Leslie began her relationship with RochesterWorks! by participating in the job readiness training for individuals with families. Following that she immediately participated in the Work Experience Program. “The (job readiness) program was very beneficial because it educated everyone in all topics, not just a few,” said Leslie. “RochesterWorks! covered every aspect and issue a single parent like myself could face and it really helped me see the benefit of this type of program. We discussed the importance of having good credit, having a good foundation, activities that we can do with our children as a family unit, and many job readiness topics. This helped me transition to the work experience program because I felt I had all the tools I needed to perform my hours while looking for paid employment. “ To others in similar situations, Leslie advises, “For me personally, I needed to find employment. I have the skills, I have the support, and I am the one that needs to provide the support for my family. These programs are not as bad as people think when you are required to go to them, you are guaranteed to learn many things and RochesterWorks! is a great supporter. RochesterWorks! (staff) go beyond their job titles; this entire office comes together to help and it is like you become a lean, mean, fighting machine. RochesterWorks! helped me do a complete 180-degree change in my life, not because they had to but because they wanted to. I felt the sincerity of each person I worked with; they made me feel as though they wanted to work with me, not because they had to but because they wanted to.” Leslie participated in the Work Experience Program for a month after completing the job readiness training. She worked with a RochesterWorks! Career Services Advisor and the St. Paul Placements team and is happy to say, “I am no longer on public assistance, I am very happy to be off of the system and taking care of my own family.”
Initially LeeAnn didn’t want any part of the Work Experience Program, but after going, she realized it was not what she expected. “I couldn’t believe how pleasant the advisor was. When I saw her smile at me, a burden was lifted off of my chest. She made my day when she offered me an assignment working in the office right there at RochesterWorks! It was a dream of mine. I was so excited. I was in an office, making copies, filing, and answering the phone. I could not have asked for a better assignment. I learned to put my pride aside and smile even when I didn’t feel like it. I learned to work hard at everything I do, even volunteer work, because you never know who is watching.” And people were watching. LeeAnn excelled in her assignment with a fantastic attitude. After the program ended she was offered part–time, then full–time employment at RochesterWorks! “This has changed my life. This is the best job I’ve ever had. I love my job. I love getting all this new experience. I can pay my own rent and all my own bills. I have so much room to grow and I am so thankful for being given a chance.
OBJECTION: We’re not hiring. ANSWERS:
  • That’s okay. I’m not applying for a job. I am interested in your advice.
  • That’s okay. I’m not in any hurry. I just wanted you to know what I have to offer in case something opens up later.
  • That’s okay. I just wanted to know if you would take a look at my resume and give me any advice, ideas, leads, or referrals that come to mind.
  • That’s okay. Perhaps you can think of someone else who might be interested right now in what I have to offer. Your referral would be appreciated by both of us.
  • This’ll only take a moment.
  • Yeah. I heard you guys were pretty successful right now. (then, STOP, no matter how long the silence)
  • I’d be happy to meet you early, late, during lunch, even after work. What’s best for you?
  • What’s a better time for me to reach you?
OBJECTION: Send me your resume. ANSWERS:
  • Well let me tell you what’s on it. I’m the one who… (then go into your elevator speech).
  • What’s your email or your fax number? I’ll send it and call you right back.
  • I’ll bring it to the meeting. What’s a good time for you?
  OBJECTION: I’m not the person you should be talking to. ANSWERS:
  • But I’m not applying for a job. I got your name from ———. She said you were quite knowledgeable about this field. I just want to know if you would have a moment to share with me any advice, ideas, leads, and referrals.
  • Actually, I’m going to be applying through “official” channels, as well, but I wondered if you could give me a little inside information.
  • Who should I be talking to? I appreciate the referral.
Hilda came to the Work Experience Program with substantial experience and success in her entire adult life. Having no prior experience with social services she was uncomfortable and sometimes frustrated to be a part of the process. “Applying for benefits was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I had to use the system the way it was designed. Many people think that people on benefits are lazy and take advantage of the system. I am here to say that perceptions are not always accurate. I did what I had to do and I succeeded. I no longer need the system but it worked for me.” “You have to get the most out of the Program,which is developed to help people by placing them at sites that may become job opportunities, as it did for me. You can at least get a good reference or recommendation. But you cannot be successful unless you are willing to be responsible, reliable, and work hard for a job opportunity. With perseverance,it can be done.” Hilda now works full-time at RochesterWorks! “The feeling of earning a living cannot be compared to anything. I am in a much better place.”

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