Why Hang Out with the Unemployed?

A series on how to survive the pink slip.  

Why would I want to hang out with someone who does not have a job when I’m looking for a job?   Some of you holding pink slips have asked this question when invited to networking events.  If this is you or you are interested in the answer, keep reading, I’m talking to you.  I’m not advising to go socialize at the unemployment office, but really encouraging you to go out and network with other folks that share the same struggles in the workforce world.

Why?  Why network with others who have been laid-off? It’s an opportunity to learn. Seek out or give advice about job searching, get in with the recruiter’s circle, and exchange information about job fairs, hiring events, industry information, and job leads.

How?  There is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other “pink-slippers” at the House of Blues downtown this week Wednesday, April 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. This event is promoted by 106.9 the Point and best of all it’s free admission! For more information about the Pink Slip Party and to RSVP, go to their website and register.

Who will be there? Recruiters from different industries, Houston’s radio station-106.9 the Point, Workforce Solutions, and of course fellow pink slip holders. When you least expect, you may meet that one person who connects you to the job or lead that you’ve been searching for. What do you have to lose?

What to bring? It’s always a great idea to bring several copies of your current resume, and if you have various focused resumes, that wouldn’t hurt either. Just keep in mind that this is a networking event and not a job fair, so I would recommend bringing your own business cards as well. For around $20.00 at Office Depot or Office Max, you can either purchase a do-it-yourself design/print package or place an order through the store. Another option is to visit Vista Print for free business cards, just pay the shipping and handling and they will take care of the rest. This is a great way to exchange information while networking, plus it’s easy and fairly inexpensive. Don’t forget to bring a pen in case you need to jot down something important- like your next job lead, contact or interview appointment.

So, if you have the job blues and need to connect and remarket yourself, consider attending the Pink Slip Party next week. Networking with different types of people (even the fellow unemployed) could open doors that you didn’t know existed. Don’t pass up this one night dedicated to laid-off job seekers…you never know who you will meet and what new opportunities are out there.

Author: Blogforce

Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. Workforce Solutions helps employers solve workforce-related business problems and area residents build careers, so that both can better compete in the changing worldwide economy. Our Employer Service Division provides personalized service to help employers find qualified applicants for their jobs, build the skills and expertise of their new and current employees, and address human resource needs. We operate multiple community-based career offices in 13 Texas Gulf Coast counties to help residents get a job, keep a job or get a better job – offering placement, career counseling and financial aid services. We partner with the region’s businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to current and future labor needs of industries that are vital to the region and its economy.

One thought on “Why Hang Out with the Unemployed?”

  1. Thank You,
    Not a lot of jobseeker know how to network and this is just what some need in order to stay social minded and sane while seeking employment, It could also be used as an opportunity to carpool to some events.

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