This is a guest post from Jessica Benjamin. Jessica is a member at Temple Shalom, and spearheaded a wonderful and very successful networking event for our congregational community.
On May 8th, 2012 Temple Shalom sponsored an event called Reignite Your Career Now! at Union St. Bar & Grill in Newton. It featured a panel discussion about career issues and networking. The event was open to all members of the community.
It featured a panel of speakers including Stephen Brand, President and Chief Imagination Officer at The New Enterprise Factory, Inc.; Joe Halpern, Research Director at Boston Business Journal, Michelle Coyne, Human Resources Manager Reed Business Information, BuyerZone, emedia & Mardevdm2, and Andrea Shulman, Consultant, Human Resources Search Division, Winter, Wyman, & Company.
When I was planning the event, one of my fellow college alumni emailed me to tell me his niece was looking for a job in Boston. I invited her to join us at the event.
After meeting her in person, I was able to schedule a interview for her at a digital media company in Waltham. After they gave me the feedback that she was great but would do better in a different environment, I was able to schedule a second interview for her with a small publishing company in Cambridge, MA. On June 20th she triumphantly emailed me that she got the job.
It is wonderful that the Temple was able to sponsor an event like Reignite Your Career Now! and it’s very exciting to know that we had such a measurable success.