Archive for September, 2009

Networking in Pittsburgh

September 7, 2009

Job Seekers looking to network have a lot of options as Pittsburgh becomes a more networking rich environment. Traditional networking organizations such as alumni groups are growing stronger as are specialized networking and trade organizations such as Green Drinks, Entrepreneurial Thursdays, FENG, The Pittsburgh Technology Council and the HR Leadership Forum. (Note: links to all of these groups can be found on the Informational Links page of this blog).

Demand still exceeds supply, however, and several local area churches and faith-based groups are stepping up to establish job skill training and networking groups that are open to the public. Those Pittsburgh Support Groups include:

Careers in Motion (Frazer Twp., PA): This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:00am in the Riverside Community Church location inside the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills mall (Entrance #5). Each meeting focuses on a different job search skill. This week, for example, the topic will be “Using LinkedIN in Your Career Search”. For more information please contact: Larry Forbes (kayeforbes@verizon.net) or David Kennard (kennard@riversideconnect.org).

Seekers Job Networking (Mt. Lebanon, PA): The Seekers group is a free group for anyone looking for a job. The group provides support, job leads, job searching tips, and great connections. They meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the McDonald Room at Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. The address is 255 Washington Road, on the corner of Washington Road (Rt.19) and Scott Road. The facilitators of the group include Scott Wilshire (scott.wilshire@comcast.net), Paul Harrington (pjharring@comcast.net), and Allyson McDermott (amcdermo@comcast.net).

Priority Two (Wexford, PA): Established in 1982, Priority Two is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in career transition through a series of formal workshops and classes. Programs include a 10-week “Career Marketing Workshop”. Priority Two meets primarily at North Way Christian Community Church (724-935-0252), 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA on Monday’s from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information, visit the website at www.ptwo.org.

I encourage you to reach out to any of the organizations listed above and as you find great networking resources in Pittsburgh, please let me know about them!

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