Networking@CBY
INTRODUCTION

Some of the local Teaneck shuls have decided to build a grass roots networking system that will assist our members in the pursuit of their professional goals. This effort is a direct response to the particularly difficult economic climate, but it will hopefully thrive and become a resource, G-d willing, in better economic times as well.

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WHY YOU SHOULD HELP

For many in our community, the economic downturn has touched uncomfortably close to home. Professionals who have long been gainfully employed now find themselves out of work. While many in our community reach out to support those out of work with sincere offers to help, the most effective way we can assist is via networking.

The overwhelming majority of professional jobs are obtained through networking. A personal introduction by way of a phone call or e-mail sent to a contact, can open doors that no cold call can do. Blindly sending resumes into the black hole of cyberspace is a frustrating game candidates play when they have no better options. But reaching out to the personal contact of a friend or neighbor takes them and their resumes in a whole new direction.

Everyone in our community knows about the game of networking. You may have nothing to do with finance and as such assume that you can be of no help to your neighbor down the block who just lost his job. Yet, if you have friends, colleagues or even relatives in that industry, you can offer a connection.

Spend some time looking in your address book, your client lists, your alumni lists, and think about whom you know. Think about how easy it would be to drop an e-mail or put in a quick call to ask if a friend of yours can be in touch. Your contact may be in a position to offer your unemployed friend advice, insights or connections or simply be a good listener. They also may be able to direct them towards a real job opportunity.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO HELP

In order to provide the framework for effective professional networking that our Shul should be providing for its membership, we are launching Networking@CBY.

Program Leads: Eli Davidoff, Steven Margulies, Malkie Mayer, Josh Rochlin and Yaakov Sheinfeld

Program Structure:

Volunteers: Networking Liaisons; to provide assistance to candidates.

Networker: Forwarding resumes via email to your contacts, and making phone calls to your contacts on behalf of candidates.

Mentor: Mentoring, networking coaching, industry-specific specialization.

Employment Candidates -

You will have the freedom to choose the method of assistance that works for you - low-tech, hi-tech, private contacts or public forum. Please reach out to us by completing the on-line form. The committee will then customize its assistance to your needs through integrating the resources of the CBY Network's database.

Program Description: The program has a few simple components.

Candidates - from the point of view of the candidates, the following two steps will provide maximum results:

  • Sign up for the LinkedIn Project Ezrah group (linkedin.com) - this will make your name and profile available and will enable you to see the profiles of all the other group members in this very valuable and friendly network. (LinkedIn profiles DO NOT specify who is looking for a job and who is not.) Everyone on this particular group has signed up specifically for one reason, they WANT to help.
  • Fill out our online form for job-seekers indicating whether you want intensive assistance from a Mentor, Networking Advisor, just a quick chat with someone on the committee, or the ability to have your resume forwarded to a receptive audience. Our committee will assist you by tapping into the resources of its exclusive database. (Note: Please be assured that no one other than the committee will have access to this database. In addition, we will not contact any Mentor/Networker on your behalf before first obtaining your approval).

Volunteers - from the point of view of volunteers you can choose to help in an intensive or less intensive manner:

  • Networker - do two things -- sign up for the LinkedIn Project Ezrah group (linkedin.com) and submit the volunteer online form. All you are committing to is that you will pass along a resume via email, or make a few quick personal or phone introductions. That's it!
  • Mentor - do two things -- sign up for the LinkedIn Project Ezrah group (linkedin.com) and submit the volunteer form. By doing this you are indicating that in addition to forwarding resumes via email and making phone introductions, you are also willing to spend extra time with a candidate or two in assisting them with their approach toward effective networking.

Summary -- How Do You Get Involved:

  1. Sign up for the LinkedIn Project Ezrah group (linkedin.com). First you will join Linkedin, and then you will be able to join the Project Ezrah Linkedin group.
  2. Fill out our form online.
  3. Email or call any one of the committee members: Eli at 914-253-9351 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven at 201-742-5164 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Malkie at 201-394-4743 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Josh at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Yaakov at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .