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Job Search Support Group Comes to Fair Lawn

Neighbors-helping-Neighbors will begin holding weekly meetings at the Fair Lawn library, beginning Monday, Feb. 27.

Neighbors-helping-Neighbors, a rapidly expanding volunteer-led organization that offers weekly support and networking opportunities for out-of-work people who are actively seeking employment, is coming to Fair Lawn.

Beginning Feb. 27, an NhN group will start meeting at 7 p.m. every Monday at the .

“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,” NhN founder and River Edge resident John Fugazzie said in a statement. “Support, discussion and information sharing can make all the difference. It helps re-build the confidence needed to successfully implement the steps to land a job."

With the addition of Fair Lawn, the weekly job search support group -- which was founded last January by Fugazzie at the River Edge Public Library -- will have grown to 19 other libraries throughout New Jersey.

The key to NhN's success has been its ability foster a collaborative environment where group members assist each other in job search techniques and make recommendations based on their own personal experience.

At each meeting, members congregate and then take turns sharing their experience and the sort of jobs they're looking for.

"This way we can all help with networking and target company suggestions," Fugazzie said. "Our goal is to help each other at meetings with support and suggestions and be very upbeat."

To date, the organization has helped 53 people land jobs.

"NhN has been a great source of support and knowledge," reads a testimonial from a River Edge resident named Juliet who got help with her LinkedIn profile through NhN and ended up finding work because of it. 

"I had thought my profile was pretty good," Juliet said, "but [a fellow NhN member] was able to make suggestions such as groups to join and recruiters to 'friend'...A recruiter noticed me because we were in the same Family Office LinkedIn group and contacted me, and the rest is history!" 

If you'd like to get involved, but can't make it Monday nights, NhN members can attend programs at neighboring libraries that offer the program and hold meetings on different nights throughout the week. Check the NhN website for a listing of meeting dates and the libraries that participate.

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