Networking
Director Rosemary Butcher 6:00 PM Meeting
paper clips are manufactured
each year in the U.S.
Editor—Warren Baxter Publishing Dates:
Contributing Columnists—Jayne Parker, CPS/ 7/31/2010 8/31/2010 10/31/2010 12/31/2010
CAP, Geri Ferrara, Rosemary Butcher and Carol
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