Leonard had worked as a Gardener for the same company for 14 years before his lay-off. Lack of a job with steady income resulted in losing his housing, all of which fueled feelings of despair and uncertainty for the 56-year old.
Distraught over his situation—homeless and unemployed despite repeated attempts to find employment—Leonard enrolled in the Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program, operated by KRA Corporation for the Camden County Workforce Investment Board.
With guidance provided by Petra Cantu, KRA Career Agent, and pre-employment training provided by Deshia Fontenot, KRA Instructor, Leonard eagerly embraced his Job-Readiness Workshops, learning effective resume development, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies—all of which reaped great results!
Cantu reported, “Leonard interviewed on May 22 with Clementon Park, a huge amusement complex, and then the next day with Walmart. On May 26, he was offered a seasonal job in Guest Services with Clementon, and shortly thereafter, received an offer from Walmart for a fulltime Inventory Specialist position!”
She concluded, “Leonard accepted both positions, actually starting the two jobs the same week! KRA/Camden is pleased we were able to provide the workforce skills Leonard needed to rebuild his self-confidence and to believe that he could succeed in other career fields.”