Small companies may be challenged to find avenues to spread the word that they are recruiting. Stepping in to solve this problem is the Social Match Box DC organized by Robert Neelbauer and blogger and owner of JobMatchBox.com & Staff Magnet LLC. The second such event in the DC area was organized on 31st March at the Teq Corner in Tysons, VA.
The event is for companies that are 150 employees or less. Companies pitch what they do and what they are looking for in 2 minutes. Attendees are categorized as Socializer, Hiring Manager , Partners ,Job Seekers. There is plenty of networking and plenty of pizza.
About 150 people attended this event. Network Solutions was the title Sponsor for this event. This is part of my job in community outreach and spreading the word that Network Solutions offers solutions. ( pssst ... Nework Solutions career web site is at NetworkSolutionsCareers.com )
of the companies that I met and are fresh in my mind are http://www.publi.us/ , http://crowdmind.com/ ( did not present but I met Richesh and I like their idea), http://tinselvision.com/ ( They even showed a excert from a Bollywood movie) http://odeo.com/.
Nahum Gershon of SocioSphere took a lot of pictures, he had to leave early since he left for Europe today. We will get his pictures after his return. I hung out with Jimmy Gardner ( EastCoast Blogging) , Ann Bernard & Keith Casey ( WhygoSolo) and Steven Fisher ( Venture Files). Since Network Solutions was a title sponsor I got to announce to the world my title ' Social Media Swami" which got a good response from the crowd.
I had a nice chat Kim Hart of the Washington Post. I have been reading her stories both in the print edition and the Washington Post Blog. i remember she wrote about the Technoliday in December.She used to write on Telecom companies and now her beat has expanded to include the local tech scene.
Gail Glassmoyer is the lady who launched my tech Career. We go way back at least 8 years when she was the placement Manager for Chubb Computer Services and I was training in Client Server programming. She now works as HR Director for Siteworx. It was very nice to meet her again.
I met Twitter friend DCPatton for the first time offline. He is a life saver since he works for TrafficLand in DC. :)
Robert and Juliana Neelbauer did a great job organizing the event. See more pictures at http://snipurl.com/238fs