WHAT: Business reporters, editors, TV producers, bloggers and social media gurus are invited to attend an entrepreneurial “Talent Network” (P2B™) for some 300 pre-screened unemployed professionals. Based on skills and experience, these volunteer job seekers will meet representatives of area small and/or start-up technology-based companies needing professional talent to grow. “NJIT's entrepreneurs-in-residence have spent hours reviewing 400 applications and ferreted out 300 of the best matches to meet the needs of our 90 participating companies,” said Gale Spak, associate vice president of continuing and distance education at NJIT.
WHO: Event sponsors include: NJIT, the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development Talent Networks (Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, Life Sciences, and Technology & Entrepreneurship)
WHEN: May 16, 2012, Orientation (12:30-1:30 p.m.); Meet-up (1:30-5 p.m.)
WHERE: NJIT Campus Center
WHY: “Although I hear news daily of an improving economy, a group of unemployed professionals, both with and without technical degrees, remains on the outskirts of full employment,” said Spak. “NJIT as the state’s science and technological university is in a unique position to help. Programs, like the NJIT Enterprise Development Center, other NJ business incubators and small companies, need assistance and we aim to bring the companies and people together in a structured meet-up. Such volunteer matches can be a win-win for all—not only individuals and companies, but the economic development of New Jersey.” Although the economy is improving, according to the 2011 US Census Bureau, 360,000 of the 22 million Americans with master's degrees and higher are receiving public aid. This event, held at NJIT, focuses on improving the prospects of this overlooked population by connecting them to volunteer positions inside small, growing technology companies. Because of the P2B™ event, professionals of all stripes who have not found jobs will have an opportunity to do meaningful work by associating with exciting innovators while filling in resume gaps, potentially creating their own future within a successful growing venture.