The Upcoming Networking Events Yahoo group, curated by Tom Donohue, is a great source for information on ongoing networking meetings in the tri-state area. All meetings are open to the public and almost all of these meetings are free.
In order to maximize your network, try to attend meetings in different geographical areas, but especially in towns where you are targeting companies that you would like to work for. Not only will you learn valuable job search skills, but greatly expand your circle of friends. Who knows, the person you meet at one of these networking events may be able to introduce you to a hiring manager at one of your target companies.
To join the group, log on to Yahoo and search for a Group titled Upcoming_Networking_Events, or click here.
— David Milkes