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February 13, 2011

Networking events shift into high gear for 2011


At the halfway point in February, the networking events around the Puget Sound region are now back in full swing again. Many organizations are holding their first meetups of the year as hiring managers begin looking to fill positions for the rest of 2011.

Before I launch into this weeks roundup of events, I wanted to point out the return of three seminars this week, hosted by my Hire Ground colleague, Paul Anderson, of ProLango Consulting. His upcoming classes include:

Career Search Optimization, Mon., Feb. 14, noon to 1:30 p.m., Free.
LinkedIn Search Optimization, Tue., Feb. 15, 9 to 10:30 a.m., for $25.
Breakthrough Interviewing, Fri, Feb. 18, noon to 1:30 p.m., Free.

All ProLango seminars will be held at Bellevue Place, in Bellevue. Check out the links above for more information. Don't miss this chance to hear Paul's sage advice about how to use psychology to your advantage during your job search.

Now onto the job fairs, networking events and seminars for the rest of this month:

TUE., FEB. 15

Social Media for the Job Searcher -- Wappow presents this all-day workshop about marketing yourself via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn during your job hunt. Also, learn tips about meeting recruiter expectations. Where: Wappow Offices, Seattle. When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $48; $25 refunded for those who bring proof of unemployment benefits.

Confessions of a Best-Selling Author: Essential Do's and Dont's of Book Publishing and Marketing - If you're thinking of breaking into the publishing business, get some pointers at this seminar with Patrick Snow, author of "Creating Your Own Destiny," who successfully self-published until landing a contract with Wiley & Sons. Where: Mosaic Coffeehouse, Seattle. When: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: Free.

Eastside Entrepreneurs Networking Happy Hour - Those interested in learning more about starting a business on their own should attend this monthly networking happy hour event. Where: Grand Cru Mixologie Lounge, Bellevue. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free; $2 happy hour beers available.

EWI Seattle Chapter Dinner Meeting - The local chapter of Executive Women International is holding this evening networking event, featuring a presentation on mediation techniques with guest speaker P. Selden Prentice of the Washington Mediation Association. Where: Columbia Tower Club, 75th Floor, Seattle. When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $52.

WED., FEB. 16

Networking and the Hidden Job Market: Tapping Into Unadvertised Jobs - This Bellevue College seminar will discuss ways to use networking to help with your job search rather than relying on want ads. Where: Bellevue College, Center for Career Connections, Bellevue. When: 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Cost: Free.

Linked:Seattle Meetup - This month's LinkedIn-based networking meetup moves to Renton. The first 100 attendees to register for the Bring a Buddy challenge will automatically win a free set of unique business cards. Where: Tea Palace, Renton. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free.


Nationwide Job Fair: Tacoma - South Sound job seekers can meet with a variety of employers at this free job fair. Parking is free. Where: La Quinta Hotel and Conference Center, Tacoma. When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Free.

The Ultimate Networking Event - This Eastside meeting will change the rules of most networking events in that it will begin with a detailed introduction of each participant and a description of the purpose of your business. In this way, meaningful business relationships can develop. Where: Embassy Suites, Bellevue. When: 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: Free.

Mix & Mingle: Get Inspired! - For this Biznik event, there is no agenda - just a chance for local business owners to getting to know each other in a relaxed and casual Capitol Hill environment. Where: 22, Seattle. When: 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free.

FRI., FEB. 18

Get Me Excited: Create a Dynamic Elevator Speech - Interior designer Rebecca West will lead this workshop about how to get your message across in less than 30 seconds. Where: Mosaic Den, Seattle. When: 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: Free.

TUE., FEB. 22

Young Professionals of Seattle Monthly Happy Hour - The Young Professionals of Seattle, a group of 20- to 30-something professionals, ranging from computer programmers to publicists to lawyers, are meeting for their first happy hour of the year for conversation and networking. Where: Citrus, Seattle. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free.

Jobtini - This networking event is a chance to meet with recruiters from organizations such as Community Health Plan of Washington, Microsoft, State Farm, the University of Washington and many others. Where: Spitfire Restaurant, Seattle. When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free.

Connect Networking Event -- Julian Michael, founder of Kreate Media & Productions, will host this event to help you connect with new people who share your passions, have a need for a particular service or may be able to collaborate on a future project or event. Where: Avalon Bay Towers, Bellevue. When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for individuals; $17 for two.

WED., FEB. 23

The Modern Resume: How to Move to the Top of the Stack - Matt Youngquist of Career Horizons, recruiter Cheryl Ferguson and HR professional Dustin Knievel will present this seminar with tips about making your resume stand out. Where: UW Tower Mezzanine, Seattle. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free


Job Search 101 - For those who are just starting to look for a new job, this class will go over the basics about how to find open positions and how to organize a job search. Where: Bellevue College Student Services Building, second floor, Bellevue. When: 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Cost: Free.

Eastside Networking Event -- Network with other Eastside professionals during this gathering, hosted by a local LinkedIn group. Where: Rock Bottom Brewery, Bellevue. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free.

'Shine On' Short Film Screening - Here's your chance to view the 26-minute, Biznik-sponsored film "Shine: The Entrepreneur's Journey," about the successes and challenges of local entrepreneurs. After the screening, the group will break into small groups to discuss what it means to be an entrepreneur. Where: Spitfire Grill, Seattle. When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free.

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

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Robert in Lynnwood compares Job Finding Networking Meetings to a Dog Park visit.

"Dennis, I enjoy your tips a lot. Wanted you to know I've had a job finding epiphany.

Recently I took my dog, "Lucky," to a local dog park. He always knows when it's time to go to the park. Boy! He gets really excited. He gets to run around; has hopes of meeting a girl; sniff some new dogs and make friends and maybe get some treats. An hour later he's run around; sniffed last weeks dogs and some other dogs; hasn't scored; gets back in the car and we go home. And, Lucky's life hasn't changed a bit. But, next week he'll be at the door ready to go to the park again with the same expectation and the same results.

Suddenly it dawned on me that my job finding networking meetings are the human equivalent of going to the 'Dog Park.' I show up, see mostly the same people I saw last week; the same people tell what they do and what they want to do (hoping someone will be able to recommend or introduce them to a contact that has a job; there's the same sad unemployed people with the same expectations and stories; then there's new face advising us to 'just network harder and go to the job boards; and, there's a new networking group in Edmonds' (same message as last week). After spending up to four hours getting to / from and staying two hours, I go home and my life (job search) hasn’t changed a bit. What should I do?" 

TIP: Robert, sounds like you need to re-prioritize your time usage.

Moral: Over reliance on Networking can be detrimental to your job search.

Hi there Robert,

I would suggest to take heed of the following saying:

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got."

Do something different. Hanging out with other unemployed folks may be good for your attitude and entertainment; but, is usually not so good when it comes to finding work. Everyone is shaking the same apple tree by looking at the same job boards.

Do something different. Identify a list of companies you want to work for then set out by giving them something.

Most job searchers are always asking for something.

Do some research for them in your field, summarize journal articles and send them to hiring managers, volunteer your skills for a non-profit until you find a job etc.

Look where searching job listings has gotten you. What have you got to lose?

Good luck,

Rod Mattson

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