COMBINED DINNER MTG – TUESDAY, Sept 23rd
Recruiter Night Out
Raffle Donated by Razzino Associates, INC.
On Tuesday evening, September 23rd, MIS Network Associates (MNA), IT-Networking, the ETP Network, TENG, The Breakfast Club of NJ, Monmouth Networking, and Careers In Transition (CIT) will host a combined Recruiter Night Out dinner meeting for members, alumni, friends, and guests at The Holiday Inn in Totowa, NJ. The Recruiter Night Out will include a dialogue with a panel of five recruiters from the venues listed below responding to pre-published questions and ad hoc inquiries from the dinner meeting attendees:
- Consulting: Sam Velu - Amzur
- Contingency: Steve Pincus - TTI
- Corporate: Judy Onystok - QPharma
- Consulting: Beth Firgau - Hepco
- Contingency: Laurie J. Murphy - PeopleAreKey
The panel will be moderated by Mike Szot, Global Acct Relationship Director, KPMG.
Mike brings almost three decades of experience providing IT advisory and business services to the life sciences industry. He has developed and led successful technology services organizations throughout his career. Prior to joining KPMG, Michael was the co-founder of a successful information technology advisory services firm that he managed for over 25 years. His firm specialized in providing information technology consulting and systems integration services to clients across the life sciences industry and employed over 150 professionals.
Michael is responsible for directing KPMG's global relationships within the Life Sciences industry with specific concentration in areas such as:
• Tax & Accounting services
• Information Technology services
• Business Effectiveness
• Transaction services
• Governance, Risk & Compliance services
• Forensic services
Mike is on the Board of Trustees for the Cancer Support Community (CSC). CSC's mission to change the lives of people effected by cancer. They provide at no charge to any individual, professional support focused on reducing the emotional and social burden of the disease. There are no limits on access to their programs, it is based on need. CSC partners with major hospitals, cancer centers and oncology physician practices. CSC also maintains a Professional Advisory Board comprised of oncology professionals throughout Central NJ.
Mike serves as the Past-President of The NJ SIM Foundation which supports the needs of not-for-profit organizations throughout the state of New Jersey. Michael is also a Board Member of the NJ Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM). For more than 20 years, the SIM New Jersey Chapter with over 325 members, has been the organization of choice for IT executives in the New Jersey metropolitan area.
Unedited questions for the panel are included below. These questions are subject to editing until Friday, September 19th, when the final list will be published electronically to the previous recipients. Please return your comments on the questions to John Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. The final questions will be available in hard copy at the registration desk the evening of the dinner meeting on September 23rd. Again, ad hoc questions will be accepted by the Moderator during the discussion with the panelists and Mike Szot may have a few questions for the panelists himself.
The schedule for the dinner meeting on September 23rd will be:
- 6:00 to 6:45 pm – Registration, "speed dating", and cash bar
- 6:45 to 7:15 pm - Introductions
- 7:15 pm - Buffet Dinner
- 8:00 pm - Panel discussion moderated by Mike Szot
- 9:30 Approx - Raffle – You Must Be There To Win
The informal groups are so helpful in networking that we will do the "speed dating" on the 23rd before we sit down for dinner and the general introductions. Briefly, these informal "dates" consist of up to 4 people and last for 5 to 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, the groups break up and new ones are formed with different participants. Suggested dialogues for your "speed dating" encounters will be provided at the registration desk in case you are at a loss for what to say during these conversations.
There will be an opportunity to circulate up to 50 copies of your resume, personal bio, leads, or other appropriate material in a handout for each participant from the dinner.
The cost will be $45 for everyone if forwarded by mail or other to John Sampson by COB Monday, September 22nd at 2 Blackfoot Cir, Wayne NJ 07470. Checks should be made out to John Sampson who can be reached by phone at 973-248-3251 or via email at email@example.com. Reservations can also be made by contacting Lizanne Fiorentino at firstname.lastname@example.org but checks must be sent directly to John.
An initial list of attendees will be emailed to all the RSVPs, members of MNA, the ETP Network, TENG, The Breakfast Club of NJ, Monmouth Ntwkg, IT-Net, CIT, and other interested parties the weekend of September 19th/20th for initial review and correction. The RSVP list will facilitate networking at the September 23rd meeting and can be used to communicate with attendees in advance or after the dinner meeting. For those attendees who are working, current work affiliation, email address, three previous companies you've worked for/consulted at, professional job interest or position availability must be included in your RSVP.
For those attendees who are in transition your previous company, three target companies should be included in your RSVP as well as the type of position you seek.
A "final" numbered RSVP list of attendees will be available along with the pre-published questions and an ID badge at the registration desk on the 23rd. Your number on the final RSVP list should be part of your introduction: "I'm number x on the RSVP list …". All attendees should have their sharp, crisp, 30 second elevator speech at the ready. Too many "ahs, dees and doeses" will be cut off unceremoniously. Remember, you and your introduction will be between the rest of the attendees and dinner!
A final RSVP list of the actual attendees will be emailed to everyone who participated by September 28th.
We will accept a LIMITED number of walk-ins on the 23rd. Anyone who attends on the 23rd and whose check has not been received by COB on the 22nd will be charged $60 WITHOUT EXCEPTION. There will be NO refunds and no shows WILL be billed.
Again, bring 50 copies of your bio/resume, leads, or materials you wish to be included in the handout the evening of September23rd.
Directions to the Holiday Inn at One Rt 46 Westbound in Totowa can be found at www.holiday-inn.com/totowanj.
Dues are due for MNA Members.
If you would like to help out at the meeting on the 23rd, volunteer to be a "Meeting Marshall". Call John Sampson at 973-248-3251 for details. We may be able to use your help!!!
Please join us for what always is a well attended evening of lively discussion, expert opinion, great networking opportunities, and a chance to just catch up.
Draft Questions for Recruiters Night Out 9/23/14 (Pls edit these questions appropriately and return the results to John Sampson)
1. What is your perception of the current job market in general such as demand for IT, HR, Fin Svcs, and Eng skills for both contract and permanent senior positions?
2. Are there any key industries to target?
a. Growth industries?
b. specific companies?
3. Do you see or anticipate any impact on hiring – in financial services or other - as a result of the slow market improvement we are experiencing?
4. What are the top issues or problems that your clients are trying to solve?
a. most sought after skills?
5. When a client specifies "hands on"
a. do you ask for a clarification / definition?
b. what is your interpretation?
6. What is your/your client's policy regarding references and Social Security numbers up front? Are they required, what should a candidate do when asked for them?
7. What makes a resume click with you? Can you relate any examples?
8. What can a person do to differentiate themselves?
9. How important is networking in getting a new position?
10. How and how often should candidates stay in touch with you?
11. Do you use LinkedIn as part of your search process in looking for candidates? How often do pictures and a complete profile figure your evaluation of candidates?
12. Considering the audience tonight, and the current status of the market as you see it is there a final piece of advice you would like to offer them about dealing with Recruiters like yourselves?