50+ Job Seekers Networking Group

Build your job search tool kit! Join a virtual professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment, conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search. 

More than 60 Massachusetts public libraries have partnered to offer the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group program to support people fifty years and older looking for a new job, a new career direction, or a second-act career.  Attendance at each session is not necessary – but highly recommended! Job seekers can join at anytime.

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC, an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 12 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and has been trained or certified in a variety of coaching models and assessment tools. Deborah has facilitated 50+ job seekers networking groups since 2016.

Meeting Schedule

We offer both morning & evening sessions that meet twice each month via Zoom.
Please choose the time that works best for you:  

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Register for the morning sessions directly on Zoom HERE.
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday, from 6 pm - 8 pm
    Register for the evening sessions directly on Zoom HERE.

Zoom room opens 30 minutes early for informal networking & resource sharing.

Session Topics: 

1.   August 2 / 9              Self-Assessment / Transferable Skills

2.   August 16 / 23          Create Your "Career Story” Pitch

3.   September 6 / 13      Artificial Intelligence, Applications & Cover Letters

4.   September 20 / 27    Create a LinkedIn Profile & Personal Branding

5.   October 4 / 11           Resumes: The Basics

6.   October 18 / 25         Resumes: Beyond the Basics

7.   November 1 / 8         Thinking Outside the Box (Panel Discussion)

8.   November 15 / 29     Interview Strategies & Preparation

9.   December 6 / 13       Networking 2.0

10. December 20            Creating a Marketing Plan & Brief
(The final evening session will meet on the 3rd Wednesday instead of on the 4th Wednesday due to the holidays.)

** Please note schedule changes for the second monthly evening session in November and December due to the holidays.**

Participation in this series is made possible by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.