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August 3, 2015

Dear Friends:

Most of you reading this live in Colorado—or you have a burning desire to move to, and find a job in, Colorado.

And with good reason.

Time and time again, Colorado's economy and overall business environment is cited as one of the best in the nation. Our unemployment rate is one of the lowest. There are more startups and entrepreneurial ventures in the Centennial state than in any other.
 
Just last week, Forbes named the Denver metro area as the best place in America for Business and Careers (CLICK HERE to read the article). The Forbes study follows an historic trend of such rankings dating back to the '90s. In fact, studies done throughout the years by Denver's Metro Economic Development Corporation confirm that the Denver metro area is one of the most desirable places for college graduates to start their careers; and businesses are chasing the talent. The lifestyle, the proximity to our universities, the low cost of doing business and, of course, Denver International Airport, are all major reasons Denver is known as a desirable place to live, work and conduct business.

Suffering through another oil boom and bust crisis through the '70s, Denver was never really in control of its economic future. Coming out of the doldrums of the '80s, Denver's young and dynamic Mayor Fedrico Pena asked citizens to imagine a great city. In the '90s, under Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, a great city was built as Denver voters approved more than $6 billion in investment bonds that, in part, revitalized downtown, redeveloped Lowry and Stapleton, added more park space than any time in history, transformed the South Platte River and built new libraries, senior centers, and created additions to the Denver Convention Center, the Denver Art Museum and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

In addition, local chambers of commerce and the work of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, which brought together local planning leaders from local municipalities throughout the metro Denver area, forged metro cooperatives to help link Denver area communities through business and economic development planning, transportation, workforce development, housing and education.

What's happening today is the culmination of a vision and a legacy that created a solid economic base for Denver; a base that is reliant on a diversity of industries and businesses and a base that capitalizes on the terrific quality of life that Denver has to offer.

Ultimately, this is all good news for professionals who are navigating their careers in Colorado. It provides a wide variety of job opportunities as well as the the creative impetus to take risks and pursue dreams that might not be as possible in other locations.
 

Five Strategies to Address Work Gaps
Ruth Pankratz

Ruth Pankratz is a nationally certified professional résumé writer and one of the most talented résumé writers I know. Based out of Fort Collins, Ruth works with professionals throughout Colorado and beyond to create résumés that demand attention, allows recruiters to quickly match skills, accomplishments and experiences which result in job interviews and ultimately job offers. Go to www.gabbycommunications.com to find out more about how Ruth can help you in your job search. ~ANDREW

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A recruiter posts a job. Dozens of resumes are submitted and the recruiter is trained to quickly scan each resume and determine which resume moves forward to the interview pile.

One of the biggest red flags for a recruiter is an unexplained gap from work. For the most part, recruiters will ignore resumes that have a gap in the chronology of work. For the job seeker, this is unfortunate because they might have the right skills and experience for the job, but the recruiter won’t have time to ask the job seeker to explain the resume gap.

Life is about much more than work. Every year thousands of professionals take an extended absence from their career for a variety of reasons—to raise children, care for family, relocate to a new city, transition through divorce, grieve the death of a loved one, complete volunteer commitments, obtain an education, serve time in prison, or to prepare to make a shift from business owner to employee.
 
When you’re ready to get back to work, be sure that your résumé does not focus on the time of unemployment. A strong résumé focus is on the professional’s skills, talents, and abilities. If you have a work gap, consider the following strategies to address the extended work absence.  

So how do you represent a work gap on a résumé? Every individual work gap situation will be handled differently, but in general, the gap should be weaved into the chronology of your experiences, accomplishments and skills.

1.    Highlight the value. The résumé is a marketing tool used to promote a professional. This is best done through content that sells value and skills by emphasizing results and actions.

Tell Example: Schedule and assist patients as needed.

Sell Example: Increased office efficiency by scheduling and supporting 26 patients daily, including managing HIPPA and insurance documents.

2.    Remove unrelated information. If you have concurrent work contracts, volunteer experiences, and part-time jobs during a work gap, it may not be helpful to include all of the information. Consider the job aim and then only include supporting information. Strengthen the résumé by removing unrelated or confusing information. Too many temporary jobs can raise concerns and does not create a “hard worker” impression.  

3.    Include CARs. Use the challenge, action, and result (CAR) approach to sell talents and results. This is a great way to provide context and really highlight results. CARs can be used in both the résumé and during an interview.

4.    Honesty. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable disclosing a work gap situation. Tell the truth so potential employers can understand the situation and move past it to build trust. Keep the résumé work gap statement simple and consider what will be said during an interview BEFORE the interview. If a situation is disclosed from another source, the employer might draw negative conclusions.   

5.    Power of people. Consider who might be a reference. While not all jobs require references, including them (especially after a work gap) can be a powerful way to reassure potential employers.

If there are job transitions due to multiple job changes or being fired on a regular basis for poor performance, consider why there has been a lackluster work pattern. If needed, get assistance from a career or mental health counselor.

Work gaps can be overlooked or forgotten when the résumé clearly conveys skills, talents, and value. An effective résumé reassures employers that they can depend on you.

Ruth’s background includes marketing and résumé writing expertise. She is a dual, nationally certified résumé writer providing career services that support professionals with their goals. Ruth holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, multiple certifications, and is owner of Gabby Communications.
 

Love, Set, Match to benefit the Adoption Exchange

I am a proud board member the Adoption Exchange, a critical Colorado nonprofit that serves as the connection between the children who wait in foster care and the families who adopt.

On Saturday August 15, from 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. a the Gates Tennis Center, you can participate in Love, Set, Match, one of the Denver tennis community's most fun and exciting events all in support of the Adoption Exchange.

Love, Set, Match will be held at the Gates Tennis Center.  

As a player:
  • Top Gun format using all 20 Gates courts
  • Players are divided by skill level
  • All levels are welcome
  • All players receive a t-shirt
Party
  • Live music by Bruce Cole
  • Mile High Catering taco bar
  • Gigi's Cupcake desserts
  • Free massage tables
  • $10 wristband for unlimited access to the open bar
Mingle
 
Meet area pros including Jeff Salzenstein, Andy Zodin, Peter Richman, Chris Cooprider, Trent Broach, Zach Sivalis, Art Turnill plus players from the DU tennis team

Sign up by August 7 by clicking here!


Employers! Find great candidates under Jobseeker Profiles

If you are an employer looking to hire a great candidate, look in the pool of talented professionals who have posted there profiles under AH Jobs List's Jobseeker Profiles. This week, there is a great list of talented professionals who have posted their profiles describing their backgrounds, talents and experiences and how they would be a good fit to work for your organization. These profiles are classified by entry, mid and senior-level professionals.

Every week, I'm hearing from job seekers and employers alike that they are being connected through Jobseeker Profiles on AH Jobs List. Posting a Jobseeker Profile is a simple and affordable way to get noticed by recruiters. If you are a job seeker, click here and post your profile today. Profile examples are available to help you craft a simple description to get an employers attention. Thousands of employers from around the state are looking at Jobseeker Profiles to identify new talent.

Click here to post your Jobseeker Profile!
 

SummerToast

SummerToast is Thursday, August 13th!

Join me for the biggest networking party of the summer. Network with over 100 great organizations, companies & colleges.

We're proud to once again sponsor the annual Connection Maker award. 

Nomination Criteria:
  • This person is a ‘networker’ at heart. This person gets around, knows people, and people know him or her. This person is very active in different network settings, and is a pro-active leader in one or more of these networks.
  • This person is a connector. This person considers others just as important as him/herself and proves this by introducing his/her acquaintances, friends and business partners to others he/she knows.
  • As a result of this person's capabilities, significant benefits/results have been realized by those acquainted with this person.
Nomination deadline is August 10, 2015.

Winner will be selected by SummerToast Committee and will win two VIP tickets to the 11th Annual Denver Food and Wine Classic.

NOMINATE TODAY!
 


Nonprofit of the Week



The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, we’ve built a tremendous record of success since our founding in 1951:

  -  We've protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

  -  We work in all 50 states and more than 35 countries — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. See where we work.

  -  We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans, and conservation lands.

It's who we are and how we work that has made the Conservancy so successful — and makes us optimistic that we can expand that great conservation work to meet the challenges ahead:

  - Everything we do is rooted in good science — aided by our hundreds of staff scientists. Dive deeper into our science.

  - We pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges. Learn why we're so effective.

  - We partner with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral institutions, and other non-profits. Learn more about our partnerships.

  - We have the support of more than 1 million members who enable us to continue working on a scale that matters and implement solutions that endure. Find out how you can support our work.

The Nature Conservancy has one position open in their Colorado Chapter posted on AH Jobs List this week.

Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy
Boulder, CO


WORK WITH US
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Nature Conservancy's Colorado Chapter seeks an accomplished conservation leader and proven manager to serve as our Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation to help us achieve our goals of conserving threatened landscapes, preserving forests and freshwater resources and other critical conservation priorities, including sustainable grazing, energy, climate change initiatives and other emerging conservation strategies. The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation serves as the chapter's chief conservation officer and is responsible for leading, directing, coordinating and overseeing all conservation programs for the chapter. S/he provides the strategic leadership, evaluates program effectiveness and establishes overall conservation priorities to ensure successful and meaningful results are achieved.

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