Legions facing layoffs turn to parties, Internet

Phil Berent of New York, right, with a pink bracelet indicating he is looking for work, speaks with recruiter

NEW YORK – The bar was crowded with well-dressed professionals enjoying drinks and conversation, a typical evening — except that many of them had no job.

The event was a Wall Street Pink Slip Party, where the unemployed mix with recruiters and curious bystanders to network, look for work, and share their stories.

With employers shedding 600,000 more jobs in January, the undercurrent at this party in a Manhattan bar was decidedly glum.

Jobseekers are gathering in bars, delving into the business networking Web site LinkedIn, waiting in lines at city help centers, and even starting up hopeful conversations with prosperous-looking strangers on commuter trains — all in the hope of landing jobs in what seems to be a shrinking pool of opportunity. More here.

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Comment by Dan Nuroo on February 8, 2009 at 8:20am
Interesting read Maureen, thanks for this. Not sure how to take it, but really interesting. Is this a move away from social networking, back to flesh to flesh networking again you think?

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