Today is the beginning of what we refer to in the office as Brazen 3.0: A new logo, a new blog, a focus on Network Roulette and Virtual Recruiting Events, and a new purpose and vision for the future of Brazen. We have a new team and we’re ready to rock and roll to make Brazen even more valuable to you and take it to the place we all knew it could be when we first launched.
We’ve learned a lot over the past year. Above all we’ve learned that in order to provide you, our members, and our millions of future members with a truly valuable resource, we must be three things: 1) highly educational, 2) incredibly useful, and 3) totally live. Let me explain.
Brazen will teach you how to achieve your career goals, fast
Today’s higher education system is broken. Students spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get an education that leaves them with a nice looking piece of paper and not much else. This is especially true when it comes to parlaying that education into a career.
College majors don’t teach things like: how to effectively market online, how to create a real social media strategy for your company, how to generate sales leads and reach new potential customers, and how to manage a team of engineers to create a truly transformative product.
Brazen will fill in these holes. We will offer webinars, e-books, bootcamps, Facebook apps, and premium content from our hand-selected network of experts, all with an eye toward educating you on how to succeed in today’s workplace. We’re starting with the Brazen Life blog, expert interviews and webinars, and our soon-to-be-released Facebook app.
Brazen will put you in live conversations with recruiters to help you find your dream job
Online recruiting is broken. Employers are inundated with unqualified resumes, professionals blindly apply to jobs that are re-posted on dozens of sites to drive eyeballs through click arbitrage, and the chances of even hearing back from a company you applied to are slim to none.
The problem starts at the very core – job postings are not the answer. They are a relic from a time long passed. We are beginning to solve this problem with our Virtual Recruiting Events. The events give you five minutes of uninterrupted time with recruiters from companies that interest you. It’s an opportunity for you to show your personality, explain why you are the perfect hire and make a great impression.
You just don’t get the same effect when you click “apply” and submit a resume online. If a recruiter doesn’t get back to you after the event, it sucks, but at least you know that your resume didn’t get lost in the big black hole. We’ve already had a number of companies participate in these events and we’ve helped many people find their next job or internship in the past couple of months.
Brazen will connect you live with your peers to help you build your professional network
We’ve believed it for years, and now that Sean Parker said it, others are jumping on the bandwagon too: the future of social is live. At Brazen, we also know that the future of professional networking is live. Serendipity is a major part of our lives, and it’s often where the real magic happens. Simply put, you never know who will help you achieve your career goals. Brazen is facilitating serendipitous connections between professionals through our live Network Roulette events.
There are few things more powerful than an uninterrupted conversation between two people. The things you learn about the other person when there are no distractions allow you to think about all the ways you may be able to collaborate. On Brazen you can do this without leaving your house or office. Network Roulette is not replacing offline meetups, but we are providing you with an extremely useful and efficient alternative.
This is just the beginning, so stay tuned.
Ryan Healy is the co-founder and COO of Brazen Careerist. He was recently named one of Worth Magazine’s 20 entrepreneurs to watch.