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Difficult Denver: local and global advice for a tough candidate pool

Well, it finally happened to us. People have talked about Zoom hacking for a long time, but have had such great success with our amazing community that we didn’t think it would happen. For those of you who shared our first hacking experience with us, we extend our sincerest apologies for the disruption we encountered.

The hacker was removed and blocked, and we now know what to do if we run into this issue again. We have never experienced anything like this before, and we strive to make Colorado Career Connectors a safe space for members during our events. We welcome you to connect with us privately at any time. We are here for you, and we will do what we can to support you in the best way possible.

For those of you who requested access to the Linkedin profiles shared in the original chat, please hit reply, and send us a quick note letting us know.

(And another quick apology for the awkward video editing!)

So, what makes the Denver Candidate pool so difficult?! Darren started out our conversation with a few quick facts. In a nutshell:

  • There is a large candidate pool here

  • Companies are also now looking nationally or globally

  • Most employers in the area are small and medium sized companies

  • Our population is almost 62% white, providing a challenge when companies what to hire a diverse workforce

Watch the recording here for amazing tips shared by Darren, Tim and Chelle. Remember that whatever you do, be authentic, be yourself and be confident. Don’t listen to the BS your brain is telling you, because it’s not true!

If you need assistance both Darren and Chelle are PQ coaches, reach out at any time (scroll down for contact info).

Thank you to our panelists, Darren Kanthal and Tim Muerer; our host and founder, Chelle Johnson; and most of all, our amazing and supportive community.


Links from our Conversation

Tilled is hiring! Visit their jobs page here and you might just get the chance to work with Tim.

Will you join us IN PERSON for Craft Your Life!?! Register here and use the discount code CCC15 for a discount just for CCC members.

Denver Startup Week is coming up! Dates are September 19 through 23, and registration opens on August 1. Chelle will be speaking on the panel, "Women, Work, and Identity: Stories of Challenge and Success.” She’ll be joined by friends and panelists, Ellen Lichtenstein and Guadalupe Hirt, as well as Orion Brown, the founder of BlackTravelBox.

Need to talk? Schedule some time with Chelle. Here Unleash Your Edge Strategy Session is available to you at no cost. Get on her calendar here.


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What’s next

Financial Planning During Times of Transition

Monday 7/25/22 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join us as we learn ways to Create Healthy and Enduring Relationships with your Money! CCC friend and sponsor, Shelly Schell of PRISM Financial Strategies, will be front and center to discuss important considerations and actions to take as you prepare or go through life transitions.

Would you like to know why financial planning during times of transition can help smooth uncertainty? Knowing your own financial situation and how our lives depend on this knowledge is important for not just survival, but living the life of our dreams.

Take away tips and tools to help you navigate financial uncertainty:

  • Learn how to create purpose driven financial goals

  • Learn how to align spending, saving and investing with needs, wants and wishes

  • Discover the tools needed to create a lasting financial plan

Investment Advisory Services offered through PRISM Financial Strategies, LLC; a Registered Investment Adviser.


Connect with our panelists

Chelle Johnson (she/her)

CEO & Founder

Best You Career Advantage

Founder, Colorado Career Connectors

Tim Meurer

Vice President of Human Resources

Tilled - PayFac-as-a-Service!

Darren Kanthal, CPCC, PHR

Certified Leadership & Career Coach

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