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Thanks for visiting my website! My goal is to inspire one million job seekers to not only find a job, but to find one that they love. To book a speaking engagement anywhere in the USA, please call me at 877-436-9086. Let's get your job seekers back to work ASAP!

 

 

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Interviewed on Fox 5 News Live by Diane Macedo about the "Total Career Makeover Contest"
  • Interviewed several times on Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH Channel 8, an ABC Affiliate
  • Interviewed on "The Success Show" by Kristi Frank from Season One of The Apprentice
  • Interviewed on WDIY 88.1 - A Member Station of National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Interviewed on WDVR-FM 97.1 on the Stepping Stones show
  • Interviewed on WTOD in Toledo, OH on "Jobs for Candidates Over 50"
  • Interviewed on the Joe Franklin Show on Bloomberg Radio WBBR
  • Invited to guest host HireFriday chat (#HFChat) on Twitter in September 2011
  • Presented "What Human Resources Managers Need to Do To Keep Their Best Employees from Leaving" at
    • SHRM Garden State Council - 19th Annual State Conference in 2010
    • Delaware Valley 2010 HR Summit
    • Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources in Neptune, NJ
    • Execusense - the world's largest executive webinar library
    • Westchester Human Resources Management Association in White Plains, NY
  • Developed Absolutely Abby's Job Search Success Series, a 10-week teleseminar series, exclusively for The University of Rochester:
    • The Secret Do's and Don'ts of Job Searching
    • The Magic of Networking
    • Using LinkedIn to Create Vital Introductions
    • Don't Just Think Outside the Box – Think Outside This World
    • The Top Interview Questions Exposed
    • Success for the Seasoned Search – the Benefit of Being Called Overqualified
    • Developing Effective Relationships With Headhunters
    • Tweeting Your Way to Your Next Job
    • Bridging the Gap – Returning to the Workforce After Time Away
    • The Top 10 Things I've Learned Since College
  • Presented "A Recruiter's Guide to Finding & Landing the Right Job" to students at Rowan University, Rider University, Columbia University, SUNY Old Westbury, and NYU
  • Presented "The 10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School" to students at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, NY
  • Keynote Presenter at Rochester's Student Alumni Networking Night – New York, NY
  • Awarded the "Pinnacle Award" by the Society of Human Resources for presenting on "Social Media Networking Strategies for Success" at "Mission Success", The Ultimate Warrior Career Workshops and Job Fair in Fort Dix, NJ
  • Moderated a panel for "Recruiter's Night Out" in Rochelle Park, NJ for MIS Network Associates (MNA), IT–Networking, the ETP Network, TENG, The Breakfast Club of NJ, Monmouth Networking, and Careers In Transition (CIT)
  • Moderated "Hear It From the Source: A Panel of Professional Recruiters" at
    • Project Ezra Career Event in Teaneck, NJ
  • Delivered an outplacement program for Bradco Supply Corporation consisting of these modules:
    • The Do's & Don'ts of Job Searching in 2010
    • Networking Effectively - Live and Online
    • Advanced Networking & Social Media
  • Developed and implemented "Your Career Campaign 2009", a 5 hour conference in NYC attended by 200 job seekers
  • Contributed to the planning of "Career Planning on a Napkin", a job seeker conference in Stamford, CT
  • Presented "Using Twitter to Become a Thought Leader in Your Market" at Somerset County Business Partnership in Bridgewater, NJ
  • Presented "Using Social Media to Build Your Business" at
    • New Jersey Childcare Association
    • State Association for Early Childhood Education
    • Partnership In Education Conference at Raritan Valley Community College
  • Presented "Interviewing Ingenuity" at St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ
  • Presented "What If You Didn't Get the Job" to the Going Places Network at Dress For Success in Newark, NJ
  • Presented "Where are the jobs and how can you find them?" for the Trinity Temple SDA Church – Workforce Training Series in Newark, NJ
  • Presented "The Never-Ending Interview" for GetWorks at the Media Presbyterian Church in Media, PA
  • Presented "How to Be Seen as an Expert Among the Competition" at New Canaan CATS (Career Transition Support) in New Canaan, CT
  • Presented "Success for the Seasoned Search - The Benefit of Being Overqualified" at
    • NJ Senior Executives Networking Group (NJ-SENG) – Ridgewood, NJ
    • Career Planning on a Napkin Conference - Stamford, CT
    • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) - 5th Annual Career Day Forum at Rutgers University
    • Department of Labor Professional Services Group (PSG) – Somerville & Mercer
    • Lehigh Valley Professionals Group – Allentown, PA
    • St. Gregory the Great Networking Group - Hamilton Square, NJ
    • Career Forum Networking Group - Somerset, NJ
    • The Breakfast Club – East Brunswick, NJ
    • Employment Ministry from the Immaculate Conception Church – Somerville, NJ
    • Creative Maturity Expo at the JCC MetroWest – West Orange, NJ
    • Maplewood/South Orange Professionals in Transition – Maplewood, NJ
  • Presented "Don't Just Think Outside the Box – Think Out of This World" at
    • The Bucks County Job Fair – Washington Crossing, PA
    • Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County - Milltown, NJ
    • SHRM at Lee Hecht Harrison - Parsippany, NJ
    • St. Mary's Parish - Middletown, NJ
    • Temple Community Network - Franklin Lakes, NJ
    • Bergen Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) – Ridgewood, NJ
    • HRMA – the SHRM Princeton Chapter – Princeton, NJ
    • The Northern Fairfield Professionals Group – Danbury, CT
    • Employment Ministry of the Immaculate Conception Church of Somerville
    • PMI-NJ Career Networking Group – Edison, NJ
    • Trinity Church Jobseekers Group – Princeton, NJ
    • Community Network of Career Development - Pearl River, NY
    • St. Thomas Job Seekers Group - Bloomfield, NJ
    • HR Conference at Rutgers University - UNITY: You Land When Others Don't
    • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) - 4th Annual Career Day Forum at Rutgers University
    • Greater Philadelphia Senior Executives Group (GPSEG) - Philadelphia, PA
    • Scotch Plains Library Career Networking Group - Scotch Plains, NJ
    • Chem Pharma Morristown Chapter - Whippany, NJ
    • Project Management Job Club of Westchester at the Town of Greenburgh Town Hall - White Plains, NY
    • Department of Labor Professional Services Group (PSG) - West Caldwell, Dover, Westampton & New Brunswick, NJ
    • Lehigh Valley Professionals Group - Allentown, PA
    • Westchester Networking Organization - Chappaqua, NY
    • Connect to Care Jewish Community Services - Mount Kisco, NY
    • Right Management - Parsippany, NJ & New York, NY
    • Job Prosper Expo - Elizabeth, NJ
    • Schmoozer's Job Network/Jewish Employment Transition Services (JETS) - West Hartford, CT
    • Career Forum - Basking Ridge, NJ
    • El Rio Grande Restaurant - New York, NY
    • Whine & Dine HR In-Transition Group – Edison, NJ
  • Presented "Using Social Media to Help You Win the Gold" at
    • Dress for Success - Morris County Chapter
    • Parsippany Chamber of Commerce Career Fair – Parsippany, NJ
    • Jewish Family Service – Somerville, NJ
    • Princeton Public Library – Princeton, NJ
    • NJ Unemployed Group - Lawrenceville, NJ
    • Drake Beam Morin Professionals Networking Group - Princeton, NJ
    • Financial Executives Networking Group - Garden City, NY, Paramus, NJ & Eatontown, NJ
    • Morris County Career Networking Group - Morristown, NJ
    • ASTD's In Transition Group at Dale Carnegie - New York, NY
    • Cornerstone Church Career Night - Wyckoff, NJ
    • Monmouth Job Search Network - Middletown, NJ
    • The Breakfast Club - East Brunswick, NJ
    • Schmoozer's Job Network/Jewish Employment Transition Services (JETS) - West Hartford, CT
    • Lehigh Valley Professionals Group - Allentown, PA
    • Senior Executive's Networking Group (SENG) - Paramus, NJ
    • Department of Labor Professional Services Group (PSG) - West Caldwell, Dover, Burlington & Somerville, NJ
    • Career Networking Group in the Bernardsville Library – Basking Ridge, NJ
    • Association for Operations Management (APICS) PRSJ Chapter - Cranbury, NJ
    • Russell Library Job Group - Middletown, CT
    • Temple Community Network at Barnert Temple - Franklin Lakes, NJ
    • St. Mary's Job Networking Group - Middleton, NJ
    • Workforce Series at Trinity Temple SDA Church - Newark, NJ
  • Presented "An Introduction to LinkedIn" for
    • The Mid-NJ ASTD's Social Media Workshop in Princeton, NJ
    • Several recruiting & training companies in the NY metropolitan area
  • Social media panel member for
    • Social Media Conference – Somerset County Business Partnership in Basking Ridge, NJ
    • "Creating Your Online Presence Using Social Media" at Mid-NJ ASTD in Princeton, NJ
  • Presented on "Recruiting and Motivating Volunteers" for the SHRM Garden State Council in New Brunswick, NJ
  • Presented on "Networking for Recruiting Success – Live and Online Solutions" at
    • Continuum Health Partners Recruiting Department in New York, NY
    • Advantage Human Resourcing in New York, NY
    • Resources Global Professionals in New York, NY
    • Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York, NY
  • Presented "Job Searching Today – How to Play & Beat the Odds" at
    • National Council of Jewish Women - Livingston, NJ
    • Donald Dungan Library - Costa Mesa, CA
    • Katie Wheeler Library - Irvine, CA
    • Claremont Branch Library - San Diego, CA
    • Mission Hills Branch Library - San Diego, CA
    • Jewish Family Service of Central NJ - Scotch Plains, NJ
    • Maplewood/South Orange Professionals in Transition - Maplewood, NJ
    • Weathering the Storm Job Search Group - New London, PA
    • St. Gregory the Great Networking Group - Hamilton Square, NJ
    • St. Francis Job Transition Group - Easton, PA
    • Our Lady of the Mount Neighbor to Neighbor Employment Network - Warren, NJ
    • Job Search Work Team at Border's - Princeton, NJ
    • Computer Insight Learning Center's Work Readiness Program - Eatontown, NJ
    • UJA Federation of NY's Connect to Care at WJCS - White Plains, NY
    • JobShop teleconference, part of PM Lessons Learned
    • Monday at Seven Networking Group at The Darien Library - Darien, CT
    • Ridge Diner Job Seeker's Group - Suffern, NY
    • Trinity Church JobSeekers Group - Princeton NJ
    • The Church of the Immaculate Conception's Employment Ministry - Somerville, NY
    • Russell Library Job Group – Middletown, CT
    • Westchester Project Managers Job Club – White Plains, NY
    • Job Seekers of Montclair – Montclair, NJ
    • Financial Executive's Networking Group (FENG) - Paramus, NJ
    • Lehigh Valley SHRM Career Connections Group - Bethlehem, PA
    • Lehigh Valley Professionals Group - Allentown, PA
    • Princeton HRMA – SHRM Job Search Group - Princeton, NJ
    • Sussex Warren HR In–Transition Group - Mount Olive, NJ
    • Cornerstone Career Network - Wyckoff, NJ
    • St. Mary's Church In–Transition Network - New Monmouth, NJ
    • Department of Labor Professional Services Groups (PSG) - New Brunswick and Trenton, NJ
    • Department of Labor Professional Services Groups (PSG) - Somerville, Dover, and Neptune, NJ
    • Marathi Vishwa Networking Group - Lawrence Harbor, NJ
    • Senior Executive's Networking Group (SENG) - Paramus, NJ
    • PA CareerLink of Bucks County – Bristol, PA
  • Speaker on "A Recruiter's Guide to Finding and Landing the Right Job" at
    • Career Networking Group in Basking Ridge, NJ
    • Trinity Church Job Seekers Group in Princeton, NJ
    • The Breakfast Club Networking Group in East Brunswick, NJ
    • Drake Beam Morin Senior Networking Group in New York, NY
    • Department of Labor Professional Services Groups (PSG) in New Brunswick, Westampton, & Dover, NJ
    • Financial Executive Networking Group in Northern, NJ
    • Career Forum Networking Group in Somerset, NJ
    • ChemPharma Networking Group in Morristown, NJ
    • MIS Networking Group in Totowa, NJ
  • Presented "How to Maximize Your Positioning Using Social Media" to
    • Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) – Princeton, NJ & Paramus, NJ
    • Senior Executives Networking Group – Ridgewood, NJ
  • Speaker on "Creative Campaigning – How To Outsmart Your Competition" at
    • "Your Career Campaign – 2009" Workshop in New York, NY
    • Israeli Career Network in New York, NY
    • Dor Chadash, affiliate of the Jewish Federation of North America in New York, NY
  • Presented "Social Not-Working: How To Connect With Real People" for Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training – Eatontown, NJ
  • Speaker on "Discovering Your Career Personality Using the Myers–Briggs" at
    • Central Jersey SHRM's Job Search Group in Somerset, NJ
    • Career Networking Group in Basking Ridge, NJ
    • Association of Information Technology Professionals in Parsippany, NJ
  • Corporate Recruiting Panel Member for
    • MBA students at Metropolitan College in New York, NY
    • Career Transition 2010: New Strategies for the New Search for Thunderbird Alumni
    • Marketing MBA graduating class at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business in New York, NY
    • Parsippany Chamber of Commerce Career Coaching Panel in Randolph, NJ
    • HR & Social Media: Insights & Advice for Social Media Club of North Jersey
    • Project Management Institute's Networking Group in Basking Ridge, NJ
    • MIS Networking Group in Rochelle Park, NJ
    • Hope Program in Brooklyn, NY

Publications

  • Author of "Absolutely Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets" (January 2010)
  • Author of "Absolutely Abby's Top 12 Interview Questions Exposed" (May 2010)
  • Contributor to "The Twitter Job Search Guide" (JIST March 2010)
  • Author of "Operation Job Search: Inside Secrets from a Corporate Recruiter" (January 2009)
  • Author of 126 articles on AbsolutelyAbby.com
  • Edited the career chapters of "Fabulous At Fifty", a book for baby boomers (July 2005)
  • Developed a career tips section for the Kaplan/Dress for Success website (2004)

Volunteer and Leadership Experience

  • Developed and implemented "Your Career Campaign 2009", a conference in NYC attended by 200 job seekers
  • Host of twice-monthly question and answer conference call for job seekers: CareerWakeupCalls.com
  • Volunteer at The United Way's Workforce Development Career Fair & Workshop - 2010
  • Critiqued resumes at the Bucks County Job Fair - 2011
  • Critiqued resumes at the National Career Fair - NYC, NJ & Pittsburgh, PA - 2010
  • Critiqued resumes at the Southern New England Chapter of PMI Career Fair - 2010
  • Alumni Mentor at the University of Rochester's Student–Alumni Networking Night – 2009-2012
  • Manhattan Networking Leader & Strategic Growth Advisor – HR Whine & Dine Networking Group
  • Volunteer Mock Interviewer for The Hope Program in Brooklyn, NY – 2008
  • Participated in the "Walk to Cure Psoriasis" - 2010 - 2011
  • Volunteer Career Coach at Parsippany Chamber of Commerce Career Fair - 2010
  • Orchestrated "Take Your Daughters to Work Day" at Kaplan, Inc., The Economist, Alpharma, and LEO Pharma
  • Volunteered for holiday events at Maplewood Women's Club & South Mountain YMCA – 2006-2010
  • Volunteered for New York Cares – painted schools in Harlem - 2005
  • Licensed foster care provider – 2005-2011
  • Long Island Women's Table Tennis Champion – 1993
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:31
 

Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!