Searching the Internet: Using Chat Events

If you think that chat on the Internet is only for those with super-charged hormones, think again. Talented people race to join colleagues in discussions about C++, Java, Web administration, legal snafus, and more. Why shouldn’t you sit in and listen? You might just find a few more names to add to your contact database. Yahoo Net Events at events.yahoo.com, Snap Online Events at home.snap.com/search/events/0,12,home-0,00.html, and Yack.com at www.yack.com/ provide all the listings you need. These sites highlight current chat events by day and week. They also let you search the events by interest areas, including business, science, and computers. You can even find events specifically for those who are hunting for jobs. If you’re an IT recruiter, look at Yahoo’s computer programming events page. On the day we looked, there were 9 events dealing with C++ and Java. Snap has plenty of topics, but perhaps the Silicon Valley Reporter event is its highlight. The event lets you meet those who have developed the latest in tech applications. Some of the chat events require nothing more than a Java-enabled Web browser. Others require specific software. To make sure you can access the event you want, do the following: If you think that chat on the Internet is only for those with super-charged hormones, think again. Talented people race to join colleagues in discussions about C++, Java, Web administration, legal snafus, and more. Why shouldn’t you sit in and listen? You might just find a few more names to add to your contact database. Yahoo Net Events at events.yahoo.com, Snap Online Events at home.snap.com/search/events/0,12,home-0,00.html, and Yack.com at www.yack.com/ provide all the listings you need. These sites highlight current chat events by day and week. They also let you search the events by interest areas, including business, science, and computers. You can even find events specifically for those who are hunting for jobs. If you’re an IT recruiter, look at Yahoo’s computer programming events page. On the day we looked, there were 9 events dealing with C++ and Java. Snap has plenty of topics, but perhaps the Silicon Valley Reporter event is its highlight. The event lets you meet those who have developed the latest in tech applications. Some of the chat events require nothing more than a Java-enabled Web browser. Others require specific software. To make sure you can access the event you want, do the following: 1.) Find the events of you’re interested in 2.) Follow the link which describes the event and tells you what software you might need 3.) Register as required 4.) Join in and recruit!

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Jennifer Hicks, a seasoned Internet researcher who writes extensively on the use of the Internet for job hunters and recruiters, is a contributor to AIRS research. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at searchguide@airsproducts.com

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