Meet Robert

Story submitted by: Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

Robert’s professional experience was in Human Resources, but after losing his job, he was out of work for almost two years. Robert did not have any formal education or certification in his field, which made it very difficult for him to get hired. He was told by several employers that if he had been certified in HR, he would have been offered the position. Robert was living off of his unemployment insurance check and did not have the means to attend school.

Workforce Solution

When Robert connected with Southeast Los Angeles County WIB (SELACO WIB) he found the support he needed to search for a job more effectively. “It was the little things that made a big difference. Knowing I could make copies of my résumé and fax it for free was very helpful," said Robert. "The SELACO WIB also approved me for training for the Senior Professional in Human Resources [certification]."

Outcomes & Benefits

Robert revised his resume to show that he was enrolled in the HR Certification program, and before he completed the training, he found a new job. "I was hired for a full-time position which is one of the better jobs I have ever had," he shared.

"I want to show my support for both SELACO WIB and the entire WIA program, one of the few agencies that really deliver a great service. Without SELACO WIB there to help me, it would have been impossible to make it. “ Congratulations, Robert!

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