New York, New York (PressExposure) July 30, 2009 -- FiredUpNetwork.com, a business networking community that provides informational resources to its members, announces its official launch. Catering to those who are considering a professional change, FiredUpNetwork has emerged as a revolutionary career tool by offering members both a comprehensive set of resources to plan their next career move and a professional network to support them. To facilitate career change, the site categorizes information by the following five options: employment opportunities, entrepreneurial pursuits, buying or selling a company, fundraising, and post-graduate education (MBA and JD).
In these tough economic times, many people are finding that they want to or have been forced to make a change. According to founder Matthew Pizzi, "Whether you have been laid off or want to quit your job, you have the same set of professional options." For individuals in this position, the first step is to reach out to friends, family and colleagues, who will in turn offer advice, introduce them to new professional contacts, or direct them to resources such as books or websites. FiredUpNetwork has mirrored this process by providing a discussion board, a recommended reading list, and a resources database for each of the five professional options.
The FiredUpNetwork team has populated the site with over 1,500 free informational resources, ranging from head-hunting firms to venture capital firms to graduate school test preparation courses. Nonetheless, the site is designed to be dynamic and member-driven. The interactive forum format allows members to add new resources, as well as participate in the discussion boards. By posting new information, members can both enhance the utility of the site and interact with other members with similar interests.
Direct connection between members in the forums is only one way that FiredUpNetwork links "change seekers" to "change facilitators." Through FiredUpNetwork, job seekers can connect to employers, entrepreneurs and company buyers can find investors, and job seekers can partner up with entrepreneurs. The site's sophisticated search mechanism offers a particularly powerful networking tool, as members can search the entire directory by profession, reason for joining, university affiliation, and location. "So," says Pizzi, "if you wanted to find all the entrepreneurs who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania that live in Manhattan, FiredUpNetwork enables you to do that easily." Furthermore, members of the FiredUpNetwork community can expand their contacts by tapping into their "extended network," which consists of everyone that is two degrees of separation away from them.