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Monday, May 25, 2009

U.S. SOUTHEAST: Re:Focus on Careers

By Larry Block,
U.S. Southeast Bureau Chief

More and more in today’s uncertain economy, I find that people are turning to networking not only to get and retain business, but to find new and exciting job prospects. This month I have chosen to highlight an organization that dedicates itself to helping professionals enhance their careers through networking.

Debbie Rodkin is the Executive Direction of Re:Focus on Careers and offers everything from networking seminars to networking meetings to career workshops to referral sources and everything in between. Debbie began running networking events for The Layoff Lounge which closed in 2004 when Donald Trump hired its CEO, Kelly Perdew, during the second season of The Apprentice. Shortly thereafter, Debbie founded Re:Focus on Careers and has successfully grown the organization, speaking to audiences and facilitating events in multiple states.

Re:Focus on Careers offers seminars to teach employees to more effective at professional associations and trade shows. Seminars include: Networking for Introverts and Others Who Don’t Like to Network; Making the Most of Your Networking Time; Networking: Beyond the Handshake; Prepare for a Career Fair; Networking Your Way into Hollywood; Increasing Your Exposure (Without Losing Your Shorts!) Debbie also offers opportunities for a job change. If you have just been recently laid off, this might be a great opportunity to change your entire career. Through one of Debbie's workshops or seminars, you might find that now is the perfect opportunity for a career change.

In addition to seminars, Debbie also has workshops such as Mastering Executive Job Change as well as monthly networking meetings. The monthly networking meetings are held in two parts giving a little bit of everything to everybody. Before the meeting starts, there is usually a resume service company that is available to help anyone who needs it with their resume. Once the meeting starts, there is a speaker who speaks on a topic that is relevant to the current job market or to networking in general. The June topic is “Everyone Communicates – What Body Language is Saying” given by Gregg Amerman. The second part of the meeting consists of a speed networking segment. There are usually 3 or 4 rounds of networking depending on the time. Most of these events consist of half the room being possible candidates for a new career and the other half businesses that are looking to hire new employees. At the very end of the meeting, Debbie calls to the front all representatives of businesses that are looking to hire to enable prospects to pinpoint exactly who they need to speak with before leaving for the evening.

In addition to the monthly networking meetings, Re:Focus on Careers offers a monthly Happy Hour where you can network in a more social environment, Referral Groups for those looking strictly for referrals, and Volunteer opportunities. There is also an opportunity for membership which gives the members access to networking meetings and career workshops, use of resource library, community service opportunities, an online chat arena in which to share contacts, job, networking, and volunteer opportunities, and receive discounts to national and local businesses and services.

For more information please visit the website at or contact Debbie directly at

Larry Block is a text messaging expert, president of Mobile Marketing Technologies, Inc. he provides text message advertising and marketing services nationwide. Need an advertising solution that actually works and gets directly to your target market – visit, Larry can be reached at

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