This was all over the news here (bay area) last week:So - a group of us got together and have been working to make this happen. The challenge is - how to name the event effectively.
Basically Jobnob was hosting a happy hour calling unemployed people to come and join startups, but, without pay. So many people showed up that they couldn't get much done and the startups there were overwhelmed. This of course surprised most people. Something to think about."
Moreover, there are laid off people on severance who will lose their severance if they take a paying job. Some of these individuals may be interested in "sweat-for-equity" positions at startups (I've spoken to a few).
Should NYC have an "unpaid" job fair trying to connect these people with startups similar to the one out in San Francisco?
I'm not suggesting it makes sense for laid off people to take unpaid jobs instead of looking for their next paying job, but could be an opportunity for those on severance looking to contribute to a promising early stage NYC startup.
Just a thought.
Details for Naming
Usually, when I collaborate with a company - I talk about the target customers they are aiming for to help attract the correct people to a product (in this case, an event).
We are planning on having 100 companies take tables at the event, and having no more than 6 people per table at one time. We are expecting a wide turnout - guestimating around 3000 seekers.
The offer (similar to what the Levin Institute is doing) is a 10 week, 10 hour per week commitment to each side of the relationship - where the professional is giving the company a trial period of experience - so that both sides get an understanding of the skills and opportunites of each other.
Our key words that we are speaking toward are respect, relationships and professionalism. We break them down as follows:
- Respect for individuals and companies - since both are hard hit in these times
- Relationships - because every business engagement is a relationship
- Professionalism - because this is about being professional on both sides of the table
We have come up with a couple of names - but I am trying to come up with the right one - and we are stuck (or at least I am). Each of these names have the same tag line - Connecting Skilled Professionals with Opportunities:
Please comment below and I will follow up.
P.S. You can see the notes of our efforts here: http://bit.ly/k8zk7