Looking for tech jobs can be daunting. Networking is touted as the magic bullet for job seekers. But where do you start?
Here are some robust ways to build your network.
User groups are typically monthly meetings for geeks who get together to talk about their favorite programming language or operating system. Usually they are accompanied with a mailing list which is used to announce the meetings, ask questions and post job openings. So sign up to the mailing list and start attending the meetups. They are full of really nice people who are willing to help.
Utah Python - Utah Python Users Group
URUG - Utah Ruby Users Group
SLLUG - Salt Lake Linux Users Group
SLLUG-JOBS - Mailing list to announce job postings
PLUG - Provo Linux Users Group
Most cities have some tech conferences that are a great source for networking. I found out about a lot of the user group by going to one of the following conference.
UTOSC - Utah Open Source Conference.
HackUTOS - Utah Open Source Project Day - Geeks, snacks and open source.
LaunchUp - A local entreneurship clinic. A great way to learn about the local start-up scene. You can meet new CEOs and fresh companies looking to hire tech talent. A must for job-seekers.
I hope this helps someone.