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COMBINED DINNER MEETING
The job market is ready to rebound. Are you?
On Monday evening, November 2nd, there will be a combined dinner meeting for current members, alumni, and guests of IT-Networking, MIS Network Associates (MNA), Monmouth Networking, Bergen FENG, The Breakfast Club NJ (TBCNJ),
The dinner meeting will include a presentation by Eli Amdur on "The job market is ready to rebound. Are you?".
Eli is a Career Coach, Weekly Career Columnist for The Record where he writes a column every Sunday on career related issues, Adjunct Professor,
ü Overview of the market
ü The rules have changed – forever
ü Your first change: ATTITUDE
ü Job readiness checklist
ü Becoming a "five-tool" player
ü How to be a "Career A.P.E." (Assess / Plan / Execute)
ü Leaving your "passive job seeker" behind
The schedule for the dinner meeting on November 2nd will be:
Following our usual meeting format, after you have registered and added your resume, bio, etc. to the handout piles, everyone will participate in a series of informal networking groups of 3 to 5 participants i.e. "speed dating", before we sit down for dinner and the general introductions. Briefly, these informal groups last for approximately 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, the groups disperse, and new ones are formed with different participants. Suggested dialogues for the groupings will be provided at the registration desk.
There will be an opportunity to circulate up to 50 copies of your resume, personal bio, leads, or other appropriate material in a handout from the dinner.
The cost will be $30 for everyone if forwarded by mail or other to John Sampson by
An RSVP list of attendees will be created and can be used to facilitate your networking activity. Current or last work affiliation, email address, and membership organization should be included in your RSVP. If you are in transition, please include the names of three target companies and the kind of position(s) you are seeking. If you are currently employed, you should provide the name of your last three employers. The preliminary RSVP will be distributed to the recipients of the initial mailing of this announcement and to all those on the list the week end before the dinner meeting for editing and informational purposes. A "final" numbered RSVP list will be available at the registration desk on Monday the 2nd and can be used as part of your general introduction …"I'm # x on the RSVP list".
Since there will be walk-ins on the November 2nd, the actual final list will be emailed to the attendees as quickly as possible after the 2nd. The RSVP # will also appear on your name badge which will be available at the registration desk on the November 2nd.
The cost will be $45. if received after
Again, attendees should bring 50 copies of their bio/resume, leads or materials they wish to be included in the handout for the evening of November 2nd.
If you would like to help out at the meeting on the 2nd, volunteer to be a "Meeting Marshall". Call John Sampson at 973-248-3251 for details. We can use your help!!!
Directions to the Holiday Inn at One Rt. 46 Westbound in
Please join us for an evening of building your personal network, great networking opportunities, and/or a chance to just catch up.
Keep the human element in your job search.
By Eli Amdur
Reprinted by permission
Last week, after running a four-week series of articles on creativity and its role in your career, I received a nice note from Bill, who said, "I am not a regular reader of your columns; at nearly 80 I'm not hankering for a "career" but I've always been interested in creativity and read whatever I can find about it. I enjoyed your use of it for finding work. Creativity is one of the more important aspects of being human and we could use more of it."
What's nice about Bill's comment is that (a) I love getting advice and perspective from people who have been on this planet longer than I, and (b) he brings up an even more important point than I did: being human.
Now, we can go into the subject of being human on many levels, but one is imminent: staying in touch – on a personal and "in the flesh" way with those with whom you are doing your networking.
The importance of networking is pretty much understood by many people, but what's in question is the method(s) most people use. I'm talking about the social and professional networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and many others. These sites have huge power and multiple applications; they're true marvels, and I think that anyone who isn't using them wisely is missing a vital part of the networking function.
That said, though, there is one thing these sites are – and always will be – missing: the magic of the personal encounter – the human element. The problem many job seekers (or business people) have is that once they get on these sites, that's the extent of what they call networking. It's a mistake many people make today, and not just with networking. We have sacrificed face time; we have lost the skill of "high touch," as Daniel H. Pink describes it. And we need to get it back. Let me give you two cases in point.
A couple of weeks ago, I addressed a joint evening meeting of four professional networking groups: FENG, MENG, SENG, and TENG (the ENG stands for Executive Networking Group; and the first letters of each acronym stand for Financial, Marketing, Strategic, and Technical). My friend, Marty Latman (you might remember an article I did about four months ago in which I called him the best career networker I've ever met in my life), put these four groups together for the event.
I'm sure that every one of the 80-plus people in the room is on more than one social or professional networking site. OK, fine. But you should have seen the buzz in the room before and after my presentation. The room was alive with people shaking hands, introducing themselves, exchanging business cards, asking questions, making suggestions, giving advice, jotting down notes, spotting someone else across the room and heading over there to begin a new encounter, creating little mini-groups, and so on. They were "working the room" in a way that cannot be done on line.
In the fifteen brief minutes between the end of my talk and when I had to depart for a late dinner engagement, I must have shaken 40 hands and exchanged business cards with most of those people, one of whom is Monique de Maio, who runs MENG and is the founder and managing partner of onDemandCMO, a marketing consultancy in Bergen County, NJ. Within a couple of days, Monique and I were in touch and are now exploring mutual opportunities – real opportunities – for business. To me, that's networking at its best. It was done in person, not online. Human to human.
My other story is about Lindsey Greene Barrett, whom I know since she registered for my MBA class at FDU in 2004. Aside from developing an ongoing friendship, we are now colleagues; she is adjunct professor of a cool course at FDU called Women as Entrepreneurs. Lindsey also has her own business called Women Throughout Time, which researches and creates presentations, seminars and workshops about current and historic women's topics.
Last week at FDU, Lindsey organized and moderated a panel of five incredibly interesting and immensely successful women from the worlds of publishing, international business, politics, marketing, and technology. To try to capture the essence and the dynamics of these women in one column like this would be futile. Suffice to say, it was high level, edifying, and inspiring.
But that's not the point. One of Lindsey's questions to these women was about the use of technology in their careers, and what came through was crystal clear. They all agreed that technology is something to be leveraged, and – as such – it is a tool. They all use these tools, but without a doubt, these women didn't get to where they were by sitting behind a computer all day.
And that became all the more evident as the interaction between the panelists and the eager and appreciative audience exploded into a dynamic meet-and-greet afterwards. More handshaking, more business cards, more questions and discussions, more referrals, some resumes getting passed around, the whole nine yards. Instant networking groups swirled around each of the panelists. That, too, is networking at its best. Very human.
Which brings us back to Bill, who apparently never has lost sight of being human, with all its aspects, and whose brief email comment actually was affirmation of some very good advice about being – and remembering to stay – human.
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|Vice President, Information Services and Technology|
Affinity Health Plan, an independent, growing, not-for-profit managed care
company designed specifically to serve the needs of low-income New Yorkers,
seeks a Vice President, Information Services and Technology. As a member of
the Executive Staff, you will share responsibility for, and contribute to
policy formulation, strategic direction, priority-setting, decision making,
achievement of corporate goals, and overall leadership of the organization.
You will support business objectives by developing technology solutions with
defined ROI's, and metrics that genuinely measure progress toward their
implementation. In addition, you will support ongoing business operations by
assuring that the company's strategic and business information needs are
effectively and efficiently supported by voice, data and information
Technology leadership is an integral part of Affinity's ongoing success. You
will help to ensure this by:
· incorporating a comprehensive understanding of the organization' s
strategic vision, and core business, governing and enabling processes into
· developing an information technology strategic plan that is aligned
with…and appropriate to…the scope, scale and priorities of the organization'
s strategic vision;
· working with business "owners" to define and articulate the
information and data processing capabilities needed for strategic and
business planning, execution and performance measurement;
· contributing to sound decisions on the selection of tools,
technologies and vendors;
· assuring a customer service work ethic within the Division of
Information Services and Technology, holding staff accountable for
fulfilling service level agreements and expectations;
· promoting effective interdepartmental and interdivisional planning,
analysis, and functioning;
· assuring cost-beneficial investments in organizational tools and
technologies, including the cost and value of staff, consultants and
temporary personnel; and
· increasing management and leadership depth by mentoring and
When used properly, information can support growth and position a company
ahead of the competition. To help accomplish these objectives, you will
effectively and efficiently direct the planning, development, and effective
· a data warehouse to serve the organization' s information needs;
· software applications that satisfy the organization' s information
and processing needs, and interface effectively with external organizations;
· data and voice processing systems, office automation applications
and new technologies that elevate the company's operating capabilities;
· reporting systems and tools that fulfill the organization' s
business and analytical needs; and
· hardware solutions that provide an appropriate platform for the
organization' s information and processing needs.
Additionally, you will develop, implement and maintain written policies and
procedures within the Division that maximize productivity, fulfill quality
and documentation standards, and comply with all applicable laws, rules and
regulations. Other responsibilities include timely preparation of operating
and capital budgets, optimal use of resources to achieve organizational
goals, and the development and maintenance of constructive, mutually
beneficial relationships that promote the Affinity goal of being the "health
plan of choice" for providers, consumers and purchasers.
To be considered for this position, you must have a minimum of a BA/BS
degree with at least fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience
in organizations of comparable, or greater, size and complexity. A Masters
degree with at least twelve (12) years of relevant experience is preferred.
Your relevant professional experience shall include a minimum of ten (10)
years in business leadership positions, including demonstrated ability to
work with others in defining and articulating information and analytical
needs, and aligning such needs with appropriate technology solutions.
Knowledge of managed care organizations, processes and operations, including
the interconnectivity of diverse and complex functions, and the role of
information and technology in supporting strategic, operational, management
and analytical needs is also required for this position. You must also be
able to use sound judgment and demonstrated skill in seeking and using
information to support decision-making, anticipating the consequences of
decisions and actions, communicating information, interacting constructively
with others both within and outside the organization, maintaining
confidentiality, as appropriate, and choosing actions that are beneficial
to, and consistent with, the mission, goals, culture and style of the
organization. Knowledge and experience with systems used by Affinity
(especially Trizetto Facets) is definitely preferred.
If you meet or exceed these qualifications and are interested in this
position, please respond by sending an email with your resume to
Sept 29th - Tues - Reg Mtg 6 pm - Carnevale Center 10 Lenox Ave Pompton Lakes 07442 Rm 009 - bring 20 copies of resume
Nov 2nd - MONDAY - Dinner Mtg - Eli Amdur - The Job Mkt Is Ready to Rebound. Are You?