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I used to subscribe to one of Microsoft's developer newsletters (sorry can't remember which one) and it used to give dates and locations of user groups. If you can find one reasonably close to home that would also be a good place to go.
The simplest method is to put up a LinkedIn professional profile and then start to join some of the "groups". Find people you know in your current circles/work/associated companies/clients, and allow the network to grow from there.
If you are affiliated to any memberships etc. you can explore those avenues.
Watch who try to connect with you, I have had a few strange ones that can see no reason why they would want to connect or any relationship with my areas to what they are up to.
meetup.com - this is a great place to network. They have many programming groups. The best is you sign up go and talk to people with the same interests or step out of your comfort zone and try something completely unrelated. It gives you an opportunity to get out and meet and talk to people.
There's a discussion of networking on MSNBC today you might find of interest: "How to network when you’ve lost your job:"
"In 2012, Dwain Schenck lost his job as a communications executive. Nearly 50, he had trouble finding a new job, so he wrote a book at the suggestion of Mika Brzezinski on rebounding from unemployment. He joins Morning Joe to discuss." [^].
Personally, if I was looking for work, I would focus on identifying potential employers, and finding the right people to contact, or the right places on-line to publicize/advertise my skills, although networking could certainly contribute to that process.
But, I'm not looking.
good luck, Bill
“There are obvious things, and there are many obvious things no one tried, because no one needed to try them.” Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov, January 1, 2014
This has been always the case, good jobs are not posted anywhere, they fly at the speed of a beer... ... in any case, you can turn to former work colleagues, class mates and friends, the friend of a friend may be good, but it's better if they know you personally; however, if you have to ask, then i'm afraid there is something else wrong.
Soundwave is supposed to announce sidewaves today. I have a week on the mainland between shows ( going to two ) and I hope to do a show every night, there's more good bands than could fit in a week, so hopefully it works out. Hoping to get my daughter to BVB, 5FDP or Rob Zombie. Hoping to see Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Alter Bridge and A7X for myself.
The new AB is SO good. The new A7X is the best metal album of the past 15 years for sure. Yeah, some of those bands are reasonably recent, although not much more so than AB ( but all are definitely heavier than AB ). Except Volbeat, did I mention them ? You MUST hear Volbeat.
thanks for the suggestion; been looking for new bands recently...
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Seems a bit odd - surely your current boss is your best referee. I DID have to recently sit an interview with a client, to make sure they approved of me being tasked with working on their project this year. That was a first, for me.
Yep - they've asked for two - one is my current boss. The other they want external. This is for each individual of a team of about 10 being put forward - not contracted to the client directly, but to develop some SW for them. I think it might be a safeguard to ensure we don't just outsource to the sub continent or something!
I pointed out I"d be happy for them to call me directly, they already have a copy of my resume.
Being rather old school I find this quite outrageous. However I am amazed at the new norms in our society (Australia) and others. Employees nowadays are willing to subject themselves to indignities which I would see as evidence of lack of self respect. Would anyone ask a doctor or lawyer to do this? Employers are exercising a power creep which is amazing. I guess in the Facebook world people voluntarily give up their privacy and rights every day.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. Frank Zappa
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