Bringing Connections Offline with NYC TechConnect

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

September 14, 2012

What do yellow cab stress toys, mouse pads, sunglasses and letter openers have in common?

TheLadders logo, of course!

Outside the door of the Rockefeller Board Room at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, attendees from the latest NYC Tech Connect Riverside Chats Speaker Series ventured to our table to peruse our goods. Free stuff works, right?

Founded in January 2011 as a public-private partnership, NYC Tech Connect sets out to foster the development of a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in NYC by providing programs, expertise and resources designed to accelerate the development of entrepreneurs and their technology startups. Not only did this crowd leave with free toys and stress relievers, they learned a little more about writing effective resumes and added a strong resource to their entrepreneurial job-search arsenal: free three-month premium memberships to TheLadders.

Altogether, I had the pleasure of meeting 50 - 75 job seekers at this event, and despite the occasional joker (upon seeing the yellow squishy cab, someone said, “oh, I see you’re selling car insurance!”), I felt very helpful answering job-search questions and sharing resume tips. I have four years of resume-critiquing and writing experience under my belt, but most of my interaction with job seekers is through phone and email conversations. It felt great to meet with job seekers face-to-face and help them on the spot!

Tiffany Kirk is the Lead Trainer for TheLadders’ Career Services Team. Having reviewed more than 20,000 resumes, she leads a team of resume analysts in providing detailed resume critiques to TheLadders’ members. When she’s not working, she enjoys Broadway shows, reading/writing fiction and nonfiction, and supporting her Boston-based teams. Yes, the 2004 baseball season is still fresh in her mind, and 2011 never happened. 

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