Monthly Meeting

The Breakfast Club NJ Presents a Discussion Panel: “Creating a better Executive Presence and Personal Brand for IT and other professionals”, moderated by George Pace

Panelists:

Andrew D. Manns, Jr., ESQ., MPA
Senior Consultant, Manns Associates

Brian Mecca,
Global Director, Infrastructure and Technology, Phone I Animal Health

Jeremy Rosenberg,
PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt, Senior Solution Architect, AT&T

Saturday June 10th 2017, at 8:00am ET

Synopsis:

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Presentation:

“Creating a better Executive Presence and Personal Brand for IT and other professionals”

YOU’VE GOT 30 SECONDS TO MAKE A GREAT AND MEMORABLE FIRST IMPRESSION…GO!!
The career climate is constantly changing. Competition for positions are intense. So how will you stand out as an IT professional? How are you presenting yourself so that others notice you and want to know more about you? What tools are you using as an IT professional to change how you see yourself? What are your unique experience, expertise, training and insight?
This panel discussion is designed to help you:
1. Craft a more effective personal brand by exploring your story
2. Identify principles and the value of executive presence that complements your personal brand
3. Master the 2 essential skills for consistent long term success.

About the Moderator: George Pace

George Pace

George Pace

George Pace is an IT technology leader, focusing on how to extract business value from the latest technologies. His is currently working to “Keep Pace” with Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) Digital Assistants as well as a dash of Social Media for good measure.
George is now sharing his thoughts and insights on technology on a regular basis on his Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/keeppace) – so stop by (and subscribe) George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Seton Hall University and an MBA from the Rutgers Business School.

Andrew D. Manns, Jr. Esq.

Andrew D. Manns, Jr. Esq. is a Senior Consultant with Manns Associates, a multi-service leadership development firm in New Jersey. Mr. Manns specializes in helping non-profit executives transform American cities one child, one family, one neighborhood at a time Currently, Mr. Manns is the Chairman of the Board of Director of the Greater Life Community Outreach Center in Newark, N.J. Mr. Manns was recently appointed to the Executive Management Team of a well-established professionals career networking group that provides latest training seminars in executive career development and job search strategies for IT professionals in transition. Mr. Manns is also the social media content provider for several career networking groups.Mr. Manns received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.Mr. Manns went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers School of Law Newark, N.J. He is the father of 6 adult children and 2 grandchildren. He is an avid fan of great jazz music and Chicago Style Steppin’

Brian Mecca

Brian Mecca is the Global Director of Network & Computing Services for Phibro Animal Health Corporation. For 40 years he was a volunteer firefighter in his home town of Scotch Plains where he served as Battalion Chief, Captain, and Firefighter. He is currently the Secretary of the Union County Fire Chief’s Association.
Brian is also an avid networker & volunteer with over 6,500 LinkedIn connections. Brian is the Director of Members Services for The Breakfast Club NJ where he has been a member since 2006; VP of Membership for SIM NJ; President of the Garden State Chapter of AITP. He can frequently be found sending out announcements for meetings, posting some interesting tidbits on LinkedIn or Twitter, or sending out job openings. Brian is always open to helping someone in transition or just looking to improve their skills.

Jeremy Rosenberg

Jeremy Rosenberg,
PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt, Senior Solution Architect, AT&T

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 & 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 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: “Secrets Recruiters Don’t Want You To Know”

Presented by Abby Kohut

Saturday May 13th 2017, at 8:00am ET

Synopsis:

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Presentation:

“Secrets Recruiters Don’t Want You To Know”

During this presentation, you will gain insight into what corporate and agency recruiters look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. These days, you must do more than applying on job boards. There are far more candidates applying for the same positions, so you have to differentiate yourself. You will learn what recruiters like and don’t like, what teeny tiny corrections make a huge difference, and the best strategies for moving past your competition in 2017. Some of the topics you’ll learn are:

• Deep dark secrets about why keywords really matter and how to choose them
• What to say during a phone screen to get a “yes”
• When you should and should not mention the Tampa Bay Rays during an interview
• Secrets about thank you letters and how they can make or break your success

About the Speaker: Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut, who is known in the job search world as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets.” In the past 24 years, Abby held corporate recruiting positions in a variety of industries and is responsible for helping 10,000 people get hired. Her website AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won’t tell you. AbsolutelyAbby.com was also mentioned on CNBC as one of three top websites for career changers.

Abby is one of the “Top 100 Influential People Online” according to Fast Company Magazine and is known as”Ask Abby” on LinkedIn. She has provided job search tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Recently, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby “One of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search” and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as “One of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Jobseeker Should Follow”.

Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal.

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 & 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 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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How to Overcome Fear While In-transition

During my work with job seekers or those contemplating a job/career change, I evaluate the amount of fear that drives—or paralyzes—my clients. To some extent, all of them exhibit fear originated by some threat—or so they perceive. For a person out of a job, that feeling is not only a perception but also, unfortunately, a […]

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10 Tips About Submitting Your Résumé

The adage “What you don’t know won’t hurt you” is very misleading, especially for people in transition or otherwise contemplating a career change. Not only is the contention untrue, but also it in fact hinders the ability to get what you want. Furthermore, it conveys a false sense of positive feeling. For example, those in […]

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Are Telephone Landlines Obsolete?

CBS News recently published a story about a U.S. government study on May 4, 2017 reported that 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cell phone service in the latter half of 2016. It is the first time such households had the majority in the survey. And, more than 39 percent of U.S. households have both landline and cell phone service. So, what’s going to happen to yesterday’s telecommunications technology?

The main difference between a landline and cell phone is the way they complete calls. A landline has a wired connection that connects it to the telecommunications network and uses wire telephone lines to transmit calls. Cell phones use radio waves to transmit calls. You have unlimited mobility because you are not connected to a wire. However, you have to be able to connect to your provider’s network. If you are in an area where your provider has spotty or no coverage, you may be susceptible to dropped calls or no service.
One of the proponents of getting away from the copper wire landline network is actually AT&T. Their current landline infrastructure has served us all well for about 100 years. But, it is aging, becoming expensive to maintain and no longer meets the communication needs of their customers. For people and businesses that still have a need for a landline service, internet-based telephone (VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol) service provides a faster and higher-quality service than traditional landlines.
Young people have been the first to totally cut the landline because cell phones are so much more practical when moving frequently. They take their cell phone from home to a college dorm to an off-campus apartment to their first home away from their parents, all within a period of about four years. A smartphone is also the smart choice for frequent travelers who are rarely home long enough to answer a landline.
Think about the last time you answered a call from your landline phone. It might have been some time ago. And it was likely either a wrong number or a sales call. There might be the occasional reason when you require the landline. For example, you may need to use one to call and find your misplaced cell phone. Also, some calls can be more expensive if made on a cell phone. With the cell phone becoming the main tool for communication, we no longer have a strong need for the traditional landline.
While a landline is the best calling option when you have an emergency at home, emergencies can happen anywhere. If you experience an emergency when you are not at home, you can quickly and easily contact the authorities for help with a cell phone.
So, should you cut the cord and get rid of your landline? The answer is… it depends on you and your family’s needs. Do you have young children in the house that don’t have cell phones but need a way to communicate? Do you need to use a phone more when you are not near a landline? Are you confident that your mobile phone is enough in an emergency situation?
If your cell phone is going to be your only phone, make sure you have a device that’s reliable, has a long battery life and has excellent sound quality. Invest in an extra battery to make sure that your phone never goes dead. In addition, have a mobile charger for your car, which you can also use to charge and power your cell phone should your home power go out.
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Conference Call Security Tips

Those of us whose job involves a lot of travelling, work with remote clients or work in an organization with many remote staff, know that conference calling is very beneficial. One issue which doesn’t appear to have caught up with the growth of this practice is the establishment of its security to prevent unauthorized access to a conference, and the ability to host calls. So, here are a few things to keep in mind regarding the security of your conference calls.

Do not Share your Chairperson’s Pass Code with Others

Only distribute the participant’s pass code to the conference call participants. The chairperson’s pass code is only for use by the chairperson. So, keep that secure.
If you are the Chairperson, Always use your Chairperson’s Pass Code

Always use your chairperson pass code when dialing into a conference where you are the chairperson. It gives you access to some additional commands that enable you to control and manage your conference.
Take Attendance

The obvious need to take attendance is to ensure all required participants have joined the conference. From a security perspective, taking attendance ensures you are aware if there are any unwanted participants in the conference.
Monitor the Number of Lines
Some conference call services allow you to manage calls via the service’s website. If there is a discrepancy between the number of lines in the conference and the roll call, you can remove unwanted callers via the service’s website.
Lock Your Conference
Some conference call services allow you to lock the conference call once all participants enter.  This feature is valuable when you do not want additional participants to join your call after it has begun.
End the Conference
Use the “end the conference” feature to ensure that your conference ends when you hang up. That will prevent anyone lingering on the conference, and will prevent anyone from using the meeting for their own conference after yours has ended.
Change Your Participant Pass Code
If you do not regularly change the participant pass code, it is possible for someone who was invited to a prior conference to join future conferences. Changing your participant pass code will prevent unwanted participants from joining future conferences.

Limit Recurring Meetings
If you host recurring meetings, anyone with those meeting details and knowledge of the time of the meeting will be able to join even if they are no longer supposed to be involved.

Don’t Schedule Back-to-Back Conferences
If you schedule two separate back-to-back conferences with two separate groups of people, and you use the same participant pass code for both, it would very easy for participants from the first call to stay on the line for the second call, or for participants from the second call to join in early. Keep your conference calls separated by about 30 minutes to limit unwanted conference attendees.
Don’t set “Start Without Host”
Disabling this feature will prevent participants from talking to each other before the chairperson joins the conference. In the end, it will prevent people with the participant pass code from trying to use the conference service for their own conferences, and without the need of having a chairperson.

Change Your Chairperson’s Pass Code
Check your call log on the service’s website to make sure that no unplanned conferences have occurred. If you see any unplanned conferences, or feel that your chairperson’s pass code has been compromised in any way, immediately change your chairperson’s pass code.
Thank you to my long-time friend Andy Hladek, IT Director at Princeton Information, for suggesting this terrific topic and contributing to the creation of this post.

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How to Make the First Impression in an Interview

“Nobody impresses me for the first sixty days on the job.” This was a saying that all of those working with me in the corporate world would hear me say over and over. I wanted to express that there’s a difference between the impression a job seeker leaves initially—even as early as during the interview—and […]

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When to Not Use Social Media

Social media for your business or profession is no longer optional. When you have a presence on social media, you make it easier for your clients & prospects to find and connect with you. By connecting with your clients on social media, you’re more likely to increase customer retention and brand loyalty. However, there are some times when using social media to communicate is not appropriate. Let’s discuss some of those occasions in this post…

Having Sites Where You are Not Active
Having social media sites where you are not active can be viewed more negatively than not having a social media presence. Without a social media presence, you may not easily be found online. Or, you may not effectively promote your products and services to your clients. However, clients finding inactive sites may decide that you are not effective at doing your job. Or, you do not complete what you have started.

If you are new to social media, start using social media slowly. Start with 1 social media site. Only add a new social media site when you are comfortable with your ability to effectively use that site. 

Only Use Sites That Add Value for You
Be active only on the social media sites where your clients and competitors have a presence. 
Developing a presence where your clients are is quite obvious. It gives you the opportunity to increase your social media marketing effectiveness, and maximize your return for the time you participate on social media to  promote your service offerings to clients.
Developing a presence where your competitors may seem less obvious. However, it is equally important. Your prospects are searching for the information and services they need. It’s the same information and services that your competition offers. If you want clients and prospects to find you, you need to be where they are searching. Not convinced? Drive down any street to look for a fast-food restaurant. You’ll find several within a few blocks. The fast-food restaurants already figured out that you will likely not make your dining selection until you see the available restaurants in front of you.
When it’s Better to Engage with People 1-on-1
Online interactions do not replace personal interactions. Social media can thrust you into a wider audience. But interacting directly with your clients and prospects once a connection is made will create a stronger bond than with social media alone. Your clients will learn more about you, your service offerings and value proposition via direct conversations. They will begin to trust you which will increase the opportunity to convert that conversation into a sales transaction.

Use Social Media For Business or Personally, not Both
If your primary driver for using social media is for business, then don’t (or at least minimally) use it personally. Social media is a very public platform. You may be posting comments or opinions just to friends and family. However, social media does not have such limits. It’s likely your commentary will be found by your customers. It your posts and views do not align with your business or clients (e.g your political or social views), it will be perceived negatively by your clients.
When Going Through a Legal Issue (business or personal)
When you are going through any legal issue, either personally or in business, it’s very likely that your opponent will gather all available information about you that can help them make their case. While we think that means negative information, positive information you post can be dangerous for your case as well:
  • Venting about the issue in progress can have a damaging effect during the negotiation. You may be using social media to vent frustration, complain about the progress of the case or negotiation, or you may be posting negative information about your opponent. When you opponent finds this negative information, they may likely use it against you.
  • Showing off your successes can have a negative impact as well. Posting pictures of your new expensive car, discussing the nice vacation from which you just returned, or informing your reader that you inherited money can impact a case where you want to limit an expenditure. As an example, if you are being sued for a large amount of money, you may make it harder to defend the amount in the suit if you boasted about the expensive car you just bought.
Social media is a wonderful tool for networking and marketing. However, even social media has a risky side, with its use or the information found sometimes having a negative impact. Therefore, use social media wisely.

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The Secret Behind an Excellent Interview

What is the secret behind an excellent interview?  Be brief. Now that the secret is revealed, I will support my tenet with a few facts. Actually, you can do what I did: I watched some television with a stopwatch to see how long an answer people provide for a question. As samples, I used, among […]

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The Biggest Change in Hiring

Unpredictability and uncertainty in the business world shorten employment tenure. There are several reasons for this: The fast-paced and ever-changing evolution of technology is generating competitive pressures. Consumer tastes are changing and demanding new products and services. And world events are destabilizers; revolutions, wars, floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis, and reactor meltdowns are examples. Employers find […]

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