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5 best networking hubs to find a job faster

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on March 13. 2017

Networking can be either the key to job search/ career success or a great waste of time.  I wanted to make a quick list of the best places to network tested and recommended by Pleiades HC. 

The list below hopefully will bring some clarity and boost your career in the next months !

1- LOCAL UNIVERSITIES :

In my view, some of the best Meetups I experienced where at universities. After all, this is the place where you go to get your primary and continuing education. Universities typically will offer special events with guest speakers/specialists from the entire world.

You are welcome to check university events in your local area. In Lake Geneva, you typically have English-speaking events and conferences. Some are free of charge, others may have a fee attached to refreshments and other practicalities but the range varies from CHF 40-200 per event which I find reasonable based on the quality of the interventions. Here are a few links below :

 2. EVENTBRITE

Eventbrite is a website where you can crawl events per city, per topic or per date. Some are completely free of charge, others are classes and courses usually with a fee attached. You can search based on your topics of interest and maybe register for a class where you gain more skills and network at the same time.

3. FRYDAY LAUSANNE

I just discovered Fryday a couple of months ago. Fryday is an open club to all and free of charge to attend events except the drinks you purchase. You can meet like-minded internationals in Switzerland, English is the main language spoken. Some workshops are also organised on a regular basis in different venues. Meet, learn and mingle in a great relaxed spirit. Second bonus is that if you leave Switzerland or if you change cities, there is a chance to find a Fryday chapter there: https://www.fryday.net/

4. THE SWISS-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

If you want to meet the CEO, VP?s and high level senior professionals, this is the place. Regular lunches, dinners and conferences happen in the club. You can join as a member or non-member. Fees apply, but you get a great meal and great conversations to follow.

5. CERN

CERN is known to be a global leader in Scientific Research but you will also find many interesting events around a variety of topics. You can attend meetings on entrepreneurship, change or any innovation. 

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