Fort Worth Career Search Network continues to expand
The Fort Worth Career Search Network continues to add affiliates to its stable of jobs networking groups in the area.
The network started earlier this year, meeting Mondays at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church, and now regularly sees more than 80 jobhunters weekly at that get-together, said Foster Williams, one of the group’s organizers and managing principal with his wife Cindi of search4uinc.com, a jobs site that feeds free job listings into the Career Search Network’s Yahoo message board.
The Network also folded in a year-old human resources professionals group that Williams started a year ago. In the last two months, the Network added groups in Colleyville and Mansfield and two in Arlington, and a once-a-month job-search skills workshop.
In the last two weeks, the Network formed groups in Waxahachie and North Richland Hills. The Network is about to add a third Arlington group, scheduled to have its first weekly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the New World United Methodist Church in North Arlington. It’s also considering moving its South Arlington-Mansfield group, which has been meeting at different locations, to the Arlington Public Library branch at Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard and
Finally, the Network’s organizers, through friends in Colorado, also are helping form a career search group in Denver.
The goal (for the Tarrant County area), Williams said, is to develop a large number of small networking groups that draw 15-20 people at their weekly meetings, in contrast to the 300 that have sometimes packed the meetings of the popular Southlake Focus Group in recent months, or even the 100-plus that the flagship North Fort Worth Baptist group has drawn.
A smaller gathering is “more intimate,” says Williams, a former Verizon national hiring manager who also is a member of the Southlake Focus Group leadership team. “You have more time to talk, you have more time to strategize, because you have fewer people.”
In some cases, FWCSN also expects some of the smaller networking groups to take on contrasting demographic makeup. "We're starting to see it already," Williams said. "Mansfield and Waxahachie are more blue collar."
More info on the groups:
North Fort Worth Baptist Church, 5801 North I-35 W. Meets 8:30 a.m. Mondays.
HR Focus Group, Cornerstone Bible Church,
Covenant Church Colleyville,
Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1201 Texas 360 and Broad Street, Mansfield. 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Cowboy Church of Ellis County, 2374 W. U.S. 287 Bypass, Waxahachie.5:30 p.m. Mondays.
South Arlington-Mansfield. 10 a.m. Meets second and fourth Fridays, different locations.
First Baptist Church-Arlington,
New World United Methodist Church, 2201 N. Davis Drive, Arlington. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 6955 Boulevard 26. 9 a.m. Tuesdays.
– Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram
(Photos: Spring meeting at North Fort Worth Baptist Church, upper left. Organizers Paul Vercher, Foster Williams, Doug Williamson, bottom right.)