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McHenry County Workforce Network

Meet Ron

Workforce Challenge

After being laid off, Ron came to the McHenry Count Workforce Network for assistance in finding a job. In June 2009, Ron started working as a temp in a retail store answering customer questions while waiting for a sales staff to open up. It was a 3 month temporary assignment. Later Ron was offered a full time position as sales support for the same store. The position was responsible for inventory management, audit compliance, and helping out on the sales floor during peak traffic times. Given his background, the Ron was possibly overqualified, but he wanted to get his foot in the door.

Workforce Solution

Ron continued to visit the job center and took classes in resume writing, learning how to identify his transferable skills, and practicing interview techniques. At his job, he learned quickly and was soon training others in his district on inventory management. His store also was in the top 5 for audit scores in the IL/WI market during this time. Ron was viewed as an expert within his area, but he had a very difficult time getting recognized while working in a sales organization. Ron's background was both technical and management. He began to look for a more challenging position, when he saw an internal posting for an IT Project Manager. With no IT background, I applied and highlighted the 8 years of project management experience on my resume.

Outcomes & Benefits

Being able to relate the transferable skills to the position helped Ron land the interview. "The numerous discussions and examples from the Workforce Network on how to present those skills proved invaluable in showcasing my experience and downplaying the fact of not being an IT professional," said Ron. "I was offered the position in Dec '10. I also was able to gain a 50% pay increase!" Congratulations, Ron!

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