Why Hang Out with the Unemployed?

A series on how to survive the pink slip.  aleesa-j-0209

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.

Aleesa Janssen is the Hospitality Staffing Specialist for Workforce Solutions in the Houston/Galveston region. She is a trained chef and has over eleven years of experience in the hospitality industry.

1 Response to “Why Hang Out with the Unemployed?”


  1. 1 Suarez Carter April 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

    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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