Sessions from CareerCampLA 2012

April 21, 2012 1 comment

CareerCampLA 2012 - 13Here is the list of sessions presented at CareerCampLA 2012 on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Los Angeles Southwest College.

  • Finding your transferable skills
  • Job seekers tips: How to get hired
  • How are YOU staying motivated?
  • State Farm Hiring and Tips on Interviewing
  • What’s a resume for?
  • Building an enduring career reputation
  • Understanding how money works
  • Dressing for success
  • Choosing your career path: What works for you?
  • Building your resume
  • LACCD Interns Program
  • Ex-offenders and corporate social responsibility
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Gender Stereotypes, culture and leadership
  • Picturing what you want and how to get there
  • Self-Care: How to take care of yourself while you are looking
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Photos from today’s CareerCampLA 2012

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Click the photo below to see some of the pictures from CareerCampLA 2012, held Friday, April 20, 2012 at LA Southwest College.

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CareerCampLA is today!

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

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Today we are gathered at Los Angeles Southwest College for CareerCamp 2012. This is our 3rd CareerCampLA and out 6th CareerCamp overall.

If you missed us today, please subscribe to the CareerCamp International Mailing list and we will send you notices of all the upcoming events.

Next up on the CareerCamp agenda will be:

CareerCampLA is just 14 days away! – Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

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I would like to personally invite you to CareerCampLA 2012 which is happening Friday, April 20, 2012 at LA Southwest College.

CareerCamp is a community organized, career-focused, unconference which calls upon local communities and people to share their knowledge, expertise and other important information on developing yourself and your career.

This will be our 3rd CareerCampLA and our 6th CareerCamp overall. You can find photos, video and audio from previous events on the CareerCampLA web site which can give you a small feeling of what the experience is like.

For more information on CareerCamp and a short explanation of unconferences in general, you can visit the CareerCampLA Wesbite at

For Recruiters and Employers:

I recently wrote a short blog post on “Why employers and recruiters should attend a CareerCamp event?” to specifically address some comments I received at the DoL event. I think there are significant advantages  for employers and recruiters to meet motivated job candidates in this casual and positive environment.

You can read this blog post at:

If CareerCamp sounds interesting and useful to you, please share this information with your organization and clients. I have attached a CareerCampLA flyer, in PDF format, to this email.

CareerCampLA 2012 is only 14 days away. CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) is scheduled for July 14, 2012 and we will be setting a date and location for CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) as soon as we can.

For information on future events, please subscribe to our mailing lists:
CareerCamp International (for information on all CareerCamps)

If you have any questions about CareerCamp, please feel free to email ( or call me at 818-804-5049.

Thank you for your time and attention! I look forward to seeing you at a future CareerCamp!


Why recruiters and employers should attend CareerCamp events?

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

I was a guest at a recent Department of Labor event in downtown Los Angeles. It was an outreach meeting for faith-based and neighborhood partnership groups in the Los Angeles area. In speaking with several attendees, one issue was mentioned above all others. Employers and recruiters would like to find a better way of connecting with potential job candidates — beyond the typical job fair environment.

This interested me greatly, as I have been seeking to attract recruiters and employers to our CareerCamp events since they began. I have always encouraged recruiters and employers to come to CareerCamp as just another attendee. No sitting behind tables collecting resumes and passing out job listing. I think that this allows employers  to meet and interact with people without the “baggage” of being someone who has a job to offer. Employers and potential employees can spend a day as equals. Instead of having only a minutes to converse, employers and potential employees can spend the day together learning and growing.

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Even more, it allows employers to see people interacting in their normal, everyday way. They are not in “interview” mode where every word and  movement is carefully calculated. People are also usually more forthcoming about other interests in their life, their life experience and the skills they have acquired.

For employers, CareerCamp attendees have one particular advantage. These people have already shown a level of initiative and proactivity by simply attending the event. They are already motivated to “Build the Career You Deserve” — one of the basic tenets of CareerCamp. Being immersed in a collection of motivated job candidates is sure to turn up some of the very people they want working at your company.


Let this be my personal invitation to all employers or recruiters to attend any CareerCamp event. Come and experience a day of positive, informative and active career building. We would love to have you speak on your own expertise as someone who is looking for well-qualified job candidates, too.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of people who attend CareerCamp and the huge amount of positive energy it generates. There is a different way of meeting your future employees beside the typical resume gathering at a job fair. Come and experience a new way of “Building the Company You Deserve!”

Douglas E. Welch
CareerCamp International Founder

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Please help spread the word about CareerCampLA 2012!

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

This is a general request for everyone to please use your social media accounts to let people know about CareerCampLA and the other upcoming camps. We are only 22 days out from CareerCampLA, so anything you can do would greatly help and be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks!
Douglas E. Welch, Founder, CareerCamp International

You can do this in a number of ways:

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Partner: Tuesdays with Transitioners

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

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Formed in 2009, Tuesdays with Transitioners is a support group for those who have been laid off, downsized, or are looking to make a career transition. The group meets twice a month for lunch, and offers guest speakers and technology tools that equip the 20th century worker for the 21st century workforce—whether that be nine-to-five, independent contractor, or entrepreneur.

The group maintains an active presence on the World Wide Web via the Tuesdays with Transitioners website, Facebook (Tuesdays with Transitioners on Facebook) and (Tuesdays with Transitioners on Meetup).

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell is the founder and facilitator of the group, as well as co-chair and organizer for CareerCamp events in Southern California.  Jennifer writes at As The Girl Turns, and is the Los Angeles Faith & Community Examiner for Jennifer is also a Yoga instructor and coaches others in career and life Reinvention.

Partner: Career Opportunities Column and Podcast/Douglas E. Welch

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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Career Opportunities, written and produced by Douglas E. Welch, is now in its 13 year of publication and 8th year as an audio podcast. Career Opportunities is focused on “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!, just like CareerCamp itself. Each week the column and podcast covers a particular aspect of career development, always focused on what your career means to you and what it needs to thrive.

Douglas E. Welch is also the founder of Career Camp International and CareerCampLA, as well as an organizer and co-chair of Southern California CareerCamp events.

You can find Career Opportunities column and podcast, as well as links to Douglas’ ebook and careers and social media at

Books by Douglas E. Welch

Sponsor: Sideskills – Tools to Market Yourself, Your Skills and Your Products

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment


We are proud to welcome Sideskills, based in Redondo Beach, California as a sponsor of CareerCampLA.

Sideskills is a free web site which provides “Tools to Market Yourself, Your Skills and Your Products“. Each user can set up their own “presume” (profile resume) and start telling the story of their work and career. Sideskills seeks to flip the typical job search and start bringing work to you instead of having to constantly go searching for it.

Visit today, build your presume and start telling the story of your career!


Sponsor: Sprouts Farmers Market

March 26, 2012 Comments off

#alttext#Sprouts Farmers Market is an Arizona based company specializing in farm fresh produce.

Their CORE values are:

  • Value to the customer: the bottom line for all decisions
  • Uniqueness: foster creativity and innovation by getting input from all levels of the company
  • Integrity: fair and ethical treatment of others
  • Loyalty: to family, friends, co-workers, and customers
  • Fun: where work and fun come together
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