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A little thanks goes a long way

I would like state today as a Thankful Thursday moment because of what I am about to share with you.

If you are not aware, we have three major centers and our newest location in the heart of Downtown San Diego. With this new establishment, there are some bumps in the road while we iron out new processes and cleverly find creative strategies to address the needs of our clients.

Most of the time when staff is assisting a client, its either for short term goals (attaching a resume to an email) or wanting to know when our next workshop will be. These tiny accomplishments lead up to bigger things but we, as staff, rarely get to hear the end results. We always start at the beginning of your story, but never are there at the end. Its like never finishing a really good book and wondering “What happened?”

A client went to the San Diego Downtown Library to attend some workshop and ask for assistance with his resume and within the few weeks navigating through the job-readiness jungle, he received a job offer! We would of never have known this if he hadn’t graciously hand delivered this note to the staff:


LTU Customer Finds Success at KRA/San Diego

With a BS in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics; an MBA in Administration/Marketing; and a good job with a 75-year old, multinational IT company, the unthinkable happened to Asok Raut—he was let go.  Overnight, he became a Dislocated Worker, and over time a Long Term Unemployed (LTU) jobseeker.

Vonnie Davis, Career Agent, San Diego Metro Region Career Centers—operated by KRA Corporation for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—reported, “Asok diligently sought employment in his field, Chemistry, but in an extremely depressed economy, his efforts had not meet with success.”

Working with Patricia Devereaux, KRA Business Service Representative, Asok honed his job-search skills, employing new strategies and stepping outside his comfort zone to explore other business sectors where his valuable skill sets could be applied.

Patricia recommended Asok attend a Career Fair, co-sponsored by the Career Centers and the San Diego Public Library, where he met the Field Market Supervisor for a “green” company that installs residential solar systems, who was recruiting for Canvassers, a position in which Asok could apply his knowledge of business development and marketing.

Not every Career Fair attendee gets an on-the-spot interview, but Asok did.  And, soon after the Fair, was offered a Canvasser position, which he accepted eagerly.  Needless to say, Asok is happy to have rejoined the workforce after more than 18 months of unemployment.

Source: http://www.kra.com/company-news/ltu-customer-finds-success-at-krasan-diego

KRA Homeless Customer On The Road to Success

Posted on by Marcie Dingle

Jeffrey was 37 and homeless—and determined to turn his life around when he enrolled in the San Diego Metro Career Centers Program, an American Job Center of California operated by KRA Corporation for the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

He met with Zuri Williams, KRA Career Agent, who reported, “Jeffrey admitted he had made some poor decisions that resulted in his living in a homeless shelter.  He convinced me that he was truly ready to make choices that would improve his situation, and that given a chance, would keep appointments and do his best to gain employment.

Jeffrey’s first chance came when he was approved for an Individual Training Account, arranged for by Williams, that provided financial aid for him to study with United Trucking for a Commercial Class A License.  His second chance came when Warner Transportation hired him as a Driver Trainee.

Big Rig On The Road

Williams concluded,

“I am proud of Jeffrey’s progress.  In less than 2 weeks, he had already completed assignments in California, Colorado, and Washington state!  He is becoming self-reliant, and totally focused on his future.  Recently, he  told me he ‘is glad to be out of the shelter’, a situation facilitated by his ability to sleep over at trucker rest stops while on the road.  At least now, with a steady income, he is able to obtain permanent housing when he wants to.”

Source: http://www.kra.com/company-news/kra-homeless-customer-on-the-road-to-success

5 Tips Robin Williams Taught Us About Career Transitioning

Written by Greg Weiss:

Like most of us, I was deeply shocked and saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He was such a genius. The poignancy of the lyrics “tears of a clown… when there’s no-one around” ring very true today.

So in tribute to Robin Williams, I thought I would draw on some of his most memorable roles as tips for career transitioning:

Good Morning Vietnam

Nominated for an Academy Award for his role in this movie, Williams played the role of an unorthodox and irreverent DJ, who shakes up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

His wake up cry “Good Morning Vietnam”, became the signature for the movie – a slogan which is still used today by thousands around the globe when having to wake our friends or family outside of our normal waking period.

Williams’ DJ role showed the importance of being sure of one’s mission and purpose even though others might not have the same thing in mind. In the movie, he severely alienated his commanders, yet made the troops laugh – despite serving in very unpopular war.

Knowing one’s mission and purpose when in career transition is critical. It’s easy to be swayed by the next opportunity or opinion from our well-intended family, friends or colleagues. As George Harrison said “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

‘Knowing thyself’ and then continuing to make sure your corner of the world knows about you is your sure fired way of announcing your own “Good Morning Vietnam” and sticking to what you want to brand as your purpose.

Mrs. Doubtfire

In Mrs. Doubtfire Williams played the role of father/husband Daniel Hillard, an eccentric actor who dubs voices for cartoon characters. After his wife files for divorce, and determined to stay in contact with his kids, Daniel keeps in touch with his family with the job, disguised as Mrs. Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny.

Mrs. Doubtfire represents the persistence that one needs to continue on a path and rediscover one’s self – what is truly important.

While the role Williams played here was hilarious and touching, the message was clear. Despite all the travails that a career transition poses and a re-launch requires, it’s important to keep persisting, regardless of any set back.

Not only that, but the use of something that you might think important might end up being the main pathway to your happiness. I recently read that the activity that constantly distracts you from your main game may very likely to be your real passion. There is richness in that distraction. Find your passion and continue to bring it to life.

Work is not work, when there is passion behind it.

Dead Poets Society

Williams earned an Oscar nomination for his role of an English teacher, Keating who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. Keating encourages his students to go against the status quo and ‘seize the day’, carpe diem.

Williams as Keating showed the importance of not just thinking about things, but acting upon them.

When it comes to career transition, there are so many lessons within the term ‘carpe diem’:

  • Reach out to connections you may not have touched in a while
  • Don’t take no for a final answer
  • Ask for an appointment from a hiring manager
  • Write that branded cover letter
  • Apply for that new role
  • Make that phone call

I could go on and on. If we all remember to ‘seize the day’, then when we do that, we not only honor Robin Williams, but we do so to our own goals and dreams.

Patch Adams

Nominated for a Golden Globe for the role of Patch Adams, Williams played the role of an aspiring doctor who loves helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate what he does.

I know people who were inspired to move in to Sales and Medicine because of this movie.

What does Williams’ role teach us here?

In essence, Adams threatened the establishment because he dared to ‘get down onto the same level as the patients’. In other words, always empathize with your customer base; with your intended employer’s interests and needs; do not merely play a role with a title, but be more authentic and human in your interaction.

If in your own career transitioning you can do this, you will be more attractive than other candidates and be hired because your prospective employer or new client falls for the essential YOU.

Good Will Hunting

Winning an Academy Award for the role he played in this movie, Williams played the role of a therapist who works with a wayward young man struggling to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart.

Williams’ role shows the importance of dealing with one’s demons. When aided by careful help, then anyone can overcome them, despite having fears of what might lie on the other side.

Having been laid off, many people feel understandably angry, hurt, and blind-sided. Often, especially Baby Boomers may have worked in the same role for many years. It is only once career transition is foisted upon them, that they have to discover what lies on the other side.

Should this happen to you, seek a coach or a mentor in your journey as Williams’ role did with Will Hunting.


In Memoriam:

I will miss the brilliance of Robin Williams.

A man who touched so many in his short 63 years. RIP and please, play some golf up there!

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140812120343-6028843-5-tips-robin-williams-taught-us-about-career-transitioning?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

About the author:

Greg Weiss is the Founder of CareerSupport365. He has almost 30 years success in HR and in career coaching people.

Day 13 of 13: Visit your state’s American Job Centers

Each state operates an American Job Center. These are open to the public and provide job listings,referrals, career counseling, job-hunting workshops, job fairs and so much more.

American Job Centers also have agents who work closely with hiring managers at local businesses, government agencies, and non-profit companies. Talk to a counselor at your local American Job Centers and ask if they can provide you with a referral to hiring managers at your favorite company.

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Find the Center nearest you to learn more about our service and resources.

Day 12 of 13: Visit your school’s career center

Many employers are loyal to local schools and regularly post job openings at the school’s career center.

Because of this relationship, many schools career centers have working relationships with company recruiters and hiring managers. Some schools also maintain lists of graduates who work for local companies.

Visit your school’s career center and ask if you could get a referral to a recruiter, hiring manager, or alumnus. Be sure to ask if the career center has any upcoming career fairs planned.

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Day 11 of 13: Sign up with a temp agency

Temporary employment agencies are match-makers. They have employers who need short-term help and job hunters who need work. Temp agencies bring both parties together.

Working for a temp agency is a great way to get your foot in the door at a good company, learn new skills, gain experience, make contacts, and build references.

Each year, about 12 million people find work through employment agencies, and 43% are offered permanent jobs after their temporary assignment ends.

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Day 10 of 13: Attend a Job Fair

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At a job fair, you can meet dozens of employers, face to face, all in one day all in one place. They are standing there waiting to meet you.

To find a job fair in your area, Google Job Fairs and Career Fairs. Check out your area’s online newspapers and listen to the radio for job fair announcements. Check with your school’s career center and your America’ Job Center to see if they are planning a job fair.

Day 9 of 13: Look for “Now Hiring” signs

One of the easiest ways to get a job interview is to look for “Now Hiring” signs on business buildings, doorways and buillboards.

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Day 8 of 13: Call the hiring manager and ask for a job interview

Hiring managers get a lot of letters, resumes and job applications. They respond quickly to the top candidates. But, the rest have to earn their job interviews.

How do you earn one? Simple. Pick up the phone and ask for one. Its shows that you have ambition, guts, and that you really want to work there.

Call the hiring manager and as for an  interview

Call the hiring manager and as for an interview


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