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Networking it!

Everyone knows that we are coming out of the worse recession since the great depression.  But just because things are looking up doesn't mean that we are out of the woods just yet. 

The market is still flooded with great candidates.  Making it harder and harder for people to get jobs just based on their degrees and expirience.  Now more than ever if you want that job, it's not what you know but who you know.

A great way to make that connection with other professionals is to do some real social networking (and no I'm not talking about Facebook or Twitter).  Below is a listing of some fun networking socials that are taking place this wednesday April 14th in the Chicagoland area. 

The River North Business Association will be sponsering a "Business After Hours" event at Bull and Bear which is located at  431 N Wells.  The event will be held from 5:30-7pm.  There will be a door prize, drinks, and appetizers available.  The cost will be $20 for guests, and $10 for members.  For more information call (312)645-1047.

Cutting Edge Events will be hosting a Volunteer Fair and Social event from 6-9pm.  This will be a fundraising event where you can come and learn about the opportunities available at local non-profits.  The orgainizations that have been confirmed so far are PAVE, Special Olympics, Dance Pink, House of Blues foundation, Girls in the Game, and Child Cause.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.  The event will take place at the house of blues which is located at 329 N Dearborn.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.cutting-edgeevents.com.

Chicago After Work will be having their networking event this week at Martini Park which is located at 151 W Erie.  There will be 400 professionals there from all different industries looking to meet and greet each other at this swanky River North lounge.  The event takes place from 5-9 pm and the admission price is $10.  For more information contact Chicago After Work at rsvp@chicagoafterwork.com.

Networking for Professionals is hosting a networking event called Shakers and Stirrers Chicago.  This is a great way to make connections and meet other professionals in a fun social environment.  The best part is the group will e-mail you a contact list of everyone who attended.  This way you can follow up with any great connections that you may have made.  The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for members.  The event will be held from 6-8pm at 25 E Ohio.  For more information or to secure tickets contact them at adminNFP@networkingforprofessionals.com.

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