www.mercopsg.net August 2010
Message from With my updated résumé, I’m now being courted by
big-name banks, global companies, and recruiting firms.
the Executive It’s true that I had almost lost sight of my own personal
Committee motivation. We all need to be occasionally motivated in
this period of transition, but we cannot let others be our
By Tanya Taylor-Norwood, sole sources of motivation. We can’t live our lives waiting
Cochair for people around us to motivate us; most of the time
What’s your motivation? we have to motivate ourselves. During times when life
Are you lost in the day-to-day seems to be dragging us down, instead of looking to
STUFF and lacking the focus others to motivate us, make the decision to believe in
and motivation needed to get and motivate yourself.
closer to your goals? If we’re looking for the opportunity to land because
Me? It’s about being a solid contributor! I knew that we’re strong contributors, our main motivation has to
all along. I’m going to be the best contributing project come from within. Know your own values: landing a
manager at XYZ Company. And that’s it! But then I was status position? being a solid contributor? something
questioned about why I was restricting my search to else? Don’t be afraid to applaud yourself. We may be
project management. “Go after change, release, and going through some difficult situations, but all of us
deployment management, Tanya,” one of my former have the strength to make it through. Motivate yourself
team members said. “You have the best skills in that to get up, visit your PSG office occasionally, encourage
area anyway.” yourself (and, yes, sometimes others), applaud yourself,
and learn to tap into the abundant power of motivation
As I began to take in the words, I knew how valuable within you.
those skills are. Now I’m focused and motivated every
day to get up, get dressed like a mini Mrs. Chancellor
(longtime character on daytime TV show The Young
and the Restless), and get my résumé in front of as
many change, release, and deployment management
opportunities as possible. Even if I lack one or two skills, INSIDE THIS ISSUE
I’m a fast learner. I’d be able to make that known when Staying Focused ......................................................... 2
I make it to the phone screen or interview session. Membership Committee / New Members ....................3
Public Relations............................................................ 4
Training Committee ...................................................... 4
Laura Caille .................................................................. 5
The Last Word ............................................................. 6
L A NDINGS
Congratulations to members who
gained employment, and thanks for Mission Statement
sharing your good news!
The Professional Service Group of Mercer County is a
Necall Durrant self-managed networking and support group, united by a single
Denise Kleinman vision: to help talented professionals return to the workplace.
Rachel Liu That vision will be achieved through the resources provided
Esty Nusca by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce
Paula Plantier Development, employer engagement, professional development,
networking, and each member’s native talents
Staying Focused: Fortune Favors the Bold Job Seeker
By Ed Han
In his work Phormio, Roman them! Talk about one of them when you deliver your
playwright Terence introduced elevator speech—and if you attend a regular job
the expression fortes fortuna search or networking group, highlight a different one
adiuvat. The motto of several each time. Your professional value is far more than just
military units in the U.S. and British one achievement.
armed forces, that phrase is most
Own Your Mind-set
commonly translated as “fortune favors
the bold.” Although Phormio dates back to The abbreviation GIGO—for garbage in, garbage out—
the second century BCE, the observation remains applies here. The kind of content you take in is reflected
just as apt today, almost two millennia later. Even today in your mentality. If you’re relentlessly reading about
we often say, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” the poor state of the economy or the latest share price
which is a reformulation of the same sentiment: tumble, it becomes much harder to maintain the sort
Bold action is rewarded. of positive, confident mentality hiring managers want to
see. Consider calling a friend or a job search buddy for
Looking across classic mythology, we see that sentiment a dose of good news to get in the right frame of mind.
echoed—from an infant Zeus successfully leading his One way to do that is to:
siblings in revolt against their father, Kronos, all the way
to the success of the Trojan Horse, brainchild of Odys- Live Your Accomplishments
seus. Through centuries of mythmaking, the ancient Take a few minutes to review your résumé. Look at the
Greeks affirmed their admiration for boldness and bulleted items that describe your best accomplishments.
ingenuity time and again. Remember how achieving them made you feel. Your
résumé is a celebration of the great things of which
And we today are not much different from the ancient
you are capable.
Greeks: the same level of admiration continues unabated
in the modern age. During the past several years, popu- Deliver
lar entertainment has been littered with tales of clever, In your job search, you have to deliver for hiring
admirable scoundrels portrayed as heroes, from the organizations, whether for profit or nonprofit. You don’t
Ocean’s films starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt to need me or anyone else to tell you that. But—with
the TV show Leverage. While the popularity of the grifter apologies to Simon and Garfunkel—since no one is a
in entertainment is in part a function of broader societal rock or an island, you’ve of course had friends and
disillusionment, the criminal has always had appeal. How connections who’ve helped advance your job search,
else to explain five separate big-screen films about Robin via either a shared connection, or a tip, or saying the
Hood or the enduring popularity of Bonnie and Clyde? right word at the right time. Maybe you’ve even been
But this isn’t an exploration of the cultural subconscious. able to help a few in return. Well, consider delivering for
This is about how to draw lessons from the cultural sub- a few of them, too.
conscious in order to help ramp up your job search. Fol- Because at the end of the day, being B O L D will
lowing are the four lessons each job seeker should take. help you stay focused on the Big Picture: landing your
Build Interest next opportunity.
Publicize your résumé’s bulleted items. Your accomplish-
ments are impressive: others deserve to know about
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Food for Thought
“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember: fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
—Dale Carnegie, 1888–1955, author and speaker
With this information on our Web site, the 800
Membership companies in the Mercer County/Princeton area that
Committee have been contacted by our PSG Job Development
By Dennis Conn, Chair Committee volunteers will be able to search for
PSG candidates like you to fill the positions at
PSG of Mercer County has In addition, we encourage all new PSG members to
seen four new alumni since the (1) open an individual LinkedIn account and (2) join our
previous newsletter. Congratula- PSG of Mercer County LinkedIn Group. There are cur-
tions to all! And four people rently 102 members in our LinkedIn Group. New PSG
have attended our PSG New members can sign up for a LinkedIn class when they’re
Membership Meetings with Craig on Monday mornings at the PSG New Membership meeting on Monday
since the previous newsletter. mornings with Craig. The LinkedIn class is held once
The Membership Committees encourages those who’ve a month. We are working toward the goal of having
joined our PSG group to register as soon as possible on all PSG members on LinkedIn as both individuals and
the PSG Web site, mercopsg.net. You can do this the members of our PSG group LinkedIn account, which is
same day you attend a New Membership Meeting. You a very good networking tool.
have to do this in the PSG room, and if you need help, Remember to take advantage of the training each Friday
we can see you in the PSG room after the Friday General at the General Membership meeting. The meetings
Membership Meeting. begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 12:15 or 12:30 p.m.,
To register takes only about five minutes. with networking till about 1. They’re held in the larger
room at the end of the hallway next to the PSG room.
A total of 170 members have taken action by registering The topics covered are great learning tools and very
on the PSG Web site and going to Members/Member- interesting. We host speakers who make presentations,
ship Registration/Member Registration. Again, this has and our Training Committee conducts training sessions.
to be done in the PSG room. All of these are very helpful for job search.
After receiving your registration confirmation, you should
choose a committee to join. This too has to be com-
pleted in the PSG room. Go to members/membership
Welcome, New Members
registration/select my committee. You can change your Ron Gervasoni Robin Krueger
choice from your home computer but the initial time has
Pat Kidd Madrie Sukhraj
to be from the PSG room.
After you’ve (1) registered and (2) selected a
committee to be involved in, you’ll be able to (3) submit
your e-profile and résumé, which will display on the PSG
Web site. You have to do this initially in the PSG room on
the PSG Web site: mercopsg.net. PSG Committees’ E-mail Addresses
To submit your e-profile and résumé, you would go to Computer ............... email@example.com
Web site mercopsg.net, choose members/member- Executive................ firstname.lastname@example.org
ship registration/set my e-profile and résumé, and fill in Job Development .... email@example.com
the fields. After you initially submit those files, you can
change either one of them from home by visiting the Membership ..........firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site again. Public Relations...... email@example.com
Web .................... firstname.lastname@example.org
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Public Relations Training
By Ed Han By Donna Pulos
The Training Committee is
The summer is flying by: it feels like
developing upcoming sessions
only the other day that July’s news-
for Friday membership meet-
letter made it to the PSG room for
ings on the topic Networking
distribution. Perhaps the biggest
Strategy: Is it Working for You?
news for August is the quarterly
Mock interview workshops are
alum/member networking event, to
also being scheduled. If you’re interested in participat-
be held August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at On the Border. On the
ing in a mock interview, e-mail the Training Committee
Border is located at 3567 US Highway 1 (southbound) in
at PSGofMercerCounty.TC@gmail.com and include your
Princeton. For further details, see the PSG Calendar or
résumé, a description of your ideal job, and any other
LinkedIn Events. This event offers a great opportunity to
documentation you’d supply for such a position. What
connect with old friends and to network with people who
better way to prepare for the real thing!
are employed and inclined
to help current PSG members. Through the efforts of the entire team, the Training Com-
mittee provides its Job Search Basics series of regularly
The Public Relations Committee continues to develop
scheduled workshops that help new members of PSG
outreach efforts to local 2010 graduating classes, which
build foundations of job search skills.
are entering the worst job market for new graduates
in the past 41 years. We are pursuing connections with
the College of New Jersey, Mercer County Community Schedule follows.
College, Rider University, Rutgers University, and
Thomas Edison State College. If you are acquainted Getting Started Every Tuesday 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
with personnel in the career placement offices of
any of those schools, please inform a member Résumé 1st Wednesday 9–11 a.m.
of the committee. Creation of the month
The PR Committee’s exploration of social media has Interview 2nd Wednesday 9–11 a.m.
broadened beyond the LinkedIn group (have you joined Preparation of the month
it yet?) and beyond the Facebook group into a full-blown
exploration of blogging, Twitter, and YouTube. If there are Marketing Plans 3rd Wednesday 9–11 a.m.
other forms of social media that you’re familiar with, we’d of the month
appreciate your telling a member of the committee about
that. LinkedIn Lab 4th Wednesday 9–11 a.m.
of the month
Other projects are in the works, and I invite PSG
members to learn more about them by attending a Please refer to the PSG calendar for the most
weekly committee meeting. Meetings are held every up-to-date information regarding workshops.
Wednesday at 11 a.m. I hope to see you there!
We look forward to seeing you at the Friday morning
Remember: This is your PSG.
Participate by sending news,
opinions, questions, and ideas to the National career fair job information
Public Relations Committee: can be found on the LinkedIn PSG
PSGofMercerCounty.PR@gmail.com. site and on the PSG Web site,
We want to hear from you!
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Bulleted Items • Balance the ourselves.of time spent inside
By Laura Caille —Inside ourselves: We should spend time on our
job search of course, as well as on networking,
networking, networking(!); on improving skills we
If having a reliable car were already have; on acquiring new skills; and on
essential to us but our car committing to a constructive hobby or endeavor.
wouldn’t start, we’d make it a —Outside ourselves: We should pay it forward by
priority to have it looked at, right? sending job leads to others in transition and by
Same should hold true for our- contributing to society through volunteering and
selves—especially while in job transition. I read recently helping people in need—usually meaning those
that successfully landing a job takes 10 percent technical worse off than we are.
skills and 90 percent attitude. How do we acquire that
90% attitude? By making sure that, like getting routine
car maintenance, we’re performing certain daily—and
• Develop thewho have positiveWe shouldand make
essential—maintenance on and for ourselves. Attend- us laugh—as often as possible. Negativity can be
ing to that will ensure being on top of our job-seeking contagious, so we must nip it in the bud whenever
game, will provide us with enough energy to get through we see that Hydra! Sometimes we’re too quick to
this otherwise enervating period, and will carry us more jump to false, negative, or misleading conclusions
quickly to and long beyond our landing by supplying because we let emotions trip us up. We need to take
us with the energy and attitude needed to excel at a step back when something adverse happens and
our new jobs. try to view it from the other person’s perspective. We
must give others the benefit of any doubt. That’s hard
We all know this and it’s not new, so why aren’t we doing to learn, and executing it once doesn’t mean we’ll
a better job at it? Some of the easy excuses are (1) we’re always be able to. Simple recognition of a slippage
cursed with being human, (2) we feel overwhelmed, and is progress enough, though, and we can then gently
(3) we don’t know where to start. However, we all know return to focusing on a situation from a detached
we can do better, because all of us are armed with the perspective. Believe me, all of us will have plenty of
same arsenal of articles covering successful job search- opportunities to practice this, and a positive attitude
es, the elements of which pretty much boil down to the during transition will be of tremendous benefit.
• Nothing is certaintransition—by definition indicates
The term alone—in
except death and taxes.
So, if we all know this, why write about it? Like many
things, the more we see or hear something, the
better the chances of its sinking in. Besides, four
uncertainty. The state of job transition does require points to remember should be pretty darn easy
patience, fortitude, and strategies we must develop in
order to prepare for a lengthy transitional period (in a
worst-case scenario). As an example, among endur-
ance athletes, the development of those character- The general membership weekly
istics happens relatively easily, but actually being or meeting and workshop are held every
becoming an endurance athlete is of course not man-
datory in job search. However, learning and applying Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
the endurance athlete’s strategies, tips, and tricks in Conference Room A.
can definitely help us cope with the process.
• Let’s take care of ourselves: body, mind,
and soul. Singer David Wilcox, in “Down Inside
• 8/6 – Part III, “Your Résumé—Does Your Online
Presence Match Your Résumé?”
Yourself,” sums it up perfectly: “Hey the cure is • 8/13 – Part IV, “Branding, Your Marketing Plan
very simple / And it works in half an hour / Get some & How to Utilize It.”
sleep, eat some broccoli / Run a mile, take • 8/20 – Guest Speaker Marc Dorio, Instructor at
a shower.” Mercer County Community College, former
recruiter, and author of The Complete Idiot’s
Guide to the Perfect Interview.
• 8/27 – General Membership Meeting—TBD
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The Last Word
By Craig Jez, Facilitator
I would like to address one Manage your resources carefully. Time, good health,
tough subject. At the outset of and family, personal, and business relationships are
an incoming PSG member’s gold mines to explore and maximize. Your new job is to
orientation, I try to understand find a job. Manage your time carefully to maximize value
the person’s needs as a job from your networking contacts. Regarding other veins
seeker. The tough area to ad- of gold, how can you feel depressed after bouncing a
dress and stabilize consists of youngster on your knee? or meeting a worthwhile
the emotional drain and strain business contact at a networking event? or easily run-
of unemployment, especially a lengthy one. Anxiety, ning one more mile than you used to when you started
depression, and trauma are words that underlie the fact exercising last month? As for financial budgeting
of unemployment. Unacknowledged, those issues can decisions, positive contacts with creditors and others
derail even the most careful and most proactive job- regarding your finances will help you avoid
seeking program as well as impair health and well-being. negative repercussions.
For starters, on an extremely positive note I applaud Develop a plan of action. PSG has many resources for
PSG members for their resilience and tenacity in over- tracking activities and for contact management. Use
coming the substantial hurdles of unemployment. Even them. Now, how do you eat an elephant? One bite
so, for those dark times when expressions like survival at time. Baby steps will get you to the next job; giant
and overdue bills overpower the day’s conversation, leaps may not be possible now. For example, given the
taking the following steps can show the high road to market, you probably won’t get hired this week, but your
anxiety avoidance. short-term weekly goals can include, say, finding four
more influential people to deliver your elevator speech
First, validate the difficulty and
You are not a lesser to; expanding your target market list to include not only
accept the reality. Disappoint-
manufacturing but also maybe academic or nonprofit
person because of ment, unfairness, and losses
employers; and finally, picking the right PSG committee
are part of life. You are not a
your unemployment. lesser person because of your
to join. The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel and your
success at these activities won’t give you time to experi-
unemployment. For once, put
ence the doldrums brought on by wasted time.
yourself first. The operative mode should be to avoid
focusing on the problem. Rather, search for the answer There’s no magic cure for feeling emotional frustration,
to the question, Where do I go from here? but up top, it comes down to being human. And if
you’re looking for inspiration, check out the activities
Avoid isolation. I believe that people are gregarious and
and attitudes of those on the newsletter’s Landings list:
need human contact. Get out of the house to be among
activity, perseverance, committee and community
others who can provide support, information, and net-
participation, and time spent stopping to smell the
working opportunities. PSG is one of the communities
roses all militate against—and reduce levels of—anxiety
that can sustain you. Some of the other real and virtual
communities that exist as outlets for communication
and support are houses of worship, LinkedIn, Twitter, In fairness, for borrowed statistics and commentary
profession-based organizations, other parents on your I extend thank-yous to Psychology Today, the New York
child’s sports team, the guy behind you in the supermar- Times, and www.moodletter.com.
ket line, and other daily human contact. In addition,
Last, as I mention in the first 10 minutes of orientation
it wouldn’t hurt to have some fun or serve some
meetings, if the going gets too tough, ask for help from
purpose in the process. Employers accept nonprofit-
the plentiful resources at the One-Stop Career Center.
group service as an alternative to paid employment
They are there to help you get where you need and
on your résumé. Plus, your volunteer activity can be a
deserve to be. You and I together can navigate the
personally fulfilling release, as opposed to time wasted
waters of the tough times and get you hired.
brooding or asking yourself, “Why me?”
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