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Meet Donna

Workforce Challenge

Donna was a long-term employee of a public utility company when internal re-structuring eliminated her position. She had risen in the company to a well-paid management position. Replicating the kind of work, much less the income, was nearly impossible in the recessionary economy. Donna had not interviewed in many years, and she was concerned that her resume would seem thin after so many years at one company.

Workforce Solution

Connecticut's Workforce Alliance has been holding Management Re-employment workshops in locations throughout the 30-town region, working with local mayors to demonstrate the value of workforce services in their communities. These workshops reach out to job seekers with backgrounds in professional and supervisory/management positions who want to find jobs at comparable levels. It attempts to connect with workers who would otherwise not seek services at a city-based career center.

Workforce Alliance funded the hiring of a facilitator who could help participants understand that while they looked for work they could be recipients of such basics as food stamps and energy subsidies if needed. In addition, they learned job search techniques, resume writing, networking and the use of social media like Facebook and LinkedIn as job search tools. After attending the workshop, Donna took additional workshops at the CTWorks Career Center to boost her interviewing skills and re-format her resume.

Outcomes & Benefits

Shortly after the workshop, Donna found a new job, and wrote a letter to the staff at CT Works: "Happy 2011, and it finally feels that way! I've been offered and accepted an IT Audit position at Stanley Black & Decker in New Britain. I applied Jan 11th and got the offer Feb 5th - the whole process took less than a month and with no inside contacts. As long as the background checks are completed in time, my start date is February 28th. I sincerely appreciate all your help during my job search - it has made a big difference to me." Congratulations, Donna!

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