Online initiative sparks opportunities for job seekers

The Twin Cities online community is helping laid off workers promote themselves and network with industry leaders.

MINNEAPOLIS - When Sarah Edwards of Minneapolis noticed that a lot of her friends and acquaintances had been laid off from Target, an idea started to take shape.

Edwards, the force behind online community platforms like "I am MPLS," "I am St. Paul," and "I am Kindness," decided to post profiles of job seekers on her various Facebook pages.

"It was a way to get their names out there and what they do and what they're looking for. And it kind of just picked up," said Edwards.

The response was overwhelming.

Edwards said, "I've had so many organizations and companies reach out, saying 'we love what you're doing! How can we help?'"

Edwards brainstormed even further. The initiative is called "Now Threading Talent."

On Wednesday, job seekers, not just those laid from Target, are invited to two events that aim to get them hired.

Between 10 am and 2:30 pm, job seekers who visit the 514 Studios in Minneapolis will receive a free personalized 45-second video pitch to show to prospective employers.

"I love the idea of having people make a video resume because it's easily shareable, interesting and it's something quick that they could be sending out all over the place," said Edwards.

Participant videos will be filmed on a first-come, first-served basis. The videos will be made at 514 North 3rd Street #101, Minneapolis, MN.

Following the video interviews, job seekers are invited to Fulton Brewery, for a mass networking event, which include recruiters, career counselors, and company representatives.

"It's been fun to just be a part of this supportive community, and helping people get back to work," said Edwards.

The networking event begins at 3pm and ends at 6pm.

Fulton Brewery is located at 414 North 6th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, log on to nowthreading.com or look up #NowThreadingTalent.


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