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Meet Selime

Workforce Challenge

Selime was recently divorced and a mother. She had a work history but no recent employment and rapidly draining financial resources. She applied for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and was encouraged to register at CTWorks Career Center. She had a background in hospitality and the foodservice industry, but was having a hard time finding work that would allow her to care for her children, as these jobs often require evening, weekend, and holiday hours.

Workforce Solution

Selime was given a part-time work experience position at the CTWorks Career Center, where she immediately made a positive impression on her supervisors. She was asked to fill in repeatedly as a greeter at the front desk because of her pleasant attitude and rapidly acquired knowledge of programs. When her work experience period ended, the company that runs the one stop, HRA, offered her a position as greeter, which she accepted. Soon thereafter, in the midst of the recession, the state made cuts in JFES funding that resulted in the layoff of dozens of one stop employees, including Selime.

Outcomes & Benefits

Selime was disappointed by the layoff, but she refused to give in. She began a broad job search at once. Fortunately, within two months, the state re-funded JFES activities. Selime had kept up her contacts at HRA and the CTWorks Career Center. She was among the first people approached with a full time job offer, which she happily accepted. Her new position was as a JFES Verification Specialist. Congratulations, Selime!

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