After looking for a job for almost eight months, Jessica is crediting her new job at Harris Teeter to the support she received from Whitefield Commons Community Resource Center's support staff and the Job Readiness Instructor, Alice Brown. “She showed me how to find job openings online and really helped me with my resume and references.”
The single mother sees this as the next step in achieving her goal of a career that will give her family the financial stability to live without depending upon outside assistance. Ultimately, she would like to have her own event planning business. “I want my kids to have a good education and a better life than I have had.” Jessica, her 10-year-old son, and her 5-year-old daughter regularly participate in the Center programs. “I know many of my neighbors because we see each other at the Center for holidays and other activities. I’m glad the Center is there.”
Alice also helped teens get their first summer jobs. Positions she helped secure for teens in 2015 include intern, retail associate, receptionist, camp counselor, and babysitter. All students who sought her counsel learned essential life skills in their one-on-one sessions. Resume building, completing job applications, mock interviews, retention strategies, and proper attire are just a few of the topics Alice covered.