Having gone to a lot of industry events that I find on places like Meetup.com I always run into a recruiter or two who is looking to connect with candidates, especially of the tech kind. I've seen some blog posts on the subject, notably stuff like this;
But I wonder how many of you go to actual events to connect with talent in person? Do you make a habit to do it consistently?
As an avid networker myself I realize the that meetup offers a ton of ways to build ones own network.But a growing number of other sites do to. How you ever hear of Eventbrite, Lanyard or Eventful?
In early December I hired a freelance web guy to build a simple tool to find more of these events easily. The result is called 99events.com. It searches 4 sites at once...meetup/eventbrite/eventful/ and facebook events (what little there is of them).
Anyway its a free tool but here are some of the searches you can do. I think those of you who network old school will like it.
I think you get the idea. Happy new year and happy networking!