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Professional networking will always be an essential part of the job search process. But networking is changing and it's important to keep up with the latest trends in order to build a winning networking strategy.

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Virtual networking events are gaining in popularity not just because they're fun, inexpensive, and convenient, but also because they make meeting new professional contacts incredibly easy. However, if you find yourself doing all of the talking during a chat, you might need to reevaluate your strategy.

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Summer is in the air and all you want to do is sprawl yourself out on a beach chair, slurp a fruity, refreshing beverage, and soak up some rays. Your career is the LAST thing on your mind.

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Want to build your LinkedIn network? Need more connections? Want to make more career friends? We can help! Every Tuesday night from 7-9pm ET, we host a virtual networking event called Mingle. It's a fun and EASY way to make new professional connections that will help you get ahead. So, what's Mingle like anyway?! We know you're curious! That's why we decided to interview the CAREEREALISM staff to see what they thought about Mingle. Here's what the team had to say!

It's Like A Game

"Mingle is so exciting because you get to meet a huge number of people in such a short amount of time.... It becomes like a game because you see how many people you can meet in just an hour or two hours!" - Samantha Mick, Social Media Manager

It Allows You To Zone In

"I really like how there was a time constraint so that you can really focus your conversation." - Sarah Thibodeau, PR & Outreach Manager

It's Addicting

"I definitely think it's addicting. You get on there and you [only] want to talk to like three people, but then you end up talking to like eight people." - Ariella Coombs, Managing Editor

It's Easy To Stay Organized

"I really liked how all the notes are all there in front of you both while the chat was happening and after the fact, so you could make sure that you could remember what was interesting about these people." - Nick Gagalis, User Experience & Employment Branding Manager

It Allows You To Meet People From All Over The Country

"My favorite part was that I met people not only in my industry, but from all over the country." - Lindsay Robinson, Video & Web Content Producer

It Allows You To Build Your LinkedIn Network

"Not many kids at school are on LinkedIn. So, this gave me more opportunities to connect with people outside of the college and from different industries." - Zac Croteau, Intern

Want to become a master networker? Try Mingle!

Do you want to be a better networker? Check out our Mingle virtual networking events! They're free, easy, and fun! To learn more about Mingle events, please click here. Click the button below to register for our next event.   REGISTER NOW ►  

At the end of a long work day, it can be easy to talk yourself out of networking and into sweatpants. Mustering up the motivation and energy to go out there and talk to stuffy strangers can definitely be a challenge. Not to mention the fact that you have to dress up, spend money, and sacrifice snuggling up on your couch, catching up on Game of Thrones. In short, going to networking events can be a hassle. You’re busy. And when you’re not busy, you’re tired. And when you’re not tired, you want to spend your time having fun. We completely agree. That’s why we created Mingle! Mingle, a virtual networking event powered by CAREEREALISM and Brazen Careerist, is the hassle-free, cheap, and fun way to meet valuable connections. The best part? Networking in your sweatpants is completely acceptable! Need a little more persuading? Here are five great reasons why you should mix with Mingle:

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