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The Massachusetts Library Collaborative's 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group

Eighty-five percent of jobs are found through networking. If you are seeking employment, are aged fifty years or older, join The Massachusetts Library Collaborative's 50+ Job Seekers Group program, offering free biweekly skill-building and networking opportunities. Attendance at every session is not required, but highly recommended!  

Each meeting features a new topic and includes:

  • Presentation by Certified Master Career Coach Deborah Hope, MBA 
  • Hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition
  • Guest speakers
  • Access to hiring managers
  • Small group breakout rooms to network
  • 1-on-1 coaching guidance 

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays, January through June. Each week’s morning and evening session cover the same topics (see below for the list of topics). Job seekers may join at any time, and may attend one or more meetings. Sessions will not be recorded.

Meetings are facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC, an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur. She transitioned to executive coaching over 12 years ago. Deborah has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs and the Massachusetts Conference for Women. She has been trained or certified in a variety of coaching models and assessment tools. Deborah has facilitated 50+ job seekers networking groups since 2016. 

Register for 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am 

Register for 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm

Zoom room opens 30 minutes early for informal networking & resource sharing. 


Wednesday, January 4 + 11 -- Self-Assessment & Transferrable Skills
Wednesday, January 18 + 25 -- Create Your "Career Story" Pitch
Wednesday, February 1 + 8 -- Create A Marketing Plan & Marketing Brief
Wednesday, February 15 + 22 -- Applications, Cover Letters & Negotiation
Wednesday, March 1 + 8 -- Develop Your Resume (Pt. 1)
Wednesday, March 15 + 22 -- Develop Your Resume (Pt. 2)
Wednesday, April 5 +12 -- Create A LinkedIn Profile
Wednesday, April 19 + 26 -- LinkedIn And Personal Branding
Wednesday, May 3 + 10 -- Interview Preparation & Strategy
Wednesday, May 17 + 24 -- Interview Practice
Wednesday, June 7 + 14 -- Meet Hiring Employers
Wednesday, June 21 + 28 -- Networking 2.0