Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Posted by Jennifer Saylor at 5:32 PM
Are you looking for work? Ready to take most anything that comes along? Discouraged and disgusted by hacking away at Monster all day, applying for jobs you know hundreds of others are also applying for?
And getting nothing?
If Asheville had a grassroots job fair, how could that work? What would we bloggers and engaged local citizens do to connect local jobs with local people--friends, family neighbors?
Could there be a grassroots job fair for small local businesses? For freelancers looking for admin help and assistance? I think there might be a demand for something like this. The problem is getting it to work.
People need work DESPERATELY, and there ARE jobs out there. How could we use the grassroots power of Asheville citizens and Asheville social media to make this happen?
I (Jennifer Saylor, one of the BlogAsheville admins) envisioned a job fair. One friend said a general meetup (Tweetup?), maybe a bimonthly meetup managed with social media.
But how would we learn about job oppty's? How can we successfully reach out to and attract small businesses looking for help?
We have people who need jobs, but we need the other half of the equation: small local businesses and entrepreneurs/freelancers looking to fill local positions.
I know one thing for sure: this won't happen unless people get behind the idea and send ideas and offers of help to make this happen.
Asheville, I am putting this out to you. What have you got?