Former recruiter teaches job-hunting workshops

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A son’s broken back put Kathleen Conners back on track.

Conners, a 50-something mom and wife, was suddenly thrust into the role of full-time caregiver for her 17-year-old son after he broke his back in a skiing accident. Getting him off to school was an exhausting task – and she had to do it twice a day on some days. It was her full-time job.

A former employment recruiter – she also worked the other side of the fence as a counselor for those who have been pink-slipped – Conners had “downtime” when her son was at school. She thought about the economy and area layoffs.

Unemployed acquaintances found out she was at home with her son. They called to ask if she knew of any jobs, and asked for advice in finding employment. She started thinking some more. As her caregiver duties lessened, Conners focused on getting back to work – or at least getting other people back to work.

Over the months, she mentally developed the outline for workshops to teach jobseekers skills, some new, some not new, on how to find employment.

“It took basically two months to develop the workshop,” Conners said. As word about the workshops spread, she was contracted to hold them twice monthly in Denver, and will conduct a pair monthly in Colorado Springs.

“Losing a job is very devastating,” Conners said. It forces major changes, and people are suddenly on the outside, looking for a job, sometimes when they have not had to compete in the job market for years.

That is why Conners believes she can help.

Through research, the job sleuth discovered job boards’ account for only five percent of found jobs, yet job hunters spend a disproportionate time haunting them. More bad news is that finding work through newspaper ads is not very productive, either, Conners said.

Even though the job is advertised, “90 percent of managers want to hire someone through their contacts,” said Conners.

“The research tells what we have to do to get jobs,” said Conners. Each person, she said, has a different job profile, and there are jobs out there for every profile.

Job seekers will learn to “revolutionize, cyberize, and customize” job searches, Conners said.

“This workshop retrains thought processes to find employment opportunities where other job seekers cannot,” Conners added. “Job seekers find it difficult when faced with a downturn in the economy to be passionate about new employment opportunities since it appears that there are not many jobs… perhaps job seekers look in all the wrong places.”

There are five primary components in finding employment, said Conners, and searching techniques and methods should account for 40 percent of the effort.

There really are jobs available, Conners said, and she is confident the $90, half-day workshops will help people find desirable employment. Her next workshop in Colorado Springs is on Sept. 25, at Regis University. You may reach Conners at 719/576-7660, or via e-mail at Kathy@c2conslultants.com. Her website is www.kconnersllc.com.

Professionals will have search tools for life, as well as the ability to uncover employment opportunities thus taking total control of the current employment process and their future.