Jerry used to visit his local American Job Center every day to use the computers to job search until the staff noticed his perseverance and encouraged him to join the WorkSmart Network.
WorkSmart helped Jerry explore his career options and prepare for interviews. They also connected Jerry to a 6-week work experience as a Warehouse Forklift Operator at Opportunities, Inc. After witnessing his work ethic, Jerry was offered a full-time, permanent position with the company.
Not long after he began working full-time, an opportunity arose for Jerry to move into a higher paying position if he obtained his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). He enrolled in training in September but ran into a roadblock: Jerry needed to reduce his hours at work in order to attend the training. But Jerry knew he could depend on WorkSmart to gain the support and funding he needed and his supervisor to create a flexible work schedule.
“[My WorkSmart staff] was a really big help in all this. If I had problems outside of looking for work or classes, she motivated me enough with being there just to talk or ask questions about what I should do. She really helped me out a lot in that way,” explained Jerry.
Jerry received his CDL in October and moved up into a driver/warehouse position.
“The greatest success I have seen is Jerry himself. When I first met him, he was very skeptical that he could achieve his goals and be a success,” explained Becca, a WorkSmart Career Services Specialist who worked with Jerry. “When I speak to him now, he is a happy, confident person who sees that he has accomplished a lot and has a bright future ahead of him.”
Congratulations on your new career, Jerry!