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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “The Salary Question presented by Janelle Razzino

Saturday October 10th at 8:00 AM

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 https://www.gotomeet.me/DSchuchman/tbcnj-20201010


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Presentation: “The Salary Question”

Today there are a lot of different opinions about salary requirements, what should I say, should I lower my expectation or keep my salary requirements to a higher standard?  Will I lose out being the “candidate of choice” because I stood my ground?

1)    What is your VALUE today?

2)    What do you want? The NUMBER

3)    Being definitive is a good thing.

4)    Each situation is unique and subject to negotiation with yourself and the perspective offer.

About the speaker:

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JANELLE RAZZINO, President and CEO of Razzino Associates, Inc. discovers the right talent for the right companies at the right time. She is passionate about bringing big ideas to life, motivating and empowering candidates and partnering with companies to make great things happen!

As a boutique firm and premier search organization, Razzino Associates, Inc. brings nearly 30 years of experience in corporate recruiting and management specializing in C-level, executive level, and mid-level placements for The Fortune Global 2000 marketplace. Its core disciplines are Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology. The firm also places candidates in Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, and Business Development.

Clients have described Janelle as energetic, passionate, tireless, refreshingly honest, and committed. She not only closes the deal, but she opens the relationship. Janelle has built and strengthened countless relationships while promoting top-tier executives to the most premier positions in the tri-state and greater Metro New York areas.

With a thorough understanding of the client’s needs, Janelle personally selects the candidates delivering only the best and most qualified. She expertly understands the non-technical requirements: the body language, the personality and the cultural fit, leaving no doubt as to the candidate of choice. She has helped numerous companies that demand the best maintain their competitive edge!

Featured in The New York Times and on CBS World News, Janelle continues to cultivate deep respect and long-lasting relationships in the hottest areas and most up-to-date industries. Her positive upbeat presentations and development programs enhance, inspire, and motivate the individual, the team, and overall organizational performance.

Janelle is a regular speaker at many corporate outplacement firms and networking groups. She is the founder of the Hillsdale Network Career Resource Ministry in Hillsdale, New Jersey which now includes over 1900 members.

She has also presented programs to students and professors at Mount Saint Vincent College in New York, County College of Morris and Bergen Community College in New Jersey and has been a guest on the talk radio show, Your Career is Calling, broadcast live on Sunday mornings from Rider University.

Janelle also shares her expertise though comprehensive six-week and three-week coaching programs for candidates to boost self-confidence and sharpen interview skills.

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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “Blockchain 101:  An Overview” presented by Lindsley D. Medlin, Jr.

Saturday August 8, 2020, at 8:00 AM

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Saturday August 8th at 8:00 AM

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Presentation: “Blockchain 101:  An Overview”

“The technology most likely to change the next decade of business is not the social web, big data, the cloud, robotics, or even artificial intelligence.  It’s the blockchain…” (Harvard Business Review).

Blockchain technology will innovate and disrupt almost every industry. It will also impact our personal lives through data privacy and new job creation.  Many existing jobs will require new knowledge of and ability to work with blockchain.  Blockchain is more than bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.  Blockchain solutions are impacting supply chain, finance & banking, healthcare, data privacy and more.  In this presentation you’ll learn what a blockchain is, the benefits of blockchain, and why it is important.  You will also understand how blockchain works, including information on Bitcoin, smart contracts, and current use cases.  You don’t need to be a technical person; the class is designed for beginners.  You’ll gain a basic understanding of blockchain and be able to speak about it intelligently.

About the speaker:

Lindsley Medlin is an international executive with more than 30 years of experience building and running businesses. During his career, Mr. Medlin built companies in six countries.  He was part of a management team that organically grew a business from $20 million to $1.5 billion in nine years, which went public and spun off a separate public subsidiary.  He has significant expatriate experience living abroad for several years in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA in Marketing, both from Rutgers University, as well as a Graduate Marketing Certificate from the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas.  Additionally, he is a Certified Blockchain Professional™ and is the Founder of the NJ Blockchain Center.  Mr. Medlin is a published author, speaker, and consultant.

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The Breakfast Club of NJ – 8/8/2020  
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (EDT)  
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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: Virtual Meeting “Advance, Secure or Transition Your Career with High-Demand Certifications” presented by Sharon Bussey

Saturday May 9th, at 8:00 am

Event Location:

Comfort of your own home.

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https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/884536693 

  access code: 884-536-693 

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Presentation: “Advance, Secure or Transition Your Career with High-Demand Certifications”
Over the past decade high demand industry certifications have transformed the job market. Employers are seeking specific skill sets that are demonstrated through certifications. Obtaining certifications yield many benefits including: increasing your skills, demonstrating continuous learning, and being flagged by search engines for jobs. In this presentation you will learn about:
⦁ The top professional certifications for corporate and government employers
⦁ Skills and knowledge obtained from these certifications
⦁ Compensation
⦁ Current and future job demand
⦁ Prerequisites and experience needed for the certifications
⦁ Recommendations for certifications based on your experience and interests


About the speaker:

Sharon Bussey is the Managing Director of BTII Institute, a training and consulting firm. BTII was founded by Sharon in 2009 to train unemployed professionals to obtain high-demand certifications and assist them in obtaining gainful employment using government grants. Later BTII created additional divisions for public, government and corporate training as well as consulting. BTII specializes in: Agile, SAFe and Waterfall – Portfolio / Program / Project Management; and Business Intelligence / Data Analytics. Prior to BTII, Sharon was the Director of Business Technology & Organization Process Alignment at Pfizer where she led teams of more than 100 professionals. Prior to Pfizer she was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte  Consulting where she led large healthcare IT implementations. Sharon holds an MBA in Marketing and Operations from the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Computer Science from Pace University.

RSVP By RSVPing – you help us to determine interest in our group and help plan future topics.

Be sure to tell your friends and bring them along. Be a part of our growing network of Job Seekers, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Career Coaches, and people who want to be able to help themselves and each other.

Event Location:

Comfort of your own home.

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access code: 884-536-693 
 
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Meeting Format:

8:00 to 8:15 – Welcome and housekeeping

8:15 to 9:15 – Presentation by the guest speaker – Limited to 60 minutes

The Breakfast Club NJ – 10 Points for Good Member Citizenship

1) Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

2) Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly

3) Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible

4) Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)

5) Join groups Facebook group, Google +, and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)

6) Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)

7) If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

8) Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)

9) If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)

10) Help fellow members whenever possible

  1. Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  2. Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly
  3. Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible
  4. Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)
  5. Join groups Facebook group and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)
  6. Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)
  7. If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  8. Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)
  9. If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)
  10. Help fellow members whenever possible

We look forward to seeing everyone let’s make this a great meeting for our members that are in transition and welcome those that have landed

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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “So, Tell Me about Yourself” presented by Alex Freund

Saturday September 12 th at 8:00 AM

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https://www.gotomeet.me/DSchuchman/tbcnj-9-12-2020

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Presentation: So, Tell Me about Yourself

You know it’s coming. Your anxiety increases, the pressure is on, your mind races, and then you hear the dreaded words, “So, tell me about yourself.”

Now what? You can’t figure out what the interviewer is really asking, let alone what the right answer should be. You might not be the perfect fit, and you don’t want to reveal your weaknesses. You don’t know how much detail to provide or how much of your life should be shared. Should you focus on your experience? your skills? something else?

Such a simple request, but one fraught with peril. The air that just got sucked out of the room slowly returns while your panic continues to escalate, and still, you’re fumbling for a response.

Now imagine that you actually looked forward to having this be your first interview question. It’s the question that can be a make or break and set the tone for the rest of the interview.

 Alex Freund, The Landing Expert, will pull the curtain back and guide you in how to respond so that hiring managers are impressed and therefore left wanting to know more about you.

 In this seminar, you will: 

  • Learn where the power lies behind this question.
  • Understand the hiring manager’s motivations behind this question.

About the speaker:

Alex Freund - Landing Expert
Alex Freund – Landing Expert

Known as “The Landing Expert,” Alex Freund helps his clients minimizing the fear and making them feel confident and comfortable throughout the interviewing process.

For the last 14 years, Alex has helped more than 1000 clients ranging from managers to CEOs in a variety of industries.

Alex is volunteering in several job-search networking groups where he is an occasional presenter.  He conducts workshops on interviewing, resumes, LinkedIn, Value Proposition, Personal Branding and alike.

For over eight years, Alex has been publishing The Landing Expert List, a free directory of job-search networking groups via his website at landingexpert.com.

Alex is a Cornell University graduate and speaks five languages.

About the Meeting:

Topic: The Breakfast Club of New Jersey
Time: August 8th, 2020 07:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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https://www.gotomeet.me/DSchuchman/tbcnj-9-12-2020

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Access Code: 762-236-485   

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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “How To Not Suck at Virtual Networking” presented by Ashley Owens

Saturday July 11 at 8:00 AM

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Presentation: “How To Not Suck at Virtual Networking”

Networking is such a personal activity, it is not a one size fits all practice. Most people get bogged down in the details and miss out on the foundation of how to build and retain an effective network. At the end of the day, no one cares WHAT you do, but do you know them, like them or trust them? Establishing and growing meaningful relationships is undeniably critical to long-term success and during the current worldwide pandemic when networking has shifted from onsite to fully online, Ashley reveals how to connect “face-to-face” in our new normal. By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Nurture your current business relationships 
  • Create a tactical, individualized approach 
  • Save time by recognizing the best strategic partners
  • Effectively engage contacts using email, messaging, social media, and other digital tools
  • Craft an authentic, powerful, professional networking process 

About the speaker:

Ashley Owens

Ashley Owens is the first and only Networking Concierge that puts you in the right situation or gets you out of the wrong one. As a networking concierge, Ashley works as a strategic partner, attending events with professionals as an extension and champion of them at local events and conferences. Starting her career as a personal and executive assistant to two celebrities in NYC, her experience in networking grew as she obtained positions in customer service, business analytics, and account management. Since 2017, she has grown her business into something she could have NEVER dreamed of. Ashley is a host of two digital TV talk shows on RVNTV and This is it TV, speaking and interviewing on the topic of tactical networking. She has taken over 700 introduction phone calls with business professionals looking to grow their network, and has given close to 1,000 introductions. She has spoken to over 50 networking groups, organizations, companies, and conferences, including the coveted Pennsylvania Conference for Women. She has been interviewed on the Mel Robbins Show on CBS, produces and hosts a podcast talking to entrepreneurs and their screw ups, raises over thousands  of dollars for local non profits that she partners with at her Cocktails and Conversation networking event, has over 185 referral partners, owns equity in two other startup companies and has been flown around country as a keynote speaker.

About the Meeting:

Topic: The Breakfast Club of New Jersey
Time: July 11, 2020 07:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Access Code: 523-024-805   

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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: “Body Language for Job Seekers – Virtual and Live” presented by Eileen N. Sinett

Saturday June 13th at 8:00 AM

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Presentation: “Body Language for Job Seekers – Virtual and Live”

This presentation addresses body language best practices for live and virtual communications. Humans take in and process information consciously and unconsciously about EVERYTHING, but see, hear and sense, SELECTIVELY.  When it comes to meeting someone new for the first time, how you look and sound, smell, listen, dress and behave, matter as much as what you say, don’t say or how you say it.
Do you answer a question in 2 minutes or take ten?  Are you fidgety, stiff or relaxed?  Are you comfortable with your voice and/or image?  Though people react to these aspects differently, the fact is they do react.  We are more than our bodies, yet knowing some basics for managing them in interviews, presentations and networking, can support your communication confidence and “performance.”

About the speaker:
Eileen N. Sinett is a communications specialist who helps professionals communicate at their best.  As consultant, trainer-facilitator and coach, she focuses on growing clients’ communication confidence and performance.

For over 30 years, Eileen’s company, Speaking that Connects, has served individuals from various industries — pharmaceutical, legal, healthcare, financial, technology and non-profit organizations — to enhance the impact of their presentations, networking speeches, interviews, keynotes, trade show conversations and interpersonal relationships. Her mission is to promote speaker confidence, message clarity and audience connection.

Eileen has a Masters of Arts in Speech from Kean University and her Bachelor of Science degree is in the Communication Sciences from Emerson College, Boston. She has advanced training in Improvisation and Psychodrama and when not speaking or coaching, is taking tap-dance lessons, gardening, volunteering at a local theatre and attending live jazz events.

About the Meeting:
Topic: The Breakfast Club of New Jersey
Time: June 13th, 2020 07:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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https://www.gotomeet.me/DSchuchman/the-breakfast-club-nj—june-13 

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Timely article recommended by Frank Kovacs.

How Hiring Happens During This Pandemic Quarantine

By Ed Han

We are in a challenging time for hiring on both sides of the hiring desk.

The COVID-19 pandemic and attendant quarantines are reshaping how — and which — employers hire.

Quarantines and “social distancing” requirements have also eliminated most face-to-face meetings.

Consequently, what job seekers need to do to find their next opportunities under such circumstances has changed, too.

In many jurisdictions, the state government has issued mandatory quarantine instructions, ending most face-to-face meetings.

Finding the Jobs

The critical thing is finding out who is still hiring. This is only happening at essential businesses: businesses whose function is deemed necessary to maintain minimal societal function. But how to find out who is actually hiring now?

  •   Find employers.   This is surprisingly easy: consult your local guidelines. Go to your favorite search engine and, at least in the US, search on “essential business listing” and append your ZIP code. This will bring up a list of those essential businesses and industries.
  •   Stay on top of employers who are hiring.   On LinkedIn, search on the hashtag #hiringnow and you should see a list of such employers. And you should definitely “Follow” this hashtag: it will ensure that relevant status updates find their way into your LinkedIn feed.
  •   Double-check the employer’s environment.   Always ask a prospective employer what steps they are taking as an organization to ensure the safety of everyone.

Opportunities exist if you are willing to create a flexible job search that includes developing a great resume, being open-minded about where you work, and dedicating significant time to networking.

You can open doors, create your opportunities, and get a great role despite the current environment.

Impressing the Employer

This is not an easy time for most employers, either. Many businesses and public services have closed, hopefully only temporarily. Others struggle to stay open. Some are doing their best to handle the overwhelming volume of people seeking their help or services.

  •   Are you online?   Employers still hiring are invested in making sure they are complying with any government mandate re: social distancing and maximum group gatherings.

    This means that employers are more interested than previously in job seekers who already have reliable internet access in their homes and the ability to use the online conferencing tools. Be prepared for this.

    Add appropriate terms to your resumes, applications, and LinkedIn profiles that indicate you have these skills and experience.
  •   They are overwhelmed.   So many industries and businesses have had to slow or completely halt their hiring, hopefully temporarily.

    With many fewer employers hiring right now and unemployment skyrocketing, those organizations still hiring are experiencing a much greater volume of applications. When talent is in ample supply, this allows employers to be even more selective.

    Again, include the appropriate terms (keywords) to your resumes, applications, and LinkedIn profiles that indicate you match the requirements of the job.

The job market has changed, but it has not disappeared.

Prepare for Remote Interviews

During a pandemic, employers who are still conducting business want to ensure that they are protect both existing as well as future employees. In discussion with many other recruiters, the common theme is this:

Employers are conducting all interviews by phone or video interview. As an informed job seeker, you should brush up on best practices relating to both.

  •   Phone interview.   Make sure that your phone is fully charged in advance of your interview.

    [More: How to Succeed in Your Phone Interviews (a.k.a. Phone Screens)]
  •   Video interview.   Once you learn the medium whereby your interview will take place, do a test call with someone else. For GoToMeeting, Skype, WebEx, or Zoom, learn the interface and (if appropriate) install any relevant software (required for GoToMeeting and Skype).

    These technologies all offer a chat function: familiarize yourself with them, as periodically, connectivity issues may make smooth video/audio a challenge, so a text-based medium may help alleviate such issues.

    [More: How to Ace Your Video Interview and 12 Keys to One-Way Video Interview Success. ]
  •   Research your interviewer(s).   When confirming an interview, always ask in writing with whom you will be talking and how much time you should budget.

    [More: Job Interview Preparation with Smart Google Research.]

When You Are Hired

  Starting Your New Job  

Expect that part of the employer’s “onboarding” process (standard orientation for new employees) may be conducted virtually, via GoToMeeting, Skype, etc. In the interests of protecting all employees, whether long-standing or prospective, responsible employers are eliminating, or at least reducing, the need to complete the onboarding process in person.

The Bottom Line

If an employer is still hiring, they are acutely aware of the concerns you have. This is an indisputable truth: we have all heard the concerns you may have about fingerprinting or drug tests for those employers who require them. If you have concerns, voice them. Any employer worth joining has measures in place to protect everyone involved and will be happy to explain their practices and why they do what they do.

Be safe, and be successful!

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Ed Han is a recruiter and wordsmith and social media fanatic. As a veteran of several industries, including publishing, financial services and fashion, Ed helps facilitate a job search group in Princeton NJ and has served as the online community manager for the regional HR networking group Whine & Dine. Connect with Ed on Twitter @ed_han where you will often find that Ed has posted a “LinkedIn tip of the day.”

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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents: Virtual Meeting “How to Work as a Consultant in the Gig Economy”  by David Schuchman

Saturday April 11th, at 8:00 am

Event Location:

Comfort of your own home.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/851836333 You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3212 

Meeting ID 851836333

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Presentation: “How to Work as a Consultant in the Gig Economy”
A consultant is someone who provides skills, a service or expert advice to others. For some professionals, this can be a new way to stay busy and earn income. Especially when full-time employment opportunities are not available.
This program highlights the benefits and differences between employed vs. contract engagements. And, explains the steps you need to follow to pursue a path to “Work as a Consultant”.

David Schuchman

About the speaker:

David Schuchman is an Information Technology professional with a true passion for technology implementation, as well as applications design, development and IT operations. He is a seasoned Informational
Technology professional with over 30 years of experience, and where he spent the last 12 years of his corporate career as an IT leader in the financial services, transportation and healthcare industries.

Presently, David is an Information Technology services, training, and
management consultant with his own company, Princeton Technology Advisors, LLC. Princeton Technology Advisors offers support, quality of service and the desire to learn the in-depth knowledge of each client’s marketplace, organization and culture.

David is an active leader in the job seeker support community. He is the
current Executive Chair of the Professional Service Group of Mercer County in Princeton, NJ. In addition, David is a co-facilitator for New Jersey Job Seekers in Princeton, NJ. And he is on the boards of The Career Support Group at St. Gregory the Great in Hamilton, NJ and The Breakfast Club of New Jersey in East Brunswick, NJ.

Additionally, David is often requested to present topical programs and IT
training classes to business groups, adult schools, job seeker support groups and public libraries.

RSVP By RSVPing – you help us to determine interest in our group and help plan future topics.

Be sure to tell your friends and bring them along. Be a part of our growing network of Job Seekers, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Career Coaches, and people who want to be able to help themselves and each other.

Event Location:

Comfort of your own home.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

 
You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3212 

Meeting Format:

8:00 to 8:15 – Welcome and housekeeping

8:15 to 9:15 – Presentation by the guest speaker – Limited to 60 minutes

The Breakfast Club NJ – 10 Points for Good Member Citizenship

1) Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

2) Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly

3) Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible

4) Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)

5) Join groups Facebook group, Google +, and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)

6) Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)

7) If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

8) Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)

9) If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)

10) Help fellow members whenever possible

  1. Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  2. Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly
  3. Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible
  4. Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)
  5. Join groups Facebook group and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)
  6. Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)
  7. If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  8. Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)
  9. If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)
  10. Help fellow members whenever possible

RSVP By RSVPing – Helps us to see who, and how many members are attending.

We look forward to seeing everyone let’s make this a great meeting for our members that are in transition and welcome those that have landed

RSVP By RSVPing – you help us to determine interest in our group and help plan future topics.

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Monthly Meeting

CANCELED – actually replaced by a virtual meeting – continue reading below:


Dear Breakfast Club NJ Members,


In the midst of all this Corona Chaos, TBCNJ, under the direction of George Pace, is pleased to announce that we will have a VIRTUAL meeting this Saturday featuring our planned speaker, Valerie S. Williams. This broadcast will start at 9:00 am Saturday March 14, 2020.


Please follow these easy instructions:


Note that video is “Live”. When you click play, you will be added to the stream.


1. Go to www.facebook.com/keeppace


2. In the left hand column, you will see a Vertical menu with Home, About, Photos, Video’s

3. Click on Video’s

4. This will display the list of Videos on the Channel. The first one will have a title of “First BreakfastClub Live Stream Event”.
(It will have a Red Box saying LIVE ) – If you don’t see it, it hasn’t started yet.

5. Click on that Video and it should automatically go into view mode.

6. Make sure your Volume is enabled on your device

7. You can ask questions (or make comments) by making Comments to the stream (just like you would for any Facebook post).

What we figured out

1. Behind the scene’s – I am “real time” with Valerie via Skype

2. There is a slight delay of the streaming out to the Facebook channel – we guess about 2 minutes.

If anyone has any questions, email George Pace at keeppace@gmail.com.

Thank You,

Adrienne Roman

The Breakfast Club NJ Presents:Kick Start Your Job Search: The Essential Checklist, by Valerie S. Williams

Saturday March 14th, at 8:00 am CANCELED – actually replaced by a virtual meeting – read above:

Please share this with other groups you may be in.  Join us on Meetup.com to RSVP – By RSVPing – you help us to arrange for the appropriate sized room.

Presentation:Kick Start Your Job Search: The Essential Checklist

“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” — Whitney M. Young 

Before you submit your next resume there are some things you can do to make the process smoother and submission faster. This session will help you by giving you the ultimate job hunt checklist. This session will also give you networking tools, ways to showcase your skills, and supporting documents to help you track your progress.

Valerie S. Williams

About the speaker:

Valerie S Williams is a Project Manager Professional and Scrum Master working as a contractor at Bristol-Myers Squibb but stays active with networking groups when she can.  Valerie earned her BS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and started her IT career by programming in Lotus Notes and teaching computer skills including Microsoft Project.  After her first transition and networking with high school friends, Valerie changed careers by moving into a new industry and working with a start-up company.  After her second transition and networking, she managed multiple programming teams and several support groups which included international team members.  After Valerie’s third transition she learned the process for looking for a new career changed immensely.   While attending multiple networking events and seminars she heard many great speakers, each of whom focused on a specific topic.  To help manage all of the tasks associated with looking for a new career in the twenty first century Valerie created a to do list and compiled the tips that she picked up from each speaker.  Valerie will share some of these ideas, tasks and tips with you today.

About the Meeting:

Face 2 face Networking is SUSPENDED until further notice. Please sign up for this meetup on Meetup.com, and you can see which members have attended. In lieu of f2f Networking, pick 3 (or any other arbitrary number) of attending members, introduce yourself, on meetup. The initial email exchange can be followed up by a phone conversation, and an agreed next step (be it Linkedin, coffee, referral to someone else who can help).

Event Location:

Comfort of your own home

Meeting Format:

9:00 to 10:00 – Presentation

The Breakfast Club NJ – 10 Points for Good Member Citizenship

1) Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

2) Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly

3) Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible

4) Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)

5) Join groups Facebook group,  and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)

6) Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)

7) If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

8) Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)

9) If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)

10) Help fellow members whenever possible

  1. Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  2. Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly
  3. Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible
  4. Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)
  5. Join groups Facebook group and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)
  6. Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)
  7. If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  8. Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)
  9. If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)
  10. Help fellow members whenever possible

RSVP By RSVPing – you help us to arrange for the appropriate sized room.

We look forward to seeing everyone let’s make this a great meeting for our members that are in transition and welcome those that have landed

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The Breakfast Club NJ Presents:Beating the Applicant Tracking System by Lynne M. Williams

Saturday February 8th, at 8:00 am

Please share this with other groups you may be in.  Join us on Meetup.com at: http://www.meetup.com/The-Breakfast-Club-NJ/ to RSVP for the meeting.

Presentation:Beating the Applicant Tracking System

As a job seeker, are you wondering why you are not getting any response to your online submissions? Uncover why human eyes may never see the resumes you submit online and discover what you need to do to optimize your resume to beat the dreaded ATS.

Have your current resume available to mark up during the workshop.

About the speaker:

Lynne M. Williams, BS, MA, ABD is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides education, resources, support services, and networking connections to individuals for career transition and career management, including veterans. 

In addition, Lynne is also the owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper, a writer of resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Lynne presents unique research-based workshops on LinkedIn, resumes, the Applicant Tracking System, the Art of Networking In Person & Online, and other career transition, social media, and technology topics. She has done extensive doctoral research on social media applications and is a contributing author to Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?. 

Connect with Lynne on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/lynnewilliams

About the Meeting:

Networking begins at 7:30 am, meeting starts promptly at 8:00 am.

There is a $10 fee at the door to cover the cost of the room.

Be sure to tell your friends and bring them along. Be a part of our growing network of Job Seekers, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Career Coaches, and people who want to be able to help themselves and each other.

Event Location:

Days Hotel Conference Center

195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

732-828-6900

Meeting Format:

7:30 to 8:00 – Registration and Open Networking

8:00 to 8:15 – Welcome and housekeeping

8:15 to 9:15 – Presentation by the guest speaker – Limited to 60 minutes

9:15 to 10:15 – Elevator Pitch – 30 Seconds about yourself, who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (3-4), how we can help you, how you can help others. Follow the rule of the Three B’s of Public Speaking: Be informative; Be brief; Be seated.

10:15 until you choose to leave – Open Networking, follow up with people you are interested in meeting following their elevator pitch, exchange business cards, peruse the library, arrange follow up meetings, etc.

The Breakfast Club NJ – 10 Points for Good Member Citizenship

1) Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

2) Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly

3) Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible

4) Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)

5) Join groups Facebook group, Google +, and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)

6) Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)

7) If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)

8) Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)

9) If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)

10) Help fellow members whenever possible

  1. Attend meetings regularly to keep group strong and help pay back to others (meeting logistics on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  2. Keep anti-virus on your machine up to date and run scan regularly
  3. Review messages and if request for assistance please help whenever possible
  4. Once you have received your invitation and joined our linked in group, connect to other members directly(questions see Gerry Peyton -gpeyton@ptd.net)
  5. Join groups Facebook group and connect to other members directly (questions see Adrienne Roman – adrienne1204@optonline.net)
  6. Join groups twitter account (questions see George Pace – keeppace@gmail.com)
  7. If you run across someone in transition invite them to join our group and sponsor them through process (details on our website www.thebreakfastclubnj.com)
  8. Sunday mornings listen to our radio show, “Your Career Is Calling”, at 8am ET either on radio at 107.7 or via internet 24/7 live or on demand at www.1077thebronc.com (as this is a call in show your calls help make it successful)
  9. If you are in transition put your elevator pitch in writing to group, ask for help with job search issues or connecting to people at target companies, regularly post job opportunities (from email you joined the group – send email to thebreakfastclubnj@yahoogroups.com)
  10. Help fellow members whenever possible

RSVP By RSVPing – you help us to arrange for the appropriate sized room.

We look forward to seeing everyone let’s make this a great meeting for our members that are in transition and welcome those that have landed

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