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Neighbors helping Neighbors

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One year ago River Edge resident John Fugazzie's brainchild came to life - he created a free community based organization to bring neighbors together to help one another search for jobs in a tough economy.

Since its creation, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, has seen 38 success stories and across Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Essex, Sussex, Monmouth, Middlesex, Union and Warren Counties. Weekly meetings will start up at the Cranford Library on April 25th. The Cranford group will meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm, and is free for anyone to attend.

In other towns,  has fostered an environment in which group members assist each other in job search techniques and suggestions based on personal experience plus personal and professional networking. partners with community libraries to assist with meeting locations, training sessions and other useful resources.

“Not feeling alone or powerless are critical factors in a job search, particularly for those who have been out of work for an extended period of time,” explained Fugazzie. “Support, discussion and information sharing can make all the difference. It helps re-build the confidence needed to successfully land a job. During our initial seven months, seventeen group members – including myself – found jobs as a direct result of regularly attending meetings and putting to use the tips and techniques the group provides.”

Meetings will touch on topics like using a LinkedIn profile to find a job, how to write resumes in order to get an interview, and an introduction of everyone in attendance. Attendees will be able to polish off a 30 second pitch about themselves and what they are looking for.

Additionally, we are seeking co-moderators to faciitate the meetings.  You do not need to have any technical training or background -- just a willingness to foster the NhN concept.  

The kickoff in Cranford is Wednesday, April 2th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cranford Public Library.  Space is limited.  If interested in attending or being a moderator, please contact Mary Rapolas at rapolasm@yahoo.com.

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