Like it or not, networking should be a part of your job search.
Who you know matters and networking is the best way to get known by hiring managers, HR professionals, and industry peers. These connections can give you an inside edge on upcoming opportunities and help you “get your foot in the door” with different organizations.
To help you start networking, we’ve compiled a list of the best job search networking events in Bend and Central Oregon.
Beers and Business Cards
The name says it all, right? This networking group meets once a month at a different brewery in Central Oregon. Whether you are a business owner, sales person, looking to improve your communication skills or your elevator pitch, hiring, or job searching the Beers and Business Cards group is for you!
Bend Chamber of Commerce
When it comes to business in Bend, no organization has been looking out for the best interest of this community longer than the Bend Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber hosts regular events, including social mixers and educational sessions, that are perfect for making new connections in the business community.
Bend Remote Workers Meetup
Interested in exploring remote work opportunities? Or are you currently a remove worker who wants some camaraderie? If so, this is the right group for you. The group’s monthly social hours bring together remote professionals from around the region. Learn how they self-manage and have created sustainable remote careers in Central Oregon.
Bend Young Professionals
Don’t get scared by the word “young!” Bend YP is a program designed for professionals aged 21 – 40 who are looking to launch or develop their careers. They provide professional and personal development opportunities through an array of networking activities, community service, and educational events.
BendTECH (Bend Technology Entrepreneurial and Co-working Hub) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of tech-enabled companies and business professionals. In addition to hosting a co-working space, they provide the definitive list of tech-focused networking and educational opportunities in Central Oregon.
Central Oregon Creative Professionals
COPR is a group dedicated to creating a stronger, more connected community for Central Oregon creative professionals, and also to encourage and assist new creative talent within Central Oregon. They organize monthly events around the region.
ConnectW is a women’s networking group that welcomes women in all fields and endeavors—from entrepreneurs and professionals to women simply wishing to explore, expand and enhance their lives and environments.
EDCO is the economic development organization for Central Oregon, working to grow regional economic opportunities and attract new businesses to the area. As part of this mission, they host regular networking events, focusing on the business topics. If you’re looking for work in the private sector, this is a great place to connect with business owners and decision-makers.
Environmental Center – Green Drinks
Every other month, The Environmental Center and a local business partner host Green Drinks – a networking event focusing on the environment, sustainability, and ecology. This is an enjoyable way to network, learn about local businesses and their sustainability efforts, and have a drink or two!
Nonprofit Network of Central Oregon
If you’re interested in a nonprofit career, this is the go-to group for networking and education. Organized by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, The Nonprofit Network of Central Oregon (NNCO) offers regular learning and peer-networking opportunities for your professional and volunteer development. The group hosts an event every month.
Redmond Chamber of Commerce
Redmond’s business hub organizes a regular lineup of events around a variety of topics.
Do you know a good networking event in Central Oregon not included above? Please let us know by leaving a comment below!