Written by: Chris Layfield
Kirsten Hall, Career Connectors Board of Directors, stood in for Jessica today with opening and closing comments:
· Get connected to the weekly email, check the event recap, and join the LinkedIn Group Discussion
· Consider volunteering
· Take the DISC assessment and pick up the Phoenix Business Journal book of lists – they’re free!
What would it be like if you were so aligned between your heart and your head that you could communicate who you are so clearly in your first interview that you didn’t need to go through your experience in detail later?
Cristi McMurdie says that just about everyone knows WHAT they do, some people know HOW they do it, but very few know WHY they do it. WHY we do things is our “Sub-Operating System” – it’s how we are hardwired, what we believe, what we are compulsive about, and what makes us special. WHY we do things lives deep in the part of the brain that was formed early in life and which gives us our most inherent survival/success formula.
When we are aligned between WHY, HOW, and WHAT we do either personally or in business, we have passion that resonates out to our families, our employers, our peers, and our customers. When we understand our WHY, we can be agents in creating that alignment over time.
Based on work done by Simon Sinek (look up his TED talk or his book Start with Why) and subsequently by Dr. Gary Sanchez, there are 9 potential WHY’s:
· To contribute or to make an impact
· To build trusting relationships
· To make sense out of things
· To find a better way and share it
· To do things the right way
· To think differently and challenge
· To seek mastery
· To create clarity
· To simplify
One member of the audience said that several of the WHY’s looked familiar. Cristi pointed out that we only have one; she suggested that what happens over time is that we learn HOW’s which may look similar to a WHY, but are really just tactics to support our one WHY.
Amy Witte, Senior Recruiter
The Hartford is a company that has been in business for 200 years. They are growing their presence in the valley with a new office at the 101 and Raintree in Scottsdale. The organization has a ‘promote from within’ approach to development, and they are looking for people with a ‘get a foot in the door’ attitude. Benefits apply the 1st day on the job and new associates are paid during training.
Get set up on www.thehartford.com/careers; don’t forget to take the assessment, and apply there for immediate consideration.
Currently Open Positions
· Bilingual Customer Service Positions (offering hiring bonus and stipend)
· Customer Service Consultants
· Workers Compensation
· Associate Claims Representative
Kristiana Laugen, Recruiter/Country Manager and Jennifer Rojas, Head of Human Resources, USA
Homebell is a start-up company with a mission to shake up the home improvement industry by bringing transparency to the process of selecting and pricing home improvement jobs. Based in Europe, the company is in the process of expanding its business in the U.S. and its employment in the valley. They have a temporary office in North Scottsdale, and they are actively looking at mid-town/downtown space. The company has an entrepreneurial culture with the associated opportunities to take ownership, to make a difference, and to grow careers.
Currently Open Positions highlighted
· Inside Sales – Team Lead
· Customer Service – Team Lead
· Inside Sales Representative
· Customer Service Representative
While the highlighted positions are customer service, keep an eye out for technology and accounting positions that support customer service as the company is in a dynamic phase of growth. Apply for positions by visiting the jobs page here.
Bobby Arnott and Andrew Ferris, Talent Representatives
Kforce is a staffing firm looking for finance, accounting, and technology professionals to match with the needs of the thousands of client firms it works with.
In the Phoenix market, Kforce provides specialized skills for both large established organizations as well as for start-ups.
Bobby Arrott and Andrew Ferris are Talent Representatives who represented Kforce at Career Connectors. They are particularly focused on technology and engineering skill sets in the areas of:
· Functional-Project Management/Analysis
· Application Architecture/Development
· Enterprise Data Management
· Infrastructure, Security, & Support
· Embedded Software
· Test Engineers
· Business Ops
· Electrical Engineering
· Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing
Get set up on their site.
Dan Stowell, Senior Sourcing Strategist
HonorHealth was created in 2015 through the merger of John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare. HonorHealth is among the top 10 employers in the state with more than 10,000 employees with a mission to improve the health and well-being of those they serve.
Highlighted positions include: technology support for the new electronic medical records system (Application analysts, Help desk technicians, systems administrators, IT administrators, and IT security analysts) as well as nursing, allied health, and administrative support.
Set up a profile at www.honorhealth.com/jobs, and the agent will notify you as new opportunities open that align with your interests.
CANYON STATE INSTITUTE
Steve Caparelli, Director
Canyon State Institute offers in-demand career-based certifications. Certifications are funded through government grants and are available in the areas of:
· Microsoft Office
· Comp TIA
· Cisco Certified Network Administrator
· Medical Support Specialist
· PMI Project Management Professional
· SHRM Human Resources
· Process Improvement (e.g. Scrum, Six Sigma)
· Digital Marketing Specialist
Steve Caparelli represented Canyon State Institute at the Career Connectors event. What sets CSI apart? Small classes (maximum 6 for most programs), career advisors on staff, and the ability to audit the next set of classes while studying to pass national exams.
Look them up at canyonstateedu.com.