Do you dismiss networking as nothing more than a trendy buzzword? Studies actually show that more jobs are obtained through connections than through traditional sources like employment agencies and online listings. And really, can there be a downside to meeting more people?
Check out one or more of these great networking groups in Des Moines. You never know what opportunity may be just around the corner!
This is the local chapter of the national organization that is dedicated to providing women with education, support and other tools for personal and professional development. Luncheon meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, and the group also sponsors social fundraising events like the recent "Black Bag Bash."
Have you always had the itch to be your own boss? BING is a way for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to share knowledge, tips and leads. Attend one of their "Lunch n Learn" meetings or join in on "Sweat Equity Saturday" when you can actually work on building your business or help others develop theirs.
Gain valuable insight from leaders of some of the most successful local businesses. The once-a-month luncheon meetings feature speakers who talk about their company or organization and factors that have been important in their development. Non-members can attend up to two luncheons so you can see what they are all about before joining.
Social media is here to stay, and savvy professionals and business owners are using it to leverage their careers and organizations. This group unites them with technologists and educators to create a forum for developing media literacy and sharing best practices.
YPC's mission statement expresses their goal to connect young businesspeople "through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors." Membership provides access to their well-rounded calendar of events that includes committee meetings, panel discussions on topics like mentoring, and social gatherings ranging from happy hour networking sessions to Iowa Cubs games.
If these groups whet your appetite for networking, be sure to visit the website of the Greater Des Moines Partnership to find other events and opportunities.