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Rural Resort Region - Rural Consortium

Meet Melodie

Workforce Challenge

Melodie is a Leadville Workforce Center customer who has over 20 years of food service and housekeeping experience. She had stopped working to care for a family member who was terminally ill. She tried to return to the workforce after 2 years and found that she was not able to do the laborious housekeeping in the larger homes that she had done previously and she was not being interviewed for any of the server positions for which she was applying. She had also lost her driver’s license which was another barrier.

Workforce Solution

Melodie had been to the workforce center on and off for the past year and was concerned that perhaps employers thought she was too old to do the work. Melodie has excellent skills, a good work history and is computer literate, but has been out of the labor force for a while. Leadville staff assisted Melodie with creating a winning resume. She was coached on interviewing, making a great impression, and on putting the whole “age thing" out of the equation. As this was also the week for an area Job Fair Melodie received a “ticket” with some of the same preparation tips and the workforce center made several copies of her new resume to take with her to the job fair.

Outcomes & Benefits

Melodie went to the job fair in May 2014, professionally dressed and prepared to make the best of a very good opportunity. She made a good impression on a recruiter from a large hotel in Vail, filled out the application, and was hired on the spot. She is now employed in their housekeeping department but doesn’t find the job as strenuous as cleaning the larger homes. She is glad to return to working and dropped off a thank you card the day after the job fair expressing her appreciation for the help she received.

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