March: Elizabeth, 37, enrolled in the Pre-employment & Digital Media Technology Training Program for TANF recipients, KRA-operated for the Camden County [NJ] WIB. She quit her last job because she felt her management capabilities–developed through 20+ years’ experience in customer, food, and retail services positions–were not being recognized, holding her back from advancement.
April: She was anxious to return to work, but in a position that offered career potential. Instructor Nigel Charles devoted time, outside the classroom, to help Elizabeth in refining her search strategies and modifying her professional portfolio to highlight her management potential.
May: Not in a position to reject any on-the-table opportunity, Elizabeth accepted a Cashier position with a fast-food restaurant. However, excitement was mixed with an equal dose of concern that, once again, an employer would not fully appreciate what she had to offer.
June: Sabriya Wise, Job Developer, commented, “Clearly, Elizabeth needed coaching on how to express concern for her future advancement, without jeopardizing her current position. Our strategy was successful, and she was enrolled in the employer’s Management Training Program, followed by promotion to Restaurant Manager!”
On her last day with KRA/Camden, Elizabeth advised classmates, “KRA will do anything they can to help you, but you have to be willing to help yourself!”