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  1. Virtual Job and Career Workshop Bootcamp Part II

    April 29, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Online

    “Job Search Boot Camp, Version 8.0” Jan Melnik A comprehensive, three-part program to whip your job search into shape! (push-ups not required) Starting Thursday morning, April 22, 2021 — 1000-1200 hrs. (10:00 am-12:00 noon) re you ready to whip your resume into shape? Want to learn how social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn can give you the boost you need to score that interview? Want to know the five “must do” things after every interview? Curious to know where Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) intersect with the job-search process? Please join us for Russell Library’s Eighth Annual Spring (Thursday morning this year) Job Search Boot Camp, Version 8.0, featuring Jan Melnik, job search strategist and certified resume writer. Jan will present a series of 3 morning workshops for all job seekers designed to revamp all aspects of your job search and bring you up to speed to land that job. Virtual WORKSHOP 2 – Thursday, 29 April 2021 “Networking & Social Media: Leveraging LinkedIn” Virtual WORKSHOP 3 – Thursday, 6 May 2021 “The Game Plan: Insiders' Tips for Effective Job Search & Interviewing” The Russell Library Career Program is funded in part by a City of Middletown Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Liberty Bank Foundation, and the Family of Thomas J. Regan. Job Search Boot Camp 8.0 Thursday, April 29, 2021 ... 10-12 noon Workshop 2: Networking & Social Media: Leveraging LinkedIn Why is social media today's top tool for networking in job search? What are the best strategies for using the constantly changing (and, sometimes, frustrating) LinkedIn? What about Instagram? And how can Facebook be valuable? What are some of the social media pitfalls to avoid? In part two of the Job Search Boot Camp 8.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; will demonstrate how to optimize your use of social media and show why every job seeker can improve their success by properly using social media's power in job-search networking efforts. Thursday, May 6, 2020 ... 10-12 noon Workshop 3: The Game Plan: Insiders' Tips for Effective Job Search & Interviewing What's the best way to find a job today and avoid the 'black hole' of endlessly submitting resumes that never receive a response? What are the secrets to interviewing effectively? What are the top must-dos following every interview (including one killer, standout strategy)? In the final workshop of the Job Search Boot Camp 8.0 series, career and job-search expert Jan Melnik (M.A., MRW, CCM, CPRW; will present actionable strategies for executing your job-search plan in a way designed to achieve success as quickly as possible. From tapping technology in the most efficient way to sharing tips for removing anxiety in the interview process, participants will be able to develop their own effective job-search plans. At the same time, Jan will share effective techniques for addressing common concerns (ageism, long unemployment or underemployment gap, lack of degree, etc.) and proven methods for managing issues (dealing with inertia, lack of success, stigma) that accompany job searches, particularly in prolonged cases. The author of seven career/business books, Jan Melnik founded Absolute Advantage, in 1983 and has been writing resumes ever since. She has been featured in numerous publications, is a career expert on NBC, and speaks frequently at universities, conferences, companies, and libraries nationwide. She is a board member with Career Thought Leaders and the CMO coach working with sales and marketing clients through C-Suite Career Catalysts. A professor of business and English at both the University of South Florida and Bay Path University, she holds two undergraduate degrees in business and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University. She helps clients coast-to-coast with career strategies, resumes, and coaching services ( Her slogan is “Be inspired. It’s your career. It’s your life.” She recently released her first works of fiction on Amazon: “Telling Tales: On Merlin’s Island” and, for children, "Adventures in The Wooded Glen." Her newest book, “Modernize Your Executive Job Search” (with strategies applicable at all levels), will be available in Q32020 (Emerald Publishing and on Amazon). Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. The focus will be on the job market and provide updated industry information during this uncertain time of COVID19. The Job and Career Group hosts virtual workshops and a weekly networking session via WebEX. You will need to download WebEx to attend. Registration is required. Questions? Bob Carlson or Christy Billings This group is possible from a City of Middletown Block Grant, Liberty Bank Foundation Grant, and The Family of Thomas J. Regan.

  2. Veterans Writing Group Meeting Virtually

    April 29, 2021, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Online

    We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences - Meeting Virtually. Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group. This series, invites Veterans to share their stories and photos in their own voices. Veterans are encouraged to share their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. At this time we ask that you contact Russell Staff member Christy Billings at about virtually visiting the group. Currently, we have service people from combat and non-combat situations from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraqi Freedom. We hope to hear from other Iraq War Vets, and those who have served in Afghanistan. Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer and former journalist and lawyer. Her first book, a collection of letters that she edited, was Can Anything Beat White?: A Black Family's Letters. Her second is At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and the former Commander of the American Legion Milardo-Wilcox Post 75, Middletown CT. The workshop facilitator is Christy Billings. She can be reached at Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

  3. Mystery! (Online)

    April 29, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Mystery! is a Russell Library-run book club for mystery lovers.The book group discusses a new mystery novel every month. Books are available at the Borrowing Desk. Registration is required to receive the Zoom Link. Questions? Contact Amy Slowik Click Here to See the List of Upcoming Mystery! Books.

  4. All Ages Chess Instruction for Beginners! (Online)

    April 29, 2021, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Are you interested in learning how to play chess or impoving your game? Skilled chess instructor, Nolan DeMott, will guide you through all the basics on Zoom! This all ages beginner's chess program spans for six weeks and is taught in half hour sessions. So be sure to sign up for all six weeks if you really want to learn how to play this strategic game! There is no need to provide your own chess materials (a virtual chess board will be displayed on screen). This virtual program is intended for ages 7 and up. Funding for this program was supplied by the Friends of the Russell Library.