Get out there and meet some people this summer!

Summer is a great time to get out and meet people, but it’s not always the best time to network. Many young professionals are going on vacation and working to spend time outside in the warm summer weather (albeit Chicago’s recent dismally frigid temperatures) rather than at networking events. Considering there have recently been a lot of soon-to-be young professionals graduating from universities throughout the greater Chicago area within the last couple of weeks, this is quite a shame. Professional networking is one of the most powerful tools in getting a job these days.

I’ve personally found both social and professional networking to be one of the most gratifying practices available. Most jobs I’ve gotten – including the internship here with the Greater Chicago Red Cross – have been the results of some form of networking. It’s not only a great way to meet potential coworkers and employers, but it’s also a fun way to make new friends, particularly if you’re new to an area like I am.

The Auxiliary Board of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is teaming up with the National Association of Asian American Professionals to help facilitate some personal and professional networking this week with Flirting for Disaster at Griffin Lounge (324 Chicago Avenue downtown). It’ll be a great way to meet new people and check out one of Chicago’s hottest venues for cheap – ticket prices are just $20 if you order in advance and $25 at the door.

The night kicks off with an hour-long Smirnoff cocktail reception until 7 p.m., sponsored by the American Red Cross. Come out, bring your friends and enjoy the event!

Gentry Lassiter is a Marketing and Communications intern with the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.

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