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Meet Ramon

Workforce Challenge

Ramon had worked as a supervisor in the printing industry for over 25 years. Initially, he enrolled at the SELACO WIB Career Center and told his Career Development Specialist (CDS) that he was having a lot of interviews at other printing companies. His CDS advised Ramon to consider a career change, since the printing industry is in decline. She pointed out that if Ramon took a job at another printing company, his hours could be reduced to part-time.

Workforce Solution

Ramon realized that this was true, so he explored upgrading his skills through WIA, but didn't find a program that interested him. His CDS suggested that he change his career focus to production/manufacturing. Ramon changed his résumé and attended the job search workshops offered at SELACO WIB including STEPS. Ramon and his CDS worked together to target companies in the Paramount and Santa Fe Springs area. He started going out each day visiting employers and meeting with them in person. Some days were good and he received a lot of positive feedback and other days he received none. Ramon didn’t give up.

Outcomes & Benefits

Through his persistence and the "60 Second Commercial" he'd developed in the STEPS program, he was able to land a new job at a growing company in the packaging industry. Within 3 months Ramon will be promoted to a supervisor. Ramon had to take a significant pay cut to get back into the workforce, but with his skills and his positive attitude he will move up the corporate ladder very quickly.

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