Lansing Job Seeker Networks Set To Launch!

Networking groups for unemployed professionals in the Lansing area are set to launch at Capital Area Michigan Works in April! Spread the word. These groups are free! If you missed my initial post on the concept, follow this link: Help Me Get Lansing Professionals Working

The groups are organized by professional interest. When considering where you fit, it is important to realize the groups are less about what you’ve done in the past and more about leading you to future opportunities.  It’s impossible to create groups for every professional background. Think less about the job titles you’ve held and more about the transferable skills you have that could fit in other areas. Here are the groups, their launch dates and scheduled meeting times:

All Groups Meet At CAMW’s Service Center at 2110 S. Cedar Street, Lansing

  1. Sales/Marketing/Business Development Group – Meets the 2st & 4nd Thursday of each month at 1p.m.
  2. Business Mgmt/Administration/Accounting/HR Group – Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month  at 9:00 a.m.
  3. Information Technology/Systems Group – Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
  4. Science/Engineering/Manufacturing/Construction Mgmt Group – Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Check the calendar at www.CAMW.org for exact dates.

The initial plan was for a Boomer group. Instead of having a recurring group for Boomers, there will be frequent Boomer informational meetings to address topics unique to Boomers. Boomers are encouraged to participate in one of the four groups listed above on a regular basis.

What Purpose Will These Groups Serve?

These groups are intended to provide a positive environment for job seekers to exchange leads, discuss strategy, share success stories and interact with the local business community. Since time is limited, the focus of the meetings will be built around adding momentum to the job searches of those who attend. Team Leaders will have information on local options for those seeking more of a support environment to share struggles and the like. Keep in mind, these groups will be open to the public.

Why Network With Individuals Seeking Similar Jobs?

Contrary to what some believe, networking with those you view as competitors is extremely beneficial. For one, you are chasing the same types of contacts. Pooling your resources allows you to cover more ground. Secondly, most times those you view as competitors really aren’t. Everyone has different skills, talents, needs and preferences. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to give others leads on positions that aren’t right for you and receive leads in return on positions that weren’t right for them? Third, even if individuals are direct competitors, they can only edge you out of one job. If you’re finding five jobs a week to apply to and your competitor is doing the same, if you exchanged information, that’s 10 jobs between the two of you to chase. The most your competitor can take is one. So that’s nine for you to have a shot at. Never mind the fact if you are close to that individual, once he is employed, he is now in a position to refer opportunities that come his way.  Many job seekers get calls on resumes they submitted after they’ve taken a job. Collaborate with one another so candidates who are no longer on the market think of you when this happens.

I’m going to separate out the final reason to network with individuals seeking similar jobs. It’s a gem that I don’t want anyone to miss. Having people clustered this way makes it easy for the business community, specifically hiring managers, to target groups attracting skills valuable for the positions they wish to fill. The networking groups at Capital Area Michigan Works will be open to the corporate sector. Hiring Managers are welcome to attend any meeting without advanced notice. You just never know what surprises might be in store for you!

If you would like more information on these groups, leave a comment here or email me at Lisa @ Find A Fit . com. Leave out the spaces. That’s an attempt to avoid spam.

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