With an unemployment rate of 9.5%, I'm sure most of us know at least one person who has been laid off this year. I was let go in a RIF a few months ago and I know firsthand how tough it is out there. Very few job openings, unprecedented competition, and, in some cases, lower than average salaries.

Yesterday, while I was searching my favorite online job sites, I stumbled upon an interesting find that's definitely worth bookmarking. PinkSlipMixers.com offers a variety of free mixers that are open to the public. They also invite recruiters and hiring managers to their events, too. But, more than anything, it's a chance to network, exchange ideas, offer suggestions, and create community.

If you're looking for a job, check it out. And, if you're searching for good talent, go to a mixer. The ideal candidate for that hard to fill position might just be on the other side of that martini.

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