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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, www.resume-magic.com),
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,"
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?"
Tony Lee, editor in chief and general manager of a Dow
Jones-owned career site, focuses on the job search needs of executives
at (www.careerjournal.com). It offers refined job-search
sophisticated editorial features, and deep salary data (U.S. 1, July
"With so many job boards to choose from, executive candidates
often spend more time locating the right sites than exploring new
opportunities. Careerjournal.com expedites the search for the busy
executive," he says. A separate site for college students entering
the workforce (college.wsj.com) is also available.
Unlike many sites, careerjournal.com 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 careerjournal.com 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.
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
Brunswick 08903. Dorna Silverman, chair. 732-745-5300; fax,
Client service and professional organization, monthly meetings and
job bulletin, annual job fair, extension 4201.
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.
08540. 609-924-2277; fax, 609-924-9140. E-mail:
Home page: www.trinityprinceton.org. Instruction, networking,
and support group for people changing jobs or careers, free, Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m.
fax, 732-937-4546. State-run group to help the professionals find
Brunswick 08816. Murray Meiseles, treasurer. 609-655-3804; fax,
E-mail: email@example.com. Incorporated non-profit self-help
association of professionals, quarterly meetings at East Brunswick
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:
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.
are looking for. Compare where your skills match up. What do you have
that could differentiate you? Where do you need to improve your
to showcase competencies that companies are looking for.
because employer referral programs are one of the most popular
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.
Chapter , 84 Park Avenue, c/o Spina Bifida Association, Flemington
08822. 908-782-7475; fax, 908-782-6102.
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.
c/o Sandra Carson, Box 400, Princeton 08543. Mary Jo Donovan,
732-274-5342; fax, 732-274-5495. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Www.geocities.com/cjcawis. Encouragement and an
forum for women in, or considering careers in, science and technology.
3131 Princeton Pike, Building 2A, Lawrenceville 08648. Linda Cohen,
director. 609-219-0555; fax, 609-219-9040. E-mail:
08536. Tammie Williams and Marj Stivers, co directors. 908-281-9234;
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.
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
8093, Bridgewater 08807. Ann Estes, chapter president. 732-828-4653;
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.
Red Bank 07701. Gerri Hopkins, executive director. 732-842-5070; fax,
full-time professionals in commercial real estate and related fields.
Monthly meetings usually on Thursday.
c/o Maloy Insurance, Princeton 08540. Diane M. DiDonato, president.
609-924-4226; fax, 609-924-5086. E-mail: email@example.com.
Home page: www.community.nj.com/cc/iwmc. Open to women and men,
meetings at the Hamilton Elks Lodge on first Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.,
September to June, $20.
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.
26 Nichol Avenue, 213 Davison Hall, New Brunswick 08901. Margaret
Varma, director. 732-932-6521; fax, 732-932-6522.
Oak Boulevard, New Brunswick 08902. 732-846-5220; fax, 732-297-5448.
Meetings on third Tuesdays at McAteers, 732-257-6017.
Street, Bound Brook 08805. Donna Myers, president. 732-560-9607; fax,
Box 5443, Trenton 08638. Arlene Schragger, president. 609-924-7975;
chapter , 8 Outlook Lane, Freehold 07728. Hilary Binder-Klein,
732-308-3442; fax. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home page:
Second Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Towers, call Carol
08543. Maria (Charo) Juega, co-president. 732-843-7484; fax,
E-mail: email@example.com. Meetings generally on third Mondays, 6 p.m.,
at Tre Piani, $25.
08540. Diane Essex, president. 609-497-2100; fax. E-mail:
Home page: www.wycaprinceton.org. Meetings on second Fridays
at 11:45 a.m. at the Princeton YWCA.
Princeton 08543. 609-683-1023; fax. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apt. 123, Mercerville 08619. Lorraine Rose, president. 609-586-8187;
fax, 908-281-7745. E-mail: MotherCute4@home.com. Professional and
business women working worldwide to promote causes that benefit women,
children, and society.
20th Street, Kenilworth 07033. Rose Marie Weaver, president.
fax. E-mail: email@example.com.
08638. Judy Feldman. 609-895-5775; fax, 609-896-5366. E-mail:
Education and support for women fundraising professionals, annual
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