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.