Pink slip parties are networking events set in fun, relaxed atmospheres where displaced job seekers and employers can mingle without the typical pressures associated with interviews or job fairs. These parties offer opportunities to network with others that may be facing the same issues and can provide a sense of comfort that others are also coping with job loss. While these events are conducted in relaxed environments there are some things that you should keep in mind.
· Have copies of your resume with you.
· Be respectful of others' time and don’t monopolize anyone.
· If alcohol is available, control your intake. Remember, although these are fun events you still need to conduct yourself in a professional manner.
· Dress in a professional attire, however “interview” attire is not necessarily required.
· Make your way around the room. Don’t get stuck in a group you are comfortable with (remember the goal of this event is to network).
· Keep your ears open for opportunities you didn’t know about. Sometimes passing conversations can lead to opportunities.
· Get names and contact information from recruiters and other job seekers in attendance so you can make a lasting impact by sending thank you notes to those you meet at the event.
While this may sound like a new idea, the tradition of pink slip parties has evolved from 1910, when unemployed workers gathered to commiserate being layed off, factories closing and the country being in a state of flux. The practice was revisited recently during the dot com bust of 2001.
Keep your eyes out for upcoming pink slip parties; it may lead to your next job. But just as with all opportunities, it will only be as effective as the effort you put forth.