Help out a job seeker – Fort Wayne networking groups

I’m looking to help out a friend who is in the market for a new job. Can anyone suggest a networking group like the one described below?

I’m struggling for opportunities to network with people other than former co-workers.  Would you be able to offer any suggestions?  I’ve considered the lunch and learn activities at the Chamber of Commerce, but want other suggestions.  Anything you could recommend would be helpful.

This is a case where, as Craig Crook would say, “all of us are smarter than any of us”–I’m trying to tap into the wisdom of crowds here. Please add your suggestions in the comments. Thanks for your help!

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4 Responses to Help out a job seeker – Fort Wayne networking groups

  1. Jon Swerens says:

    Your friend mentioned The Chamber’s Lunch ‘n Learn events, and those can be used for networking immediately before and after the sessions.

    But even better may be the Meet Me @ 5 events. The next one The Chamber will host is Thursday, April 21, at Lotus Wellness Yoga and Gallery at 1301 Lafayette St.

    Also, if your friend is currently employed by a Chamber business, he would be able to attend any of our events at The Chamber rate. And here’s our Chamber calendar.

  2. Anthony – Here’s Shane Grantham’s list of open networking groups in Fort Wayne. I’d suggest the Thursday meetings at Trine (True Business Networking) and the Norris Networking Group on Fridays at Crazy Pins. http://gconsult.us/blog/about/742-2
    Your friend needs to be crystal clear on what he wants AND what he brings to the table. He’s got to be able to say it in 60 seconds flat.

    Brilliant book on job/career switching – 48 Days to the Work You Love. Suggest it to your friend.

  3. Sarah Arnold says:

    What industry is your friend in? For example, I know of three non-profit networking groups in Fort Wayne and several interagency groups in outlying counties. Sometimes there are industry specific groups that can also be helpful.
    -Sarah

  4. Anthony – Shanes’s group list is a comprehensive list of all the groups around Fort Wayne. One could attend networking groups each and every day in Fort Wayne..One needs to focus!

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