At the Fulton Tap Room, both conversation and the beer were flowing, but the people are doing more than just tipping a few back, they're making connections they hope will lead to a new job.
"One is just to get off the couch. You can only be on LinkedIn so much and do that networking to do that in person and make that connection with people I wouldn't ordinarily meet in my network. I thought it was important to get out here and get back on the horse," former Target employee Tim Herby said.
Job seekers like Herby wore yellow name tags, while employers looking to hire wore blue tags.
The so-called #NowThreadingTalent event was originally designed to help the 1,700 Target employees who lost their jobs a couple of weeks ago, but organizers opened it up to anyone looking for work.
Before the happy hour, job hunters were able to get in front of a camera and shoot a short video resume to bolster their online profile or LinkedIn account. They also had access to a make-up artist, career coach and even a massage therapist all free of charge.
"Getting a job in general is making that personal connection, and if you can put yourself out there in a video, people can better relate to who you are," said Sarah Edwards, the brains behind the operation.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, the crowd was buzzing, and it wasn't just the beer.
"It's a tremendously stressful process to go through, but I can't say enough about the people in the community who have reached out and said, ‘I will help you in any way I can,'" Emma Berg said.
In addition their own social networks, those video resumes will also be posted on the I AM MPLS Facebook page and http://www.nowthreading.com, which Edwards set up to help the Target employees as well.