Sorry to have not gotten out a mid-week post here ... I had planned one that was focusing on a couple of events this week (including a job fair), but I got swamped by events and by the time I was able to "pull the trigger" on that, it would have been "old news" (or at least requiring very fast action). As it turned out, despite my having registered for said job fair, and having it on my calendar, I ended up not attending it, as another event (a focus panel some networking associates were running, regarding a project of yet another acquaintance) presented itself and seemed more to-the-point for my specific job search!
Please pardon the "visual pun" here, but it's oddly hard to find good graphics for networking, and I figured some "working nets" would be a respite from another pic of folks standing around having cocktails! As I've written before, Chicago is a great market for finding opportunities to get out there and meet folks. I had thirteen events that I was interested in attending (with 3 competing get-togethers on each of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights) this week, and that's not counting the three after-parties that I was invited to following the Social Media Club monthly meeting last night! I've made it out to four so far, with one possibility I may yet get to tonight.
Again, while my own "niche" is very active in networking, there are possibilities out there in nearly all industries and interest areas. I got a weekly update mailing from MeetUp yesterday, and they indicated that there were 712 MeetUps happening around Chicago this week, and that's just one service! If you're not out there meeting people, you're hampering your chances of running into the random person who knows some other person who is looking to hire somebody with exactly your qualifications ... and that's (unfortunately) the way most jobs get filled these days.
Anyway, it's Friday, which means it's "link dump day" ... on the other side of the cut are sixteen articles that I've found on the web this week, which I thought were particularly useful, and I hope you find them helpful ...
Hope these give you some good tips ... and, for the whole shebang of links I've shared here, click here for this week's "big list":
Oh, and to those who might have been considering picking up some The Job Stalker "swag": unfortunately the Tribune's lawyers decided that the "swag shop" I'd set up with CafePress was not a good idea, so I've pulled that down and edited the previous posts that had links out to it ... a pity, as that was some awesome gear.