Previous NCJS Meetings

These are previous topics, speakers, and resources North Coast Job Seekers provided for its members. The first meeting of each month (on the Second Monday) is ordinarily a Networking Meeting.  The other monthly meeting involves a speaker and presentation. Join us in future meetings to sharpen your job seeking skills, interact with well-connected professionals, and learn from some of the North Coast's best job skill leaders.

Networking Meetings

Second Monday of Each Month

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

NETWORKING AND JOB SEARCH "JOYS & CONCERNS"

 

Job seekers are invited to join with other NCJS members and leaders for constructive networking, job search troubleshooting, sharing what's going well and what is not, and collaborating on job leads.

Networking is part of "Job Search 101," yet many job seekers lack the actual network of "people with connections" during a time of job transition. Networking is one of the cornerstones of North Coast Job Seekers and we are very intentional about providing face-to-face time to explore connections, be introduced to new contacts, discover new opportunities, and share the people resources that YOU have to help another job seeker.  Join with other NCJS members for this face-to-face time of constructive networking, job leads, and issue sharing.

Monday, June 11, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Panel Discussion & Forum: NCJS Recently Landed Panel

If you had the chance, what would you ask someone who recently landed a new job?

  • So what was your secret -- how did you land your new job?
  • What kept you motivated during your job search?
  • How did you find the right person to talk to in the company?
  • How important was LinkedIn for your recent search?
  • In what ways did North Coast Job Seekers help in your process?

 

Some of the best "experts' are the ones who have been in your shoes and have successfully found their next job.  This panel of NCJS veterans will share important aspects of their most recent job search including tools, tips, techniques, and the all-important coping mechanisms.

 

Bring your questions as this will be an open-conversation forum. You will be able to learn from some of our own members who have just recently landed their new jobs.

 

Invite a friend.  If you have friends, neighbors, colleagues, or people in your network who might benefit from this panel or NCJS in general, this would be an excellent meeting to bring them.

Monday, April 23, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting
Presentation:  "Creating and Using Your Job Search Marketing Plan"

Speaker:  Mike D'Amico

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"Creating and Using Your Job Search Marketing Plan"

One way to look at the job search is a process of marketing yourself to prospective employers.  Marketing professionals can tell you that it takes more than a nice looking ad (or resume) to land the job or account.

 

A job search marketing plan is an excellent tool for helping you conduct an effective and efficient job search.  Using some of the best techniques and methods from the world of marketing, you can create such a plan for yourself.  In this presentation Mike D'Amico will help you learn how to create and use this tool for your search.

 

Mike D'Amico has worked as a management consultant, and is currently employed as a Financial Analyst with a Cleveland-area software company.  He has offered personal assistance to job seekers for the past several years, and is on the Advisory Board of North Coast Job Seekers.

Monday, March 26, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting
Presentation:  "Are You On the Right Path?"

Speaker:  Jim Folger

Are You On the Right Path?

 

Jim has been using assessment tools to help clients make better hiring decisions by aligning the right people with the right jobs for almost 2 decades. In Jim’s volunteer work with job seekers he has also used these tools to help job seekers understand whether they are pursuing the right jobs. You will be given an opportunity to take a self assessment tool to identify your behavioral style as well as the things that motivate you. In a group presentation Jim will give an overview of the different behavioral styles and motivators that drive us to action, and how they relate to our jobs.

 

In This Session You Will:

  • Receive a FREE instrument that details your behavioral style and motivators (a $240 value).

  • Gain a better understanding of yourself, how you interact with others, why you do what you do, and how your behaviors and motivations align with your career.

  • Understand how to read others and adapt your style to improve communication effectiveness.

Jim Folger is the President of OneSource Technical, Inc., a retained search firm specializing in recruiting for Engineering, Management and Sales positions throughout the United States. As a certified behavioral analyst and certified values analyst Jim designed the company’s processes to not only uncover passive candidates, but also identify the candidates who have the capacity for superior performance in the role using a methodology called Job Matching.

 

Jim is an Engineer with 2 decades of industry experience prior to founding OneSource Technical in engineering, management and customer facing roles. Jim’s background as a hiring manager, and as a recruiter provides a unique perspective that covers both sides of the hiring desk. Jim is on the board of advisors for the North Coast Job Seekers, and has been volunteering his time with various job seeker help groups for the last 20 years.

 

Should you be in a position in the future to make an important hire where having an excellent fit is important to the organization, consider giving Jim a call for an overview of their unique process.

 

Jim is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at LinkedIn: Jim Folger.

Monday, February 26, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile"

Speaker:  De-de Mulligan

Too many times, people polish up their LinkedIn profile and then ignore it.  Not a good practice in this turbulent time for job seekers.

 

This session will help you master basic and advanced concepts about how LinkedIn works so you can be found! Hudson Job Search Advisor and LinkedIn expert, De-de Mulligan, will give you specific tips to make your profile stand out.

 

Learning Outcomes:

• How to find what you want through specific LinkedIn search tricks

• Optimize your searchability for new job opportunities

• Discover best practices for LinkedIn etiquette

• Answer all your burning questions about this channel

De-de Mulligan is President and Chief Content Specialist of Mulligan Management Group.  De-de leads an energetic team who deliver memorable design and content for websites, blogs and social media posts. She helps clients extend their marketing reach and add more value to the conversation surrounding their business. 

 

De-de is well known for her strong writing skills and ability to tell a compelling business story.  Establishing, conveying, and implementing clients’ vision is what she and her staff do best. Businesses tap her proven record of successfully launching digital marketing initiatives and creating name recognition for clients in highly competitive marketplaces. As a consultant, De-de works closely with major decision-makers to set digital communication goals, plan strategy and build long-term relationships.

 

She is a true professional with diverse experience in marketing, public relations, communications, program development and implementation.

 

De-de is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at De-de Mulligan.

Monday, January 22, 2018

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Happiness @TheSpeedofLife: Five Prescriptions for Living and Leading in a Turbulent World"

Speaker:  Jim Smith

This interactive talk will provide you foundational principles for living and leading a happier, more balanced life in a world gone crazy!  You will leave with five specific actions you can practice to improve the strength of your “positive emotional muscles” and increase your experience of happiness in life, work, and the search for work.  If you function as a leader in an organization, these practices will help you better engage others and build a more positive workplace.

 

You will also learn how much control you really have over your attitude, even in the worst of times.  Why is this important to you?  Hey, happier people make better partners, parents, and friends, as well as better leaders, coworkers, and job candidates.  It starts with you!

 

Jim Smith is The Executive Happiness Coach®, a global provider of executive coaching, and personal and workplace transformation services.  His passion is to create a Happier world and workplace, one Leader at a time.

 

Drawing on his 20+ years of executive experience as well as 50+ years as a Human Being, Jim has coached leaders from 28 countries and six continents. He works with leaders to better balance their lives, dramatically improve their leadership skills, and build more positive workplace cultures.

 

Jim is also the author of Happiness At The Speed of Life: 13 Powerful Strategies for Finding Happiness at Home and On the Job, and he has touched the lives of over 18,000 people through his work on Positive Emotion and Leadership.  He has used the 13 Principles of Happiness to raise his own family and to deal with work, life, love, and tragedy – and he will be sharing some of those practices with you.  

 

Finally, Jim wants you to know this: he worships Dark beer, Dark Coffee, and Dark Chocolate... and deeply believes that Happiness is a Decision, not an Event!

 

Learn more about Jim at www.TheExecutiveHappinessCoach.com.

Monday, November 13, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Program:  "You're Invited!  A Primer for Mixing Job Seeking and Party Mingling"

Hosted by the NCJS Leadership Team

You’re Invited! A Primer for Mixing Job Seeking and Party Mingling


It’s a recurring nightmare:  You’re at the Holiday party trying to balance a drink and a plate of tasty hors d’oevres when you realize the person you’ve been angling to meet for 2 months is headed straight for you.  You break into a sweat as you realize there’s no place to put the glass or the plate and your mouth is full and Mr. Right is barreling toward you.  And then you hear yourself open your mouth and try to gobblety-speak...  You snap straight up in bed, swearing you’ll get this figured out BEFORE the next party.


Join NCJS for a dress rehearsal Holiday party replete with appetizers and glasses to practice where to put what, safe mingling techniques, and tips for working in your elevator speech, because this is, after all, yet another opportunity for networking.

 

Black Tie Optional

Monday, October 23, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Increase Your Job Search Effectiveness"

Speaker:  Greg Reynolds

Increasing our job search effectiveness is why we're part of North Coast Job Seekers, right?  It's why we perfect our resumes, polish our "elevator speech," and network, network, network.  It's about building, practicing, enduring, and increasing. It's about working the job search process effectively.

 

This NCJS program is a bit different, though.  Greg Reynolds is a true pro and this program will be an opportunity to learn from his experience and his wisdom.  He's not one to boast about his resume or skills as a presenter and career transition professional.  So we will boast for him:

 

Greg Reynolds knows a few things about both the job search process AND North Coast Job Seekers. Professionally, Greg's LinkedIn profile says it all: "Executive Search | Retained Search | Outplacement | Career Transition | Head Hunter | Recruiter."  But for NCJS his resume runs even deeper.  Greg was one of the co-founders of the predicessor to NCJS - Chagrin Valley Job Seekers. When that group ended, Greg was among the ones who saw a vision for a new job seeker organization that would become NCJS.

 

You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear and learn from one of the best.

Monday, September 25, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Finding a New Habit: How to Develop the Networking Skill"

Speaker:  Dan Toussant

Finding a new job can be either like a painful and serious new health condition, or a ticket to an adventure of a lifetime.  If you find yourself believing this situation more a new health condition rather than an adventure, it’s time for a gut check on what you want next, and why. 

 

Dan Toussant experienced this ‘finding a new job’ dilemma a few times in his career, and discovered the secret to managing the ‘opportunity’ relies on the development of a new habit.  Dan will present the Why for this new habit, the Building Blocks to formulate a plan for the new habit, and the Steps to Acquire the new habit to get you to your next job/gig.

 

Dan expects this to be an interactive talk, and will provide you with ideas and tips as well as stories about how to navigate the job-seeker-waters whenever you find yourself in the position that you periodically must take to get to the next career-enhancing move.

 

 

Dan Toussant, president and owner of Dan Toussant & Associates, a Sanford Rose affiliate, recruits executive, managerial and professional talent for organizations based or conducting substantial business in Ohio and contiguous states.  With the 2015 affiliation and membership in the Sanford Rose Associates network of offices, Dan Toussant & Associates became a part of the tenth-largest search firm in the world, and broadens its service reach from the primary focus of Ohio-based companies to a national and global footprint.  With eight years in the executive search business and over 30 years as a Human Resource executive and internal chief recruiter, Dan and his team source and vet professional talent from the perspective of an external recruiter/partner. Two benchmarks of their metrics-oriented service business: speed and reliability.  Speed? Two-vetted-and-qualified-candidates-in-14-days; Reliability? Every candidate offered a position accepts the offer.

 

Active as a leader and mentor within Toastmasters in northeast Ohio, Dan has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award.  He serves on a non-profit board serving people with re-entry and/or homelessness issues, and visits a detention center for incarcerated youth on a regular basis to share Toastmasters with the inmates, and as a church ministry.  He lives with his wife Colleen in Canton, Ohio, and are parents of three grown children, and grandparents of three children.

Monday, August 28, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Your Resume: Demonstrating Your Unique ROI"

Speaker:  Kris McGuigan

Kris McGuigan believes that strength and confidence are the catalyst to professional growth. She prides herself on relentless resilience and approaches life with an attitude of abundance. Kris is grateful that her broad and inspiring background allows her to be an agent for significant change and advancement in the professional development of others.

 

Throughout her life, Kris has been engaged in the study of human potential and behavioral change. She graduated from Hiram College with a degree in organizational behavior and went on to obtain an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. The early stages of Kris’ career were spent cultivating relationships within the nonprofit sector. She supported fundraising efforts at Cleveland’s own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and went on to lead the development team at Brothers Big Sisters. Kris spent the next ten years in the healthcare arena quickly progressing through the ranks of Kaiser Permanente. She was recognized for her strategic anticipation of growth and alignment of resources to reach key deliverables. Kris’ ability to lead and empower human capital set her apart from her peers and led to a promotion into a senior leadership position with the largest hospital system in the state of Ohio, Mercy Health.

 

After fifteen years of driving results and leading employees within a corporate structure, Kris decided it was time to pursue her passion on a more personal level. She left her corner office to follow her dream of building strength and resilience in the people around her. Through Professional Courage, she leverages her strategic and operational leadership experience to give clients the confidence and courage needed to unleash their potential.

 

Kris is a Certified Career Management Coach and one of only three Academy Certified Resume Writers in the entire state of Ohio. She belongs to the National Resume Writers’ Association and is an active member of Toastmasters International. Kris resides in Broadview Heights, Ohio. She finds constant inspiration in her husband, Rick, and their two children, Claire and Matthew.

Monday, July 24, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Recruiter Hacks and Resume Tips"

Speaker:  Jim Folger

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"The 10 Second Resume"

Jim Folger is a successful headhunter who has been conducting professional and senior level management searches for over twenty years.  He will share techniques he uses to network including how to identify the right people to interface with.  Jim will offer tips to get phone numbers and email addresses of the people you want to connect with, as well as a methodology to initiate networking. Jim’s techniques can easily be adapted to your job search when you are targeting organizations and hiring managers.

 

Jim Folger, CPC, CPBA, CPVA is President of One Source Technical. Inc.  He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Jim Folger.

Monday, June 26, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "What Do You Do Now"

Speaker:  Janice Radak

Your resume is done. You have created a marketing plan and a list of target organizations which you have reached out multiple times. You have even had some networking meetings which at the time you felt were productive. But you still don’t have a job offer. What do you do now? Janice has been  in your shoes and will share what you can do to put your job search on track.

 

Janice Radak is a professional writer and editor specializing in medical content.  She has worked with Medscape, American Heart Association, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine among others.  She is a member of the NCJS Advisory Board and is active in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.  Her LinkedIn profile can be found at Janice T. Radak.

Monday, May 22, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Managing a Career Transition"

Speaker:  Gary Szelagowski

Gary Szelagowski knows what it is like to go through a long job search.  Drawing on his personal as well as professional experience, he will present a way of going through job transition that addresses more than just resumes and interviews. Gary will encourage job seekers to "feed your soul," manage time and priorities, and find a workable "rhythm."  Networking is essential, of course, and Gary will offer a unique way of tending to your job search network.

 

Gary Szelagowski is a seasoned HR professional who has delivered game-changing results as a subject matter expert, as well as in generalist roles supporting business line clients.

 

Between 2010 and 2012, Gary managed a protracted job search at the height of the great recession.  He learned the value of networking, perseverance and working a plan, while keeping a positive attitude and remaining flexible.

 

Gary is currently an assistant vice president in the Human Resources Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of enterprise-wide succession planning, performance and change management, talent development, recruiting and employee engagement.

 

Prior to joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank in 2014, Gary served as vice president of performance management at PNC Financial Services, in Cleveland. He also held senior human resource positions with National City Corporation, and he has served in technology and sales management at KeyBank.

 

He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Gary Szelagowski.

Monday, April 24, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: HR Panel:  "Your Job Search from the HR Perspective"

A conversation with a panel of HR leaders:

 

- Their BEST TIPS for the job search process.

- What is the best way to get noticed when going after a posted opening?

- Is there more I should be doing? Will my phone calls and emails help or hurt during the process? How much is too much?

- What is the best piece of advice an HR professional could share with you to make your search more effective?

- What burning question do you have that an HR professional could answer?

 

A panel of HR professionals with unique experiences in diverse organizations will share their job search insights and do their best to answer your important questions.

Monday, March 27, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

"Successfully Marketing Yourself to New Companies"
Speaker: Janice (Rzepka) Schenk

Janice (Rzepka) Schenk is a marketing professional in Northeast Ohio.  Her background includes marketing leadership roles with OEConnection, ProgressBook by Software Answers, Vendors Exchange, and now United Consumer Financial Services, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.  During her career, Janice has led corporate marketing initiatives as well as consulted with companies large and small, including working with a leading IT recruiting firm.  She’s applied her marketing experience to successfully market herself and others to new companies, and she’ll share her strategy and some LinkedIn tactics to help in new job searches.  Her LinkedIn profile can be found at Janice (Rzepka) Schenk.

Monday, February 27, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

"LinkedIn 2017: Platform Schizophrenia"
Speaker: Susie Sharp

Susie has been lecturing and training executives on LinkedIn for more than a decade.  She will speak on using the new LinkedIn User Interface.  But whether it's the new or old platform, LinkedIn fundamentals remain the same. She has a helpful workaround to share plus a link to download a lot of fresh resources.

 

Susie Sharp is currently working as an Independent Contractor and Business Consultant.  An active member of the NCJS community, she is an active participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at Susie Sharp.

Monday, January 23, 2017

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "The 4-Week Job Search and 9 Pitfalls to Avoid"

Speaker:  Rebecca Bosl

Rebecca Bosl is a highly-recommended Resume Writer and Career Coach residing in Broadview Heights, Ohio.  The last 8 executives she has worked with have landed 6 interviews in the following week, and at least 1 offer within 4 weeks.
 

She attributes the job search acceleration to the development of a branded resume and an optimized LinkedIn profile.  Rebecca will share some case studies on the process and also share 8 pitfalls to avoid in your job search.
 

Rebecca Bosl is a Certified Resume Writer and former Market Research Consultant, in which her role was to identify what makes products and companies unique and amazing, and why people would want to buy them.  Rebecca’s slant to writing resumes is that she looks for what is unique and amazing about her clients, and why people would want to hire them.  Her resumes and LinkedIn profiles are sales and marketing documents that get noticed and get results – often immediately accelerating even stalled job searches.
 

Rebecca is one of only 100 highly trained Career Coaches that are certified to give WorkPlace Big 5 assessments, providing clients with unparalleled depth of insight.  The reports generated from these assessments will measure her clients on 28 personality traits, 54 competencies and 8 career tests, providing them with hundreds of pages of output.

 

Rebecca is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at Rebecca Bosl.

Monday, December 12, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Ohio Means Jobs | Cleveland - Cuyahoga County
Training Grants and Other Benefits for Job Seekers

Speaker:  Panel of OMJ Staff and Beneficiaries

Ohio Means Jobs | Cleveland – Cuyahoga County

 

OMJ has training dollars available and are looking for applicants for grants of up to $8,500.  In an effort to help people start training programs by January 1, OMJ will be leading a program and providing opportunities for one-on-one consultations at our next NCJS meeting.

 

Among the many services and programs of Ohio Means Jobs are workforce training grants.  Many job seekers have experienced challenges trying to qualify for training dollars through this program.  NCJS has arranged for OMJ staff to present details about benefit opportunities, the application process, and individual meetings to discuss qualifying for the grants.  Included in the panel presentation will be an individual who used an $8,500 IT training grant and landed successfully after updating her skills at age 60!

 

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn whether or not you would qualify for an OMJ grant and how to apply and access the funding as early as January 1, 2017. 

 
To learn more about Ohio Means Jobs | Cleveland - Cuyahoga County visit their website at  http://employmentconnection.us/en-US/home.aspx.

Monday, November 28, 2016

7:30 - 9:00pm

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "How to Communicate Your Personal Value for Better Job Search Results"

Speaker:  Ron Finklestein

Ron Finklestein is called the “Real Deal” by his clients because of the results they achieve. Finklestein is the creator of the Business Growth Experience and owner of RPF GROUP INC. He is a Business Coach, International Author, Trainer, and Speaker. His eight business books include management and leadership, personal development, operations, marketing, and sales. His latest work: Make a Difference: From Success to Significance” was a 12-year study of 1000 successful small business owners and what they did to be successful.

 

In this presentation, job seekers will learn how to communicate their value to prospective employers and referral partners to achive faster results.

 

After a successful consulting career, Ron has spent the past 15 years building his business and helping entrepreneurs and business owners build their businesses.  Ron has experience in working with businesses across a wide range of industries (Manufacturing, Banking, Government, Healthcare, Outsourced Services, Technology Industries, and Insurance) and helping companies grow the top line, allowing him to offer practical and proven ideas and strategies to improve most any business. 

 

Ron knows and understands that all successful people exhibit nine behaviors, and he has built products to help implement these behaviors in businesses of all sizes. Because of the depth and breadth of Ron’s experience, he can quickly and decisively see and identify business and personal challenges, identify innovative solutions and creates opportunities out of most any problem.

 

As a Certified Knowledge Manager and business consultant, Finklestein has both business and technology experience spanning more than two decades; he brings a blue-chip background from global companies such as Xerox, Unisys, GenCorp/Omnova, Xerox Connect and Wang. Between 1982 and 2001, Finklestein held various technical and executive positions including  Divisional IT Manager, Financial Manager, Manager of Document Imaging and Workflow, and Sales.

 

Ron is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Ron Finklestein.

Monday, October 24, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Managing a Career Transition"

Speaker:  Gary Szelagowski

Gary Szelagowski knows what it is like to go through a long job search.  Drawing on his personal as well as professional experience, he will present a way of going through job transition that addresses more than just resumes and interviews. Gary will encourage job seekers to "feed your soul," manage time and priorities, and find a workable "rhythm."  Networking is essential, of course, and Gary will offer a unique way of tending to your job search network.

 

Gary Szelagowski is a seasoned HR professional who has delivered game-changing results as a subject matter expert, as well as in generalist roles supporting business line clients.

 

Between 2010 and 2012, Gary managed a protracted job search at the height of the great recession.  He learned the value of networking, perseverance and working a plan, while keeping a positive attitude and remaining flexible.

 

Gary is currently an assistant vice president in the Human Resources Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of enterprise-wide succession planning, performance and change management, talent development, recruiting and employee engagement.

 

Prior to joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank in 2014, Gary served as vice president of performance management at PNC Financial Services, in Cleveland. He also held senior human resource positions with National City Corporation, and he has served in technology and sales management at KeyBank.

 

He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Gary Szelagowski.

Monday, September 26, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Careers, Jobs, Planning, Surviving, and Thriving in the New Economy"

Speaker:  Joe Ortenzi

You need a new mindset!  In the current job market, you need to consider yourself self-employed.  There are no long-term social contracts for employment, if they ever existed.

 

The Cheshire Cat might be the best example of where most of us have been with careers and jobs. With an ever changing, dynamic job market, finding stable employment is a difficult challenge. We live in an age where jobs include temporary, part-time, downsizing, core employees, contracted services, specialized skills, reduced benefits, and self-employment

 

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where," said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

 

Principal at Skills Enrichment, Joe Ortenzi has more than four decades experience putting difficult-to-place individuals in satisfying employment.  During this time he has learned how to break through the clutter and make his clients stand out among the multitudes of job seekers.


For the last 18 years, Joe has operated Skills Enrichment Group – his own company focused on return-to-work services.  He provides transitional employment services, vocational evaluations, vocational feasibility evaluations transferable skills analysis, vocational explorations, employment workshops and vocational consulting.


For nearly three decades, he was a Senior Counseling Psychologist managing vocational rehabilitation services for disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His career has been devoted to helping clients overcome serious barriers to re-entering the workforce. These include a wide range of disabilities, injuries, career changes, employment gaps, felonies and dramatic changes in the job market.


 Joe has a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from John Carroll University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. 
More information available on web site: www.jobsearchstrategies.net.

Monday, August 22, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Unlock the Power of LinkedIn"

Speaker:  De-de Mulligan

Why it is important to have a complete LinkedIn profile? De-de Mulligan will present “Unlock the Power of LinkedIn.”

 

You will learn how to “beef up” your profile so recruiters and potential employers can find you. Mulligan will also discuss how to remain relevant on LinkedIn by becoming a thought leader in your industry.

 

De-de Mulligan is a Social Media Strategist for small to medium sized businesses.  She also serves as a Hudson Job Search Advisor. She consults with clients all over the country on their LinkedIn profiles. She has been published in Social Media Today, Tech Patio, Evvnt, DEFINE magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and Crain’s New York Business. De-de lives in Hudson and works in Streetsboro.

 

De-de is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at De-de Mulligan.

Monday, July 25, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "How to Network: A Step-by-Step Guide for Job Searching"

Speaker:  Michael Spiro

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"How to Network - A Step-by-Step Guide for Job Seeking"

Job-seekers are constantly hearing that magic word, “networking” as the answer to how to find a job in today’s challenging market. But exactly how do you network? What are the steps that you should go through to effectively search for a job using “networking?”  Michael Spiro will help demystify this powerful job search tool by sharing a 5-step process for successful networking.

 

Michael Spiro has been a 3rd-Party Recruiter and Account Executive in the staffing industry for over 15 years.  He is currently the Director of Recruiting / Northeast Ohio for Experis Finance, a dedicated business unit of ManpowerGroup.  Other recent positions include President of Midas Recruiting, a boutique head-hunting firm, and Director of Talent at Patina Solutions, a professional services firm that deploys professionals with at least 25 or more years of experience.  Prior to that, he was with two of the largest search firms in North America.

 

Michael is also the creator of the popular blog, Recruiter Musings, providing free advice for job-seekers and receiving thousands of hits a week from all over the world. Before his career in the staffing industry – in a former life – Michael was active in the entertainment industry, with extensive road-warrior experience as a touring performer (singer-songwriter / guitarist / comedian) and as a recording artist, producer and booking agent.

 

Michael's resume speaks for itself, but he's even better in person!  Michael is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Michael Spiro.

Monday, June 27, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "A Deep Dive Into LinkedIn"

Speaker:  Susie Sharp

The Power of the Second Degree:  It's not who you know... it's who who you know knows!  This presentation is for those who already have a basic understanding of how LinkedIn works.  It will cover all recent changes, the many differences between Basic and Premium JobSeeker memberships, and an extensive list of useful resources.  Susie will provide a link to the PowerPoint slides for later reference and use.

 

Speaker Susie Sharp has been helping executives, job seekers, and college students see the power of LinkedIn for more than 8 years.  She is currently working as an Independent Constractor and Business Consultant.  An active member of the NCJS community, she is an active participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and her LinkedIn profile can be found at Susie Sharp.

Monday, May 23, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: HR Panel:  "Your Job Search from the HR Perspective"

A conversation with a panel of HR leaders:

 

- Their BEST TIPS for the job search process.

- What is the best way to get noticed when going after a posted opening?

- Is there more I should be doing? Will my phone calls and emails help or hurt during the process? How much is too much?

- What is the best piece of advice an HR professional could share with you to make your search more effective?

- What burning question do you have that an HR professional could answer?

 

A panel of HR professionals with unique experiences in diverse organizations will share their job search insights and do their best to answer your important questions.

Monday, April 25, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Employment and Severance Agreements:  What You Need to Know BEFORE You Sign On the Dotted Line"

Speaker:  Seth Briskin

Seth Briskin is Partner and Chair of the Labor & Employment Group at the law firm of Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis.  He provides labor and employment counsel to private, public sector, and non-profit organizations.  One of his specialties is preparation of emplyment and consulting contracts, confidentiality and non-compettition agreements, and advises clients on severance packages and separation agreements.  He brings a particularly important perspective to NCJS members as he ordinarily represents employers and executives in his legal practice.  He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law issues, and is eager to share his insights, expertise, and strategies with our NCJS membership.

Monday, March 28, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Is Your Current Resume Not Getting the Job Done?"

Speaker:  Bill King

Bill King is a successful entrepreneur who has been helping job seekers since 1998.  An author, counselor, seminar leader, and speaker on job search related topics, Bill wrote an article recently about using the principles of advertising to increase the effectiveness of any resume.  The article can be found in the North Coast Job Seekers online Resource Library.  Bill will present "Increase Your Resume's Response Rate Using Principles of Advertising" in this meeting.  He will share 14 classic principles advertising companies routinely use to garner your attention in their media offerings.  He will also describe what makes good advertising/resume copywriting.  Bill is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at C. William King.

Monday, February 22, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Five Ways to Set Yourself Apart from the Competition in the Job Market"

Speaker:  Mark Gonska

Mark Gonska is Executive Vice President and leads the outplacement practice of Dise & Company.  Also known as America's Career Coach, Mark has has assisted well over 8,000 job seekers moving forward in their careers.  His advice and counsel has led not only to new jobs but also to successful salary and benefits negotiations.  His methods intentionally combine People, Process, and Passion.  Mark's NCJS presentation will stretch your mind with insights and techniques that will set you apart from the competition and help you land the right next job.

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "A Recruiter's Secret Networking Hacks"

Speaker:  Jim Folger

Jim Folger is a successful headhunter who has been conducting professional and senior level management searches for over twenty years.  He will share techniques he uses to network including how to identify the right people to interface with.  Jim will offer tips to get phone numbers and email addresses of the people you want to connect with, as well as a methodology to initiate networking. Jim’s techniques can easily be adapted to your job search when you are targeting organizations and hiring managers.

 

Jim Folger, CPC, CPBA, CPVA is President of One Source Technical. Inc.  He is an active member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Jim Folger.

Monday, November 23, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "CPR for Your Job Search"

Speaker:  Frank Hulewat

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"CPR for Your Job Search"

Frank Hulewat had been very successful thorough out his career.  However, when he was laid off from his job thirteen years ago the ONLY thing he knew about networking was how to spell it.  That quickly changed.  Frank attacked the job market by applying the skills he learned and practiced as a Project Manager.  Soon he became a networking machine and ultimately landed a new job where his performance led to roles of increasing responsibility.

 

Now retired, Frank was the Director of Project Management at Steris.  In the years since his own successful job search, he has been a resource for countless job seekers.  In this presentation he will give us a “back to basics” approach to conducting a successful job search.  Come prepared to have your job search revitalized with this invigorating CPR!

Monday, October 26, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Create Your Interview Bucket List and Shift Your Search into High Gear"

Speaker:  Cynthia Trotta

Create your Interview Bucket List and Shift Your Search into High Gear

 

Through a series of exercises learn how you can identify prime target companies that need your skills. This is much more than choosing from a, “Best Companies to Work For” List. Join us for some happy hunting that brings dignity to your search. Early on, Cynthia recognized the Bucket-List approach for the amazing tool it is and has shared her expertise with local job seekers for years. Bring your device, paper and pencil. You’ll be taking lots of notes and participating in hands-on exercises during this session.

 

Cynthia Trotta is an experienced Project Manager with both IT and marketing teams, currently working as an Account Manager with Mainstream Software. She is articulate and motivating with an infectious enthusiasm. Cynthia has the ability to bring focus and clarity in the midst of "information overload" and seemingly overwhelming circumstances. Hers is also a voice of experience -- she has gone through (and survived!) the job search process, knows what it's like, and draws on personal experience to make her presentations relevant and authentic.

Monday, September 28, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Happiness @TheSpeedofLife: Five Prescriptions for Living and Leading in a Turbulent World"

Speaker:  Jim Smith

Jim Smith is The Executive Happiness Coach®, a global provider of executive coaching, and personal and workplace transformation services.  His passion is to create a Happier world and workplace, one Leader at a time. Drawing on his 20+ years of executive experience as well as 50+ years as a Human Being, Jim has coached leaders from 27 countries and six continents. He works with leaders to better balance their lives, dramatically improve their leadership skills, and build more positive workplace cultures.

 

Jim is also the author of Happiness At The Speed of Life: 13 Powerful Strategies for Finding Happiness at Home and On the Job, and he has touched the lives of over 16,000 people through his work on Positive Emotion and Leadership.  He has used the 13 Principles of Happiness to raise his own family and to deal with work, life, love, and tragedy – and he will be sharing some of those practices with you.  

 

Finally, Jim wants you to know this: he worships Dark beer, Dark Coffee, and Dark Chocolate... and deeply believes that Happiness is a Decision, not an Event!

 

Learn more about Jim at www.TheExecutiveHappinessCoach.com.

Monday, August 24, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "My Top Ten Job Search Tips"

Speaker:  Marshall Karp

Marshall Karp is a very familiar name to members of the NCJS LinkedIn Group as the author of the Job Search Tip of the Day posts.  Marshall is a career counselor, developer, and coach who genuinely loves to share his knowledge and skills with job seekers.  His innovative approach to the job search process led him to develop an app called The Job Search Power Meter to track progress toward getting a new job.  With 31 years in private practice as a career counselor, Marshall has worked with thousands of job seekers, authored many articles, and was the recipient of the prestigious Job Training Partnership Program of the Year Award.

Monday, July 27, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "The Age Factor: Strategies for the Mature Worker"

Speaker:  Michael Spiro

Are you an over 40 job seeker who is concerned that age is impacting the success of your job search?  If so, you’ll want to attend this presentation where Michael Spiro will share how to disprove the negative age-based stereotypes that exist, overcome employers’ objections regarding “overqualified” applicants, and demonstrate to employers the benefits that extra years of experience can bring. 

Michael Spiro has been a 3rd-Party Recruiter and Account Executive in the staffing industry for over 15 years.  He is currently the Director of Recruiting / Northeast Ohio for Experis Finance, a dedicated business unit of ManpowerGroup.  Other recent positions include President of Midas Recruiting, a boutique head-hunting firm, and Director of Talent at Patina Solutions, a professional services firm that deploys professionals with at least 25 or more years of experience.  Prior to that, he was with two of the largest search firms in North America.

 

Michael is also the creator of the popular blog, Recruiter Musings, providing free advice for job-seekers and receiving thousands of hits a week from all over the world.

 

Before his career in the staffing industry – in a former life – Michael was active in the entertainment industry, with extensive road-warrior experience as a touring performer (singer-songwriter / guitarist / comedian) and as a recording artist, producer and booking agent.

 

Michael's resume speaks for itself, but he's even better in person!  Michael is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at Michael Spiro.

Monday, June 22, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

HR Panel:  "The Job Search From Their Side of the Desk"

 

A conversation with a panel of HR leaders:

  • Do you ever wonder abouit the wisdom of the advice you are always hearing to bypass HR and go straight to the Hiring Authority?
  • How should you handle the dreaded "salary question?"
  • What is the best way to get noticed when going after a posted opening?
  • What is the best piece of advice an HR professional could share with you to make your search more effective?
  • What burning question do you have that an HR professional could answer?

A panel of HR professionals with unique experiences in diverse organizations will share their job search insights and perspectives.

Monday, April 27, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: StrengthsFinder 2.0

Speaker:  Tracy Conn

 

This meeting, featuring presenter Tracy Conn, is designed to provide an overview of the StrengthsFinder tool and help participants practically apply it to enhance their job search. Each participant should come to the session with a printout of the report from their completed StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. The assessment can be found by purchasing the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Be sure to purchase a “new” book since any “used” book may no longer have an active code to complete the online assessment. The book is available in print and eBook versions, and can be purchased using the following link:

 

StrengthsFinder 2.0

 

Tracy Conn is an Executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, building relationships with business leaders at all 12 Reserve Banks, the Board of Governors and financial regulatory partners to develop and expand the network of regulatory agencies. Tracy is also a Strengths Performance Coach specializing in helping employees, teams, and job seekers discover their natural talents and intentionally apply them for personal, career, and organizational fulfilment and success. Her specialties include knowledge management, social networking/social learning, collaboration, driving change and innovation, and successful business partnerships.

Monday, March 23, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "Guerilla Marketing"

Speaker: C. William King

 

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
"Guerilla Marketing"

Bill King is a high-tech entrepreneur.  He is president and owner of Essential Research, Inc. and two spin-off companies, ER Microsensor and ER Semiconductor.  Not one to rest, he recently started another company, Top Ten Tapers, to produce bamboo fly rods based upon vintage manufacturers' specifications.  In his "Guerilla Marketing" presentation Bill will offer his keys to job hunting success using an extremely focused entrepreneurial model employing marketing concepts and strategies.  Over many years Bill has helped hundreds of job seekers with job search strategies, interviewing skills, and resume writing.  Bill is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his LinkedIn profile can be found at C. William King.

Monday, February 23, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "The Four Most Powerful Words in the English Language and How to Use Them in the Interview Process"

Speaker: Ron Finklestein

His clients call Ron Finklestein "The Real Deal" because of the results they achieve with his business coaching and sales training program, RPF GRIOUP INC., voted best sales training company in 2013 & 2014. Finklestein is an international author of six business books. His marketing book, 49 Marketing Secrets (THAT WORK) to Grow Sales, has been translated into six languages. His latest book, Make a Difference: From Being Successful to Being Significant, has been praised by James Malinchak, America's Secret Millionaire, as "a way to achieve higher levels of success and happiness." After a successful consulting career, Finklestein create RPF GROUP INC. as a way to change the lives of entrepreneurs and business owners by helping them solve the tough problems that hold them back. Finklestein is passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives by helping them to achieve their business and personal goals and dreams.  Ron is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his profile can be found at Ron Finklestein.

Monday, January 26, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "How to Make Networking a Strategy that Works"

Speaker: Mike Perry

Mike Perry is President of Szarka Financial and President of Next Level Planner, Inc.  Mike has become an expert presenter on the topic of developing effective job search strategies from the perspective of a hiring manager.  In addition to a distinguished career in the financial industry, Mike is a leadership coach, management consultant, mentor, and expert networker.  His presentations are packed with information presented in a lively, "no nosense, straight to the point" manner.  Mike is a member and participant in the NCJS LinkedIn Group and his profile can be found at Michael Perry.

Monday, December 8, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

HR Panel:  "How to Conduct an Effective Job Search from an HR Perspective"

 

A conversation with a panel of HR leaders:

  • Do you ever wonder abouit the wisdom of the advice you are always hearing to bypass HR and go straight to the Hiring Authority?
  • How should you handle the dreaded "salary question?"
  • What is the best way to get noticed when going after a posted opening?
  • What is the best piece of advice an HR professional could share with you to make your search more effective?
  • What burning question do you have that an HR professional could answer?

Come to North Coast Job Seekers this evening as a panel of HR professionals with unique experiences in diverse organizations will share their job search insights and perspectives.

Monday, November 10, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "Getting the Job Done: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques"

Speaker: Brad Kahn, PMP

Brad Kahn, PMP is a leading Project Manager in both IT and Human Resources Information Systems. He has a passion for helping others, particularly those experiencing job loss or transition. Brad's professional background, direct communication skills, quick wit, and comforting presence make him an ideal coach for job seekers. He is also a professional ski instructor, so he definitely knows how to help when things seem to be tumbling out of control!

Monday, October 27, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "You Really Don't Want a Job - Tough Love"

Speaker: Mark Gonska

Mark Gonska is Executive Vice President and leads the Outplacement Practice for Dise & Company. Also known as "America's Career Coach," Mark has assisted over 8,000 people moving forward in their careers. He designs and delivers leadership and executive coaching with a method combining People, Process and Passion. Mark speaks with enthusiasm and candor as he offers insights, encouragement, and tough love to job seekers.

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "Your Job Search Marketing Plan Workshop"

Speaker: Cynthia Trotta

Cynthia Trotta is an experienced Project Manager with both IT and marketing teams. She is articulate and motivating with an infectious enthusiasm. Cynthia has the ability to bring focus and clarity in the midst of "information overload" and seemingly overwhelming circumstances. She has developed a very helpful "Job Search Marketing Plan" that has helped others as well as herself during job transitions.

Monday, August 25, 2015

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "Taking Your Network to the Next Level"

Speaker: Christopher Gentry, PMP

 

Christopher Gentry is a recognized Program Manager and Senior Project Manager of high impact enterprise-wide IT teams with experience in healthcare, financial, and insurance based companies.  He is a decisive leader with experience in merging disparate matrixed personnel into effective team-centered IT projects. All that, and he's a really personable and fun guy, too!  He has a dynamic presence along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and has developed particular expertise in using LinkedIn as a tool for job seekers.

 

Monday, August 11, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: Continuing Education Options - Panel

 

Ongoing training, continuing education, college-level courses, and more. In addition to career-building program options, learn about significant tax credits you might be missing!

Monday, July 28, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: STRENGTHSFINDER

Tracy Conn, KMSO Executive Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a Gallup Organization Strengths Performance Coach.

 

This meeting, featuring presenter Tracy Conn, is designed to provide an overview of the StrengthsFinder tool and help participants practically apply it to enhance their job search. Each participant should come to the session with a printout of the report from their completed StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. The assessment can be found by purchasing the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Be sure to purchase a “new” book since any “used” book may no longer have an active code to complete the online assessment. The book is available in print and eBook versions, and can be purchased using the following link:

 

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Tracy Conn is an Executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, building relationships with business leaders at all 12 Reserve Banks, the Board of Governors and financial regulatory partners to develop and expand the network of regulatory agencies. Tracy is also a Strengths Performance Coach specializing in helping employees, teams, and job seekers discover their natural talents and intentionally apply them for personal, career, and organizational fulfilment and success. Her specialties include knowledge management, social networking/social learning, collaboration, driving change and innovation, and successful business partnerships.

Monday, June 23, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: LINKEDIN 201 - Part 2

Speaker: Sonya Weiland

A follow up presentation from the wildly popular April 21, 2014 LinkedIn topic.

Sonya Weiland, President of WeilandWorks Consulting, has built her career by building positive relationships as a strategic HR partner to many organizations. Sonya has partnered with Senior Executives to develop talent management and HR solutions with a clear link to business results. Her expertise includes the design and implementation of training, creating HR systems, performance management and evaluations.

Monday, March 24, 2014

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation: "Recruiter Hacks for Networking" and "Resume Tips that Work"

Speaker: Jim Folger

This NCJS Presentation is available in our Resource Library:
Recruiter Hacks for Networking

Resume Tips that Work

Jim Folger, President of OneSource Technical, shares a number of techniques that he uses to network, and shows job seekers how to identify names of people to network with, get their phone numbers & email addresses, as well as a methodology to initiate networking. Presented at the March 24, 2014 meeting of North Coast Job Seekers.

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