Park City Career Network
The start of the week doesn’t have to look as blue if you’re attending Park City Career Network meetings. Founder, Anne Gardner said that was the idea behind the Monday morning meeting time.
Last Monday, 15 business people gathered at Temple Har Shalom in Park City. The reason they attend varied. Most were either employed, seeking a new career path or unemployed after losing a job and everyone was interested in learning more about internet mediums and having an online presence.
The meetings are a tool for Park City community members to stay connected and maximize their job searching efforts, Gardner explained. She also plays psychiatrist, offering moral and mental support. "We recognized that there was a unique need in Summit County," Gardner said.
Gardner and three other residents came up with the idea in 2009 after the economic meltdown in 2008. Her conspirators included: Human Resources consultant and author of RecruiterGuy’s Guide to Finding a Job, Bill Humbert, along with Ellen Silver, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services and Dale Matthews, Principle of Millennium Solutions.
Envisioning the group as a support system for community members at a cross road or in between careers, "The meetings are designed to get people motivated and setting goals for the week," Gardner said. "Our passion is guiding people into finding a job."
Typical attendees are former business people with a college or post graduate education. Gardner explained that people in their late 40s and older were hit the hardest by the economic downturn. Most were formerly at the top of their careers, but have since lost the attention of employers because of their work experience and level on the pay scale.
Guest speaker Spectrum DNA Director Vince Beerman spoke about the importance of presenting themselves as a business. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions about networking and were given tips on how to connect with potential employers online. Beerman joked "Strut your stuff you can’t really even do that in an interview."
Beerman offered several specific tips, saying he keeps his Linked In account for business use only, while using other internet mediums for personal use such as Facebook. Keeping this in mind, he went on to explain that it’s important to attach an online business page such as a Linked In website to your resume. Gardner agreed. "Historically, resumes were a great tool. Now you have to treat yourself like you are a product."
Stay current and promote your attributes Gardner explained.
The best question to ask? It’s not ‘do you have a job for me.’ It’s ‘who should I talk to’ and ‘here’s my situation,’ Gardner explained.
The Park City Career Network meets every Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the Temple Har Shalom on S.R. 224.
Next month, Joe Cromley from Edward Jones, will speak about how to manage your finances in the current economic climate.
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