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Pink Slip Party at Balboa Park has jobs

23 July 2010 No Comment

By Helen Kaiao Chang

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Think of it as a job fair with booze.

The Pink Slip Party, founded in L.A., is having its first San Diego event Wednesday. It takes place in Balboa Park.

“The purpose is for people who are unemployed or looking for a career change to network with recruiters and companies that are hiring, in a casual relaxed environment,” said Beryl Smith, president, BCS Staffing, a Los Angeles-based recruiting firm

“It’s about getting in front of people and making that connection.”

For the San Diego event, 100 people have RSVPed and 10 to 15 recruiters have committed to attending as of Tuesday noon, said Smith. The recruiters represent companies with jobs in administration, accounting, sales, engineering and technical services.

The companies include Accountemps, Robert Half Technology, Colonial Life, Aerotek and Northwestern Mutual Financial.

Since March, Smith has organized four “Pink Slip Parties in L.A,” with 50 to 350 attendants each. She was inspired by “Pink Slip” parties, which have been around since 1910, when laid off factory workers gathered at taverns in New York.

In today’s work environment, face-to-face networking beats sending out resumes, said Smith. “It’s a great way to network with other unemployed people. You don’t know who knows who. It’s who do you know.”

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