Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Let Hopkinton be the start!

The consensus economic outlook has no quick return to full employment. This Job Search Jam Sessions event will provide you with help on entrepreneurship, networking and use of social media tools.

While Labor Day is the traditional end to summer, Job Search Jam Sessions is timed to get you off to a good start. “This is an ‘unconference’ for the unemployed and underemployed,” says Steve Sherlock, lead organizer. “The event’s organizers and session facilitators all have experience dealing with the challenges of layoffs and unemployment, and they are enthusiastic about sharing what they’ve learned in a peer-to-peer setting.”

In coordination with the Hopkinton Networking Group, Job Search Jam Session 3 will offer networking opportunities and motivational support for unemployed and under-unemployed workers. New and recent college graduates are welcome to participate to learn and share the tips and tricks of the job search.

Job Search Jam Session 3 is scheduled for Friday, Sep 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The location: St. John the Evangelist Parish Center, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, Mass. The event has the capacity to serve up to two hundred job seekers from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Persons interested in attending should register at The cost is – $8 per person. You can pay via credit card or at the door. Attendees will be asked to check in at the Parish Center on Sep 2, between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Coffee, refreshments and snacks will be available for the morning and afternoon break. Lunch will also be served during the conference.

Proceeds from ticket sales will help defray expenses. Any ‘profit’ will be donated to the Church in return for the use of their facility.

Directions to the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center can be found on the church’s website (

“Job Search Jam Session participants will be able to acquire dozens of new LinkedIn connections. More importantly, they will share experiences from the job search with their peers, learn what has worked for others, and at the end of the day they’ll return home more informed, more confident and motivated to pursue new opportunities.”

Job Search Jam Sessions Agenda

The event will feature both seminar-like sessions and informal opportunities to network in small groups. The agenda will be adapted to reflect the needs and interests of participants. There will be sessions devoted to job interviews, financial planning, and the use of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Information on specific sessions will be posted to as the schedule is filled in.

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