Somerville, NJ – Today’s ever-changing work climate requires the job seeker to constantly adjust course and keep abreast of new trends. To meet this challenge, the Professional Service Group of Central New Jersey (PSGCNJ) offers a free lecture series available to any adults who are unemployed or underemployed.

PSGCNJ meets every Monday in Somerville, New Jersey, offering an opportunity to network, share support, and listen to job search advice from experts in helping people find their next career.

Upcoming speakers include:

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5/01 Bill La Chance: "Money Saving Strategies During a Career Transition: Health Insurance, Taxes, College Costs, and Investment Fees”

This presentation will cover a number of strategies to consider for assistance with cash flow during a career transition.  The focus will be on those strategies that may not be well known or understood.  Topics will include:  Medical Insurance through the Affordable Care Act, tax implications of 401k/403b rollovers and withdrawals, tax deductibility of job hunting expenses, strategies to take advantage of lower marginal tax rates during a transition and potential adjustments to financial aid.

Bill LaChance is an independent financial advisor based in Chatham, NJ.  Bill offers a unique flat fee program and focuses his practice those going through or contemplating a career transition. Prior to launching his financial planning practice, Bill spent twenty-two years in corporate finance in the retail industry and before that was a CPA with a large accounting firm. Bill has a B.S. in Accounting from Bryant University, an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and completed the Financial Planning Certificate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bill is also an Enrolled Agent authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS and provides tax consulting and preparation services. 

For more information about Bill, visit his website at

5/08 PSGCNJ Training Committee: “Advanced CARS"

To create a resume and a brand that truly represents the full spectrum of what you offer, consider looking at the results of your work using the C-A-R (Challenge-Action-Result) strategy.

The C-A-R method consists of these steps:

  1. Describe the situation you faced at work (Challenge)
  2. Detail what you did when faced with it (Action)
  3. Most importantly, divulge the outcome (Result) you achieved

The C-A-R formula is a popular solution to both resume writing and interview situations, and for good reason. Employers need to gain a clear picture of your ability to handle obstacles and create the results they need – prior to calling you for an interview.

The PSGCNJ Training Team will walk you through the stories you tell during interviews, to position yourself for interviewing success.

5/15 Dr. Colleen Georges, PhD: "Having it All: Defining What It Means & Managing It Without Sacrificing Sleep & Sanity”

We often hear people ask the question, "Can anyone really have it all?" But, what does it even mean to "have it all"?  It sure can sound overwhelming or perhaps even impossible, but maybe it doesn't have to be. Dr. Colleen Georges will talk about what it means to have it all in each area of our lives and how to manage it without losing sleep or sanity.

Dr. Georges is a Positive Psychology coach, speaker, educator, and author. She runs a private coaching practice where she provides positive psychology life and career coaching, leads community wellness groups, and delivers organizational trainings and speaking engagements. Colleen is also a Rutgers University Lecturer in counseling and women’s leadership and a member of the Rutgers Speaker’s Bureau. In her TEDx Talk, “Re-Scripting the Stories We Tell Ourselves,” Colleen discusses how we change our internal dialogue to transform the lives we live. 

Colleen received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University, is a Nationally Certified Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, and holds over a dozen certifications in life and career coaching, positive psychology, and positive parenting. Colleen is a Huffington Post and Aspire Magazine contributor, and co-author of nine best-selling books including 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People and 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career. Her expertise has been featured in various media including Live Happy, Inspire Me Today, Mashable, Rewire Me, The Job Network,, New Jersey Family Magazine, and The Trenton Times. For more information, see

5/22  Marty Latman: “Working the Room”

When you attend networking or business meetings, are you successful in promoting yourself? Do you leave the meeting feeling that you really accomplished something? Are you unsure of the best ways to do this? Would you like to improve your technique? Join us for an exciting session to learn what you really must do to make your presence at a networking event successful. 

Marty Latman will present the basis tools you need to use to attending networking events. Marty is the chairman of the Bergen Chapter of Financial Executive Network Group (FENG), which he created in March 2002 with 29 members. Membership within this chapter has now grown to over 6,200 members. Since its inception, FENG-Bergen Chapter has successfully helped more than 2,650 of its members find gainful employment. He is also the chairman of NJ Strategic Executive Networking Group (NJSENG), a CIT member, and a member of over 20 other career networking groups.

Marty has been a guest speaker at many networking groups where he has discussed various career development topics including networking, interviewing techniques and advance career planning strategies. He has spoken at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Financial Executive International (FEI), Financial Planning Association of NJ (FPANJ), Media Communication Association – International (MCA-I), Career Forum, Phi Beta Kappa, Careers-in-transition (CIT), Breakfast Club, Neighbors-helping-Neighbors, Westchester Networking Organization (WNO) and others. Marty has been a guest on the radio show and CFO Studio where he has discussed networking skills and how one must deal with being in transition.

Marty is President of Latman Advisory Services LLC. From business consulting to financial advisement to professional career development, Latman Advisory Services is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal or business goals. His team of consultants and advisors take a collaborative approach, working closely to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. With 40 years of experience in nearly 20 different industries, the team has successfully navigated a variety of issues. This rich background has helped Latman Advisory Services achieve high levels of client satisfaction and success.

5/30  Lynne Williams: "Beating the Applicant Tracking System”

As a job seeker, are you wondering why you are not getting any response to your online submissions? Uncover why human eyes may never see the resumes you submit online and discover what you need to do to optimize your resume to beat the dreaded ATS.

Bring to the presentation:

  1. Your current resume
  2. A highlighter and a pencil

The content of this presentation is available in chapter 8 of the book published by the ATD (Association of Talent Development) called Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love available at There is no charge for shipping if purchased at this presentation either online using discount code of BUYBOOK or by cash or check for $25.

Lynne M. Williams, BS, MA, ABD is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, which is an organization that provides support and resources for career transition and career management. She is also the owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper, a part-time virtual assistance business established in 1994, which creates updated resumes and LinkedIn profiles for jobseekers and entrepreneurs. As an avid networker who builds relationships, Lynne helps others as a servant leader and community volunteer. She does training workshops on LinkedIn as well as career transition topics such as the Applicant Tracking System, Art of Networking, Personal Branding, and other technology and social media topics. She has also done extensive doctoral research and writing on Web 2.0 Social Media applications and is a contributing author to the book Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love available at Connect with her on LinkedIn at

June speakers will be announced in May.

"Our mission is to provide all job seekers, whether unemployed or underemployed, a place where they can be provided the tools to land their new job more quickly." explained Daphne Thomas Jones, Executive Director of PSGCNJ, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. "In fact, over 1,300 members of our group have landed new jobs since we launched nine years ago. Our organization is really a community where people in transition can build professional relationships by networking, keep their skills sharp or learn news ones by volunteering in our committees, as well as learn tips and receive training on how to transition to their next career."


Professional Service Group of Central New Jersey (PSGCNJ), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the nation's first employment community. Together, we help our members build professional relationships, protect their current skills and learn new ones. PSGCNJ meets every Monday, except holidays, 10:30am to 12:30pm. The meetings take place at the First United Methodist Church of Somerville, 48 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876. For more information, visit, or email

Photos of speakers are available upon request.


John Grieco

Media Relations, PSGCNJ