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Finding Work In Baltimore: An Email I’ve Seen Before

Today I got an email from a women named Jane. She emailed me in regards to my tweet on my GabeTHEGeek twitter account, and that tweet read:

The reason I wanted to publish her email because this is not the first time I’ve received an email from the local gaming and tech community looking for work. Also. I have been in her shoes. In this email I try my best to give useful advice. Check out the email and my reply. I encourage you to leave comments and advice also. Maybe a list of tech companies hiring would help.

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Email from: Jane

Hi Gabe,

I saw your tweet the other day about you getting a job in three days – wow, impressive. I’ve been out of work for about 6 months and am always looking for job hunting tips. Do you have any suggestions? I’ve been going to many of the tech events in the area – past experience has told me, and your tweet, indicates that networking works. Are you out in the tech community often? Will you be at Create Baltimore this weekend?

Thanks!

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Hello Jane!

First, I want to say thanks following me on twitter and actually reading the crazy material I write. Now lets address those questions/statements.

I’ve been out of work for about 6 months and am always looking for job hunting tips. Do you have any suggestions?

My tweet was referring to a mentor who I’ve known for just a couple months. I gave him a call and just mentioned that I was looking for work and if he knew of any opportunities available or can point me in the right direction. That was all. I didn’t ask if he was hiring or his company. He gave me a referral and now It’s my job to hold up my end and make him look good!

Six months is long and I understand as I’ve been there before. I say keep at the networking events, call some people up and ask them to keep ears open, You have more than enough experience and I am surprised at this. You can go on the offensive and start contacting companies letting them know what services you can offer. Take your skills and amazing experience and turn it into a business model and freelance.

Baltimore Public, Charter, and Technology driven schools are VERY open to having contracted hires teach anything within the technology/math fields. And from “experience” I can tell you the pay is WAY above the average teacher salary.” I would suggest with your skills that you look into STEM non-profits and business models.

I’ve been going to many of the tech events in the area – past experience has told me, and your tweet, indicates that networking works.

When I’m giving speeches and doing workshops, I stress networking over and over because it has worked for me so well. I only give advice on what I have experienced. The problem with newcomers to networking is getting them to understand it’s not a resume pitch, product pitch, is your company hiring mobbing. It’s about building relationships and growing those into real business opportunities

once you have established a good rapport with them. Networking builds a base of great buiness friendships and recognition. It’s a small community and people will know your name so do everything to not be THAT person no one wants to hire.

Are you out in the tech community often? Will you be at Create Baltimore this weekend?

Yes, some of my favorite tech scene events are Innovate Baltimore, run by Ben Walsh of Pure Bang Games and Ignite Baltimore run by Mike Subelsky. If you have not checked those out yet than mark your calender and GO! I can personally say Innovate got me a Internship at a mobile app software company.

Unfortunately, I won’t be at Create Baltimore this week because of other engagements. But I’m sure we will run into each other in smalltimore if your involved in the tech community.

Hope this helps and feel free to email me again!

.::President Of BaltimoreGamer.com::.
Gabriel Pendleton

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