Milwaukee Area Job Hunters & Professionals Networking Group February Meetup

"A Bright Spark In A Dim Economy" Keep the momentum flowing - Break out of the winter blahs and come on out for some more ENERGY as the Milwaukee Career Network February meetup features some seriously useful information for job seekers and some of the latest happenings upcoming in the area! Speakers from Dale Carnegie Systems, 28 Days To Employment, and Summerfest will share with the group - and a full dinner buffet will be included (cash bar for beer and wine). This event is free -
but you can make an OPTIONAL $5 donation at the door if you'd like.
What is The Milwaukee Career Network doing to get the energy flowing? We will give a brief overview of how job matching works so job seekers get a first hand look at how the system works for them. Get the scoop on the latest developments, and mingle with some of Milwaukee's movers and shakers, creative underground, and talented professionals!
Lineup includes: 5:30 Mix, Mingle, Grab a Plate & Hit The Buffet! 6:30 Eat, and see how The Milwaukee Career Network matches people to jobs. Deb Lein from "28 Days To Employment" explains the upcoming free Milwaukee Career Network 'self discovery resume workshop' 6:45 Rebecca Shepard from Dale Carnegie Systems demonstrates how to differentiate yourself as a job candidate in today's tough job market - AND MORE USEFUL TIPS 7:15 *FEATURED GUEST VIC THOMAS, SUMMERFEST ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR* will talk about what Summerfest means to Milwaukee, latest developments and how to get involved with Summerfest 8:00 - Open Networking, 'social job fair' and cash bar
JOB SEEKERS AND RECRUITERS / EMPLOYERS Special opportunity to connect - in our 'social job fair'


  • People looking to hire will have on BLUE name tags

  • People wanting to connect with employers (job seekers) will have on ORANGE name tags

WIN a $25 StoneFire Pizza Arcade Card! OH- Have you seen the arcade? You might want to set aside some time to play afterward! Please RSVP in earnest - Dinner is on us! There is plenty of FREE parking all around.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Did not meet up to the previous meetup with Tom Barret. Need to find/attract speakers from e.g. area employers or someone with insight of development projects, etc.

    March 11, 2009

  • Sue R.

    Too many people in too small of space. Food was abundant and great! All the speakers were entertaining/informative/not boring! Need more space, more time to network. Also would like to see more recruiters, hiring companies, etc. It appeared that there were only 3 recruiters there. I also admit that networking doesn't require recruiters--it's all about who we know in our own network and expanding it.
    Maybe set up some sort of system that forces people to network--some sort of icebreaker. I found that many people at your function (at at other networking functions I've attended) that people hide with their known peers, eating and avoiding the very thing that they supposably came to do (myself included!!) Force us to interact and garner more benefits from your activities. You'll get more turnout, more companies who'll sign on because we'll be talking about how effective it was!

    February 18, 2009

  • Brian F.

    A great turn-out ! Although I didn't meet any recruiters, my attitude is that life is a 9-inning ball game. No one ever got to 1st base because they didn't like the pitches, or by leaving the ball park. Let's try again and make it better. Many thanks to all who shared a smile, their encouragement and positive words with me! See you next time

    February 16, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to have more Employers at these Meetups!

    February 12, 2009

  • Jason M.

    All in all, this Meetup was a great experience! We do have some adjustments and tweaks to make, but, there was a great turn out and loads of creative energy flowing through the event. We are looking forward to continuously make these events increasingly more valuable and beneficial for both career opportunity seekers and employers. Thank You ALL for coming out and joining us.

    February 11, 2009

  • Jan S.

    It was very informative and the networking opportunities were good. It would have been beneficial if those looking to hire or recruit would have quickly been introduced with their areas of expertise. That would have helped everyone to know who they should seek out during the social networking.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a nice event. I am glad I went. I didn't get to do too much 'networking.' Also, the people looking to hire were not very visable and accessable. Overall, all the presenters did a nice job, I especially liked Vic from Summerfest. He was a hoot!

    The venue was also very nice! Thanks! Michelle Beckmann

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think it has promise

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    a great opportunity to network and learn about ways to enhance the employment search

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I met a few people and two recruiters

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    An enthusiastic bunch warmly greated the speakers. Deb Lein from People PowerLLC was promoting a program to enhance resumes & help you find the "hidden jobs" (many jobs never see the "open" market but are fill by friends and friends of friends). It would be interesting to obtain the self study CD's at some point. They will assist resume workshop on 2-26.

    The speaker from Dale Carnegie offered a memory enhancement technique for interviewing with 9 steps I bet we can remember even today. We visualized pictures flowing one to the next of building blocks with C's, flowers, wanted poster, bearer bond, smiley face, nameplate, headphones, microphone, & crates with import on them. These all represent steps in an interview to allow the candidate to stand out.

    The final speaker was Vic Thomas Associate Director of Entertainment & Ethnic World Festivals. While his presentation was not for the main group I was enthralled with his overview and took time to speak with him after the meeting.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent Meeting! Great Networking.

    February 11, 2009

  • Ann D

    Great speakers during program--especially liked the practical info shared by the Dale Carnegie instructor.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    1. meeting facility...excellent, clean, safe, easy freeway access.
    2. meetup group organizers...excellent, friendly, helpful.
    3. meeting format...could have limited speakers presentation time to focus on most important ideas
    4. could have offered each potential employer a 2 min. presentation.
    5. overall good, just tweak the agenda and meeting structure.
    6. keep at it, you can help some job seekers/providers.

    thank you

    February 11, 2009

  • Rene M.

    Rebecca Sheperd is great!! She's a very inspirational speaker. Also I learned this time to connect with the recruiters before the speakers become engaged. Only a few them stayed to listen to the speakers.

    February 11, 2009

  • S.K. E.

    It has already had a great start, and I hope it grows as a means by which job seekers and employers can meet and connect.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The attendance at this meeting was great! We were really at full capacity and wanted to accommodate as many people as possible! The speakers were full of energy, and their ideas were very relevant. We also will be using group feedback to make sure we have more room and more networking - making these events even better in the upcoming months.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I expected a forum to deliver valuable employment tools, but the information presented seemed more like advertising for other services. I didn't see many prospective employers and was disappointed that there weren't pre-arranged companies. I left half-way through the Dale Carnegie presentation, as the unique "differentiation" information that was on the presentation agenda, was basic interviewing etiquette, not "the next level" kind of information. I was excited to learn about MilwaukeeeCareerNetwork.com.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Crowded venue. Very clicky. Did not meet any recruiters or companies looking to hire.

    February 11, 2009

  • Katherine O.

    The venue was terriffic! It encouraged peole to sit down and meet others! The tone of this meeting felt more like a job fair and that was not what I was expecting. I had heard that the January meetup was more on par with a networking, entrepreneurial vibe....and what is the buzz in Milwaukee....etc etc. I hoping for more of that.

    There didn't seem to be many recruiters. I think people may have been disappointed by that. More like a support group meeting for job seekers, than interactive. Nice people...though....I look forward to coming to another meetup soon.
    Thanks for organizing!

    February 11, 2009

  • Holly I.

    This was my first meetup. It was a good gathering of people but the facility was not completely accommodating to the number of people. And although, I enjoyed the speakers, I'm not sure they were all relevant to the cause - finding a job.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was not enough networking as all the recruiters either did not show or left. I would recommend that you do the netwroking first and have it more organized so that job seekers know who to talk to have time to do so. The presentation on Summerfest was irrelevant and too long. People need to find work and not be sold on stuff right now.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel the meeting is a great networking opportunity, but I was a little disappointed not to meet more employers and/or recruiters. Nice, simple agenda. Presentation from Dale Carnegie was very entertaining. Summerfest presentation was a little longer than needed.

    February 11, 2009

  • Pam G.

    The speakers were informative for those in job search, with the most valuable information being delivered by Rebeca and Deb. Vic was entertaining, but I doubt there are any real job opportunities available with the Summerfest Organization. That's not to discount the part time opportunities. Career hunters far outnumbered employers.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very poor experience for me and the others with whom I spoke. The room was too small and therefore there were people trying to find places to sit. The room was not condusive to walking around and meeting people and the first part of the event was such a sales pitch that at least one employer and three of us left the event.

    I attended in order to give feedback to many others with whom I am networked in order to report back whether this group is a viable networking vehicle. I will report back that it is not.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would have liked to see more employers at the event. The program was interesting, and I enjoyed seeing all of you again.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Positive = event is a great concept, Dale Carnegie session was valuable/fun, prizes were great

    Just ok = Food, attendee diversity (not many young professionals, not much ethic diversity), Timing, was 8 pm too late for good networking Thoughts = Promote to young, college educated market through colleges & associations, name badges were good but job seekers couldn't read our business cards, write name & company & attach card lower. For job seekers -idea -- add their profession under name = Jan, Accountant. Time doesn't allow to talk with everyone but with the professions listed, it would help us approach those we won't want to miss.

    February 11, 2009

  • Rita B.

    This is so much better than a normal "career fair" where you walk around to tables and hand in your resume. This is a relaxed atmosphere where you're personality can shine through. This is a new concept of career/fair/networking type of events and it will only get better from here with all the great suggestions given. Maybe if we all went into the room full of balls that would have broken the ice for some new to networking. ;)

    February 11, 2009

  • Todd K.

    While I think potential presenters are good, this months weren't as valuable as I would have liked.
    Also one thing I thought would have been extremely helpful would have been to have all of the "recruiters" be given 30 sec. to describe the business they were in, so that job seekers knew who to bee-line to and make sure to talk to, instead of wondering around aimlessly.

    February 11, 2009

  • Joan Y.

    It is good to get out and meet new folks. I will attend the workshop about resume writing however I felt that was a bit simplistic approach. I have been on the hiring side and I do appreciate a good resume, it doesn't have to be flashy to get noticed. I enjoyed the Dale Carnegie presentation as a little pep rally to keep me motiviated.

    February 11, 2009

  • Ally B.

    I thought the room arrangement was terrific, the speakers were fantastic and the attendees were fabulous! I'm looking forward to more events from MCN...Great Job!

    February 11, 2009

  • Janel O.

    Exciting group and great idea to be able to post a profile for area recruiters to rank against their open positions. Could have used more time at the end to network with recruiters. A lot of people seemed to take off since it was running over the time limit.

    February 11, 2009

  • Keith K.

    Good venue, but needed a bit more space. Good speakers.

    February 11, 2009

  • Michelle B.

    I enjoyed the meetup but did think that the presentations were a bit too long. After the presentations I was unable to locate any recruiters. If the presentation would be kept a bit shorter that would give more time for networking.

    February 10, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed meeting fellow job seekers, the presentations were great, but I couldn't find anyone with a blue name tag after to meeting to introduce myself to which was disappointing.

    February 10, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speakers were good but the room was to small for the size of the group.

    February 10, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speakers were very good, however I was disappointed that there weren't many employers in attendance.

    February 10, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meeting was a great oppurtunity to meet with several employment agencies and I hope that even more employers show up for future events.

    February 10, 2009

  • Rebecca

    I expected something more about job networking. Not a seminar on Summerfest.

    February 10, 2009

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