Sometimes, being in a freelance state of mind definitely has its benefits.
Awhile ago, I received an e-mail from a pal who is seeking work after being a stay-at-home-dad. He had suggested a small group of us who were seeking work in unique niches pool our resources - that way, we could share leads, network with each other, provide moral support, but do so in a less formally structured, more socially networked kind of way. There was some initial effort put into it, including a Linked In Group and a Google Group, but as people received freelance opportunities and offers of formal employment...efforts diminished. This not-quite-a-job-club had some initial traction, but there really was not much activity in any regard.
(Lest you think this is going to be a finger pointing post, it most surely is - all the fingers pointed squarely at myself for not running with the ball and taking the initiative.)
But last week, my pal and I met to review each other's resumes, and one of the items for discussion was doing an informal coworking session once a month. For the busy freelancer like me, it would be advantageous to keep my head in the game. For him, it was a way to reconnect with the "job search" community. Plus, it's also a way to break the isolation that arises when you're consistently job seeking, and allows me to keep my event planning skills sharp.
So we'll be working out of a conference room at Next Door Cafe, located at 659 W. Diversey (just a brief walk from the Diversey Brown Line station) on Monday, March 19th from 9:30 am to about 11:00 am. Please note that this is not a structured networking event of any kind - no name tags, no drink minimums (although we encourage you to support Next Door by purchasing coffee and/or breakfast), and bring a laptop. This is more of a way for us job stalkers to get to know each other, and if we get enough people, we may do this on a monthly basis.
So please feel free, if you're a fellow job seeker and are looking for an alternative to the usual nightly networking events....please give us a shot. At the very least, it will get you out of the house, and you'll enjoy a decent cup of coffee with some great conversation.
Thanks again for reading - as always, please leave any thoughts and questions in the comments below. You're more than welcome to connect with me via Linked In, if the spirit moves you (just let me know it's via Chicago Now's Job Stalker), and check out more of my online writing and overall activities via http://www.gordondymowski.com.