#PowerofaJob: Woman learns job skills while incarcerated, lands job through WorkSource after release.

 

(en español)

Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday!  As an agency, the Employment Security Department provides a safety net of unemployment benefits for qualified people who’ve lost their jobs. Then working with our WorkSource partners, we help them find new jobs. But WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services!

Each week, we spotlight a different #PowerofaJob success story.

This week’s story comes from Vancouver where WorkSource staff from Workforce Southwest helped a woman in the Clark County Jail learn the skills she needed to thrive upon release.

“J” came into our WorkSource site in the Clark County Jail in Vancouver. Like many others who are incarcerated, she was lacking the skills and the abilities to get past some barriers to employment. Upon release, she would have no money or prospects for herself, her partner or her children. The future looked bleak.

“J” entered our LEAP program, funded through a grant from the US Department of Labor and administered by Workforce Southwest. Through this program, “J” was able to attend classes to learn about her personality and what kinds of jobs would be a good fit for her long term. “J” also learned many other skills, like how to create a resume, set goals and shine in an interview.

She attended every class with enthusiasm. Yet with all her new found abilities, there was still a huge hurdle – upon release she needed to relocate with her family to Bothell, where she would have no transportation other than the bus system to get to work.

Thanks to the well-trained WorkSource staff, “J” learned how to navigate the WorkSourceWA.com website and discovered that she could search for jobs located within 5 miles of her future relocation site.

One cannot describe the joy that she experienced when she was able to post her well-crafted resume, receive a response, and arrange an interview all in one day from a potential employer (all while she was still incarcerated). With so many issues to deal with upon release, this was one less thing to worry about. “J” was so happy about her resume that she went around showing it to all of the staff.

“J” left us knowing that even if the job wasn’t offered, she was no longer going to be a victim of her past. While her criminal background was a good reminder of where she came, it would no longer dictate where she was would end up!

This is just one small, shining sample of the service WorkSource provides.

UPDATE: “J” went to live with her family after release. She worked with WorkSource Redmond and found a job in the local area.

Submitted by Macari McIntosh, WorkSource Vancouver

¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Esta semana, la historia proviene de Vancouver, donde el personal de WorkSource del área suroeste, ayudó a una mujer encarcelada en el Condado Clark, a aprender las habilidades necesarias para cuando fuera cuando fuera puesta en libertad.

“J” visitó el sitio de WorkSource en la cárcel del condado Clark, en Vancouver. Como muchas otras personas encarceladas, a ella le faltaban las habilidades y destrezas para pasar los obstáculos para obtener trabajar. Cuando fue puesta en libertad, ni ella n i su familia tenía dinero o prospectos, su pareja, o sus niños. El futuro se veía sombrío.

“J” entró a nuestro programa LEAP, con fondos recibidos del Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos y administrado por la Fuerza Laboral del Suroeste [Workforce Southwest]. A través de ese programa, “J” pudo ir a clases para aprender sobre su personalidad y la clase de trabajos que serían buenos para sus metas a largo plazo. “J” también aprendió muchas otras habilidades, como cómo crear un résumé, establecer metas, y tener una buena entrevista de trabajo.

Ella participó en cada clase con entusiasmo. Aún con todas sus habilidades adquiridas, todavía había un gran obstáculo —al salir, necesitaría cambiarse con su familia a Bothell, donde para ir a trabajar no tendría transportación propia, y solo acceso el sistema de transporte público.

Gracias al personal muy capacitado de WorkSource, “J” aprendió como navegar el sitio WorkSourceWA.com y descubrir que ella podía buscar trabajos locales, en un radio de cinco millas del lugar donde se iba a vivir.

Le faltan a uno palabras para describir lo contenta que se veía cuando pudo subir su résumé bien elaborado, recibir una respuesta empleador potencial y hacer arreglos para una entrevista, todo en un solo día (mientras estaba aún encarcelada). Con tantos asuntos que tratar para su liberación, este era una cosa menos que preocuparse. “J” estaba tan feliz con su résumé que se la pasó mostrándolo a todo el personal.

“J” nos dijo que aun cuando no le ofrecieron el trabajo, ya no iba a ser la víctima de su pasado. Mientras sus antecedentes penales continuaban siendo un recordatorio del camino que tomó pero, ya no dictaría donde terminaría.

Este es solo el destello de una pequeña muestra de los servicios que WorkSource ofrece.

ACTUALIZACIÓN: Cuando “J” fue puesta en libertad, se fue a vivir con su familia. Ella siguió utilizando los servicios de WorkSource Redmond y encontró trabajo en el área local.

Presantada por: Macari McIntosh, WorkSource Vancouver

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#PowerofaJob: Spokane Navy Veteran serves others, lands dream job

(en español)

Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday!  As an agency, the Employment Security Department provides a safety net of unemployment benefits for qualified people who’ve lost their jobs. Then working with our WorkSource partners, we help them find new jobs. But WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services!

Each week, we spotlight a different #PowerofaJob success story.

This week’s story comes from Calvin, a U.S. Navy veteran who served as part of ESD’s veterans team at WorkSource Spokane while he was a graduate student Washington State University then landed his dream job as a budget analyst for the U.S. Air Force.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of the WorkSource veterans team these past two years. I would like to take a moment to give a special thanks to the some of the most professional and knowledgeable people who helped me during my time as a member of the WorkSource team: Hannah Schoepp, Lynda Evans, Bryan Dooley, Jack Kaplan, Seth Maier, Debbie Medlen, Mike Ramos, James Baker, Dirk Vastrick, Jeff Miller, Bill Kinyon, Vang Xiong and many others.

“I hope that my brief story illustrates the importance of both the veteran work study program and the employment services available through WorkSource. Additionally, I hope this program continues to help veteran students in the community succeed during their transition.

“In 2015, I was accepted as a graduate student at Washington State University in Spokane. As a student, I was qualified to participate in the work study program at WorkSource Spokane. During my time in the program, I learned resume writing, the interview process, completing applications and many other useful job seeking skills.

“The work I did at WorkSource was some of my most rewarding experiences. During my time there, I participated in multiple job related projects, community events, as well as assisted veterans facing various obstacles in their life. Additionally, I had the opportunity to help others in the community who needed help seeking employment. As part of the WorkSource team, I was also able to connect directly with some of the local employers, as well as participated in several hiring events in the area. After graduation, I continued to receive assistance from the WorkSource team with my career transition.

“After applying for numerous job openings on USAJOBS, I finally landed the federal position that I so wanted: a budget analyst position for the Air Force. I know that I would not have accomplished my career goal without the skills I learned and the support I received from participating in the work study program at WorkSource. I wish nothing but the best for the program and that it continues to help other veteran students succeed in life and career.”

Calvin’s new job pays more than $50,000/year.


¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Para destacar el trabajo que hacen nuestros empleados y asociados del sistema de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral de Washington, que cambia la vida de las personas, estamos lanzando una nueva campaña de publicidad, #PowerofaJob.

Esta semana nuestra historia proviene de Calvin Li, un veterano de la Naval de los Estados Unidos que desempeñó como parte del equipo de veteranos de ESD en WorkSource Spokane, mientras iba a la Universidad del Estado de Washington como estudiante de postgrado, cuando obtuvo el trabajo de sus sueños como analista de presupuestos para la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos.

“He tenido el honor y el privilegio de ser parte del equipo de veteranos de WorkSource en los últimos dos años. Deseo tomar un momento para agradecer en especial a algunas de las personas mas profesionales y expertos me ayudaron durante mi tiempo como miembro del equipo de WorkSource: Hannah Schoepp, Lynda Evans, Bryan Dooley, Jack Kaplan, Seth Maier, Debbie Medlen, Mike Ramos, James Baker, Dirk Vastrick, Jeff Miller, Bill Kinyon, Vang Xiong, y muchos otros más. Espero que mi breve historia presente la importancia de ambos; el programa de estudio para veteranos y los servicios disponibles para empleo a través de WorkSource. Además, espero que este programa continúe ayudando a estudiantes veteranos en la comunidad para tener éxito en su transición.

“En 2015, la Universidad del Estado de Washington en Spokane, me aceptó como estudiante de postgrado. Como estudiante, reuní los requisitos para participar en el programa Estudio en el trabajo, en WorkSource Spokane. Durante el tiempo que pasé en el programa, aprendí cómo escribir un résumé, el proceso de entrevista, completando solicitudes y muchos otras habilidades de búsqueda de trabajo.

“El trabajo que desempeñé en WorkSource fue una de las experiencias más gratificantes que he tenido. Durante el tiempo que estuve ahí, participé en varios proyectos de trabajo, eventos comunitarios, así como ayudé a veteranos enfrentando obstáculos en su vida. Además, tuve la oportunidad de ayudar a otros en la comunidad que necesitaron ayuda buscando empleo. Como parte del equipo de WorkSource, pude conectarme directamente con algunos de los empleadores locales así como participar en varios eventos de contratación en el área. Después de mi graduación, continué recibiendo ayuda del equipo de WorkSource durante mi transición

“Después de solicitar a un sin número de trabajos en USAJOBS, finalmente obtuve el puesto que yo quería con el gobierno federal, como analista de presupuestos, para la Fuerza Área. Yo se que no hubiera podido lograr mis metas de carrera sin las habilidades que aprendí y el apoyo que recibí al participar en el programa estudio en el trabajo, en WorkSource. Deseo lo mejor en el programa y que continúe ayudando a otros estudiantes veteranos a tener éxito en la vida y en su carrera”.

Ahora, Calvin gana más de $50,000 al año en su nuevo trabajo.

 

 

#PowerofaJob: WorkSource helps 80-year-old man find job to pay for wife’s medicine

(en español)

Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday! In an effort to spotlight the life-changing work of our employees and partners in Washington’s workforce development system, we’re launching a new publicity campaign, #PowerofaJob.

Few things are more powerful in a person’s life than finding the right job at the right time–and the employees of the Employment Security Department share a common mission: We partner to connect employers and job seekers – supporting transitions to new jobs and empowering careers. 

As an agency, the Employment Security Department provides a safety net of unemployment benefits for qualified people who’ve lost their jobs. Then working with our WorkSource partners, we help them find new jobs–but WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services!

Each week, we plan to spotlight a different success story. This week’s story comes from WorkSource Skagit!

Don, age 80, came often to WorkSource Skagit. He’d been laid off from his previous job in security. He worked for one reason – to keep his wife alive. Don had worked hard his entire life planning for retirement. What he was not ready for was the expense of prescription drugs for his wife.

I showed Don how to conduct a job search. He struggled so much with his resume, hen pecking on the computer, not knowing how to save his work or print a document. He came to our Resume Reboot Workshop and seemed to be overwhelmed. Often, I saw tears in his eyes as he struggled in the resource room, but it was so busy he was gone before I could help him.

A few days after attending the workshop, the resource room was quieter, and I told him I was going to sit with him until he’d created a great resume. He later proudly printed off five resumes.

A few weeks later after completing our job search workshop series, he came to WorkSource to tell us about his new job with a huge smile on his face.

WorkSource works!

Submitted by Shelley Blackburn, WorkSource Skagit


¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Para destacar el trabajo que hacen nuestros empleados y asociados del sistema de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral de Washington, que cambia la vida de las personas, estamos lanzando una nueva campaña de publicidad, #PowerofaJob.

Pocas cosas son más poderosas en la vida que el encontrar el trabajo apropiado en el momento justo. Los empleados del Departamento para la Seguridad del Empleo comparten una misión en común: nos asociamos para conectar a los empleadores con las personas que buscan trabajo —al apoyar transiciones a empleos y carreras nuevas.

Como agencia, el Departamento para la Seguridad del Empleo proporciona una red de apoyo con beneficios del seguro por desempleo para las personas que perdieron el trabajo y reúnen los requisitos. Luego al trabajar junto con los asociados de WorkSource, podemos ayudarles a encontrar nuevos trabajos —pero WorkSource no solamente es para las personas que están desempleadas. ¡Cualquier persona puede usar nuestros servicios!

Cada semana, planeamos destacar diferentes fuentes de sucesos exitosos. Esta semana proviene de WorkSource Skagit.

Don, de 80 años de edad, venía a menudo, a WorkSource Skagit. De su trabajo anterior —como guardia de Seguridad, lo habían puesto en cesantía. Él trabajaba por una sola razón: para mantener viva a su esposa. Don había trabajado muy duro toda su vida planeando para su jubilación. Sin embargo, para lo que no estaba preparado fue para los gastos de medicamentos para su esposa.

Le mostré como se hace la búsqueda de trabajo. Tenía problemas con su résumé, haciéndolo a picoteos en la computadora, sin saber cómo guardar o imprimir sus documentos. El vino a nuestro taller Resume Reboot y parecía frustrado. En la sala de recursos a menudo veía lágrimas en sus ojos por lo agobiado pero estaba tan ocupada que él antes de yo poder ayudarlo.

A unos cuantos días después de haber acudido al taller, cuando la sala de recursos estaba más tranquila, le dije que iba a sentarme con él para crear un gran résumé. El más tarde imprimió cinco résumés.

Varias semanas después de haber completado nuestra serie de talleres para búsqueda de trabajo, el vino a WorkSource para decirnos con una sonrisa bien grande sobre su nuevo trabajo.

WorkSource ¡sí funciona!

Escrito por Shelley Blackburn, WorkSource Skagit

#PowerofaJob: WorkSource Clallam helps homeless veteran find new life

Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday! In an effort to spotlight the life-changing work of our employees and partners in Washington’s workforce development system, we’re launching a new publicity campaign, #PowerofaJob.

Few things are more powerful in a person’s life than finding the right job at the right time–and the employees of the Employment Security Department share a common mission: We partner to connect employers and job seekers – supporting transitions to new jobs and empowering careers.

As an agency, the Employment Security Department provides a safety net of unemployment benefits for qualified people who’ve lost their jobs. Then working with our WorkSource partners, we help them find new jobs–but WorkSource isn’t just for people who are unemployed. Anyone can use our services!

Each week, we plan to spotlight a different success story. This week’s story comes from WorkSource Clallam. Enjoy!

John, a homeless veteran living in the woods, came into the WorkSource office looking for help finding a job. Our annual Veterans Stand Down was taking place that week, so our Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist had him show up for services. He received food, a haircut, a medical exam, clothes, camping equipment, etc.

Our DVOP introduced John to me to see if staff from our Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act program could help him out.

We had John apply for food stamps, and did an assessment to see what type of work would fit for him. He had been a roofer, but was no longer physically able to do that type of work. After the assessment, all indications pointed to working with animals.

I asked John if he felt that was a good fit for him. He said yes. He had grown up working with animals and loved it. I had recently talked with a local veterinarian who needed help in her practice.

She needed someone who could work with the animals, clean up, exercise, help with some procedures etc. I suggested we try John in a work experience (WEX) position to see if it worked out for both of them. She said she would take a chance on him.

John had no vehicle, so we got him a bus pass to help him get to work. He started the next week and absolutely loved the job. The employer like the way he worked with the animals. After his WEX position ended, the employer kept him on. He found a place to live, was given a vehicle to drive and became a member of the community again.

John is happy to be out of the woods and back in society. We see him volunteering at events throughout the county, especially for the homeless.

Submitted by Schehera Gates, WorkSource Clallam


¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Para destacar el trabajo que hacen nuestros empleados y asociados del sistema de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral de Washington, que cambia la vida de las personas, estamos lanzando una nueva campaña de publicidad, #PowerofaJob.

Pocas cosas son más poderosas en la vida que el encontrar el trabajo apropiado en el momento justo. Los empleados del Departamento para la Seguridad del Empleo comparten una misión en común: nos asociamos para conectar a los empleadores con las personas que buscan trabajo —al apoyar transiciones a empleos y carreras nuevas.

Como agencia, el Departamento para la Seguridad del Empleo proporciona una red de apoyo con beneficios del seguro por desempleo para las personas que perdieron el trabajo y reúnen los requisitos. Luego al trabajar junto con los asociados de WorkSource, podemos ayudarles a encontrar nuevos trabajos —pero WorkSource no solamente es para las personas que están desempleadas. ¡Cualquier persona puede usar nuestros servicios!

Cada semana, planeamos destacar diferentes fuentes de sucesos exitosos. Esta semana proviene de WorkSource Clallam ¡disfrute!

John, un veterano de guerra que vivía bajo los arbustos del bosque, vino al centro de trabajo WorkSource buscando ayuda para encontrar trabajo. Esa semana fue el evento anual de la Semana de Veteranos Inactivos, por lo que el especialista del programa de alcance a Veteranos Discapacitados (DVOP) le pidió que acudiera para recibir servicios. El recibió comida, un corte de pelo, examen médico, ropa, equipo para acampar, etc.

Nuestro DVOP me presentó a John para ver si el personal de Innovación de la Fuerza Laboral y el Acta Oportunidad, lo podía ayudar.

Le pedimos a John que solicitara estampillas de comida, y nosotros le hicimos una evaluación para ver que tipo de trabajo sería apropiado para el. Él había sido techador, pero físicamente ya no podía hacer ese tipo de trabajo. Después de la evaluación, todos los indicadores apuntaron hacia puestos de trabajo con animales.

Le pregunté a John si creía que este tipo de trabajo estaría bien para él. —Él dijo, sí.

Él se crío trabajando con animales y eso le encantaba. Hacía poco que yo había hablado con un veterinario local que necesitaba ayuda en su clínica.

Ella necesitaba alguien que pudiera trabajar con los animales, limpiar, ejercitarlos, y ayudar con algunos procedimientos, etc. Sugerí que se hiciera una prueba a John en un puesto bajo el programa experiencia en el trabajo (WEX) para ver si funcionaba para ambos. Ella dijo que le daría una oportunidad.

John no tenía un vehículo, por lo que le conseguimos un pase para autobús para ayudarle a llegar al trabajo. El comenzó la semana siguiente y le encanto el trabajo. Al empleador le gusto la forma en que trabajó con los animales. Después de que WEX terminó, el empleador decidió contratarlo. El encontró un lugar para vivir, se le dio un vehículo para manejar y se integró otra vez a la comunidad.

John está feliz de haber salido del bosque y volver a la sociedad. A menudo lo vemos como voluntario en algunos eventos en el condado, en especial esos para las personas sin hogar.

Submitted by Schehera Gates, WorkSource Clallam

 

Break into the hospitality industry

It’s Hospitality Month in Washington! Here’s some great advice from our partners at Monster.com.

by Margot Carmichael Lester, Monster Contributing Writer

Whether you’re looking for accounting jobs or event-planning jobs, there’s a place for you in the hospitality industry.

“People looking to break into the hospitality industry need to know there are two sides of it, one is the operational side — which is really front-line work — and the other side is corporate,” says Jonathan Galaviz, chief economist for Galaviz & Company, a Las Vegas-based travel and leisure consulting firm. Though most of us think of food service, meeting/event planning and guest services when we think of hospitality jobs, there’s plenty of opportunity on the business side, too. “On the corporate side, there are tremendous opportunities to get involved with international expansion, market analysis and strategy work,” Galaviz says.

No matter what side of the industry interests you, here are some expert tips for breaking into hospitality.

Sell Yourself

“The mentality of hiring managers is that everyone is or can be competent at entry-level tasks,” says Brian Meissner, owner/operator of El Diablo Tranquilo, a boutique hostel and restaurant in Punta Diablo, Uruguay, that recruits internationally to fill 24 seasonal internships and rotating management positions. “Sell yourself. Know what sets you apart, what makes you worth bringing into the fold. People who describe their travels with fire, people who are foodies and remember a special dish — those are people whose own experiences resonate.

” You’ll also stand out if you have a vision for your hospitality career. “The biggest mistake candidates make is that they don’t clearly define what their long-term objectives are,” Galaviz says. “For some reason, many new professionals enter the hospitality industry because they think it will be fun, but in reality, it’s a very serious business behind the scenes. A long-term strategic plan for what they want to be and how to get there is critical.”

Understand the Ladder

Most people who rise to top hospitality management positions started out in entry-level jobs like dishwashing, technical support or accounts payable. “These entry-level positions are important because they build character and give you an opportunity to see the business from the ground up,” says Lara Weiss, global director of sales for K Hotels International, a Los Angeles-based marketing and sales organization for independent hotels and inns worldwide.

Megan Arellano entered the industry as a guest-services coordinator at the Houstonian hotel in Houston. Within six months, she was promoted to group sales supervisor. Today, she’s the assistant manager of Trellis, the hotel’s spa. Each step gave her the experience to reach the management level. “For any position, always know that there is more to a job than what you see on the surface,” she says.

If you’re short on experience, you’re not necessarily out of the running for hospitality jobs, Weiss says. “Prior experience is dependent upon what type of work and division you want to go into,” she says. “Hotels, in particular larger brands, will spend the time necessary to get you trained and set you on a path, mainly because of the large infrastructure. If you are joining a smaller boutique-type organization, having experience is really important. Because it is smaller, you may be thrown in and expected to do a number of tasks and wear a lot of hats.”

So why not get started on your hospitality career? Employment in the sector is doing well and most companies are hiring for many positions.

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Hospitality Careers Overview

Hospitality careers are for those who enjoy playing the host. Food service and lodging managers are responsible for making sure guests at restaurants and hotels have a satisfying experience with their meal or their accommodations. Both types of hospitality careers are responsible for managing the daily operations of the establishment including overseeing staff, reviewing budgets and ensuring guests’ comfort and satisfaction. The hours can be long; hotels are essentially 24-hour businesses and restaurants are often open long hours and on weekends, so don’t plan on a nine to five, 40-hour work week.

Hospitality Education

Hospitality jobs typically require at least a high school diploma and extensive on-the-job experience. Larger restaurants and hotels may require their managers to have a bachelor’s degree in business management, and some restaurants may prefer that their managers have post-secondary training in the culinary field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a bachelor’s degree in restaurant and hospitality management is now offered by many universities.

Hospitality Job Market

Although population growth is expected to increase the demand for food and lodging services, companies are consolidating supervisor and managerial positions, streamlining hospitality jobs to keep budgets under control. That’s why hospitality careers are projected to see slow growth in comparison to other jobs over the next 10 years. Food service managers are expected to only go up two percent, from 321,400 in 2012 to 326,500 by 2022, and the 50,400 lodging manager jobs reported in 2012 may only see a one percent increase to 51,100 by 2022.

Hospitality Salaries

[Nationwide] salaries in the hospitality industry are fairly good, right in the neighborhood of the upper $40,000 range. Lodging managers average $46,810 annually for their full-time work. Food service managers make just a bit more with a $47,960 median annual salary, although the BLS notes that special food services managers earn $54,210 on the average.

Content for this article can be found at Monster.com