Earlier this month, I attended an unveiling event sponsored by our local Chamber of Commerce where members were introduced to a new technology for networking and connecting. Thanks to our Executive Director's forward-thinking style, our local Chamber became the second Chamber in the nation to introduce this concept. And further, thanks to the folks at Mingle360 for contributing the following information to this post to help job seekers learn more about this new way of connecting:
"What comes to mind when you think about job fairs? How about resumes, other job seekers, recruiters, and noisy conversations. The pace is frantic and you return home exhausted. Stacks of business cards now plague your desk. You have 50 business cards, but can't put faces to names. As a result, you can't remember the conversations and your needed follow-up. A great opportunity to interview with a company could be missed. There needs to be a better way for job seekers to connect with corporate recruiters.
When it comes to making connections, a company based in Fairfax, VA called Mingle360 is trying to solve the business card exchange challenge with the MingleStick. Job fairs can hand MingleSticks to their recruiters and job seekers, allowing everyone to meet, click, and connect.
The MingleStick is akin to an electronic business card. Two people simply press their MingleStick button and the red flashing light turns solid green to indicate a successful connection. The connections made at the event are then uploaded and viewed online after the event. View people's contact information, professional information, profile picture (facial recognition) and more."