Category: Chamber News Created: Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:34

Career Connections was established in Athens, Ohio in February 1990. Valerie Kinnard, owner and operator, saw a need for assisting Southeastern Ohio employers with finding qualified employees to fill both temporary and permanent roles.

  Career Connections has grown substantially, expanding from employing a couple dozen temporary employees in their first year to consistently hiring and placing several hundred people each year. The Gallipolis office opened in 2013 and has recently moved into a permanent downtown location, across from the Gallipolis City Park.   Career Connections offers customized human resource services, which allows employers to focus on other aspects of their businesses. Available temporary and permanent employment opportunities range from labor jobs to executive level positions. During the recruiting process, applicants are thoroughly screened, with only the most qualified candidates referred to the employer for consideration. There is no cost to the employer, unless Career Connections successfully fills the position.As a fee-free service, participating job seekers are provided with around the clock access to multiple job postings. Once an individual has registered for their job placement services, they receive updates regarding potential employment opportunities. The only cost involved for job seekers is the few minutes it takes to complete the required application process. Career Connections has remained active in the community with their principals and staff members chairing and serving on numerous boards of directors and supporting local organizations. In addition to their Gallia County Chamber of Commerce membership, Career Connections is involved with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Leadership Athens County, Young Athens Professionals, and River Recreation Festival 2015. Kristi Kinnard, General Manager, was recently honored as the 2014 Young Professional of the Year by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.“We have been honored to serve the Southeastern Ohio area for 25 years and we are so excited to now have a local presence in Gallipolis. We look forward to working with more businesses and individuals in the area.”, said Lindsay Carr, HR Manager, Gallipolis.For more information about Career Connections, call (740) 578-9622 or visit them on the web at