Michael

Goodwill program: Youth Job Connection

“I am pretty sure I would still be looking for a job if it weren’t for the Youth Job Connection.”

On foot and by bus, Michael applied at any business he could get to. At the end of the day, the 17-year-old Charlotte resident came home frustrated and still jobless.

Anxious for some help, Michael turned to the Youth Job Connection after a year of searching on his own. It’s didn’t take long for Michael to realize the mistakes he was making on his job hunt.

“I was wearing jeans, I didn’t have proper formatting for my resume and I wasn’t making follow-up phone calls,” Michael explains. “I expected them to call me.”

Michael says his outlook quickly improved after attending a series of workshops at the Youth Job Connection including resume, customer service, personal finance and retail essentials –  and working one-on-one with a career counselor to develop an individual action plan.

Armed with a new resume and donning an interview-appropriate outfit, Domino’s Pizza in Cotswold would be Michael’s last stop on the job search. Now, on any given afternoon, Michael is taking dozens of pizza orders.

Michael says the biggest compliment on the job search came from his current manager, who told him “you were very organized.”

With a paycheck from Domino’s, Michael can now pay for his own books at CPCC instead of relying on his family. He is also saving for a car.

“I love my job. I like the feeling of having a job, being productive and giving back,” adds Michael, who aspires to be an author one day. “I am pretty sure I would still be looking for a job if it weren’t for the Youth Job Connection.”


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