AFN Helps Mom Reenter Workforce

Photo of Rochelle E.Rochelle, a community volunteer and stay-at-home mom, came into the DeWitty Center Learning and Jobs Lab because she was ready to re-enter the workforce. Lacking Internet access at home and needing to brush up on the computer skills she learned years ago in high school, Rochelle came to AFN for help with her job search.

Today, technology and Internet access are required tools for job hunting success. Did you know that 80% of Fortune 500 employers require applicants to apply online?

“When I started at the class, I was a little intimidated by the new technology and computer programs. The Trainer helped me to understand the computer and systems,” said Rochelle. Like many students in our basic computer class, Rochelle learned how to save files, upload images, create a Microsoft Word file and set-up an e-mail account. “Initially it was time consuming and frustrating, but I started to catch on.  Plus, the one-on-one help I got from the Trainer made it easier.”

To prepare for her job search, our Trainer helped Rochelle create a professional resume tailored to show off her volunteer and work experience while de-emphasizing her break from the workforce. The Trainer also assisted Rochelle in identifying different Internet job sites that are best suited for her skills and experience. As a result of her efforts, Rochelle has already been contacted for interviews!

Rochelle’s positive outlook and determination help keep her focused on her goal. “I am going to talk with the AFN trainer and see if she has suggestions for interviewing and presenting my work information better on applications. I’m also going to keep up with my computer training.” Rochelle’s advice to others searching for work is simple:  “Be consistent, determined and not give up.”

Every day we help clients such as Rochelle pursue work or life goals through technology. You can help us put people back to work by donating or volunteering today.