Struggling back ...

Still fighting with the dread "dead computer" issues here ... have a new hard drive coming (hopefully today) for my main computer, and still scraping along with an old jerry-rigged system at the moment.  While very frustrating (I'm used to fairly intense multi-tasking that my current system just is not up to), I have managed to get into a flow of being able to at least generally keep up with my job search reading, meaning that I have a good block of "weekend reading" to pass along to you today!

On other fronts, finally, after the holidays, the networking calendar started to swell this week.  Once again, I probably could have gone to a dozen events this week.  However, I've found that completely filling my week with these eventually becomes counter-productive, as there's an exhaustion factor that catches up with me.  To give you a feeling of what sorts of things are out there, I figured I'd give you a run-down on what I've been to this week.  On Tuesday it was the monthly Meet-Up for the NetSquared group, which is an outreach that brings together folks in the non-profit field with folks in the tech field, since I'm interested in both sides of that equation, it's a natural.  I got to see some folks I'd not had a chance to chat with in a couple of months, and saw a great presentation (although this on was not particularly good for making new connections).  On Wednesday, I was up in Evanston working on some consulting that I'm doing with EvanstonOnline.com's Evanston Today Live web news program, and ended up staying up there for an event that the Technology Innovation Center was holding.  Met a number of new folks, which got converted over to 1st degree LinkedIn connections.  Last night I was off at the launch party for the Tribune's "Nelson Algren Awards", which was fabulous in that I got to meet a whole bunch of folks that I'd previously only known via Twitter ... and it's always good to be able to have face-to-face contact with folks, no matter how "techy" one is.  I have another possible Meet-Up in play for this evening, but I'm thinking a night home with the family might be more constructive.

While you're catching up on the reading here, you might also want to block out some time to start poking around on the web for events in your area -- meetup.com is a good place to start, as would be Google, combining industry key words with "event" or "networking".  Anyway, links below the cut, hope you find them helpful ...

• No Job and Running Out of Money

• The Introvert's Guide to Landing a New Job

• Networking isn't working? 4 easy fixes

• How to Get Past the Nerves on an Interview

• Has Your Job Search Become String Cheese and Oreos?

• Job Interview Tips - Making Best Use of Your Employment History

• The Art of Intuitive Networking®

• How to Turn a Job Application Into an Interview

• Eight Tips for Job Hunting During the Recession

• Three Gotta Read Books for the Serious Job Hunter

• 11 Keys To Successful Job Search Networking

• Where are all the jobs?

• Zen and the Art of Twitter: 4 Tips for Productive Tweeting

• HOW TO: Tweet Your Way to Finding a Job on Twitter

• Twitter Job Search Tips

• Best Industry Job Boards on the Internet

• How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

• Hidden Jobs: Where the Jobs Really Are

• LinkedIn and Social Media Sites Are the Recruiting Tools Companies Plan to Increase the Most in 2010

• Surviving Job Loss

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