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San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board

Meet Margarita

Workforce Challenge

Margarita was laid off in 2009 after working for an accounting staffing and recruitment firm for 13 years. In addition, she recently lost her home and had to move in with her parents. Being a single mother of three she knew she needed to get a job and return to work right away. She began aggressively looking for work only to be told by many employers that her skills were outdated. She began to feel helpless as she watched younger jobseekers securing those positions.

Workforce Solution

Margarita visited the PeninsulaWorks office, where she learned about and registered for the WIA program, She began to take the next steps to get back to work.

She was aware that she needed to improve her skills if she wanted to stay in the accounting field, so with the help of PeninsulaWorks, she identified available training and enrolled in a payroll management class at California State University, Sacramento Extended Education.

She also met with her PeninsulaWorks caseworker; together they reviewed her resume and cover letter. Margarita was concerned with being perceived as an older worker in today's economy, so they discussed job search strategies to help Margarita overcome these perceptions.

Outcomes & Benefits

Within a month and a half, Margarita was hired at Service Master as a Payroll Manager. Since then, she has regained her confidence and was able to move into a place of her own with her children. She loves her new job thanks to PeninsulaWorks!

When Margarita was contacted to get permission to use her story, she informed the caseworker that she had just gotten a promotion to a management position and had received an $8/hour raise!

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