April Chapter Meeting
Job Networking Roundtable
- Cost: Free
- Parking: Free
- Food: Appetizers (free)
Our April Chapter Meeting is a progressive Job Networking Roundtable event that everyone should attend and get your job hunting materials in order even if you aren’t ready to take that next step! The best time to get ready for a job search is before you need to do one!
You know there are jobs out there, but you don’t seem to be able to crack the code and get noticed by recruiters so that you can actually get to the hiring managers who will give you those jobs.
At this chapter meeting, you’ll meet recruiters, hiring managers, LinkedIn profile reviewers, resume and portfolio reviewers, and more. You’ll get feedback that can help you move on from dropping resumes into dark holes where you never hear back to the lofty goal of being hired!
LinkedIn Review – Have your LinkedIn profile reviewed by experts based on criteria described in our recent LinkedIn Profile workshop. You can review the Top Takeaways blog post on our web site for the top items to change to maximize the impact of your profile.
Hiring Managers – You will have an opportunity to speak with several hiring managers about what they look for when they hire technical communicators. Find out if they use STAR interview questions, if they hire interns or new graduates, if having a recommendation from a fellow employee will help with the odds of getting hired. Bring your questions and be prepared to learn a lot about hiring practices in general.
Recruiters – We’ll have a few different companies represented at this table and they’ll be bringing open roles with them. Bring your questions and have extra resumes on hand to give them. Be prepared to ask questions like: how important is an online portfolio vs. a print version that you can hand-carry into interviews. Do they read your resume or just use a keyword search tool to find fits for open roles?
Resume Reviews – Bring your resume and be prepared to leave it if you want a really thorough review. But you can get a few tips if you just want someone to do a quick scan. If you leave it for a full review, expect that it could take 2-3 weeks before you’ll hear back.
How it Works
Every 15 -20 minutes we’ll switch tables, progressing to the next one in sequence, and creating a rousing and informative evening!
Bring your resumes, LinkedIn profile printouts, business cards, and questions! We will be making lots of new connections and learning a lot. Also, if you are currently on the job market, bring extra resumes to leave with a recruiter in case you find an opening you want to be considered for.
Also, have your 30-second elevator pitch ready to use. You’ll have an opportunity to dust it off and use it during the networking session prior to the event and possibly as you move between tables.
If you are a recruiter or hiring manager and you have open requisitions, bring them to this session and be prepared to talk to potential hires about those open roles!
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
The room is called the Phinney Center – Room 7 (located on the top floor). It is located in the Blue Building and you can click to view directions.
Volunteers Needed for Setup and Tear Down
We can use volunteers who can come at 5:30 to help do room setup and also help with tear down at the end. They don’t help us with that.