Austin Gunter's Blog

October 26, 2009

BarnBuilders at Tech Ranch Austin

Filed under: Uncategorized — Austin @ 10:44 pm

BarnBuilders at Tech Ranch AustinThe way that I am currently working to architect connections in Austin right now is through a program at the Tech Ranch called the BarnBuilders.  We are targeting the substantial amount of folks that are highly trained in the various Technology companies, like Dell and IBM, that helped make Austin a bit of a “satellite campus” for Silicon Valley.  There are thousands of these highly trained people, in both technology and the business side of things, who are out of work in Austin these days.  The unemployment level is better than most of the nation.  However, the fact remains that thousands of jobs have gone missing, and some may never return.

There is a huge upside to the downturn.  In the past 10 years, more than 60% of the jobs created in the United States have been in groups of 10 people or less.  Read: Entrepreneurs will save the economy.  Read: Accelerate your local Entrepreneur.

The BarnBuilders program helps both entrepreneurs, as well as the unemployed talent in the Austin Area.  How do we help both groups out?  We provide ventures with a huge network of volunteer help from the local talent pool currently in full-time job search mode.  The entrepreneurs benefit from what they can achieve from free help.  The talent gains because by volunteering they are able to hone their experience, add a project or two to their résumés, or even get hired.

The thing that we do is build the bridge between the entrepreneurs and the talent so that they know who to go looking for.  Our network helps people bridge the chasm of knowing who needs to hire someone.

I was hired to work at the Tech Ranch because I volunteered my time there.  I met Kevin at a networking event and told him I loved how the Tech Ranch was helping people start their own ventures.  I asked if I could volunteer at the Ranch while I looked for work.  After a two or three weeks, I had proven myself with my work and they hired me.  My volunteer time turned into an extended interview process.

Don’t you agree that this process is more effective than blindly sending out résumés?


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