Boot camp for job-seeking moms

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Sometimes it can be tough for single moms to get out in the workforce and find a job.

So, the company "Get My Mom a Job" is hosting an event for single mothers Thursday, May 29. Single moms are welcome to attend and bring their children. Two hours of free childcare will be provided.

Think of the event as a boot camp for job-seeking single moms. "When they come in, we are going to run them through what telecommuting positions are, interview techniques, and video cover letters," says Michele Unangst, founder of Get My Mom A Job. "Everything you need to be prepared, with the goal to go out and get a job."

Unangst says that single moms (along with veterans) are among the most vulnerable job-seekers. "They've either been stay-at-home mothers, or out of the workforce for a very long period of time," she says. "Either way, they need help with their resume."

"I'm hoping to get some pointers on getting myself a job," says mom Laurie Singleton, who has been looking for a job since she was laid off in the middle of March. "It is extremely hard. In my last position I used to help people find jobs, but in other states, so I don't have many connections here in Arizona."

Among the skills moms will learn in Thursday's workshop? How to use technology, how to write great resumes, and how to do video cover letters.

Unangst calls video cover letters the wave of the future. "A video cover letter takes the generic dull, vanilla cover letter that most hiring managers don't even read, and it's actually putting a face to a person," she explains. She recommends 60-90 second video, tops.

"Get My Mom a Job"

Sessions on Thursday, May 29:
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Connect Five Center 
222 E. Warner Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225