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For Job Hunters

Job Development Groups

Job Hunting Tips

Women’s Networks

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2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

21st Century Career Plans

Too many options can be overwhelming, says Susan


a nationally certified career counselor. "At the turn of the


the main occupational field in this country was farming, so it didn’t

matter what your skills were," she says. "Now we have a


of options, which makes it even more difficult. I find clients feel

overwhelmed — they have so many different ways that they can go

that it’s hard for them to narrow it down."

Along with her husband, Jack, she runs Susan Guarneri Associates at

1101 Lawrenceville Road (609-771-1669,,


job search strategies, resume writing assistance, and human resources

development. They also run free Job Club meetings on first Mondays

at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on at 50 Cherry Hill Road


Whatever their profession, says Guarneri, people need to have a good

balance of hard skills (technical) and soft skills (communication).

"Don’t ignore the high-tech world and say `I’ve worked for 20

years and I’m not going to touch a computer. Change is upon us. I

don’t care who you are and what your occupation is, computers are

going to be the driving force."

Conversely, you need to be "high-touch" as well as high-tech.

Guarneri. "While many people recognize that they need to go back

to school for computer skills, they’re not doing anything to update

their soft skills — communications and interpersonal skills,"

says Guarneri.

Although the basics to planning a career remain the same, "knowing

yourself, knowing your interests, and knowing your skills," says

Guarneri, the linchpin to getting hired in today’s economy is having

problem-solving skills. "Having the big picture ability to see

up-and-coming market trends before your competitors do is critical

to success," she says. "It’s not solving a problem after the

fact — it’s solving the problem ahead of the wave. It’s not


but proactive. With the pace of change, by the time that problem is

on you, it’s past you."

Likewise, people should be forward thinking with their careers, which

means updating a resume every six months or even more often. As


likes to say, "If a good opportunity came knocking, would your

resume be ready?"

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From Dow Jones:

Tony Lee, editor in chief and general manager of a Dow

Jones-owned career site, focuses on the job search needs of executives

at ( It offers refined job-search


sophisticated editorial features, and deep salary data (U.S. 1, July

7, 2000).

"With so many job boards to choose from, executive candidates

often spend more time locating the right sites than exploring new

opportunities. expedites the search for the busy

executive," he says. A separate site for college students entering

the workforce ( is also available.

Unlike many sites, aims to attract passive executive

candidates — those not looking for jobs — everyone from CEOs

to general managers, the ones targeted by head hunting firms. One

feature is a list of executive search firms in any particular


downloadable for a charge of $1 per contact name.

"Visitors say they come to to read our exclusive

content on career-management strategies, trends and news affecting

their industry, which means they’re not actively job hunting,"

says Lee. "Yet, the majority also search our JobSeek database

or create a personal JobSeek Agent to be notified by E-mail when


jobs are posted, so they’re savvy and interested if the right



New, more intuitive search refinements let job hunters bore into the

database by job description, job title, industry, function, company,

city, state and country. Jobseekers can rank their job matches by

relevancy to their needs or by date.

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For Job Hunters

Some companies offer extended job search services from

an outplacement agency to their downsized employees. Some do not.

If you are conducting your job search without the armor of expert

advice, you can sign up for free three-day workshops sponsored by

the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County.

People in managerial, technical, or professional fields can attend

these workshops taught by specialists from the New Jersey Department

of Labor at the JFCS conference wing, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 102.

Topics include self-assessment and skill development, targeting a

job search, job search tools and strategies, managing job less stress,

and resume and interview skills. The program is open to the public

and is free (thanks to a grant from the United Way of Greater Mercer

County) but preregistration is required. The January class is Monday,

Tuesday, and Friday, January 22, 23, and 26, but classes are held

throughout the year. To register call Rachel Weitzenkorn at


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Job Development Groups

Central Jersey Job Developers Association , Box 533, New

Brunswick 08903. Dorna Silverman, chair. 732-745-5300; fax,


Client service and professional organization, monthly meetings and

job bulletin, annual job fair, extension 4201.

The Job Club , 50 c/o Princeton Unitarian Church, Cherry

Hill Road, Princeton 08540. Susan and Jack Guarneri NCCC,


NCCC. 609-771-1669; fax, 609-637-0449. E-mail:

Seminars on first Mondays at 7:30 p.m. for those seeking information

on careers and jobs, free, open to the public, co-led by National

Certified Career Counselors.

Jobseekers , 33 Mercer Street, c/o Trinity Church,


08540. 609-924-2277; fax, 609-924-9140. E-mail:


Home page: Instruction, networking,

and support group for people changing jobs or careers, free, Tuesdays

at 7:30 p.m.

Professional Service Group , New Brunswick 08901.


fax, 732-937-4546. State-run group to help the professionals find


Professional Service Alumni Association , Box 941, East

Brunswick 08816. Murray Meiseles, treasurer. 609-655-3804; fax,


E-mail: Incorporated non-profit self-help

association of professionals, quarterly meetings at East Brunswick


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Job Hunting Tips

If you are looking for a job, says Diana Krajewski of

Technoforce LLC, the first thing to do is attend professional


meetings in the area of your expertise (U.S. 1, July 12, 2000). If

you want to work for a startup, go to a venture association meeting,

like the Venture Association of New Jersey or the New Jersey


Association. Or target meetings of the New Jersey Technology Council,

or any showcases that highlight the incubator companies.

Everyone at a networking meeting usually gets the chance to introduce

themselves, however briefly, and if you are hunting for a job, you

can say so. Other tips to jobseekers:

Register on time for the networking meetings so your contact

information is included in any handouts. Venture groups issue a

list of registrants, by number, and a booklet of the sponsors.


people introduce themselves, they refer to their number. You can


the information and get back to them at a later date," she says.

Do an electronic job search to find out what the companies

are looking for. Compare where your skills match up. What do you have

that could differentiate you? Where do you need to improve your


Go for additional training or refurbish your portfolio

to showcase competencies that companies are looking for.

Let friends and neighbors know you are looking for a job ,

because employer referral programs are one of the most popular


methods now.

When you do your due diligence on a company with a job offer,

understand what your personal values are and how they mesh with those

of the corporation. "In everything you need to include integrity

and social responsibility," says Krajewski.

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Women’s Networks

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Hunterdon

Chapter , 84 Park Avenue, c/o Spina Bifida Association, Flemington

08822. 908-782-7475; fax, 908-782-6102.

American Association of University Women , 710 Prospect

Avenue, Princeton 08540. Mary Giordmaine, president. 609-921-7458;

fax, 609-258-2158. Princeton chapter, meetings 2nd Tuesday of month,

7:30-9 p.m. at Stark & Stark, Lenox Drive.

Association for Women in Science, Central Jersey Chapter ,

c/o Sandra Carson, Box 400, Princeton 08543. Mary Jo Donovan,


732-274-5342; fax, 732-274-5495. E-mail: Encouragement and an


forum for women in, or considering careers in, science and technology.

Business and Professional Women of the United Jewish

Federation ,

3131 Princeton Pike, Building 2A, Lawrenceville 08648. Linda Cohen,

director. 609-219-0555; fax, 609-219-9040. E-mail:

Central Jersey Women’s Network Inc. , Box 222, Plainsboro

08536. Tammie Williams and Marj Stivers, co directors. 908-281-9234;

fax, 609-799-1874. E-mail:

Networking events and programs for women in business, member of the

National Association for Female Executives, meetings at Holiday Inn

in Princeton and Cherry Hill.

Executive Women of New Jersey , Box 42, Little Falls 07424.

Marguerite Schaffer, president 2000 & 2001. 973-812-7272; fax,


Monthly forum for senior level executive members for sharing


and business experiences, biennial dinner for graduate scholarship


Executive Women’s Golf League of Central New Jersey , Box

8093, Bridgewater 08807. Ann Estes, chapter president. 732-828-4653;

fax, 732-549-2513.

Hightstown East Windsor Business and Professional Women ,

59 Cypress Drive, East Windsor 08520. Marcia Duhart, president.


fax, 609-426-4772. Dinner meetings on second Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m.,

at Coach and Four, $17.50 includes meal, networking and program.

Industrial/Commercial Real Estate Women , 244 Broad Street,

Red Bank 07701. Gerri Hopkins, executive director. 732-842-5070; fax,

732-219-1938. E-mail: For

full-time professionals in commercial real estate and related fields.

Monthly meetings usually on Thursday.

Insurance Women of Mercer County , 100 Village Boulevard,

c/o Maloy Insurance, Princeton 08540. Diane M. DiDonato, president.

609-924-4226; fax, 609-924-5086. E-mail:

Home page: Open to women and men,

meetings at the Hamilton Elks Lodge on first Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.,

September to June, $20.

Junior League of Greater Princeton , 27 Federal City Road,

Trenton 08638. Beth Franz, president. 609-771-0525; fax, 609-406-9255.

Www.jlgp. Educational and charitable women’s organization


to voluntarism, developing potential, improving communities through

effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Leadership Institute for Women of Asia & the Pacific

Islands ,

26 Nichol Avenue, 213 Davison Hall, New Brunswick 08901. Margaret

Varma, director. 732-932-6521; fax, 732-932-6522.

New Brunswick Business and Professional Women , 4502 North

Oak Boulevard, New Brunswick 08902. 732-846-5220; fax, 732-297-5448.

Meetings on third Tuesdays at McAteers, 732-257-6017.

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners , 225


Street, Bound Brook 08805. Donna Myers, president. 732-560-9607; fax,

732-560-9687. E-mail:

State organization.

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Mercer

chapter ,

Box 5443, Trenton 08638. Arlene Schragger, president. 609-924-7975;

fax, 609-771-4390.

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Middlesex

chapter , 8 Outlook Lane, Freehold 07728. Hilary Binder-Klein,


732-308-3442; fax. E-mail: Home page:

Second Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Towers, call Carol

Wright, 732-238-8408.

Princeton Business and Professional Women , Box 8267,


08543. Maria (Charo) Juega, co-president. 732-843-7484; fax,


E-mail: Meetings generally on third Mondays, 6 p.m.,

at Tre Piani, $25.

Princeton Newcomers Club , YWCA, Paul Robeson Place,


08540. Diane Essex, president. 609-497-2100; fax. E-mail:

Home page: Meetings on second Fridays

at 11:45 a.m. at the Princeton YWCA.

Society of Women Environmental Professionals , Box 5218,

Princeton 08543. 609-683-1023; fax. E-mail:

Bimonthly meetings.

Soroptimist International of Princeton , 734 Estates


Apt. 123, Mercerville 08619. Lorraine Rose, president. 609-586-8187;

fax, 908-281-7745. E-mail: Professional and

business women working worldwide to promote causes that benefit women,

children, and society.

Trenton Business and Professional Women Inc. , 47 North

20th Street, Kenilworth 07033. Rose Marie Weaver, president.


fax. E-mail:

Women in Development of Mercer County , Box 55482, Trenton

08638. Judy Feldman. 609-895-5775; fax, 609-896-5366. E-mail:

Education and support for women fundraising professionals, annual

dues $25.

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