There were 15 million people nationwide unemployed in June, the U.S. Labor Department said, and way more people looking for jobs than positions available. For the more than 111,000 unemployed Oklahomans, never has the adage "it’s not what you know, but who you know” seemed more true. Yet networking in the business world is often an underdeveloped skill though the majority of job seekers end up finding a job through word of mouth. One local recruiter and human resources pro is offering a comfortable way to network and meet the very people who can help them find work. A Pink Slip Mixer is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Rococo’s Restaurant 2824 N Pennsylvania Ave. The event brings job seekers, hiring managers, recruiters and human resource professionals together from across the metro area in a high-profile yet casual networking atmosphere, said organizer Jessica Miller-Merrell, owner of Xceptional HR Consulting, a recruiting, human resources, and social media consulting company. "Being unemployed is a lot harder today than a year ago, because there are so many people fighting over the same jobs,” Miller-Merrell said. "A Pink Slip party provides networking opportunities that today’s mid- to upper-level professionals desperately need.” Miller-Merrell said she heard about Pink Slip events — which started in California — from West Coast friends who started hosting their own mixers. And she has spread the word with others in her field through social networking sites.
Information huntingNetworking events are where people will find jobs, said public relations professional Sean Simpson, who started his own business after the one he worked for downsized. "While I’m looking for my next full-time opportunity, I started my own consulting business, Czaro Strategic Communications, helping businesses better communicate with their employees and customers,” he said. "I’m attending the Pink Slip Mixer to network, meet recruiters and find out what companies are hiring.”
Preview is available→To get an idea of what to expect, go to pinkslipmixer.com or on Twitter check out @pinkslipped. →Tickets for job seekers are priced at $20 with Paypal or $25 at the door. Tickets for employers are $40 with Paypal or $50 at the door. Go to okcpinkslipped.eventbrite.com to register.