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By Iliana Fontal

Northwest Family Services was very excited to start offering in 2012 a Summer Employment Program open to all YTP students in the North Clackamas School District.

The workshops were held at the Sabin Schellenberg Professional Technical Center thanks to a partnership with the North Clackamas School District Youth Transition Program (YTP). The YTP counselors from Clackamas High School, Rex Putnam High School, and Milwaukie High School brought a group of 10 students who were ready to seek employment.

Students were first introduced to the concepts of maintaining a positive attitude, listening skills, personal appearance, and body language which are key in order to get and keep a job. Also the students learned to create or update current resumes, practiced interviewing skills, accurately completed their master application and came to the class dressing the interview outfits.

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The Transition Specialists believe the subjects covered helped lead this group of students to success, reason why during the month of April 2013 CareerFit classes will be offered again during the school hours at Rex Putnam High School.

Thanks to North Clackamas School District and the especial education team for allowing this wonderful opportunity to their students. The CareerFit team at NWFS is happy and excited to start the program for the senior students this year!

For more information call 503-546-6377.

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By Iliana Fontal

Over the past months our Employment Specialists have seen an increase in our clients’ success in getting jobs. This is very good news!  Since January 2012 we have been able to place 50 skilled candidates in jobs, impacting their lives tremendously and contributing to their family stability. Also more than 60 candidates have each had at least two job interviews, demonstrating that our program provides excellent tools to compete in the current job market.

Locally we have seen economic progress and certainly this summer there are a lot of new employment opportunities. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project has been essential to the current and long-term economic vitality of our Portland Metro communities, not only because in the future it will help to connect people to their jobs and higher education but also because it is providing many short-term benefits for the regional economy by creating new job opportunities. On June 11, 2012, the project contractors reported that 1,525 construction jobs were created!

During the first year of construction a total of 64 firms and contractors worked on the bridge. The construction started in July 2011, the bridge is now 41 percent complete and it is planned to be finished by May 2014. Simultaneously will be the light rail construction which just started last month in June and will end in May 2015. Metro estimates that a total of 14,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be generated by the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project. Here is a video that provides more information about the bridge and the jobs created: Construction Jobs with PMLRail

Comparing the current Oregon Unemployment rate at 8.4%, with the rate in 2011, we can notice a 1.1% decline (from May 2011 to May 2012). Construction was one of the industries most affected during the recession and just as the broad sector lost jobs, so did the subsector focused on building the state’s infrastructure (heavy and civil engineering construction). Job counts are still well below pre-recession levels, but the industry began to rebound locally and state wide.

 


 Oregon Unemployment Rates SEASONALLY ADJUSTED


May 2012

Apr 2012

May 2011

Oregon

8.4%

8.5%

9.5%

United States

8.2%

8.1%

9.0%

 

I like this quote from Bruce Lee: “The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead — big possibilities. Like the song says, we’ve just begun.” Our Employment Specialists can help you gain the confidence and tools you need to be competitive in the current job market; we help you discover your strengths and applicable skills from past experiences. For more information about our FREE Individualized Employment Assistance Program, call 503-546-6377.

 

Coming dates for CareerFit classes:

Skills for Work & Life – July 16th from 9am to 3:30pm

Resume Ready – July 17th from 10am to noon

Acing the Interview – July 19th from 10am to noon

Here at Northwest Family Services- 6200 SE King Road Portland OR 97222.

Register through our phone number 503-546-6377 or  online at www.lastingrelationships.org

We look forward to being able to help you,

Iliana Fontal, Employment Assistance Coordinator, Northwest Family Services

 

 

 

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By Iliana Fontal

To register for our classes go to www.lastingrelationships.org. For more information go to www.nwfs.org.

Today I was reading a posted article from Kevin Monroe related to the HUGE difference between two little words: for and with. He mentioned about how we confuse these words when we provide social services to the community in general.  I have personally seen the impact of those two little words’ confusion when serving participants.
Here at NWFS we have a program called CareerFit, we basically help people live, grow and succeed by providing FREE individualized employment assistance. CareerFit has been working with the candidates by facilitating the discovery of their strengths, abilities and talents! When candidates attend our classes, we provide the tools they need, but more than that, they feel encouraged and normally go out and find job interviews by themselves! The same individual who came here hopeless and tired of looking and applying for jobs is now inspired and motivated to move forward in life!

Here is a quote from a candidate showing how we work with and not for them:
“Hi, Wade, I just wanted to let you know, I got two job phone calls while I was meeting with you. I got an offer at Scenic Fruit and I start 9 am on Monday! The other call was Yocream, they called for an interview, which I will be declining.
So, our resume brought in interviews for 100% QA job I applied for, a job that I wasn’t getting response for before. Thank you for all the help and time you poured in to me, I hope I created some fun challenges for you too.”  Andrea

When candidates come to our classes, they are eligible to receive 90 days of individual assistance.  In that frame period we work with them, discovering their employment goal, tailoring their resume and applying to jobs of their interest. We also provide 30 days of support after they are hired.

If you or someone you know is interested in CareerFit and you want to know more information, please call (503) 546 6377.

To register for our classes go to www.lastingrelationships.org. For more information online go to www.nwfs.org.

We look forward to being able to help you,

Iliana Fontal

Employment Assistance Department Coordinator

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