What’s the Story Behind Utah Jobs List?

“Utah Jobs List is simply an “open source” attempt at connecting Utah Job Seekers with those who are seeking to hire Utahans who are looking for work.” Join the List / Learn More

A few weeks ago, my partner Cecilia Parkinson and I talked on the phone among other things about recent layoffs here in Utah over the last few months, and it would be great if there was something that could be done about it.  

There are and have been a lot of lists…spreadsheets and linkedin posts that would pop up announcing layoffs or laid off people or some other kind of thing but having something more centralized seemed, well, like a good idea. 

From there, working with my team of talented partners, Utah Jobs List was born.

The idea is simple, and three-fold:

  • A list people can sign up for to be notified about opportunities in a confidential way.
  • A way for employers to push jobs out to the people on the list with a commitment to respond personally to every one of them
  • Companies who want to host events, open houses or recruiting fairs can also have information pushed out to members of the list

As we put this to paper, the major thrust of this is the idea that it is an “Open Source” project, meaning we’re paying the costs and technical burden of providing the tools and technology to connect jobseekers, especially those affected by these layoffs, and hiring managers and recruiters who are seeking people just like them.

What’s in it for ConnectedWell?

If there’s a selfish-er side in this, it’s simple: We get to help Utah workers who are seeking new jobs land new jobs. That helps all of us. Yeah, that’s a little hand-wavy, sure. Here’s the rest of the story:

Of course, we are a technical and professional recruiting and talent consultancy. We may, like any other employer, reach out to potential candidates who join the list and offer them opportunities with our clients, which we may receive compensation for.

We also provide various job-seeker services (most are free, like #career1st, an email newsletter) which, should job seekers be interested, they can leverage, use or subscribe to. Some of those are paid.

We also recognize that some companies, or perhaps companies from out of Utah who seek to hire from our well-educated workforce may engage (pay) us directly to reach out to and market to candidates on their behalf, like any other recruiter or hiring team who subscribes to this list.

What’s In It For Job Seekers?

In the end, landing a job in the new economy is about being known and found. Finding jobs online and job boards are both impersonal and fairly miserable. We seek to provide a personalized experience and a fluid, “open source” way to quickly connect jobseekers with those seeking their unique talents in a respectful, human way.

Without aggrandizing us or our technology or anything, at its basic level, we’re just trying to connect you with job opportunities relevant and interesting to you. If you like the service, we believe you’ll share it with your friends or use it to hire your next team. If you never spend a penny on this service, but find valuable connections and meaningful work, then all the costs we incur to run this will be more than worth it!

How Do I Participate?

If You’re A Job-Seeker:

If you’re a job-seeker, or you might be one someday, click below to see and join the Utah Jobs List: UtahJobsList.com

If you’re a Recruiter or Hiring Team:

If you represent a company who plans to hire people or market job opportunities to the Utah Jobs List, please email us: utahjobslist [AT] connectedwell [dot] com.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

I’m Sick. I hate It. I’ve learned from it.

Sure, it’s cold and flu season which is to be expected that some would get sick, but this one really has me down and while it’s both tested my limits, its also helped me see some things a little differently as I close out 2019.

The ugly back story is that while people around me were getting sick over the last 6–8 weeks, I have somehow floated above the proverbial germ pool and avoided any adverse ailments, until a week ago today when I felt a tickle as I swallowed. I was sure it was just a dry mouth. Having the furnace on dries the air, afterall. 

No dice. 

The summary is, now a week later and a pharmacy-load of medications, I feel I have survived the worst of this, but still face the weakness in my joints, the aching in my forehead and the lack of stamina or even the will to get things done that would be in a normal day’s work.

I hate it. 

I hate not being able to exercise and do normal things.

I hate not feeling helpful and feeling as though others need to go out of their way to accommodate me (or avoid me, as they should).

But I have also learned from it.

I am a little more methodical at the moment about what I choose to do because I know I don’t have enough energy to just “hustle” until everything is done. 

I need to self-care more frequently, and this doesn’t mean sitting in a tub with candles or whatever, but pay attention to and be with myself and ensure that I am caring for the things that I need. Fueling that flame inside me.

I have asked for help from colleagues and friends and been amazed at their caring responses and willingness to either postpone deadlines or help me with things. 

I need to appreciate others in my life, especially my spouse who put up with the best but most often the worst that my life can dish out.

And, to wax philosophic, I have appreciated more my own breath and the awesome feeling of being up and doing great things, working well, fulfilling commitments, being alert and caring and empathetic to others and having your full capacity available to help you care for others beside yourself. 

I appreciate more my body’s amazing ability to heal itself and the miracles of medicine available to help us.

And hallelujah when I am well enough to play basketball again. 

This 5-Point Scale will Help Your Team Hire Better & Avoid Bias

This five point scale helps you know if you have a hire, a no-hire, or (critically) if you need to go back for more.

There are many ways to rate candidates in your interview process. However, as part of a standardized interview feedback framework, I find the five point scale to work the best in helping you understand what to do with your candidates.

Count them as stars, checkboxes, points or whatever you like. The point is, I strongly encourage FIVE options for reviewers to rate a candidate. More than this leads to ambiguity. Less than this creates false positives and negatives (I will explain below)

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