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Meet Rod

Workforce Challenge

Rod was a successful telemarketer for three years auntil he had an auto accident that disabled both of his legs in 2009. In July 2016, the Department of Rehabilitation referred Rod to the Workforce Development Board where he enrolled with the America’s Job Center of California in Cerritos. Rod looked for jobs on the Internet, attended job recruitments and received job leads from staff. His biggest challenge was not having the tools to conduct an effective job search.

Workforce Solution

Rod attended the Job Search Workshops and the three-day motivational seminar entitled Steps to Economic and Personal Success (STEPS). He was also a regular at the Friday Job Club at the AJCC in Cerritos. His counselors helped prepare his résumé, practiced interviewing with him and offered regular guidance and support. Rod was passionate about improving his computer skills, too, and obtained a used laptop from his church so he could practice. He also dedicated time to his health and exercised to strengthen his legs. Rod diligently rode the bus to interviews, sometimes spending hours traveling with his walker just to find out that he was not the right fit.

Outcomes & Benefits

After many months and ten interviews with various companies, Rod finally received a job offer from the Small Business Growth Alliance in Irvine as a Business Consultant Assistant, a company he had applied for via

“Go to all of the job search workshops and see your counselor. Learn as much as you can.” Rod stated. “I learned so much and that prepared me for my interviews. Thank you to all the staff.”

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