Until this year, Tina Lester had no trouble staying employed. She had run her own in-home cleaning business and worked in housekeeping and custodial jobs. Her vast experience and skills made it easy for her to find employment. But in March, a local hotel laid her off from her housekeeping and laundry position. The layoff turned into a bigger hardship than expected. Her usual course of job hunting yielded nothing. There were no responses to her applications and money was running short. Tina needed help making ends meet and applied for food stamps at the Department of Human Services. It was there that Tina’s caseworker told her about the Job Search Center at Goodwill.
Arriving at the Job Search Center, Tina discovered more than a place to hunt down job leads and openings, but a caring and encouraging staff. Tina attended all the classes, absorbed all the information, and put into action what she had learned. She placed more than 100 applications, cold-called potential employers and persisted in her job search. Throughout the process, the Job Search Center staff encouraged her when she felt disheartened and gave her the support she needed. With a lot of persistence, Tina’s hard work paid off: She was offered a position as a custodian at DePaul Industries. Tina is thrilled with her new job, and already her employer is discussing with her a move into a supervisory position. Tina feels this is a good job match and that she could not have found it without the helpful staff in the Job Search Center.