For the past nine years, Isaac built his life in Chicago working with youth and adults coming out of prison. However, he and his fiancee decided to make a major change and move to Baltimore, arriving two and a half weeks ago. Because he knows it is crucial to learn about where you live and the people there, he has already met with 23 people in the area who can potentially help him find opportunities and be friendly contacts. In preparation for the move, he had cold-called 75 people, introducing himself and setting up times to meet and chat. He says while the internet is great for researching and finding out about opportunities, the way to get a job is by meeting people, showing them who you are, and telling them what you're interested in and passionate about. He told our clients to find work that would make them "proud and happy", and remind them that jobs are not just about a paycheck.
Frank currently works at a banking institution, but didn't begin his career that way. He started out in the Marine Corps where he developed strong leadership skills. Without knowing much about banking, he was offered a position at the Federal Reserve Bank, because they were looking for someone who knew how to lead a team. After some time there, PNC approached him and offered him a position in Community Economic Development. Frank says he was fortunate to not have gaps in his employment, and attributed that to meeting people and representing himself well. He reminded clients that even conversations over dinner could uncover a job opportunity if you are open and know how to talk about yourself. Frank's advice to job seekers was to be open to new fields, volunteer in areas where you are in charge of something and developing your skills, and be aware of the company culture of employers you approach.
Anita now loves working in her field of higher education, but it took hard work and perseverance to get where she is today. Her first job was working at McDonald's when she was 18. She took work very seriously from a young age, because she had two children by the time she was 20. Being a single parent and coming from a single parent household, she knew she had to take responsibility and be accountable as an adult. She never wanted to take public assistance, because she wanted more for herself and her family. For years she worked in different positions including jobs in human resources and administration, until finally finding her niche seven years ago working in higher education. She enjoys her job talking with and guiding students, because she's a people person and likes making a positive impact on others' lives. Her advice to job seekers was to be hungry, believe in yourself, set high expectations for yourself, and seek the company of other people who will make you grow.