Scotts Valley resident Ken Winters, however, has set out to make employment a little bit easier to find.
Winters, the proprietor of independent corporate recruiter Staffback.org, founded Hirewire.org to translate his expertise in human resources into tips and techniques for job seekers.
His Hirewire workshops, which meet the second Tuesday of each month at GateWay Bible Church, consists of four 15-minute sections in which Winters discusses common questions regarding résumé building, job searching and networking, along with a question-and-answer session — all at no charge.
Winters said the idea came to him when his church pastor, Fred Hennes, called upon members of the congregation to use their unique skills to do good for their community.
“I was helping a lot of job seekers one on one,” Winters said. “They were all asking a lot of the same questions.”
Santa Cruz County’s unemployment rate stood at 14.7 percent in March, according the California Employment Development Department, and in 2010, California paid a record $22.9 billion to 1.7 million workers who filed unemployment claims. The numbers calculate out to about $90 million every workday.
“I think it’s such a need,” said Dan Bowman, an associate pastor at the church. “(Winters) is giving people the tools to get a better employment opportunity.
“It was a question of, what had God gifted you with to help others?”
Since founding Hirewire in February, Winters has led two meetings, and some results are beginning to show.
“I’ve helped about a dozen people find work directly,” he said.
He has helped people get interviews and encouraged others to begin their own businesses while searching for work.
Winters said his long-term plan for Hirewire is to have it reach what he calls a “critical mass” — about 100 people per meeting.
“I would encourage people to attend, because when we hit critical mass, employers will take notice,” he said. “I’m trying to build this up to be a monthly job fair.”
Winters said the two meetings that have taken place represent the first of what he hopes will be a series of 100.
“I’ve made a 10-year commitment to providing this service,” he said.
At a glance
What: Next Hirewire.org job seeker meeting
When: 6 to 7 p.m. May 10
Where: GateWay Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Road, in Scotts Valley
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