Just over 100 people were in attendance at the Chamberâ€™s first Pink Slip Party held on May 19. Everyone from new grads to victims of recent lay-offs came to Natalieâ€™s Sports Bar & Grill to commiserate about the job market and learn about the resources Lakeland has to offer. Presenting Sponsor Action Professional Recruiters was on hand to review resumes and offer advice on open positions.
According to Marsha Leap, Leap Ahead Professional Development, job seekers are charged with finding new and more creative ways to market themselves and their skills. Not only was Marsha on hand to dispense advice, Leap Ahead Professional Development offered a resume review/interview coaching session as a door prize.
Even though Deb McCutcheon, with sponsor company Action Professional Recruiters, didnâ€™t have many open positions to offer job seekers, she was encouraged by the positive attitude of those in attendance. She and her co-workers were available to accept resumes and offer a friendly ear to those out of work, some for as many as 18 months.
WUSFâ€™s Robin Sussingham was on hand to interview some of the participants. Read more from WUSF here.
With the success of the inaugural Pink Slip Party, plans are already underway to schedule one in the Fall! Look for more information coming soon!