For Jobseekers: More than a Job Fair

Here’s a good opportunity for out-of-work professionals: a June 21 Life Sciences Meet-Up, that will match volunteer professionals with incubator-based and early-stage life science companies. To be held at the Labor Education Center @Rutgers University, it is not a job fair, it is an opportunity to work for free and get exposed to new business sectors and networks, and to help close a resume gap. Plus, there would be a psychological uplift of being productive.

The NJ Association for Biomedical Research and NJIT Enterprise Development Center have a $5.1 million Bio-1 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative. You must pre-register for this event by Tuesday, June 15. Contact Lou Wagman (609-688-9252, or Drew Harris (908-9449,

Here’s how it works: Young life sciences company need help in these areas: marketing, accounting, sales, advertising, financial, programming, organizational, and administrative. “The goal is not to supplant budged positions but to link willing volunteer professionals with organizations that can significantly benefit from the capabilities and experience,” says the brochure. Wagman and Harris will pre-screen your resumes and, if your skills match needs, invite you to the Meet-Up, where you will meet representatives from companies who need your skill set. You can volunteer for a few hours a week — or more. Who knows what it might lead to!

The flip side of this is, of course, that entrepreneurs can contact Lou Wagman and Drew Harris and ask for the skills they need.

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