August 9, 2010


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The Upcoming Events List is listed as a service to newsletter readers to summarize some events. Dates/Times/Places do change so please verify the event by visiting the August Group Website Calendar before attending an event.

Jumpstart: "Getting and Running the Informational Meeting” @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, August 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Bridge Employment Services Free Orientation @ Lifespan
Friday, August 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Have You Been Affected By a Layoff or Downsizing?  @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, August 18, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, August 18, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Door Opening Resume, Limit 10 People @ the Bagel Bin
Friday, August 20, 9:30am - 11:00am.

Burgers and Business Cards with the August Group @ Powder Mill Park
Sunday, August 22, 2:00pm - 6:00pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, September 08, 11:30 - 1:00pm.

Introduction Pitch Workshop, Limit 10 people @ the Bagel Bin
Friday, September 10, 9:30am - 11:00am.

Bridge Employment Services Free Orientation @ Lifespan
Friday, September 10, 10:00 - 12:00pm.

DR Networking & 10th Anniversary Party @ the Maxx @ High Falls
Tuesday, September 14, 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, September 15, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Digital Rochester Job Fair @ Doubletree Inn
Tuesday, September 21, 3:00pm - 7:00pm.

Have You Been Affected By a Layoff or Downsizing?
Wednesday, September 22, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Door Opening Resume, Limit 10 People @ the Bagel Bin
Friday, September 24, 9:30am - 11:00am.

Unique Speed Networking @ Crescent Beach
Thursday, September 30, 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, October 06, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Job Postings

Hidden jobs are welcomed for sharing at If the job your neighbor, friend or family shared with you is not right for you, it might be perfect for an August Group colleague.  This is a great place for practicing "give to get." With 1600 members, what can happen here when members own the content?

We welcome volunteers to coordinate the job postings on a weekly basis. Employers and members submit jobs that must be readied for inclusion in the job posting section of the website.

For Job Posting please visit the Job Posting section of THE AUGUST GROUP website. You must be registered and login to view job postings.

Career Sites

If you have a career site that you would like to share with others please send the link to and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.

Previously posted jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives

August Group Members Success Stories

If you are an August Group member who has a success story that you would like to share. Send it to and put "Success Story" in the Subject Line.

Links to share

Got a link you want to share?  Send it to and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.

This seems like a great resource – they offer free job aids (reference sheets) for Word, Outlook, PPT, Access, Excel, Project, Visio, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and more…….. you can also sign on for free training and paid training….

They state that it’s spam free…..

I’m not affiliated with them at all, so I’m not recommending them beyond saying that their content looks good. I just downloaded a few….so I’m new to them as well.

Kind Regards,


Sue Schnorr

Training Insights, Inc.

I have some links to share for people interested in Green Jobs. Some have jobs in NY state, most don't but you never no who wants to relocate.

Yvonne Cleveland

Managing Your Job Search & All the Stuff -

If you are spending time trying to create a system to manage your job search efforts, consider using a software solution designed for and by a disgruntled, frustrated job seeker. A spreadsheet works with limitations for some for a while, then what?

JibberJobber tracks, jobs, companies, contacts, AND documents AND calendar and offers other enhanced tools. When you sign up you have 14 days access to the Premium Features. Check them out! The service is FREE with limitations, much like LinkedIn. Subscribers pay $5-10 per month. Use it while in job search and unsubscribe when you've landed if you wish.

It is suggested that you have already established your account prior to coming. Visit JibberJobber to get your FREE account. First steps upon opening an account would be to view the three User Webinar videos. Go to Tools - Videos - User Webinar and view parts 1, 2 and 3. It is a GREAT starting point that takes less than an hour to view.

Thanks for sharing guys
Greg Taylor a/k/a Sir LinkedAlot
757-752-8822 (Google Voice)
585-785-8600 (Office)
585-748-1900 (Verizon)

Words of Wisdom

Got a thought to share?  Send it to and put "Words to Ponder" in the Subject Line.

  • "Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day."
    ~ Orison Swett Marden

  • "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it."
    ~ Lou Holtz

  • "It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career."
    ~ Carlton Fisk

Weekly Columns

Have an idea for a weekly column to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to

Book Reviews and Good Reads

Have a story, book review or workshop experience to share or something similar to contribute? Send your contributions to with Good Read in the Subject line.

Weekly Blogs

Have a weekly blog you would like to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to

Feature Articles

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August Group Members in the news

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Weekly Columns

Have an idea for a weekly column you would like to start?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share your ideas with The August Group.  Submit your idea to

Contributed by Sue Schnorr, President of Training Insights, Inc.

Check out Sue Schnorr's latest blog

Sue’s blog this week includes writings on recent topics about networking and motivation.

Sue composes her blog as a personal passion to assist those who are looking for a job and for those who want to do a better job in their current role. “You’re not working if you’re not networking.”

Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Check out Hannah Morgan's latest blog

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about recalling past accomplishments.

Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.

Book Reviews and Good Reads

Other Offerings - Share Yours
Got a book you'd like to share with others and lead in discussion? It's a great way to contribute, add value and get known. Provide the story line on the book and submit it to Greg Taylor at for discussion, coordination and promotion.

Feature Articles

Have an article to contribute? We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to

Is Florida Ready for Bob Vance?

TAG facilitator bids farewell to Rochester for retirement down south
By Di Walker

A few weeks from now, longtime TAG facilitator Bob Vance will be zipping around a Central Florida senior living community in a golf cart. Monday, August 2nd, will be the last day he leads TAG’s Spencerport Power Networking Group. Everyone’s invited to stop by the Pineview Restaurant from 7:45 – 10:00 a.m. to wish him well.

In a part of FL he says “has no weather problems,” Bob “would rather be warm” and is looking forward to his new life in The Villages, a senior community of 77,000 about 40 miles north of Orlando. And he says “they’re still building!”

Sure there are golf courses, swimming pools and activities …but he’s excited about the two town squares where residents gather each night for free concerts. And no need to dole out job search advice, because most everyone living there is 55+.

Bob worked as Hickey Freeman’s VP for Human Resources & Administrative Services from 1983-1986. He resumed his HR career as Employee Relations Associate for the American Red Cross from 2000-2003 following many years spent recovering from a disabling accident. He heard about TAG early in the group’s development and joined the Spencerport PNG, facilitated at that time by Marcia Booth.

This PNG became cohesive and supportive of its mostly regular members, fostering a positive and upbeat environment and promoting a sense of excitement among participants about looking for work. After Marcia moved on to a finance job, Bob assumed leadership. He tried to retire once, but new leaders kept finding jobs so he finally settled in to run things 2-3 years ago.

Bob has kept busy doing plenty of volunteer work, serving on the Monroe Community Hospital board, MCC Homecoming Committee and on his high school reunion committee.

Bob says he’s derived a great deal of satisfaction from “seeing people achieve success.” He advises job seekers to sample many different networking groups, because “You never know who you’ll meet and what help they might be able to provide.”

Email Bob at TAG is thankful to Bob for his service and wishes him good luck and happy trails. Thank you for a job well-done!

Burgers and Business Cards with the August Group

The August Group will host a Summer Picnic and Networking Event on Sunday, August 22nd from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at Butternut Grove Shelter, Powder Mills Park in Pittsford. The event welcomes current and past members and anyone who’d like to network for re-employment. Tickets are $6.00 and are available at August Group meetings and seminars.

Attendees should a bring a dish to pass (salad, side dish or dessert). Burgers, hot dogs, munchies and beverages will be provided. Dress is casual. Business cards and lawn chairs are suggested.

“Summer is actually a great time to increase your networking and job search efforts,” says TAG Leader Tracey Aiello. “Many people ease up on networking and job search efforts over the summer, which means less competition for openings. For most companies, the new fiscal year that started July 1 loosens up budgets for hiring now,’ he added.

Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, and on the day of the event to assist with set-up, cooking and clean-up. And volunteering looks great on a resume, especially when you aren't working. To lend a hand contact Di Walker,

Tweet with TAG - Follow @TheAugustGroup on Twitter

The undertaking has new life with a new volunteer as Arthur Catalanello has stepped forward to tweet events, news, undertakings, volunteer opportunities, networking events, etc. If you wish to tweet and be re-tweeted connect with @TheAugustGroup on Twitter.

Networking tips for the day:

If you’re getting resistance when requesting a networking appointment:

  • Position your request in terms of WIIFMS (What’s in it for me) and GIVES for the person you’d like time with.

  • Be honest with yourself and identify WHY SHOULD that person take time for you. What’s in it for them?

  • When you contact them, don’t simply say “Jane referred me.” Describe what Jane sees as the synergy is between you.

  • Do your homework/research. Review the person’s LinkedIn profile, google them, ask mutual contacts about them.

Networking is a two-way street.

  • Think of networking as paying it forward and GIVING to others first.

  • Don’t simply say “I’d like to pick your brain” or, “I’d like your advice on my marketing plan.” Your contact is a busy professional, not a career coach.

  • If you’re not getting the networking results you want, consider: The Career Navigator thru RochesterWorks, an excellent program and Kathleen Pringle and Luis Martinez are both fabulous local coaches.

  • Read MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT – it’s a must! (by Baber &Waymon; Amacom, 2007).

The Reciprocity Rule (or Boomerang Effect) states that it’s human nature to want to give back after receiving something. So, “Give first and give generously.” (Baber & Waymon)

Lastly, if you’d like to test your networking knowledge and enter a drawing for a free book – MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT, Baber & Waymon, click on the link below.


Kind Regards,


Sue Schnorr

Training Insights, Inc.


"Our training insights deliver results!"