#Powerofajob: Down to his few last dollars, hope is found through WorkSource

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 William Smith, who was down to his last couple of dollars when he used the power of WorkSource to land a great job at a Hospitality-industry hiring event.

Here is William’s story:

I came to Tacoma from Las Vegas five or six weeks ago for a work assignment, collecting data for a subcontractor at the nearby military base. It was six-month job, but I found out there were only five weeks left – and it would be September before they would need me again. With only three dollars and fifty cents left to my name, I woke up this morning thinking, “I really need to find a job.”

A friend said WorkSource was a good place to find a job, so I used two dollars and took the bus planning to visit WorkSource Pierce. I asked a person on the bus if he was familiar with downtown and if he knew where to find a job. He said “Try WorkSource,” which was the second time I had heard it that day. After that, he told me which stop to take and gave me directions to the center.

After walking halfway up the hill to the center, I encountered two women. I asked if they knew how to get to WorkSource or if anyone was hiring. They did not know of any jobs, but handed me a flyer from WorkSource they had just received about the job fair at a hotel nearby.

I tried to decide if I should go. I knew I was not dressed for a job fair, but figured I would either get a job or be in the same position as now. The least I could do is try.

At the job fair, I spent five minutes filling out an application and then a staff member walked me across the hall where interviews were taking place. As she took me to a table, she asked me what type of work I am looking for. I told her I am good with my hands and she found a company to interview with right away.

Today, that company hired me to service linen for them. It is a union job, forty plus hours per week and a good starting pay. I start on Monday and I get to work with my hands.

None of this could have been possible without WorkSource. I tell you the honest to God truth. The work they do at WorkSource is a true blessing, because I feel they were really looking over me today. I really do.


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