February 9, 2012
I was introduced to the center for living and learning during a job search phase through a local treatment center. I was apprehensive about the whole job search process, because I had so many employment barriers against me. Years ago I could find a job within a couple of days, but in today's job market I found it to be very competitive and a lot more challenging. I didn’t know where to begin. My first priority was building a resume that would get me an interview. I had major gaps in my employment history, and the facts of my previous employment weren’t very clear anymore. The staff at the Center helped me with every detail. Together we created a resume that I was proud of. They also offered to create various types of resumes so my scope could be larger when picking out positions to apply for. Another concern of mine was answering those tough interview questions. Again with their one on one guidance, mock interviews, and reviewing commonly asked interview questions....helped me immensely in the interview. I was confident in my answers, I didn’t stumble on my words, I was prepared. I started seeing some hope, and my confidence was building. I did end up with 3 job offers in the same week. One of them being part of the Apprenticeship program here at the Center. I chose the Apprenticeship program. I can't explain how happy I've been about this decision. I've never worked for a company that pushes so hard for my personal growth and success. It's up to me and how much effort I put in what's being offered, because the support is here. My life has gradually been improving and today I see myself with a solid career somewhere down the road. I absolutely believe that road began when I walked through these doors at the Center for living and Learning.
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