PinkSlipMixers.com is a grass-roots organization of unemployed professionals that provides unique “pink slip party” networking events. This worthwhile organization is paying it forward to the community with the help of Los Angeles’ newest hotspot, the ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE. By actively addressing the national leadership’s call to volunteerism by reaching out to job seekers and hiring companies alike, the hope is that this partnership will lend to Southern California getting through these challenging economic times. ESPN Zone will be co-hosting monthly interactive job search events every first Wednesday of the month until the recession is over, with the first job networking event taking place on Wednesday June 3, 2009 from 6-8 pm.
Nestled inside the L.A. LIVE campus and only a few months old, the ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE has already seen success in and acceptance from the community. With the immeasurable influence of the local sports franchises like the Lakers, Dodgers, Clippers and others, the ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE sees the Southern California region as their community teammate. Tim Whiteman, marketing manager for the ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE, says, “Even though we have only opened our doors a few months ago, we appreciate L.A. welcoming us to the sports & entertainment landscape. Right now, Los Angeles and Southern California need us to be leaders and help folks get back on their feet. Last month, we were approached by PinkSlipMixers and they indicated their strong efforts to help stimulate our local job market. With our unique multifunctional venue as well as media contacts, we can help Southern California's unemployed to get through these challenging economic times and find work for one another. We want the support of the community and by paying it forward today, we think the community at large will continue to support our venue in the years to come. If we can provide access for job seekers and hiring companies to communicate with each other face-to-face, maybe they will find their next job or at the very least interact with others during their job search. We feel it is the right thing to do to help revitalize our local job market.”
The PinkSlipMixers.com event is more than the typical pink slip party, a popular and growing trend around the country. Job seekers at PinkSlipMixer events utilize online social media to “Twitter” career criteria along with their Linkedin.com resume in hopes of maximizing their job search exposure. Edwin Duterte, the creator of PinkSlipMixers, explains, “ESPN Zone is a great venue for our job seekers. They have several video screens that we will project Twitter-feeds. Our guests will be posting what other guests are looking for professionally and what recruiters attending want in an employee. For instance, a job seeker talking to a hiring manager might twitter post using her cell phone 'Recruiter Jon wearing the striped shirt is looking for a product manager'. Guests in the mixer will see that on the video screens and hopefully other job seekers looking for that type of position will find Jon to discuss a possible fit.”
In addition to merging the online and offline communities, PinkSlipMixers will be making the job search mixer experience more interactive and specialized than any other typical pink slip party. Edwin Duterte says, “We not only want to have our professionals interact with one another, but we want to make it personal to them. We will have at least a dozen different industry tables where our guests can congregate and mingle with professionals specific to their job focus. Also, we will have a 'speed career circuit' whereby we will have experts in various job search stations, such as resume critique, interview skills, and etc., to offer free job search tips to our PinkSlipMixers members. This is not a job fair but a volunteer supported community that every member wants to pitch in to help each other find work. It will be very exciting to see everyone helping each other in a positive way.”
As previously mentioned, the next PinkSlipMixers event will be June 3, 2009 starting at 6 PM and will be held every first Wednesday of every month. The ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE is located at: 1011 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (right across the street from Staples Center).
Details of the ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE
ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE has two floors with a variety of experiences for sports fans of all ages. Immerse yourself in the ultimate viewing environment in the Screening Room and Studio Grill or test your skills by competing with friends and family in our Sports Arena with interactive games and attractions along with superb arcade sports simulators and video games.
ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE offers a complete menu of great "American Grill" food and a full bar. Take a little ESPN Zone home by purchasing souvenirs and collectibles at the Sportscenter Studio Store featuring a wide variety of authentic ESPN and ESPN Zone branded merchandise.
ESPN Zone @ L.A. LIVE serves as a unique venue for promotional events, private events, and corporate groups from 10 to buy out capacity (1100). ESPN Zone is a captivating experience for fans of the foremost sports brand in the world. Please visit espnzone.com for more information. P: (213) 765-7070.
Details of PinkSlipMixers.com events:
PinkSlipMixers.com is a unique “pink slip party” job networking event. Guests “Pay it Forward” by exchanging job search tips, forwarding job postings and encouraging other job seekers through the recession. Events are currently in California and will be expanding to at least 10 metropolitan cities in the United States.