My “Career Connector” Experience:I was originally introduced to Career Connectors by a business associate, Bill Markham, a career consultant. I was amazed with the attendance, offerings and overall organization. Bill had previously seen my presentations covering image, networking and business etiquette seminars for the Southwest Job Network (founded by Chris Vacari) and felt my topics for a good fit for Career Connectors as well. (The SJN has since dissolved.)
Bill introduced me to Jessica Pierce, the founder. She politely said that they already had someone on image and networking in their speaker bureau. I certainly respected her loyalty to these speakers. I knew that I had a different approach and broader topic range and gave her my portfolio. I just had to be patient. My opportunity came when a speaker on networking had to cancel at the last minute and other options were not available. I followed the format already in place and have been on their speaker bureau roster ever since. That was in 2014.
They have an amazing three-hour morning agenda that begins with at 8:30 with networking. The main program begins at 9:00. Topics have included; salary negotiation, image, personal branding, Linkedin and more. Next, hiring companies offer an overview of their respective companies and announce job openings. Following the presentations, attendees are invited to visit their tables. Volunteers offer a variety of services to job seekers including resume coaches, Linkedin advice and professional headshot photos. Also educational institutions are there to help those needing to brush up on or expand their knowledge.
Career Connectors is definitely the HOT SPOT to geteducated, connected and hired for those seeking new career opportunities.And it is all FREE to attendees!I am proud to be a part of their team.—Gloria Petersen