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City of Los Angeles WIB / MCS/Hollywood WorkSource

Meet Richard

Workforce Challenge

Richard was laid off from an aerospace manufacturer in August 2011. He had been there many years and was well-compensated, making nearly $70,000 annually. He had severe difficulty finding a new job, and finally registered with the National Emergency Grant Program through MCS/Hollywood WorkSource in March 2013.

Workforce Solution

Richard initially was interested in obtaining training or certification in Graphic Design, but after extensive labor market research on the industry and employment prospects, he decided to proceed with job search assistance through the center instead of training. Although he had some offers, he was frustrated by the offers being less than expected. However, once his unemployment benefits ended, he immediately took a job at a funeral home earning $11.00 an hour. He was now underemployed.

Outcomes & Benefits

Richard and his case manager worked to create a new resume that would highlight his skills and help him be more attractive to employers. Soon after submitting a few applications with his improved resume, he interviewed and secured employment with Raytheon as a Management Assistant Senior earning $52,000 annually.

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