Talk to Kuron Conner for a few minutes and you’ll feel as if you’ve known him for years. The Recruiter for The Lee Group’s Chesapeake office has an easygoing nature…
What does that mean?
Read on below to get to know Steve better, and learn what U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Hal Moore said that leaves him inspired each day.
What was your first job?
Ranch hand on a horse ranch.
What is the best job advice you ever received?
Be confident, but stay humble.
What is the best job advice you ever gave?
I used to have a saying that I came up with and attached it to my signature block in my emails. Try vs do.
“When you try to do something, you leave failure as an option. When you decide to do something, you eliminate failure as an option and are left only with success.”
What motivated you to go into the staffing field?
I spent many years in different areas of recruiting in the military. It seemed like a natural transition moving into a civilian career.
What are the biggest challenges out there for people searching for jobs today?
Interview skills. In today’s world, so many things come from and happen in an impersonal way and is spilling over to a lack in soft skills. You can have a beautiful resume and get a ton of interviews, but if you lack interview skills or to be able to bring those soft skills to life you likely will struggle to get a job.
What are the biggest challenges out there for companies looking to hire great team members today?
Most desirable employees have a job. Just like the housing market has buyer and seller markets, the employment market does, too. Right now, it is an employee’s market. This leaves only a couple of choices. You can shop for employees with the skill set you need that already have a job or you can get out of the box. You have to figure out what qualities make someone successful in the role you are looking to fill. Then hire and train that person.
Can you recall a time where you saw the real impact a job, or having the right person working for a company, made in someone’s life?
Seeing the impact that you make on someone’s life when you place them in the right job is really a constant occurrence for me. It’s one of the things that keeps me doing what I do. Recently though, I interviewed a past employee of a client whose position had been eliminated. In the interview we spoke about the impact the people she had worked with at her last job, she had been there 12 years. We discovered that one of the people who made every day at work a little better was someone I had placed with the company.
What trends do you see in today’s job search and hiring world?
People and employers are stepping outside of their comfort zone. People are applying for jobs they once wouldn’t have applied for, and employers are hiring people they typically wouldn’t have hired.
When you aren’t helping companies find qualified people or helping people find good jobs, what do you do for fun?
Volunteering. I coach youth football in the fall and spring, and also lead a volunteer team at my church.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“There’s always one more thing you can do to influence any situation in your favor, and after that, there’s one more thing.” -Army Lt. Gen. Hal Moore
You have to give yourself an honest evaluation and find that one more thing.