Testimonials and Success Stories

 

Many people in the Ipswich 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group have expressed the gratitude that they feel they are not alone and enjoy the camaraderie and support that the networking group provides.  Members return because they feel encouraged and supported in this environment.  The group leader, Debbi Hope, is patient, listens well and encourages the independence of each member to pursue their dreams.  She has helped open people’s minds from being narrowly focused on what they have done to go out of their comfort zone to find opportunities based on their skills versus their past industrial experience.

The Ipswich networking group has had many success stories since we started meeting in September  that include:

Tony K – after more soul searching and the realization that the funeral industry is not as busy as it used to be, Tony has received a new job. He will be a Recovery Specialist with Lahey Health Behavioral Services in Danvers.

Claire S. – accepted a part time position at an art gallery in Newburyport.

Ellen T. has taken a part time position with Marini Farm Bakery.

Barbara M – will be volunteering to do landscaping at a state park.

Ellen T. has interviewed for a job within her field of interest.

Susan H. has been attending Meet-Up sessions and encouraged other members of the networking group to investigate and attend these meetings.

Christine H. got a job as an instructional technologist – got the job on LinkedIn – saw the company looking at her; applied for the job; got the job. Made changes to add ‘critical words’ to the resume based on discussions at the 50+ networking sessions.

Teresa F. – has a verbal job offer pre-sales for a company that sells purchasing software.

TONY K. – after a 30 year career in the Food Service….Tony was open to new horizons….. Just after completion of the hiring process at Lahey Health as a Recovery Specialist…..“I accepted an awesome offer from a Gloucester based seafood company as Director of Development.”

CORRINE B.    Reached out to a local college and is an Adjunct Professor!

ELLEN T. has taken a part time position with Marini Farm Bakery!

CAROL B. has taken a new job!! Assistant Director of Digital Marketing at Lasell College in Newton, MA. “While the 50+ Job Seekers Group did not play a direct role in me finding and landing this job, it helped me emotionally and professionally during the long job-search process.”

Eric L. – Ipswich –  accepted a position as a Relationship Banker at Newburyport Savings Bank! After many years in financial services, Eric transitioned his skills, walked into their “Open House” and spoke with management. He is happy his new position will be a closer drive from his home and is looking forward to learning about the banking industry, mentoring colleagues and creating new opportunities!

“Just a note of thanks…..  Being present, networking and trying something new all worked through your counseling and the input of others. As I mentioned, I start tomorrow as a Relationship Banker.

Thanks again for your support. You were available at all times which was great. Keep me in mind for any testimonial or support of others going forward.”

 A.S. of Ipswich has reentered the legal profession after a 5 year absence due to caring for family members. The 50+ Job Seekers was supportive and helpful in developing confidence and updating job search skills!

John W. Ipswich – will be taking a position in which he will be training company employees at a Data Analytics Company based in Canada. His interview process was all on the phone!

Ellen T. of the Ipswich 50+ Job Seekers has a new position as Visual Systems Integrator with an HVAC company. Networking through the years with the VP – he pursued her, her graphics skills and years at IBM to assist them in creating ways to “picture” the HVAC issues of their customers. Ellen has found the skill building workshops of the 50+ Job Seekers helpful and continues to attend!

50+ JOB SEEKERS NETWORKING GROUP – BURLINGTON SUCCESS STORIES

Priscilla of the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group in Burlington has taken a new position as Medical Administrator for a local prosthetic company! She is happy that it is 3 minutes from home! Priscilla has participated in the group for several months and found the group supportive and a nice network. I am so grateful for everything I received from our group!

Wenjen H. created an encore career!! She started her career in the corporate world as an Industrial Engineer and after moving her family 11 times in 20 years across several continents she successfully utilized her “relocation” skills. She passed her real estate agent’s license and joined MA Properties Online based in Lexington, a team of Leading Edge Real Estate. ” Wenjen joined the 50+ Job Seekers in the 2017/2018 session and returned again this past fall for more networking, skill building and sharing new ideas.

Linda D. has landed her dream job as an HR professional at a new startup company! After expanding her search and dedicated efforts during an 18 month period, Linda networked with HR professional organizations, interviewed for a variety of HR positions and persevered. She recently announced, with a smile as wide as the sky, that she will be Associate Director, Human Resources at Mitra Biotech. The 50+ Job Seekers was one of many resources that Linda utilized to enhance her job seeking skills and to widen her network….She willingly shared many leads and thoughtful perspectives to our group…..Here’s what she had to say about her job search:

Conducting a job search is hard, exhausting work and can sometimes be isolating and frustrating.  All the literature and teachings out there say that networking is the number one way to find a job since a very small percentage of jobs are actually posting.  However, to me, the very word ‘networking’ made me cringe.  I am not one to seek out help nor to sell myself. However,  is so important for a job seeker to get out of their house and meet other people and the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group is one way to accomplish that goal in a friendly, supportive and non-intimidating environment.  The Burlington Group, led by Debbi Hope, was all of that and more.  Debbi brings her wealth of experience in the business world and as a coach to the group along with her natural, calming demeanor; starting each meeting with a relaxation exercise. 

I have found that attending the Burlington Group provided me with insight from others and also allowed me to share my experiences and expertise as well.  I know I am one who gets fulfillment from helping others, even when I’m struggling.  We had topics each meeting that were important to our search from LinkedIn profiles to 30 second commercials/elevator pitch, etc., that were helpful in keeping us focused and moving forward in our search.

After almost a year and a half (with time off for surgery and recovery), I did start a new job as an Associate Director of Human Resources at Mitra Biotech,  a small biotech start-up doing great things with immune-oncology.  My confidence came back the second I walked in the door on my first day.  Everyone has been warm and welcoming and I have dived right in!

So, thank you Debbi, Audrey and all my fellow job seekers for your support and encouragement.  Keep looking UP and take time to look at the world around you – especially now that Spring is here.  It is a new beginning!  Best of luck.

Christine B. has been interviewing with several companies as she continues to pursue HR Benefits work.

Stephanie C. is building a portfolio of opportunities. She is pursuing contract work in two industries where she has expertise and years of experience.

“I have been offered and accepted a contract position and I am well on my way to building my portfolio career!  I even have an informational interview this week to explore another area of interest. The 50+ group has most definitely helped me to clarify what I want to do at this stage of my life and career.  The 3 sessions I have attended have expanded my vision to what is possible and I am very grateful! “

Gary H. – Burlington – “I’m here to announce I have been offered and I have accepted a job offer locally F/T starting 8 April. In a recent conversation w/Marge McDonald (Director, Burlington Council on Aging) I expressed your meetings and my 50+ job seeker colleagues were very, very helpful in this offer coming to fruition.

I pray dreams come to others.

Thank you to all!”

Nancy S. – Burlington “Thank you for your advice, input and empowerment!”  Nancy has taken a full time – 9 month contract position with Smith and Nephew!

Stephanie – Burlington Just wanted to update you – I now have too many jobs!  My portfolio career has rounded out and I have 3 per diem jobs – yikes!  It was wonderful to meet you and I thank you for all of your encouragement and expertise. Let the Burlington group know that I wish them all the best!  Take care,  Stephanie

Chris L.  – Burlington –  has taken a position as an Executive Assistant at a small Swiss biotech firm in Boston! Working with a recruiter enabled her to gain more interviews and to distinguish herself from other candidates. She found the 50 JSNG helpful and motivating. 

Christine B.  – Burlington – has taken a position as Benefits Manager with Bay Cove Human Services in Boston! After several months of networking and interviewing, she connected with a hiring manager who was a former classmate in college! 

During the search she found the 50 + Job Seekers was helpful in providing comfort with networking and connecting with others to share job search experience and information.

Lois H. has found a part time position! She found the 50+ Job Seekers helpful in knowing she was not alone in the job search process!

Deanna C. has been on dozens of interviews – both informational and formal – she is enthusiastic and hopeful about her job search. The 50+ Job Seekers helped her identify possibilities and new job search skills!

A testament to our Worcester program:

Terrie S:  I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the meeting last week.  It was our first time attending your workshops, and although we had to leave early, we did enjoy ourselves while we were there.  Thank you for your time and invaluable resources that you provide older jobseekers.  We are definitely looking forward to attending again in the future and becoming a “regular” at these meetings.

Christine:  I have been a member of the Worcester Job Seeker 50+ session for several months. I find Melody to be very knowledgeable based on her years of work in HR. She goes over resume writing – covering the best buzz words to use in order to get past ATS systems, how to setup LinkedIn profiles, and how to properly deliver the 30 second elevator speech.

Melody also has guest speakers attend the sessions covering volunteering or recruiting managers discussing available positions. I find the sessions to be very helpful and encouraging! Melody makes herself available outside of our sessions offering assistance with resumes or LinkedIn.

I highly recommend Melody Beach’s Job Seeker 50+ sessions!

Nancy N wrote:  Please accept this letter as a token of my gratitude for all of your hard work with the 50+ Job Seekers networking group in Worcester. 

There is so much for which to be grateful: your fastidious work, your compassionate nature, the relevant content of your workshops (including a variety of guests), the library of resources from which we may borrow books, the water/snacks, and your employment leads which lead me to work that I will enjoy. 

Your work is appreciated Melody! Thank you so much for all of your HARD work. Thank you for your encouragement. And thank you so very much for helping me to land a job when I thought that there was no hope because of my age.

Sincerely and appreciatively,
Nancy N

 

In the news:

After six successes, 50+ job seekers group is back

Ipswich Council On Aging Cable TV Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7WmAW0FWp0&fbclid=IwAR2LDg2Kmcrozg1NDNZNpkW60thDz4DAQ6kooDGdYNhNll3jZzQc_zRIeqU

Paul Valcour, Producer
Sheila Taylor, Director, Ipswich Council on Aging
Rita Badami, Co-Facilitator and member of the Board of Directors
Debbi Hope, 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group – Leader

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