Rick Martin & Chuck Conrad, co-creators of Ohio CareerConnect

Rick Martin & Chuck Conrad, co-founders of Ohio CareerConnect

Ohio CareerConnect is a job seeker’s networking group
geared toward career professionals in transition.

Voted one of the top five finalists in 2012 and nominated again in 2013 and 2014
for Connectors Choice Awards for Networking Organization of the Year.

Why Does Chuck Conrad Rick Martin Mike Perry Do This?

Why did we start this group? The simple answer is that this is our way of “paying it forward” as individuals and as an organization that has deep roots in the Northeast Ohio community. Whether it is a discussion regarding a resume or job search strategy, facilitating connections between a job seeker and “the right people” or making local hiring managers and recruiters available, the OCC leadership has a deeply passionate commitment to assisting those experiencing a job transition.

Rick Martin and Chuck Conrad created the OCC LinkedIn group and networking events back in February of 2011, because they saw a need in the community and wanted to share their vast network of contacts from years of being financial advisors. All of us who are part of overseeing OCC have been in transition at some point in our careers. We’ve walked in your shoes, understand and fully appreciate the difficult journey taken by today’s job seekers. Although we no longer host our monthly networking meetings as of April 2015, we are still committed to supporting those in career transition through our Ohio CareerConnect LinkedIn Group.

Since the group’s humble beginning, Rick and Chuck have helped hundreds with understanding how to handle their finances during a time of career transition, as well as helping them meet others who may have a connection to a potential employer through one-on-one coffees.

For some time now, the general consensus has been that over 80% of those finding new jobs have done so as a result of making the right connections through networking.

That is what we are all about…and that is why we do what we do.

Interested in being part of our group? Connect with us on LinkedIn.

Chuck Conrad

Chuck Conrad

Chuck is co-creator of Ohio CareerConnect, a networking group for professionals in career transition. Chuck’s background includes several years of active military duty, serving in an elite unit of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War.

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Rick Martin

Rick Martin

Rick is co-creator of Ohio CareerConnect, a networking group for professionals in career transition. He spent twenty-five plus years with National City Bank, Progressive Corporation and Cole National Corporation.

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Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Mike’s blog for job seekers “In the Business of You” is read by thousands of people across the globe. Mike is a contributor to the book by Keren Douek, “Jobs and Careers” and is frequently requested to speak to job seekers groups and has counseled hundreds of people in transition regarding their job search strategies.

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