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  • Laptops assisting homeless individuals in job searches

    Aug 30, 2017 | Read More News
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    When clients step into Pima County’s Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, they’re not there to dwell on the issues that may have led to their homelessness and need for employment. This is about looking forward.

    Job seekers with new computersIt’s why the two weeks spent building a career portfolio and honing interviewing techniques is more than a job seminar. It’s a Job Offer Academy.

    “We rebuild people’s self-esteem and provide them the tools to get into the labor force,” Daniel Sullivan, program manager of the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, said.

    The Job Offer Academy is an intensive, hands-on job hunting preparation course meant to focus participants on finding meaningful employment at a liveable wage. After several days of training on building better resumes, turning applications into interviews and other job-readiness preparation, the job-seekers graduate to the Job Offer Room.

    In the past, the room was equipped with phones and phone books, where job-seekers would call potential employers and ask about job openings. Now, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, job-seekers can use state-of-the-art laptop computers to research employers and the key personnel within a company making the hiring decisions.

    Sullivan said the goal is to teach individuals how to research the “hidden job market,” versus applying to jobs that have already been posted. The Job Offer Academy also includes a module on how to clean up social media accounts of potentially embarrassing information. 

    The Sullivan Jackson Employment Center opened its doors in 1986 to respond to the employment and training needs of homeless men and women seeking to enter the workforce.  SJEC has been a pioneer in developing effective approaches to assist homeless individuals and families seeking to become self-sufficient. 

    Sullivan Jackson is a program of Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department. The program is part of Pima County’s ARIZONA@WORK system, also known as the One-Stop workforce development system, which brings additional training opportunities to job-seekers. 

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