#Powerofajob: Truck driver finds road to a great new career

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

As partners in Washington’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 Shelby Meyenburg, an AmeriCorps technology and resource navigator at WorkSource Thurston. Here Shelby shares how he and the WorkSource team helped an unemployed truck driver on the road to a great new job!

My client is a skilled truck driver in search of a new job. While he had all the skills and abilities to be a truck driver, he told me he really wanted a job where he could spend more time with his wife and grandchild.

So we took a look at other job types, and he saw a position at the mattress company where his daughter works. He expressed interest in a sales representative position there. As he talked about it more, he got kind of a twinkle in his eye, so I persuaded him to apply and see where it would take him.

The WorkSource team worked to get his resume ready, practiced with mock-interviews and prepped him until he was ready to go.

We didn’t hear from him for a couple of weeks. Then one day, I came back from lunch and saw him in the main lobby of WorkSource. I asked how he was doing and if he worked for the mattress company.

Come to find out, he’s more than working; he’s successful! The mattress company had recently had a big sale, and he was the number-one salesperson! I’m impressed, but more importantly, his employer is really impressed. Everything looks really good for him.

I love my role as a technology navigator with AmeriCorps! I answer all kinds of questions from how to attach resumes to emails to how to use the computer to land a dream job. This is just a small example of what WorkSource offers to anyone who comes in the door—whether you’re unemployed or looking to start a new career.

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#PoweredByJobs: WorkSource helps Comcast hire thousands of veterans and spouses

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

As partners in Washington’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. We also work with businesses to help them find employees because we know they’re Powered by Jobs.

This week we’re sharing a Powered by Jobs story featuring Mark Brown from the Comcast Service Center in Lynnwood. The Employment Security Department honored Comcast with the coveted Hire-a-Vet Award in 2017 for its support of the YesVets hiring program. Comcast used WorkSourceWA.com to promote job openings and attended numerous veteran-focused hiring events in Snohomish County in 2017. As a result, the company’s Washington Recruiting Region was named No. 1 in the nation with Comcast.

I’m Mark Brown, director of talent for Comcast here in Washington. In 2015, Comcast made a commitment to hire 10,000 military veterans and spouses by March of 2018 and we’re almost there.

By mid-January 2018, Comcast had hired more than 9,500 military veterans and family members. Because WorkSource is committed to getting veterans and spouses hired, they’re a key partner to helping accomplish this goal. We use them to:

  • Provide important labor market data to find specific candidate populations
  • Perform training for candidates who need it
  • Use their deep connections with local, state and nonprofit organizations to aggregate our recruiting efforts.

Also, because of our partnership, we know where and when the best job fairs are happening and which candidates we should be talking to.

If you don’t use the WorkSource business services team as part of your talent acquisition strategy, I’d encourage you to take a look at it. The strategy has definitely helped us achieve our goals and we’re looking forward to the partnership as we go forward.

Community comes together to bring warmth for the holidays

(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 and even learn new skills. But WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services—again and again.

Each week, we spotlight a different #PowerofaJob success story. This week, we give thanks and Local Veterans Employment Representative Brenda Laban shares her story of community support in Pierce County.

 

During the last few years, I’ve reached out to Dollar Tree store managers and have established a good relationship. They all have hired veterans. We honored one store with   the coveted YesVets decal for hiring three veterans in 2016, and they just hired another.

The store managers knew that I advocated to get our nation’s veterans hired as store managers in training or assistant managers and associates. They also were aware that our veterans employment representative at WorkSource worked with homeless veterans.

During the cold winter last December, the managers contacted me with a plan. They wanted their customers to purchase scarves, hats, ear muffs and gloves for WorkSource to pass on to veterans.

The stores donated over 1,600 items, and WorkSource passed them on to homeless veterans at American Lake, to several Pierce County shelters and to the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

The state Department of Veterans Affairs also donated some to nonprofit organizations assisting veterans. Many of these items were in children’s sizes so we donated those to churches and other Pierce County community agencies.

Many of the recipients sent letters to the Dollar Tree stores, recognizing the customers who had purchased the items. Store managers posted the letters at their respective stores to show their customers appreciation.

As Washington celebrates Thanksgiving, we want to give thanks to our generous businesses and partners who work with us to hire and serve veterans, their families and all our customers. Enjoy the holidays!

Submitted by Brenda Laban, WorkSource Pierce County

¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

¡Es miércoles! Vea el poder de la fuerza laboral

Esta semana, la representante de veteranos del área local Brenda Laban, comparte su historia de agradecimiento y apoyo de la comunidad del Condado Pierce.

La comunidad se une para traer el calor de los días de fiesta

Durante los últimos años, he utilizado los gerentes de Dollar Tree y he establecido una buena relación. Todos ellos han contratado veteranos. Se dio reconocimiento a una de las tiendas con la calcomanía codiciada YesVets por haber contratado tres veteranos en 2016, y ellos acaban de contratar otro.

Los gerentes de la tienda, siendo los veteranos que respaldé para que los contratarán en capacitación para ser gerentes, o como asistentes de gerentes y asociados. Ellos también sabían que en WorkSource tenemos un compañero que trabaja con veteranos sin hogar.

Durante el frio invierno del pasado diciembre, los gerentes me contactaron con un plan. Ellos querían que sus clientes compraran bufandas, sombreros, orejeras y guantes para que WorkSource los distribuyera a los veteranos.

Las tiendas donaron más de 1,600 piezas, y WorkSource las distribuyó entre los veteranos sin hogar en American Lake, en varios albergues en el condado Pierce y a Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

El departamento de Asuntos para Veteranos también los distribuyó a algunas organizaciones no lucrativas que ayudan a veteranos. Muchos de las piezas eran de talla para niños por lo que se donaron a iglesias y otras agencias en el condado Pierce.

Muchos de los que recibieron esos regalos, enviaron cartas de agradecimiento a las tiendas Dollar Tree, reconociendo el apoyo de los clientes que las compraron. Los gerentes de la tienda los pusieron a la vista en sus respectivas tiendas, para que sus clientas vieran las notas de agradecimiento.

Conforme Washington celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias, queremos agradecer la generosidad de los negocios y asociados que trabajaron con nosotros para contratar y xx a los veteranos, sus familias y todos nuestros clientes. Disfrute de este día de fiesta.

Strategies for Success helps a shy immigrant score a great new job!

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Strategies for Success helps a shy immigrant score a great new job!

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 and even learn new skills. But WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services—again and again.

Each week, we spotlight a different #PowerofaJob success story. This week, learn how Ebadullah, a successful contractor from Iran, overcame his concerns about his English skills through the Strategies for Success class and scored a new job as a construction project manager.

 

When Ebadullah first arrived in my class, he was very reluctant about speaking. He felt his English was sub-standard even though he and his family had moved from Iran four years ago, where he was a successful contractor and had owned his own business.

Fatefully, the week he arrived we were teaching the module on communication skills, and though he was somewhat shy at first, he never turned down my requests for participation. Slowly, the serious face he brought to class changed, and I would see him smile more often. Soon we began having significant discussions as I asked about his family, about his life in Iran, and about his new life here. I encouraged him to speak about anything just to practice and become more comfortable with the language.

As he began to apply for jobs, we would practice mock interviewing and the 60-second commercial so he could be more prepared. At the beginning, he couldn’t even make it through the elevator speech without looking down at his prepared paper. But when I suggested he just talk it out to me, he relaxed and the words more naturally flowed.

Within a few weeks of arriving in class, he had an opportunity to apply for a project manager job on a construction site. He appeared at class the next morning just beaming; he had gotten the position. It was such a boost to his confidence, and he thanked me for helping him. I told him how proud I was of his progress, and how much I appreciated him trusting me in the process. #powerofajob

 —Submitted by Susan Gabrielle, Strategies for Success Instructor

¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Estrategias para el Éxito ayuda a inmigrante tímido a obtener un buen trabajo
Esta semana, entérese como Ebadullah, un contratista iraní exitoso, superó su miedo por la falta de dominio del idioma inglés y obtuvo un trabajo como gerente de proyectos de construcción.

La primera vez que Ebadullah vino a mi clase, él estaba muy renuente para hablar. El creía que hablaba muy poquito en inglés aun cuando, él y su familia habían llegado hace cuatro años de Irán, en donde él había sido un contratista exitoso y con su propio negocio.

En la semana que él llegó a nuestro centro de trabajo, estábamos enseñando un módulo sobre habilidades de comunicación, y aun cuando al principio estaba muy serio, nunca declinó su participación cuando se lo pedía. Poco a poco, la cara seria del primer día cambió, y se le veía sonreír más seguido. Pronto comenzamos a tener conversaciones significativas cuando le preguntaba por su familia, acerca de su vida en Irán, y sobre su nueva vida aquí. Lo animé hablar sobre cualquier cosa solo para que practicara y se sintiera más a gusto con el lenguaje.

Conforme él comenzó a solicitar trabajos, practicamos para entrevistas y creamos el comercial de 60 segundos para que el estuviera más preparado. Al principio, el ni siquiera podía terminar su comercial de 60 segundos sin tener que ver el papel donde lo escribió. Sin embargo, cuando le sugerí si quería decirlo a mí solamente, se calmó y sus palabras comenzaron a fluir en forma más natural.

A las pocas semanas de haber comenzado la clase, él tuvo la oportunidad de entrevista para un trabajo como gerente de proyectos en un sitio de construcción. Radiando de gusto, él se presentó en la clase a la mañana siguiente; él obtuvo el puesto. Eso dio un fuerte impulso a la confianza en sí mismo, y el agradeció la ayuda recibida. Le dije que me daba mucho gusto ver su avance, y cuanto a preciaba el que haya confiado en mí en este proceso.

WorkSource celebrates Ability Awareness

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#Powerofajob: WorkSource celebrates Ability Awareness

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 and even learn new skills. But WorkSource isn’t just for people on unemployment. Anyone can use our services—again and again.

Each week, we spotlight a different #PowerofaJob success story. In recognition of the recent Disability Employment Awareness Month, we’re featuring Ed Looby, an advocate for people with disabilities and a WorkSource Specialist from Kitsap County who uses a wheelchair.

 

I moved to Bremerton from Houston, Texas in 2012 and jumped into a position as a CAD designer in Kent. That position was downsized, due to the fall in oil prices, and I decided to try to find work in the Bremerton area, to cut down on the 120-mile daily commute.

I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be a big deal to find a job, as I’d had a lot of experience with resumes and interviews, and I had a huge array of professional experience, from news reporting and editing to teaching and design.

My first unemployed stretch lasted about 6 months, and I was getting pretty nervous about my financial well-being. After a very protracted interview process, I was hired as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, which was a relief, but ended up being a disaster for me. I loved the people in the job, but the stress of the position made it an impossible fit for me. After nine months of struggle and training, I was unceremoniously dismissed, and I wasn’t particularly unhappy about it.

Enter my second encounter with unemployment. I was more humble going into it this time, though I still pushed forward with my outdated marketing materials. After six months of hearing crickets with my old resume, I realized that doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results was truly the definition of insanity.

I went to WorkSource and starting taking classes and utilizing the resource room and the knowledge of the staff. With a little effort, I reworked my resume to better highlight my skills, and I started getting calls.

About that same time, a position opened at the WorkSource office. I was encouraged to throw my hat in the ring for the spot, and the rest is WorkSource history. I am now in a job I really enjoy, helping people who are in the very same position I was in when I sat on the other side of the table.

I love being able to see people reenergize as I talk with them, realizing that there is a light at the end of the unemployment tunnel, and it isn’t just the headlight of an approaching train. I can relate to my clients so much better, having been in their shoes myself, and I can put all of my skills from my previous positions to work to help them launch themselves to new levels of success.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. They’ll have to pry me out of this job with a crowbar. I’m happy to finally be able to say that, and mean it.

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¡Bienvenidos! A #WorkForceWednesday!

Ed se mudó de Texas a Bremerton, Washington, en el 2012 por un trabajo en Kent y debido a la baja de precios de la industria en la que trabajaba perdió su trabajo. Ed nos cuenta como obtuvo el empleo adecuado a sus aspiraciones.

Por Ed Looby

“Mi primer encuentro con el desempleo duró aproximadamente 6 meses y me estaba poniendo muy nervioso de mi bienestar económico. Después de un proceso prolongado de entrevistas, me contrataron para despacho en la línea de emergencia 9-1-1, lo que me produjo alivio pero, terminó siendo un desastre para mí. Me encantaron las personas del trabajo pero, el estrés del puesto hizo que yo no  encajara bien. Después de nueve meses de mucho esfuerzo y entrenamiento, sin miramientos me despidieron, y yo, no me sentí apesadumbrado.

“En mi segundo encuentro con el desempleo, vi el camino con más realismo, y aun así continué con los mismo materiales de búsqueda de trabajo. Después de 6 meses de ser golpeado por los mismos vientos atraídos por mi résumé viejo, me di cuenta el esperar resultados diferentes cuando yo continuaba poniendo a los cuatro vientos lo mismo una y otra vez, era una definición de demencia.

“Fui al centro de trabajo WorkSource y comencé a tomar clases, a utilizar la sala de recursos y el conocimiento del personal. Con un poco de esfuerzo actualicé mi résumé enfatizando mejor mis habilidades, y las llamadas de trabajo comenzaron”.

“Durante ese tiempo, el centro de trabajo WorkSource abrió un puesto de trabajo. Me animaron a que echara mi sombrero al ruedo para ese trabajo, y lo demás es historia de WorkSource. Ahora estoy en un trabajo que disfruto en realidad, ayudado a las personas que están en las mismas circunstancias en que yo estaba cuando me sentaba al otro lado de la mesa.

“Me encanta poder ver a las personas recobrar su energía cuando hablo con ellos, y ven la luz al final del túnel del desempleo, y no son las luces del frente de un tren. Puedo entender mucho mejor a nuestros clientes al haber pasado por esa brecha yo mismo, y puedo poner todas las habilidades que yo adquirí  en mis empleos anteriores, para ayudarles a lanzarse a nuevos niveles de éxito.

“Como lo dije antes y lo sigo diciendo, tendrán que sacarme de este trabajo con una grúa. Estoy feliz de poder decir por fin esto, y es sí es como me siento de veras.

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