Past News Stories Of The Long Island Breakfast Club
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Long Island Breakfast Club was founded in 2006, an organization providing advocacy, support, career and employment counseling, referrals and good old-fashioned laughter to prepare experienced mature individuals for productive employment. Counted among the membership are women and men who have recently been downsized and looking for support to continue positive reinforcement to gain employment back in the corporate world. Membership is encouraged for any individuals who need the extra support to continue momentum in searching for jobs in the mid-life years.
The Long Island Breakfast Club invites members of all ages, male or female, to join our ranks and experience the camaraderie and bonding to help you get through the interviewing cycle in mid-life. The organizations strong proponents are to work with individuals who need the positive reinforcement to job search after losing a job in the mid-life years. It is the goal of the organization to assist with providing referrals, companionship, business networking and contacts for interviewing as well as mentors for each individual’s success.
The Club currently is servicing the communities of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and was founded by five individuals who were seeking employment and experiencing much difficulty due to their wealth of experience and their age.
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Meeting to Mingle, Résumés in Tow ( excerpted from article )
Some clubs are started by employment consultants — sometimes out-of-work ones — who hope to drum up clients. Others arise spontaneously. The Long Island Breakfast Club began three years ago in a diner in Melville with five middle-aged, out-of-work professionals who had been commiserating over coffee and doughnuts.
“Nobody would hire us,” said one of the five, Valentina Janek, 57, who has worked as a media consultant. “We were, A, too smart and, B, too old.”
Soon the diner owner, too, wanted nothing to do with them — for loungers, they were not ordering enough food. And so, homeless as well as unemployed, the group expanded into a formal organization, charging $15 in annual dues and cadging space for meetings from large restaurants and assisted-living centers.
The recession has propelled the Breakfast Club’s e-mail list to 800 people, and monthly gatherings draw about 100. At meetings, the club advises, members should not just collect business cards but also strive to make genuine connections. And so they end up trading war stories, like Stephanie Carlino’s reminiscence about an interviewer’s out-of-left-field question: “Why are manhole covers round?”
“That can make you leave the interview feeling like a moron,” said Ms. Carlino, 61, who is also one of the original five and has been out of work since April.
Chris Fidis, 50, another founder, got a job at Verizon, but still attends meetings to buck up the others. He tells people that losing a job “is not your fault.”
“The company changed or the business model changed,” Mr. Fidis said. “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.”
Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00
Breakfast Club Fundraiser To Honor Rocco Iannarelli Thursday, October 29
Long Island Breakfast Club has announced that it will honor North Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Rocco Iannarelli at an Italian Heritage Day Event entitled An Evening in Tuscany to be held at The Westbury Manor, Jericho, New York from 6 to 11 p.m.. Tickets are available at $85 per person. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Long Island Breakfast Club, a career advocacy organization for mature professionals with a motto of “experience counts.” For further information www.LongIslandBreakfastClub.org.
Long Island Breakfast Club helps the unemployed
Elise Negrin is divorced, 56, and, for the past 19 months, out of work. With more than 25 years of experience, she is perplexed that almost nobody calls her back, even for an interview. Her unemployment benefits run out before the end of the year, and she’ll soon run out of money.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” said Negrin, whose home office in Bethpage is plastered with job applications and…
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The club officially formed in 2006 after five middle-aged, unemployed Long Island residents became inspired to help other people find jobs. The group, which included three West Hempstead residents at the time, met at a diner for breakfast each week to discuss interview horror stories and brainstorm ways they could remain optimistic through their search for a new job.
“We decided to call ourselves the Long Island Breakfast Club because while we ate breakfast, we discussed how we could help ourselves and other experienced professionals who are over 40 find jobs,” explained West Hempstead resident Valentina Janek, one of the club’s founders and its current president. “What we’re doing is different, and it’s needed in the world that we’re living in today, where seasoned professionals have a difficult time finding a job.”
The organization provides employment and career counseling, workshops, interviewing classes and referrals, among other assistance, to help those who are seeking employment after losing jobs in their mid-life years. The club also hosts meetings each month, which includes sessions at which attendees can discuss their job interview stories and listen to motivational speeches. The club has grown from five to 190 members since its inception, and it includes residents from Nassau and Suffolk counties. To date, 87 members have found jobs.
“When people come to the club’s meetings, we try to help them forget about the interviews that didn’t go well for them, and get them more focused on re-inventing and preparing themselves for the next interview,” said West Hempstead resident Chris Fidis, another co-founder of the group. “These meetings are all about getting people inspired to move forward because finding a new job after working many years at a particular job can be very difficult.””What’s great about the club is that you meet people in a similar situation as yourself, and the camaraderie that exists at the meetings helps people to realize that they’re not alone,” added West Hempstead resident Terese Russo Santoro, the club’s marketing specialist. “It’s a positive atmosphere at the meetings where people also network to help find a job.”
Club founders also contend that some of the services that the organization provides should be viewed as unique. At the meetings, several guest speakers are simply there to help bring a little laughter to those sitting in the audience. The club also encourages job-seekers to consider pursuing a new career or something they are passionate about in between their job search.
The club has also expanded its services to include a free ride on a 10-year-old horse named Oopsy at the Lakewood Stables in West Hempstead. Alex Jacobson, the owner of the stables and a Baldwin Harbor resident, said that when members visit the stables to go on a trail ride with Oopsy, it helps them to relax for a little while and eventually enables them to regain their job hunting confidence and energy.
And news about the club’s efforts is starting to spread internationally.
After being interviewed live by Cooper on June 18, the club was featured on a news segment with Johnson on July 1. Then, just a hour after the Herald interviewed Fidis on July 2, he spoke about the club on a radio talk show in Japan. The club is scheduled to appear on a segment on Verizon’s FiOS1 Long Island news channel on Saturday.
“The response to the club is growing because the services that we provide literally fit into what’s going on in the economy today,” Fidis said. “The club is able to stand out because we have a job success ratio and our approach is unique. We’re a different kind of organization because we’re a support group and we help people get re-energized, so they can get back out there and find a job.”What is frustrating officials in the club, however, is that they have garnered very little support from local government on Long Island, which is where many of the members live. For the past two years, members said, they have been reaching out to their elected officials on both the town and county levels for assistance, but their efforts have been unsuccessful.
“The club is making great progress in terms of helping people find jobs, and we just feel that more of our local elected officials should help with what our organization is trying to do,” said the club’s vice president, Stephanie Carlino, who spoke about this issue during the recent ABC interview. “We’re trying to help a specific age group here and we understand that middle-aged professionals are not the majority of people who are unemployed. However, we still feel that our local government can do more to support our initiatives that help to find experienced and middle-aged people jobs.”
The club’s next meeting will be held on Saturday at the Piccola Bussola restaurant in Mineola at 9 a.m. For more information, go to longislandbreakfastclub.org.
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