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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Free Job Seeker events @ Fairfield Library

    JOBS 2009: A Special Series at the Fairfield Public Library

    Good Resume, Bad Resume – Which Do You Want?

    Nothing is more critical than a well written resume for getting your foot in the door. Learn from a placement professional how to make your resume your most important job search tool.

    Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 pm. Presenter: Carl Ambrogio of Associates of Westport, a leading staffing firm in Fairfield County

    Secrets of the Online Job Hunt

    Learn how employers use the Internet to find the right employee – and how you can make sure you’re in all the right places.

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 pm. Presenter: Chris Russell, founder of, the area’s largest Internet job board.

    Resume Basics

    Do you need a resume but aren’t sure where to start? A nationally certified Resume Writing Professional from the Connecticut Department of Labor will cover the do’s and don’ts of putting together a great resume, and discuss the many free employment services and workshops that are available at CTWorks in Bridgeport.

    Monday, Feb. 2, 12 noon -2 pm. Presenter: a representative from Connecticut Department of Labor.

    Successful Freelancing

    If you are considering a career change – or have been downsized from your job – this session will reveal what is involved in leaving a traditional 9 to 5 job and becoming your own boss.

    Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:15 am – 1:15 pm. Presenter: John Sarra, successful freelancer with his own technology consulting practice and Professor of Information Systems at Albertus Magnus College

    Executive Career Management in a Recession Environment

    In today’s economy, how do you conduct an executive job search? – where are the opportunities? - where can a financial services employee find work now?

    Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 pm. Presenter: Dave Opton, founder of ExecuNet, a company that helps executives connect to people, opportunities and expertise

    Advanced Resume Writing and Critique

    Is your resume getting the results you want? Learn tips to improve your current resume, and bring a paper copy to have it critiqued in a 10 minute one-on-one with a nationally certified Résumé Writing Professional.

    Thursday, Feb. 19, 11 am - 1 pm. Presenter: a representative from Connecticut Department of Labor

    Advice From the Other Side of the HR Desk: How You Can Stand Out from the Crowd

    A consultant who works with Human Resources professionals shares what employers look for, how they find it, and what you need to do during the interviewing process to stand out.

    Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 am – 12 noon. Presenter: Susan Roughley of Jump-Start Consulting, specializing in strategic direction and organizational effectiveness

    Rev Up Your Research Skills

    With two of the Library’s best business databases, learn how to find companies by industry, size, location and sales and then how to fill in the background with the latest news about them.

    Reference USA – a directory of over 12,000,000 U.S. businesses

    Thursday, Feb. 12, 12 noon – 2 pm. Presenter: RaShad Dacus of InfoUSA

    Gale Business and Company Resource Center – comprehensive company and industry information from magazines, newspapers and directories

    Thursday, Feb. 26, 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Presenter: Stacey Knibloe of Gale/Cengage Learning

    Job Search Primer

    Brush up on everything you should know about a job search: how to use the Internet; how to deal with employment agencies; the pluses and minuses of temporary work; resume writing skills; how to act on an interview; how and when to follow up.

    Wednesday, Mar. 4, 7 pm. Presenter: Maryann Donovan, President of Impact Personnel, an independent staffing firm in Norwalk and Fairfield

    Twelve Lessons on Being Pretty Smart

    It takes more than just being smart to achieve success. So if being smart isn’t enough to bring the world to your door, what is? When life has dealt you and unexpected dish of rotten lemons, how do you make lemon tarts?

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 7 pm. Presenter: Penny Pearlman, author, motivational speaker and consultant who helps individuals and organizations develop strategies for success

    Where the Hot Jobs are in Connecticut

    Learn about Connecticut’s long and short term industry and employment trends as well “recession-proof” jobs, middle skill jobs, in demand entry level jobs and the resources of the Connecticut Job Bank and other Connecticut Department of Labor services.

    Monday, Mar. 16, 12 noon - 2:30 pm. Presenter: Mark Stankiewicz, Connecticut Department of Labor

    Workplace Law: What You Need to Know about Leaving Your Job and Getting a New One

    Are you aware of all the legal issues surrounding employment? Learn about the laws governing lay-offs, terminations, hiring, contracts, onboarding and freelance work.

    Thursday, Mar. 26, 7 pm. Presenter: Julia Murphy, Attorney at Outten and Golden, LLP, one of the preeminent law firms representing employees

    Who’s in Your Network?

    Most people think of classified ads or Internet job banks as the best way to find a job. But the hidden job market is still the best place to uncover job opportunities, and it often involves ‘who you know’. Learn how to create a network to lead to your next job.

    Friday, Mar. 27, 12 noon - 2 pm. Presenter: a representative from Connecticut Department of Labor

    Managing the Stress of Unemployment for the Individual and the Family

    We all experience personal, family and work stressors in our lives. At times, these stressors can create difficulties that feel overwhelming. Recognizing a problem is the first step towards finding a solution.

    Monday, Mar. 30, 10 am or Wednesday, Apr. 1, 7 pm. Presenter: Dorothy Timmerman, Executive Director, Fairfield Counseling Services, a private non-profit community counseling center

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