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November 27, 2010

Good news/bad news/good news about holiday networking


Like the last two holiday seasons, this new one -- still in it's infancy -- looks like it will come packaged in the now-familiar mixed bag of economic indicators. On one hand, there is optimism for a healthier economy in 2011, and on the other, despair that the unemployment rate has barely budged in the last 12 months.

The good news is that early reports for the much-ballyhooed "Black Friday" sales look fairly promising. While the final numbers aren't in yet, shoppers turned out in droves to catch yesterday's sales. And a confident shopper, of course, is the first domino that needs to fall in the long cascade that will lead to sustainable job creation.

The bad news, however, is that if you are looking for work now, you most likely won't see any until January or perhaps February. As the year ends, many hiring managers tend to stop looking for new people and wait until next year to reassess their hiring needs.

But the good news (again) is that this is also the most social time of the year. The next two weeks are packed with holiday parties and business socials where you can mingle with hiring managers and discuss your prospects for 2011. Here are just a few of the events in the region to give you one last chance to meet with hiring managers before the holidays -- a meeting that perhaps could give you an edge when they're back in business in the new year.

TUE., NOV. 30

Career Workshop Series -- The Seattle Parks and Recreation's Outdoor Opportunities program presents a workshop for those aged 18 to 25 about job-search strategies, effective résumés, successful interview skills and more. Where: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, Seattle. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: Free.

WED., DEC. 1

Consultant Holiday Social -- The Institute of Management Consultants is holding its annual holiday-themed social, allowing those in the consulting industry to network with colleagues and enjoy a few drinks. Where: Grand Cru, Bellevue. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: $35 online; $40 at the door.

PRforPeople Holiday Party -- Patricia Vaccarino's monthly networking group will hold its holiday party, featuring a short presentation by Skye Burn of The Flow Project and the launch of PR for People's upcoming new website. Where: Patricia Cameron Gallery, Seattle. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free.

Eastside Networking Event -- This LinkedIn group gathering is a chance to network and meet with local representatives from firms such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, T-Mobile and more. Where: Rock Bottom Brewery, Bellevue. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free.


WTIA Cocktails & Contributions -- Get in some holiday networking among the region's up-and-coming technology firms on board a Royal Argosy Cruise ship. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Bring an unwrapped toy to enter a raffle to support Toys for Tots. Where: Pier 56, Seattle waterfront. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $25, WTIA members; $40 non-members.

FRI., DEC. 3

Toast of Seattle -- Come see the last of this year's monthly breakfast confabs, hosted by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Specialty's Café & Bakery, with three rounds of structured networking. Where: Treehouse, Seattle. When: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost: $20 for Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers; $10 more after Dec. 1.

SAT., DEC. 4

YPIN Holiday Party -- Young Professionals International Network (YPIN), a branch of the World Affairs Council, is hosting this elegant evening of networking with some of Seattle's most sophisticated internationally-minded people in their 20s and 30s. Admission includes appetizers and cash bar. Where: Little Red Studio, Seattle. When: Starts 8 p.m. Cost: $15 for YPIN members; $20 for non-members; $15 for students.

TUE., DEC. 7

Book Reading -- If you're looking for a little literary catharsis about your employment situation, come see Joshua Holland, editor and senior writer at AlterNet, who will read from his book "The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy." Where: Barnes & Noble, University Village. When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free


Women's Business Exchange Breakfast Lecture -- In this lecture series, Rae Anne Rushing, CEO and co-founder of Rushing Co., will present "Doing Business a Woman's Way: How Talent, Commitment and Inner Vision Can Shape a Life and Change the World." Admission includes breakfast: Where: Washington Athletic Club, Seattle. When: 7 to 9 a.m. Cost: $25 for WBE members; $32 for nonmembers.

Power of Play -- Attention gamers: The Washington Interactive Network is hosting this event covering the state of the Seattle-area interactive media industry, including a presentation by Nick Berry, president of DataGenetics, and a panel discussion with gaming company executives. Holiday reception to follow. Where: The Marriott at Redmond Town Center. When: 3 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $60 for early bird; $85 after Nov. 30.

MITEF NW Forum: Northwest Startup Demo -- The local chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum is teaming with several local angel investment organizations to present this glimpse at some of the most promising startup firms in the region. Where: One Union Square, Seattle. When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $25.

FRI., DEC. 10

NWEN Breakfast Buzz -- This presentation by the Northwest Entrepreneur Network will feature remarks by Zillow CEO Spencer Rask about his insights on engaging consumers in the real estate market, followed by a networking opportunity with top local business owners, investors and advisors. Where: Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue. When: 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. Cost: $15 for NWEN members; $30 for nonmembers.

WED., DEC. 15

Linked:Seattle December Meetup -- This month's get-together by one of the Puget Sound region's largest social media groups moves to Tacoma, where local professionals can discuss business opportunities in the South Sound area. Where: Pacific Lutheran University School of Business, Tacoma. When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free, but donations will be accepted.

Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.

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