Happy Workforce Wednesday.
As partners in Washington state’s WorkSource system and the American Job Center Network, the Employment Security Department helps people – unemployed or not – find new jobs and learn new skills. We help them experience the life-changing Power of a Job.
Every week, we spotlight a different Power of a Job success story. This week, we bring you Debi Keyzer of WorkSource Central Basin in Moses Lake. Debi is a job coach in the WorkFirst program, which helps low-income parents who receive cash assistance (known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF) to prepare for and go to work.
Here is Debi’s story:
“Josh” has been a WorkFirst client of mine several times. He has a tendency to take jobs and not keep them. And he keeps coming back to WorkSource.
One day Josh came in, and a local employer who comes into our office frequently happened to be there. This employer provides services to a big business in Moses Lake.
I talked to Josh about working there. He can’t work nights and weekends because of being a single dad. This place only works Monday through Thursday — four ten-hour days with weekends off. The pay was wonderful, and the more I talked to Josh, the more interested he became.
So, I took him over to meet with the employer. Then he had a second interview the next day with the corporate recruiter on military base in Moses Lake and was hired on the spot, starting at $15.77 per hour! The last job he had, he was making about $10 per hour. He was so happy, he came in saying how thankful he was that he got that job and how much he enjoys working there.
When I met with Josh previously, I always helped him with his resume and showed him how to interview. He had attended our Job Hunter course series in our office. He learned how to really look for a job, apply and how to make a resume look good.
We offer a variety of services that were very beneficial to him. We also have supportive service dollars in the WorkFirst program, and I was able to help him buy steel-toed boots. They’re very spendy but required by the employer. Josh didn’t have the money, so we helped him with that and with money for work clothes gas to make sure he could get to his job.
We offer a lot of other services at WorkSource. It doesn’t matter who you are; we’re there to help you. We provide lots of services to help you to get back to work in the community.