August 18, 2010 - “Pink Slip Party” FREE Event Aims to Turn Pink Slips into Pay Checks for Tampa’s Unemployed Professionals

Local Employment Event Created by Unemployed Job Seeker Will Directly Connect Employers with Candidates on August 25th, 2010

Tampa, FL – Connecting job seekers with hiring managers is the purpose of the Bay Area’s first ever “Pink Slip Party,” a professional employment networking event happening on August 25th, 2010 at the Centre Club in Tampa. The event is completely free and will offer employer/candidateface time with companies like Raymond James, plenty of networking and a blend of speakers focusing on topics from “Branding Yourself” to “What hiring managers are really seeking.”

The Pink Slip Party is the invention of Cara Christopherson, a human resource professional who was given the “pink slip” from her own job in 2009 due to cutbacks. Like so many in the Tampa Bay Area, Cara is also looking for work and created this event to, in her own words, “take a stand to help unemployed people find the work they so badly need in our area. As an out-of-work job seeker for the last year, I exhausted my benefits and realized it was time to do something unique to connect professional resources to employers, including my own talents! The Pink Slip Party will do just that,” says Cara.

Understanding that the normal employment channels can quickly become clogged with applicants, Cara approached TheBayConnection.com to partner in reaching new opportunities.TheBayConnection.com is the less than one-year-old online public meeting space offering a Tampa Bay calendar of events, community discussion forums, member profiles, and more. Together, TheBayConnection.com’s founder, Jeff Stanislow, and Cara seek to offer extensive professional opportunities while empowering local people to connect, build community and, now, to find jobs. Their collaboration has resulted in the first ever “Pink Slip Party” scheduled for Wednesday, August 25th from 6:30 - 9p.m. at the Centre Club in Tampa. “This distinctive tactic will connect employees with employers in a social, yet productive, atmosphere,” explains Jeff. “This event will be entertaining, dynamic and, likely, very rewarding for the attendees.”

In addition to creating TheBayConnection.Com, Jeff Stanislow is an advertising and marketing specialist who relocated to the Tampa area from Detroit, Michigan who immediately saw a need for a well-built and easy-to-use community-networking site. “The Pink Slip Party is a perfect example of why I createdTheBayConnection.com. TheBayConnection.com’s virtual venue exists to provide the focal point for residents to promote their services, link up with opportunities, participate in discussions, and receive information on local news and events,” says Jeff. “We’re trying to create an alternative to managing multiple groups like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and assemble them into one common spot for the people who work and play in Tampa Bay. With the Pink Slip Party, our goal is to help as many unemployed professionals find the jobs they’ve been searching for.”

For more information, visit www.thebayconnection.com. To register for the “Pink Slip Party,” visit www.thebayconnection.com by clicking on the “Pink Slip Party” icon. The event is completely free.

Media Opportunities: The media is invited to attend this visual event as well as interview event organizers, Cara Christopherson and Jeff Stanislow. Please contact Cara Christopherson at cara@baycityinteractive.com.

About The Bay Connection: Powered by Bay City Interactive, TheBayConnection combines the most useful features of traditional websites, blogs, collaboration software, and social networks. A public meeting place that provides members with a shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, a photo gallery, file storage and more, TheBayConnection is a new class of website that empowers people to connect, build community, and make things happen in the Tampa Bay area. Whether a person is a consumer, part of a business or a non-profit organization, TheBayConnection helps connect people who live, work, and play in and around Tampa Bay. For more information, visit www.baycityinteractive.com.