Hello. If you've found your way to this blog, this note is to let you know of recent changes to the One Connection Away networking group.
First off, Welcome.
OCA was started back in January 2009 as a way for marketing and advertising professionals in the Seattle area to network while out of work.
The group started out as 5 people looking to share stories and quickly grew to a membership of over 200+. Weekly meetings, often with topical guest speakers, gave a chance for those in the industry to learn new skills, network, and most importantly - to know that there were others in the same boat... highly-skilled, very experienced people also experiencing the nuances of "job search 2.0."
Since the start of the group, attendance has ebbed and flowed, but starting in 2011, it was apparent that many people had landed full-time or contract jobs. And given the fact that I, too, had found a position, I have since turned over my 'keys to the shop' to Duane Hobbs.
We used to meet weekly at the Seattle School of Visual Concepts (SVC), but since this summer, Duane has secured meeting space at one of Seattle's finest coffee houses, the Uptown Espresso. It's located at the corner of Westlake and Republican, in the South Lake Union area, just a few blocks east of the SVC.
The group still meets once a week, Fridays at 10:30. And people that attend trade networking info and stories, and if you're lucky, job leads.
So, if inspired, or you're just looking to share some time and maybe a coffee with another person, feel free to drop by. You never know, the next job might just be One Connection Away.