I’m working on updating my “DC Area Resource List.” This is my personal list of great local networking opportunities that I share with jobseekers and “career growers” in my network. I try only to list the groups that I have personally vetted, OR has been vetted and recommended by a close contact (primarily in the Northern VA or DC areas).
Here are my just a few of my personal favorites:
#LinkedInLocal (in DC and #LinkedInLocalNoVA)
Northern VA group: http://www.linkeduplocalvirginia.com/
DC group: https://www.meetup.com/LinkedIn-Local-DC/
A fairly new phenomenon, #LinkedInLocal is a new movement and meetup concept focused on connecting humans locally on a global scale. The goal is to help professionals to connect in person with other LinkedIn users in their local community. As a new CoHost of the #LinkedInLocalNoVA group, I’m obviously a huge, huge fan!
Career Confidence –
MeetUp Page: https://www.meetup.com/career-confidence/
LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8138722
***I am highly active in this group and am a huge fan. It is run by active recruiters and a strong emphasis on networking in its meetings. Speakers are carefully screened, recruiters are regularly invited, and is open to any industries. It has a high reputation and is well regarded in the area.
Women in Technology
LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=55459&trk=group-name
***Don’t let the name fool you. At least in the DC area, I’m told this group is open to males and females, and even those not in technology. They also host “career” events and “meet the company” events, that my contacts have raved over.
Article about group: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/in-praise-of-nortonnet
NortonNet consists of a very active listserv of about 3,000 members in the DC area (many have an Intel and military background). In addition to all the emails that go out on available positions, available job seekers, and upcoming events, NortonNet holds a bi-monthly networking luncheon at Maggiano’s in Tyson’s Corner. This group consists of many different kinds of professionals, but the bulk of them are interested in government contracting opportunities.
What groups do you recommend to others in the #NoVA and #WashingtonDC area? Which groups should I check out?
Originally posted on LinkedIn here.