A marketing veteran’s career rebounds with the help of Finger Lakes Hired

Posted by admin on May 23, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Kevin Gorman is a seasoned leader in Rochester’s marketing community. Despite a wealth of experience, he found himself out of work in early 2016.

Kevin Gorman

He faced one of the most baffling but increasingly common problems that older job seekers face: he was overqualified for most jobs listed publicly.

After 8 months of outreach, trial and error and searching for work in traditional ways, Gorman met with Finger Lakes Hired’s Katie Behan. Behan has heard this kind of story before.

“I have worked with customers in similar situations,” Behan said. “That’s why we focused on the hidden job market.”

Gorman understood the gravity of his situation. He knew that senior management roles such as Director and Vice President are rare and highly coveted in the Rochester market. These positions are typically filled from within the same industry, through relationships.

“What is unique about Kevin is his strong networking connections,” Behan said. “He was also open to ideas. He networked the way that we teach in our workshops.”

Behan and Gorman brainstormed ideas in person and over email. They worked to nurture the right relationships, within the right organizations. Behan even reached out to one business on his behalf. Results were not immediate. This did not discourage Gorman. He was determined to press on.

“I did not let disappointments linger,” Gorman told us. “There is nothing good from getting angry, you just assess the reasons why it did not work out, then you just ‘keep chopping wood’.”

Katie Behan

By chopping wood, Gorman meant exploiting his existing network and building new connections. Gorman became very active on LinkedIn. He currently has over 1,000 connections. These connections were full of people from  targeted companies in his industry. He also made himself available for networking. He created awareness among powerful figures in his industry and followed up quarterly to make them aware that he was looking for the right fit.

“I was confident that Kevin would land,” Behan said. She was right.

In April 2017, Kevin began a senior management position within Windstream Communications. Kevin says he could not have done it alone.

“Ask for help,” Gorman said. “90% of people are happy to hear you out, share their ideas, and advocate for you if/when needed. They are also often flattered to be asked and will remember you if you keep in touch with them.”

“Pay it forward,” Gorman said. “and never stop making connections.”

A marketing veteran’s career rebounds with the help of Finger Lakes Hired

Posted by admin on May 22, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Kevin Gorman

Kevin Gorman is a seasoned leader in Rochester’s marketing community. Despite a wealth of experience, he found himself out of work in early 2016.

He faced one of the most baffling but increasingly common problems that older job seekers face: he was overqualified for most jobs listed publicly.

After 8 months of outreach, trial and error and searching for work in traditional ways, Gorman met with Finger Lakes Hired’s Katie Behan. Behan has heard this kind of story before.

“I have worked with customers in similar situations,” Behan said. “That’s why we focused on the hidden job market.”

Gorman understood the gravity of his situation. He knew that senior management roles such as Director and Vice President are rare and highly coveted in the Rochester market. These positions are typically filled from within the same industry, through relationships.

“What is unique about Kevin is his strong networking connections,” Behan said. “He was also open to ideas. He networked the way that we teach in our workshops.”

Behan and Gorman brainstormed ideas in person and over email. They worked to nurture the right relationships, within the right organizations. Behan even reached out to one business on his behalf. Results were not immediate. This did not discourage Gorman. He was determined to press on.

“I did not let disappointments linger,” Gorman told us. “There is nothing good from getting angry, you just assess the reasons why it did not work out, then you just ‘keep chopping wood’.”

By chopping wood, Gorman meant exploiting his existing network and building new connections. Gorman became very active on LinkedIn. He currently has over 1,000 connections. These connections were full of people from  targeted companies in his industry. He also made himself available for networking. He created awareness among powerful figures in his industry and followed up quarterly to make them aware that he was looking for the right fit.

“I was confident that Kevin would land,” Behan said. She was right.

In April 2017, Kevin began a senior management position within Windstream Communications. Kevin says he could not have done it alone.

“Ask for help,” Gorman said. “90% of people are happy to hear you out, share their ideas, and advocate for you if/when needed. They are also often flattered to be asked and will remember you if you keep in touch with them.”

“Pay it forward,” Gorman said. “and never stop making connections.”

2017 Wyoming County Job Fair

Posted by admin on April 17, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

On March 17th, the 2017 Wyoming County Job Fair organized by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, held at the YMCA/GCC campus in Warsaw. Over 150 Job Seekers and 34 employers attended. Finger Lakes Hired staff, RochesterWorks! Annette DiPalma and Emily Cooper pinch hit for our partners and took a few pictures for them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Office Assistant Training Available at MCC

Posted by admin on April 13, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Interested in working in a medical office? Monroe Community College is looking for you! Learn more about this fast growing career by contacting our own Christina Bakewicz at  cbakewicz@monroecc.edu.

UR Thompson Health is Hiring in Canandaigua

Posted by admin on April 12, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

How about joining a heath care organization where patient’s care and YOU are top priorities? UR Thompson is a great place to work in the Finger Lakes Region and we are growing!

For the 3rd year in a row our hospital has been recognized nationally as one of the 150 Great Places to work in Healthcare according to Becker’s Hospital Review! We also received the Magnet recognition – Gold standard for Nursing Excellence since 2004.

Our benefit’s package includes a very competitive base salary, health and dental insurance, tuition assistance to help you to grow your career, 403(b) match, paid time off, schedule flexibility that allows work-life balance, and much more!

To be considered for the position, please visit our website for current openings:

http://www.thompsonhealth.com/Careers

Independent Living of the Genesee Region 2016′ award

Posted by admin on March 30, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Monroe County JSEC is a partnering of local Rochester business representatives and government to present information on topics of interest to the business community.

The goal of the Monroe County JSEC is to provide expert information to employers on issues that affect the business community, engage in public/private ventures that will be of benefit to both employers and the labor force.

JSEC likes to give back to the community that has supported us throughout the year. The 2016 award recipient was the Independent Living of the Genesee Region.   Please see our website, www.monroejsec.org for additional information and upcoming events.

 

Finger Lakes Hired Helps Jump Start A 20 Plus Year Career

Posted by admin on March 27, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Larry Simonelli

Larry Simonelli’s email signature says a lot about him. The signature says, “Your future will be better than your past.” That optimism was put to the test when he found himself not making ends meet.

“When you are not working, there is no purpose in life,” Simonelli said. “It felt absolutely hopeless.”

Simonelli, a Greece, New York native and father of two, tried everything. He had his own struggling business and aggressively sent out resumes to online job listing sites like Indeed.com. Despite a wealth of experience in sales and managing facilities, the phone stopped ringing.  The weight of rejection hung on Larry and his family.

“Things became disastrous at home,” Simonelli said. “If your family is counting on you to supply their needs and you’re not doing so, what do you do?”

Like thousands of people every year Larry was eager for a change. He found himself in a RochesterWorks! career center looking for hope and some options. He was referred to Finger Lakes Hired, a program funded by a federal grant to help the long term unemployed get training and work in Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Health Care sectors

“I never heard of Finger Lakes Hired before,” Simonelli said. “So, I had no expectations.”

It didn’t take long for Simonelli to meet Finger Lakes Hired Employment and Educational Specialist Alexandria Vattimo.

“Larry is highly motivated and a quick learner,” Vattimo said. “He’s diligent and was actively seeking opportunities in his career.”

Alex sees 6 to 10  customers like Larry every week. Larry credits her with showing him how to reshape his resume.

“He was so eager to land a job that it sometimes distracted him,” Vattimo said. “I reminded him that sometimes searching for work takes time and that is OK.”

Armed with a new modern resume, a fresh point of view, and the drive that lead him through a 20-plus year career he tried again. Before he knew it, the phone started to ring. He interviewed with companies in his target industry that Alex referred him. He also got responses on Career Builder. He landed a position with TruGreen as Sales Representative. He started on March 13, 2017.

“I was so impressed and blessed by Finger Lakes Hired,” Simonelli said. “I don’t know what I would have done without them.”

Posted by admin on March 22, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized
Jeffrey J. Weise

Educational & Employment Specialist (Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties)

Jeffery works in businesses and job seekers in Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. Please call 315-789-1771 ex 106 to make an appointment.

Annette DiPalma
Finger Lakes Hired Project Manager (All counties)

Annette DiPalma manages the Finger Lakes Hired program. She visits businesses and job seekers in all nine of our counties.

Emily Cooper
Education & Employment Specialist (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties)

Emily works with businesses and job seekers in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. Please call 585-397-5807 or email her to make an appointment.

 

Alexandria Vattimo

Education & Employment Specialist (Monroe)

Alexandria works with businesses and customers in Monroe County. You can reach her by phone at 585-258-3528.

Katie Behan
Education & Employment Specialist (Monroe)

Katie works with businesses and customers in Monroe County. You can reach her by phone at 585-258-3547.

Christina Bakewicz College Liaison

Christina is a College Liaison at Monroe Community College. You can reach her at (585) 292-3795.

Jovonna Kinne, M.S.
College Liaison (All counties)

Jovonna is a college liaison at Finger Lakes Community College. You can reach her at (585) 785-1904.

Andrea Newman
College Liaison

Andrea is a college liaison. She works out of SUNY Genesee Community College. You can reach her at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6002

Posted by admin on March 22, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized
Annette DiPalma
Finger Lakes Hired Project Manager (All counties)

Annette DiPalma manages the Finger Lakes Hired program. She visits businesses and job seekers in all nine of our counties.

Jeffrey J. Weise
Educational & Employment Specialist (Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties)

Jeffery works in businesses and job seekers in Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. Please call 315-789-1771 ex 106 to make an appointment.

Emily Cooper
Education & Employment Specialist (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties)

Emily works with businesses and job seekers in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. Please call 585-397-5807 or email her to make an appointment.

Alexandria Vattimo

Education & Employment Specialist (Monroe)

Alexandria works with businesses and customers in Monroe County. You can reach her by phone at 585-258-3528.

Annette DiPalma
Finger Lakes Hired Project Manager (All counties)

Annette DiPalma manages the Finger Lakes Hired program. She visits businesses and job seekers in all nine of our counties.

Jeffrey J. Weise
Educational & Employment Specialist (Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties)

Jeffery works in businesses and job seekers in Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. Please call 315-789-1771 ex 106 to make an appointment.

Jovonna Kinne
College Liaison

Annette DiPalma manages the Finger Lakes Hired program. She visits businesses and job seekers in all nine of our counties.

Jeffrey J. Weise
Educational & Employment Specialist (Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties)

Jeffery works in businesses and job seekers in Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. Please call 315-789-1771 ex 106 to make an appointment.

Finger Lakes Hired at GLOW Workforce Development Annual Breakfast Board Meeting

Posted by admin on January 20, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Finger Lakes Hired Program Manager Annette DiPalma and Education and Employment Specialist Emily Cooper attended the GLOW Workforce Development Breakfast board meeting at Terry Hills Restaurant in Batavia. The meeting included the presentation of Program Year 2015 GLOW WIB Annual Report, and Recognizing GLOW Businesses, Adult Participants, and Youth.

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