Having Fun Meeting Greater Seattle's Networking Groups

December is typically the month where companies, clients, job-seekers, recruiters, and entrepreneurs gather share their successes and to celebrate the year’s end together.

Photo: Crowd view at Geekwire Gala, December 2016. Photo by Cindy
Crowd view at Geekwire Gala inside Museum of History and Industry. December 2016.
Photo by Cindy Ritzman

Seattle Startup Week November 12-19th was a great way to make new contacts.

Networking Opportunities

International Employment Experts has been connecting to various technical communities on the Eastside and Seattle areas. We’ve been listening to software and application developers, company owners, startup founders, job seekers, innovators and executives to find out what’s been successful for them this year.

Our office is located in downtown Bellevue, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised to meet many members of the New Tech community who are located within blocks of us. The tech community is expanding very rapidly in Bellevue! International Employment Experts is committed to helping early stage companies and job seekers build success together. We’re proud to announce that we’ve become a sponsor in the Eastside for New Tech Northwest community.

Photo: The panel discussion in Seattle Startup Week discussion "How Startups Can Win Top Talent."
The panel discussion in Seattle Startup Week discussion “How Startups Can Win Top Talent.”

Key takeaways from “How Startups can Win Top Talent” event:

  • Company culture is made up by the people on the project/startup
  • Discussed the increasing trend of working from home, building trust between employee and employer
  • More opportunities for personal growth and work freedom in a startup vs. big established companies

Key takeaways from “What the Heck Are We Doing? Hiring Your First Employee“:

  • First few employees should add specializations to work team
  • Carefully allocate equity to new employees
  • Startups in the greater Seattle area are open to international labor, but cost is a worry
  • Wearing different hats in a small company can be a big draw for upcoming college grads

    The Moz team wore festive pajamas at the Geekwire Gala.   photo by Cindy Ritzman
    The Moz team from Seattle wore festive pajamas at the Geekwire Gala. photo by Cindy Ritzman

Our team also joined 1,000 other attendees for the sixth annual GeekWire holiday Gala where ‘geeks, techies, entrepreneurs, engineers, and everyone in between’ from the Seattle community gathered for a holiday celebration at the Museum of History & Industry.

Photo: Angela, Cindy, Steve and Tanner pose in the Moz photo booth at the Geekwire Gala.
Angela, Cindy, Steve and Tanner pose in the Moz photo booth at the Geekwire Gala.

The gala was sold out. Attendees wore clothes ranging from Christmas-themed pajamas to tuxedos. We all sported Hawaiian-themed clothing, even though the outside temps were quite chilly and windy (in the 30’s).

International Experts hopes to see and meet more of you in 2017 in local networking events. Or just give us a call, we’ll come out and visit your office– we may even have some cookies or other treats.

 

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