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The Laid Off IT Guy! Networking at the Indy 500 Carb Day

I believe that networking is going to find me my next job opportunity.  Last month I was invited to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “Carburetion Day” by Microsoft.  I’m an IT guy looking for his next gig, so you can imagine that I was quick to RSVP affirmatively to attend the great event and meet lots of new people.

First of all, I want to explain that I’ve been a guest of Microsoft to a number of past events as the IT Director for my prior employers.  I signed the Enterprise Agreement that meant that my company was going to pay a lot of money to Microsoft over the next 3 years.  That comes with some perks, such as invitations to some nice events. When I received my invite I was quick to inform them that I would be happy to come, but not as the representative of my former employer.  They were totally cool with that, which I really appreciated.  I could have seen them say that I wasn’t “VIP” anymore, but they didn’t.  Great guys over at Microsoft’s Indy office!

What I recognized is that the folks I know at Microsoft are talking to peers of mine at hundreds of companies and they might very likely hear of clients of theirs that need new or additional IT leadership and think of me.  Make a point in your job search to contact the vendors that you’ve worked with over the years to help extend your job search network for this very reason.

The Carb Day events were great.  Fun Indy Lights series 100 mile race, Pit Stop competition and concert by Three Doors Down capped off the day where I met lots of people and traded business cards and have more leads to prospective employers than I did the day before.

Let me hear from you.  Are you making the most of your Networking experiences to enhance your job hunting process?  Please post your comments to share with me and our readers!

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